Seeing as how PokerStars is the world’s largest poker site, it’s no surprise that they have the best Badugi action. In fact, Stars is about the only place in online poker where you can find major Badugi tournaments. This thought was reinforced over the weekend during the MicroMillions III event that’s currently going on at Stars.
If you’re unfamiliar with MicroMillions III, this tournament series runs from November 15th–25th, 2012 and is guaranteeing $5 million. The best part about the event is that buy-ins are extremely cheap, yet most of the prize pools are fairly big. We’ll discuss the finer points of MicroMillions later, but let’s move to the recent Badugi tourney that happened first.
“kost65” tops 2,488 Players
On November 17th, a massive field of 2,488 players turned out for the MicroMillions #17 Fixed-Limit Badugi tournament. Most of these grinders were attracted by the low $3.30 buy-in and $5,000 guaranteed prize pool. Because so many players bought into the event, the pool actually ended up reaching $7,464.
In all, 320 players would end up grabbing a piece of this prize money, and the bubble burst just a few hours into the tourney. It took another eight hours before the final table was decided, and Russian grinder “kost65” held the final table chip lead. Interestingly enough, he kept this chip lead throughout most of final table play – although he did lose it momentarily during a heads-up match with “uschi1933.”
With both players still relatively close in chips after a while, they discussed a deal where kost65 would receive $1,053 of the remaining money and uschi1933 would get $1,013; the last $100 was going to the winner. From here on out, kost65 controlled the action before eliminating uschi1933 shortly thereafter. In all, the Russian collected $1,153 while uschi1933 earned $1,013 thanks to the deal. Now here’s a look at the MicroMillions #17 $5k Fixed-Limit Badugi final table results:
1st place: kost65 (Russia) – $1,153.17
2nd place: uschi1933 (Germany) – $1,013.00
3rd place: pockjock999 (Denmark) – $706.39
4th place: sk86 (Russia) – $522.48
5th place: FoOoXiK (Czech Republic) – $373.20
6th place: Pierre (Netherlands) – $223.92
7th place: 777glad777 (Russia) – $149.28
8th place: DOPS13 (Ukraine) – $74.64
Other Big MicroMillions Events
The Badugi action may be finished in MicroMillions III, but that doesn’t mean the party is over just yet. After all, there are still quite a few big tournaments left in this huge tournament series. For those who would love to chase big money for a cheap price, the MicroMillions III Main Event is perfect!
A $22 buy-in is all players have to pay to compete for a $1 million prize pool on November 25th at 14:30 ET. And even if $22 is too much money for you, remember that satellites are running from now until the Main Event begins. To play in this massive $1 million tourney, make sure to sign up at PokerStars through our OnlineBadugi link with the “MPONLINE” bonus code. Doing so will net you a 100% up to $600 signup bonus.
As a member of Stars, you’ll also have an opportunity to play in other big events such as the upcoming MicroMillions #97 $300,000 Sunday Storm Special Edition. This tournament happens on November 25th at 13:30 ET, and the buy-in is just $11. The big money doesn’t end here because there’s also a MicroMillions #85 $150,000 Turbo event on November 24th at 11:00 ET. You can play for this massive prize pool by paying a $2.20 buy-in, and rebuys are available too.
Up to this point, all of the tournaments that we’ve discussed are NL Hold’em and Badugi. But there are also other poker variants offered beginning with the MicroMillions #96 $50,000 Omaha Hi-Lo tournament. For $3.30, you can enter this tournament on November 25th at 13:00 ET. Those who love H.O.R.S.E. should appreciate the MicroMillions #45 $15,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. You can play in this tourney for $8 when it takes place on November 20th at 11:30 ET.
Please keep in mind that the tournaments we’ve discussed barely scratch the surface of what you’ll find in MicroMillions III. And even if you don’t get signed up in time to play any tourneys, there should be another MicroMillions event within the next several months.