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PokerStars is in the midst of celebrating its 1-year anniversary since launching Spin & Go, and the celebration has included making millionaires out of two players this past week.

Surprisingly enough, both winners reside in Brazil.

On October 21, ‘Samara Lúcio’ paid a $5 entry fee and watched with excitement as the prize pool at her Spin & Go table spun to $1,200,000, meaning the winner would get $1 million and the other two players $100,000 apiece. Even more exciting was watching her A-J hold up against the Q-J of her remaining opponent, ‘AA_MaKnO_AA’ of Lithuania, on the 118th and final hand.

7 Spin & Go Millionaires to Date

‘Samara Lúcio’ became the 6th millionaire in PokerStars Spin & Go history, an exclusive club that will undoubtedly be making more millionaires as time goes on. According to, this is her largest score of her poker career. In fact, just one day later, ‘wrawras’ became Spin & Go millionaire no. 7 in a $100 buy-in contest.

With the strength of the Brazilian Clube de Regatas do Flamengo as his avatar, ‘wrawras’ disposed of his tablemates in just 10 minutes in the hyper-turbo, Lottery-style Sit & Go at PokerStars. Hungary’s ‘Sir.Whiteman’ finished in 3rd place and grabbed a $100K prize on his $100 investment, while ‘A13X_J0neS’ from Canada lasted until the 51st hand before being eliminated by ‘wrawras’ and taking home the same amount as ‘Sir.Whiteman.’

The 1-year anniversary celebration, which began on October 19, includes the addition of $100 buy-in Spin & Gos as a permanent fixture at PokerStars. Special 50-cent ($0.50) Spin & Go contests are also available during the promotion, but will be phased out after November 30.

Spin & Go First-Time Deposit Bonus

If you have never deposited at PokerStars and are envious of ‘Samara Lúcio’ and ‘wrawras’ and would like a shot at a $1 million Spin & Go prize, a great opportunity awaits! First-time depositors of at least $20 will win anywhere from 10-50 free $0.50 Spin & Go tickets that offer prize pools from $1 to $1,000,000.

In addition, another $10 will be added to your PokerStars account within 36 hours, as will a ticket to a 100K Privilege Freeroll. Remember to use the bonus code ‘SPIN1’ when making that initial deposit.

PokerStars Ongoing Welcome Bonus

New players at PokerStars are also eligible for a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus. That initital deposit can be made in three increments for up to 60 days. Four months are permitted in which to earn the VIP Player Points (VPPs) necessary to clear the bonus.

Keep in mind that only one first-time deposit bonus is allowed so new players have to choose between the Spin & Go or the Welcome Bonus. A bit of advice would be that if you’re on a low budget and want only to try the Spin & Gos for a shot at $1 million, choose that bonus. New players who plan to continue playing at PokerStars beyond the 1-year anniversary promotion should perhaps select the 100% up to $600 bonus.

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.