MicroMillions: 18,000 sign up for first event
PokerStars' new MicroMillions series proves a hit with online poker players
|by Alligator Blood||March, 6th 2012||
Above: The PokerStars MicroMillions series is already a huge hit
More than 18,000 people have already signed up to the first event in the new Pokerstars MicroMillions.
The new tournament series - which lets players compete for huge prize pools with tiny buy-ins - was only announced last week.
But already Event #1 - the $0.11+R NL Hold'em 6-Max, Rebuy Madnes - which has a guaranteed prize pool of $25,000, has been flooded with entries.
The world's biggest poker site has responded by increasing the maximum number of entries for the opening MicroMillions tournament to an astonishing 100,000 players - ie, the entire population of Gloucester.
It has also, controversially, retrospectively changed the format to make the tournament a Turbo...with a starting chip stack of just 50!
PokerStars, which is clearly getting very excited about the numbers of people willing to risk tiny stakes when it all kicks off on March 15, defended the move.
A spokesman said: "MicroMillions is a tournament series that’s ideal for every type of player, no matter how small your bankroll may be.
"We changed the format to make it a Turbo because otherwise the tournament would go on for more than a day, and nobody really wants that."
A staggering 100 MicroMillions events will take place over 10 days, making it the biggest online poker series - in terms of entrants - in history.
The highlight is the $22 NL Hold'em Main Event - on March 25 - which has a guaranteed prize pool of $1million and guarantees the winner $150,000.