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‘bladsonpoker’ from Poland becomes a near-instant millionaire in $5 tournament

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – April 29, 2015 – PokerStars has put the ‘s’ into ‘millionaires’ with Polish player ‘bladsonpoker’ winning $1,000,000 after just 7 minutes and 18 seconds of poker play on his mobile device at PokerStars, an Amaya Inc. (TSX: AYA) company. The player became a mobile millionaire as part of the ‘PokerStars Makes Millionaires’ promotion – the second player in a week to win $1 Million in a Spin & Go.

The $5 Spin & Go tournament started at 19.39 CET on April 28, with ‘bladsonpoker’ winning the $1 million top prize after just 29 hands of poker – effectively an average of just over $34,482 per hand. Here is a video of the tournament that was recorded by Friend of PokerStars, Jaime Staples, on his Twitch channel: http://psta.rs/1ECksvX.

The runner-up was ‘hooomlesnurr’ who won $100,000. The third-place player, ‘ROliver ceo’, also won $100,000.

Remarkably, while playing the $1 Million Spin & Go, the Polish mobile millionaire was also registered in other tournaments, including a $4.40 No Limit Hold’em tournament with 4,767 other players. Despite winning $1 million, ‘bladsonpoker’ continued playing the $4.40 tournament on his mobile device, eventually being eliminated almost 90 minutes later.

‘PokerStars Makes Millionaires’ is a two-month promotion that began on March 27 and is set to run for another month. Other elements of the ongoing promotion include:

    • $1 Million Spin & Go (running now): Players can turn $5 into $1,000,000 in just minutes with special $1 million Spin & Go’s. See http://psta.rs/1FQWw89 for more info.
  • Millionaire Month (Round 1: Completed; Round 2: April 19-30): PokerStars is giving away more than $4 million in cash prizes during Millionaire Month, which gives players the chance to win $1 million via two Millionaire Finals. Players need to complete simple challenges during the qualification periods for entry into $150,000 All-in Shootouts. The winner of each of the six All-in Shootouts in Round 1 (April 18) and in Round 2 (May 1) advances to the six-player Millionaire Finals tourneys on May 10 at 13:00 ET, where two new cash millionaires will be crowned, one in each of the finals. Visit http://psta.rs/1Oqg4o1 for more info.
  • SCOOP All-in Shootout Deposit Raffle (May 2-22): Players can win their way to the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Main Event (High) for free and play for a first prize of at least $1 million. Players simply need to make a deposit to receive a raffle ticket. In the All-in Shootout we’ve got 16 free SCOOP High Main Event entries – each worth $10,300 – up for grabs, plus over 2,000 free entries to the SCOOP Low and Medium Main Events. See http://psta.rs/1EC9m6b for more details.
  • SCOOP High Main Event (May 24): $1 Million is guaranteed to the SCOOP High Main Event winner. See http://psta.rs/1EC9ra5 for more details.

For further information, please contact: press@pokerstars.com

About PokerStars

PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best security online. More than 130 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.

PokerStars.com and PokerStars.eu operate globally under licenses from the Isle of Man and Malta governments, respectively. PokerStars also holds separate government licenses in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

PokerStars is the key brand of Rational Group, which operates gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, Full Tilt and the European Poker Tour. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Rational Group companies in the UK and Isle of Man won recognition as one of the best workplaces in the UK being awarded a top 25 position by the Great Place to Work Institute’s Best Workplaces – Large category rankings. Rational Group entities in Costa Rica and Dublin also achieved the same accolade in their respective local rankings in 2014. PokerStars is owned by Amaya Inc. (TSX: AYA).

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