Putting yourself in a situation to win that top prize requires some luck, a lot of skill and a good deal of preparations. First, you have to find your way into the tournament, perhaps by winning one of the value-added satellites on partypoker.
Then a player has to settle in a avoid the pitfalls that can come your way in the early levels. After all, it’s not easy navigating the massive tournament fields that come looking for a historic payday.
Then as the money bubble approaches, it’s time to either go on the offensive and try to accumulate chips or do what you have to in order lock up, what could be, a bankroll building min-cash.
After all of that, a handful of players will find themselves on the cusp on one of the richest final tables of all time. Is there anything someone can do to prepare themselves should the opportunity arise?
“I don’t like to change anything going into a final table that you’ve made yourself by playing whatever style you did to get there,” said Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich.
Geilich is a current partypoker ambassador and former top 10-ranked PocketFiver with over $3 million in online earning and another $2.2 in live scores.
“If you were going in with 15-40bbs I would just make sure to brush up a lot on your ICM game and make sure you’re not losing a lot of money with plays ICM wise. Going back to my first point, if making the final with a top three stack, I would just be playing the same kind of style as to how I got there as it’s worked well.”
His fellow partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard has a similar message of believing in your own abilities, no matter who you face at the final table.
“First, enjoy it,” Leonard said.
Leonard understands what it means to both close out and celebrate a final table. He just recently took down the November 18 edition of the $2,100 High Roller Club for just over $41,000. A nice score to be sure, but the money up top on the MILLIONS Online will be a career-changer, even for Leonard.
“This is the biggest online final table of all time. If you’ve gotten this far you will know a lot about all the other players from playing and watching the last few tables,” he said. “Stay composed, have faith in yourself. Just because I’m a professional doesn’t mean you have to just accept defeat. Play to your strengths. If you’ve been very tight and people know you are a qualifier, then it’s usually really great for you. You can be aggressive in clever spots.
“When the chip leader is raising your big bling, you can re-raise and be aggressive. Your goal should essentially be to gain chips without ever risking your tournament life…easy, huh?”
“Just take it as it comes, as hard as that may sound,” Owen said. “You’ve already locked up a lot of money and anything else is a bonus, so just try and play your game…Pay attention to when the pay jumps are, too, just like you would when you approach a normal tournament.”
Owen is coming off a deep run in the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event, where he finished in 15th place for $65,000.
The partypoker $20M GTD MILLIONS Online takes place from November 25 through December 5. There are five starting flights and a $2.5 million guaranteed first place prize.