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  1. [caption width="640"] The partypoker MILLIONS will pay £1,000,000 to the eventual champion[/caption] Online poker powerhouse Partypoker has announced the £5 million partypoker MILLIONS, a hybrid online and live poker event which guarantees a massive £1 million to the winner. The tournament is a throwback to the site’s landmark PartyPoker Million events, which began over 15 years ago and were instrumental in the company’s success in the online poker market. MILLIONS, which boasts the largest guaranteed poker prize pool ever awarded in Europe, will be hosted on partypoker.com, as well as in card rooms across the United Kingdom and internationally. Qualifying players will come together at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn poker club on April 20 to battle for the seven-figure first-place prize. Sign-up now for partypoker and win your way into the partypoker MILLIONS and your shot at £1,000,000 While the tournament may be over half a year away, players can begin their journey to the final table on partypoker starting October 4, when the site runs the first online Day 1 for a buy-in of £500 + £50. Day 1s will also be offered live at Dusk Till Dawn, as well as at affiliated card rooms, at a soon-to-be-determined date. Players who advance through Day 1 will carry their chips over to either Dusk Till Dawn or go online for Day 2. players who feel like skipping Day 1 altogether, have the option of buying into Day 2 directly for £5,000 + £300 and receiving 1 million in chips. Players who don’t make Day 2 on their first try, can play as many Day 1s as they like. Players who make Day 2 more than once, can play more Day 2s and take their largest end-of-the-day stack into Day 3. As an added bonus for early birds, partypoker is running a promotion that gives a £550 cash prize to the first 100 players to make Day 2. The site is also integrating MILLIONS into its Caribbean Poker Party event in the Dominican Republic in November. At the end of the week, partypoker will run two Day 1s and Day 2s, with those lucky enough to make Day 3 taking home a $1,500 cash bonus. The extra prize money will not be deducted from the MILLIONS prize pool. Partypoker brand ambassador Mike Sexton, who was integral in making the inaugural Million event a success, will be back on hand to host the tournament. “I am absolutely thrilled to host and bring back the partypoker MILLIONS in its original format with £1,000,000 guaranteed to the winner,” Sexton said. “This multi-venue, live and online event gives players the chance to qualify all over the world and win a share of the huge £5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. This will be THE event of 2017 which I will not be missing and means a lot to me as this is how my partypoker journey started.” With its combination of live and online play, coupled with a final table set on a cruise ship, the original Million tournament was seen as unique and innovative when it debuted in 2001. That year, poker pro Kathy Liebert beat out a field of mostly amateur online players to take home the title and a check for $1 million. For those not looking to shell out the £550 buy-in for Day 1, partypoker will, of course, be offering plenty of qualifiers on the site. “Not only can partypoker players win a share of £5,000,000, they will be able to qualify online from as little as $0.01,” said Group Head of partypoker Tom Waters. “We continually look to challenge ourselves and add value for the players. The partypoker MILLIONS does just that, offering the global poker community the opportunity to become a millionaire.”
  2. [caption width="640"] Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham, England is about to host some of poker's biggest stars.[/caption] Considered by most to be the heart and soul of poker in England, the Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham will soon be hosting some of the world's best poker players for one of the biggest guarantees any European event has held in years. The first ever parytpoker Millions takes over DTD April 14 - 23 with six events and guarantees totaling £8,000,000 - with the Main Event guaranteeing £6,000,000. The Millions Main Event runs April 18 - 23 with a £5,300 buy-in, but players can start playing Phase 1 on partypoker or live at Dusk Till Dawn for just £550. The online Phase 1 events play 19 12-minute levels and players carry their chips forward to the Day 1. Along with the £6,000,000 guaranteed prize pool, Dusk Till Dawn has also guaranteed £1,000,000 to the eventual champion. A number of top players have already confirmed they'll be headed to Nottingham to play, including former #1-ranked PocketFivers; Griffin Benger, Joao Simao and Patrick Leonard. When partypoker announced plans for a live tour, it was obvious that Dusk Till Dawn would be the host for what should be considered the flagship event in Season 1. Following the partypoker Live Million Sochi event last month in Russia, this will be the first partypoker Live event in England. The Main Event is certainly the big attraction, but the other six events give players a multitude of options with buy-ins ranging from £220 up to £2,700 with most event offering re-entry. There's also live satellites running at the club now. "There are so many huge guaranteed events on this schedule I can’t wait to be back at Dusk Till Dawn to play all of them! There are a range of events for everyone," said Sam Trickett, partypoker Ambassador. "You can either buy-in direct or there is also a great satellite schedule that gives players of all bankrolls the opportunity to become a millionaire at Dusk Till Dawn next month." COMPLETE partypoker MILLIONS SCHEDULE DATETIMEEVENTBUY-INGUARANTEE April 1412:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- April 1512:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- April 1612:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- April 1712:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *6:00 PMMillions High Roller Day 1£10,300£1,000,000 April 1812:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *1:00 PMMillions High Roller Final Day£10,000+£300-- *2:00 PMMillions Day 1A£5,000+£300£6,000,000 *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- April 192:00 PMMillions Day 1B£5,000+£300£6,000,000 April 201:00 PMMillions Day 2£5,000+£300£6,000,000 *4:00 PMEight Max Day 1A£2,500+£200£1,000,000 April 211:00 PMMillions Day 3--£6,000,000 *4:00 PMEight Max Day 1B£2,500+£200£1,000,000 *8:00 PMDTD200 Day 1C£200+£20£100,000 April 2212:00 PMEight Max Day 1C£2,500+£200£1,000,000 *1:00 PMMillions Day 4--£6,000,000 *2:00 PMDTD200 Day 1D£200+£20£100,000 *4:00 PMEight Max Day 2--£1,000,000 *4:00 PMSix Max Day 1A£2,500+£200£250,000 *7:00 PMDTD200 Day 1E£200+£20£100,000 April 2312:00 PMDTD200 Turbo Day 1F£200+£20£100,000 *12:00 PMSix Max Turbo Day 1B£2,500+£200£250,000 *1:00 PMEight Max Final Day--£1,000,000 *1:00 PMMillions Final Day--£6,000,000 *3:00 PMMillions Ladies Event£200+£20£10,000 *3:30 PMDTD200 Final Day--£100,000 *3:30 PMSix Max Final Day--£250,000 The online satellite program begins with tournaments running at just one cent while Dusk Till Dawn is offering live satellites to the Main Event, the High Roller, Phase 1 and £2,500 buy-in events. “It’s important for me to see such a fantastic range of events for the players to choose from," said partypoker Live President, John Duthie. "A great satellite schedule also gives players of all bankrolls the opportunity to become a millionaire at Dusk Till Dawn next month.” The casino, which opened in 2008, has hosted some of poker's biggest events before. The members-only club played host to the WPT500 and a World Poker Tour event last October, a WPT National event last May and UKIPT events over the years. The poker room has 45 tables and often spreads No Limit Hold'em and Omaha cash games each night. Players who want to play the partypoker Millions will need to become a Dusk Till Dawn member - but don't fret, simply fill outthis online form and have photo ID ready when you arrive and you're all set.
  3. [caption width="640"] partypoker Millions is back in 2018 with seven events on the schedule[/caption] The partypoker Millions series premiered in 2017 to great praise from players and casino partners with huge guarantees being set and hit on a regular basis across the world. With the start of 2018 in sight, the official calendar for next year’s Millions series has been released with over $100 million in guaranteed prize pools lining the schedule. Five events carry a guarantee of $10 million, making partypoker one of the foremost leaders in the industry in that category. All five events with a $10 million guarantee also include guaranteed prizes of at least $1 million for first, second and third. partypoker is also guaranteeing 250 places paid and a minimum payout of €10,000. As with the 2017 events, there will be multiple ways to qualify via satellite as well as online and live Day 1 flights. There are seven events in total lined up between the end of Season 1 and Season 2 with six played live and one online. Many of the familiar cities visited in 2017 are back once again with Sochi, Russia, Nottingham, England, and Montreal, Canada all featured. The last event on the 2017 calendar is a $5 million guaranteed online event run entirely on partypoker.com. The $5,300 buy-in tournament runs from December 3-6 and will have satellites starting on November 1 for players to qualify in hopes of ending their year a millionaire. The largest addition to the schedule comes in one of poker’s premier stops in Barcelona, Spain. From April 7-15, the end of Season 1 takes place as part of the Millions Grand Final which features a €10 million guarantee. partypoker claims the event to be the first of the year where three players will become millionaires. The first 200 players to qualify for December's $5 million guaranteed online event will be entered into a last longer pool where the winner will earn a $15,000 package to the Millions Grand Final. Season 2 starts only a week after Season 1 ends with Montreal playing host to their second running of partypoker Millions. The $10 million CAD guaranteed event is double the guarantee from 2017, that drew a total of 1,168 entries. The buy-in of $5,300 CAD remains unchanged. The Millions UK event ran at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK was in April of this year and is scheduled for September 29-October 9 in 2018. The 2018 schedule wraps up with the $10 million Caribbean Poker Party from November 10-18 at a location to be determined. partypoker Live President John Duthie created the former European Poker Tour series and has unleashed a new giant in the partypoker Millions series. Said Duthie on the 2018 schedule, “The response to the partypoker MILLIONS series has been incredible and I think the increased prize pools next year are going to take the events to a whole new level. It’s going to be very exciting.” The Chairman of partypoker, Mike Sexton, added, “The MILLIONS series has brought a great deal of excitement to the live and online poker world and really engaged players with a very competitive environment so I can’t wait to see the impact of even bigger prize pool guarantees in 2018.” The full partypoker Live 2018 schedule will be released soon with Grand Prix’s and other events listed. DateEventGuaranteeUSD Guarantee Dec 3-6, 2017Millions Online$5,000,000$5,000,000 Feb 10-18, 2018Millions Germany - Rozvadov€5,000,000$5,800,000 Aprl 7-15, 2018Millions Grand Final - Barcelona€10,000,000$11,700,000 Apr 21-29, 2018Millions North America - Montreal$10,000,000 CAD$7,900,000 Aug 4-12, 2018Millions Russia - Sochi$5,000,000$5,000,000 Sept 29-Oct 9, 2018Millions UK - Nottingham£6,500,000$5,000,000 Nov 10-18, 2018Caribbean Poker Party$10,000,000$10,000,000
  4. I F*cked Up is a PocketFives series where the game’s best tell stories of where they got it wrong. Mistakes happen every day in poker and let these players be the first to tell you it happens to everyone. If you are curious why German players are so proficient at No Limit Hold’em, consider this quote from 2017 WSOP Europe One Drop winner Dominik Nitsche. When asked to recall a hand that he misplayed and learned from, Nitsche noted it was hard for him to come up with a hand. “The way I play poker, I don’t learn from mistakes that way. I just study all the time. I don’t really make mistakes, I study to avoid mistakes.” Nitsche said. After consulting with some friends, Nitsche recalled a hand he played against partypoker pro Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao earlier this year. It was in the partypoker MILLIONS Nottingham £10,300 High Roller where Nitsche had to turn his hand into a bluff. Due to an error in preflop hand range assessment, Nitsche made a play that didn't quite add up. The Hand The action starts at an eight-handed table and 10 players from the money. Nitsche opened off of what he estimates to be 40-50 big blinds in early position with pocket queens for a standard raise. Simao called in the hijack and Jason Wheeler tagged along from the big blind. Nitsche estimates he’s opening approximately 20 percent of hands in this spot with Simao calling with six to eight percent. The flop came out K-J-3 with no flush draws and Wheeler checked over to Nische. “I want to be doing a lot of checking,” Nische said. “[Simao] has a lot of king-ten suited, king-jack suited. I can’t do a lot of three-street betting. The best course of action is to check and proceed.” Simao bet a small amount and only Nitsche called. “I have a pretty easy call. If I have pocket threes or pocket jacks, I would consider check-raising. With aces, I would check-raise. Queen-ten suited, I would check-call. Not sure if I have queen-ten offsuit 100 percent of the time.” The queen-ten comment from Nitsche plays a key role as the hand develops on later streets. A six came on the turn, and the board was officially a badugi. Both players checked with the river card impending. “I check because I would check all of my hands. [Simao] could be betting the flop and check the turn. I’m not super comfortable but have a good amount of showdown value. I win this hand quite a bit.” Action Heats Up on the River The river produced an ace to put the broadway straight in play with the full board reading K-J-3-6-A. When examining his thought process on this card and how it impacts his next move Nitsche said, “The hands I check-call on the flop are not strong enough to check-raise. Ace-king is not strong enough to check-raise. In my hand, I thought pocket queens would make a strong bluff candidate.” Nitsche checked over to Simao, who bet half the pot. When faced with the bet, Nitsche conceded his hand was not good enough to call with and moving all-in would give him the best chance of winning the pot. “If I raise, it has to be a big raise. The only thing I could have is pocket jacks or better. The reason I decide to raise is because I have blockers to his queen-ten. My thinking in-game is that people tend to overvalue bet with the ace not thinking about what [their] opponent has.” Simao did have an ace and called with ace-queen for his tournament life after a long tank to take most of Nitsche's stack. The Aftermath Nitsche observes that not having queen-ten in his range “defeats” his strategy of bluffing the river. Due to his opening from early position with his established range, he has the straight only four times versus if he opened from late position where he would have it 16 times. “With his queen blocker, I have three combos of the nut straight. It’s a good spot to bluff with his range appearing to be so weak. He made a good call. If he doesn’t fold ace-queen, it’s hard for him to have any other bluffs. I don’t think I made a mistake,” Nitsche affirmed. According to Nitsche, he and Simao have years of history playing together online and that played a part in him deciphering Nitsche’s bluff. The takeaway that Nitsche suggests other players examine in their own game is to think about the hands they are opening before they put chips in. Nitsche observed that queen-ten offsuit not being in his preflop range changes the dynamic of the hand and his postflop decision making. “If only open 15 percent of hands that’s fine. You have to be careful of what you can represent. How often do you have the hand you’re representing? The real problem comes when you open queen-jack offsuit but not queen-ten offsuit.” Nitsche is not uncomfortable with putting together an all-in bluff. He acknowledges that when he does put chips in, his range should be credible enough for him to be able to properly represent having the best hand. “Bluffing is a part of poker. Sometimes in these spots, you have to bluff. If your range is ahead of their range, you should be bluffing. To play successful poker, you need to play well in these spots.”
  5. To say the Viktor Blom has long been the darling of the online poker world would be a bit of understatement. Whether it was playing the nosebleed stakes games on Full Tilt Poker back in the day or winning the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker in 2013, Blom has always found a way to capture the attention. On Sunday night in Rozvadov, the Swedish powerhouse added a second live win to his resume, coming back from a nearly 9-1 heads-up chip deficit to win the partypoker MILLIONS Germany Main Event for €1,000,000 ($1,048,153 US). Blom started the final table third in chips, but went right to work at changing that. On just the eighth hand of the night, Niko Wieland moved all in for 49,400,000 and Blom reshoved from the small blind. Rickie Silcock folded his big blind and Wieland got the bad news after tabling [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"] and seeing Blom show [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="kh"] to send Wieland out in eighth place. It took nearly 90 minutes before another player was sent home. Aristeidis Moschonas raised to 7,000,000 from the button and then called after Ondrej Drozd raised to 20,000,000. Drozd then beat 16,000,000 after the [poker card="9h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"] flop before Moschonas moved all in fro 83,600,000. Drozd called and turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"] while Moschonas was behind with just [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="ah"] turn was enough to eliminate Moschanas in seventh. The meaningless river was the [poker card="8d"]. It was yet another 90-minute wait for another elimination and this one again involved Drozd, but he was on the other end of the outcome. From UTG, Drozd moved all in for 106,500,00. Pavel Plesuv was the next player to act and he re-shoved for 362,000,000, forcing the rest of the table to fold. Drozd showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"] but saw Plesuv table[poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"] flop offered very little help for Drozd and the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river made his sixth place elimination official. Radoslaw Wesierski started the final table with the shortest stack but managed to ladder his way up to the final five players before meeting his demise. Action folded to Rickie Silcock in the small blind and he moved all in for 91,000,000. Wesierski called all in from the big blind and showed [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] while Silcock held [poker card="jd"][poker card="4d"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Silcock a flush draw. The [poker card="6c"] turn was no help but the [poker card="2d"] river filled that flish and sent Wesierski out in fifth. Four-handed play lasted 90 minutes before Blom picked up another elimination. From the button, Blom made it 21,000,000 and Brazilian Joao Simao, a former #1-ranked online player in the world, defended his big blind. After the [poker card="kh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] flop, Simao moved all in for 31,500,000 and Blom called. Simao turned over [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"] while Blom showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="2d"] turn was no help for Simao and neither was the [poker card="as"] river, to send him out in fourth place. Plesuv and Silcock clashed just 30 minutes later to get the tournament to heads-up. Plesuv called from the button, Blom folded the small blind and Silcock checked his option. After the [poker card="8d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"] flop Silcock checked, Plesuv bet 10,000,000 and Silcock called. Both players checked the [poker card="4h"] turn. Action heated up after the [poker card="2d"] river. Silcock bet 35,000,000 and Plesuv moved all in, forcing Silcock to a decision for his tournament life. He called and showed [poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] for trip fours but Plesuv showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="5c"] for the wheel to take down the pot. When heads-up play began, Plesuv had just over 55% of the chips in play. Over the first 10 hands of play between the two, Plesuv extended that lead to 86%. From that point on though, Blom navigated his way to even the chip counts before finally taking the lead for good. After 79 hands of battling, Blom raised to 35,000,000 and Plesuv called. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"] flop got Plesuv to check-call Blom's 45,000,000 bet. The turn was the [poker card="ad"] and Plesuv check-called Blom's bet of 105,000,000. The river was the [poker card="5h"] and Plesuv moved all in and after taking some time to consider his options, Blom called and showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="6d"] for second pair. Plesuv couldn't beat it though, turning over [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"] for third pair to give Blom his first live tournament win since 2012. The €5,300 buy-in event, held at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, drew 1,022 entries for a total prize pool of €5,110,000, just squeaking past the €5,000,000 guarantee. Final Table Payouts Viktor Blom - €1,000,000 Pavel Plesuv - €600,000 Rickie Silcock - €400,000 Joao Simao - €280,000 Radoslaw Wesierski - €200,000 Ondrej Drozd - €140,000 Aristeidis Moschonas - €100,000 Niko Wieland - €70,000
  6. Over the last 12 months, Jake Schindler has proven to be a legitimate threat in high roller tournaments around the world. He finished runner-up in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl, runner-up in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open High Roller, third in a Poker Masters $50,000 event, runner-up in the US Poker Open Main Event. In March, he picked up two wins in Aria High Rollers, but on Wednesday in Barcelona he posted what could be considered a breakthrough win. Schindler beat Stephen Chidwick heads-up and overcame a final table that included Erik Seidel, Jason Koon and Bryn Kenney to win the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller for €1,750,000 ($2,163,174 US), the second biggest score of his career. The day began with 11 players still in contention for the €1.75 million first place prize but Koray Aldemir, Dominik Nitsche, Mikita Badziakouski, Steffen Sontheimer all failed to make the money, and once Keith Tilston went out in seventh, the remaining six players were all in the money. The first player to bust was Seidel. Down to less than five big blinds, Seidel three-bet all in over Kenney's UTG raise. Kenney called and showed [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"] which put him ahead of Seidel's tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"]. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"] gave Seidel more outs but the [poker card="td"] turn and [poker card="ah"] river were no help and he was left with a sixth place finish. Despite picking up the first in-the-money elimination, things went south from that point on for Kenney. Kenney was on the button and raised to 350,000 and Schindler called from the big blind and then checked after the [poker card="th"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5d"] flop. Kenney bet 305,000 and Schindler raised to 1,200,000. Kenney moved all in for 4,410,000 total and Schindler called. Kenney showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="7s"] for an open-ended straight draw while Schindler showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] for middle set. The [poker card="ac"] turn was a blank and Schindler improved to quads with the [poker card="6s"] river to bust Kenney in fifth. A little over an hour later two more players were sent packing in quick succession by Chidwick. From the button, Chidwick raised to 400,000 and Koon moved all in from the small blind for 5,975,000. Chidwick called and turned up [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"] while Koon showed [poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="th"][poker card="js"][poker card="7c"] to eliminate Koon. Left with just three big blinds, Jean-Noel Thorel moved all in for 600,000 from the button and Chidwick and Schindler called from the small and big blind respectively. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] flop saw both remaining players check. The [poker card="5h"] turn got Chidwick to be enough for Schindler to fold. Chidwick showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"] for top pair with the second nut flush draw. Thorel needed help with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="8c"] but got none after the [poker card="9h"] river to go home in third. Heads up play began with Schindler holding just 54% of the chips in play. The two players traded the led back and forth for almost three hours before Schindler was able to finish Chidwick off. On the final hand, Schindler raised to 875,000 and Chidwick called. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"], Chidwick checked, Schindler bet 500,000 and Chidwick called. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and Chidwick checked again, Schindler bet 1,800,000 but Chidwick raised to 5,100,000. Schindler called and both players saw the [poker card="7s"] river. Chidwick moved all in and Schindler called. Schindler showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="6h"] for a bluff while Schindler showed [poker card="as"][poker card="3h"] for a wheel and the final pot of the night. Final Table Payouts Jake Schindler - €1,750,000 Stephen Chidwick - €1,100,000 Jean-Noel Thorel - €726,000 Jason Koon - €500,000 Bryn Kenney - €340,000 Erik Seidel - €240,000
  7. partypoker’s award-winning tournament, MILLIONS North America, returns to the Playground Poker Club on April 21. The festival is headlined by an inviting CAD $10,000,000 guaranteed Main Event with a $5,300 buy-in. If the mere total prize pool wasn’t enough to get players adrenaline spiking, it’s a certainty that, at a minimum, the top three finishers in the event will all walk away with at least CAD $1 million. Three instant millionaires. CAD $10 MILLION Guaranteed As partypoker continues to expand on their "player’s first" agenda, they find themselves offering some of the most ambitious tournaments of the year. A CAD $10 million guarantee may not be an easy number to hit. In fact, even though they have five starting flights (beginning on Tuesday, April 24) they are going to need 2000 runners in order to cover the guarantee. That’s great news for players - if they get there or even surpass it, there’s a massive prize pool. If by chance they happen to miss, there would be some added value in overlay. Either way, if players have ever been inclined to make it to Montreal - partypoker MILLIONS North America is the tournament to enter. Qualify for MILLIONS North America Online In order to help them hit such a lofty attendee milestone, partypoker is running non-stop qualifiers on their site. Buy-ins start for as little as $0.50. Players can step their way through the satellite tree and wind up with a ticket that will have them seated in one of the largest tournaments of the year. MILLIONS North America Centrolls: a $0.50 satellite that guarantees at least five tickets to the $22 level. MILLIONS North America Quarter Finals: $22 buy-in. Those who make it through bring their stack with them to the Semi-Finals. Players who make more than one Semi-Final bring their largest stack forward. MILLIONS North America Semi-Finals: $109 buy-in. Same concept as the Quarter Finals. Build a stack to bring forward to the Finals. MILLIONS North America Mega Satellite: $530 buy-in. Win or buy your way into the Sunday satellite where no fewer than 10 seats will be guaranteed. Players can win multiple seats which can either be used for multiple entries or even sold. Like most step satellites, players can jump into the process wherever their bankroll allows. Sign-up for a Mypartypokerlive.com account today and you'll get a $22 tournament ticket credited to your account so you can start trying to qualify for free! In Person Mega Satellites In addition to the non-stop online qualifying action, players who make it to the Playground Poker Club early will have a number of opportunities to win their way into the Main Event. Beginning on Sunday, April 22, the card room will be running a series of two-step mega satellites. Buy-ins begin at CAD $110 + $10 and they will feed, in total, a guaranteed 65 total seats to the Main Event. As value hunters, trophy seekers and shot takers descend on the Playground Poker Club in Montreal beginning on April 21, players have plenty of opportunities to win their seats at a fraction of the price. The path to partypoker MILLIONS North America starts for just $0.50 with qualifiers running right now around the clock online and in-person satellites starting on April 22.
  8. “If you’re a poker player, come to Montreal in April. We’ve got about 1,000 people to be qualifiers. Very soft field! Thank you very much!” Playground Poker Club's Phil Sabbah, pointing to the sky, was fired up as he accepted the American Poker Award for last year's partypoker MILLION North America event at his Montreal-based club. Why wouldn’t he be? Despite the APA's being sponsored by PokerStars, partypoker’s new “players first” narrative helped overcome some long odds to take home the trophy for Event Of The Year. The tournament was so well-received in 2017, partypoker LIVE is doubling down in 2018. They've increased the guarantee of the upcoming MILLIONS North America Main Event to an enormous $10,000,000 CAD (~ $7,650,000 US) and they are doing everything they can to make this year even better than the last. MILLIONS Main Event The $5,300 Main Event of the partypoker MILLIONS North America follows in the footsteps of their other recent Main Events. Starting on Tuesday, April 24 players have up to five starting flights to choose from, each one allowing for a single re-entry. Sixty-minute levels (except for Day 1E which is paired down to 40 minutes) and starting stacks of 100 big blinds make it so players have some wiggle room but also moving swiftly enough to ensure that plenty of players will be busting out in the first few levels. The prize pool, a minimum of CAD $10,000,000, is going to require no less than 2000 runners to reach the guarantee. That could be a tough number to hit. Helping to bring players through the Playground Poker Club doors though will be, for a lucky few, the promise of a seven-figure score. Each of the top three players at the final table will walk away with a cash of CAD $1,000,000 or more. But unlike the World Poker Tour Argentina stop - only the last player standing will get to hoist the partypoker trophy. Win And You’re In partypoker is looking to make MILLIONS North America one of the biggest events of the year by packing the field with qualifiers. If they have it their way, there will be almost half who found their way to a seat by paying a fraction of the buy-in by winning seats via satellites. Online, partypoker is offering their Phases tournaments to help people win their way into the Main Event, starting for as little as $0.50. Players can work their way up the ladder or buy directly into the $530 MILLIONS North America Mega Satellite tournaments. Taking place on Sundays at 4 pm EST, each of the mega satellites guarantees at least ten seats to the Montreal Main Event. Multiple seats won can be used for re-entry. A Festival Of Events Though the Main Event is the major focus of the MILLIONS North America tour stop, it’s not the only event on the calendar. The entire festival takes place from April 21- May 2 and includes a CAD $25,000 Super High Roller, a CAD $10,000 High Roller, two CAD $1,000 events, and also a CAD $10,000 MILLIONS Finale, just in case players need a trip saver. In total, the schedule guarantees CAD $15,000,000 over the six total events. All of the action takes place at one of the world's premiere card rooms, the Playground Poker Club, just 20 minutes outside of Montreal. The CAD $1,000 Opening Event kicks off on April 21, with Day 1A of the Main Event getting underway on April 24. Follow the Action from Home If you're not lucky enough to win an online package or simply want to be able to follow the action as some of poker's top tournament players chase down a seven-figure score, you can sign up for Mypartypokerlive.com account now and get access to exclusive live updates, videos and the final table live stream. You'll also get a free $22 tournament ticket just for signing up.
  9. The partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona gets underway on April 7 and is highlighted by a mammoth €10,000,000 Main Event. The tournament is billed as the largest guaranteed tournament in Europe’s history and no fewer than three players will walk away from the contest having won at least €1,000,000. In order to pull off such an ambitious feat, partypoker is going to need plenty of players to qualify for the event through both the live satellites happening in Barcelona as well as through their ample opportunities online. The Main Event For the final event of Season One of partypoker LIVE, the company has pushed the envelope once again - essentially doubling their efforts from many of the Main Events they've held thus far. As opposed to a €5 million guarantee at a €5,000 buy-in, as they held recently in Rozvadov, the stakes are raised with a €10,300 buy-in and €10,000,000 as a guarantee. There are four starting flights, beginning on April 11, that allow for a single re-entry per flight. Players with a healthy bankroll can play multiple flights and the largest chip stack for that player will move forward into Day 2. Even though this is clearly a major tournament, the action will be swift with Day 1 levels of 40 minutes and a starting stack of 100bb and an ante right off the bat. Day 2 sees levels increase to 60 minutes and should you get to the end, heads-up play escalates with 30-minute levels. Taking place at the Casino Barcelona, right next to the Barceloneta beach, partypoker has made every effort to create a tournament that would be worth winning a seat for. Step Up To €10,000,000 Players have a path to the €10,300 buy-in starting for as little as $0.50 when qualifying online. partypoker has provided a small twist to the standard satellite steps players may be accustomed to. Certainly, players can buy their way into any of the four levels of satellites in hopes to either win their way to the next step or win a seat outright. But as an extra bonus, some of the steps allow players to work up a stack that carries over into the next step. The first step is a $0.50 tournament, which runs daily. This feeds into a $22 buy-in satellite. You can either win the first stage or buy directly into the $22 at any time. Players in the daily $22 tournament need to both survive to the end as well as have the opportunity build a stack to carry with them into one of the daily $109 tournament. Once in the $109 tournament, the same principle applies - players build a stack to take with them to the final $1,050 tournament that will take them to the MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona. Again, players can buy into any stage at any time, but those who climb the steps may have an added advantage of being able to build a massive stack to take with them into the Sunday Final. The $1,050 tournament runs on Sundays at 8pm GMT/ 4pm ET and guarantees at least 10 packages to the Main Event. Each package is worth $16,000 and gives the winner a €10,300 ticket to the Main Event, 8-night accommodation at the Hotel Arts for the duration of the Grand Final (April 8-16) and an additional $500 for expenses. partypoker is also running pure (non-package) satellites for seats online where players can buy or win their way into a $1,050 tournament that awards a guaranteed 10 seats to the Main Event. Players can jump in $0.50, $22 and $109 satellites every day and build a stack to take with them to the Sunday Final, which takes place every Sunday through the beginning of the event. You can get a free $22 tournament ticket just by signing up for a Mypartypokerlive.com account. This will give you access to exclusive coverage of all partypoker LIVE events and could send you on your way to winning a partypoker MILLIONS title.
  10. On April 7, the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Season One Grand Final gets underway. Taking place near the beautiful beaches in Barcelona, Spain - at the Casino Barcelona - the Main Event boasts an ambitious €10 million guarantee where no fewer than three players will become a millionaire, practically overnight. One of those who will be taking a seat at the table will be World Series of Poker bracelet winner, World Poker Tour champion and, as it turns out, partypoker online qualifier Mike Leah. Well-known as one of the most dedicated tournament players in the world, Leah efforts to make his way into any tournament with an enticing prize pool. For Leah, the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona was a no-brainer. “I won a package online. I would have definitely gone anyway but it’s always nice to win a package, save some money and get the hotel and stuff taken care of. It makes the trip easier to plan…and cheaper,” Leah said. He’s not alone as partypoker has been helping players qualify for their Main Event for weeks now and will do so right up until the start of the Main Event. Of course, it’s in the online site’s best interest to pack the field with satellite winners as they need 1,000 runners just to cover the hefty guarantee. “I really like how they have things set up with the different Phases,” Leah says, talking about his path to winning his ticket. “It makes it easy for anyone to try and qualify no matter what your bankroll is. You can start down in the pennies and the dollars or you can start higher, like in the $109’s. Or, you can direct buy into the $1,000 satellite.” This is a good thing, for everyone. Players who may not normally get a shot to play in such a prestigious tournament can take their shots without having to break the bank. “The Phases work great because it gets people from all different buy-ins playing the satellites, which keeps them on the softer side,” Leah said. “They’ve been filling up well, too.” In fact, partypoker has been giving away at least ten packages every week this month. One such satellite gave away in excess of 20 seats. “When satellites fill up that well it, of course, makes it easier for people to win packages but it also means that there are just so many players from all different feeders and different level phases which is great. I think they’ve done a really good job.” Leah’s won at least one seat into the Main Event, but the tournament has four starting flights - allowing players who enter multiple times to carry their largest stack forward. Should things not go his way on the first day, Leah’s acknowledges that the value the tournament brings will be too good not to fire again. “I’ll fire one, two, three more if needed. I definitely won’t be sitting and watching other people play for all the money.” And there’s plenty of money to be won in Barcelona. While the Main Event carries that €10 million guarantee there’s a total of over 23 million guaranteed over the course of nine events, including a €1,000 €1 million guarantee and a healthy slate of high rollers. Leah’s not yet decided which of the nine events he’ll be registering for but he acknowledges that, for a player like himself, the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS in Barcelona is likely to keep him in action. “Another great thing they do is they have buy-ins for all different levels. For someone in my exact scenario, where I can play the €25,000’s but I’m also happy playing a really big €1,000 it’s a really tough decision.” Whatever he decides, he’s going to be extra pumped to mix it up as he’s in the middle of taking a full month off after a heavy travel schedule for the first two months of 2018. His year so far has included a trip to Rozvadov for the partypoker MILLIONS Germany and, of course, his much-publicized victory in the WPT Fallsview Main Event. But a tournament like this, he just can’t skip. While in his mind, it’s not quite the same as a WSOP bracelet just yet, the player-first changes over at partypoker have been making a distinct difference to the tournament pro. “[partypoker LIVE MILLIONS] are definitely becoming more important. With million-dollar winners for all the Main Events that makes them about as meaningful as can be. There are not that many tournaments where you can win a million bucks. I think the Main Event fields, all of the ones I’ve been to, have been really really good. I expect this one to be just as good.” Having only been to Barcelona once before, Leah is looking forward to getting a second shot at experiencing Spain's capital. “It’s a beautiful city from what I remember and I look forward to checking it out even more and maybe catching some beach time. The weather should be a lot nicer than Canada.” Including catching some time at the beach, he’s hoping that it will be in Barcelona that he catches a cash that put him over $7 million in lifetime earnings, something he’s less than $10,000 away from achieving. “How about I just try to get right to $8 million,” Leah joked. If he’s in the top three of MILLIONS Barcelona, he’ll do just that. Poker fans around the world can follow the MILLIONS Grand Final action from the comfort of their couch by signing up for Mypartypokerlive.com account. You'll get exclusive access to live updates, photos and the live stream. 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  11. The award-winning partypoker LIVE MILLIONS wraps up its inaugural season next month with the MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona. For nine days, beginning on April 7, the partypoker LIVE tour sets up shop at Casino Barcelona for nine action-packed events headlined by the €10,300 Main Event that carries a €10,000,000 guarantee. €23,000,000 Up For Grabs The MILLIONS Grand Final is one of the most ambitious stops of partypoker LIVE’s first season. Over the course of nine events, players will vie for a piece of the €23,000,000 (~$28,500,000 US) in guarantees. There are four Super High Rollers on the schedule including two €25,000, a €50,000 and the €100,000 Super High Roller - each of which is guaranteed for €2 million. For those players who want in on the action, but at a more manageable buy-in, the slate includes a pair of €1,000 tournaments, each holding their own €1 million guarantee. €10 Million Main Event Not to be missed though is the Main Event. Billed as Europe’s largest ever guaranteed tournament, the €10,000 buy-in carries with it a massive €10 million guarantee. Also promised, the top three finishers in the tournament will all walk away with at least €1,000,000 in earnings. In order to hit that lofty guarantee, the tournament will have to have no fewer than 1,000 runners either buy-in or qualify for the event. To that end, the tour is doing all they can to give players a path to taking their seat. There are four starting flights for the tournaments. Day 1A and Day 1B both take place on April 11 with the next two flights taking place the following day. Should a player go bust, they can re-enter once per flight as well as play multiple starting days with the largest stack earned moving forward. partypoker has also provided plenty of opportunities for players to win their way into the Main Event as there are five mega satellites that will take place at Casino Barcelona leading up to the Main Event. Additionally, players can qualify online for the live event. The structure of the event is similar to the Main Event of MILLIONS Germany with 40-minute levels on Day 1 and 1,000,000 in starting chips. Players can’t rest too comfortably though as the blinds start at a hefty 5k/10k with a 5k ante ensuring that even with 1 million in chips, the action will move quickly from the start of the first level. From Day 2 forward the structure slows down, offering 60 minute levels all the way until the beginning of heads-up play when the levels regress to 30 minutes. How to Follow The Action From daily live updates to the final table live stream, Mypartypokerlive.com will cover the event from start to finish. Sign-up for a Mypartypokerlive.com account to be able to follow the action and you'll also get a free $22 tournament ticket into your partypoker account. Forcing The Hand of History Throughout the entire first season of the partypoker LIVE tour, the company has been promoting their events through ambitious guarantees. While everyone will remember Viktor Blom’s courageous call to seal the victory of the MILLIONS Germany Main Event, from a business side - the €5 million guarantee was missed by roughly €150,000. That’s not a massive misstep by any means, but backing that up with a tournament that doubles both the guarantee and the buy-in is not exactly playing it safe. But partypoker has announced that they aren’t looking to “play it safe.” partypoker’s new ALL-IN campaign, which features new software, a new robust online tournament schedule and the end of the year $20,000,000 guaranteed MILLIONS online tournament, could really be bolstered should the company find a way to crush the MILLION Grand Final Main Event guarantee. Helping them no doubt will be their ever-expanding stable of pros including Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, Isaac Haxton, Jason Koon, Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao, Kristen Bicknell, Sam Trickett and Fedor Holz, many of whom will likely be on hand to help welcome players and battle them on the felt. The Big Game Once again, partypoker is also bringing their high stakes cash game, The Big Game, with them to Barcelona. In addition to the 24/7 cash offerings of the casino, the tour will feature a streaming high stakes cash game featuring some of the games biggest names. All of the action begins on April 7 with the €1,000 Opening Event with a €1,000,000 guarantee and wraps up nine days later on April 15 with the conclusion of the Main Event.
  12. For the last 10 days the poker world has had its attention on the city of Barcelona as the first partypoker LIVE season came to a conclusion with the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final. The final table played out on Sunday with some of the most dominant tournament players in the world battling it out for one of three seven-figure scores and in the end it was Canadian Pascal Lefrancois that overcame a stacked final table to walk away with €1.7 million and yet another major title. With four players holding over 100 big blinds at the start of the day, it took 4.5 hours before the first bustout. Down to just about eight big blinds, Thomas Boivin moved all in from UTG and Stephen Chidwick called from the small blind. Boivin showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] and needed some help after seeing Chidwick tabled [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"] flop gave him a couple of extra outs, but the [poker card="6c"] turn and [poker card="td"] river were both bricks and Boivin was out in eighth place. It took just a couple of minutes for the next elimination. Davidi Kitai, who came into the final table with the chance to be the first person to own a World Series of Poker bracelet, a World Poker Tour title, a European Poker Tour championship and a partypoker MILLIONS victory, moved his seven big blind stack all in from UTG and Diogo Veiga called from the small blind. Kitai showed [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"] and got great news when Veiga showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"] but the [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"] flop changed everything. Kitai was unable to catch up after the [poker card="8d"] turn or [poker card="td"] river and was out in seventh place. Veiga's night didn't last much longer. An hour after taking out Kitai, Veiga found himself on the bad side of a clash with Chidwick. After Chidwick raised to 10,000,000 from the cutoff, Veiga re-raised to 39,000,000 from the small blind. Chidwick called and the two players saw the [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3d"] flop. Veiga checked, Chidwick bet 20,000,000 and Veiga moved all in for 84,000,000 more. Chidwick called and showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="3c"] for top and bottom pair while Chidwick was behind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] keeping Veiga ahead but the [poker card="js"] river paired the board and gave Chidwick the pot, eliminating Veiga in sixth. Jan-Eric Schwippert started the day third in chips, but was unable to weather the storm and fell victim to Adam Owen a number of times before seeing Owen send him off for good. From the cutoff, Owen raised to to 16,000,000 before Schwippert moved all in for 136,000,000 from the big blind. Owen called and showed [poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"] which put him ahead of Schwippert's [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="jh"][poker card="qs"] and Schwippert was eliminated. The final four players battled for another two hours before the next player was sent packing. Action folded to Dominik Nitsche in the small blind and he moved all in for 71,000,000 and Lefrancois called from the big blind. Nitsche found himself slightly ahead with [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"] over Lefrancois' [poker card="kd"][poker card="3c"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"] flop was harmless, but the [poker card="5c"] turn gave Lefrancois an open-ended straight draw. Nitsche could only shake his head and pack up his things as the [poker card="ac"] river completed the draw to eliminate him in fourth place. Ten minutes later, Chidwick suffered a similar fate. Lefrancois called from the button, Owen folded the small blind and Chidwick moved all in from the big blind for 94,000,000. Lefrancois called and showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] which put him behind Chidwick's [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] flop moved Lefrancois into the lead and he maintained that position after the [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="8c"] river to bust Chidwick in third. Heads-up play began with Lefrancois holding 65% of the chips in play. Over the first 45 minutes of heads-up play, Owen chipped away at the lead and eventually took the lead for himself only to see Lefrancois return the favor before putting an end to the tournament. Owen raised to 38,000,000 and Lefrancois responded by three-betting to 105,000,000. Owen continued to apply pressure and moved all in for 451,000,000 and Lefrancois called. Owen turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"] but grimaced as Lefrancois had him out-pipped with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] flop gave Owen some hope, but the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river offered no relief and gave Lefrancois the final pot of the tournament, the MILLIONS Grand Final title and a cool €1.7 million to with it all. Final Table Payouts Pascal Lefrancois - €1,700,000 Adam Owen -€1,300,000 Stephen Chidwick - €1,000,000 Dominik Nitsche - €800,000 Jan-Eric Schwippert - €602,500 Diogo Veiga - €450,000 Davidi Kitai - €325,000 Thomas Boivin - €225,000
  13. The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS series found success in Punta Cana last November with a field of 1,061 in the Caribbean Poker Party $5 million guaranteed Main Event. This year, the Party moves from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to Baha Mar in Nassau, the Bahamas for a $5,300 buy-in $10 million guaranteed tournament. An expected field of at least 2,000 runners means plenty of qualifiers at the satellite level. partypoker has introduced the "centroll" satellites in the hopes of bringing in as many players as possible by the time the Party gets started on November 9. The centrolls start at $0.50 for the Caribbean Poker Party. Qualifiers are running now on partypoker and remain in action all the way to the lead up to the event on a daily basis. Each $0.50 satellite carries a five-seat guarantee into the $22 quarterfinals which are also running each and every day. The $0.50 openers carry a hyper turbo structure of three-minute blind levels. Instead of directly winning seats into the next step on the qualification ladder, players bring their stacks through to whatever stage comes next. For the $22 quarterfinals, all players "bag" their largest stack after the end of Level 21 for the $109 semifinals. The semifinals are in action on a daily basis, as well. Both the quarterfinals and semifinals have five-minute blind rotations. The semifinals are the penultimate stage of the $1,050 Live final. Players are required in this round to reach the end of Level 24. The finals do not run on a daily basis and players are therefore allowed to play multiple semifinals bring their best stack forward into the last qualifier. Caribbean Poker Party finals award approximately one seat for every ten entrants for the $12,000 package. The full deal includes a $5,300 buy-in into the Caribbean Poker Party, a nine-night stay at the Baha Mar resort, $1,000 resort credit and $2,000 in travel expenses. Blind levels are 12-minutes each for the finals and late registration is available for 12 levels. The finals are up and running every Sunday on partypoker.com and each final has a guarantee of 10 packages to be given away. Expect to see the New Jersey market involved once again in the qualifying process. partypokerNJ is sending over 30 players to partypoker MILLIONS North America in Montreal including New Jersey online player Dan DiZenzo. The road toward qualifying for one of the best tournaments of the year starts at less than a dollar on partypoker.com. With a four-figure field in play, expect to see a few satellite winners make some noise during the event.
  14. The partypoker MILLIONS keeps making promises that their live tour is going to raise the bar for live poker events around the world. They proved it this week in Montreal with the partypoker MILLIONS North America event paying out three seven-figure scores in the Main Event alone and at the end of it all Taylor Black was standing tall with a career-best score and his first major title. Tommy Nguyen raised to 12,000,000 from UTG+1 before Black raised to 35,000,000 from the hijack. The flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"] and both players checked. After the [poker card="8c"] turn, Nguyen bet 27,000,000 and Black called. The river was the [poker card="6s"], Nguyen checked, Black moved all in and Nguyen called all in. Black showed [poker card="jd"][poker card="8s"] for trip eights while Nguyen turned over [poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"] for a rivered two pair and was eliminated in eighth place. Black only had a supporting role in the next elimination just 38 minutes later. Black raised to 15,000,000 from UTG, Anthony Ruberto called from UTG+1 before George Lagos moved all in for 85,000,000 from the small blind. Black tossed his cards into the muck, but Ruberto called and showed [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] which put him ahead of Lagos' [poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Lagos a flush draw which the [poker card="8d"] turn completed. The river was the [poker card="3d"] though, giving Ruberto a better flush and sending Lagos home in seventh. Just 40 minutes later, Black went back to work in sending players home. Demosthenes Kiriopoulos moved all in for 59,000,000 from UTG and Black called from the cutoff. Kiriopoulos showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="2s"] while Black was ahead with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="6c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"] flop produced no relief for Kiriopoulos. Neither did the [poker card="8c"] turn or [poker card="9d"] river and he was eliminated in sixth place. Nearly two hours passed before another player was sent packing. Markus Prinz limped from UTG for 10,000,000, Charles La Boissonniere moved all in from the cutoff for 147,000,000 and Ruberto moved all in over the top of everybody for 555,000,000 and Prinz folded. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3d"] to end La Boissonniere's run in fifth. Prinz's tournament ended just a few minutes later in a blind vs. battle scenario. Action folded to Prinz in the small blind and he moved all in for 158,000,000 and Darryll Fish called from the big blind. Prinz showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] but got bad news when Fish happily showed [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"] and then could only watch helplessly as the [poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2d"] runout did nothing to save him. The final three players were all guaranteed at least $1 million CAD and it took just over an hour to go from three to two remaining players. Ruberto raised to 25,000,000 from the button, Fish folded the small blind, but Black made it 85,000,000 to go and Ruberto called. Black then checked after the [poker card="jh"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4d"] flop, allowing Ruberto to bet 25,000,000. Black re-raised to 135,000,000 and Ruberto called. The turn was the [poker card="8c"] and Black check-called after Ruberto moved all in for 439,000,000. Black showed [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] for top set while Ruberto had just ace-high with [poker card="ac"][poker card="7h"]. Black started heads-up play with a nearly 4-1 lead over Fish but that didn't stop the former WPT champion from attempting to mount a comeback. Over the three hours and 20 minutes of one-on-one play, Fish did briefly take the lead but Black erased that deficit quickly and eventually eliminated Fish. On the final hand of the night, Fish made it 45,000,000 from the button and Black re-raised to 140,000,000 and Fish called. After the [poker card="9d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"] flop, Black fired out a bet of 130,000,000 and Fish moved all in for 354,000,000. Black called and quickly turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"] while Fish showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"] for top pair. The [poker card="6s"] turn took away Fish's draw to two pair. The [poker card="qh"] river cruelly gave Fish two pair but eliminated him in second place giving Black the first major win of his poker career. Final Table Payouts Taylor Black - $1,400,000 CAD Darryll Fish - $1,200,000 CAD Anthony Ruberto - $1,000,000 CAD Markus Prinz - $800,000 CAD Charles La Boissonniere - $600,000 CAD Demosthenes Kiriopoulos - $400,000 CAD George Lagos - $302,500 CAD Tommy Nguyen - $215,000 CAD
  15. The first partypoker MILLIONS LIVE event in the post-World Series of Poker calendar portion of the year goes to Sochi, Russia. 690m in Rubles ($10.95m USD) is guaranteed to the series prize pools that includes a 300m RUB ($4.75m USD) guaranteed Main Event. A total of 13 events are on the schedule with buy-ins ranging from 66,000 RUB up to 6 million RUB. Dmitry Chop won the first edition of the partypoker MILLIONS in Russia. The $1,100 USD event attracted 1,170 entries to break the $1 million USD guarantee and Chop took home the largest percentage of the prize pool thanks to his $225,000 victory. partypoker's tradition of online and live flights for their Main Events holds to form in Russia. Three live Day 1s and an online Day 1 on August 5 dot the schedule. Live Day 1A starts on August 7 and plays for eight 60-minute levels with the traditional starting stack of 1 million chips. Players are incentivized to use PP LIVE $$$ to buy-in into the Main Event. Any player who enters using that method among the first 100 is entered into a last longer funded by partypoker. The final player standing among those who enter using PP LIVE $$$ wins an additional $100,000 on top of their original payout. Other primary events on the schedule include the 66,000 RUB partypoker Open, 3 million RUB Triton High Roller and the 6 million RUB Triton Super High Roller. Triton is currently in Jeju, South Korea for the latest edition of the Triton Super High Roller Series. Short Deck poker is sweeping the poker world thanks to the use in the Triton Series. No news is available yet on whether or not the Triton events in Sochi will use the popular format. The full series runs from August 3 until August 14. Date Event # Local Starting Time Event Buy-in (RUB) August 3 1 17:00 Turbo Bounty 39,600 ₽ August 4 2 12:00 partypoker Open Day 1A 66,000 ₽ August 4 2 17:00 partypoker Open Day 1B 66,000 ₽ August 5 2 12:00 partypoker Open Day 1C 66,000 ₽ August 5 2 17:00 partypoker Open Day 1D 66,000 ₽ August 5 3 21:00 Main Event - Online - Day 1 318,000 ₽ August 6 2 10:00 partypoker Open Day 1E 66,000 ₽ August 6 4 21:00 Turbo Bounty 66,000 ₽ August 7 3 12:00 Main Event - Day 1A 318,000 ₽ August 7 5 17:00 Triton Poker High Roller Day 1 3,000,000 ₽ August 7 6 22:00 Hyper Turbo Deep Stack 33,000 ₽ August 8 3 12:00 Main Event - Day 1B 318,000 ₽ August 8 7 17:00 Triton Poker Super High Roller Day 1 6,000,000 ₽ August 9 3 12:00 Main Event - Day 1C 318,000 ₽ August 10 8 12:30 Finale - Day 1A 33,000 ₽ August 10 8 17:00 Finale - Day 1B 33,000 ₽ August 11 8 12:00 Finale - Day 1C 33,000 ₽ August 11 9 15:00 High Roller - Day 1 618,000 ₽ August 11 8 17:00 Finale - Day 1D 33,000 ₽ August 12 10 18:00 Russian Poker Championship - Day 1A 66,000 ₽ August 12 11 20:00 Turbo Bounty 39,600 ₽ August 13 10 12:00 Russian Poker Championship - Day 1B 66,000 ₽ August 13 12 14:00 Pot Limit Omaha 66,000 ₽ August 13 13 20:00 Turbo Deep Stack 33,000 ₽ August 14 14 18:00 Turbo Bounty 33,000 ₽
  16. The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK festival is ramping up as the tour stops at the Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham from September 29 through October 7. The 9-day festival features five major events, a £5 million Main Event ($6.5 million USD) and a total of £8.5 million in total guaranteed prize pools over the course of the week. A MILLIONS Main The partypoker MILLIONS Main Event continues to be one of the biggest draws in live poker. The structure features three starting flights, the ability for a single re-entry per day, and the option to build a larger stack on multiple days. While the tournament's structure and flexibility are enjoyed by players, it's really the prize pool that has poker professionals traveling from all over the world to play. It's big enough to change someone's life and make them a millionaire. In addition to the Main Event, the festival will again bring out the high roller crowd with both a £25,000 and a £10,000 high roller event. Then bookending the entire affair is a £1,100 and a £550 allowing players on more of a budget to get in on the action. Looking Back It’s been over a year since the official partypoker MILLIONS tournament was last held at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn but it is not an event that was soon forgotten. The poker world watched as Argentia’s Maria Lampropulos dramatically won her first million-dollar score in a star-making performance. She battled through a tough final table field that included US Poker Open Champion Stephen Chidwick and local favorite, runner-up Jacob Mulhern. Mulhern was playing in the biggest tournament of his career and, like Lampropulous, went on to earn a career-high cash of over $815,000. Season Two Success partypoker MILLIONS UK hopes to continues the successes seen thus far in Season 2. The first event of the official second season took place in April with the MILLIONS North America event. Taking place at the popular Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada the Main Event event offered over a $7.5 million prize pool, the bulk of which was won by Taylor Black who took home a career-high cash of $1,093,425. August in Sochi, Russia saw 692 players enter the Main Event helping create a prize pool of over $4.5 million. partypoker watched as their own ambassador Anatoly Filatov rose to the occasion and, in his home country, won the $944,000 first place prize. Though both events brought out large fields, both events also had a small amount of overlay as partypoker has continued their commitment to trying to grow their brand with large, player-friendly guarantees. The $100K Last Longer The first 100 players who register for the MILLIONS UK Main Event using their own PP LIVE $$$ will be entered into a last longer for the tournament, the winner of which will win an extra $100,00. The proprietary currency is won online in partypoker satellites and can be used for a variety of tournament expenses including the buy-in, lodging, and travel. Win And You're In The number of qualifiers, both live and online, is what continues to make MILLIONS events a great value. Up to 170 seats will be guaranteed in live satellites at Dusk Till Dawn Nottingham. Also, players can grind online for a seat into the tournament starting for as little as $3.30. Complete partypoker MILLIONS Schedule DATE START LATE REG # EVENT BUY-IN GUARANTEE Sep. 29 12:00 16:30 #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 1A £1,000+£100 £1,000,000 Sep. 29 17:00 23:45 #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 1B £1,000+£100 £1,000,000 Sept. 29 19:00 22:00 - Mega Satellite: 10 x Day 1A Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Sept. 30 12:00 16:30 #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 1C £1,000+£100 £1,000,000 Sept. 30 17:00 23:45 #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 1D £1,000+£100 £1,000,000 Sept. 30 19:00 22:00 - Mega Satellite: 20 x Day 1A Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Sept. 30 21:00 Day 2 16:30 #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Online Day 1 £5,000+£300 £5,000,000 Oct. 1 12:00 Day 2 16:30 #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 1A £5,000+£300 £5,000,000 Oct. 1 10:00 13:15 #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 1E Turbo £1,000+£100 £1,000,000 Oct. 1 14:00 17:00 - Mega Satellite: 30 x Day 1B Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Oct. 1 15:00 - #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 2 - £1,000,000 Oct. 1 17:00 Day 2 15:15 #3 MILLIONS UK Super High Roller Day 1 £25,000+£500 £1,000,000 Oct. 1 19:00 22:00 - Mega Satellite: 30 x Day 1B Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Oct. 2 12:00 Day 2 16:30 #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 1B £5,000+£300 £5,000,000 Oct. 2 12:00 - #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 3 - £1,000,000 Oct. 2 13:00 15:15 #3 MILLIONS UK Super High Roller Final Day £25,000+£500 £1,000,000 Oct. 2 14:00 17:00 - Mega Satellite: 30 x Day 1C Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Oct. 2 19:00 22:00 - Mega Satellite: 30 x Day 1C Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Oct. 3 12:00 Day 2 16:30 #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 1C £5,000+£300 £5,000,000 Oct. 3 12:00 - #1 MILLIONS UK Open Final Table - £1,000,000 Oct. 3 14:00 17:00 - Mega Satellite: 10 x Day 2 Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Oct. 3 19:00 22:00 - Mega Satellite: 10 x Day 2 Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Oct. 4 12:00 16:30 #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 2 £5,000+£300 £5,000,000 Oct. 4 17:00 22:30 #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Day 1A £500+£50 £500,000 Oct. 5 12:00 - #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 3 - £5,000,000 Oct. 5 12:00 16:30 #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Day 1B £500+£50 £500,000 Oct. 5 13:00 Day 2 17:30 #5 MILLIONS UK High Roller Day 1 £10,000+£300 £1,000,000 Oct. 5 17:00 22:30 #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Day 1C £500+£50 £500,000 Oct. 6 12:00 - #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 4 - £5,000,000 Oct. 6 12:00 16:30 #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Day 1D £500+£50 £500,000 Oct. 6 13:00 17:30 #5 MILLIONS UK High Roller Day 2 £10,000+£300 £1,000,000 Oct. 6 17:00 22:30 #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Day 1E £500+£50 £500,000 Oct. 7 10:00 12:10 #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Day 1F £500+£50 £500,000 Oct. 7 12:00 - #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Final Day - £5,000,000 Oct. 7 14:00 - #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Final Day (6 Max) - £500,000 Oct. 7 13:00 - #5 MILLIONS UK High Roller Final Day - £1,000,000
  17. Steve ‘MrTimCaum’ O’Dwyer earned himself another huge payday on Tuesday when he took down the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £25,000 Super High Roller for £450,000. O’Dwyer topped a field of 51 entries to score another trophy for his case and move to more than $24 million in career live tournament earnings. O’Dwyer’s 2018 may be flying under the radar, as a lot of other players grab headlines, but he’s been no slouch on the felt this year with more than $4 million in live tournament earnings following this victory. It’s his eighth six-figure cash of the year and fourth of more than $500,000. What’s more is that O’Dwyer’s victory in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £25,000 Super High Roller comes almost immediately after he wrapped up excellent performances in the 2018 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and partypoker POWERFEST. In WCOOP, O’Dwyer won his first WCOOP title when he took down Event-57-H ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max) for a $227,101 first-place prize. In the POWERFEST series, O’Dwyer took down Event #123 Super High Roller Championship Event: $25,500 No Limit Hold’em for $896,610. O’Dwyer defeated Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez in heads-up play, with Gonzalez taking home £236,750. Interestingly, the event’s third-place finisher, Orpen ‘orpenkk’ Kisacikoglu, placed second to O’Dwyer when he won the POWERFEST Super High Roller Championship Event. Final Table Payouts 1. Steve O’Dwyer - £450,000 2. Fabrizio Gonzalez - £236,750 3. Orpen Kisacikoglu - £200,000 4. Christoph Vogelsang - £140,000 5. Aymon Hata - £100,000 6. Niall Farrell - £60,000 The top six places were set to finish in the money, and it was a notable face in 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess eliminated on the bubble. Riess was short, with only four big blinds in his stack, and moved all in with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"]. He was called in two spots - Niall 'firaldo87' Farrell with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="9c"] and Aymon Hata with the [poker card="as"][poker card="2s"]. The board ran out [poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c][poker card="6c"][poker card="5d"] to bust Riess. In the money, O’Dwyer was fourth in chips but quickly scored a double up to take the chip lead. O’Dwyer doubled through Farrell, who then busted in sixth place. After that, O’Dwyer knocked out Haha in fifth. O’Dwyer also busted Christoph Vogelsang in fourth place when his [poker card="As][poker card="kh"] came from behind against Vogelsang’s two kings thanks to an ace on the flop. O’Dwyer also came from behind when he spiked an ace with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"] against the pocket jacks for Kisacikoglu to knock Kisacikoglu out in third. O’Dwyer took a massive lead into heads-up play, with more than 45 million to Gonzalez’s 6.25 million. From there, he made quick work of Gonzalez to seal the deal. On the final hand, it was O’Dwyer coming from behind once again. He jammed with the [poker card="jd"][poker card="9h"] against Gonzalez, who had just seven big blinds in his stack. Gonzalez picked up a dream hand with pocket aces, but the [poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9s"][poker card="js"][poker card="qc"] board gave O’Dwyer a full house and the victory. As the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK rolls on, stay tuned to PocketFives.com for more coverage. We’ll be recapping the £5,300 Main Event and £10,300 High Roller later this week. Photo courtesy of My partypoker LIVE.
  18. Just days after winning the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £25,000 Super High Roller for £450,000, Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer won first place in the series’ £10,000 High Roller. In this one, O'Dwyer bested a field of 105 entries and took home a first-place payday of £314,000. The combined haul from the two events saw O’Dwyer win £764,000. Final Table Payouts 1. Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer - £314,000 2. Gianluca Speranza - £193,000 3. Preben Stokkan - £129,000 4. Dominik Nitsche - £95,000 5. Michael Zhang - £75,000 6. Chris Brammer - £60,000 7. Joao Vieira - £45,000 8. Anthony Elliott - £35,000 9. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez - £27,500 The three-day partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK High Roller began Friday and entering Sunday’s final day of action, 13 remained with O’Dwyer atop them all. Anton Wigg was the first player to bust on the final day, falling in 13th placard putting the tournament on the money bubble. Shortly thereafter, Mustapha Kanit was eliminated at the hands of Dominik Nitsche to send the remaining 11 players into the money. Juan Pardo Dominguez busted first in the money in 11th place, then Adrian Mateos went out 10th. The final nine then joined to one table before Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, the players O'Dwyer defeated in heads-up play in the £25,000 Super High Roller, busted in ninth. Anthony Elliott went out to Nitsche in eighth place, Joao Vieira and Chris Brammer busted to Michael Zhang in seventh and sixth places, respectively, and then Zhang went out in fifth. On Zhang's bust, he ran the [poker card="As"][poker card="Js"] into the pocket kings of O'Dwyer and couldn't pull out the win. O'Dwyer kept his foot on the gas in four-handed play before he knocked out Nitshce in fourth. This time it was pocket aces doing the trick for O’Dwyer, as he sent Nitshce packing with the [poker card="As"][poker card="2d"]. In the clash that saw third-place finisher Preben Stokkan hit the rail, O'Dwyer held another big hand -- the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"]. He was up against Stokkan's [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jc"] but turned a king to score the elimination. That left O'Dwyer and Speranza to battle for the £314,000 top prize and the title. Both had already locked up £193,000 in prize money, and O’Dwyer took the lead into the final duel with 69.575 million in chips to Speranza's 35.45 million. O'Dwyer chipped away early and had Speranza on the ropes with less than 10 big blinds. Eventually, O'Dwyer moved all in and Speranza felt he had no choice but to take a stand. Speranza didn’t have much with the [poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"], but things only looked grimmer when O'Dwyer tabled pocket aces once again. Speranza flopped a pair of threes, but it wasn’t enough as the board ran out [poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="Qs"]. The victory was another impressive score for O'Dwyer in 2018, who now has more than $4.5 million in live tournament earnings won on the year. The result was also his ninth six-figure live score of the year. As if his 2018 live tournament results aren’t enough jaw-dropping figures for your next great bar debate, O'Dwyer recently won his first PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title for $227,101 and took down Event #123 Super High Roller Championship Event: $25,500 No Limit Hold’em in the partypoker POWERFEST series for $896,610. Photo courtesy of My partypoker LIVE.
  19. On Sunday, Ioannis Angelou-Konstas topped won the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event for a whopping £940,000. Despite entering the final day with the chip lead, the road to the winner’s circle wasn’t an easy one for Angelou-Konstas, who had to defeated a field of 1,015 entries and top a final table that included Alex Foxen, Tom 'Jabracada' Hall, and Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton, among others. The victory proved by far the largest of Angelou-Konstas’ career, as previously the Greek player with two WPTDeepStacks titles had $874,921 in live tournament earnings. Angelou-Konstas defeated Foxen in heads-up play to claim the title. Angelou-Konstas took out Antoine Labat in third place and entered heads-up play with a lead of 880 million in chips to Foxen’s 132 million. After a double up by Foxen, the two struck a deal that saw Angelou-Konstas take £840,000 and Foxen £720,000, with £100,000 left to play for. Shortly thereafter, the two got the money in on what would be the final hand. According to reporting on partypokerlive.com, Foxen raised and Angelou-Konstas called to see the flop come down [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4c"]. Angelou-Konstas checked, Foxen bet 13 million, and Angelou-Konstas called to see the [poker card="3h"] on the turn. Both players checked and the river was the[poker card="Ts"]. Angelou-Konstas checked, Foxen bet 46 million, and then Angelou-Konstas check-raised all in to put Foxen all in. Foxen tanked for a bit, then called. When Angelou-Konstas turned up the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jh"], Foxen saw the bad news and was eliminated holding the [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"]. Final Table Payouts 1. Ioannis Angelou-Konstas - £940,000* 2. Alex Foxen - £720,000* 3. Antoine Labat - £440,000 4. Tom 'Jabracada' Hall - £300,000 5. Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton - £205,850 6. Michael 'Miw210' Wang - £140,000 7. John Haigh - £100,000 8. Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney - £70,000 9. Ryan Riess - £50,000 *Denotes a heads-up deal. Ryan Riess, winner of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event and recent "bubble boy" in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £25,000 Super High Roller, busted first at the final table in ninth place. Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney was next out the door in eighth, and then John Haigh was knocked out in seventh. Both O’Kearney and Haigh were eliminated in three-way pots. Michael 'Miw210' Wang went out in sixth place for £140,000. He was busted at the hands of Angelou-Konstas, who shoved the river of an [poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ts"] board holding pocket aces. Wang tank-called with the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="7d"] to try and pick off Angelou-Konstas, but he was eliminated instead. Next out was Grafton in fifth place, who was also busted by Angelou-Konstas. Angelou-Konstas then sent Hall packing in fourth place when his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"] held up against the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"] for Hall. Falling in third place was Labat, also busted by Angelou-Konstas, and that set up the heads-up battle between Angelou-Konstas and Foxen. As previously mentioned, the final two players struck a deal before Angelou-Konstas went on to earn the title. With the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £5,300 Main Event attracting 1,015 entries, the top 127 places were set to reach the money. A few of the notables to finish in the money included Patrick 'Pleno1' Leonard (23rd - £25,000), Max Silver (42nd - £17,500), Maria Lampropulos (53rd - £15,000), and Tom Middleton (79th - £12,500). Photo courtesy of My partypoker LIVE.
  20. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. In this week's episode Lance and Donnie recap all of the action from partypoker MILLIONS UK, including Steve O'Dwyer's two wins and Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong's strange comments in the aftermath of the festival. They also discuss Chris Moneymaker's NJCOOP wins , Haralabos Voulgaris' new job with the Dallas Mavericks, Shaun Deeb's decision to chase World Series of Poker Player of the Year and wrap up the show by lamenting the lack of marketing and promotion from the WSOP in regards to some of their marquee events. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  21. Poker action on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean came into focus throughout October. Another edition of WSOP Europe got underway - but didn't finish - in Rozvadov, Czech while some of the best online players in New Jersey were busy chasing down NJCOOP titles. Steve O'Dwyer Picks Up $1M With Two Tournament Wins It could be argued that nobody had a better October than Steve O'Dwyer. He traveled to Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK and beat 51 and 105 players in back-to-back tournaments to win $407,734 and $592,448 respectively. The two wins came one month after O'Dwyer picked up PokerStars WCOOP and partypoker Powerfest wins. READ: Steve O’Dwyer Wins partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Super High Roller for £450,000 READ: Steve O’Dwyer Wins Again; Captures partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK High Roller Title Haralabos Voulgaris Takes Job Alongside Mark Cuban Haralabos Voulgaris has a cult-like following in the poker world. Once a regular in World Poker Tour events, Voulgaris is now more known for his deep understanding of NBA analytics. While Voulgaris was one of the most successful NBA bettors of all time thanks to his application of those analytics, Voulgaris had been able to resist overtures from NBA teams looking to bring him on board. That all changed in October when Mark Cuban came calling. READ: NBA’s Dallas Mavericks Hire Haralabos Voulgaris New Jersey Grinders Shine in NJCOOP The NJCOOP prize pools don't yet compare to their WCOOP or SCOOP counterparts, but for New Jersey online poker players, it's a must-play series. Some of the best players in the Garden State shined brightest during the 10-day series. Anthony Maio, fresh off of a sixth place finish in the WPT Borgata Poker Open, won the Moneymaker Tour Online event to win a $30,000 Platinum Pass. The man that tour was named for also managed to put on a show of his own during NJCOOP, picking up two titles. READ: NJCOOP: Chris Moneymaker KO’s The Competition, Wins Event 14 READ: NJCOOP: Moneymaker Does It Again, Takes The Title In 8-Game Mix The series wrapped up with Ryan Hohner winning the Main Event for a little more than $28,000. READ: NJCOOP: Anthony Maio Grabs Platinum Pass with Moneymaker Tour Win READ: NJCOOP: Ryan ‘ISlowRollYou’ Hohner Takes Down Main Event for $28K 'Girafganger7' Still Enjoying the Chase One of online poker's most well-respected MTT grinders, 'Girafganger7' is far from being stressed out by the daily grind. Just the opposite in fact. He's still in love with the game and believes that the dream of being a top pro is still alive for anybody that wants to put the work in. READ: The Poker Dream is Still Very Much Alive For ‘Girafganger7’ WSOP Europe Kicks Off - Nine Bracelets Before the Main King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic might be in the middle of nowhere, but for a little more than three weeks in October, it was also the center of the poker universe. WSOP Europe 2018 had 10 bracelet events on the schedule and nine of them concluded in October while the Main Event carried on into November. The biggest win of the nine came from poker bad boy Martin Kabrhel. The Czech picked up €2,624,340 after beating David Peters heads-up in the €100,000 Super High Roller event. READ: WSOP Europe: Tamir Segal Wins Colossus for €203,820 READ: WSOP Europe: Asi Moshe Wins €82,280 and Second Bracelet in NL Deepstack READ: WSOP Europe: Hanh Tran Earns Second Bracelet, €59,623 In PLO READ: WSOP Europe: Ukraine’s Mykhailo Gutyi Wins Bounty Hunter For €61,299 READ: WSOP Europe: Timur Margolin Wins Second Bracelet In Monster Stack READ: WSOP Europe: Norbert Szecsi Denies Shaun Deeb, Wins PLO/NLHE Mix READ: WSOP Europe: Hong Kong’s Anson Tsang Wins Bracelet, €91K In PLO READ: WSOP Europe: Michael Addamo Conquers €25K Super High Roller READ: WSOP Europe: Martin Kabrhel Wins €100,000 Super High Roller  
  22. Six days of poker in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil culminated in an 11-hour final table on Sunday night as American Marty Mathis overcame one of Brazil's top-ranked online players in Bruno Volkmann to win the partypoker MILLIONS South America Main Event for $774,500. One time Brazilian Series of Poker Sao Paulo and PokerStars Sunday Millions champion Caio Hey began the final table on the short stack and he was not able to make a major pay jump. Samuel Gagnon raised from the hijack with the [poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"] and Hey looked down at the [poker card="2h"][poker card="2d"] in the small blind and three-bet shipped his short stack. Gagnon called and Hey needed help to stay alive. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="qc"][poker card="7h"] giving Gagnon a set and before the turn even hit Hey began saying his goodbyes. The board completed with the [poker card="4h"] and the [poker card="9c"] as Hey made his way to the cashier to receive his $255,936 sixth place prize. It took another hour and a half of action before the next player hit the rail. After a cutoff raise from Volkmann, the surging Mathis called from the button with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. Vlada Stojanovic then shipped his short stack from the big blind holding [poker card="ts"][poker card="tc"]. Volkmann got out of the way and Mathis quickly called. The flop came [poker card="3h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="qd"] giving Mathis the nut flush draw to go with his two over cards. Stojanovic’s tens couldn’t hold as the [poker card="9h"] arrived on the turn, effectively ending the hand. Serbia’s Stojanovic picked up a career-high cash of $307,123 for his fifth place finish. Four-handed play lasted for almost four hours before Volkmann found yet another victim. With blinds of 1,000,000/2,000,000, Gagnon raised to 4,500,000 from UTG with [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"] and Volkmann called from the button with [poker card="4c"][poker card="4s"]. The flop came [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3h"] and Gagnon checked and then called after Volkmann bet 5,500,000. The turn was the [poker card="4h"] and Gagnon checked again. Volkmann bet 12,500,000 and Gagnon called again. After the [poker card="kc"] river, Gagnon checked and Volkmann moved all in. Gagnon took some before calling all in only to see Volkmann show his turned set. Gagnon was out in fourth place for $370,000. Following Gagnon’s elimination, the three remaining players came to terms on a deal. Volkmann, who had nearly half the chips in play at this point, ended up with the biggest cut, taking home $687,500. Mathis earned Mathis $662,500 and Matas Cimbolas pocketed $558,000 with an additional $212,000 going to the eventual champion. Just 20 minutes later, Cimbolas was sent to the rail. Cimbolas raised to 5,000,000 from the button, Volkmann folded the small blind and Mathis defended his big blind. The flop came [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="5s"]. Mathis check-raised Cimbolas' bet of 4,000,000 to 11,100,000 and Cimbolas called. The turn was the [poker card="9s"] and Mathis bet 40,000,000. Cimbolas moved all in for 42,400,000 and Mathis called. Cimbolas tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="5d"] but Mathis showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"]. The meaningless river was the [poker card="9s"] and Cimbolas, who finished runner-up at a World Poker Tour event just last week, was out in third place for $R2,232,000 ($558,000). That pot gave Mathis 54.5% of the chips in play as heads up action began. A little less than an hour into heads up play, Volkmann doubled into the chip lead but in the two hours that followed, Mathis continued to work his way back into the top spot. With Volkmann down to just seven big blinds, the Brazilian moved all in with [poker card="qd"][poker card="2s"] and Mathis called with [poker card="qc"][poker card="8c"]. Volkmann couldn’t even find a chop on a [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="3d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="ts"] runout to give Mathis the title and a career-high score. Final Table Payouts Marty Mathis - $774,500 Bruno Volkmann - $687,500 Matas Cimbolas - $558,000 Samuel Gagnon - $370,000 Vlada Stojanovic - $300,000 Hey Carlos De Lima - $250,000
  23. Francois Billard has had a lot of success at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal over the course of his career, but Sunday night the Canadian poker pro put an exclamation point on all of them by winning the partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event for a career-best $715,414 score. It took just 14 hands for Kevin Rabichow, who started the day as the chip leader, to pick off one of the shorter stacks. With blinds of 800,000/1,600,000, Rabichow opened from UTG for 3,200,000 and Danick Landriault defended his big blind. After a flop of [poker card="qs"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"], Landriault check-called Rabichow's bet of 2,400,000. The [poker card="2h"] turn saw Landriault check again before Rabichow moved all in. Landriault called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="8s"] which put him behind Rabichow's [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="3c"] river was no help for Landriault and he was out in sixth. It took almost six hours before the next player was sent out. Action folded to Billard on the button and he moved all in. Alexandros Kolonias folded his small blind but Paul Fontan called all in from the big blind. Billard turned over [poker card="jc"][poker card="4c"] and Fontan showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Billard the lead and neither the [poker card="td"][ turn or [poker card="2c"] river were able to save Fontan from a fifth place result. Two hours later, Rabichow found another victim. From UTG, Rabichow raised to 7,000,000 and Kolonias called from the big blind. The flop [poker card="tc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"] flop got both players to check. Kolonias checked again after the [poker card="ts"] flop, but Rabichow bet 5,500,000 and Kolonias called. The river was the [poker card="qc"] and Kolonias checked again. Rabichow shoved all in and Kolinias called and showed [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"] but lost to Rabichow's [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] for a fourth place finish. The final three players played for a while before coming to an agreement on an ICM chop. Francois Billard - $557,278 Joni Jouhkimainen - $434,063 Kevin Rabichow - $430,848 The players agree to leave $158,003 on the table for the eventual champion. Despite the deal, the final three players played for three hours before the next elimination. After Rabichow folded his button, Jouhkimainen moved all in from the small blind and Billard called from the big blind. Jouhkimainen tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"] while Billard showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. The board ran out [poker card="8c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="7d"] to send Jouhkimainen's day in third position. Heads-up play started with Billard holding a 2.7-1 lead over Rabichow and it took just over an hour for Billard to finish him off. On the final hand, Rabichow raised to 12,000,0000 and Billard clicked back for 42,000,000. Rabichow called to see a flop of [poker card="kd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"]. Billard bet 26,000,000 and Rabichow called. The [poker card="th"] turn was good enough to get Billard to move all in and Rabichow called. Billard showed [poker card="ts"][poker card="9d"] for a turned two pair while Rabichow tabled [poker card="jh"][poker card="td"] for second pair and an open-ender. The river was the [poker card="6d"] and Billard eliminated Rabichow to win the partypoker MILLIONS Main Event. Final Table Payouts Francois Billard - $715,414 Kevin Rabichow - $430,848 Joni Jouhkimainen - $434,063 Alexandros Kolonias - $275,331 Paul Fontan - $223,241 Danick Landriault - $186,035 Ben Heath - $148,828 Ruben Perceval - $111,621
  24. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. As the 2019 World Series of Poker inches closer and closer, Lance and Donnie are amped and ready - but wait, there's a Las Vegas invasion coming this summer? The guys have all of the details on the partypoker MILLIONS Las Vegas, including discussing how the WSOP probably reacted (it involved at least one chair). They also discuss the start of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online, the Triton Cup and its impact on poker's all-time earnings list. Once again, Senior Writer Jeff Walsh jumps on the show to review, discuss and debate the latest installment of the WSOP Top 50 players list. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  25. Lukas Zaskodny might never leave King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The Czech pro has already won himself a World Series of Poker bracelet and a WSOP Circuit ring there and on Sunday he added a career-best score to his resume after he took down the partypoker MILLIONS Europe Main Event. Zaskodny started the final table third in chips, just behind Romain Lewis but well behind Charlie Carrel. It took only 15 minutes for the final table to go from eight players to seven. From UTG, Carrel raised to 3,200,000 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] only to have Rastislav Paleta make it 13,000,000 to go with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] as the next player to act. Carrel moved all in and Paleta called with his tournament life at stake. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"][poker card="jd"][poker card="3c"] runout wasn't able to bail out Paleta and he was eliminated in eighth place while Carrel increased his chip-leading stack to nearly 90 big blinds. The next three hours couldn't have gone any worse for Carrel. Josef Snejberg, Roberto Romanello, and Severin Schleser each doubled up through Carrel leaving the British poker pro as the short stack. Down to just nine big blinds, Carrel moved all in from the hijack with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"] and Snejberg called from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. The board ran out [poker card="jh"][poker card="2d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"] to end Carrel's run in seventh place. Pocket nines were responsible for the next elimination as well, this time on the other side of the winning hand. Action folded to Lewis in the cutoff and he moved all in for 45,700,000 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"] and Romanello called all in from the big blind with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"] flop more than double Lewis' outs. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] but the [poker card="ah"] gave Lewis Broadway and ended Romanello's run in sixth. Zaskodny picked up his first elimination of the final table 90 minutes later. Zaskodny opened to 11,000,000 from late position with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"] before Sam Grafton shoved for 38,600,000 from the small blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"]. Zaskodny called and then watched the dealer fan out a [poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7s"] flop to give him bottom set against Grafton's top pair and backdoor straight draw. The [poker card="5h"] turn ended Grafton's run and he exited in fifth after the [poker card="ac"] hit the river. It took an hour before the next bust out happened, and once again it was Zaskodny doing the work. Zaskodny raised from the small blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="4h"] and Severin Schleser called from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"][poker card="4s"] to give Zaskodny two pair. The Czech bet 11,500,000 and Schleser called again. The turn was the [poker card="8h"] and Zaskodny fired out a bet of 25,000,000 and Schleser responded by moving all in for 57,500,000. Zaskodny called and then sweated the river card, only to see the [poker card="jc"] complete the board and eliminate Schleser in fourth place. Just a few minutes later, the tournament went from three-handed to heads-up with an all-in preflop battle of the blinds. Zaskodny folded his button and Romain Lewis moved all in for 80,500,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"] and Snejberg called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4s"] gave Snejberg a huge lead and while the [poker card="9s"] turn helped Lewis, the [poker card="5c"] river finished him off in third place. Heads-up play started with Zaskodny holding 312,000,000 of the 504,000,000 chips in play. The two players agreed to a deal that guaranteed Zaskodny €806,770 and Snejberg €718,230 and left €100,000 and the title to play for. Play lasted for about an hour before Zaskodny put a bow on his first major title by eliminating Snejberg. Zaskodny moved all in with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"] and Snejberg called off his last 98,000,000 (12 BBs) with [poker card="as"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5d"] flop changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="5h"] turn or [poker card="6d"] river, giving Zaskodny the extra €100,000 and the victory while Snejberg was eliminated as the runner-up. Final Table Payouts Lukas Zaskodny - €906,770* Josef Snejberg - €718,230* Romain Lewis - €428,000 Severin Schleser - €300,000 Sam Grafton - €220,000 Roberto Romanello - €170,000 Charlie Carrel - €130,000 Rastislav Paleta - €100,000
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