MicroMillions III: §haq_88 in full attack mode and wins Event #61 $1R (3x-Turbo)
Some days you wake up on the right side of the bed and everything goes right for you. Today seemed like one of those magical days for PokerStars Team Online Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz, who posted a deep run in Event #61. The pro from Poland advanced to the final table despite being short-stacked for most of the tournament. As the field dwindled down to under 99 players, DaWarsaw was faced with several catastrophic all-ins and he somehow managed to emerge unscathed. He avoided elimination too many times to count and stayed alive long enough to make the final table. Alas, as soon as DaWarsaw got there, he ran out of gas and was knocked out in ninth place.
Portugal's §haq_88 began the final table in the middle of the pack, but strategically waited until four players remained before he went in full-out attack mode and knocked out the last three players en route to a MicroMillions III victory.
The Triple Turbo Re-buy format is one of the most exhilarating events on the MicroMillions III schedule. Event #61 $1R (3x-Turbo) attracted 14,495 runners, who added 80,381 re-buys and 8,125 add-ons, which boosted the prize pool to $94,140.41. The top 2,025 places paid out.
PokerStars Team Online Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz was the only Team Pro to cash in this event as he went all the way to the final table. Team PokerStars Pro Poland Marcin "Goral" Horecki busted out in 5,450th place and didn't get a chance at his 18th cash in MicroMillions III. Greece Team PokerStars Pro Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas hit the road in 2,795th place and missed the money.
With approximately 70 players left, DaWarsaw was next to last in chips and made a stand and got it all-in with K♦J♥ versus fotografosp's A♣5♦. Although fotografosp flopped a pair of fives, DaWarsaw caught running cards for a Broadway straight. DaWarsaw doubled up to evade a knock out.
After surviving that close call, DaWarsaw went on a heater. He busted I'veGotJoker with 9♦9♠ against Q♥9♥ and won a 10 million pot. Four hands later, he knocked out RoussJ with A♠Q♠ against Q♣Q♥. The A♦ spiked on the turn, which sealed the deal for DaWarsaw. He dragged a 14 million pot and rocketed into the Top 5 overall with 24 million.
With 23 remaining, DaWarsaw slipped to 18 million or 12th overall. But, DaWarsaw got in trouble and slipped to the back of the pack when he doubled up menk11's K♣Q♣ with Q♥2♥. A couple hands later, DaWarsaw made a stand with A♦Q♦ against vvk89's K♣K♠. DaWarsaw flopped a Queen and rivered a Queen to win the pot with trips. Yet another amazing come-from-behind win to stave off elimination. DaWarsaw chipped back up to 22 million and lived to fight another day.
DaWarsaw's stack thinned once again and made a stand with A♦Q♦ against vvk89's K♣K♠. DaWarsaw flopped a Queen and rivered a Queen to win the pot with trip Queens. Wow! Another amazing come-from-behind win to thwart another potential elimination. DaWarsaw chipped back up to 22 million and lived to fight another day.
With 15 to go, DaWarsaw woke up with K♣K♦ and doubled up against menk11's Q♦J♥. They got it all-in on a flop that gave menk11 an open-ended straight draw. DaWarsaw faded the straight and won the pot, which was worth almost 40 million. That hand pushed DaWarsaw back into the Top 5. With 13 remaining, DaWarsaw took a hit and lost a 22.4 million pot when he ran into iliansi68's flopped straight flush with Q♣9♣. DaWarsaw was lucky he didn't lose more chips on that hand. He slipped to 25 million.
DaWarsaw's stack incurred another hit when kleath doubled up T♥T♠ against his A♦6♠. DaWarsaw flopped an Ace but the T♣ on the river gave kleath a full boat.
Action went hand-for-hand with ten remaining and DaWarsaw held onto dear life with the slimmest stack. DaWarsaw managed to stay out of a gunfight when fotografosp bombed it all-in preflop with J♣J♥ against iliansi68's T♠T♥. A ten on the flop gave iliansi68 a set and he won the pot. Alas, Brazil's fotografosp bubbled off the final table in tenth place.
Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: BoiWiliam (69,710,076)
Seat 2: OlivinsS (56,945,474)
Seat 3: iliansi68 (141,631,091)
Seat 4: pinatipro (36,360,384)
Seat 5: §haq_88 (81,829,801)
Seat 6: DaWarsaw (11,222,867)
Seat 7: valsas74 (30,421,928)
Seat 8: RiverOuckSut (38,993,462)
Seat 9: Coltrane87 (62,612,917)
The final table commenced during Level 59 with blinds at 1.4 million/2.8 million and a 280K ante. The chip leader was iliansi68, who sat on a big stack worth over 141.6 million. Team Online DaWarsaw was the shorty with 11.2 million.
The run good continued for DaWarsaw when he doubled up with A♠5♥ versus valsas74's Q♠Q♥ when an A♦ hit the flop. He avoided yet another elimination and picked up some much needed breathing room. However, he was still one of the short stacks with 25 million.
Team Online DaWarsaw eliminated in 9th place
It took a couple of levels before someone finally busted at the final table, but that person was DaWarsaw. The amazing run for the Team Online member had come to an end. Short-stacked DaWarsaw bombed it all-in preflop with 8♣8♠ and iliansi68 called with K♠6♠. The flop was 9♠6♦2♠ and DaWarsaw retained the lead, but iliansi68 picked up a flush draw and a pair of sixes. The turn was the 9♥, but the T♠ on the river filled in iliansi68's spade draw. For a ninth-place finish, Team Online DaWarsaw collected $564.84.
Check out DaWarsaw's final hand here:
pinatipro eliminated in 8th place
Big-stacked iliansi68 min-raised to 9 million, pinatipro shoved over the top for 23,230,768, and iliansi68 called. pinatipro was ahead with A♣K♥ versus iliansi68's K♦J♣, but the flop was J♠6♠5♥ and iliansi68 took the lead. The turn was the 7♥ and the river was 3♦. iliansi68 won the pot with a pair of Jacks and pinatipro hit the road in eighth place, which paid out $847.26.
RiverOuckSut eliminated in 7th place
If you blinked, you would've missed the next bustout. RiverOuckSut open-shoved for 32,843,078 and Coltrane87 re-shoved for 42,755,834, and everyone got out of the way. Heads-up. Coltrane87 led with A♣J♠ versus RiverOuckSut's A♥6♦. The board ran out A♦K♦4♠8♥K♥. Coltrane87 won the pot with Aces up and Jack-kicker. Alas, RiverOuckSut also had two pair, but found himself outkicked and thereby knocked out. RiverOuckSut took home $1,647.45 for a seventh-place finish.
With six to go, iliansi68 held the lead with 204 million, while OlivinsS brought up the rear with 38.7 million. Action was paused so the players could discuss a deal. They left $1,500 on the table and agreed on these figures:
OlivinsS eliminated in 6th place
With the money properly chopped up, it was time to finish the tournament. OlivinsS open-shoved for 13,978,792 and iliansi68 called. OlivinsS trailed with Q♣J♣ against iliansi68's A♠4♣. The board ran out 7♥6♣3♣7♦8♠. Although OlivinsS flopped a flush draw, he whiffed and iliansi68 dragged the pot with a pair of sevens and an Ace-kicker. For a sixth place finish, OlivinsS collected $3,122.51.
Coltrane87 eliminated in 5th place
Big-stacked iliansi68 min-raised to 14 million, Coltrane87 shoved for 32,941,424, and iliansi68 called. Coltrane87 was ahead with K♦9♠ against iliansi68's J♦T♠. But the flop was Q♥T♥2♦ and iliansi68' took the lead with a pair of tens. The turn was the 3♣ and the river was the T♦. iliansi68 won the pot with trip tens, while Coltrane87 busted out in fifth place, which paid out $4,129.31.
valsas74 eliminated in 4th place
It didn't last four-handed for very long. §haq_88 raised to 21 million, valsas74 re-raised to 45,714,976, and §haq_88 called. §haq_88 was ahead with A♣K♣ against valsas74's A♠9♣. The board ran out K♠3♦3♠5♥3♥. §haq_88 flopped two pair and rivered a boat, which meant valsas74 got knocked out in fourth place, which paid out $5,298.90.
BoiWiliam eliminated in 3rd place
BoiWiliam moved all-in for 75,843,890 and §haq_88 called with A♠T♠. BoiWiliam was ahead with 4♦4♣ but he got flushed out. The board ran out 9♦8♠5♣2♠J♠ and §haq_88 caught running spades to win the pot with a nut flush. BoiWiliam bowed out in third place and collected $5,506.85.
HEADS-UP: iliansi68 (Bulgaria) vs. §haq_88 (Portugal)
Seat 3: iliansi68 (274,502,996)
Seat 5: §haq_88 (255,225,004)
When heads-up began, iliansi68 held almost a 25 million lead. §haq_88 quickly wrestled away first place, but iliansi68 won a 336 million pot when he doubled up with J♥T♥ against §haq_88's 4♦4♣.
The §haq_88 attack would get it right back after dragging a 402 million pot. The board read A♦8♥7♦9♦ with over 130 million was in the pot. iliansi68 checked, §haq_88 fired out 96 million, iliansi68 check-raised to 192 million, and §haq_88 called all-in. §haq_88 led with 9♥6♣ and a pair of nines and an open-ended straight draw, while iliansi68 held T♥8♠ for a pair of eights and a better straight draw. The river was the 7♠ and iliansi68 failed to improve his hand. §haq_8 chipped up to over 402 million, while iliansi68 slipped to 127 million.
iliansi68 eliminated in 2nd place; §haq_8 wins MicroMillions III Event #61
Four hands later... it was all over when iliansi68 moved all-in for 101,707,936, and
§haq_88 called. §haq_88 was ahead with A♥J♣ against iliansi68's T♦9♠. The board ran out A♠9♣7♠3♣8♦ and §haq_88 won the pot with a pair of Aces. The best iliansi68 could do was a pair of nines. Alas, iliansi68 was knocked out in second place. For a runner-up performance, iliansi68 collected $9,395.40.
§haq_88 earned $9,300.77 for winning Event #61 and shipping the MicroMillions III title. Congrats!
Check out the final hand in the replayer:
MicroMillions III Event #61: $1R NL (3x-Turbo) - Final Table Results:
Prize Pool: $94,140.41
Places Paid: 2,025
1. §haq_88 (Portugal) - $9,300.77 ***
2. iliansi68 (Bulgaria) - $9,395.40 ***
3. BoiWilliam (Brazil) - $5,506.85 ***
4. alsas74 (Portugal) - $5,298.90 ***
5. Coltrane87 (Denmark) - $4,129.31 ***
6, OlivinsS (Portugal) - $3,122.51 ***
7. RiverOuckSut (Australia) - $1,647.45
8. pinatipro (Hungary) - $847.26
9. Team Online Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz (Poland) - $564.84
*** Denotes a six-way deal
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Pauly McGuire is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.