MicroMillions was intended as an online poker series that would provide participants with the same thrills as major land-based competitions such as the World Series of poker. The difference between these two competitions is that while the one hosted by Rio casino in Las Vegas has prohibitive buy-ins, the Internet version is available to a broader audience. PokerStars aggressively advertises the tournament and useful information about it can be found at http://www.pokerstarsblog.com/online/micromillions/.
The eighth edition was guaranteed to bring even more players to the tables than previous tournaments, due to the fact that by this time, prospective players know exactly what to expect. Even those who have just started their online poker career can participate, because the most expensive tournament won’t set them back more than $22. At the opposite end of the spectrum are events that cost less than a dollar and there are plenty of satellites that grant an entry to the main event.
The organizers were optimistic about the success of such a competition and past performance tends to confirm their theory that players will swarm to inexpensive tournaments. In order to make the MicroMillions accessible to virtually everyone who is willing to participate in an event of this magnitude, the poker room announced a string of free rolls. This means that those who are willing to go through several qualifiers could end up playing for real money without spending a dime.
Tens of thousands of players sit down at these tables and with the tournaments starting on a daily basis, it is virtually impossible to run out of action. Those interested should know that there are no restrictions whatsoever and as long as they have a real money account, they can participate. There are a total of exactly 100 tournaments, so even those who don’t have a lot of time will find plenty of events that can suit their schedule.
In 2013 almost 60,000 players participated in the MicroMillions and this year even more are expected at the tables, especially for the main event, where the guaranteed prize pool stands at $1 million. It goes without saying that if more players pay the buy-in, the prize pool will also grow, so a new record is expected to be set 2014. The one who prevails is guaranteed to win exactly $100,000, which is an amount comparable to what the biggest land-based casino tournaments offer.