Sometime after 2 am in Bosnia-Herzegovina, blackmoore arrived home after busting out of a live tournament. But rather than fall in to bed with visions of cards flying behind his eyes, he fired up PokerStars to watch them fly across the screen. Blackmoore late registered for Event #62, the MicroMillions' only limit hold'em event on the docket, because 6-max is his favorite format. And for only $2.20, why not blow off a little steam? Four hours later, he was heads-up for the title. Dawn was approaching and he had to be up at 9 a.m., or so he told his Canadian opponent. But somehow I doubt blackmoore is regretting the lost sleep right now, as his late-night impulse buy led to a MicroMillions title.
3,718 players seized the opportunity to min-bet and min-raise their hearts out, creating a $7,436 prize pool. 480 players earned a share of it with first place set to take home $1,155.20. Team Online's Bjorn "Bjoerni89" Schneider was in the mix this evening, along with Team Pros Andre Akkari and Marcin Horecki. All three, however, finished outside the money.
The money bubble burst only 40 minutes after the close of late registration and less than two hours later, seven players remained. With the limits up to 250,000/500,000, the average stack was little more than five big bets. With 679,000 left and 7♣7♦ in the hole, jaykennedy got his chips in before the flop, only to run in to blackmoor's 9♥9♠. Jaykennedy departed in seventh place, setting the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: kissbela69 (2,997,148 in chips)
Seat 2: zorro_69600 (1,695,440 in chips)
Seat 3: optimo12 (4,006,473 in chips)
Seat 4: snoogans333 (4,448,659 in chips)
Seat 5: blackmoore (3,222,890 in chips)
Seat 6: yuno1971 (2,219,390 in chips)
Blackmoore immediately tried to drum up interest in a deal, but without a unanimous agreement to pause the action, play continued on. Short stack zorro_69600 folded through the blinds and saw his stack shrink to only 870,000 before putting the rest of his chips in preflop. Zorro_69600's K♥8♥ did not improve against blackmoore's A♠Q♥ and he departed in sixth place, earning $130.13.
Moments later, snoogans333 and yuno1971 saw a 9♦8♦3♦ flop for two bets each. The rest of snoogans333's chips went in when the 2♦ hit the turn and yuno1971 called, his Q♣5♠ drawing dead against snoogans333's 6♥6♦ flush. Yuno1971 was all-in on the next hand with A♠8♣, but it was no match for blackmoore's 8♠8♦. For fifth place, yuno1971 took home $238.54.
With both dissenters no longer in the mix, it took no time at all for the final four to negotiate a deal. It took less than three minutes for everyone to agree to chip count chop numbers, and with $100 still in play for the winner, cards went back in the air.
Blackmoore claimed most of optimo12's stack in a raised pot where he hit top two pair on a 9♥7♦5♦ flop. Optimo12 tried check-raising the flop, but blackmoore was immediately over the top with a three-bet. Optimo12 check-called the last two streets but did not catch blackmoore. Left with 2.65 million at 400,000/800,000 limits, optimo12 hung his hopes on T♥5♥. Although both players flopped the same middle pair, blackmoore turned top two and rivered a boat with Q♥T♠. Although optimo12 finished fourth, the deal yielded him the second-largest prize at $770.26.
Down to three players, blackmoore led the way with 13.9 million while kissbela69 and snoogans333 were down to 2.57 million and 2.09 million respectively. After putting in the rest of his chips with A♥K♦ on a 9♣7♠2♣ flop, snoogans333 caught a lucky turn card, the A♦ falling to snatch the pot away from blackmoore, who flopped middle pair with J♠7♥. Snoogans333 doubled to 4.44 million, but the next hand had his tournament life on the line again as both he and kissbela69 got their stacks in against blackmoore:
Although that hand went a long way toward evening the stacks, blackmoore quickly rebounded. First he check-raised, then capped the betting on a T♥4♣2♣ flop. Kissbela69 decided to fold for one bet, nearly half his chips landing back in blackmoore's stack. Two hands later, blackmoore flopped bottom pair with A♠6♣ and picked up three streets of value from snoogans333 to take him back up to 13.9 million.
Snoogans333 and kissbela69 capped the betting preflop, the latter committing his last 479,251 on a K♣7♥3♥ flop. Snoogans333 called and turned over Q♠T♣, trailing kissbela69's A♠5♣. Snoogans333 caught lucky on the river, however, the T♠ falling to cripple kissbela69. Kissbela69's remaining 243,000 went in on the next hand with A♦8♠, but snoogan's 9♣5♥ caught up on the K♦9♦3♣ flop. The Q♥ and 8♦ fell on the turn and river, sending kissbela69 to the rail in third place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 4: snoogans333 (4,965,689 in chips)
Seat 5: blackmoore (13,624,311 in chips)
Although this was a pretty quick final table, heads-up play was a real slugfest despite the stratospheric 800,000/1,600,000 betting limits. The chip lead changed with nearly every hand until blackmoore was able to pull away on this hand where he flopped trip jacks and snoogans333's A♥K♠ rivered an ace:
Snoogans333's remaining 2.03 million went in on the next deal with T♣9♣, but this was clearly blackmoore's night, as he turned over A♣8♥. Blackmoore flopped top pair and turned top two, the board running out 8♦7♣2♠A♥4♥ to seal the win.
Congratulations to blackmoore on a MicroMillions title and a $985.00 score. For his runner-up finish, snoogans333 earned $644.38.
Now both of you get some rest, ok?
PokerStars MicroMillions Event #62 ($2.20 FL Hold'em 6-max Turbo) results
1. blackmoore (Bosnia and Herzegovina) $985.00*
2. snoogans333 (Canada) $644.38*
3. kissbela69 (Hungary) $607.10*
4. optimo12 (Colombia) $770.26*
5. yuno1971 (Spain) $238.54
6. zorro_69600 (Spain) $130.13
*= reflects the result of a four-way deal that left $100 in play for the winner
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