MicroMillions 8: nicomatsu has the spark in Event #92 ($1+R NLHE 3xTurbo, Sunday Spark Special)

The one dollar rebuys are some of the most popular tournaments of the MicroMillions series and it's easy to see why. They encapsulate everything that the MicroMillions is all about -- tiny buy-in, enormous fields and life-changing sums of money. And when you make it a 3xTurbo, there's no easier way to turn a buck into over eight large in just six hours! That's exactly what nicomatsu experienced this evening on the way to winning the MicroMillions title for Japan.

Event #92 of the MicroMillions 8 series was the Sunday Spark Special Edition $1+R No Limit Holdem 3xTurbo Event. The massive field of 10,923 players came together for 49,488 rebuys and another 5,435 add-ons to form an enormous prize pool of $59,919.86.

The top 1,440 players would finish in the money with Canada's cat71877 the unlucky player to miss the $9.58 min-cash by just one spot as our official bubble in 1,441st place.

Due to the super-turbo structure of the tournament, it would take just five hours of carnage to reduce nearly 11,000 players and almost 50,000 in rebuys to a final table of nine players.

Missing the final table would be Hugo Neves who was unlucky be crippled on the final table bubble with ace-queen against ace-five when a five appeared on board. Hugo Neves couldn't recover and was eliminated moments later in tenth place as the final table was set as follows:

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Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: listemanden (14,225,526 in chips)
Seat 2: elias zigu (44,729,795 in chips)
Seat 3: TimmyRussia (33,409,787 in chips)
Seat 4: donaldas-7 (47,859,051 in chips)
Seat 5: ATKA55 (24,367,516 in chips)
Seat 6: xorsik566 (51,535,741 in chips)
Seat 7: scabbyqueen (39,759,084 in chips)
Seat 8: sven71 (47,713,688 in chips)
Seat 9: nicomatsu (40,682,812 in chips)

The final table blinds would start off at a hefty 900k/1.8M/180k and with quick levels, we expected the chips to be flying from the get-go, but it would take an orbit or two to lose our first player in what would be a massive pot.

donaldas-7 opened from under the gun with a min-raise before TimmyRussia three-bet in the big blind. donaldas-7 made the call and the flop landed T♥A♣K♣. TimmyRussia decided to move all in for around the size of the pot and donaldas-7 made the call. TimmyRussia opened a monstrous K♦K♠ for a set of kings but still had to fade a lot of outs as donaldas-7 showed up with a creative J♣9♣ for a big combo draw. The J♥ fell on the turn but the river 8♣ completed the flush to eliminate an unlucky TimmyRussia in ninth place for $407.45.

The bad beats continued with the elimination of listemanden. sven71 raised from under the gun before listemanden moved all in for a little less. The table folded around and listemanden was in good shape with A♠K♠ against sven71's dominated K♦Q♠. It took until the river for the lady to appear but the board of J♦4♦9♥7♦Q♥ gave sven71 the pot and removed listemanden in eighth place for $599.19 in prize money.

ATKA55 landed a double up next hand, again with the worst hand, spiking an ace with ace-five to crack the pocket queens of scabbyqueen.

That left xorsik566 on the short stack and all in soon after. sven71 took it on with A♠J♦ but xorsik566 had a monster K♥K♣. The flop was a safe Q♥5♠T♠ for xorsik566, but the A♦ turn was another cruel twist of fate for this final table. The river T♦ completed the board, leaving xorsik566 to depart in seventh place for a $1,198.39 collect.

donaldas-7 had a big chip lead and had clearly picked up on the trend on this final table of the worst hand winning. That's all we can think of to explain the raise from under the gun with 7♠2♠ and calling the three-bet shove from scabbyqueen who held A♥J♣. This time an ace appeared to ensure that scabbyqueen didn't suffer a devastating departure.

That blow didn't slow donaldas-7's enthusiasm to be in the middle of the action. Play passed around to elias zigu on the button who moved all in for about twelve big blinds. donaldas-7 called in the small blind with A♦T♥ for the lead as elias zigu was on the steal with Q♥7♣. The board fell A♥8♦7♥6♠J♠ to give the pot to donaldas-7 and see elias zigu pick up a very nice $1,797.59 for sixth place.

ATKA55 found a double up with king-seven pairing the king against sven71's queen-jack, and then again with ace-queen as donaldas-7 got goofy once more with the old five-deuce.

The slide of donaldas-7 continued when sven71's ace-six hit an ace on the turn to get through donaldas-7's pocket sixes, but donaldas-7 steadied the ship with the elimination of scabbyqueen. donaldas-7 opened with a min-raise on the button before scabbyqueen moved all in from the big blind with K♥Q♦. donaldas-7 called, this time with a real hand holding A♠J♥, and hit the only pair on the board of J♣8♥4♥9♥5♠ to take it down. It was a nice run by scabbyqueen who was bundled out in fifth place for $2,396.79.

With four players left, the chips really started to fly as everyone was forced to get into the action. nicomatsu won a huge pot against donaldas-7 after flopping trip nines against donaldas-7's top pair, while sven71 also doubled with trips holding ace-king against ATKA55's queen-ten.

ATKA55 recovered some chips with ace-jack against donaldas-7's ace-five and at that point the players started to discuss the idea of a deal.

Before all four could click the deal checkbox, an interesting situation unfolded. ATKA55 was in the big blind and, before anyone had acted, typed this in the chat:

ATKA55 said, "JJ"
ATKA55 said, "wow"

It seemed to be an attempt to maintain the status quo and avoid a big clash before the deal could be struck, but it was clearly out of line with action pending. Even more surprising was that despite the warning, sven71 moved all in and donaldas-7 called! Perhaps they didn't notice the chat, perhaps they didn't believe it, or perhaps they both had monster hands better than jacks, but either way, ATKA55 confirmed that the chat was true when open-folding J♠J♥.

sven71 showed 9♥9♣ and donaldas-7 had A♠Q♣ with the nines holding true on the board of 4♥K♣3♥6♣2♦. That left donaldas-7 to end the rollercoaster ride in fourth place for $2,995.99 in prize money. Meanwhile ATKA55 received a firm warning from the PokerStars final table host for the inappropriate table chat with no further action taken.

With three players remaining the clock was finally paused to discuss a deal, but even that wasn't a straight-forward process. The ICM numbers were presented with nicomatsu and ATKA55 quick to agree but it was clear that Germany's sven71 was having problems with the language barrier. A German translator was brought in to help with communication and after almost twenty minutes of frustration, sven71 finally typed the word "AGREE" into the chat box. With that, the deal was done with the title and $800 left in the middle to play for.

When play resumed, it didn't take long for a huge pot to erupt between ATKA55 and nicomatsu. After a single raise preflop, the two saw a flop of A♥7♣5♠. nicomatsu checked it over to ATKA55 who made continuation bet, but nicomatsu responded by moving all in. ATKA55 wasn't worried about the ace out there, making the call with K♠K♥ but the news was just as bad as nicomatsu tabled 5♦5♣ for a set of fives! The J♦ turn and J♣ river left ATKA55 to depart in third place for a post-deal $5,611.21.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 8: sven71 (114,409,624 in chips)
Seat 9: nicomatsu (229,873,376 in chips)

With a two-to-one chip lead, nicomatsu went for the kill. On the fourth hand of heads-up play, nicomatsu raised the button before sven71 made a stand with a three-bet shove. nicomatsu decided to make the call with K♣5♣ but would need some help against sven71's A♦7♦. The flop of 3♣9♣2♥ left sven71 in front but nicomatsu added a flush draw as outs. The 4♥ turn also gave nicomatsu a straight draw, but it was the K♥ on the river that paired up nicomatsu for the victory!

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sven71 collected $6,127.77 for second place following the deal as nicomatsu won the MicroMillions title for Japan along with $7,083.64. Congratulations!

MicroMillions-092: $1+R No Limit Holdem 3xTurbo Sunday Spark Special
Entrants: 10,923 (49,488 rebuys, 5,435 add-ons)
Prize pool: $59,919.86
Places paid: 1,440

1. nicomatsu (Japan) $7,083.64*
2. sven71 (Germany) $6,127.77*
3. ATKA55 (Czech Republic) $5,611.21*
4. donaldas-7 (Lithuania) $2,995.99
5. scabbyqueen (United Kingdom) $2,396.79
6. elias zigu (Australia) $1,797.59
7. xorsik566 (Russia) $1,198.39
8. listemanden (Denmark) $599.19
9. TimmyRussia (Russia) $407.45

* denotes three-handed deal

There's over $5 million guaranteed across 100 different events during the MicroMillions 8 series which runs through until July 27th. Head to the MicroMillions 8 home page to see the full schedule as well as statistics, coverage, leaderboards and much more.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.