The world welcomed a new millionaire on April 22, as Russian online poker player "CccpVodka" turned a $5 buy-in into $1 million in a Spin & Go on PokerStars.
From the moment "CccpVodka" sat at the table with Greece's "partalios" and fellow Russian "shooLarr" to discover that they would be playing for a total prize pool of $1.2 million, it took in facts 5 minutes and 59 seconds of fast-paced action before a winner was crowned and a millionaire was made.
"Partalios" and "shooLarr" closed in second and third position, respectively, taking home a consolation prize of $100,000 each.
"CccpVodka," who is the first millionaire created by the newly-launched promotion "PokerStars Makes Millionaires", is the 23rd player to score a win of $1 million or more in the history of online poker tournaments.
To date, the record for biggest win is held by Tyson "POTTERPOKER" Marks, who netted $2,278,098 with a first-place finish in the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event.
"CccpVodka" is not the only grinder to bring a $1 million prize to Russia, either, as back in January Russia's "sss66666" was the first to win $1 million in a Spin & Go on PokerStars. That time, however, it took 13 minutes and 26 seconds for "sss66666" to beat the other two players at the table and secure his remarkable win.
PokerStars Makes Millionaires
If you are in a country where PokerStars legally operates, you can check out the PokerStars Makes Millionaires promotion by clicking here, as the poker room aims to create at least five more new millionaires by the end of May thanks to the $1 million Spin & Go tournaments, the Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event (High) on May 24, and the All-in Shootout Deposit Raffle running from May 2-22.