MicroMillions 8: shuhpat shuts out Event #8 field ($4.40 NLHE, 2x-Chance)

Uzbekistan got onto the MicroMillions 8 winners' board today as shuhpat triumphed in Event #8, a $4.40 "second chance" no-limit hold'em event that gave players one shot at re-entering should they bust out within the first two hours.

A total of 8,475 players took part with 4,021 of them taking that option to rebuy, thus building a $49,984 prize pool that nearly doubled the event's $25K guarantee. All of those making the top seven earned four-figure scores, with winner shuhpat taking away a nifty $7,503.15 first prize.

It took about four hours to play down to 1,080 and for the money bubble to burst, then about two-and-a-half hours after that they were down to less than 100 players with Juodasis_23, DpakoH66, and Risco Zero then occupying the top spots in the counts.

By the eight-hour mark they were down to 18 players gathered around the final two tables, with earlier leaders DpakoH66 (22nd, $116.46), Risco Zero (26th, $116.46), and Juoadasis_23 (45th, $93.96) all having hit the rail and shuhpat having pushed well ahead of all with more than 11.6 million when nearest challenger Pirat_1966 had about 6.6 million.

Over the next half-hour nine more hit the rail. inaledi (18th), ThiAmo (17th), and BigBlufferAY (16th) each earned $139.95 for their finishes. Toblerone234 (15th), Happy_Grubby (14th), and NightStarUz (13th) took away $207.43 apiece. And rejnok289 (12th), SOFIEL 18 (11th), and ponoke (10th) each cashed for $274.91.

With Pirat_1966 having assumed the chip lead from shupat, the final table was underway.


Seat 1: Pirat_1966 (Austria) -- 13,255,557
Seat 2: spko#10# (Greece) -- 6,582,676
Seat 3: Bekaraz (Lithuania) -- 6,064,068
Seat 4: shuhpat (Uzbekistan) -- 10,876,759
Seat 5: kulik1111 (Russia) -- 6,476,064
Seat 6: jjjjai (Hong Kong) -- 5,927,664
Seat 7: St1ckler (United Kingdom) -- 2,019,605
Seat 8: TVadimS (Russia) -- 4,349,505
Seat 9: Harvey656 (Australia) -- 6,928,102

St1ckler struck down in ninth

On just the fifth hand of the final table, the blinds were 150k/300k when Harvey656 opened for 600,000 from early position and got a caller in shuhpat sitting in the cutoff seat. It folded to St1ckler in the big blind who reraised all in for 1,844,605, and after Harvey656 reraise-shoved in response shuhpat stepped aside.

St1ckler showed A♠K♣ and was racing with Harvey656's Q♦Q♠. The flop came 5♣2♥7♠ and St1ckler still needed to pair up, but the Q♥ fell on fourth street to give Harvey656 a set and make the 9♣ river no matter, sending St1ckler railward in ninth.

Bekaraz bounced in eighth

About an orbit later it was Bekaraz min-raising to 600,000 from middle position, then shuhpat three-betting to 2.55 million from a seat over. It folded back around to Bekaraz who reraised all in for 3,976,568 total, and shuhpat called.

Two players had been dealt big hands again, although this time Bekaraz had a big preflop edge with K♠K♣ versus shuhpat's A♥Q♠. Alas for Bekaraz, the flop came T♦Q♥Q♦ to give shuhpat trip queens, and after the T♥ turn and 5♦ river, Bekaraz was out in eighth.

Harvey656 hits rail in seventh

About five minutes after that hand, the blinds had bumped up to 200k/400k when a hand arose that saw the table fold around to Harvey656 in the small blind who open-pushed all in for 3,210,702, and Pirat_1966 called from a seat over.

Harvey656 had A♠3♠ and Pirat_1966 K♠J♠. Again the flop would bring trips to the behind player, coming J♣T♥J♥ to give Pirat_1966 three of a kind. The board ran out 4♥ then 5♣, and Harvey656 was done in seventh.

kulik1111 knocked out in sixth

The nine-hour break came and went, at which point shuhpat had retaken the lead with more than 22 million with Pirat_1966 next in line with a little under 13.5 million.

Shortly after play resumed, the blinds had bumped up again to 250k/500k when shuhpat made a 3x open to 1.5 million from the cutoff seat, then kulik1111 reraised to 4,138,564 from the button. The blinds folded, but shuhpat made the call.

kulik1111 had K♥Q♣ and needed to improve versus shuhpat's A♣6♦. The community cards came J♠9♠8♠, then 3♦, then J♥, and shuhpat's hand remained best to send kulik1111 out in sixth.

spko#10# spins out in fifth

Just three hands later the shuhpat train continued to roll with yet another elimination.

That hand saw spko#10# open-raise all in from the small blind for 7,900,731 (nearly 16 big blinds) and shuhpat call from the big blind. spko#10# had J♠J♥ and shuhpat K♦Q♦, and the 5♣7♥Q♣ flop paired shuhpat right away to grab the lead in the hand. The turn was the 9♦ and river the 6♠, and spko#10# was eliminated in fifth.

jjjjai joins others on rail, finishes fourth

They were still in the same level -- blinds 250k/500k with a 62,500 ante -- when TVadimS open-raised all in for 5,474,010 from under the gun and it folded to jjjjai in the big blind who called all in for 4,584,609.

jjjjai had 3♠3♣, but TVadimS had a bigger pocket pair with 9♥9♠. The board ran out Q♥T♣A♠4♣J♣, and jjjjai was out in fourth.

Pirat_1966 pushed out in third

The final trio continued, and before long Pirat_1966 had gotten relatively short to fall to just over 12.5 million in chips, about a third of what leader shuhpat had accumulated. Then came a hand in the 400k/800k level that saw Pirat_1966 open-pushing that stack from the small blind with A♠K♦ and getting a call from shuhpat sitting in the big blind with T♣9♦.

The 6♦4♠T♥ flop then gave shuhpat a pair of tens and the edge in the hand, and after the 2♣ turn and 7♠ river they were down to two.

TVadimS shut off in second; shuhpat secures win

shuhpat had about a 4-to-1 chip lead to start heads-up play with 49,499,080 to TVadimS's 12,980,920, and in fact it would take just a single hand for the tourney's end to arrive.

The hand began with a 2x opening raise to 1.6 million by TVadimS from the button, called by shuhpat. The flop came 9♣8♣8♠, shuhpat led for 800,000, TVadimS raised to 2,138,941, shuhpat shoved, and TVadimS called with the 9,141,979 left behind.

TVadimS had K♠9♠, having flopped nines and eights, while shuhpat had a gutshot straight draw with J♦7♣. The 5♥ turn brought TVadimS a step closer to securing the pot and tourney survival. But the T♦ fell on fifth street, filling the straight for shuhpat and ending the tournament.

Congratulations to shuhpat for overcoming a big field in Event #8 to turn just a few bucks into a $7,503.15!

MicroMillions-008: $4.40 No-Limit Hold'em (2x-Chance)
Entrants: 8,475
Rebuys: 4,021

Prize pool: $49,984.00
Places paid: 1,080

1. shuhpat (Uzbekistan) $7,305.15
2. TVadmi5 (Russia) $5,516.73
3. Pirat_1966 (Austria) $3,998.72
4. jjjjai (Hong Kong) $2,649.15
5. spko#10# (Greece) $2,049.34
6. kulik1111 (Russia) $1,549.50
7. Harvey656 (Australia) $1,074.65
8. Bekaraz (Lithuania) $599.80
9. St1ckler (United Kingdom) $387.37

There is more than a week's worth of events left in MicroMillions 8. Check the MicroMillions 8 web page for a full rundown of all of the remaining events on the schedule

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in MicroMillions 8