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In under two minutes, “Rainman731” becomes first Spin & Go millionaire of 2016

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – February 8, 2016 – Four hands, $100, and less than two minutes was all it took to make Russian poker player ‘Rainman731’ online poker’s newest millionaire after winning a $1 million Spin & Go on PokerStars, an Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) brand.

This is the first PokerStars Spin & Go millionaire of 2016, after thirteen Spin & Go Millionaires were made in 2015.  What began as a one-off promotion at the $100 buy-in Spin & Go tournament tables has become a popular feature among players and is now running indefinitely on PokerStars. 

Yesterday’s tournament (Tournament #1,470,517,471) started at 6.37 PM Moscow Time on 7 February (10.37 AM US Eastern Time, 3.37 PM GMT) and concluded at 6.39 PM, marking the fastest ever Million Dollar Spin & Go, and a record that may stand for a while.  The fastest previous victory was the millionaire ‘Koovoon’ who won $1 Million in 9 minutes, and 38 seconds in November 2015. 

The runner up was ‘Kman_AP2’ from Canada, who won $100,000. The third-place player was ‘pablotenisis’ from Mexico, who also won $100,000.

The four million-dollar hands:

Hand #1 – ‘pablotenisis’ raised to 41 from the button, ‘Kman_AP2’ re-raised to 122 from the small blind, and ‘Rainman751’ called from the big blind.  ‘Pablotenisis’ then called.  The flop came [9s 3h Qh], ‘Kman_AP2’ bet 60, and ‘Rainman751’ moved all-in for 378 chips, before Kman_AP2 folded.

Hand #2 – ‘Kman_AP2’ raised to 80 from the button, and the other players folded.

Hand #3 – ‘Rainman751’ raised to 40 from the button, and ‘pablotenisis’ moved all-in with [Th Tc].  ‘Kman_AP2’ folded, and ‘Rainman751’ called with [Kc  Ks].  The board ran out [3s 3h 7s 3c Ad], so the pocket kings of ‘Rainman751’ held up.

Hand #4 – ‘Kman_AP2’ raised from the button and small blind with [Ts Qd].  ‘Rainman751’ called with [6h 7h].  The flop was [Qh 6c 5c], giving ‘Kman_AP2’ top pair, and ‘Rainman751’ middle-pair.  ‘Rainman751’ checked, ‘Kman_AP2’ bet 60, and ‘Rainman751’ called.  The turn was [7s], giving ‘Rainman751’ two pair.  ‘Rainman751’ checked again, ‘Kman_AP2’ bet 60, and ‘Rainman751’ moved all-in.  ‘Kman_AP2’ called for only 168 more chips, and the river was [Ac], making ‘Rainman751’ a millionaire.

The player avatar of 'Rainman751' is a character from the ‘My Little Pony’ universe, Princess Luna. 

Including this tournament, the following poker players have won one million-dollar prizes in Spin & Go’s since the beginning of October 2015:

•On 7 February, 2016, ‘Rainman751’ from Russia won $1 million from a $100 tournament in 4 hands and 104 seconds.
•On 14 December, ‘GrindHeaps’ from Australia won $1 million from a $100 tournament.
•On 21 November, ‘Koovoon’ from Canada won $1 million from a $100 tournament.
•On 28 October, ‘ifipushud325’ from Australia won $1 million from a $5 tournament.
•On 26 October, ‘handbt1’ from Germany won $1 million from a $5 tournament.
•On 26 October, ‘barrakuuda4’ from Estonia won $1 million from a $100 tournament.
•On 25 October, ’prophethicks’ from England won $1 million from a $5 tournament.
•On 22 October, ‘wrawras’ from Brazil won $1 million from a $100 tournament.
•On 21 October, ‘Samara Lúcio’ from Brazil won $1 million from a $5 tournament.

Spin & Go's are fast-paced, 3-Max Hyper Turbo tournaments which feature 500 chip starting stacks. Each tournament has a randomly drawn prize pool that will award between two and 10,000 times your buy-in. PokerStars offer Spin & Go's at seven different buy-in levels: $0.25, $0.50, $1, $3, $7, $15, $30, $60 and $100.  In addition, PokerStars is currently running special Christiano Ronaldo editions of Spin & Go’s.  More details are online here:

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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 online security. More than 145 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site. and operate globally under licenses from the Isle of Man and Malta governments, respectively. PokerStars also holds local licenses or approvals to offer services to players in many jurisdictions, including Italy, France, Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, United Kingdom, Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, Ireland, Romania and New Jersey in the United States of America.

PokerStars is the flagship 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 was recognised as one of the top 25 best places to work by the Great Place to Work Institute’s Best Workplaces – Large category ranking. 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. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA).

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