Spin & Go delivers first 2016 millionaire

Four hands. Just four hands.

That's all one PokerStars player from Russia needed to win $1 million on Sunday.

The 25-year-old was at home alone. He didn't think he was dreaming. He simply thought, "Wow. Just WOW."

He's a pro player who spends his free time playing chess and football. He has a keen interest in economics. Other than that, he's not too interested in anyone knowing who he is.

Around dinner time, Rainman751, as he prefers to be known, entered a $100 Spin & go. Within a few seconds he saw his My Little Pony avatar (that's Princess Luna for the uninitiated) land squarely on a $1 million jackpot table.

It was the fastest-ever million-dollar Spin & Go. Taking less than two minutes to play and--again!--only four hands, that game delivered Rainman751 his $1 million, and the runner up $100,000 prizes to Canada's Kman_AP2 and Mexico's pablotenisis

"It's incredible, plain and simple," Rainman751 said.


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Yes, it's Princess Luna

How did he do it. Just like this.

Hand 1: After pablotenisis raised to 41 from the button, Kman_AP2 re-raised to 122 from the small blind. Rainman 751 overcalled. After a flop of 9♠3♥Q♥, Kman_AP2 led for 60, and Rainman751 shoved, enough to win the whole pot.

If you want to know what he had, he's happy to tell you.

"My first hand in this spin was AA," he said. "Yeah, I ran good."

Hand 2: Kman_AP2 put in a button raise and took down the blinds.

Hand 3: If you have been keeping count here, you know there are only two hands left. The first one was a cooler. Rainman751 got it all in with pocket kings vs pablotenisis' pocket tens. The kings held, and pablotensis was gone.

Hand 4: This is where it all came together for the Russian. After calling Kman_AP2's raise with 6♥7♥, he made middle pair on a Q♥6♣5♣ flop. He didn't know Kman_AP2 had flopped top pair with Q♦T♠, but by the turn it didn't matter. The 7♠ turn gave Rainman751 two pair, enough to check-raise all-in, and enough to hold on for the $1 million win.

While Rainman751 is the first Spin & Go millionaire of 2016, he has lots company in the millionaire club. Here are all the people who have won since October.

•February 7: Rainman751 from Russia won $1 million from a $100 tournament in 4 hands and 104 seconds.
•December 14: GrindHeaps from Australia won $1 million from a $100 tournament.
•November 21: Koovoon from Canada won $1 million from a $100 tournament.
•October 28: ifipushud325 from Australia won $1 million from a $5 tournament.
•October 26: handbt1 from Germany won $1 million from a $5 tournament.
•October 26: barrakuuda4 from Estonia won $1 million from a $100 tournament.
•October 25: prophethicks from England won $1 million from a $5 tournament.
•October 22: wrawras from Brazil won $1 million from a $100 tournament.
•October 21: Samara Lúcio from Brazil won $1 million from a $5 tournament.

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