MicroMillions 8: Muka82 rides away with Event #49 ($8.80 H.O.R.S.E.)

Now that sexy eight and ten-game mixes have grown in popularity with the online set, H.O.R.S.E. can get lost in the shuffle. Thankfully, poker's OG mixed game got the MicroMillions treatment with an $8.80 buy-in event carrying a $15,000 guarantee. 3,440 mixed-games aficionados turned out for Event #49, bringing the total prize pool up to nearly double that guarantee at $27,520.00. 440 players earned a share of it with first place set to earn $4,679.80. Team Pros Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara and Martin Hruby joined the field, but Team Online's Tyler "frosty012" Frost (93rd) was the only Red Spade that finished in the money.

On the final table bubble, the game was Omaha Hi/Lo and the betting limits were up to 160,000/320,000. Tournament short stack huiiiiiiiiii raised to 320,000 on the button and mikelarock three-bet from the big blind. Huiiiiiiiiii called and they saw a K♠8♣7♠ flop. Mikelarock led out for 160,000 and huiiiiiiiiii called. The turn brought the T♠ and mikelarock fired out 320,000. Huiiiiiiiiii called all-in for 173,101 and turned over Q♣Q♠9♥7♥ for a pair of queens and a straight draw, but mikelarock had already made a flush with A♠3♠4♣7♣. The river was the 8♦ and huiiiiiiiiii departed in ninth place, sending us to the final table.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: Sghango (3,428,981 in chips)
Seat 2: pauli53 (464,414 in chips)
Seat 3: Muka82 (4,676,844 in chips)
Seat 4: shurikenstar (1,446,076 in chips)
Seat 5: snirk (1,303,068 in chips)
Seat 6: mikelarock (2,413,589 in chips)
Seat 7: 1209747 (955,292 in chips)
Seat 8: Nikolo5 (2,511,736 in chips)

shirk out in eighth, 1209747 takes seventh

The game changed to Razz and Muka82 completed to 200,000 with the 8♠. Snirk raised with the 2♦ up, Muka82 three-bet and snirk raised all-in for 623,068.

Muka82 2♠7♥ / 8♠3♦6♣9♥ / 6♠
snirk Q♣5♥ / 2♦K♣5♣A♦ / K♦

Muka82 made an 8-7 low on fifth street while snirk finished with only a king low. For eighth place, shirk picked up $254.56.

Three hands later, 1209747 completed to 200,000 with the 5♥ up and Sghango raised with the 7♥. 1209747 called off his remaining 163,085, trailing Sghango's three-card seven.

1209747 T♠4♥ / 5♥9♣5♣A♦ / K♠
Sghango 6♠3♠ / 7♥J♥8♣K♥ / 9♠

On sixth street, 1209747 made a T-9 low vs. Sghango's J-8, but Sghango rivered a nine to end 1209747's run in seventh place ($522.60).

Sghango trips up pauli53

The game switched to stud hi and short-stack pauli53 had the bring-in with the 3♦. He decided to complete to 200,000 and mikelarock raised to 400,000 with the 8♠ up. Sghango made it three bets with the 3♥, pauli53 called all-in for 356,621 more and mikelarock made it a party of three to fourth street. Mikelarock check-called Sghango's fourth street bet, but folded fifth.

pauli53 6♠6♥ / 3♦A♠3♣K♦ / K♣
mikelarock X-X / 8♠Q♥5♣
Sghango T♦T♠ / 3♥T♣K♠9♣ / J♣

Sghango's trip tens had pauli53 drawing nearly dead on sixth street. With two pair sixes and threes and one trey in Sghango's hand, pauli53 had only three outs to a full house with two cards to come. Pauli53 improved to kings and sixes but it was not enough and he departed in sixth place ($825.60).

mikelarock crumbles

Later in the stud round, mikelarock lost 75% of his stack to Sghango when he couldn't beat a pair of aces with a king kicker. Mikelarock fell to only 567,000 and committed the remainder of his stack on third street in stud hi/lo vs. Muka82.

Muka82 A♦A♣ / 5♠9♥A♠Q♠ / 4♠
mikelarock 7♣6♠ / 5♣9♠T♥J♥ / 2♣

Muka82's buried aces improved to trips on fifth street, and mikelarock's straight draw blanked out, leaving him with only jack high. For his fifth-place finish, mikelarock collected $1,376.00.

shruikenstar flames out

Mikelarock's elimination left shurikenstar as the table short stack. Holding 1.52 million in chips with the limits up to 250,000/500,000, shurikenstar look down at split jacks and raised Sghango's completion to 500,000. Nikolo5 cold-called from the bring-in and Sghango folded.

shurikenstar J♥A♦ / J♠2♣Q♦A♠ / Q♠
Nikolo5 3♦5♣ / 6♠2♦4♠5♥ / Q♥

Shurikenstar led out on fourth street and fired again on fifth. Nikolo5 raised to 1,000,000 and shruikenstar called off his remaining 227,152. Nikolo5 turned over a six-high straight while shurikenstar's jacks remained unimproved. Nikolo5's straight and 6-5-4-3-2 low scooped the pot, ending shruikenstar's run in fourth place ($1,926.40).

Sghango sinks

When three-handed play commenced, Sghango was the chip leader with 7.3 million, Muka82 was second with 5.5 million and Nikolo5 was the short stack with 4.4 million. However, over the course of the Omaha Hi/Lo level, Sghango lost three huge pots in a row to Muka82 to go from penthouse to outhouse. Down to only 1.56 million in chips, Sghango picked up A♥5♠7♠8♣ and opened for a raise. Muka82 three-bet with A♣7♣J♠K♠ and Sghango capped. The rest of Sghango's chips went in on the 9♦4♣3♣ flop, his straight draw and second-nut low draw up against Muka82's nut flush draw. The 4♦ turned, pairing the board, and the river 3♥ double-paired it. Muka82's king kicker played and Sghango was eliminated in third place, good for $2,476.80.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 3: Muka82 (12,900,628 in chips)
Seat 8: Nikolo5 (4,299,372 in chips)

Shortly after heads-up play began, Muka82 and Nikolo5 paused the action and hammered out a deal. They agreed to a chip count chop of the remaining prize pool and with $300 still up for grabs, cards went back in the air.

Muka82 gained more ground on Nikolo5 when he forced a fold on fifth street in a stud hi pot and picked up 2.56 million. Two hands later, the rivals went to the river, Muka82 firing fourth and fifth street before they checked down sixth and seventh. Muka82's ace high was good against king high and he moved up to 13.3 million in chips.

Muka82 7♣6♦ / 9♣5♦Q♣2♦ / A♣
Nikolo5 4♦8♠ / 6♠K♦7♦9♥ / J♣

Left with 2.7 million in chips as the game changed to stud hi//lo, Nikolo5 completed to 400,000 on third street with the 4♥ and Muka82 called with the J♠. Muka82 led out on fourth street, Nikolo5 raised and Muka82 called. Muka82 check-raised on fifth street and Nikolo5 called all-in.

Nikolo5 Q♦5♥ / 4♥Q♠2♥K♣ / J♣
Muka82 6♦J♥ / J♠A♠5♣6♠ / 8♦

Muka82's jacks trailed Nikolo5's queens on fifth, but Muka82 hit the 6♠ on sixth street to make jacks up. Nikolo5 didn't improve on the river and went out in second place while Muka82 locked up a MicroMillions title.

Congratulations to Muka82, our MicroMillions H.O.R.S.E. master! He banked $4.269.55 for the win while runner-up Nikolo5 earned $3,712.65.

MicroMillions-049: $8.80 H.O.R.S.E.
Entrants: 3,440
Total prize pool: $27,520.00
Places paid: 440

1. Muka82 (Brazil) $4,269.55*
2. Nikolo5 (Russia) $3,712.65*
3. Sghango (Germany) $2,476.80
4. shurikenstar (United Kingdom) $1,926.40
5. mikelarock (Canada) $1,376.00
6. pauli53 (Germany) $825.60
7. 1209747 (United Kingdom) $522.60
8. snirk (Germany) $254.45

*= reflects the result of a heads-up deal that left $300 in play for the winner

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Kristin Bihr
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