Inyzh tops the Tournament Leader Board as Russian players dominate MicroMillions (again)
The dust has settled on the eighth Micro Millions series, which concluded on Sunday with 69FABIAN69's win in the Main Event. It was a feat worth a staggering $100,668.11 to the Hungarian. Not bad for a $22 buy-in.
But it wasn't just about the big winner at the end. Throughout the 100 tournament championship, which awarded some $7,817,621.28 in prize money, there was another competition to be won - the Player of the Series - this time topped by Russian player Inyzh.
Inyzh recorded a whopping 41 cash finishes to finish ahead. As his reward, Inyzh earns entry into the Sunday Million each week for the next six months. Here's how the top ten finished.
1. Inyzh (Russia) 495 points
2. Servej (Germany) 470
3. Cepblu BoJIk (Ukraine) 460
3. Igor.ss1986 (Russia) 460
5. AndreiLux (Russia) 440
5. FENOMENICO (Russia) 440
7. Premove (Russia) 435
8. Bobravaflya (Russia) 430 (37 cashes)
8. Dainiux Lithuania (430)
8. Vanov04 Russia (430)
While Inyzh's will now be busy on Sundays for the foreseeable future, the remainder of the top ten also had reason to celebrate, each collecting five Sunday Million tickets worth a total of $1,075. Those finishing between 11th and 100th earned a single Sunday Million entry worth $215.
Looking at these lists it doesn't take long to determine that once again Russian players dominated MicroMillions. While seven of them featured in the top ten of the TLB, 16 would ultimately win MM8 titles.
Collectively 206,746 Russian players competed over the course of 100 events, the most of any nation. They recorded 27,530 cash finishes, some way ahead of Germany with 16,779. Russian players reached final tables 135 times and in all combined to win $1,137,858.46 in prize money, easily topping the money list with nearly twice as much as second placed Germany with $651,856.34.
In terms of overachieving though it was arguably Greece that came out on top.
The 32,270 Greek players who entered events in MM8 earned six titles, one for every 5,378 players. That was marginally ahead of Romania. Their 38,279 players earned seven titles, or one for every 5,468 entrants. Then again, Japanese players - numbering 5,727 in total - captured two bracelets, at an average of 2,734.
Elsewhere Nikolo5 set the pace with four final tables appearances, the most of any player. And while there were no double winners in the series, sergiuo, from Romania, became only the fifth player to win a second MicroMillions title. It's a small club that really should have some jackets made.
You can find a full run down of every conceivable statistic on the MicroMillions page, including all the leader board standings as well as the results of every event.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.