Micro Stakes Tournaments FAQ
MicroMillions is an online tournament championship that features 90 events, all with micro-stakes buy-ins. Below you can find a list of Frequently Asked Questions, providing everything you need to know about the championship. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact Support.
MicroMillions is a tournament championship designed for the 'little guy'. Though all are welcome, MicroMillions is targeted to players who want to play Championship-style poker but don't have the bankroll for big buy-in events. MicroMillions events have great structures with deep stacks, leaving plenty of opportunities for Championship-level play. Winning a MicroMillions event will be a significant achievement: a chance to win a big prize for a small buy-in.
MicroMillions 12 will run from July 17-31, 2016.
There are 90 events.
MicroMillions buy-ins range from $0.11 to $5.50 for most events, with a $22 Main Event.
For starters, each event has a minimum guaranteed prize pool. There will also be a 'Last man standing' Leader Board with $1,000 for the winner. If more than one player cashes every day of the series or there is a first result draw. The $1,000 will be split between all players who have cashed in at least one tournament every day.
Event winners also receive a special MicroMillions card protector. See here for more.
Anyone with a Stars Account that’s valid for real money play can enter. If you don’t yet have an account, it’s easy to download the free poker software and set one up. You can buy in directly, win a satellite for as little as pennies, or even get in the game through StarsCoin satellites. Please note that players registered in Austria are not eligible to take advantage of the StarsCoin satellites.
You can buy directly into the events themselves with cash, tickets, or T$. Tickets to enter may be purchased in the VIP Store, or may be won in certain satellites which will be marked as awarding tickets. Satellites can be entered using cash or T$, and some also accept StarsCoin. Additionally, some events and satellites can be entered using Steps tickets.
Yes. If you win a seat to a MicroMillions event in a satellite and then unregister from it, your account will be credited with T$ equal to the buy-in + fee of that event.
Unregistration will be available from the tournament lobby up until two minutes before the start of most events.
Note that this registration option applies to event seats won via satellite. Event tickets awarded via promotional tournaments must be used in that event or forfeited, as they have no value outside of the tournament to which they grant admission. Event tickets are not transferrable.
If you have already been awarded a ticket for a particular event, please do not play more promotional events which award the same ticket, since if you win the additional ticket will have no value. If you have won a promotional ticket for an event and are already registered for that event, you may continue to play cash or StarsCoin satellites to that same event, and if you win you will be awarded T$ for the value of the seat.
T$ can be used to register into any online tournament on our platform. VIPs can also sometimes use T$ to buy directly into live events. See the About Tournaments page to find out more. To check your T$ balance at any time, visit the Cashier window in the lobby.
Absolutely! We will hold multiple satellites throughout the course of qualifying which are open exclusively to VIPs. These special events may include added seats or seats at a higher than normal ratio, in either case giving our VIPs many great opportunities to qualify.
For the MicroMillions events themselves, yes, and our staff will help facilitate them. Please note that any deal will be required to leave a portion of the prize pool out of the deal to be awarded to the winner. The minimum amount to be left aside will be specified in the tournament lobby. For more details about deals, please see our poker Tournament Rules.
No. The intent of satellites it to produce seats into MicroMillions events, and not just distribute T$ to people, therefore we prohibit final table deals during MicroMillions satellites.
If you are already registered in the target event, subsequent seats won will result in your account being credited with T$ equal to the buy-in + fee of the target event.
The standard Tournament Rules apply.
Hyper-Active refers to a rebuy tournament structure where the action during the rebuy period (the first 60 minutes of the tournament) is very fast. This is due to a relatively low ‘stack-to-blind’ ratio. We refer to this as the ‘Active’ part of the tournament. After the add-on period, the ‘stack-to-blind’ ratio will generally be much higher, but the blinds will increase more rapidly (although at smaller increments) than before. We refer to this as the ‘Hyper’ part of the tournament. Check the ‘Structure’ button in the tournament lobby to review the structure before you play.
Zoom poker is a fast-paced tournament format where your opponents change every hand. This is because you play against a pool of players, instead of fixed opponents on one table. The tournament plays in a Zoom format until the final three tables are reached. At that stage, the tournament reverts to a regular format.
In a [1R1A] tournament, players may take only one rebuy during the rebuy period, and one add-on at the end of the rebuy period if they are still alive in the event. Similarly, in a tournament marked [2R1A], players may take a maximum of two rebuys during the rebuy period, and one add-on at the end of the rebuy period. In such tournaments, the stacks bought with rebuys and add-ons will be equivalent to the starting stack.
Ante Up is a tournament format where the blinds stay the same while the antes increase with every level. The antes are in place from the first level.
Re-Entry tournaments allow players to re-enter the tournament if they have lost all of their chips. The re-entry is allowed anytime during the re-entry period as specified in the lobby. Some tournaments allow multiple re-entries. The number of re-entries available in a given tournament is confirmed during the registration process.
Big Antes is a tournament format with antes larger than in a normal NL tournament structure.
In Knockout tournaments, a cash bounty is placed on every entrant in the tournament. Every time you eliminate somebody, you win a cash prize!
In a Knockout tournament, every player pays an extra buy-in, which serves as that player’s bounty. For example, a Knockout tournament might have a total buy-in of $4+$1+$0.40, of which $4 goes into the regular prize pool, $1 is each player’s bounty, and $0.40 is the tournament fee.
In a Super-Knockout event, the size of the Knockout bounty is the same as the buy-in amount that goes into the prize pool, so there is a bigger incentive to eliminate players.
In addition to winning a knockout bounty when you eliminate another player, a percentage of every knockout bounty goes to increasing the bounty on your head. For example, at the beginning of event 22 each player has a $4.20 bounty on them and the increase percentage for the tournament is 50%. If you eliminate a player, you win a $2.10 bounty, and the bounty on your head increases by $2.10. The bounty on your head is now $6.30. If you are eliminated, that player will win $3.15 and their bounty will increase by $3.15.
A Shootout is a special kind of multi-table tournament. Normally, when you play in a multi-table tournament, players are moved from table to table, to balance the number of players at each table. Eventually, the last remaining players end up at the 'final table'. In a shootout, no such table balancing is done. You remain at your original table until only one player is left standing. If you win that table, you advance to another table and repeat the process against players who each won their first table. In MicroMillions, Shootouts are capped at a maximum number of players. So if you want to play, make sure you register as soon as possible!
Bubble Dash is a tournament structure that uses variable level times. The early levels are relatively quick so players reach the bubble faster than they would in a regular tournament. As the tournament progresses, the level times slow down, providing more play in the later stages.
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