PokerStars Spin & Go Winner Scoops $1 Million Jackpot at $0.02/$0.04

PokerStars Spin & Go Winner Scoops $1 Million Jackpot at $0.02/$0.04

Anthony Ashton wins $1 million Spin & Go

Anthony Aston, who trolled the micro-stakes with his newfound million this week. (Image:

Australian poker player Anthony Aston, known as “GrindHeaps” on PokerStars, became the latest Spin & Go millionaire this week, hitting the jackpot for an outlay of just $100.

Aston chose to celebrate by promptly sitting down in a $0.02/$0.04 unlimited buy-in ring game with the full $1 million, where he jammed all in frequently.

Since Aston had the second biggest stack on the table out-chipped by $999,998.45, this was probably a reasonable strategy.

Hilarity aside, GrindHeaps took just 33 hands to crack the jackpot, which is the least amount of hands ever for a Spin & Go million win.

He faced Irish player Gavin “gavonater” O’Rourke and an unknown Brit called “EnglishGirl9,” who had apparently only signed up to PokerStars that very day, according to the HighStakesDB.

The two runners-up took $100,000 for a not-too-shabby 99,900 percent return on investment.

Time to Move Up?

O’Rourke is a well-known player on the tournament circuit who cashed in five events at the WSOP this year. Just days before the auspicious Spin & Go, he finished 10th in the Main Event of the EPT Prague.

Aston is no slouch, either. The Canberra native has live tournament winnings of $168,638 and is a regular on the Australia and New Zealand Poker Tour.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether Aston will continue to grind $0.02/$0.04 with his $1 million stack or is considering a move up to $0.05/$0.10.

Change in Spain

But could these giant Spin & Go jackpots be about to become a thing of the past? PokerStars this week took the surprising step of curtailing the Spin & Go buy-ins available on its Spanish client.

Without any formal announcement, PokerStars has “top and tailed” the buy-in ranges in Spain, removing the highest stakes and the lowest stakes, and a few in between, which has the effect of cutting the options available almost by 50 percent.

The €0.25, €20 and €50 buy-ins have all been removed, leaving just four mid-range options: €1, €2, €5 and €10. The top jackpot multiplier has also been reduced, from 5,000 times the buy-in to just 1,000 times the buy-in, which means €10,000 is now the top prize available, down from €250,000 previously.

Guinea Pigs

The reason Spin & Go lovers playing in the global pool and on other clients should be concerned is that PokerStars often uses the Spanish market as a testing ground for new ideas. Spin & Gos themselves were first launched in Spain, as was casino gaming, in late 2014, before being rolled out elsewhere.

In short, if something happens in Spain, there’s a good chance it will happen everywhere else around six months later.

Written by
Philip Conneller
As part of the team that launched Bluff Magazine back in 2004, and then as Editor of Bluff Europe, Philip Conneller has (probably) written thousands of articles about poker and has travelled the globe interviewing the greatest players in the world, not to mention some of the sexiest celebrities known to man in some of the world’s sexiest destinations. The highlight of his career, however, was asking Phil Ivey (as a joke) how to play jacks, and emerging none-the-wiser. Philip once won $20,000 with 7-2 offsuit. He has been told off for unwittingly playing Elton John’s piano on two separate occasions, on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He became a writer because he is a lousy pianist. He lives in London where he spends his time agonizing about Arsenal football club, yet in Wenger he trusts.


fubarcdn wrote...

Him taking the $1million to the micro game is hilarious. It must have freaked the other players out.

DanBilzerian wrote...

If it was me, i will be going ALL=IN just to share the money with the micros… i will go ALL-IN 100 times and leave the table

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