While a big part of the online poker community joined the action for the first Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) events of 2015 on PokerStars, the world's biggest poker room kept thousands glued to the screen with the making of two new millionaires during the two Millionaire Final tournaments played on Sunday, May 10.
Part of the PokerStars Makes Millionaires promotion that has already distributed $1 million each to Russia's "CccpVodka" on April 22 and Poland's "bladsonpoker" on April 28 , the two Millionaire Final tournaments have given to Bulgaria's "Citoject" and Taiwan's Juanyi "JUANYI828" Lin (pictured) the opportunity to celebrate a seven-figure, life-changing cash.
Watched live by over 5,000 viewers who have followed the tournaments live through the PokerStars client and Randy "nanonoko" Lew's channel on Twitch.tv, the two tables involved 12 players who had qualified during the Challenge All-In Shootout events held in April. Once at the table for the two Millionaire Final events, the players had to battle for a combined prize pool of $2.3 million and 4 million Frequent Player Points, without the possibility to make any deals.
Although the winners of both tables had to play for a considerably longer time than "CccpVodka" and "bladsonpoker," they both went home with the same, massive payday.
"It's unimaginable," Lin said to the PokerStars Blog about the possibility of her being the winner of the top prize right before the event began.
However, as sometimes even the craziest dreams can come true, only one day after pronouncing those words, the 37-year-old factory worker from Taiwan became the 26th player in the history of online poker to ever bring home a prize of $1 million or more.
Only 15-minutes before Lin's victory, it was "citoject's" turn to leave the table $1 million richer. "citoject's" game, however, was made even more remarkable by the absence at the table of Russia's "agafon666", who seemed to have forgotten about his seat and have failed to show up at the event he had qualified for.
Lin and "citoject" are not the only two players to have left the tables with a cash prize, as the two Millionaire Final had prizes for all their participants. Here's a look at the official payout of the two events:
Millionaire Final I
|2||waterman3888||Germany||$50,000 and 1 million FPPs|
|3||gol1974||Russia||$40,000 and 1 million FPPs|
Millionaire Final II
|2||Galonder||Russia||$50,000 and 1 million FPPs|
|3||WhatA298||United Kingdom||$40,000 and 1 million FPPs|
PokerStars Makes Millionaires
If you are in a country where PokerStars legally operates, the PokerStars Makes Millionaires promotion aims to create even 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.
Image courtesy of the PokerStars Blog