MicroMillions II: valirar888 roars to victory in Event #84 ($8.80 NLHE)

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngUnder one hour someone tonight went from being assured $616.59 to $8,612.40 after tonight's MicroMillions II Event #84 $8.80 buy-in NLHE tournament got through the final nine before most cubical workers start glancing at the clock for quitting time. An eight thousand dollar differences between ninth place and the chopped cash taken by our champion valirar888 proved just how quickly a person's fortune can change from playing this tournament series. Instead of by content with making the final table last in chips, valirar888 showed perseverance worthy to turn a short-stack into a big tournament series victory after defeating 9,944 other players.

While 1,260 players would take home a little piece of the $50,000 guarantee crushing prize pool of $79,560.00, the list would not include Team Online's Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra who will likely be taking an extended rest after playing in all 100 events of the 2012 MicroMillions II tournament series. The Portuguese pro would finish out of the cash in 4,490th place.

13 players would hit the seventh hourly break with no runaway leader. adam&ewa, mari140779, and kaaex all sat up front with over 6.7 million in chips and blinds at a comfortable (for them anyway) 80K/160K ante 16K.

While spreadd would take leave fairly quickly in 13th place ($314.26) the next three would wait 10 minutes before tumbling like dominos. With the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K culibrk1 would shove from the hijack seat for 1.6 million as adam&ewa made the call from the cutoff . culibrk1's ducks 2♦2♠ were tossed off the pond quickly as adam&ewa's K♦J♦ caught two jacks on the flop and a king on the turn for good measure J♥ 7♠ J♣ K♠ 4♦ to send culibrk1 home in 12th place ($3.69 million).

Very closely behind on the opposite table, Daddddymufff called LuckAnd's 847,136 shove from the cutoff . Daddddymufff's big blind special Q♦K♠ against LuckAnd's A♦T♣ walked the chip leader into 1.94 million more chips as a king found its way to the J♥ K♥ 8♣ 6♦ 7♣ board . LuckAnd had nothing further to say in 11th place ($421.66).

Hand-for-hand was similarly quick, just two hands to name our final nine this afternoon. The blinds remained at 100K/200K ante 20K as Daddymufff got into the middle of a big hand, this time shoving over the top of DudeAbides79's 2.8 million chip shove from the cutoff. Pocket nines for the table chip leader 9♥9♦ well outpaced the White Russian loving pocket fives 5♥5♦. The Dude failed to hit the two-outer 3♠ T♠ A♥ 6♠ 8♦ but that's ok man, because the South African was walking away with $421.66 on a $8.80 buy-in in tenth place starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: adam&ewa (6648199 in chips)
Seat 2: truefaith18 (3303948 in chips)
Seat 3: mari140779 (9206837 in chips)
Seat 4: Andre3113 (3103913 in chips)
Seat 5: valirar888 (2136120 in chips)
Seat 6: Daddddymufff (9898909 in chips)
Seat 7: kaaex (8714941 in chips)
Seat 8: superbig1985 (3427921 in chips)
Seat 9: minimax111 (3284212 in chips)

Four hands in, one player out

minimax111 needed a lot of help after doubling up valirar888 on the final table's second hand. knocked the Russian down to 1.1 million. Two hands later minimax111 would open shove from UTG+1 as adam&ewa made the call from the immediate left. The speculative 9♣J♣ from minimax111 failed to catch up to adam&ewa's A♣Q♥ on the 5♥ K♣ 8♥ 3♣ T♠ board as the first final table casualty earned $616.59 in ninth place.

Shortstack making a comeback

With two tables to go valirar888 was on the bottom of the chip count for the majority of the time. After just nine minutes of the final table the hunted became the hunter. For proof, see the video below:

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Andre3113 would shove from the button for 1.6 million as valirar888 made the call out of the small blind holding Q♣T♥. While the pocket treys 3♣3♥ looked good after the flop and turn A♦ 8♦ 4♣ J♠ the four added outs hit on the river 9♥ to give valirar888 a straight and the 3.7 million chip pot. Andre3113 was another contributor to the rise of valirar888 in eighth place ($875.16).

In awe forwards or backwards

With the blinds moving up to 150K/300K ante 30K kaaex would lead off the betting with a raise to 608,888 from UTG as adam&ewa made the call. mari140779 had no intention of sharing by shoving for 5.8 million from the button as kaaex also shoved for 10.4 million. adam&ewa likely could not believe the fortune that fell on the German's pocket aces A♣A♥ covered mari140779 but not kaaex as both players made the call. kaaex showed the coolered pocket queens Q♠Q♣ as mari140779 showed the equally ice cold big slick A♠K♥. Even the three clubs by the turn 2♠ J♣ 5♣ 7♣ 8♥ failed to make a dent in the aces as adam&ewa rode the best hand in poker to a 19.1 million chip win with the double knockout of mari140779 in seventh place ($1,591.20).

Having faith

Just over a dozen hands later kaaex's fall from the tournament was complete. With the blinds now up to 200K/400K ante 40K truefaith17 would raise from the hijack seat for 1.2 million as kaaex shoved from 4.8 million from the small blind holding a medium ace 8♥A♦. truefaith17 did not have a medium, instead had big slick K♥A♣ easily making the call. Neither player found their kicker appearing on the A♠ T♠ 5♣ 2♦ J♠ board as kaaex's descent was swift from the final table taking home sixth place cash ($2,386.80).

valirar888's stock still rising

Three hands later and fresh off doubling up off adam&ewa to a little less than 10 million, valirar888 had sights on getting near the chip leaders. With the blinds still at 200K/400K ante 40K valirar888 applied the pressure by opening for a min-raise from the button. Holding pocket jacks J♥J♠ and 3.2 million chips, superbig1985 shoved as valirar888 made the call with 7♣A♠. One live card was enough, as valirar888's luck/skill would claim another big pot as an ace hit the turn 8♥ Q♣ T♠ A♣ 2♠ ending superbig1985's night in fifth place ($3,182.40).

First time for everything

There's a first time flagging down the ice cream truck for a multi-colored Bomb Pop during heat wave or that first kiss shared during recess in fourth grade. Memories most people tend to tuck away. Gamblers, poker players in particular, might speak fondly of their first time chopping up a big tournament. One of our final four never participated in the careful dissection of the final table cash, but definitely understood locking up the funds (with $1,000.00 to our champ) would assure more than the $3,978.00 slated for fourth. After a quick run of the chop numbers, all four players agreed to the below numbers on the first pass:

valirar888 (Romania): $7,612.40
adam&ewa (Germany): $6,625.12
Daddddymufff (United Kingdom): $7,267.27
truefaith18 (United Kingdom): $7,701.85

Same hand, very different results

Shortly after the chopped funds were taken care of, the blinds moved up to 250K/500K ante 50K as adam&ewa raised to 1.5 million. truefaith18, the biggest benefactor of the chop, shoved for 12.8 million as valirar888 now covered the former chip leader and made the call out of the small blind. adam&ewa donated the dead chips as the video below will present our new chip leader:

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Both players flipped up ace-jack, but valirar888's suited in hearts J♥A♥ would make all the difference as four hearts hit the K♥ 8♥ 9♥ 4♥ 4♦ board as not even divine intervention would help truefaith18's exit in fourth place ($7,701.85).

Daddy is done

Words many parents have spoken after a long day at an amusement park or trying to get a three year old to eat his carrots, "daddy is done" is a white flag of admission that daddy needs to step away from the table. In poker the lack of chips in front of the player is the surrender symbol and Daddddymufff would give up a 21.5 million chip pot to adam&ewa after pocket treys failed to outcome the pocket fives of adam&ewa. Two hands later with the blinds still at 250K/500K ante 50K, Daddddymufff would call all-in after valirar888's button raise for 1.2 million from the small blind as adam&ewa also called from the big blind. After both players checked the flop, adam&ewa led out for one million with the board showing 7♠ 2♦ 2♥ J♦. valirar888 gave it up as adam&ewa showed the pair of sevens 9♥7♥ that overcame Daddddymufff's T♥K♦. 2♣ river and Daddddymufff passed the chips to adam&ewa while collecting the chopped third place cash ($7,267.27). Daddddymufff seemed to be the only one with big final table experience tonight, having made the 2011 WCOOP Event #4 final table, finishing ninth.

Four minutes to victory

About the same time a hockey player finishes out a double minor penalty, valirar888 finished up an incredible run from the bottom to claim victory in Event #84. With the blinds up to 300K/600K ante 60K and nearly even stacks for both players (26.7 million for valirar888 and 22.9 million for adam&ewa) the players would start towards the final hand of the nearly 10 hour tournament. valirar888 min-raised from the button as adam&ewa three-bet to three million. Called by valirar888 to see an ace-high flop 9♥5♦A♠. adam&ewa kept up the pressure with a 2.4 million chip bet as valirar888 again called. 2♥ on the turn got adam&ewa to push out 5.4 million as valirar888 doubled it to 10.8 million. Holding A♣Q♦ adam&ewa shoved all-in for 17.5 million as valirar888 quickly made the call with the turned two pair A♦2♦. Still a lot of outs for adam&ewa, but the queen and the counterfeit ones never made it as the T♠ safely hit the river sealing valirar888's Event #84 victory and $8,612.40 for first place!

Players Entered: 9,945
Places Paid: 1,260
Buy-in: $8.80
Prize Pool: $79,560.00

$50,000.00 guaranteed MicroMillions II Event #84 (NLHE) results (07-21-12):
(* denotes part of four-way chop )
1. valirar888 (Romania) *$8,612.40
2. adam&ewa (Germany) *$6,625.12
3. Daddddymufff (United Kingdom) *$7,267.27
4. truefaith18 (United Kingdom) *$7,701.85
5. superbig1985 (Romania) $3,182.40
6. kaaex (Denmark) $2,386.80
7. mari140779 (Greece) $1,591.20
8. Andre3113 (Russia) $875.16
9. minimax111 (Russia) $616.59

One more day. Tomorrow marks the last day to win big at this MicroMillions series. The $22 buy-in Main Event starts at 14:30 EST and already has 9,020 players entered. Get your chance at a $150,000 minimum first prize by entering today!

David Aydt
@PokerStars in MicroMillions II