MicroMillions III: X marks the win for xXkRossXx in Event #87 ($3.30 Limit Hold Em' 6-max)

Speed is not usually the first thing that pops into the minds of poker players when the discussion of Limit Hold Em' comes up. Fixed betting and long stacks growing or dying just one bet at a time does not have the same skill set or instant excitement appeal as its cousin No Limit brings to the game. But, add in the constraint of five-minute turbo levels, and the swiftness of the eliminations during tonight's MicroMillions III Event #87 $3.30 Fixed Limit Hold Em' 6-max tournament rivals those seen in a No Limit game. Perhaps not the most popular form of hold em' but was popular enough to draw 7,341 players and crushing the $10,000.00 guarantee. That meant more money for our champion xXkRossXx who after a two-way split with ARMAZI, hauled away $3,011.75 for the price of a bag of chips.

At the third hourly break if one were to take a peek at the leaderboard, near the top held a name with a Red Spade next to it. Team Online's Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara, Japan's first World Series of Poker bracelet holder (2012 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-max) was looking to dominate another 6-max table today. Holding the sixth position in chips at the break would allow for little breathing room however as even the top stack only held ten big bets in this five-minute turbo format.

To show how brutal these turbo tournaments can be, there is no coasting to the final table as Kihara would see half of his stack lost in 15 minutes since the break. Then holding 641,189 chips and stakes at 160K/320K he decided to make his move. After calling manlikepd's small blind raise from the big blind the two would get the rest of Naoya's chips in the middle after a J♣5♠4♠ flop. Kihara flipped up the open-ended straight draw 6♠3♥ as manlikepd showed top pair J♠Q♣. A 6♦ on the turn opened up even more outs for the Team Online member and Supernova VIP, but the 5♥ river was the wrong wheel card as Kihara would settle for 30th place ($88.09) today.


Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara 30th place

Only 35 minutes since the third hour break to go from 61 players down to two tables of six-players each. Sylvaen's king-queen would fail to break AMARMZI's big slick in 12th place ($176.18), and manlikepd continued to use Naoya Kihara's chips profitably. While holding J♥K♠ manlikepd would put velasquimmmm all-in postflop 5♦Q♦Q♣. Despite velasquimmmm showing T♣A♥ the turn Q♥ and river J♠ would slide the 5.5 million chip to manliekpd in 11th place ($176.18).

From there it would take a mere 12 hands on both tables to draw down to tonight's final table. First, ARMAZI continued the table destructive ways knocking out tapsa50 after both capped preflop with tapsa50 all-in holding A♥J♥ against ARMAZI's Q♣K♥. Once again the river delivered the death blow as ARMAZI hit the nut straight 8♠ T♦ J♣ 3♦ 9♦ and tapsa50 collected $176.18 in 10th place.

Back to Table 724 where Drangonpoker put verbata all-in before the flop with pocket queens Q♠Q♣. A sizable hand compared to verbata's 5♣2♥. No split pots in limit hold em' as the board 3♦ 7♥ K♣ A♥ 2♦ sent verbata packing in ninth place ($132.13). Flipping back to Table 260, xXkRossXx would set JAKEtheSN313 all preflop with the former WWF wrestler (not really) looking to find magic with J♣3♥ against xXkRossXx's Q♥6♣. Done in by the lady on the turn 5♥ 4♣ 8♦ Q♣ A♣ JAKEtheSN313 slithered away with eighth place cash ($220.23).

Exactly two hands of hand-for-hand play would follow along with the turbo style as harry1513 and sou72707 would trade preflop bets until 4.66 million chips sat in the middle. With the stakes at 600K/1.2MM one can see that fast play was necessary to stay alive. harry1513's tournament life was riding on 3♠A♥ to defeat the dominating A♣Q♥ of sou72707. The 7♣ 4♠ 7♥ opened up some split-pot possibilities, but the J♦ turn and 8♦ river shipped $220.23 down to Mexico for harry1513 as the final table started up below:


Seat 1: ARMAZI (7077478 in chips)
Seat 2: Drangonpoker (1810063 in chips)
Seat 3: xXkRossXx (2288626 in chips)
Seat 4: sou72707 (10885687 in chips)
Seat 5: manlikepd (10845350 in chips)
Seat 6: TheRealBoot (3797796 in chips)

Long stretch of six-handed play

11 hands. The first 11 hands of the Event #87 final table would be played with a full 6-max table, a vast contrast to the carnage our final two tables experienced before getting to this moment. With the stakes still at 800K/1.6MM TheRealBoot would raise from the button as Drangonpoker made it three-bets all-in for 2.26 total. TheRealBoot made the call with A♣J♠ as Drangonpoker went hunting for spades and kings 7♠K♠. The flop would supply a king but the board filled in a straight for TheRealBoot 5♦ K♦ Q♠ 4♦ T♥ as Drangonpoker took home $330.34 in sixth place.

Man-like chip vacuum

Nine hands later with the stakes still at 800K/1.6MM three players would enter the pot. Two would walk away. One would haul off 15.1 million chips. Watch below:

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manlikepd and TheRealBoot would call sou72707's button raise to see a 3♠Q♥8♣ flop. All three checked until the 6♠ where manlikepd led out and TheRealBoot raised. sou72707 got out of the way, but manlikepd did not and three-bet. Holding top pair-top kicker A♦Q♦ TheRealBoot capped all-in for 5.1 million as manlikepd snap-called with the flopped set of eights 8♥8♣. A moot K♣ hit the river and TheRealBoot kicked off with $550.57 for a fifth place showing.

More three-way action

The last three-way ended with 15.1 million in the middle, this time 23.2 million would go to one lucky player. As the betting moved up to 1MM/2MM stakes, sou72707 would raise from the cutoff, manlikepd three-bet from the button, and xXkRossXx feeling left out capped from the big blind. Everyone called as sou72707 was all-in for 527,671 more. Bet-call on the 8♦T♥2♣ flop, but on the J♥ turn after xXkRossXx led out again, manlikepd raised, as xXkRossXx put in the remaining 5.1 million and showed pocket queens Q♠Q♣. manlikepd caught the unfortunate top pair-top kicker J♦A♦ as sou72707 was pleading for a king K♣3♣. No ace, no king on the T♣ river and xXkRossXx scooped up the massive pot as sou72707 received $991.03 in fourth place.

Chop talks postponed permanently for manlikepd

Despite attempts to hash out a three-way deal, the cards were put back in the air and three hands after the huge pot sliding over to xXkRossXx, manlikepd would be on the outside watching the final two divvy up the spoils. With the stakes still at 1MM/2MM manlikepd wasted no time in getting 2.82 million chips in the middle preflop against the nemesis xXkRossXx. A♣8♦ would hold the preflop lead for manlikepd but with a jack on the flop T♦ 8♥ J♣ K♠ 4♣ xXkRossXx's J♥Q♦ would collect the 6.1 million pot as manlikepd took a manly $1,651.72 home in third place.

After conversing in a language unknown to this scribe (likely Russian seeing the final two are from Georgia and Russia) they patted each other on the back and despite xXkRossXx holding a sizable lead (26 million to 10.6 million) they hashed out the deal below leaving $200.00 for the winner:

ARMAZI $2,811.75

xXkRossXx $2,610.00

13 is the lucky number for xXkRossXx

The longest stretch of play without an elimination would be during heads-up play. Watch below as xXkRossXx rode the heads-up chip lead into the MicroMillions III Event #87 title:

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Little excitement for this one as ARMAZI's A♠7♠ was all-in preflop against xXkRossXx's pocket nines 9♦9♠ and failed to catch enough spades or an ace 5♥ K♣ 3♦ T♥ Q♠ as xXkRossXx captured $3,011.75 after winning tonight's Event #87!

MicroMillions III Event #87 $10,000 guarantee $3.30 Limit Hold Em' 6-max results (11-24-12):

(* denotes part of two-way deal)

Players entered: 7,341
Places paid: 960
Buy-in: $3.30
Prize pool: $22,023.00
First place : *$3,011.75

1. xXkRossXx (Russia) *$3,011.75
2. ARMAZI (Georgia) *$2,610.00
3. manlikepd (United Kingdom) $1,651.72
4. sou72707 (Netherlands) $991.03
5. TheRealBoot (Germany) $550.57
6. Drangonpoker (Portugal) $330.34

Be sure to join us tomorrow for the exciting conclusion of the the MicroMillions III tournament series as the $1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event kicks off in approximately 20 hours from press time.

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
@PokerStars in MicroMillions III