PokerStars Making Millionaires
They're usernames you might not know now, but thanks to PokerStars Makes Millionaires, they could become a whole lot more memorable in the coming weeks.
We refer to the gorwing list of players getting closer to a possible seven figure payday, all part of our campaign to turn at least a few of them into millionaires.
This latest round of the campaign - one which you can find details of here - involves sending freeroll winners to the EPT Grand Final which all kicks off in a little more than a week's time. There's also Millionaire Month, the third phase of PokerStars Makes Millionaires, where players complete a series of challenges in a bid to qualify for the final.
To begin three players will be going to the EPT Grand Final for the grand sum of nothing, with a shot at winning what will be a $1 million first prize. They are:
Joining them will be five players who won an EPT Grand Final package by virtue of claiming an €11 free EPT satellite ticket. They then turned that into a package worth €14,000.
As you'd expect, players with nothing to lose have nothing to fear. Well almost.
"I have no expectations for the upcoming grandfinal but i am not afraid of any player besides Ivey!" said Immanuel "Capote18" Siebert. He's an experience player but this will be the biggest event of his career, and it made for a memorable moment when it finally happened.
"I felt real exhaustion and my brain hurt a little but at the same time I felt joy," he said. "After two minutes i went to the balcony lifted my arms up, breathed in deeply and then sat down in the living room and told one of my roommates who was watching TV. She's completely not into poker but she understood the importance and was happy for me."
Duong "binhstop" Thanh Binh will also be making the trip, all the way from Vietnam. For him it's about fulfilling a poker dream that he's had since he started playing a few years ago. "I hope to go to Monaco and win," he said, and who can blame him.
As they prepare for their rendezvous on the Riviera another group of players also have their eyes set on a million.
These are the six players advancing to the Millionaire Final 1, having won their qualification round and an all-in shootout. The next phase is that all-important one on May 10,
We'll be in Monaco to watch the freeroll winners, keeping tabs on just how close they get to that not-quite-impossible dream. Meanwhile we'll bring you the result of that dramatic Millionaire Final 1 as it plays out next month.
Feel like having a shot at it yourself? Check out the PokerStars Makes Millionaires homepage for details on how you could join them.
For now best of luck to everyone involved.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.