PokerStars hosts the traditional low-limit MicroMillions series with a total guarantee of $4,700,000. Last Sunday promised to be busy – the schedule included several tournaments with large prize pools, as well as the anniversary edition of the Sunday Major Sunday Storm.
The buy-in for the Sunday 10th Anniversary Celebration was $11 and the guarantee was $1,000,000. But despite the low cost, dozens of satellites still went to these event, allowing to select from one dollar.
To attract the maximum number of players, the day before the start of the tournament “Stars” announced a large-scale freeroll with prizes of $100,000. 9,091 Sunday Storm tickets worth $11 were given out as rewards in the free event.
The player acquisition campaign worked great – 64,617 logins were completed by the end of late registration. Of these, 42,025 are unique registrations and 22,591 are reentries.
It was not possible to beat the declared prize fund, but further the anniversary tournament did not go according to plan.
Instead of five-figure prize money – $208 for the chip leader
A few hours later, PokerStars encountered technical problems, as a result of which the competition was suspended. A little later, the Red Spades announced on social media that the Sunday Storm had been canceled and that all players would receive compensation.
The prize pool was divided in the traditional way – 50% equally among all tournament participants (approximately 15 each), and another 50% was distributed according to the number of chips.
The tournament chip leader, Canadian harveyspector1, made five entries and received the largest prize money – $208, although he had every chance of earning a five-figure payout. The third place was taken by the Russian “Mamba54rus” – $173.
Nearly 65,000 registrations is a fairly normal number that PokerStars encounters on a regular basis. The servers of the poker room are able to withstand the load several times more – in 2015 there were registrated 253,698 entries in the $0.01 tournament, and the event went off without any trouble. Probably this time “Stars” faced a serious problem, which is why an important tournament for the company was canceled.