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This weekend the World Cup of Poker (WCP) kicks off its tenth annual event – and this time around it looks a little different…
In 2014 the world’s premier team poker event is taking place in a format that brings all of the world’s biggest poker nations together for the first time in years. It’s all online, it’s all heads-up No Limit Hold’em and it’s all in Play Money.
Starting way back in 2004 the World Cup of Poker debuted with repeat wins for Costa Rica – one of the early hotbeds for the growth of the game. In the years since the game has grown and the list of winners has become more diverse, with no nation managing to emulate the inaugural champions. Winners have varied from poker powerhouses such as the US (2007), Germany (2009) and current champions Russia, to smaller more surprising countries such as Poland (2006), Taiwan (2010) and Peru (2012).
This time around anything can happen in a format that enables absolutely anyone to play.
There are 96 countries (split across eight groups) lining up at the start line for the qualifying matches on Saturday and Sunday. All you need to represent your country is the 1K chips to buy in. If you or one of your countrymen wins either of the qualifying tourneys this weekend your nation will make it to the knockout stages – starting with the Round of 16 on Saturday, November 29.
Once in the knockout stages there are over 500M in added play chips to be won. But be warned, as the competition progresses through the rounds the buy-ins increase. The World Cup of Poker Final on December 20 features a buy-in of 100K chips but with 200M added chips!
Here’s how the groups shape up for the weekend’s action:
Group A (Asia Pacific): Matches at 04:00 ET
Favourite – Australia
Main contenders – Taiwan (former champions), China, New Zealand
Underdogs – Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Group B (Central Asia): Matches at 08:00 ET
Favourite – Russia (reigning champions)
Main Contenders – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India
Underdogs – Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates
Group C (Europe & Africa 1) – Matches at 12:00 ET
Favourite – Italy (former champions)
Main Contenders – France, Denmark, Hungary
Underdogs – Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Slovenia, Tunisia
Group D (Europe & Africa 2) – Matches at 12:00 ET
Favourite – United Kingdom
Main Contenders – Belgium, Austria, Ukraine
Underdogs – Algeria, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cyrpus, Ireland, Montenegro, Switzerland, Turkey
Group E (Europe & Africa 3) – Matches at 12:00 ET
Favourite – Germany (former champions)
Main Contenders – Poland (former champions), Romania, Lithuania
Underdogs – Armenia, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia
Group F (Europe & Africa 4) – Matches at 12:00 ET
Favourite – Spain
Main Contenders – Netherlands, Sweden, Norway
Underdogs – Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa
Group G (Americas 1) – Matches at 18:00 ET
Favourite – United States (former champions)
Main Contenders – Costa Rica (2 x former champions), Mexico, Argentina
Underdogs – Bahamas, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela
Group H (Americas 2) – Matches at 18:00 ET
Favourite – Brazil
Main Contenders – Canada, Peru (former champions), Colombia
Underdogs – Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Guyana, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago
To find out more about the World Cup of Poker please visit the dedicated web page.
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Another day of MicroMillions and nine new winners making the honours board. The biggest winner from that list was glu77ps from Romania, who earned $11,005.53 by winning Event #51, a $2.20 no-limit hold’em “Bubble Dash” event, in which the structure is fast to the money and then relaxes a little bit. Not a bad ROI in anyone’s estimation.
There is still plenty to come for MicroMillions 9, which has only just reached the halfway point. Check out the MicroMillions page for details of all the events still to play, as well as how you can qualify for a fraction of the price. You’ll also find details of the Player of the Series competition, currently led by linwei32, who did his chances to harm yesterday by winning Event #47.
The overnight scores are below:
MicroMillions-046: $11 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Super-Knockout], $40K Gtd
Prize pool: $72,607.50
Places paid: 900
1. andruta09 (Romania) $4,878.18*
2. Ael1ta (Ukraine) $3,561.15*
3. dragan_alex (Romania) $3,545.33*
4. Pokerrm18 (Brazil) $1,633.66
5. masterg10 (Argentina) $911.95
6. makimasik (Russia) $544.55
* denotes three-way deal
MicroMillions-047: $4.40 NL Hold’em [1R1A], $40K Gtd
Prize pool: $69,496
Places paid: 1,080
1. linwei32 (China) $9,800.00*
2. Yurec (Ukraine) $6,661.14*
3. nikaynu (Netherlands) $7,200.00
4. bog23a (Romania) $3,683.28
5. OchianC (Romania) $2,849.33
6. diablo4824 (Netherlands) $2,154.37
7. altyn1308 (Russia) $1,494.16
8. Alexutzu88 (Romania) $833.95
9. johnnygnight (Austria) $538.59
* denotes two-way deal
MicroMillions-048: $3.30 PL Omaha Hi/Lo, $10K Gtd
Prize pool: $13,641
Places paid: 585
1. admiralph (Belgium) $2,144.75
2. Exzik (Ukraine) $1,595.99
3. Nr1InEurope (Ireland) $1,125.38
4. 8791928 (Russia) $784.35
5. Jazz-in-31 (Russia) $579.74
6. worow (Finland) $443.33
7. crarambo86 (Estonia) $306.92
8. mab4u (Canada) $170.51
9. osobuffa (Argentina) $109.12
MicroMillions-049: $8.80 HORSE, $15K Gtd
Prize pool: $23,688
Places paid: 384
1. flower0105 (Netherlands) $3,585.66*
2. 86Boogie (Germany) $3,285.66*
3. jonaj10 (Denmark) $2,131.92
4. hangoverdose (Greece) $1,658.16
5. Agent Bear (United Kingdom) $1,184.40
6. MurderMekl (Norway) $710.64
7. Fold Machiii (United Kingdom) $473.76
8. Edvenraizen (Ukraine) $236.88
* denotes two-way deal
MicroMillions-050: $4.40 NL Hold’em [4-Max, Re-Entry], $100K Gtd
Prize pool: $142,490
Places paid: 4,500
1. garsia29 (Romania) $9,111.40*
2. di_zwei (Russia) $8,313.88*
3. toldi38 (Poland) $3,794.56
4. Konn 69 (Estonia) $2,348.26
* denotes two-way deal
MicroMillions-051: $2.20+R NL Hold’em [Bubble Dash], $50K Gtd
Prize pool: $80,566
Places paid: 1,620
1. glu77ps (Romania) $11,005.53
2. reyals_rs (Brazil) $7,774.61
3. BeTheForce (Netherlands) $5,639.62
4. UKpro1 (United Kingdom) $4,028.30
5. macino73 (Germany) $3,222.64
6. G0ldyL0cks (Romania) $2,416.98
7. trungtran (Germany) $1,611.32
8. PBrazdauskis (Latvia) $805.66
9. Vingador54 (Brazil) $503.53
MicroMillions-052: $5.50 NL Hold’em, $25K Gtd
Prize pool: $42,945
Places paid: 1,080
1. DaveJennings (United Kingdom) $6,447.62
2. caymanjj (Canada) $4,739.83
3. bigdenga (Brazil) $3,435.60
4. TonyGPT (Portugal) $2,276.08
5. PANAGIOTIS.G (Greece) $1,760.74
6. boban365 (Austria) $1,331.29
7. nikko2709 (Moldova) $923.31
8. svenskgubbe (Sweden) $515.34
9. APLORDHENRY (Colombia) $332.82
MicroMillions-053: $3.30 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Progressive Super-Knockout], $20K Gtd
Prize pool: $20,415
Places paid: 900
1. Princessx87x (United Kingdom) $1,338.86*
2. Vasilisss (Bulgaria) $860.06*
3. fccmspb (Russia) $836.40*
4. APM_81 (Brazil) $796.59*
5. Boblast (Brazil) $256.41
6. THEMULL1GAN (United Kingdom) $153.11
* denotes four-way deal
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.
The fifth installment of the MicroMillions is in its final stretch.
Things are about to peak with the $22 buy-in, $1 million guarantee main event tomorrow, but today was a bit more simple.
One dollar, one shot, no-limit hold’em, Event #86.
The $1 buy-in event drew 24,239 players, creating a prize pool of $22,057.49. kokkie1975 outlasted all of those players and took the grand prize of $2,221.86. While kokkie1975 took the largest prize, 3,150 players cashed for a minimum of $1.54.
kokkie1975 battled for more than ten hours and managed to hit the final table with the chip lead. Even with that advantage, kokkie1975 lost the lead a few times and faced an uphill battle during the heads-up portion of the tournament.
But kokkie1975 had to survive a few other players at the final table as well.
The final table
Seat 1: SpectralD — 5,707,674
Seat 2: pokkahmunk — 20,149,911
Seat 3: kokkie1975 — 30,387,574
Seat 4: cbygene — 7,204,624
Seat 5: sarcophilus7 — 8,799,196
Seat 6: shalick — 19,084,702
Seat 7: JaiNinpoker — 8,638,252
Seat 8: ATAMAN0609 — 15,851,688
Seat 9: MakcokLV — 6,371,379
With 400K/800K blinds and a 100K ante, a few of the final table participants were a bit short. One of those short stacks moved all-in a few minutes into the final table.
MakcokLV was down to 5.1 million and moved all-in from middle position. pokkahmunk called from the hijack and turned over pocket nines to MakcokLV’s pocket threes.
The 4♦K♠7♥K♣A♦ board missed both players and MakcokLV became the first final table elimination, a finish worth $132.34.
Then we got down to seven.
cbygene started the final table with 7.2 million but was quickly chipped down to 2.4 million. Blinds were the same and pokkahmunk raised to 1.6 million from middle position. cbygene moved all-in for 2.4 million and only pokkahmunk called.
While cbygene had pokkahmunk dominated, a 9♣9♦2♦ flop came to give pokkahmunk a flush draw.
A 7♦ came on the turn and pokkahmunk hit the flush. pokkahmunk neared kokkie1975’s 33.7 million lead with 32.6 million and cbygene was out in 8th, earning $198.51.
We had a double up, another elimination and another chip leader. JaiNinpoker was down to 3.4 million and got it in with pocket tens against shalick’s K♦8♦. Tens held up and JaiNinpoker was up to 10.7 million while shalick was down to 16 million.
Then sarcophilus7 moved all-in for 7.3 million a few hands later and shalick called from the button. This time, shalick showed the better hand with A♣Q♥ to sarcophilus7’s A♠T♦.
The board didn’t hit either player and shalick took the pot. sarcophilus7 finished 7th for $309.90, while shalick took the lead with 34.2 million.
shalick held on to that lead as we got down to five players.
The blinds were up to 500K/1M with a 125K ante and pots were getting large. The blinds and antes took their toll on ATAMAN0609, who slowly chipped down from 8.5 million to 2.6 million after our first elimination.
ATAMAN0609 moved all-in from under the gun for 2.6 million and both shalick and JaiNinpoker called from the blinds.
The flop came A♦8♦7♦ and shalick and JaiNinpoker checked. shalick checked again on the 9♠ turn but JaiNinpoker bet 3 million.
shalick folded and the remaining players revealed their cards.
ATAMAN0609 was in the lead, but JaiNinpoker hit a Q♦ on the river and took down the pot with a flush. JaiNinpoker was up to 18.7 million while ATAMAN0609 won $441.14 for finishing 6th.
Back to kokkie1975
shalick was in the lead but then kokkie1975 took it back. First shalick dipped to 35 million after doubling SpectralD up to 9 million.
Then kokkie1975 took all of SpectralD’s chips:
SpectralD finished 5th for $661.72 and kokkie1975 continued to chip up. kokkie1975 was up to 43 million and increased that lead even more after bringing the tournament down to three players.
Blinds had increased to 700K/1.4M with a 175K ante and JaiNinpoker moved all-in for 8.5 million. kokkie1975 called from the small blind.
JaiNinpoker showed pocket sevens and was drawing slim against kokkie1975’s A♦A♥. The board dodged both players and kokkie1975’s rockets increased the lead to 76.8 million.
JaiNinpoker, on the other hand, finished 4th for $882.29.
During three-handed play, both shalick and pokkahmunk were far behind kokkie1975. Then pokkahmunk doubled up and took the lead to heads-up play.
pokkahmunk called 1.4 million from the small blind and kokkie1975 raised to 4.2 million from the big. pokkahmunk called and bet 1.4 million on the K♣7♦Q♠ flop. kokkie1975 raised to 7 million and pokkahmunk called, bringing a 9♣ on the turn.
pokkahmunk was left with 17.5 million and put it all-in on the turn. kokkie1975 called and — once again — showed A♦A♥.
The pocket pair was no good against pokkahmunk’s J♦T♠ and kokkie1975 dipped to 45.5 million. pokkahmunk doubled to 58 million and took the lead.
Then the tournament went heads-up.
The next hand, pokkahmunk raised to 5.6 million from the button and shalick called from the big. pokkahmunk bet 12.6 million on the 8♠3♥5♠ and shalick called all-in for 11.8 million.
pokkahmunk showed A♣K♥ and was behind shalick’s T♥T♠. pokkahmunk hit an A♥ on the turn and shalick finished 3rd for $1,102.87.
pokkahmunk — 76,572,230
kokkie1975 — 44,622,770
pokkahmunk had the lead but then kokki1975 evened things out, crippled pokkahmunk and dealt the final blow.
First kokkie1975 evened it out by raising to 2.8 million. pokkahmunk made it 5.6 million and kokkie1975 four-bet to 9.8 million. pokkahmunk called and the flop came A♣T♠6♣.
kokkie1975 bet 11.2 million when checked to and pokkahmunk folded. kokkie1975 was up to 59.1 million while pokkahmunk dropped to 62 million.
Then, two hands later, kokkie1975 doubled up.
kokkie1975 raised to 2.8 million and pokkahmunk moved all-in for 60.9 million. kokkie1975 called all-in for 59.8 million.
The board ran 3♥8♦7♣K♠Q♠ and pokkahmunk was down to 1.1 million. Then things ended the next hand:
pokkahmunk finished 2nd for $1,639.09 while kokkie1975 became our newest MicroMillionaire champion, a title worth $2,221.86.
PokerStars MicroMillions 5 Event #86 ($1 NLHE) results:
Prize pool: $22,057.49
Places paid: 3,150
1. kokkie1975 (Netherlands) — $2,221.86
2. pokkahmunk (Netherlands) — $1,639.09
3. shalick (Romania) — $1,102.87
4. JaiNinpoker (Germany) — $882.29
5. SpectralD (Slovakia) — $661.72
6. ATAMAN0609 (Russia) — $441.14
7. sarcophilus7 (Bulgaria) — $309.90
8. cbygene (China) — $198.51
9. MakcokLV (Latvia) — $132.34
There are still a few more MicroMillions events to go. For a list of those events and satellites to each of them, including tomorrow’s $1 million guarantee Main Event, check out the MicroMillions homepage.
Join the madness before it’s over.
Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars blog.
It’s hard to believe now, but six months ago, Russell Thomas didn’t consider himself a tournament player. After making the 2012 “October Nine,” Thomas sought out an entire team of coaches to get him into the best shape possible for the final table of the WSOP Main Event. Following three months of training with Jason Somerville and a roster of MTT geniuses, the former actuary finished fourth and banked $2.85 million. Now, only a few months removed from that run of a lifetime, Thomas has something else to brag about. Tonight he won the Sunday Million, adding another $219,184 to a rapidly-growing bankroll. Although, according to a tweet he sent only moments after his victory, it could have been even more.
“@RunGoodRussell: Just won the sunday million for 220k. Shoulda bet on myself with timex earlier today.”
This week’s Million drew 8,407 players, the prize pool topping out at $1,681,400. 1,260 places were paid with first place set to earn $247,338.26. More than two dozen Red Spades were in the field, including Joe Cada, Liv Boeree, Andre Akkari, Humberto Brenes, Maxim Lykov, Nacho Barbero, Victor Ramdin, Marcel Luske, Lex Veldhuis, and Angel Guillen. Three of them finished in the money: Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (427th), Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen (362nd), and Richard Toth, who saw his pocket kings outflopped by pocket jacks to go out in 107th place.
Blinds were up to 150,000/300,000 with ten players remaining. Holding A♦J♥, QC90 three-bet shoved for 2.5 million from the big blind and briemaus called with K♠Q♣. QC90 was safe until a king spiked on the river and ended his run on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: BEGIMOTS (7,252,091 in chips)
Seat 2: aakiss1990 (11,338,925 in chips)
Seat 3: Ahhh ls lt? (7,753,437 in chips)
Seat 4: KARNA1983 (9,867,774 in chips)
Seat 5: purplflowerz (6,066,906 in chips)
Seat 6: Dimka19881 (4,122,980 in chips)
Seat 7: into2ndWind (17,955,804 in chips)
Seat 8: VinceVegaMFR (2,706,996 in chips)
Seat 9: briemaus (17,005,087 in chips)
VinceVegaMFR was the final table’s first casualty. KARNA1983 led off the action with a min-raise to 600,000, Russell “into2ndWind” Thomas three-bet to 1.425 million from the cutoff and VinceVegaMFR moved all-in for 2.07 million on the button. Both blinds folded and KARNA1983 reshoved for 9.53 million, successfully folding out into2ndWind. VinceVegaMFR’s Q♦Q♥ led KARNA1983’s T♣T♥ and survived the 8♦6♠4♦ flop, but KARNA1983 hit the 7♦ and the 9♣ on the turn and river to make a ten-high straight. VinceVegaMFR was suddenly out in ninth place, picking up $13,030.85 for his trip to the final table.
VinceVegaMFR’s departure left Dimka19881 as the short stack, but he doubled through Ahhh Is It? a short time later, his K♣Q♥ turning a straight vs. A♦J♦. The blinds rose to 200,000/400,000 and with 6.6 million remaining, purplflowerz three-bet shoved from the big blind. Initial raiser aakiss1990 called, turning over A♣K♦. Purplflowerz’s K♥Q♣ was dominated and lost the kicker war on a K♠K♣4♣8♦2♣ board. For eighth place, purplflowerz took home $18,495.40.
BEGIMOTS busted, Dimka19881 dusted
Ahhh Is It? was down to only 3.3 million when he picked up pocket threes and moved in from UTG. Briemaus called with K♦J♦, the treys holding up to double Ahhh Is It? to 7.44 million. Ahhh Is It? got another boost when BEGIMOTS open-shoved for 5.86 million with K♥4♦ and he woke up with J♥J♠ in the small blind. The jacks held up on the 6♥5♦3♠4♠Q♥ board and BEGIMOTS was eliminated in seventh place ($33,628.00).
On the very next hand, into2ndWind opened for a min-raise to 1 million from UTG and Dimka19881 moved all-in for 5.1 million from the big blind. It was a true cooler, Dimka1981’s T♠T♥ up against into2ndWind’s J♠J♥. Dimka19881 did not improve and hit the rail in sixth place, collecting $50,442.00.
KARNA1983’s good will runs out
Five-handed play was marked by a long string of small pots that took us into the 300,000/600,000 level. The stalemate ended when briemaus opened for 1.2 million with K♠J♥, then called KARNA1983’s 7.1 million shove. Although KARNA1983’s A♠T♦ flopped top pair and kept the lead through the turn, briemaus rivered trip jacks, the board running out A♥J♣7♥8♦J♦ to eliminate KARNA1983 in fifth place ($67,256.00).
into2ndWind traps briemaus
Down to 11.3 million, aakiss1990 got off the short stack by doubling through into2ndWind, his K♥Q♠ flopping a pair of kings against A♠Q♣. However, into2ndWind reclaimed those chips pretty quickly. Holding A♦Q♣ again, into2ndWind opened for 1.6 million on the button and briemaus moved all-in for 16.6 million from the small blind. Into2ndWind called and this time the ace-queen held against K♦Q♥ to end briemaus’s run in fourth ($84,070).
Money ain’t a thing
With three players left and 400,000/800,000 blinds, it was time to discuss a deal. Here’s a look at how they stacked up when the action was paused:
into2ndWind – 46,941,857
Ahhh Is It? – 21,521,586
aakiss1990 – 15,606,557
As final table host Kevin “WizardOfAhhs” Thurman ran the numbers, into2ndWind let everyone know that he didn’t usually chop, but this was a special circumstance.
into2ndWind: i mean normally
into2ndWind: i wouldn’t chop if i was dying of frostbite
into2ndWind: gangrene even
into2ndWind: but this is the sunday million
An ICM deal nearly fell apart over Ahhh Is It?’s desire for a $180,000 share, but after a bit of negotiation, he settled for $174,000, the difference covered 75% by into2ndWind and 25% by aakiss1990. With the big money locked up and $20,000 still in play, cards went back in the air.
It took only four hands to get heads-up. Holding A♠2♦, into2ndWind completed the small blind and aakiss1990 raised to 2.4 milllion from the big. Into2ndWind shoved and aakiss1990 snap-called, revealing K♠K♣. The kings held up on the J♣T♦3♥ flop, but into2ndWind caught the A♦ on the turn to snap them off.
WizardOfAhhs (TeamOnline): bink
into2ndWind: thats a bingo
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: Ahhh ls lt? (23,041,586 in chips)
Seat 7: into2ndWind (61,028,414 in chips)
Ahhh Is It? and into2ndWind played eight hands heads-up, into2ndWind winning all but two of them. Ahhh Is It? had sunk to 15 million in chips when the deciding hand unfolded. Holding A♠Q♣, Ahhh Is It? opened for a min-raise to 1.6 million and called into2ndWind’s shove, only to run into A♦K♦.
Congratulations to Russell “into2ndWind” Thomas on shipping a Sunday Million title! He banked $219,184.25 for the win while runner-up Ahhh Is It? earned $174,095.79.
PokerStars Sunday Million results for 3-24-2013
Places paid: 1,260
1. Russell “into2ndWind” Thomas (Canada) $219,184.25*
2. Ahhh Is It? (United Kingdom) $174,095.79*
3. aakiss1990 (Latvia) $160,913.72*
4. briemaus (Germany) $84,070.00
5. KARNA1983 (United Kingdom) $67,256.00
6. Dimka19881 (Russia) $50,442.00
7. BEGIMOTS (Latvia) $33,628.00
8. purplflowerz (Sweden) $18,495.40
9. VinceVegaMFR (Brazil) $13,030.85
*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $20,000 in play for the winner
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.
When it came to AATaschAA and pkrbadgirl, one of them got lucky early, the other got lucky late. Pkrbadgirl dominated the first half of this final table, sending the ninth, seventh, and sixth-place finishers to the rail. But the endgame belonged to AATaschAA, who eliminated everyone from fifth place on up to earn a Women’s Sunday title.
237 players bought into this week’s Women’s Sunday, creating a $11,850 prize pool. 36 places were paid, with first place set to earn $2,423.43. Team Online’s Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome and Team Pro Liv Boeree were this week’s $50 bounties, but both made early exits. Rowsome was eliminated in 134th place while Boeree busted in 94th, despite getting her money in with A♠T♥ against Ugged’s K♦T♠. Ugged flopped a pair of tens, then turned a king-high straight, the board running out Q♥T♣9♦J♣7♥ to give her Boeree’s bounty.
WIth ten players remaining and the blinds up to 1,250/2,500, chip leader andikandi opened for 5,625. Omissisocis three-bet shoved for her remaining 41,887 with A♦J♣ and andikandi called, revealing 9♠9♣. Although Omissisocis hit an ace on the flop, a nine came with it and andikandi’s set took down the pot.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: KOTLYAREVSKA (64,751 in chips)
Seat 2: andikandi (160,227 in chips)
Seat 3: Isidora CdLL (67,387 in chips)
Seat 4: donleg (92,126 in chips)
Seat 5: kristiine’88 (33,892 in chips)
Seat 6: pkrbadgirl (59,312 in chips)
Seat 7: jamjars69 (93,308 in chips)
Seat 8: AATaschAA (43,708 in chips)
Seat 9: CzaRnaPL (96,289 in chips)
Three familiar faces graced this final table. Both kristiine’88 and pkrbadgirl made the Women’s Sunday final table two weeks ago, finishing fourth and eighth respectively, while Jan “jamjars69″ Combes won the Ladies’ Event at the EPT’s Season 8 stop in London.
Deck smacks pkrbadgirl, jamjars69 felled in ninth
Pkrbadgirl caught a break when her Q♣9♦ hit a A♥Q♠9♣ flop vs. jamjars69. She led out for 5,757, jamjars69 three-bet to 17,500, and pkrbadgirl moved all-in for 56,312. Jamjars69 called and revealed A♠7♣, no match for pkrbadgirl’s queens up. Pkrbadgirl improved to a full house on the river when the board paried nines and doubled to 125,000.
Down to 36,000 in chips, jamjars69 found A♣K♥ in the big blind and snap-called pkrbadgirl’s small blind shove. Pkrbadgirl’s A♠6♣ was dominated, but she managed to flop her kicker, the board running out Q♣J♥6♦J♣J♦ to send jamjars69 to the rail in ninth place.
Kristiine’88 exits eighth, donleg down in seventh
On the very next deal, the action folded to kristiine’88 in the cutoff. She open-shoved for 39,400 with A♥9♥ and CazRnaPL called with 8♠8♣ in the big blind. Kristiine’88 lost the flip, the board running out Q♣T♥4♥Q♠4♣ to end her run in eighth place.
Donleg was a solid third in chips when she got involved in a massive pot with pkrbadgirl. Holding K♠K♣, pkrbadgirl opened for a min-raise to 6,000 and the action folded to donleg in the big blind with A♥K♦. Donleg moved all-in for 109,000 and pkrbadgirl snap-called, her pocket kings holding up to win the 221,000 pot. Donleg was suddenly on the rail in seventh place while pkrbadgirl’s run-good continued, her stack up to 286,000.
Tide turns toward AATaschAA
The field down to six, AATaschAA caught a stroke of luck with her tournament life on the line. All-in with A♠3♣ against CzaRnaPL’s A♦Q♠, she hit a 7♠3♠3♦ flop to make trips. AATaschAA improved to a full house with the A♣ on the turn and to quads with the 3♥ on the river, leaving CzaRnaPL on only 5,300 in chips. Although CzaRnaPL doubled up on the next hand, she went out in sixth place on the following one, her K♠Q♥ falling to pkrbadgirl’s 6♠6♥.
A few hands later, AATaschAA won a A♠Q♠ vs 9♥9♦ flip, doubling to 124,000 at pkrbadgirl’s expense. Short stack Isidora CdLL got a piece of pkrbadgirl as well, doubling her 20k stack when A♠K♥ held up against A♦9♣. However, Isidora CdLL’s reprieve wasn’t too lengthy and AATaschAA took her out a few orbits later. Isidora CdLL put her last 20,300 in with K♣5♣, but AATaschAA’s Q♣7♥ flopped a pair of queens to send her home in fifth place.
Moments later, AATaschAA challenged fellow big stack pkrbadgirl and got a nice bit of value when her K♠Q♠ turned a straight:
The blinds up to 2,500/5,000, AATaschAA was the chip leader 255,000, pkrbadgirl held 196,000, andikandi was right behind her with 184,000, and KOTLYAREVSKA was the short stack with 77,000.
AATaschAA puts the hurt on andikandi
Pkrbadgirl took a turn for the worse during four-handed play, first doubling up KOTLYAREVSKA, then dropping a 110,000-chip pot to andikandi. After three-betting pre and leading out on a A♥J♣4♥ flop, pkrbadgirl check-folded to andikandi’s 47,700 bet when the 5♠ hit the turn. Down to only 60,000, pkrbadgirl rebounded to 123,000 when her Q♠J♣ held against andikandi’s J♦T♦.
That hand set off andikandi’s slide. On the next hand, AATaschAA opened for a min-raise to 12,000 and andikandi three-bet to 36,000. Both players checked the A♣K♣6♦ flop, and they checked again when the 7♠ came on the turn. The river was the A♠ and andikandi check-called AATaschAA’s 30,000 bet, only to muck at the sight of her K♠8♠.
A few hands later, KOTLYAREVSKA opened for 12,000 on the button and andikandi shoved for 105,000 from the small blind. Pkrbadgirl cold-called the three-bet from the big blind and KOTLYARESVSKA flashed A♦6♦ before folding. Although KOTLYARESVSKA had andikandi’s A♠2♠ beat, neither of them would catch pkrbadgirl’s Q♥Q♦. Pkrbadgirl flopped top set and raked in the 220,000 pot, leaving andikandi crippled. Andikandi’s last 1,500 went in a couple of hands later and AATaschAA finished her off in fourth place.
AATaschAA rolls over KOTLYAREVSKA
As play turned three-handed, KOTLYARESVSKA was still the short stack with about 15 big blinds left. Dealt A♠K♦, she opened for 12,000 on the button and AATaschAA called with Q♠3♥ in the big blind. AATaschAA checked the 5♦2♥2♥ flop, KOTLYARESVSKA bet 12,000 and without a pair or a draw, AATaschAA called, perhaps with plans to raise the turn. Instead, AATaschAA checked when the A♣ hit and KOTLYARESVSKA bet 24,000 with her aces and deuces. Now holding a gutshot straight draw, AATaschAA called and saw her ship come in on the river with the 4♣. AATaschAA turned around and led out for 36,000, enough to set KOTLYARESVSKA all-in. KOTLYARESVSKA called and couldn’t believe her eyes as AATaschAA rolled over a wheel.
KOTLYAREVSKA (observer): germany fishi girl
KOTLYAREVSKA (observer): omg
KOTLYAREVSKA (observer): ****
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 6: pkrbadgirl (157,280 in chips)
Seat 8: AATaschAA (553,720 in chips)
Pkrbadgirl doubled up straight away, her K♠T♦ flopping a king against AATaschAA’s A♦3♥. Pkrbadgirl picked up another sizable pot with a three-bet shove on a A♠J♦6♥ flop and took the chip lead, but her hopes of a quick victory were crushed when AATaschAA hit a two-outer to double-up. Her A♠6♣ needed a non-diamond six on the river to win, and she got there on the river vs. A♦Q♠.
Pkrbadgirl evened the score on the next hand when her Q♥J♣ hit running straight cards, to take her up to 354,000. Their stacks nearly even, pkrbadgirl fired the flop and turn on a 9♣5♠4♦K♥ board, but folded to AATaschAA’s 287,000 shove. Pkrbadgirl fell back to 200,000 in chips while AATaschAA increased her stack to 510,000.
AATaschAA continued her assault on pkrbadgirl, whitting her down to 141,000 in chips. Although pkrbadgirl squirmed away with one more double-up, her A♠T♦ holding against A♣2♠, AATaschAA dealt her a death blow three hands later.
A preflop raising war broke out, AATaschAA opening for 16,000 and pkrbadgirl three-betting to 40,000. AATaschAA made it 320,000 straight and pkrbadgirl called all-in for less.
She who gets luckiest last usually wins and that was the case for AATaschAA. An ace hit the flop, the board running out A♣9♣5♥Q♠9♥ to snap off pkrbadgirl’s kings.
Congratulations to AATaschAA on her Women’s Sunday victory! She banked $2,423.43 for the win while runner-up pkrbadgirl earned $1,777.50.
PokerStars Women’s Sunday results for 1-27-2013
Places paid: 36
1. AATaschAA (Germany) $2,423.43
2. pkrbadgirl (United Kingdom) $1,777.50
3. KOTLYAREVSKA (Russia) $1,339.05
4. andikandi (Canada) $1,007.25
5. Isidora CdLL (Russia) $687.30
6. CzaRnaPL (Poland) $533.25
7. donlef (Canada) $414.75
8. kristiine’88 (Latvia) $296.25
9. Jan “jamjars69″ Combes (United Kingdom)
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Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.
The last Sunday of the month presented a unique opportunity, as it was also the last Sunday of 2012. A Women’s Sunday title was up for grabs, not to mention more than $2K that would look nice in anyone’s bankroll as the new year approached. It was an exciting way to end the year, without a doubt.
Even more exciting to many, though, was the anticipation for 2013. Players turned out for the last PS Women Live qualifier for the upcoming PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Ladies Event, as the final prize package was to be awarded today. Other women were starting to consider packing for their trips to the Bahamas to play poker and enjoy the many opportunities for fun at the PCA.
Other women were anxiously awaiting news for the upcoming PokerStars Women’s Club. As the Women’s Poker League wrapped up its final days, PS Women organizers were busy putting the final touches on the Club. All will be revealed in the coming days, so stay tuned to the PS Women home page for details!
As for the business at hand, the $10K guarantee was left behind as registration for the Women’s Sunday showed these numbers:
Total players: 208
Prize pool: $10,400.00
Paid finishers: 36
With many players on holiday through the end of the year, only one $50 bounty was available this week, and it was Team SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo. She registered early and stayed strong through the first bit of the tournament, but she exited in 135th place.
As the money bubble approached halfway through the third hour, the two most recent Women’s Sunday winners – CzaRnaPL and lisaluce – were still in contention for second titles. The bubble took more than 15 minutes to burst, ultimately allowing PreBowser to be the first to cash out for $78.00. CzaRnaPL didn’t repeat her victory but cashed in 35th place.
The fourth hour saw the field drop to only two tables, at which time players like KOKIRITA exited, and December Women’s Sunday champion lisaluce finished in 14th. Play then moved quickly, and it was Dvesas who moved all-in with 10 players remaining. She bet all-in with A♦6♥ on a 6♠T♥Q♠4♣ board, but drkamikaze1 check-called with Q♥2♣ for the better pair. The 9♠ on the river eliminated Dvesas in tenth place with $166.40.
Drkamikaze1 and Nasty555130 battle for lead
The players and their accompanying chip stacks at the start of the final table were as follows:
Seat 1: coloccini20 (50,106 in chips)
Seat 2: Olya111 (110,846 in chips)
Seat 3: ellli10 (3,466 in chips)
Seat 4: nOzitifK@ (20,061 in chips)
Seat 5: fitlexi (71,081 in chips)
Seat 6: drkamikaze1 (127,367 in chips)
Seat 7: Izzuska88 (31,630 in chips)
Seat 8: Nasty555130 (122,771 in chips)
Seat 9: jamjars69 (86,672 in chips)
The shortest stack moved on the second hand of the table. Ellli10 pushed all-in with A♠3♣, and Izzuska88 called from the big blind with J♦4♣. The board came 9♦Q♦K♦6♥A♦ for the nut flush, leaving ellli10 out in ninth place with $197.60.
A few hands later, coloccini20 made her move from the big blind. It started with a raise from jamjars69 in the small blind, and coloccini20 reraised all-in from the big blind with A♦6♥. Jamjars69 called with J♥J♠ and hit the set on the J♦Q♣9♦A♥7♦ board. Former Women’s Sunday champion coloccini20 left in eighth place with $260.00.
Fireworks then exploded when the two biggest stacks got involved. Drkamikaze1 raised from the button, and Nasty555130 reraised from the big blind. Drkamikaze1 called, and the flop came 5♦T♣2♠. Nasty555130 bet, and drkamikaze1 called. The K♠ on the turn prompted an all-in bet from Nasty555130, and drkamikaze1 called all-in for the rest of her stack with Q♥Q♠. But Nasty555130 showed A♦K♣ for top pair, and the 6♠ on the river changed nothing. Recent PCA satellite winner and SCOOP winner drkamikaze1 exited in seventh place with $364.00.
Fitlexi was the next at risk, pushing with Q♥J♠ against the T♦T♠ of jamjars69. The board came 8♠T♥6♦3♥4♦ for the set of tens, and fitlexi had to go in sixth place with $468.00.
Three hands later, nOzitifK@ moved all-in with 6♦6♠ UTG, and Nasty555130 reraised from the button to isolate, which worked. Nasty555130 showed A♠8♠ and hit the flush on the 4♠4♥J♠K♥5♠ board. That left nOzitifK@ out in fifth place with $603.20.
Play slowed a bit until Izzuska88 made her all-in move UTG with A♦6♥. Olya111 called from the big blind with A♣T♣, and the ten kicker played as the dealer gave them 5♣3♥8♠9♣8♥. Izzuska88 was eliminated in fourth place with $884.00.
The two largest stacks of the final three players finally tangled. Nasty555130 raised from the small blind, and jamjars69 reraised from the big blind. Nasty555130 called, and the flop came 4♥4♣K♥. Jamjars69 bet out, and Nasty555130 check-called. The T♦ on the turn brought a commend of “444444444444444” from Nasty555130 before she checked, and jamjars69 bet. Nasty555130 check-raised all-in, and jamjars69 called all-in for 132K more with Q♥Q♠ for two pair. Nasty555130 showed A♦8♠ for the pair of fours on the board, but the A♠ hit on the river for the best two pair. Former London PS Women Live champion jamjars69 took home $1,175.20 for third place.
Nasty555130 has nasty heads-up lead
The final two players started their match with these chip counts:
Seat 2: Olya111 (68,864 in chips)
Seat 8: Nasty555130 (555,136 in chips)
And it took only five hands to declare a winner. On that fifth hand, Nasty555130 put her opponent to the test with an all-in move. Olya111 called all-in with Q♣J♣, but Nasty555130 showed K♠9♦. The flop came K♣5♦9♥ to give Nasty555130 two pair, and the 4♦ on the turn and 6♦ on the river allowed the two pair to stand, eliminating Olya111 in second place with $1,560.00.
Nasty555130 of Israel won the Women’s Sunday and $2,126.80 in cash. Congrats!
Women’s Sunday Results for 12/30/12:
1st place: Nasty555130 (Israel) – $2,126.80
2nd place: Olya111 (Russia) – $1,560.00
3rd place: jamjars69 (UK) – $1,175.20
4th place: Izzuska88 (Poland) – $884.00
5th place: nOzitifK@ (Russia) – $603.20
6th place: fitlexi (Latvia) – $468.00
7th place: drkamikaze1 (Canada) – $364.00
8th place: coloccini20 (Finland) – $260.00
9th place: ellli10 (Russia) – $197.60
There are many ways to get in on the Women’s Sunday action. Take a look at the home page for information on daily satellites. And join us on Facebook for news and monthly freerolls, and Twitter for the latest information. See you next week!
Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.
If you had been sitting in Prague’s Jama Bar and Grill last night, just off Petrska on the edge of the Old Town, you would have seen six poker reporters fresh off the plane. They were quaffing ale and preparing plans of attack for the coming week – hale and hearty, it was all about the possibilities for the coming seven days.
A few mouthfuls through the second draft, however, they were joined by a breathless seventh member. This was PokerStars Blog’s Nick Wright, and he wasn’t quite so fresh of face. Exhaustion’s Wright has been in Prague all week, bringing you all the details of the Eureka Poker Tour grand final, which kicked off this majestic poker festival in the Czech Republic.
The Eureka had been going since Wednesday – a €1,100 affair – and seven-day-stubble’s Wright had been plugging away all alone since then, grappling with the most consonant-heavy bunch of names of all of the PokerStars regional events through “days” lasting long into the night.
The Eureka Poker Tour (otherwise known as “not that EPT”) snakes through Central and Eastern Europe, visiting Latvia, Bulgaria and Croatia before landing itself here in Prague. Player numbers tend to be between 200-300 and tournaments wrap in three days.
But during this EPT season, the grand finals of the regional tours are combined with the established monster, boosting numbers to unprecedented levels. The big guns arrive a couple of days early and treat the regional final as a side event.
It meant that in Prague, the Eureka main event attracted 652 players, a record number, and created a prize pool of €632,440, also a record. The winner was due to receive €140,000, and there was also a €2,000 High Roller event to entertain them.
It has been described by one hyperbolic media co-ordinator as a “mega-festival”, and it did appear to be something like that today as the tournament room swarmed with the Day 1A crowd of the EPT main event as two Eureka tournaments played their final stages.
Not long ago, Menikos Panagiotou, a PokerStars player from Cyprus, was swept to the Eureka title by a vocal cheering section and one of those formidable runs. With around 22 players left yesterday, Panagiotou eliminated Andrew Hulme with aces against kings and has never looked back.
He knocked out six of his seven final table opponents today, usually having them crushed when the money went in, and even though they did a deal three-handed, Panagiotou’s run continued until he was the one clutching the cheque.
The tournament director Teresa Nousiainen handed over the money and announced the schedule for next year’s Eureka tour. It will be back to Bulgaria and there will be two trips to the Czech Republic. The first, from March 18, will be in the border town of Rozvadav, the second will be back here in Prague about a year from now. (Jonathan Raab, Eureka Poker Tour director, also hinted that there may well be at least one more event.)
The relationship between Eureka and EPT continues to prosper and it is a mutually beneficial arrangement. The winner of this year’s Eureka leader board, Alija Filipovic, was also crowned today and decided to cash part of his prize immediately.
He earned an EPT buy in for his year’s successes, and he decided to play here in Prague. Tomorrow. Meanwhile there’s a hefty chance Panagiotou will also try to play the rush and buy in for Day 1B, as well as any of the final table players from the High Roller event, who are still battling to a winner.
I don’t know who thought of all this – who had the Eureka moment – but they deserve a big pat on the back. Even Wright, still tapping away to bring you every last bit of action, would probably agree – so long as someone buys him a big flagon of ale tonight.
3.10pm:Ins and outs
Drip, drip, drip, the total number of entrants continues to rise, 205 last time I checked the massive tournament projection at the back of the tournament arena. Of those 205 just 190 remain, among the 15 players who’ve hit the rail already today are: Radu Catoiu, Timur Margolin, Marko Martinkovic, Liutauras Armanavicius, Bela Toth and Cassio Pisapia De Almeida Kiles who had come all the way from Brazil for this event.
Luck Skill of the Irish
I’m pretty certain David Lappin is the only Irish player in the field today and he’s doing a good job of representing the Emerald Isle as he’s up to 25,000. “No big pots,” he told me. “Just been slowly chipping up.
2.45pm: Big pot for Staszko
I just saw 2011 WSOP Main Event runner-up Martin Staszko win a crucial pot, one that ended with him being all-in no less.
From a stack of around 10,350, he raised to 325 from the button, the small blind flat called, only for the big blind to bump it up to 950, Staszko was the only caller. The two protagonists went heads-up to a 3♣7♠K♠ flop, bet of c-bet of 1,150, call from Staszko.
The Q♥ fell on fourth street, it was checked to Staszko who fired a bet of 2,000 and after checking how much he had back, the big blind made the call. The T♥ completed the board and when it checked to Staszko he quickly moved all-in for 5,225 total. After dwelling up the big blind folded and Staszko showed the 2♠ as he stacked his new found chips.
2.32pm: A few more faces
I’ve spotted a few faces hoping that they’ll be a home victory at Eureka Prague – ok I’ll admit that the PokerStars blog Czech photographer Tomas Stacha might have had a hand in it too.
Either way I can tell you that Martin Staszko, Ladislav Mika and Jaroslav Urban – who came fifth at Eureka Prague in Season 1 – are all playing today.
2.22pm: Play back underway
Players are back in their seats and level three is underway, blinds are now 75 – 150.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 75-150
2.07pm: Break time
That’s two levels down, as such players are now on a 15 minute break.
2pm: Contrasting fortunes
A couple of players who’ve had success on the tour this season are off to markedly different starts here in Prague.
Sadly for Dariusz Paszkiewicz, his day is not going well as the Pole, who finished third at Eureka Latvia is down to just 6,700.
Wheras Algirdas Saveikis is nudging 18,000. I saw the Eureka Bulgaria runner-up take down a pot. After an open to 250 from the hijack and a flat call from the cut-off Saveikis made it 775 on the button, only the cut-off called.
On the A♠3♦6♣ flop, a c-bet of 675 from Saveikis was enough to win the pot.
1.45pm: 195 and rising
The number of players is slowly inching upwards and currently stands at 195. A couple of players (be they latecomers or otherwise) that I’ve spotted are David Lappin – the Irishman has so far only had success in side events on the Eureka Poker Tour, but will be looking to put that right here, he’s upticked slightly to 17,000.
And Dariusz Paszkiewicz, who finished third at Eureka Latvia in October, is also in the field today.
1.30pm: A curious hand
One hundred big blind pots are somewhat rare at this stage of a tournament so I imagine that the onlookers at table eight (who included EPT7 London winner David Vamplew) were quite keen to see the cards of those involved.
Sadly they were denied, as on the river of a T♣3♦Q♦7♠2♣ board the in position player bet 2,025 into a pot of 6,000 but mucked his hand when he was called. This meant the caller didn’t have to show his hand and collected the pot without giving any information away.
1.15pm: His lucky hat
I’ve just spotted Algirdas Saveikis at table seven. To be honest it’s hard not to as the Eureka Poker Tour regular is decked out in his trademark ‘lucky’ Barcelona fedora.
The Lithuanian is currently in fifth place on the Eureka Leaderboard, thanks in the main to finishing second to Petar Zografov at Eureka Bulgaria. Although, Saveikis proved that was no fluke as he followed it up with an 11th place finish at Eureka Lativa in October.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 50-100
The tables in the tournament room are pretty tightly packed together, you’d need hips like Shakira or moves like Jagger to snake your way through them without having to tap someone on the shoulder and say ‘excuse me’.
Needless to say this blogger is now furiously typing ‘excuse me’ into google translate, but from near (and far) I’ve spotted EPT7 London winner David Vamplew and a couple of players who’ve had success on other tours. They are Jens Kerper and Raigo Aasmaa, the latter took down an event last year at the Prague Poker festival – the name by which the multitude of events that take place in Prague during December has become known – and is clearly back for more. Although, Aasmaa’s victory in Prague last December was not his biggest live cash, that came when he finished third at EPT8 Tallinn.
12.30pm: Numbers and late registration
The board is showing that 165 players are currently registered and/or in their seats for Day 1A of Eureka Prague.
Expect that number to rise as the day goes on though as late registration is open for six levels. That’s six hours, well seven and a half in fact as it’ll include the one hour dinner break and two 15 minute breaks. So if you’re in Prague and want to play today then you’ve got until approximately 7.45pm local time to register.
If any player were to jump in at the latest possible juncture the blinds would be 200 – 400 ante 50 at that point, so a starting stack of 15,000 would equate to 37.5 big blinds.
That’d be 37.5 big blinds more than one unlucky player who’s already busted. I’m still waiting on a player list so can’t put a name to his I.D number just yet.
12.15pm: Cards are in the air
The action is underway here in Prague.
12.05pm: Welcome to Eureka Prague
We’re going to need a bigger blog…
Eureka Prague is, quite frankly, going to blow all previous events this season out of the water. A field of around 600 is expected over two starting days. The final event of Season 2 plays to its conclusion this Sunday, just as EPT Prague gets underway.
There’s much more than mere money to play for as the winner of the Eureka Poker Tour Season 2 leader board will get free entry to an EPT9 main event, second place will win two Eureka Season 3 main event entries and third one Eureka Season 3 main event entry. In fact the top 15 will win a prize worth at least €215. It’s an incredibly close race as the top five are separated by less than 10 points and they’ve all qualified to this event.
Eureka Poker Tour Season 2 leader board:
1st. Michal Misterek, 117.65
2nd. Petar Zografov, 116.5
3rd .Alija Filipovic, 111.5
4th. Nagy Barnabas, 111.05
5th. Algirdas Saveikis, 107.75
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Prague:Nick Wright. Photos by Tomas Stacha.
With the MicroMillions III running Event #97 became a special edition of the Sunday Storm. With 45,928 players shelling out $11 to enter this event it had the third largest field of the series, behind only Event #1 and the Main Event. After taking on the initial chip leader and gaining a massive chip lead xenayaro77 went on to dominate the final table to win $35,682.54.
With a $459,280 prize pool first place was scheduled to receive $35,682.54 with 5,967 players making it into the money, earning at least $22.96. A couple Team Online members and one Team PokerStars Pro member were one of those that made some return on their investment. Leading the way was Team Online member Dag “DagPalovic” Palovic who finished 1,213th for $73.48. Team PokerStars Pro, Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara, was next up finishing 2,080th for $41.33 followed by Sigge “ClarkKent89″ Reichard in 4,352nd collecting $27.55
It took a few more hours to get to from the last PokerStars Pro to get to the final table, by the time only nine remained wrawras was at the top with over 60-million in chips while the nearest opponent held 32-million. Heres a look at how the final nine were seated with chip counts.
Seat 1: SamBuLka (24,663,188 in chips)
Seat 2: svenxxx18 (19,243,449 in chips)
Seat 3: ArKip (32,402,188 in chips)
Seat 4: Rkdel (19,263,834 in chips)
Seat 5: wrawras (60,461,567 in chips)
Seat 6: Poker151191 (17,674,504 in chips)
Seat 7: Poondog69 (9,631,122 in chips)
Seat 8: xenayaro77 (29,344,246 in chips)
Seat 9: WinnerVad (16,955,902 in chips)
The first elimination came after svenxxx18 min-raised from under the gun to 1,800,000 and then xenayaro77 raising to 3,949,000 from the button. svenxxx18 called and the pair got a T♠6♠5♣ flop. svenxxx18 checked to xenayaro77 who raised 17,974,449, exactly enough to out svenxxx18 all in if they call. svenxxx18 did call showing Q♠Q♥ against xenayaro77’s A♣A♦. The A♠ left svenxxx18 needing any of the remaining spades to survive. The J♦ did not bring give svenxxx18 any help. svenxxx18 collects $1,864.67 for ninth place.
The next elimination hand started with Poondog69 moving all-in from middle position and getting called by ArKip. Poondog69’s 7♠7♦ needed to hold up against ArKip’s A♠K♣. It took very little time for ArKip to take over the lead as the K♦T♠T♥ flop delivered two pair, kings and tens, to pull ahead of Poondog69’s tens and sevens. The K♠ turn finished things off eliminating Poondog69 in eighth place for $3,178.21.
A few hands later Poker151191 was all-in with 7♠7♦ against Rkdel’s J♥J♣. The board ran out 6♠6♣4♣ Q♦ K♦ eliminating Poker151191 in seventh place for $4,670.87.
After those quick eliminations the top two players in chips decided to mix things up with the chip leader getting the bad end of the deal. After seeing a Q♦8♥2♦ flop the two got into a raising war that ended with xenayaro77 getting all-in while wrawras had 23-million left behind. wrawras held Q♠8♠ for two pair against xenayaro77’s Q♣Q♣ for a set of queens. The turn brought a 3♣ and the river was the A♦ giving xenayar77 the 109-million chip pot and massive chip-lead.
It took a few hands of wrawras shoving before finally getting called, and once again it was xenayaro77 there to call. wrawras was all-in with Q♠Q♣ to lead the way against xenayaro77’s A♥8♦. The A♣4♥2♣ gave put wrawras at risk needing one of the remaining queens to survive. The 9♦ turn and 7♠ river was what wrawras needed. wrawras collected $6,723.85 for fifth place.
The next elimination came when WinnerVad shoved all-in from under the gun and was called by ArKiP. ArKip showed Q♦Q♥ putting WinnerVad at risk with A♣T♠. The J♣T♥8♠ flop gave WinnerVad a pair of tens but not the lead. The K♠ turn took some outs away from WinnerVad who was left looking for one of the remaining tens to get the double. The A♦ gave ArKip a straight to eliminate WinnerVad in fifth place for $10,076.60.
In a battle of the blinds xenayaro77 shoved all-in over Rkdel’s initial raise, Rkdel called and the pairs cards were shown with Rkdel showing 7♠7♥ against xenayaro77’s K♥8♥. The 8♠6♠2♥ flop gave xenayaro77 a pair of eights to take the lead in the hand. The Q♠ turn and 4♥ river changed nothing eliminating Rkdel in fourth place collecting $13,438.53.
A few more hand were played before getting down to heads up as ArKip and xenayaro77 got into a raising battle in the blinds. By the time the dust settled ArKip was all in and at risk with Q♥Q♠ against xenayaro77’s A♥J♠. The K♥7♣2♣ flop was good for ArKip leaving xenayaro77 needing to catch running jacks or running straight cards to win the hand. The J♦ started things for xenayao77 and the J♥ finished things off sending ArKip out in third place for $16,828.01.
With xenayaro77 holding just under a twenty to one chip lead over SamBuLka the heads-up battle only lasted a few hands. On the third hand of heads-up play SamBuLka was all-in with J♦T♦ needing to improve against xenayaro77’s K♣6♠. The board ran out 8♠7♦5♠ A♠ 9♠ giving SamBuLka a jack-high straight but also giving xenayaro77 an ace-high flush to win the event. SamBuLka collected $25,738.05 while xenayaro77 gets $35,682.54.
Congrats to xenayaro77 on winning Event #97.
MicroMillions III Event 97 ($11 NLHE, Sunday Storm Special Edition) Results:
Prize Pool: $459,280
Paid Players: 5,967
1st place: xenayaro77 (Latvia) – $35,682.54
2nd place: SamBuLka (Russia) – $25,738.05
3rd place: ArKip (Russia) – $16,828.01
4th place: Rkdel (Czech Republic) – $13,438.53
5th place: WinnerVad (Ukrain) – $10,076.60
6th place: wrawras (Brazil) – $6,723.85
7th place: Poker151191 (Norway) – $4,670.87
8th place: Poondog69 (Canada) – $3,178.21
9th place: svenxxx18 (Germany) – $1,864.67
The MicroMillons III is closing out today with this being one of the last events on the schedule. Head over to the main tournament page to see who is at the top of the leader board.
Michael Reed is a freelance contributor to for the PS Blog.
“Kick a buck.” Such is the line delivered — repeatedly — by Paul Newman as the title character in 1967’s Cool Hand Luke during a prison stud game. It’s one of the all-time best poker scenes, with Luke bluffing street after street, nonchalantly tossing out another dollar each time.
On Friday nearly 20,000 players saw fit to “kick a buck” and join MicroMillions III Event #10, a $1 buy-in turbo tournament with re-buys and a nifty $50K guarantee. Those players predictably kicked in a few more bucks with lots of re-buys and add-ons, and in the end it was akarrin of Australia ultimately topping that huge field to earn the title and a handsome five-figure first prize.
This “3x” tourney featured an extended registration/re-buy period of 90 minutes. During that time players could re-buy as many times as they liked — actually for a little less than a buck ($0.91) — to get 3,000 more chips should they fall below the starting stack. Then the add-on period offered the irresistible bargain of 30,000 chips for the same price.
By the time late registration closed, there were 19,811 entered, with those players re-buying a whopping 94,849 times and 10,133 of them taking the add-on as well.
That meant a total prize pool of $113,561.63, more than double the guarantee, with 2,700 places paid and $11,368.69 scheduled to go to the winner barring any final table deals.
Not a bad return just for kicking a buck! Or two. Or heck, even ten or twenty.
Finding a final table
By that point about half the field had been wiped out already, and with a little over 10,000 players still battling it was SHUSHA100 of Russia sitting atop the bunch with a stack of nearly 500,000.
Five-minute levels ensured a rapid pace, and by just after the three-hour mark they were already down under 1,000 players.
florininu73 (Romania), oh yeah692 (Belgium) and akarrin (Australia) had climbed to the top of the leaderboard by then, all hovering around 3 million chips, but with more than 647 million chips in play there was obviously a lot standing between everyone and the finish line.
About an hour later they were down to 100 players. During the interim, ganatodoAA (Venezuela) became the first player to amass a stack of 10 million chips. Then as the field continued to shrink, Belgium’s oh yeah692 stormed back in front to be the first to 20 million, 30 million, 40 million, and 50 million.
As they approached the six-hour mark, it was DJ-Manni02 of Germany pushing past oh yeah692 and everyone else to top the 100 million-chip mark, then 150 million before coming back to the pack. Meanwhile Ukraine’s Andriyko1982 surged to the top, with oh yeah692 among the fallen, taking 21st for $204.41.
The last nine out prior to the final table were Ducha0565 (18th), bubibibou (17th), and li pin (16th) who earned $232.80 each, lekura (15th), MWAKI (14th), and Hugenband (13th) who took away $329.32 for their efforts, and Alexanders47 (12th), mineral6666 (11th), and Jo4chim (10th) each of whom saw $425.85 added to their PokerStars accounts.
The final table was set.
Seat 1: End now (Latvia) — 30,882,980
Seat 2: THEODORO_BB (Brazil) — 78,992,509
Seat 3: lipoliveira (Portugal) — 61,844,728
Seat 4: fontanina 90 (Germany) — 35,791,724
Seat 5: kadi75555 (Hungary) — 64,506,436
Seat 6: Talousnakki (Finland) — 35,890,956
Seat 7: DJ-Manni02 (Germany) — 90,813,086
Seat 8: akarrin (Australia) — 112,751,001
Seat 9: Andriyko1982 (Ukraine) — 136,496,580
The blinds were already an eye-popping 2.25m/4.5m by the time the final table began — and continuing to rise rapidly — and thus the all-ins expectedly began right away.
fontanina 90 falls in ninth
Talousnakki survived one with A♣A♦ versus fontanina 90’s 7♦7♣. Then, with the blinds already up to 2.75m/5.5m, fontanina 90 was the one open-raising all in for 13,802,492 from the button and getting a single caller in kadi75555 from the small blind.
fontanina 90 had T♠9♦ and kadi75555 A♦6♦, and when the board came Q♦2♣5♣K♣8♣ they were swiftly down to eight.
End now ends run in eighth
Just moments later End now open-shoved for 25,182,980 from early position, then saw THEODORO_BB reraise all in over the top from a seat over to push everyone else aside.
End now was taking a stand with K♦Q♠ while THEODORO_BB had 8♦8♥. The community cards then came six-high, rolling out 5♣6♥6♠3♣4♥, meaning THEODORO_BB’s eights had held and End now’s end had come in eighth.
DJ-Manni02 downed in seventh
Amid tentative chatbox gesturing toward talking about a chop, DJ-Manni02 survived multiple all-ins as the blinds rose to 3.5m/7m.
Finally a hand came in which it folded around to DJ-Manni02 in the small blind who shoved for 36,424,696 with A♦3♥, and akarrin called from a seat over with K♠8♠.
The flop brought a king, coming K♣9♣5♣, and after the T♦ turn and J♠ river, DJ-Manni02 was out in seventh.
kadi75555 KO’d in sixth
akarrin would claim the next final table victim as well in kadi75555.
In that hand, the latter pushed all in for 54,498,928 from the button and akarrin called from the big blind, tabling K♥T♣ to kadi75555’s Q♥T♠.
The board then came K♦9♠K♣9♥T♦, giving akarrin a winning full house and sending kadi75555 railward in sixth.
The final five chop it up
After another orbit or so, the remaining players paused the tourney to discuss a possible deal. Here’s how the counts appeared at that moment:
akkarrin — 222,951,727
Andriyko1982 — 177,746,581
Talousnakki — 98,231,476
lipoliveira — 79,264,728
THEODORO_BB — 69,775,488
There was a small amount of back-and-forthing, but before long the five had agreed to “chip chop” numbers, leaving $1,000 for which to play, and the cards were soon back in the air.
Talousnakki taken down in fifth
Not long after the deal-making, a three-way all-in hand arose involving lipoliveira, Talousnakki, and THEODORO_BB.
With the blinds up to 4m/8m, lipoliveira min-raised to 16 million from under the gun, then Talousnakki reraised all in from the cutoff for 65,431,476. It folded to THEODORO_BB in the big blind who called all in for 19,286,080, and lipoliveria called as well.
Talousnaaki was hoping to pair either that king or nine to survive. But the cards came T♥T♦6♠2♥6♥, giving the side pot lipoliveira, the main pot to THEODORO_BB, and knocking Talousnakki out in fifth.
lipoliveira loses chips, leaves in fourth
A big chip swing soon followed when lipoliveira lost another huge preflop all-in with 9♠9♦ versus Andriyko1982’s A♥6♥ when the latter flopped a full house.
Losing that 230 million-plus chip pot meant lipoliveira was down to less than 15 million, and before long lipoliveira was calling all in from the small blind following an opening button raise by THEODORO_BB. akarrin called as well from the big blind, and the two remaining players checked the 4♥7♣6♠ flop. akarrin then led at the J♥ turn card, getting a fold from THEODORO_BB.
akarrin showed 9♠3♣ for a gutshot straight draw while lipoliveira still had hope with Q♠T♦. But the river was the 5♠, filling akarrin’s straight and eliminating lipoliveira in fourth.
Andriyko1982 cast aside in third
The torrid pace continued, as just after that hand it was Andriyko1982 min-raising to 18 million from the button, THEODORO_BB reraising to 45 million from the small blind, Andriyko1982 pushing all in for 156,307,082, and THEODORO_BB quickly making the call.
THEODORO_BB turned over A♠K♣ and Andriyko1982 9♥9♦. The flop came A♣2♠5♥ to put THEODORO_BB in front and leave Andriyko1982 searching for one of the two remaining nines. The turn was the Q♠ and river the J♣, however, and less than 40 minutes after the final table had started they were down to two.
Heads-up: THEODORO_BB vs. akarrin
Following the pattern of the tourney and final table, heads-up play went quickly as well, ending in just half a dozen hands.
Thanks to that knockout of Andriyko1982, THEODORO_BB had the advantage to begin heads-up play with 453,523,562 to akarrin’s 194,446,438 (blinds 4.5m/9m). But on just the third hand of heads-up play, akarrin called THEODORO_BB’s opening all-in push from the button, showing A♣3♣ to THEODORO_BB’s A♥9♠.
THEODORO_BB was best after the Q♥5♣8♦ flop and 7♣ turn, but the 6♣ on the river gave akarrin a club flush and the chip lead. Take a look:
Just three hands after that one, the blinds were 5m/10m when akarrin opened for 20 million from the button, THEODORO_BB pushed for 197,147,124, and akarrin snap-called.
Both players had been dealt aces once again, only this time akarrin had A♠K♥ while THEODORO_BB had A♥6♥. No help came for THEODORO_BB, as the board rolled out 8♥A♣5♣3♣9♥, and six hours and 36 minutes after it had started, akarrin had won MicroMillions III Event #10.
Congratulations to Australia’s akarrin for topping a field of 19,811 to win the $10,295.16 first prize — and all for just kicking a few bucks!
MicroMillions III Event #10 $1+R NLHE (3x-Turbo) final table results (*reflects five-way deal):
1st: akarrin (Australia) — $10,295.16*
2nd: THEODORO_BB (Brazil) — $5,639.76*
3rd: Andriyko1982 (Ukraine) — $8,216.37*
4th: lipoliveira (Portugal) — $5,866.21*
5th: Talousnakki (Finland) — $6,318.83*
6th: kadi75555 (Hungary) — $2,839.04
7th: DJ-Manni02 (Germany) — $1,703.42
8th: End now (Latvia) — $1,022.05
9th: fontanina 90 (Germany) — $681.36
Prize pool: $113,561.63
Places paid: 2,700
MicroMillions III is just getting underway, with another week-and-a-half’s worth of events on the schedule. Check the MicroMillions page for details about the remaining events.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.