MicroMillions 8: xaMpicidix tops Event #6 ($2.20+R NLHE, 2x-Turbo)

Small-stakes grinders around the world rejoiced today with the return of the wildly popular MicroMillions, back for its eighth edition. For the next ten days, PokerStars' micro-limit players take center stage as they compete for $5 million in guaranteed prize money over 100 events. Action kicked off with a six-course buffet of no-limit hold'em events, all of which smashed through their guarantees. Although Event #6 ($2.20+R NLHE, 2x-Turbo) nearly saw us crown a repeat MicroMillions champion, this tournament belonged to the U.K.'s xaMpicidix, who triumphed in short-handed play to come away with the win.

One of today's two turbo NLHE offerings, Event #6 drew 7,051 players. Their 15,405 rebuys and 3,315 add-ons pushed the final prizepool up to $51,542.00, easily dusting the $30k guarantee. 900 spots were paid with first place set to earn $7.844.30.

It took a little over two hours of play to burst the money bubble and by the four and a half hour mark, only ten players remained. Holding only 4.8 million to start the hand, TO. Dave limped in for 550,000 from under-the-gun and BigBadBlazer bumped it to 1.1 million on the button. Elliot_reis folded the small blind, but jualse37 shoved for 8.54 million from the big. TO. Dave called all-in and BigBadBlazer gave up his hand. Although TO. Dave had jualse37 dominated with A♣K♦ vs. A♥Q♠, a queen hit the turn to send TO. Dave to the rail on the final table bubble.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: jualse37 (14,940,155 in chips)
Seat 2: Auslad23 (7,045,389 in chips)
Seat 3: xaMpicidix (5,916,648 in chips)
Seat 4: roofingroofs (7,272,993 in chips)
Seat 5: Nik Samson (6,704,777 in chips)
Seat 6: crispoker10 (13,700,166 in chips)
Seat 7: elliot_reis (4,247,202 in chips)
Seat 8: BigBadBlazer (7,220,261 in chips)
Seat 9: Ansimans (11,014,409 in chips)

BigBadBlazer takes the lead

After a tentative start to the final table, BigBadBlazer and jualse37 clashed again. On a 6♥5♥3♣ flop, BigBadBlazer led into preflop raiser jualse37 for 1.2 million. Jualse37 raised to 7.8 million and BigBadBlazer called all-in for 4.7 million with 6♦7♦. Jualse37 revealed an unimproved A♥K♦ and fell to only 4.2 million when he blanked on the 3♥ turn and 6♣ river. With that 15 million pot, BigBadBlazer took the chip lead.

On the next hand, jualse37 open-shoved 4.2 million from UTG and Auslad23 reshoved for 10.2 million from his immediate left. Auslad23's A♠J♠ held up against K♠J♦ and jualse37 departed in ninth place, earning $399.45.

Everybody double!

Elliot_reis doubled to 6.02 million on the next deal when his A♥T♣ bested Nik Samson's A♠9♦ on a 4♣7♠J♦J♥K♠ board. On the hand after that, xaMpicidix three-bet shoved for 2.96 million with A♦7♦ and Ansimans called with pocket threes. XaMpicidix flopped a seven and moved up to 6.83 million.

Next, it was roofingroofs's turn. All-in preflop for 6.3 million with A♠K♦, roofingroofs flopped an ace and rivered aces and kings vs. Auslad23's K♣Q♥, good for a double to 14.2 million and a virtual dead heat with BigBadBlazer for the chip lead. This flurry of action left Nik Samson as the short stack with 3.05 million, but he got his due when his A♠Q♠ held up against xaMpicidix's K♠Q♦ in another preflop all-in.

crispoker10 wins battle of the blinds, BigBadBlazer snaps off kings

Only a couple hands passed before a blind vs. blind battle left us with seven players. With the blinds up to 400,000/800,000 and the action folded to crispoker10 in the small blind, he opened for 9.9 million with Q♠5♦. Elliot_reis called off his remaining 3.2 million from the big and revealed J♥9♣. Although eliot_reis paired his nine on the flop, a queen came with it and with no help on the turn and river, he hit the rail in eighth place ($618.50).

Early in the next level, BigBadBlazer opened for a 3x raise to 2.7 million and Auslad23 shoved for 6.7 million from the big blind. Although BigBadBlazer's A♥J♣ trailed Auslad23's K♥K♠ all the way through the turn, an ace fell on the river to snap them off and end his run in seventh place ($1,133.92).

The fall of Ansimans

Six hands later, the action folded to Ansimans in the small blind and he moved in for 6.76 million with 7♦9♣. XaMpicidix called all-in for less and revealed K♠6♠. XaMpicidix flopped a king, turned kings and jacks and rivered kings full, leaving Ansimans on only 640,000 in chips. Ansimans folded two hands before committing his remaining 349,500 with A♦J♠. The action passed to crispoker10 in the big blind, who revealed K♣T♦. The K♦T♣6♦ flop made crispoker10 two pair and although the 7♦ turn gave Ansimans the nut flush draw, he whiffed the 6♠ river and exited in sixth place ($1,649.34).

Nik Samson's luck runs out

Holding only 4.57 million in chips, Nik Samson held less than five big blinds when he doubled through BigBadBlazer, his A♣T♣ holding vs. K♣J♦. However, his luck ran out a short time later. Nik Samson put the squeeze on crispoker10 and xaMpicidix with a three-bet shove to 5.05 million, but crispoker10 came back over the top for 16.8 million, folding out xaMpicidix. Nik Samson's A♠J♠ lost the race to crispoker10's 9♥9♦ on the 6♠6♥4♦4♠3♦ board and he hit the rail in fifth place ($2,164.76).

xaMpicidix wins a 34.4 million flip

With the blinds up to 750,000/1,500,000, BigBadBlazer opened for 4.5 million from the small blind and xaMpicidix shoved for 16.9 million with A♦J♠. BigBadBlazer called with 6♣6♦, setting the stage for a 34.4 million-chip coin flip. However, the A♣J♥J♦ flop didn't give anyone much of a sweat as xaMpicidix made jacks full of aces. The K♠ turn left BigBadBlazer drawing dead and he sank to 890,000 in chips, less than one big blind.

Two hands later, BigBadBlazer called all-in from UTG with J♣9♣, but he couldn't catch xaMpicidix's A♣K♣ on the A♥9♠8♠6♠A♦ board. For fourth place, BigBadBlazer picked up $2,834.81.

Third in chips snags second-place money

Shortly after BigBadBlazer busted in fourth, the final three agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's a look at how they stacked up when the music stopped:

xaMpixidix 36,962,318
roofingroofs 25,331,074
crispoker10 15,768,608
Blinds 900,000/1,800,000

Per the players' request, the final table host produced ICM numbers for the trio. With the required $600 set aside for the eventual winner, the formula gave xaMpicidix $6,192.92, roofingroofs $5,762.55 and crispoker10 $5.220.66. Roofingroofs and xaMpicidix quickly agreed to the numbers, but crispoker10 informed them he needed a $5,800.00 share to close the deal. XaMpicidix set the ball rolling with a $250 donation and roofingroofs agreed to give up $150. But that wasn't enough for crispoker10, already a MicroMillions champion with a $16k win last March.

crispoker10: 200$ roof
crispoker10: and we have a deal

Roofingroofs relented and the numbers were recalculated to reflect the negotiated adjustments. And when the maths were done, crispoker10 actually came away with a larger slice of the prize pool than roofingroofs, despite holding 9.5 million fewer chips.

crispoker10 snap-busts

On the first hand back, crispoker10 three-bet shoved for 15.4 million with A♥4♣ and xaMpicidix looked him up with 4♦4♥. The pocket fours held up on the J♣8♦5♣8♠7♦ board and crispoker10 went out in third place. Thanks to his negotiating skills, crispoker10 earned the second-largest prize at $5.670.66,

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 3: xaMpicidix (55,790,926 in chips)
Seat 4: roofingroofs (22,271,074 in chips)

Roofingroofs and xaMpicidix traded the blinds half a dozen times before the final hand unfolded. Roofingroofs min-raised to 3.6 million on the button and xaMpicidix called to see a A♣4♦3♥ flop. XaMpicidix check-called roofingroofs's 1.8 million bet and checked again when the K♦ turned. Roofingroofs bet 3.6 million, xaMpicidix raised to 21.9 million and roofingroofs called all-in, revealing A♠3♦ for aces up. XaMpicidix was behind with 3♠4♠ for a worse two pair, but found the 4♥ on the river to fill up and secure the win.

Congratulations to xaMpicidix on joining the ranks of MicroMillions champions. He banked $6.532.92 for the win, while runner-up roofingroofs earned $5.562.55.

We're only getting warmed up in the MicroMillions 8. Head over to the MicroMillions page for a complete tournament schedule.

MicroMillions-006: $2.20+R NL Hold'em [2x-Turbo]
Entrants: 7,051
Rebuys: 15,405
Add-ons: 3,315
Total prize pool: $51,542.00
Places paid: 900

1. xaMpicidix (United Kingdom) $6,532.92*
2. roofingroofs (Canada) $5,562.55*
3. crispoker10 (Portugal) $5,670.66*
4. BigBadBlazer (Canada) $2,834.81
5. Nik Samson (Russia) $2,164.76
6. Ansimans (Netherlands) $1,649.34
7. Auslad23 (Australia) $1,133.92
8. elliot_reis (Brazil) $618.50
9. jualse37 (Germany) $399.45

*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $600 in play for the winner

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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