PokerStars' MicroMillions 6 series marches on, with many more players turning small buy-ins of just a few dollars into thousands. Big winners over the last couple of days include several who realized five-figure scores, among them "fafej" of Romania who earned $14,606.23 for winning a $1 no-limit hold'em rebuy tournament (Event #41) and Russia's "Hero239" who took away $12,614.56 after taking down a $2.20 NLHE tourney that also featured rebuys (Event #51).
The MicroMillions series are hugely popular with "micro-stakes" players who like sticking to low buy-in tournaments that only cost at most a few dollars. But lots of professionals participate in the MM, too, both for the fun of playing and the possibility of winning significant prizes for tiny buy-ins.
For example, David Bach (pictured) is a well known poker pro who can be found playing high buy-in live tournaments but who also likes to participate in MicroMillions tourneys, especially the non-hold'em events in which he often excels.
In 2009, Bach won a World Series of Poker bracelet in the $50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E. event, earning a nifty $1,276,806 for doing so. Bach beat a very tough field to win that tournament, negotiating the five H.O.R.S.E. games — fixed-limit hold'em, Omaha hi/lo, razz, stud, and stud hi/lo — in order to win.
Yesterday Bach didn't have pay so much to play MicroMillions 6 Event #49, the $8.80 H.O.R.S.E. event which drew 3,443 players. Playing under his handle "Gunslinger3," Bach made it all of the way to 52nd place in the tournament to win a $61.97 prize. A small win — especially when looking back to that enormous prize Bach won at the 2009 WSOP — but satisfying nonetheless for Bach who tweeted afterwards:
Made a big run @MicroMillions @PokerStarsBlog today. I finished 52/3443. I feel strongly HORSE is more skillfull test of poker than NLH.Follow @gunslingerbach
Bach is referring to the extra challenge that comes with playing "mixed games" rather than just a single game like no-limit hold'em, and voices an opinion others share that H.O.R.S.E. demands more from players than NLHE.
Here's a quick rundown of the winners of the MicroMillions 6 events from Monday and Tuesday (Days 5-6 of the series):
|Event||Buy-in / Game||Entrants||Prize Pool||Winner||First Prize|
|36||$11.00 / No-Limit Hold'em||4,602||$46,020.00||kungfukarlos (Australia)||$7,228.20|
|37||$3.30 / Pot-Limit Omaha (6-Max., 2R1A)||3,469||$27,459.00||dydutz00 (Romania)||$4,258.48|
|38||$5.50 / No-Limit Hold'em||9,691||$48,455.00||AshModai90 (Estonia)||$7,133.18|
|39||$3.30 / 8-Game||4,144||$12,432.00||Dr.Niebaum (Germany)||$1,898.46|
|40||$5.50 / No-Limit Hold'em (6-Max., Turbo, Knockout)||21,305||$108,655.50||doinndo (Japan)||$9,999.81*|
|41||$1.00+R / No-Limit Hold'em (3x-Turbo)||32,880||$190,414.77||fafej (Romania)||$14,606.23*|
|42||$5.50 / No-Limit Hold'em||20,431||$102,155.00||AlexRAVXXX (Russia)||$10,228.43|
|43||$3.30 / No-Limit Hold'em (6-Max.)||13,461||$40,383.00||ElliottMitch (United Kingdom)||$5,541.89|
|44||$11.00 / No-Limit Hold'em||4,193||$41,930.00||nodroz (Belgium)||$5,624.74*|
|45||$3.30 / Pot-Limit Pre-Flop, No-Limit Post-Flop Hold'em||4,587||$13,761.00||D PitcherAK (Canada)||$2,162.87|
|46||$11.00 / No-Limit Hold'em (6-Max., Super Knockout)||8,428||$88,494.00||alfredoz86 (Belgium)||$5,222.72*|
|47||$1.00+R / No-Limit Hold'em (3x-Turbo)||13,806||$77,673.05||Schelb (Brazil)||$10,300.34|
|48||$3.30 / Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo||4,999||$14,997.00||Divx77 (Brazil)||$2,242.01*|
|49||$8.80 / H.O.R.S.E.||3,443||$27,544.00||bluecrog (United Kingdom)||$4,389.80*|
|50||$4.40 / No-Limit Hold'em (4-Max., 4x Chance)||21,563||$185,592.00||YakuzaCZ (Czech Republic)||$10,756.84*|
|51||$2.20+R / No-Limit Hold'em (Ante Up, 2x-Turbo)||12,686||$99,012.00||Hero239 (Russia)||$12,614.56*|
|52||$5.50 / No-Limit Hold'em||11,033||$55,165.00||Robben crack (China)||$6,964.11*|
|53||$3.30 / No-Limit Hold'em (6-Max., Ante Up)||5,165||$15,495.00||xcf19850307 (Philippines)||$2,366.44|
The asterisk (*) appearing next to some of those first-place prize amounts indicates a deal was made at the final table which affected the final payouts. In some cases such final table deals will result in the winner of the tournament actually not taking away as much as someone finishing second or lower, and that was the case in one of the events yesterday.
Event #46, an $11 buy-in, six-handed no-limit hold'em event that was a "super knockout" (meaning players won money for eliminating others in addition to the regular prize pool), was won by "alfredoz86" who took away $5,222.72. But a deal was struck three-handed at a time when "bromsnor2" had the chip lead, and thus despite finishing second "bromsnor2" earned $5,346.93 (with a bunch of knockouts helping boost that total, too).
The MicroMillions 6 continues this week. Here's what is on offer over the next couple of days of the series:
|Event||Buy-in / Game||Date||Time (ET)||Guarantee|
|54||$5.50 / No-Limit Hold'em||Nov. 20||2:00 a.m.||$20,000|
|55||$2.20 / No-Limit Hold'em||Nov. 20||4:00 a.m.||$10,000|
|56||$5.50 / No-Limit Draw||Nov. 20||6:00 a.m.||$5,000|
|57||$8.80 / No-Limit Hold'em (8-Max., Turbo, Shootout, Super-Knockout)||Nov. 20||8:30 a.m.||$20,000|
|58||$2.20+R / No-Limit Hold'em (Big Antes, 2x-Turbo)||Nov. 20||11:30 a.m.||$75,000|
|59||$3.30 / Omaha Hi/Lo||Nov. 20||1:00 p.m.||$5,000|
|60||$1.00+R / No-Limit Hold'em (3x-Turbo)||Nov. 20||3:30 p.m.||$75,000|
|61||$8.80 / No-Limit Hold'em||Nov. 20||6:30 p.m.||$50,000|
|62||$4.40+R / Pot-Limit Omaha (6-Max.)||Nov. 20||10:00 p.m.||$10,000|
|63||$5.50 / No-Limit Hold'em||Nov. 21||2:00 a.m.||$15,000|
|64||$3.30 / No-Limit Hold'em||Nov. 21||4:00 a.m.||$15,000|
|65||$4.40 / No-Limit Hold'em (6-Max.)||Nov. 21||6:00 a.m.||$20,000|
|66||$2.20 / No-Limit Hold'em||Nov. 21||8:30 a.m.||$10,000|
|67||$1.00+R / No-Limit Hold'em (3x-Turbo)||Nov. 21||11:30 a.m.||$75,000|
|68||$3.30 / Pot-Limit 5-Card Omaha (6-Max.)||Nov. 21||1:00 p.m.||$5,000|
|69||$3.30 / No-Limit 2-7 Draw||Nov. 21||3:30 p.m.||$5,000|
|70||$5.50 / No-Limit Hold'em||Nov. 21||6:30 p.m.||$30,000|
|71||$11.00 / No-Limit Hold'em (Turbo, Super-Knockout)||Nov. 21||10:00 p.m.||$20,000|
That "R" you see in the buy-ins means those are "rebuy" tournaments in which players who bust during a specific time period at the beginning of the tournament can buy back into the event. Those other designations ("3x-Turbo," "2x Chance," etc.) also refer to different formats and structures. Check out the PokerStars' official MicroMillions site for all of the information about all of the events and the variety of tournaments that make up the MM 6 schedule.
The 100-tournament MicroMillions 6 series is only a little over halfway done, so there's plenty of time to participate in some of the remaining events as the MM 6 continues through this Sunday. If you aren't already on PokerStars, check out our review of the site and download and join using our bonus codes today, and jump right in to the MicroMillions 6 series which lasts through November 24.