MicroMillions II: No doubt for Noogaii in Event #58 ($2.20+R NL Hold'em, Big Antes, 2x-Turbo)

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngA total of 10,899 players bought into Event #58 today, the $2.20+R NL Hold'em (Big Antes, 2x-Turbo). With 30,366 rebuys and 6,250 add-ons, the prize pool was juiced to more than $95,000 with a five-figure payout up to. That's quite a parlay from a couple bucks.

Team PokerStars Pro Henrique "Henrique.P" Pinho gave it a darn good effort in this one. His name was hovering near the middle of the chip counts for the duration, but the field could not shake him for a long while. His countryman, Team Online's Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra was eliminated with about 3,000 players remaining, but he was a fervent railbird as Pinho played down closer to the final table.

acoimbra: vamooooo Henrique.P!

With 37 players left, Pinho made his final stand with the J♦ 9♦.

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That was the end of the line for the Portuguese, and he earned $166.30 for his 37th-place finish. Congratudolences, Henrique.

Noogaii spent an eternity as the chip captain. and with 12 players left, he opened up a huge gap over the rest of the field. Greece's nikosav86 was one of the big stacks at the time, and the two tangled up in a huge pot that never went to showdown.

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That gave Noogaii almost 50 million chips -- more than three times the count of the nearest challenger. The Irishman went ahead and burst the final table bubble with the elimination of Havoc1983 to take more than 66 million chips to the finale.

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Event #58 Final Table
Seat 1: nikosav86 (Greece) - 8,474,142
Seat 2: Noogaii (Ireland) - 66,316,112
Seat 3: momanek (Czech Republic) - 13,831,216
Seat 4: KingCasi (Germany) - 7,127,461
Seat 5: WuDaddy23 - (Canada) - 18,962,037
Seat 6: Poooker123 (6202104 in chips)
Seat 7: Majo360 (11460900 in chips)
Seat 8: vozduh27 (7188318 in chips)

Noogaii wasted no time extending that big lead even further. On the very first hand of the final table, he wished his opponents luck and opened with a mini-raise to 200,000 under the gun. KingCasi three-bet shove for just shy of 7 million. Noogaii had plenty of chips to snap-call with A♣ 9♦, and the numbers had him as an underdog to KingCasi's T♥ T♦. Noogaii was running plenty good, though, and the A♠ 5♣ 7♣ 3♠ 5♦ board sent his opponent to the rail in ninth place.

Two hands later, the Irishman claimed a second victim of the final table. The action folded around to the blinds where Noogaii open-shoved with 4♦ 9♦. In the big blind, momonek woke up with J♣ J♦ and quickly called all in for about 12 million total. It did not go well for him on fifth street.

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Noogaii's chip stack was approaching 100 million, but it was time to let someone else make a run. Slovakia's Majo360 was the beneficiary of the two elimination hands that followed. First, the A♥ 8♣ bested Poooker123's K♥ 9♦ as the board ran out 7♦ J♣ T♣ T♥ A♦. Just a moment later, vozduh27 got it all in with A♣ 2♠ behind a Majo360 shove with A♦ 8♦. Ace-eight was good for the knockout once again as the dealer spread out a 5♦ T♣ 8♥ T♦ K♣ board. Majo360 eliminated Poooker123 and vozduh27 in seventh and sixth places, respectively.

That put the Slovakian comfortably in second place, but he could not stave off elimination for long as the blinds began to get prohibitive. They were up to 800K/160K when Majo360 had been crippled in a previous pot, and he open-shoved K♦ 8♥. Noogaii called with 7♥ T♣ from the big blind, and the dealer would soon ship the chips his way. The board came 2♥ 5♣ 3♣ 6♠ 7♠, and Majo360 was rivered out in fifth place.

The pair of Greeks were next to go. First to fall was nikosav86 and his K♣ 9♥. Noogaii insta-called with A♥ 7♥, and the 8♣ 9♠ A♦ Q♠ 7♠ board put nikosav86 out in fourth place with a bit less than $5,000 to show for his work. Just one minute later, WuDaddy23 took the tournament life of asteri65 in a big coin flip. It was Q♦ Q♠ for asteri65, but his queens ended up second-best against A♣ K♦. The board came 8♦ 7♦ A♦ T♠ 3♠, and the event was suddenly heads-up.

When heads-up play began, Noogaii held more than 117 million of the 145 million chips in play, but he was the first to suggest a quick chat.

Noogaii: deal?
WuDaddy23: ill look

The host ran the numbers by chips, and both men agreed to the deal with $1,000 left on the table. The final few hands played out mostly in shove-fold mode, and the first showdown brought about the last five board cards of the tournament.


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WuDaddy started the final table second in chips, and that's just where he ended up. His runner-up performance was worth just more than $10,000 as he squeaked into a five-figure payday of his own. The day belonged to Noogaii, though, who was never in much danger during the end game. The deal ended up costing him about $500, but the $12,852.61 he binked represents a fine reward for just about five hours of work.

Final Table Results
1. Noogaii (Ireland) - $12,852.61
2. WuDaddy23 (Canada) - $10,152.97
3. asteri65 (Greece) - $6,842.16
4. nikosav86 (Greece) - $4,751.50
5. Majo360 (Slovakia) - $3,801.20
6. vozduh27 (Kazakhstan) - $2,850.90
7. Poooker123 (Germany) - $1,900.60
8. momanek (Czech Republic) - $950.30
9. KingCasi (Germany) - $646.20

Eric Ramsey
@PokerStars in MicroMillions II