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Ukraine's "solik1968" Wins $1 Million in the PokerStars Golden Ticket All-in Shootout

PokerStars just wrapped up its Dream Team Collection promotion, which rewarded many players cash rewards with none bigger than Ukraine’s "solik1968" winning a cool $1 million on Sunday!

The Dream Team Collection promotion began on Aug. 17, with PokerStars players vying to collect puzzle pieces, which when completed will reveal PokerStars SportStars Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr and Ronaldo Nazário. In the United Kingdom,the online poker room was forced to substitute Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu for Neymar Jr. due to advertising restrictions.

Players were required to complete tasks assigned by PokerStars before the end of Sept. 17 in order to be awarded with one of the nine pieces in each puzzle. Each time a piece was collected, the player was also rewarded with a random prize which for most people was a $20,000 All-in Shootout ticket. However, some lucky players were able to win cash prizes, with even luckier players being rewarded with the maximum prize of $7,911 in cash and a Golden Ticket.

The odds of collecting a ticket to the $20,000 All-in Shootout were 89.97092 percent, while the odds of collecting the top prize which included the exclusive Golden Ticket were a minuscule 0.00158 percent. Out of the 277,000 players that participated in this promotion, 47 of them were able to defy the odds and were able to grab a seat in the Golden Ticket All-In Shootout which promised $1 million to the winner, along with eight players being rewarded with Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar Jr autographed shirts.

As you might imagine, those entered in this tournament were full of nerves even though they didn’t need to play a single hand themselves, and just needed to see if luck was on their side since they were automatically all-in every hand.

After a few minutes of play, the tournament was down to its last match, pitting "solik1968" against the United Kingdom’s "gregior" for the rights to the tournament’s top prize of $1 million.

Before the flop, "solik1968" appeared to have a slight advantage being dealt {3-Spades} against his opponent’s {9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}. However, "gregior" had reason to be optimistic about his chances when he pair the flop of {4-Hearts}{5-Spades}{7-Spades}. Things got a bit more exciting when the {q-Spades} appeared on the turn giving "solik1968" many outs including any ace for top pair, any two or six for the straight, and any spade for the flush. The deal was sealed for "solik1968" when the {j-Spades} appeared on the river, giving him a flush.

All was not lost for "gregior", since in addition to winning a signed shirt, he also sold a bit of his action on through his friend Daniel "judgedredd13" Charlton. It is believed he was able to sell 50 percent of his equity in this tournament, collecting $10,000 to investors.

Here is what Charlton posted on :

"Bit of a weird one for you guys. So my good mate Greg Ior aka gregior on PokerStars. I’m sure many of you remember him has won a ticket to the Golden Ticket All-in Shootout $1,000,000 tournament. There will be 47 players that are automatically all in every hand until there is a winner. First place will get $1,000,000 and 2nd to 9th get a signed Ronaldo shirt LMFAO. So the ticket is worth 1000000/47 = $21,276. Seeing as this is like putting $21k on a ball being picked out of a bag of 47, this is a little too much gamble for my bro so I’m trying to help him sell some of it off. Hes one of the first dudes i met in poker and have had him transfer 5 figures to me a few times and never a hiccup plus a long time bud that I’m sure everyone in the the poker community would vouch for who knows him. So giving a discount really for a punt and looking to sell approx 50% of this. Still a punter having $10k on it lmao. No money needs to be sent until the day but I will be taking reserves for now. 1% is worth $212ish but we are marking it down too $200 so you are making +EV bets, something you cant do on roulette or anything like that. Please just comment if you would like a piece selling 0.25% as minimum. Just comment below and I will get in contact with you closer to the time to arrange payment. Tourney ID on stars is 1300019647. Greg wants to keep the Ronaldo shirt if he gets 2nd to 9th lmao."

Special congrats to Ukraine’s "solik1968" for grabbing $1 million and for everyone else winning something during this promotion. PokerStars will be awarding at least one more player at least $1 million on Tuesday when the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event concludes. Barring any deals on the final table, the top two finishers in this tournament are slated to be reward $1,760,500 and $1,210,000 respectfully.

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