Largest PokerStars MicroMillions Prize in History Paid OutThursday, August 1st, 2013 by Ryan
If you’ve played at PokerStars before, you know that they really do their best to make sure that they are catering to all types of players, whether it is the low stakes grinders or the high stakes players. There is something offered out there for everyone pretty much consistently throughout the year, even if it’s just great tournaments for the low stakes players. A prime example of this is the PokerStars’ MicroMillions 5 that is a series of online poker tournaments that have the most buy-in’s for players that are under $10. It came to an end this weekend, and when all was said and done, the Main Event ended up becoming record breaking. It was the largest prize to ever be paid out to an eventual winner at this tournament festival, as a player from Lithuania, “stygher” pulled in a ridiculous $160,726, which broke the previous record that was set at $157,218 last year. The numbers just keep improving it seems.
Right out of the gate though, it didn’t look like the record was going to be in any type of danger, and there was also a $1 million guarantee attached to the tournament, which also looked as though it may not end up being hit. The tournament had less than 32,000 players registered, and featured a $22 buy-in. So when it all began, this meant that the prize pool hadn’t even hit $640,000, but that’s exactly why late registration is there, and late registration simply was a beast to put it lightly. It took one more hour before we saw the total entrants get up to 50,000, which meant the guarantee was hit. It was a two hour late registration though, which meant that there was even more room for players to buy-in, and when it came to a close we saw 59,213 total players signed up, and this meant that the prize pool was a total of $1,184,260. In total, 7,920 players were going to make it into the cash, and the min cash was more than double the buy-in, at $47.37.
Obviously though, all eyes were on that final table and the first place pay day that was massive. It was a huge tournament though, so it took a whole lot of time, and we weren’t at the final table for 11 hours. When the final table began, we had two players a good amount ahead of the rest of the field, as lacostae was the chip leader with 128,431,177 chips, and stygher was in second with 125,256,892 chips. Right out of the gate, stygher started going to work on building that stack and also pushing around the table a bit, but lacostae couldn’t do the same, and was sent home in fourth place at the end, which is still an impressive run. He actually lost on a rough beat though when he pushed his final 49 millioni all-in against a pre-flop raise from “S3XXYMUCK” to 27 million, and S3XXYMUCK showed J-9 off, while lacostae had A-8 off suit. The flop gave lacostae’s opponent two pair, and in the end of the hand, it was the pot going to S3XXYMUCK.
From that point, we had chip stacks of 348 million for S3XXYMUCK, and 208 million for stygher, while MarieKen2112 had only 35 million, and the incredible comeback couldn’t happen, which meant that we had our heads up match between the two big stacks. It was a fairly good chip lead for S3XXYMUCK, of about 100 million chips. Things ended in only 37 hands, but it was because stygher evened it up very fast, and then was able to flip the 100 million chip lead in his direction.
The last hand of the tournament that ended up paying him out the $160k+ pay day was a 21.2 million pre-flop raise from stygher, and then a shove over the top for 208 million from S3XXYMUCK. Stygher made the call, and stygher showed A-J, while S3XXYMUCK had A-6. The turn was a Jack, and that was a wrap on the tournament. For second place, S3XXYMUCK hauled in a very nice pay day that was worth $117,715.44.