Thousands of low stakes grinders from around the world can stop ordering room service from loved ones and leaving those grubby silver trays outside of their bedroom doors.
The PokerStars MicroMillions 11 festival is over. 100 events. Each of which promising a big score for a small investment. The haste and heat of ambition was palpable. It was 10 days of an absolute poker paradise.
The Russians continued to show what a loss they would be to the PokerStars liquidity should Mr. Putin put his foot down and drag the game in house with 161,939 players taking part in the 10-day series (more than any other nation). Of those 161,939 entrants, 23,843 of them cashed for a hellacious sounding $777,209.32 in prize money with 15 of them capturing titles.
And yet despite the Red Army romping through the MicroMillions it wasn’t a Russian at the head of the $22 buy-in Main Event chip counts, nor was it a Russian who won free Sunday Million buy-ins for the next six months for topping the series leaderboard. Those honors went to Canada and Ukraine respectively.
For the second year running the winner of the $22 buy-in $1m Guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em Main Event hailed from Canada. The username of Nolet20 took the first prize of $89,854.68 after the final five players agreed a chop that saw the guaranteed first prize of $111,111 whittled down like Parmesan on a mandolin. Last year, the Canadian BgsaPnaples won $110,743 when he took the MicroMillions 10 Main Event title.
Nolet20 spent 11-hours wading through a field of 55,524 entrants. The $1m guarantee was breached with $1,110,480 going into the kitty, and 8,154 players received a fair share of that prize. Rather predictably, Nolet20 was the series biggest winner as a result of that cash.
That win made sure Canada was the second most successful country when it came to money earned during the series ($512,977.12). The Germans were third with $483,864.83 and Brazil were fourth with $423,492.94. Despite the Canadians finishing second in the money earned charts, both Germany (96,763) and Brazil (81,495) saw more of their countrymen and women enter events.
Final Table Results
1st. Nolet20 (Canada) $89,854.68*
2nd. SukaPu (Greece) $65,720.37*
3rd. Djwilo (Australia) $66,167.17*
4th. BOWERS25 (Canada) $49,875.13*
5th. Viral25 (Netherlands) $55,802.79*
6th. Rokii4 (Hungary) $23,453.33
7th. Skumbim (Germany) $17,190.23
8th. GanatodoAA (Venezuela) $12,592.84
9th. ZAMEZ94 (Russia) $9,228.08
*Indicates five-way deal
MicroMillions 11 Leaderboard
1st. Malikualutsk (Ukraine) – 560 points
2nd. Vanov04 (Russia) – 500 points
3rd. Cezar6666 (Poland) – 490 points
3rd. Mikelarock (Canada) – 490 points
5th. Dimas0505 (Russia) – 480 points
Malikualutsk wins free Sunday Million tickets for the next six months, courtesy of his impressive performances. The other players each won 5 x Sunday Million tickets.