MicroMillions 8: sergiuo scores his second MicroMillions title in Event #88 ($4.40+R NLHE [6-Max, Action Hour])

The fraternity of players with more than one MicroMillions title is quite an exclusive group. In the 788 MicroMillions tournaments held since the series launched, only four players have won a second title and tonight, Romania's sergiuo became the fifth. Sergiuo won his first MicroMillions back in March 2012 when he came back from only ten big blinds to bank over $10,000. This time, sergiuo brought a massive stack to the final table and although most of the prize pool was redistributed in a six-handed deal, he came away with an even bigger score for taking down Event #88 ($4.40+R NLHE 6-Max, Action Hour).

11,205 players bought in to Event #88, their 21,797 rebuys and 6,015 add-ons pushing the prize pool up to $156,068.00. 1,500 places were paid with first place set to earn $21,855.85. Team Online's Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara was the lone Red Spade in the field and cashed in 802nd place.

The blinds were up to 200,000/400,000 on the final table bubble and mitko57 led off the action with a raise to 820,000. Sergiuo called and they saw a T♥8♥6♦ flop. Sergiuo check-called mitko57's 950,000 bet. The turn came the 5♦ and sergiuo checked a second time. Mitko57 bet 2.2 million, sergiuo shoved for 32.7 million and mitko57 called off his remaining 7.3 million with Q♣Q♥. Sergiuo's 4♣7♣, however, had turned an eight-high straight and ended mitko57's run in seventh place.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: ezynow99 (8,887,668 in chips)
Seat 2: Uraganchik (18,092,076 in chips)
Seat 3: sergiuo (46,133,511 in chips)
Seat 4: AceWolf34 (35,511,384 in chips)
Seat 5: allinjompa (7,528,287 in chips)
Seat 6: DSCChristian (12,928,074 in chips)

Six slices of pie

Less than two orbits passed before the final six agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Both chip count chop and ICM numbers were presented to the group, the majority favoring the ICM deal. Chip leader sergiuo preferred the chip count chop, but agreed to take the ICM deal if his share was boosted to an even $15,000. Urganchik donated $250 from his share to put sergiuo within a few dollars of his goal. With sergiuo satisfied with his payout, the numbers were recalculated and all six agreed to the revised figures. With $1,500 still in play for the winner, cards went back in the air.

DSCChristian KOs two

Two hands after action resumed, allinjompa open-shoved for 7.65 million from the cutoff and DSCChristian successfully isolated him with a 11.8 million reshove on the button. DSCChristian's A♥Q♠ held up against 7♠8♠, sending allinjompa to the rail in sixth place ($6,007.49).

Four hands later, DSCChristian scored another KO. With the action folded to him in the small blind, DSCChristian moved in for 20.9 million with A♠5♦ and ezynow99 called with Q♣J♥. DSCChristian rivered aces and eights on the 8♦8♠6♣K♦A♦ board and sent ezynow99 home in fifth place ($5,929.86).

AceWolf34 takes fourth

DSCChristian's rush continued one orbit later when he picked up Q♠Q♥. Facing a 1,000,000 raise from sergiuo and a flat-call from AceWolf34, DSCChristian three-bet to 4.5 million from the big blind. Sergiuo folded but AceWolf34 moved all-in for 35.8 million. DSCChristian quickly called. AceWolf34 was in dire shape with 4♠4♥ and did not improve on the A♣6♠3♦Q♦T♥ board. His stack fell to 10.2 million while DSCChristian doubled to 52.4 million.

With the blinds up to 300,000/600,000, AceWolf34 open-shoved for 8.75 million with A♦6♦ on the button, but unfortunately ran right into Uraganchik's T♦T♠. Uraganchik rivered a set on the J♠3♥2♥5♣T♣ board and AceWolf34 hit the rail in fourth place. However, thanks to the six-way deal, he took home the second-largest share of the prize pool at $12,862.28.

Death by A-Q

When three-handed play commenced, DSCChristian was up to 52.1 million, sergiuo held 48.6 million and Uraganchik was the short stack with 28.3 million. Sergiuo and Uraganchik soon clashed in three-bet pot where the flop fell A♣9♠2♣. Uraganchik led into sergiuo for 2.9 million and got a call. The turn came the 3♥ and Uraganchik fired another 3.6 million. Again, sergiuo smooth-called. The river fell the 3♦ and Uraganchik finally slowed down and checked. Sergiuo made it 12,978,897 to go and Uraganchik paid off his A♥Q♦.

Uraganchik fell to 8.4 million after that hand and three-bet shoved from the big blind when he picked up A♦9♥. This time, small blind raiser DSCChristian turned over A♣Q♦ and made a pair of queens on the K♠Q♣4♥T♣7♠ board. Uraganchik did not improve and was eliminated in third place, good for $9,823.15.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 3: sergiuo (74,189,806 in chips)
Seat 6: DSCChristian (54,891,194 in chips)

Sergiuo pulled further ahead when he picked up a 47.3 million pot on the third hand of heads-up play. On a A♠7♥6♠ flop, sergiuo check-raised to 3,829,500 and DSCChristian looked him up. Sergiuo led out for 5,002,410 on the J♦ turn and again, DSCChristian called. The river was the 3♥ and sergiuo checked. DSCChristian made a last-ditch bluff, betting 13,588,572, but sergiuo called him down with Q♣J♠. DSCChristian's K♠5♠ was toast and he fell to 30 million in chips.

The two continued trading pots into the 400,000/800,000 level when sergiuo made a standard button min-raise and DSCChristian called. The flop fall J♠T♣9♣ and DSCChristian immediately moved all-in for 23,208,073. Sergiuo called, his 8♠T♠ behind DSCChristian's J♣9♠. The 6♣ turn was a blank, but sergiuo rivered the T♥ and snapped off DSCChristian's two pair with trip tens.

Congratulations to Romania's sergiuo on his second MicroMillions title! He banked $16,486,72 for the win while runner-up DSCChristian earned $7,812.50.

MicroMillions-088: $4.40+R NL Hold'em [6-Max, Action Hour]
Entrants: 11,205
Rebuys: 21,797
Add-ons: 6,015
Total prize pool: $156,068.00
Places paid: 1,500

1. sergiuo (Romania) $16,486.72*
2. DSCChristian (Germany) $7,812.50*
3. Uraganchik (Ukraine) $9,823.15*
4. AceWolf34 (Canada) $12,862.28*
5. ezynow99 (Brazil) $5,929.86*
6. allinjompa (Sweden) $6,007.49*

*= reflects the results of a six-handed deal that left $1,500 in play for the winner

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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