PokerStars MicroMillion V is a record breaker

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The eleven-day series attracted more visitors than ever

Online card-playing giant PokerStars is celebrating another success this week after a record number of players attended its latest big-money tournament.

The PokerStars MicroMillion V tournament series had been designed to attract poker players of all levels with as many as 100 low buy-in events scheduled as part of the series.

Spread over eleven days, interest in the competition exceeded all previous expectations with a whopping 1.3 million players entering the lower buy-in tables.

Prior to the start of the competition, PokerStars promised a total guarantee of $5 million in prize funds, but the record visitor numbers ultimately inflated the figure to far beyond that number.

In total, a whopping $8.276 million was paid out in total winnings over the course of the tournament.

Front and centre for much of the post-tournament press coverage was Lithuanian player ‘Stygher’ who grabbed the headlines after winning the $22 Main Event

All eyes were on the relatively unknown European star, as he waded through the competition on Sunday July 28th to seal a major victory.

With the eyes of almost all the attendees on him, Stygher stayed cool under pressure and eventually walked away with an impressive cash prize of $160,000.

Eastern European players certainly dominated proceedings, with the Player of the Series Leaderboard title going to Russian player ‘JustProSkill’.

Finishing just ahead of German star bastet2004, the Soviet star cashed in 30 different events as well as reaching the final table on two separate occasions. He walked away with a $5,200 prize for coming top as well as a ticket to the Main Event at the 2013 World Championship of Online Poker.

Russia certainly dominated the final standings, with five of the top ten players coming from the region. In third, there was vanov04 while FENOMENICO was placed sixth and countrymen AfricSpb and svetlyiy1980 joint eighth. Misha Myxin completed the top ten and capped an impressive Micromillions for Russian card sharks.

Ukrainians were similarly well represented with ekvilibryst and fae5597 positioned fourth and fifth. All of the top ten players received $1,050 and a ticket to the World Championship of Online Poker.

The UK’s best-placed poker player was someway further down the list with jareth3542 positioned joint 20th alongside compatriot thelukystump.

They and every other player in the 11 to 50th places received $215 and a World Championship of Online Poker ticket.