Jon van Fleet Wins MILLIONS Online Main Event for $1,027,000!
The partypoker online Millions 2017 event came to a close in the early hours of this morning, with Jon ‘sordykrd’ Van Fleet banking a huge $1,027,000 for his first-place finish. It concluded a stunning few days play with the $5 Million guaranteed tournament attracting a lot of attention and making the most battle-hardened pros feel like Christmas Day had arrived a couple of weeks early.
The Push For Final Day Chips
Day 1D of the $5,300 partypoker MILLIONS Online had taken place just a day ahead of the final with partypoker Sponsored Pro Anatoly Filatov (known to the online world as "NL_Profit") finishing in second place and bagging up a total 5,630,432. He finished a fair way behind Day 1D chipleader "Chris5623", however, who took an impressive 7,195,829 through.
Exactly as in Day 1A, 71 players managed to make it through all 16 levels of Day 1D. However, the turbo structure attracted a smaller field of 185 entrants (around half that of Day 1A) meaning Day 1D didn’t see any of the massive eight-figure stacks that topped the tables across Day 1a and 1b. Rounding off the top five stacks at the end of Day 1d were "UncleGourav" (5,472,395), "Zod__" (5,266,107) and "Gl4diat0r" (5,244,692).
Alongside the chip leaders, other well-knowns advancing to Day 2 included partypoker’s Natalia Breviglieri, known online as "N4talB". After taking to Twitter to share her schedule for the evening, she confirmed her love for turbo structures, finishing the day with 1,832,112 chips.
Also representing team partypoker, Johnny Lodden (known as "JLoHarada" on the virtual felt) took through a seven-figure stack, finishing the day with 1,097,958.
Not all the fan favorites survived the day, though, with partypoker ambassador and former professional boxer Carl Froch failing to make Day 2, compounding his misfortune of missing out on Day 1A. Froch wasn’t the only one to miss out twice, with the WelshWizard Roberto Romanello also firing two bullets, both in Day 1D and both to no avail.
No sooner had Ireland’s Padraig Parkinson (PadraigParky on partypoker) expressed his excitement about taking a shot at the $1,000,000 guaranteed top prize, than he was explaining his early bust-out to his Twitter followers.
With Grand Prix Cork on the horizon, and another chance to land a massive score, Parkinson won’t feel too sad running “head first into aces for the second time this weekend.” We'll be seeing him at the real felt at the Macau Sporting Club in Cork this weekend.
partypoker Ambassador and Diamond Club host Patrick_Leonard also came up short, but gave players a lot to be excited about, taking to Twitter to announce that no less than 30% of the field were satellite qualifiers, and that the tournament will run every year.
The Final Day Kicks Off
Twenty-five players returned to the partypoker tables for the final day’s action, each hoping to win the million dollars plus up top. “UncleGourav” was the first casualty of the day and his elimination increased the minimum take-home pay for the remaining players from $29,783 to $34,918.
By 9.15pm, we’d reached our final two tables of eight, with nine bust-outs in quick succession. It wasn’t long before another one bit the dust, “scoopjackson9” was the first of the final 16 to go and his exit set in motion a snowball of eliminations. “KONY2012” crashed out shortly after, followed by “Mcathbv” and long-term Finnish professional Juha “JHelppi” Helppi. Amongst the other eliminations were separate Day 1 flight chipleaders “nipa3p3” and “McDIsiLDrOoN”, who busted in 21st place for $34,918.
Payouts had now reached the $59,000 mark, and Rick “tHeCLaImEr1” Trigg was the first to leave with that amount after his pocket jacks were cracked by “LendaMerienda” and her A-J. Soon followed “Inthiscity”, and by 10pm, high stakes pro “Isildur1” had also crashed out as we went hand-for-hand for the final nine players. It was to be James “ballcupper” Lee who burst the final table bubble, falling in ninth-place for $59,052.
The Final Table
Everyone at the final table locked up at least $75,484 for their efforts and it was “IN INFINITY” who collected this sum in eighth before Ludovic “FilthyTrousers” Geilich busted in seventh for a cool $104,754 payday. An excellent score for Ludo, having recently ran deep and placed 10th in the DTD1000 just three days earlier.
Onto the final six then, and after being short for a while, “BOOMALOOM_” moved all-in and was snap-called by “NO-IPTRI4I2I”. He was at imminent risk of elimination, which was confirmed after his K-J failed to improve against A-K on the K-9-3-8-4 runout. Nevertheless, $148,925 went his way for sixth place.
That left us with our final five, with “N0-IPTRI4I2I” way out in front with 40% of the chips in play. His stack kept on climbing as he took out “karamazovbros” next for a $207,967 payout, with his pocket tens holding against K-Q on 6-4-2-8-T.
By the approach of the midnight hour, we were down to our last four players, and “NOIPTRI4I2I” was still on the rampage, as he took out “LendaMerienda” in fourth for $294,749 after they got it all-in pre-flop. A-Q held against A-4 to send the MILLIONS Online Main Event three-handed.
Van Fleet, having had a fairly quiet final table until that point, had picked up smaller pots to catch up in chips, before equalising the chip lead when his pocket tens held against the K-Q of “SandwichBacon” on 8-4-2-J-9. He won $435,448 for third, and we went to the final two, 50 big blinds deep at 1.30am.
It was almost all over early on, as the pair got in K-T against Q-J, but “N0IPTRI4I2I” escaped as the board ran out 2-3-4-5-6 for a chopped pot. Shortly after, they were all in again and Van Fleet was in front pre-flop with A-Q, against K-J. He held across a board showing 4-3-5-8-8, to be crowned partypoker Millions Online champion, and received the whopping $1,027,000 first prize, leaving the runner-up to bank $651,118!
The Millions Online event has been met with resounding appreciation between players and fans and has hugely boosted the popularity of the global brand. Live players head to Cork and Prague this weekend for the shot at another partypokerLIVE trophy, with huge online tournaments right around the corner.
Jon Van Fleet approaches the eight-figure mark for online winnings after taking down the phenomenal MILLIONS Online Main Event. With his epic victory, Van Fleet now has more than $9.4 million in online cashes, the American winning his largest score of an already highly impressive career. Congratulations to him and all the players who ran deep!
MILLIONS Online Final Table Results
|1||Jon “sordykrd” Van Fleet||$1,027,000|
|7||Ludovic “FilthyTrousers” Geilich||$104,754|
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