UK & Ireland PokerNews Year in Review: March 2012
We continue looking back at 2012 with the goings on during the month of March.
March seemed to be a slower than expected month, maybe a large number of professional players had a bad PCA and / or Aussie Millions and decided March was the time to chill out a little. Whatever the reason, it seems it did not apply to PokerStars as they were once again in the headlines thanks to birthdays and innovation.
At the start of March, PokerStars unveiled their latest online festival to the poker playing public — The MicroMillions. The 11-day festival saw a staggering 100 tournaments take place, which were capped off by a $22 buy-in Main Event that boasted a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool!
On the back of the MicroMillion — which was of course a huge success — PokerStars added 13 brand new tournaments to its already impressive schedule, each of them being a Hot Turbo format. These Hot turbos had buy-ins ranging from just $0.55 and increased all the way up to $75 and are now part of every true grinder's schedule!
Keeping with PokerStars, March was also the month their flagship tournament celebrated its sixth birthday. We are of course talking about the Sunday Million. To celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Sunday Million, PokerStars created a special one-off Sunday Million that had a prize pool of, an almost unbelievable, $6,000,000. The guarantee was smashed of course. PokerNews cannot wait for the seventh birthday bash; will they up the guarantee to $7,000,000? We would not bet against them.
March was also the month when one of PokerStars' biggest rivals, PartyPoker, applied for a Nevada Internet Gaming License. They were, of course, successful but at time of writing there had been no progress in launching real money gaming to American customers.
Tom "MtSpewmore" Langley will look back on March 2012 fondly, thanks to him winning the MegaPokerSeries main event that was held at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club in Nottingham. Langley overcame a talented final table that was the home to the likes of Charles Chattha, Dan Morgan, Simon Deadwood and his heads-up opponent Andrew Hulme. Langley won £35,770 for his efforts; his largest cash to date.
Tune in tomorrow for April's round-up.