MicroMillions III: js'barsq brings home a win in Event #21 ($3.30 PLO 6-Max, Turbo)
Thus far, Russians are destroying the MicroMillions III. A quick trip over to the MicroMillions stats page reveals their lead in nearly all categories ranked by country. Most money won? Russia, with nearly $200,000. Most cashes? Most final tables? Most entrants? Russia, Russia and... Russia. The only area where Russia wasn't in the lead was with events won, but with three players remaining in Event #21, they'd fixed that stat. Russians went 1-2-3 in this turbo-charged PLO 6-Max, js'barsq taking the top spot to bring home Russia's second win in the MicroMillions III.
8,112 PLO junkies ponied up for this event, creating a $24,336 prize pool that soared past the $15k guarantee. 1,020 places were paid, with first place set to earn $3,654.90. A quartet of Red Spades joined the action, including Marcin Horecki, Caio Pessagno and Martin Hruby, but only Team Online's Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara (571st place) came away with a cash finish.
M0sdef cemented his status as the chip leader on the final table bubble. With seven players remaining and blinds of 250,000/500,000, hellflopboy opened for 1.5 million. M0sdef three-bet to 2.5 million and hellflopboy came back over the top for all 3.36 million of his chips. M0sdef called, revealing K♠J♠T♠T♣ while hellflopboy tabled J♦8♦8♥5♠. Both players made jacks and fours on the A♦J♣4♥4♦2♥ boar, but M0sdef's king kicker played, sending hellflopboy to the rail in seventh place.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: M0sdef (12,984,171 in chips)
Seat 2: SeoulPrison (7,261,962 in chips)
Seat 3: castardo (5,889,618 in chips)
Seat 4: js'barsq (4,096,651 in chips)
Seat 5: Manipus (8,000,716 in chips)
Seat 6: haro1982333 (2,326,882 in chips)
Chipcop is good for you
Short stack haro1982333 doubled through M0sdef on the second hand of final table play, his A♣A♥7♦2♥ holding up against K♣Q♦T♥9♠. Now in a bit more of a secure chip position, haro1982333 instantly began campaigning for a deal, but drew no interest from his opponents.
M0sdef: no play
M0sdef: no thankyou
haro1982333: is good for you
M0sdef: nobody else is talking bud
haro1982333: comon pleace
As haro1982333 continued begging, castardo three-bet shoved for his remaining 4.53 million and js'barsq reshoved right behind him. Opening raiser M0sdef ducked out of the way and the cards went on their backs.
Js'barsq hit a set of aces and the nut flush redraw and castardo never caught up, the board running out A♦8♠5♠3♦K♣ to end his run in sixth place. Castardo picked up $365.04 for his finish while js'barsq moved into the chip lead with 10.5 million.
M0sdef falls to js'barsq
A few hands later, haro1982333 doubled again through M0sdef. With his stack up to 9.4 million, he redoubled his efforts to convince his opponents to look at chip count chop numbers, but was rebuffed again. Down to 7.2 million with 400,000/800,000 blinds, M0sdef got his stack in preflop with A♦Q♦Q♥6♥, but trailed js'barsq's K♠K♣J♥8♣. Js'barsq flopped a set of kings and that did it for M0sdef, who collected $608.40 for fifth place.
SeoulPrison snaps off haro1982333
After eliminating M0sdef, js'barsq's 18.1 million in chips were twice the stack of second-place haro1982333, who continued to plead with his remaining opponents for a deal.
haro1982333: all 2000
haro1982333: ore breake?
js'barsq: 3.5k for me?
Haro1982333 couldn't convince his opponents to look at numbers, but had no problem getting his chips in with A♦A♠6♣4♠ against SeoulPrison's Q♣Q♠T♥6♥. However, haro1982333's dreams of a bigger payday were crushed when a queen hit the flop, the board running out Q♦6♦T♠5♣3♠ to eliminate haro1982333 in fourth place. He picked up $1,095.12 for his finish.
js'basrq takes control
SeoulPrison moved up to 16.6 million with that pot, but lost most of his chips to js'barsq two hands later:
SeoulPrison slipped to 10.6 million, and on the next hand, js'barsq raked in an even larger pot with a cold four-bet. With 4.7 million left, Manipus opened for 3.5 million and SeoulPrison three-bet to 6 million straight. From the big blind, js'barsq came over the top for 21.5 million and shockingly, Manipus folded, electing to save his last 1.2 million. SeoulPrison gave up his hand as well and js'barsq took down the 15.5 million pot.
On the next deal, js'barsq raised to 3 million from the small blind and Manipus called all-in from the big. Manipus' Q♣J♥T♣3♦ was in trouble against A♠A♦T♦3♠. Manipus hit a boffo K♥T♥9♠ flop to make a king-high straight, but js'barsq caught running kings on the turn and river to improve to kings full of aces. Manipus was out in third place, earning $1,825.20 and js'barsq was heads-up with a 7.7 to 1 chip lead.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: SeoulPrison (4,626,835 in chips)
Seat 4: js'barsq (35,933,165 in chips)
Seoul Prison kicked off heads-up play by winning the first five hands in a row. He doubled to 9.2 million on the first deal, his 5♥4♦4♠2♣ turning a set of fours against js'barsq's K♥T♣5♦3♠, which flopped a pair of tens. On hand #4, SeoulPrison doubled again, and this time, took the chip lead, his A♦8♦8♠7♠ rivering fours full of eights against js'barsq's A♣K♣Q♠J♦.
Now that SeoulPrison was in the lead with 21.5 million to his 19 million, js'barsq was the one asking for a deal, but his query got no response. However, js'barsq retook control of the match a few hands later when SeoulPrison folded to his river shove in a 17.2 million pot.
Back up to 25.6 million to SeoulPrison's 14.9 million, the two traded a few small pots before js'barsq locked up the win. All the money went in on the flop, js'barsq's set of eights hanging on against SeoulPrison's wrap draw:
Congratulations to js'barsq on shipping a MicroMillions title and turning $3.30 into $3,654.90, a spectacular ROI if there ever was one. For his runner-up finish, SeoulPrison earned $2,555.28.
PokerStars MicroMillions III Event #21 ($3.30 PLO 6-Max, Turbo) results
Places paid: 1,020
1. js'barsq (Russia) $3,654.90
2. SeoulPrison (Russia) $2,555.28
3. Manipus (Russia) $1,825.20
4. haro1982333 (Germany) $1,095.12
5. M0sdef (Costa Rica) $608.40
6. castardo (Brazil) $365.04
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Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.