MicroMillions III: Jacpot555 hits the jackpot in Event #68 ($3.30 NLHE 10-Max Shootout)
Win four shootout tables in a row and you win a MicroMillions title. Sounds easy enough. Certainly much easier than defeating a tournament containing 10,000 players right? Well Jacpot555 did both today after becoming our newest MicroMillions champion.
It was Event #68 of the MicroMillions III schedule which brought a capacity field of 10,000 for the $3.30 No Limit Holdem 10-Max Shootout event producing a prize pool of $30,000. Winning one table would be enough to secure a min-cash of $10.50. Win a second table and that would increase to $45.00. Advance a third time and you would be on the final table with $195.00 locked up and a shot at the $4,725 top prize.
Fresh off his big win in Event #62, Marcin "Goral" Horecki was back in action once again today, and he secured another cash for winning his first table. Horecki was officially 848th to pick up $10.50 in prize money, as well as some more valuable points in the MicroMillions Player of the Series race.
It took over eight hours before the last Round 3 shootout winner was decided when Jacpot555's Q♥Q♠ held over sardine66's A♣T♣, to see our final table line up formed as follows:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: Jaszaa (5,000 in chips)
Seat 2: mrsblast (5,000 in chips)
Seat 3: josheroP (5,000 in chips)
Seat 4: Audy21 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 5: AshModai90 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 6: Jacpot555 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 7: Pain_LT (5,000 in chips)
Seat 8: vovochka1 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 9: vitaliky555 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 10: Krausi80 (5,000 in chips)
Being a shootout event, all players started the final table with identical stacks of 5,000 to set a level playing field for our finale with the blinds kicking off at 25/50.
There were quips about a potential ten-way deal which would've locked up over $1,600 per player, but that was impossible with Russian vovochka1 failing to show up on time for the restart.
The pots in the early stages were relatively small as to be expected with the blinds rather insignificant. AshModai90 and josheroP worked their way into an early advantage, but mrsblast grabbed the first major pot with an all-in bet on the river on a coordinated board of 6♣J♠9♣Q♥T♣. AshModai90 couldn't make the call and mrsblast was into the lead.
Audy21 was the first to go in an unfortunate hand. vitaliky555 limped from early position, Audy21 min-raised from the big blind and vitaliky555 called to see a flop of 4♣5♠2♠. That was a flop that both liked, as the chips went into the middle. Audy21 held K♦K♣ for the overpair and the lead against vitaliky555's A♥5♦ for top pair and straight draw. The T♥ turn changed nothing but the A♠ river was the ace from space required for vitaliky555 to take the pot. Audy21 collected $195 for 10th place.
The luck quickly changed for vitaliky555 when Jaszaa spiked a queen on the river to double through with A♠Q♣ against vitaliky555's A♦K♣. It left vitaliky555 on the short stack and soon after was all in on the turn on a board of 6♦6♠8♣Q♦. josheroP made the call with 7♠7♦ but vitaliky555 had plenty of outs with A♦K♦ for flush draw and overcards. However the river bricked the Q♠ to see vitaliky555 eliminated in 9th place for $345 in prize money.
mrsblast was back on the short stack and next to go. mrsblast moved all in preflop with A♣T♠ with Krausi80 making the call holding K♣J♠. The board arrived 8♣J♣8♦6♠7♥ to see Krausi80 spike a jack to eliminate mrsblast in 8th place for $495 score.
Pain_LT landed the biggest pot of the final table, flopping a set to crack vovochka1's top pair of aces. It left vovochka1 under pressure and a short time later all in with K♣Q♠. It was a case of bad timing as Krausi80 found A♥A♦ with the rockets holding true on the T♠J♦7♥3♦2♥ board. vovochka1's 7th place was worth $690 in prize money.
Jaszaa landed a double up with pocket tens against Krausi80's ace-queen, while Pain_LT was out in front with the chip lead. But that change when a monster pot went the way of AshModai90 after a cooler flop:
Both players were slow-playing the flop with AshModai90 flopping a set but josheroP had the wheel straight! The chips went in on the turn but when the river paired the board, AshModai90 improved to a full house to take it down and remove a very unlucky josheroP in 6th place for $900 in prize money.
With four figures secured, Jaszaa looked to make a move, shoving ten big blinds with 9♦A♣. Jacpot555 made the call with T♣T♠ and was never headed on the board of 5♠7♣J♣T♦Q♠. Jaszaa was left with just 75 in chips which were committed to the pot next hand, never to return. Jaszaa collected $1,200 for 5th place.
With four players left, Jacpot555 tossed up the idea to look at the numbers, but that notion was quickly squashed by AshModai90.
It proved to be a wise decision by AshModai90, who just a few hands later rivered a deceptive straight holding 4♠6♦ on a board of T♦7♠3♠8♠5♦, causing much pain for Pain_LT.
The pain continued when Pain_LT moved all in for around 11 big blinds with A♣6♣ as AshModai90 made the call with a dominated A♠3♠ in the big blind:
A devastating three on the river saw Pain_LT head to the virtual rail in 4th place for $1,875 in prize money.
AshModai90 was out to a commanding lead with three players left and was still uninterested in looking at doing a deal. After saying in the chat box that he "runs good", those words would come back to haunt.
The tournament was turned on its head just a couple of hands later with Krausi80 winning two sizable pots, the last with three streets of value on a board of 7♠7♣8♥5♠2♣ holding A♦7♥. But the real game-changer was when AshModai90's aces were cracked in brutal fashion:
AshModai90 was still numb when moving all in next hand for almost 18 big blinds with K♦5♣ but incredibly Jacpot555 woke up with A♥A♦ in the big blind! The board fell 9♦J♥3♠J♣7♥ and just like that, AshModai90 had crashed and burned in 3rd place for $2,625 in prize money.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 6: Jacpot555 (17,330 in chips)
Seat 10: Krausi80 (32,670 in chips)
Jacpot555 was still keen to talk numbers but Krausi80 held a near two-to-one chip lead and was happy to play on. Turning down deals proved to be bad karma on this final table, as Jacpot555 was quick to land a big double up. The action unfolded on a flop of 6♥4♥7♥ with Krausi80 taking a shot at the title with 7♠T♦ for top pair, but that was well behind as Jacpot555 opened 9♥T♥ for the flopped flush. The turn was the J♣ but the river was a sweet 8♥ to give Jacpot555 an unbeatable straight-flush!
Jacpot555 was back in contention but the two players didn't give an inch as an intense heads-up battle ensued. After several orbits of small pots were passed back and forth, another jaw-dropping hand went the way of Jacpot555:
Krausi80 had one hand on the trophy when the chips went in on the turn with two pair, but the river cruelly counterfeited his hand to give Jacpot555's queen-kicker an incredible double up.
Luck just wasn't going the way of Krausi80, and with just five big blinds, Krausi80 moved all in preflop with Q♥3♦ but Jacpot555 made the call with Q♦6♦ to be well in front. The board ran out 4♣K♥6♥7♠2♥ to see Jacpot555 make the only pair to take it down. Krausi80 was out in 2nd place for $3,450 with Jacpot555 striking it rich with a huge win worth $4,725 in prize money.
MicroMillions III Event #68 Results
Prize pool: $30,000
Places paid: 1,000
1st Jacpot555 (Ukraine) - $4,725
2nd Krausi80 (Germany) - $3,450
3rd AshModai90 (Estonia) - $2,625
4th Pain_LT (Lithuania) - $1,875
5th Jaszaa (Netherlands) - $1,200
6th josheroP (Czech Republic) - $900
7th vovochka1 (Russia) - $690
8th mrsblast (United Kingdom) - $495
9th vitaliky555 (Russia) - $345
10th Audy21 (Canada) - $195
For more details about the MicroMillions III schedule and leader board, head to the MicroMillions home page.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.