MicroMillions III smashes records in a double frenzy
The MicroMillions III series has come to an end after 11 days of guarantee-busting and ROI-exploding action. An incredible 100 low buy-in events with $5,000,000 in guaranteed action always looked likely to pull in big fields but you really came in your droves. A record-breaking 1,308,994 entries - making it the most played poker festival ever - combined to pay out $8,276,083.13, a huge amount for a micro-stakes series fast approaching double the guarantee.
Doing doubles are difficult. Look at the European Poker Tour. There have been 84 main events and no-one has managed to take down two yet. Now consider the size of those EPT big buy-in live tournaments which register in the hundreds rather than the thousands or, in some cases, tens of thousands of the MicroMillions. It makes it all the more astounding that we now have two double MicroMillions champs; Alfons777999 managed to win his second MicroMillions title beating 6,876 in a $2.20 turbo rebuy, while ADP1985 outlasted a similarly sized field to win out over 6,886 other players for a second win.
Making two double champions is incredible... But wait. Was it three? Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki won his first MicroMillions event in this third instalment of 2012 but - showing that poker is a game of skill over luck - racked up his second Player of the Series title after cashing in 34 of the 100 events. That's a stunning combination of endurance and talent.
"I did it again! Micro Millions III TLB Winner! Thanks to all my opponents for an exciting fight!"
"I promise to you and to myself... I will not play MM IV for TLB! Its such a grind! ;)"
The $22 MicroMillions Main Event took place last night (and deep into this morning) with an incredible 61,072 players entering. Although 7,920 players were paid out it was the life-changing top spots that everyone was looking at. That money went to axel397 from Russia, who won the event and collected $140,062.92, while the other six-figure podium spots were occupied by two players from the Czech Republic who managed to win more than the rest of their countrymen combined across the series. Each.
While making considerably more than a $100,000 from a $22 buy-in is quite literally a dream come true, the record for the most astronomical ROI (return on investment) goes to dooooooonk who scored the ROI shock of the series by turning a $0.22 satellite into a win in Event #86: $1 NL Hold'em for $2,213.37. That makes for a 1,005,977% ROI. Not bad for 10-hour's work.
The leader board champions
1. Team PokerStars Pro Marcin 'Goral' Horecki, Poland, 505
2. Artur Lesley, Russia, 410
3. karelli, Poland, 400
4-5. misc87, Germany, 380
4-5. sviyat, Russia, 380
6. Maniac CFC, Portugal, 375
7-8. Dainiux, Lithuania, 370
7-8. palo1, Poland, 370
9-10. Chocoyote, Germany, 365
9-10. S.FILTH, Ukraine, 365
Horecki wins a 2013 PCA package and champion's trophy. The other nine listed collect a $700 TCOOP Main Event ticket.
All 100 MicroMillions events have been covered by a dedicated team of round-the-clock, round-the-globe reporters so go ahead and click through to catch up on any and all of the action that you missed.
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.