It seems like most online poker tournament series are geared toward people with some depth to their bankrolls. I was never one of those people, so the PokerStars Micro Millions Marathon would have been up my alley (I say “would have been” because I unfortunately do not live in a jurisdiction where I can play on the site). Running April 20-23, it should be a solid way for us low roller to spend a long weekend.
There are 84 events across the four days and while they aren’t running around the clock, there are plenty of tournaments at plenty of different times for people with varying schedules.
Nearly all of the tournaments are ultra-affordable, which makes sense considering the series is called the Micro Millions Marathon. Buy-ins start at $1.10 and go up to $55. There is only one event at that $55 level, the $250,000 guaranteed High Roller tournament on Sunday.
In fact, there are only six other events that even hit a double-digit buy-in: five at $11 and one at $22. And even with the tiny buy-ins, PokerStars is guaranteeing $2 million in total prize pools.
Aside from the $55 High Roller, PokerStars has highlighted three other tournaments as notable in the Micro Millions Marathon (technically, one is as group of repeating tournaments). They are also, coincidentally, the other highest buy-in events of the series:
$11 buy-in Daily Special Progressive Knockouts ($75,000 guaranteed on April 20 and 21, $100,000 guaranteed on April 22 and 23)
$11 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Main Event ($35,000 guaranteed)
$22 buy-in Progressive Knockout Main Event ($350,000 guaranteed)
There are also satellites for some of the events, though not the lowest buy-in tournaments. It appears just the $22 and $55 events have ways to get it for cheaper. Based on what is listed in the tournament lobby, the $22 event has Sit-and-Go satellites at the $2.85 and $7.50 price points, while the $55 event has $7.50 and $18.75 Sit-and-Go qualifiers.
If you play in the Micro Millions Marathon this weekend, think of me, sitting here in one of the many US states that has no legal access to PokerStars. Maybe I’m mowing the lawn, maybe I’m watching the NBA playoffs, maybe I’m doing something with my family. What I know I won’t be doing is trying to nit my way into a min-cash in a $5 tournament, but I wish I could.