PokerStars Caters to Small-Stakes Poker with MicroMillions

Many online poker tournament series focus on mid-stakes or high-stakes players. Of course, those players are important and play a key role in the overall poker ecosystem.

The vast majority of players cannot afford to play those types of series. There are satellites and qualifiers, which help many players with smaller bankrolls to compete at higher levels. But sometimes, players want a large schedule of tournaments that suits them.

PokerStars has long offered its MicroMillions series as exactly that alternative for micro-stakes and low-stakes poker players online. Twice each year, MicroMillions offers an extensive series with a range of buy-ins, poker variations, and structures.

That time is here again. PokerStars kicks off MicroMillions 18 this week.

Small Buy-Ins, Big Guarantees

People love value. MicroMillions has it. For small buy-ins, players will participate in tournaments with guaranteed prize pools. And those guarantees are substantial, especially in comparison with the price tag on entries.

This MicroMillions series offers 117 tournaments that range from $1.10 to $11 with a cumulative prize pool guarantee exceeding $3.5 million. And there are 31 events at the $1.10 low buy-in level. The only exception to that buy-in range is the MicroMillions Main Event, which will require a $22 buy-in but also guarantee $1 million all by itself.

Meanwhile, players will have more satellites and qualifiers than they can count for just pennies. And there are even special Spin & Gos dedicated to MicroMillions entries, and participation in those starts at just $0.35.

This is the type of online poker series that welcomes the vast majority of players, open to more players than any other series.

As an example of the return-on-investment (ROI) possible in MicroMillions, the last iteration of it played out earlier in 2020. That Main Event cost $11 to enter and guaranteed $1 million. When registration closed, the number of entries totaled 128,753 and prize pool $1,261,779.40. That was enough to pay the top 21,347 finishers. And in the end, TTPlayer18 won $71,113.15 for the win.

That is called value.

Wait No Longer

Action kicks off on Thursday, November 19. It will run for 11 days, through Sunday, November 29.

The schedule of 117 tournaments provides a wide variety of poker options, including popular versions like progressive knockouts (PKO) and turbo structures. There are also more poker variations than just Hold’em and Omaha, as everything from Razz to Stud, Badugi and Triple Draw, even an 8-game mix, are scattered throughout the listings.

Of course, the highlight of the entire series will be the Main Event, which is MM #111 on the schedule. The $22 buy-in tournament will play out on November 29 with its $1 million prize pool guarantee.

Sunday Schedules

The first Sunday of the PokerStars MicroMillions is the perfect example of the options available to players on any given day. But considering that Sundays are the most popular days for online poker, let’s look at this Sunday, November 22:

  • Event 32: $1.10 buy-in NLHE 6-Max ($5K GTD)
  • Event 33: $5.50 HORSE 6-Max ($10K GTD)
  • Event 34: $3.30 NLHE 7-Max ($25K GTD)
  • Event 35: $3.30 5-Card PLO Heads-Up PKO Zoom ($15K GTD)
  • Event 36: $1.10 NLHE 70Max Slug Blinds ($15K GTD)
  • Event 37: $3.30 NLHE 8-Max PKO Daily Highlight ($75K GTD)
  • Event 38: $5.50 NLHE Half-Price Sunday Storm ($200K GTD)
  • Event 39: $1.10 NLHE 8-Max Splash ($50K GTD)
  • Event 40: $11 NLHE PKO ($30K GTD)
  • Event 41: $5.50 NLO-8 6-Max PKO ($20K GTD)
  • Event 42: $1.10 NLHE 8-Max ($10K GTD)
  • Event 43: $3.30 NLHE 5-Max Shootout ($7.5K GTD)

The final day – also a Sunday – will be the most exciting of the series. It includes the Main Event but also so many other opportunities to grab a MicroMillions title. For November 29, the schedule is:

  • Event 106: $3.30 buy-in 6+ Hold’em 6-Max ($10K GTD)
  • Event 107: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max Alternating Blinds ($15K GTD)
  • Event 108: $11 NLHE 7-Max PKO ($25K GTD)
  • Event 109: $3.30 HORSE 8-Max ($7.5K GTD)
  • Event 110: $1.10 NLHE ($50K GTD)
  • Event 111: $22 NLHE Main Event ($1M GTD)
  • Event 112: $5.50 NLHE PKO Half-Price Sunday Storm ($200K GTD)
  • Event 113: $3.30 NLHE 8-Max ($75K GTD)
  • Event 114: $5.50 NLO 6-Max ($7.5K GTD)
  • Event 115: $3.30 NLHE 3-Max PKO ($15K GTD)
  • Event 116: $1.10 NLHE 6-Max Shootout ($5K GTD)
  • Event 117: $3.30 PLO 6-Max PKO ($10K GTD)

The full schedule for all 11 days is on the PokerStars blog.


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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