Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
"9NINENINE" has just topped a field of 257 in dramatic fashion to earn the title of champion for the 2021 PokerStars Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) Event #38: $250 NLHE [Super Tuesday SE], $50K Gtd.
A final table that never saw a moment to breathe came to an end after "9NINENINE" knocked out Henry "xlzou1990" Zou in third place with pocket kings to ace-king and proceeded to follow that up by eliminating "Batmanstein" heads up shortly thereafter with pocket aces to pocket queens.
In total, it only took around half an hour to go from nine to one after an unquantifiable amount of doubles occurred among short stacks across the final two tables, leaving average stacks short once the final table was reached.
Event #38 Final Table Results
|3||Henry "xlzou1990" Zou||$6,415|
Final Table Recap
"Batmanstein" entered the final table as the short stack, but quickly found two doubles. The first was through "BigRon324", who fell in ninth to none other than "Batmanstein" just a few hands after earning those doubles. "Batmanstein" then sent "V1ctor0" out in eighth with ace-jack to king-jack.
"Batmanstein" also knocked out sixth-place finisher "tsaroffish4", but not before Zou sent "UncleBuppy" out in seventh when his ace-four held versus jack-ten suited all-in preflop.
With five remaining, "9NINENINE" had largely flown under the radar with a big stack but their king-eight flopped trips versus the ace-seven of "PrinceTurtle" to eliminate them in fifth. Zou then notched another elimination, knocking out "PimpMyBalance" in fourth place. In total, these six eliminations all happened within around 15 minutes' time.
Nearly a full level then went by before sparks flew again, as was highlighted before. Zou found himself with ace-king in the big blind and three-bet a small-blind open from "9NINENINE", who four-bet shoved on him with two kings. A king on the flop all but sealed the deal, and Zou found himself drawing dead by the turn.
"9NINENINE" then took a commanding chip lead into heads-up play before doubling "Batmanstein" after calling a shove with king-eight suited. "Batmanstein" held ace-four and saw it hold, but two hands later shoved pocket queens into pocket aces and was unable to further improve, resulting in victory for "9NINENINE".
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In Level 33 with blinds of 40,000/80,000 and an ante of 10,000, "Batmanstein" open-jammed on the button once more for 1,786,012 just two hands after their previous double, and "9NINENINE" immediately called.
"Batmanstein" saw the bad news, with their queens running into aces. A runout of did nothing to change their situation, and they were eliminated in second place as a result.
As a result, "9NINENINE" has won MICOOP Event #38 for $11,525. A recap of the event will be posted shortly.
In Level 33 with blinds of 40,000/80,000 and an ante of 10,000, "Batmanstein" open-jammed for 933,006 on the button and "9NINENINE" called.
"Batmanstein" remained out in front through the entire runout , finishing with a pair of aces to score a double after the start of the match brought about a handful of small back-and-forth exchanges between both players.
In Level 32 with blinds of 35,000/70,000 and an ante of 8,750, nearly a full level of play went by without a showdown until "9NINENINE" raised to 140,000 in the small blind and was three-bet to 560,000 by Henry "xlzou1990" Zou in the big blind. "9NINENINE" came over the top, four-betting to put Zou to a decision for his total stack of 1,879,158. Zou called.
Henry "xlzou1990" Zou:
Zou found himself on the receiving end of a cooler, watching the flop leave him drawing extremely thin. The turn sealed the deal, leaving him drawing dead as the river completed the runout to bring about his third-place finish, good for $6,415.
|Henry "xlzou1990" Zou||Busted|
In Level 31 with blinds of 30,000/60,000 and an ante of 7,500, "PimpMyBalance" was on the button and open-shoved for 769,966. Henry "xlzou1990" Zou called for roughly two-thirds of his stack in the small blind.
Henry "xlzou1990" Zou:
Zou flopped two pair on and left "PimpMyBalance" in need of hitting a ten to make Broadway. It came on the turn , but the river gave Zou a full house to reclaim the best hand and eliminate "PimpMyBalance" in fourth place.
|Henry "xlzou1990" Zou||2,088,533||406,996|
In Level 31 with blinds of 30,000/60,000 and an ante of 7,500, action folded to "9NINENINE" on the button and they open-jammed for under 10 effective big blinds. "PrinceTurtle" called off their remaining 312,513 in the small blind and found themselves needing to hold.
Instead, the flop left them in need of running aces to stay alive. The turn made that possible, but the river smashed all hopes and sent them out in fifth, marking the third elimination in five hands en route to a score of $3,571
In Level 30 with blinds of 25,000/50,000 and an ante of 6,000, "tsaroffish" open-jammed on the button for their last 374,476 and were called by "Batmanstein" in the small blind.
"tsaroffish4" was unable to catch an ace as the runout came and they were eliminated in sixth place, earning $2,664 for their performance.
In Level 30 with blinds of 25,000/50,000 and an ante of 6,000, Henry "xlzou1990" Zou saw action fold to him in the small blind and he open-jammed to put "UncleBuppy" to a decision for their last 396,424. "UncleBuppy" called.
Henry "xlzou1990" Zou:
By the end of the runout , neither player had improved and "UncleBuppy" fell in seventh at the expense of Zou's ace.
|Henry "xlzou1990" Zou||1,681,537||626,424|
In Level 30 with blinds of 25,000/50,000 and an ante of 6,000, action folded to "PrinceTurtle" in the small blind and they raised all in. "PimpMyBalance" was in the big blind and called off their remaining 263,998.
After two quick eliminations, "PimpMyBalance" was able to hit a nine on the flop and stay ahead through the turn and river to fade becoming the seventh-place finisher in the tournament.