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Partypoker Going for All the Glory with a 2018 MILLIONS Online Guarantee of $20 Million

 Partypoker Going for All the Glory with a 2018 MILLIONS Online Guarantee of $20 Million

Earlier this month, partypoker hosted its first online version of its already-popular MILLIONS event. The $ 5 million guaranteed tournament was a hit, as over one thousand players registered, generating a $ 5.1 million prize pool. Jon Van Fleet won the event, banking just over a million dollars. Players will have to wait a year for the next MILLIONS online, but their patience will be rewarded, as partypoker is quadrupling the guaranteed prize pool.

Yes, I had to re-read it at first, too. I’m not normally impressed by tournament guarantees, as they come in all sizes and we have seen plenty of them at a million dollars or more for some of the more significant online poker series. But holy hell, next year’s MILLIONS online guarantee is going to be $ 20 million? I don’t really even know how that’s possible.

The $ 20 million guaranteed MILLIONS online will run December 1st though December 4th, 2018 at partypoker and will feature the same $ 5,300 buy-in that it did this month.

Players can start ramping up as early as February, as the MILLIONS online leaderboard will kick off on Monday, February 5th. The top ten players on the leaderboard every week will be awarded a $ 5,300 seat in the December event. Players who win more than one seat will receive the additional $ 5,300 prizes in tournament dollars. Mid and low leaderboards will also exist, with the top 20 players on each winning smaller denomination satellite tickets.

Of course, MILLIONS is primarily a live tournament series, so partypoker is making sure that live players aren’t left out of the fun. The first through tenth place finishers in every live MILLIONS Main Event will also receive a $ 5,300 seat into the Millions Online tournament.

This is impressively ambitious. The $ 5.1 million prize pool for the recent MILLIONS Online was the largest tournament prize pool in partypoker’s history and partypoker has been around for a long time, at least in online poker terms. The poker room will need to attract a field of 4,000 to meet the guarantee, but even if it hit that number on the nose, there would still be a hidden overlay because a good number of seats are being given away. Now, there is an entire year for players to compete in satellites to earn their seats, so I suspect achieving a no-overlay $ 20 million prize pool might be achievable (the guarantee alone will likely drive traffic to partypoker and encourage players to register who might not have otherwise done so), but it will still be an uphill climb.

John Duthie, President of partypoker LIVE, said in a partypoker blog post, “I love the concept of a MILLIONS leg on partypoker, it gives us the opportunity to bring together our MILLIONS players from all over the world at the end of the year to compete for an unprecedented prizepool. I was a little nervous about trying this concept out, but players supported us this time so we should return the favour and go for a record breaking online prizepool in 2018.”

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Sam Greenwood Enjoys Trip to the Caribbean, Wins partypoker MILLIONS Caribbean Poker Party Main Event

 Sam Greenwood Enjoys Trip to the Caribbean, Wins partypoker MILLIONS Caribbean Poker Party Main Event

Normally when people take a trip to the Caribbean, they are going for the change in weather. Canadian poker pro and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Sam Greenwood’s trip to the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party presented by partypoker might have started out as a pleasure trip, but Greenwood quickly made it a profitable business trip in cashing in two big tournaments and winning a third, the $ 5000 MILLIONS Main Event.

Last week, Greenwood was taking part in the first event of the tournament, the $ 10,000 High Rollers event with a $ 1 million guaranteed prize pool. Out of the 103-player field, Greenwood would make the final table with Jonathan Little, Kenny Hallaert, Pascal LeFrancois and Steffen Sontheimer, just to name a few of the competitors. Greenwood worked his way to the final three before departing in third place for a payday of $ 124,100.

That wasn’t enough for Greenwood. A couple of days later, Greenwood was back in the saddle for the $ 25,000 Super High Roller event on the MILLIONS schedule. The 43-entry field was perhaps a bit deficient in numbers, but it wasn’t deficient in the quality of players. This time around, Greenwood would outlast fellow final table finishers Sam Trickett, Adrian Mateos, Rafael Moraes and Sontheimer to reach heads up against Christopher ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen. After an extensive heads up battle, Greenwood would succumb to Hunichen’s aggression and finish in second for a $ 242,750 payday.

Greenwood must have figured that the “third time was the charm” because he dived into the $ 5000 MILLIONS Main Event and its $ 5 million guaranteed prize pool. 12 players came back on Saturday looking to take the $ 1 million prize for winning the tournament. Differing from his previous forays into the High Roller tournaments, Greenwood (193.9 million) was the massive chip leader as the penultimate day of the tournament began. Way back in the rearview mirror were such players as Jonas Gjelstad (117.7 million), Jason Koon (93.8 million), Felipe Ramos (77.8 million) and Preben Stokkan (99 million), who won the $ 10K High Roller that Greenwood was a part of.

Gjelstad rocketed out of the gate, knocking off two players to crack the 200 million mark (249.5 million, to be exact) as the remaining nine men came together for the final table. Gjelstad would prove to be as adept at giving up the chips as taking them as Stokkan took two pots from his fellow countryman to take over the lead himself. By the time the first break of the day came, there were still nine players left but they were getting ready to mix it up.

That ability to “mix it up” almost cost Greenwood the tournament. Although he would get back into the mix by flopping a straight against Damian Lomza, he would double up the dangerous Andrey Shatilov into the lead and drop to only 28 million chips. Playing a K-9 off suit off the button and seeing Shatilov defend his big blind with a Q-J, Greenwood fired on every street of a Q-5-2-8-7 board, with Shatilov calling every street to take the humongous pot.

That was the last misstep that Greenwood would make. He doubled through Jiri Horak and Stokkan to get back to 143 million chips, then cracked the 200 million mark again against Shatilov. Shatilov, however, was giving everyone action as he eliminated Udo Erlei in seventh and busted Horak in fourth to maintain his stack.

Greenwood would continue to chase Shatilov, bringing the action to two players after knocking off Gjelstad in third. After coming back from a dinner break, Shatilov’s 598 million stack dwarfed that of Greenwood (449 million), but the Canadian went right to work. On the first hand of heads up, Greenwood sniffed out a Shatilov bluff to take the hand and the lead from the Russian and he wouldn’t look back. Although it would take slightly more than an hour, Greenwood would eventually emerge as the champion when his pocket Kings held up over Shatilov’s 9♣ 8♣ after the flop came 8-6-4-3-5.

1. Sam Greenwood, $ 1,000,000
2. Andrey Shatilov, $ 650,000
3. Jonas Gjelstad, $ 450,000
4. Jiri Horak, $ 315,850
5. Felipe Ramos, $ 220,000
6. Preben Stokkan, $ 150,000
7. Udo Erlei, $ 100,000
8. Dan Dizenzo, $ 70,000

Just for the record, Greenwood in one week finished third, second and first in three consecutive tournaments, bringing in a neat $ 1,366,850 for his efforts. It would push the annals of poker history to find someone who had a similar run of tournaments during the same festival, let alone the same week.

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Party Poker MILLIONS Series Looks to Break Through in 2018

 Party Poker MILLIONS Series Looks to Break Through in 2018

While PokerStars has been very active in the live poker community, first with the dearly departed European Poker Tour (a moment of silence, please) and now the PokerStars Championships, partypoker has been relatively quiet. That will change in 2018 as partypoker is upping the ante on their live efforts with the second year of their Party Poker MILLIONS Series.

After testing the waters with smaller live events, partypoker has gone full bore with trying to kickstart their live poker ventures and the MILLIONS franchise. They hired the founder of the EPT, John Duthie, to be the president of Party Poker LIVE (the overseer of the MILLIONS events) earlier in 2017 and followed it up by drawing former World Poker Tour announcer and Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton away from the WPT for an executive position with the organization. Those two gentlemen seem to have put the final touches on what promises to be an exciting series come 2018.

Duthie, who has the background from the creation of the EPT in his memory, knows what needs to be done first. “Putting players first is key to ensuring that the partypoker LIVE brand thrives and is well-respected, and it’s been great to be part of this,” Duthie noted during the announcement of 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.”

Sexton echoed Duthie’s statements, saying, “As partypoker LIVE’s flagship series, partypoker MILLIONS has attracted a huge number of players in its first year and proved a resounding success. 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 newly revealed events will offer a minimum of $ 5 million in guaranteed prize money at multiple stops around the world. Some of those stops will have a massive $ 10 million guaranteed prize pool. At the $ 10 million stops, partypoker is guaranteeing that the top three finishers will walk off with at least a million and that a minimum of 250 players will earn at least $ 10,000 for their min-cash.

The continuation of the inaugural season will be later this month with the first of the $ 5 million guaranteed events, the Caribbean Poker Party at The Level at Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Beginning on November 20, the first two of four Day One flights will be held with the goal to meet that $ 5 million guarantee (1000 players). The final table of the event will be played on November 25 (Saturday), where most of the prize pool will be divvied up.

From the sunny climes of the Dominican Republic, the Party Poker MILLIONS will traverse the world, including the cyber world:

MILLIONS Online                                         December 2-6
MILLIONS Germany                                     February 10-18
(end of Season One)
MILLIONS Grand Final – Barcelona             April 7-15*
MILLIONS North America – Canada            April 21-29**
MILLIONS Russia – Sochi                            August 4-12
MILLIONS UK – Dusk ‘Til Dawn                September 20-October 9
MILLIONS Caribbean Poker Party                November 10-18*

(* – $ 5 million guaranteed prize pool)

(** – $ 10 million Canadian guaranteed prize pool)

The resurgence of partypoker in the live arena comes at an intriguing point in the international poker community. There is already a plethora of live poker events in the world, especially with the PokerStars Championships, the World Poker Tour and even the World Series of Poker Circuit and its ventures into foreign lands. The brain trust behind the Party Poker MILLIONS have cast an eye at the tournament poker calendar in the scheduling of their events, however.

From a look at the schedule, the MILLIONS is avoiding the beginning of the calendar year and the glut of international tournaments that occur just after January begins. In particular, the newly revived PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (back from its one-year experiment as the PokerStars Championships Bahamas) and the Aussie Millions suck up much of the oxygen in the room during the month. By waiting until mid-February for their stop in Germany, the MILLIONS team is giving themselves the best opportunity at success when the calendar is less crowded.

They’ve also utilized their online home as a springboard to get players to the live events. Satellites are running continuously on partypoker for the MILLIONS tournaments and they have been well received by the international poker world. Duthie, obviously remembering how the EPT exploded from online poker satellites, is looking for lightning to strike twice with the MILLIONS series.

Still, the players will be the ones who vote with the most important marker – their money. Many eyes will be cast towards Punta Cana later this month to see if Duthie and Sexton have something going with the MILLIONS. Knowing their history in poker, don’t bet against them.

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Shurane Vijayaram Defeats Ben Heath Heads Up, Wins Aussie Millions Main Event

 Shurane Vijayaram Defeats Ben Heath Heads Up, Wins Aussie Millions Main Event

Coming into the final table with a sizeable chip lead, Shurane Vijayaram rode that stack to battle the second biggest chip stack to start the day – that of Ben Heath – for the championship of the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event. In the end, that advantageous stack played to Vijayaram’s advantage in his eventual victory.

The seven men that came to the table on Sunday afternoon at the Crown Casino in Melbourne were the survivors from the 725-player field that started the tournament just a week ago. Along with Vijayaram and Heath, Jeff Rossiter was a threat for the title with his 3.105 million chip stack; Rossiter was looking to improve on his third-place finish in this tournament from 2011. Tobias Hausen (2.995 million), David Olson (2.35 million) and Luke Roberts (1.305 million) were in the mix, but at the bottom of the standings – but with many eyes on him – was Fedor Holz, looking to rise from this situation and add to his bounty from the Aussie Millions after yesterday’s third place finish in the $ 100,000 Challenge.

The start was slow for the players as the table looked to find its dynamic. Holz survived two all in moves – one time chopping with Olson when both held A-J – as Roberts dropped into the basement. It would take almost 30 hands before the first casualty of the final table would occur and it would be one of these two men.

On Hand 29, Hausen would raise the action to 135K and Roberts decided it was time to make his stand, pushing his remaining 675K in from the small blind. Hausen made the call and was in a bit of trouble, his 10♠ 9♠ facing an uphill climb against Roberts’ A-10. The J-5-J flop kept Roberts in the lead but the two spades opened many more doors for Hausen to take down the hand. The 6♠ on the turn slammed that door on Roberts, leaving him drawing dead. After the formality of the river was dealt – the A♠ – Roberts headed to the door as the seventh-place finisher.

Only a few hands later, six men would become five in a big clash. Heath popped the betting first, raising from under the gun, and Vijayaram called out of the cutoff. Rossiter put the squeeze on with a three-bet on the button, but Olson didn’t hesitate before four-betting the action to 1.3 million. Nearly immediately Heath and Vijayaram sent their cards to the muck, but Rossiter paused to ponder his action. After a few moments, Rossiter made the call and the cards came were turned up.

The battle turned out to be a classic race:  Rossiter’s pocket Queens held the edge over Olson’s Big Slick and the board would provide no salvation for Olson. The Jack-high board kept Rossiter in the lead all the way as Olson left the festivities in sixth place and Rossiter rocketed into the lead over Vijayaram.

Holz’s time at the table ended almost 20 hands after Olson’s departure. Rossiter raised the action and Holz would defend his big blind to see a monochrome 6♠ 3♠ 7♠ flop. Holz would check-raise all in after a Rossiter bet, which was met with an immediate call from Rossiter. Both men had hit the flop, but Holz’s A-6 off suit was behind Rossiter’s A-7, with the A♠ held by Rossiter. The King on the turn and a four on the river would not help Holz, sending the German superstar to the rail in fifth place as Rossiter’s lead grew.

The foursome left then went into a lengthy battle. Everyone except Heath would have a spell as the chip leader before the remainder of the final table went to dinner break and 85 hands would elapse before the next competitor was sent home. The elimination would prove to be the “turning point” of the tournament as it would send Vijayaram into a lead he wouldn’t let go.

On Hand 137, Rossiter raised from under the gun and ALMOST made it around – until Vijayaram moved all in from the big blind. Rossiter called off his chips with pocket sixes and was in the lead pre-flop against Vijayaram’s K-J off suit. The board had different thoughts, however, coming with a King on the flop and a Jack on the river to thoroughly crush Rossiter’s sixes. After a chip count, it was found that Rossiter was the all-in stack, sending him out in fourth place and stacking Vijayaram with a mountain of ammunition.

Once Vijayaram knocked off Hausen in third – his J-10 turning a Broadway straight against Hausen’s A-J – Vijayaram had nearly a 3:1 lead over Heath as they headed to heads up action. The duo jousted for 29 hands, with Heath never drawing significantly closer that the starting stacks but with Vijayaram looking for the right chance to put away a difficult opponent. On the final hand, Vijayaram fired bullets pre-flop and on the flop and turn, but Heath wouldn’t go away in check-calling each bet. With the board reading 6-9-7-3-Q, Heath suddenly woke up with an all-in move, sending a perplexed Vijayaram into the tank.

Literally five minutes passed as Vijayaram rolled the hand over in his mind, trying to figure out if Heath was bluffing or if he simply drew Vijayaram in. As more time passed, Vijayaram finally reached the conclusion that it was a bluff and made the call. Heath’s shoulders slumped as he sheepishly revealed his K-8 off suit straight bluff that didn’t come home while Vijayaram showed pocket fives for the winning pair and a winning hand for the Aussie Millions title.

1. Shurane Vijayaram, $ 1,600,000
2. Ben Heath, $ 1,000,000
3. Tobias Hausen, $ 620,000
4. Jeff Rossiter, $ 440,000
5. Fedor Holz, $ 335,000
6. David Olson, $ 270,000
7. Luke Roberts, $ 210,000

Vijayaram enjoyed a ROI (return on investment) that would make any poker player envious. Vijayaram entered the Aussie Millions Main Event through winning a $ 130 super-satellite to the Main Event, earning more than 12,000% (12,307%, to be exact) ROI. It also was his first ever live tournament cash, per the Hendon Mob database. If he never plays another hand of poker, Shurane Vijayaram can say he once won one of the premiere events on the international tournament calendar.

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Nick Petrangelo Outlasts Mike Watson, Fedor Holz to Win Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge

 Nick Petrangelo Outlasts Mike Watson, Fedor Holz to Win Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge

In a rather rapid final table of five hours, Nick Petrangelo got his 2017 tournament poker season off to a good start by outlasting Mike Watson and Fedor Holz to win the Aussie Millions $ 100,000 Challenge on Saturday at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.

Steffen Sontheimer was the leader of the event with 451,000 in chips as it entered its final day, but that lead was a tenuous one. Hot on his heels were Holz (394,500) and Petrangelo (381,000), with the remainder of the table filled out by Sam Trickett (265,000), Watson (146,000), 2016 Player of the Year David Peters (96,000) and David Steicke (78,500) rounding out the field. With only three players getting paid, the desire to remain at the final table for even the shortest of the stacks was high.

Steicke was looking for that proverbial “double up and go home” early on and he would get that (against Sontheimer), but that would be the highlight of his day. On Hand #5 after Holz had raised and Watson three-bet the action, Steicke pushed all in from the big blind and only found Watson willing to play. Watson’s Big Slick was slightly behind Steicke’s pocket Queens, but the Ace on the flop changed everything in favor of ‘SirWatts.’ A ten on the turn presented more outs for Steicke to a Broadway straight, but the river Ace instead gave Watson trips; left with 5000 in chips, those would go to Holz on the next hand as Steicke went home empty handed in seventh place.

It would take almost two dozen more hands before the next combatant left. Watson was once again the beneficiary as, after raising from the cutoff, Peters would defend his big blind. The 7-2-10 flop brought a check-call from Peters, an action that was duplicated when a Jack came on the turn. The river brought a King and Peters checked for a third time, at which time Watson put Peters to a decision for his tournament life by moving all in. Peters mulled the decision for a lengthy time, even using a ‘time bank’ chip being employed in this tournament, before calling off his stack. Whatever Peters was thinking, he didn’t put together than Watson had rivered the nuts with his Q-9 for a King-high straight. Sending his Q-10 (pair of tens) to the muck, Peters was done in sixth place.

With two more eliminations to the money, the remaining players tightened up a bit. Trickett would double through Sontheimer to put the German on the short stack, but that would be the most action for the next 20-plus hands. On Hand 52, Sontheimer’s short stack became “no stack” when he clashed with Watson.

Sontheimer raised off the button with pocket sevens, only to see Watson three-bet out of the big blind, which Sontheimer called. A 6-8-5 flop saw Watson utilize the c-bet and Sontheimer, pondering his action, burned a ‘time bank’ chip before moving all in. Watson nearly beat Sontheimer into the center with his call, turning up pocket tens for an over pair to the board. Sontheimer, however, was in good shape with his pocket sevens; the open-ended straight draw, along with his pocket pair, gave Sontheimer 10 outs to taking the hand. Alas, another five on the turn and the Queen on the river weren’t one of those 10 outs, sending the start of day chip leader to the rail in fifth place.

Trickett would be next to head home (and without any money) as, on Hand 57, Watson’s A-J picked up a Jack on the turn to leave Trickett drawing dead with his Q-9. With a $ 1.76 million prize pool to split amongst each other, Watson (holding a significant lead), Petrangelo (rather quiet) and Holz (continuing his rush from 2016) took care of their business rather quickly.

Holz would be first to go as he decided to challenge Petrangelo. Holz correctly pushed all-in against Petrangelo (holding A-8 off suit) while holding pocket fours but, after Petrangelo called, the “poker gods” weren’t with him. An Ace showed up on the flop and a second came on the turn, leaving Holz drawing to one of the two fours to vanquish Petrangelo. The river six ended that hope and sent Holz out of the event in third place, but with some money for his efforts. Holz will look to add on to his Aussie Millions trip by playing in the Main Event final table on Sunday.

Down to heads up, Watson held a slight advantage against Petrangelo, one that he would extend to a million chips only 10 hands into play. Petrangelo spent the next 10 hands getting back to even before taking the lead on Hand 96 when he forced Watson to fold the better hand (8-6) by over betting a pot on a 5-6-3-Q-5 board when Petrangelo only held a K-7. Now roughly even, the twosome would keep action to pre-flop as three-bets took down many of the next 20 hands.

With both players playing quite strong, the ending came rather suddenly. After a raise from Watson, Petrangelo (holding a slight lead) called to see an 8-2-5 flop. Both players checked their options to see a seven come on the turn, which brought a 45K bet from Petrangelo and a call from Watson. A Jack on the river presented flush possibilities, but Petrangelo didn’t hesitate in popping 150K into the center. At this point, Watson made a move, waiting until the last possible minute to move all in. After an exact count, Petrangelo made the call and showed J-8 for two pair. All Watson could muster with his gutsy move was an A-4 for only Ace high as Petrangelo took the championship.

1. Nick Petrangelo, $ 882,000
2. Mike Watson, $ 529,200
3. Fedor Holz, $ 352,800

(all amounts in Australian dollars)

With the conclusion of the $ 100,000 Challenge, the Aussie Millions Main Event will return for its conclusion on Sunday. Shurane Vijayaram will take a big chip lead to the final table, one that will also include Holz and Jeff Rossiter amongst its notables. It promises to be an exciting day as the champion of one of the poker world’s most coveted titles – Aussie Millions Main Event champion – will be decided.

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