Tom Marchese Takes Down partypoker MILLIONS Vegas For $1,000,000

Long-time tournament pro Tom Marchese won the inagural partypoker MILLIONS Vegas for $1,000,000.

After four days of play, Tom Marchese defeated the 536-entry field of the inaugural partypoker MILLIONS Vegas at the ARIA Resort & Casino to take home the $1,000,000 first place prize.

Packed with superstar talent, the $10,000 buy-in event exceeded the $5 million guarantee, generating a prize pool of $5.36 million in partypoker’s first foray into Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker.

The trip to Sin City paid off for partypoker in what was a dream final table lineup packed with some of the biggest names in the game of poker vying for the MILLIONS title and seven-figure payday.

Perhaps the biggest of those names at the final table was that of Chris Moneymaker. The Poker Hall of Fame nominee entered the final table as one of the chip leaders but after losing a clash with Sergio Aido, found himself with a vulnerable stack. After Marchese opened from early position, Moneymaker three-bet from the small blind with KhKs. Marchese made the call holding 8d8h. The flop came 2c9d5h. Moneymaker bet the flop and Marchese called. The turn provided Marchese the 8s. Moneymaker checked and Marchese took the lead putting out a healthy bet, which Moneymaker called. The river was the 4h and after Moneymaker checked for a second time, Marchese moved all-in. Moneymaker quickly called with his overpair but after being shown Marchese’s set, the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion headed for the cage to collect his $80,000 prize for finishing in ninth.

Germany’s Tobias Duthweiler was the next to exit the final table after shipping his short stack in holding KcJs. 888poker sponsored pro Ana Marquez reshoved with the 8c8d. The race was on and the board ran out AhAc5cThAd giving Marquez the hand and Duthweiler $100,000 for finishing in eighth place.

Rainer Kempe shipped his stack in holding KcTs in late position, however Marchese looked down at AcKs in the big blind and made the call to put Kempe at risk. Kempe was going to need some help, but the board of 7h3h2h3c7s provided little drama. Kempe, the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion, finished his tournament in seventh place adding $130,000 to his over $20 million in career live earnings.

The next elimination happened when Jeremy Ausmus opened the hand with JdJs only to be three-bet all in by UK online phenom Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford who picked up ThTc. Ausmus made the call and Beresford saw the bad news. The flop fell 3d8s6h providing little help to Beresford who was going to need to spike a ten or running straight cards. The turn was the Qs, leaving Beresford drawing to two outs. The river was the 7h and Beresford exited in sixth place, collecting a career-high live cash of $170,000.

Already with a massive chip lead, Marchese added to his stack in a hand with Sergio Aido. Marches raised under the gun with AsQs and Aido put in his remaining chips holding Ac3d. After a short deliberation, Marchese called and the flop came 6c6sJc offering Aido a few extra chop outs. However the turn was the 9s and the river was the Th sending Aido to the rail in fifth place for $230,000.

Marchese wasn’t done knocking players out and his next opponent was poker legend Freddy Deeb. Marchese put in a raise holding 9s9d and Deeb made his all in move holding Ah7h. Marchese made the call and the flop came 7c8h9c giving Marchese top set. Deeb needed running cards to get out from under but the turn was the 2d and the river the 8s. Deeb finished in fourth place for $319,200, his largest cash since 2015.

After Ausmus picked up chips off Marchese, the two of them had a large chip advance over Ana Marquez. After battling for some time, Marquez’ tournament came to an end in a blind on blind confrontation with Ausmus. From the small blind Marquez put her short stack in holding Ks2h and Ausmus made the quick call with the Ac9h. The 9sQd8h flop gave Ausmus a pair, taking away some outs for Marquez. The turn came 3s and the 5d river saw the 888poker ambassador exit in third place for $445,000.

Heads up play began with Marchese holding a sizable chip lead that was quickly equalized by Ausmus. Although he got close to Marchese at one point, Marchese never relinquished the chip lead and Ausmus soon saw the gap widen as Marchese eventually opened up a 4:1 chip advantage.

The pair of Aria regulars battled for quite some time until the final hand of the tournament saw Marchese open with AsJh only to be shipped on for 14bbs by Ausmus. Marchese eventually made the call and Ausmus turned over the KhTs. The board ran out clean for Marchese with a 5c6c7d flop and a turn Ah which left Ausmus drawing dead to the river 4h. Ausmus finished as the runner-up, settling for $650,000.

Tom Marchese picked up an even $1,000,000 for first place, the seventh seven-figure score of his career.

partypoker MILLIONS Final Table Payouts

1. Tom Marchese – $1,000,000
2. Jeremy Ausmus – $650,000
3. Ana Marquez – $445,000
4. Freddy Deeb – $319.200
5. Sergio Aido – $230,000
6. Conor Beresford – $170,000
7. Rainer Kempe – $130,000
8. Tobias Duthweiler – $100,000
9. Chris Moneymaker – $80,000