MILLIONS Online exploded into life on Sunday with a record-obliterating Day 1A. In total, a whopping 1,574 players took to the partypoker felt to begin their quest to win the lion's share of the gigantic $20 million prizepool.
The largest online poker tournament in history got off to an appropriate record-breaking start as a ginormous $7.87 million was generated in player buy-ins, which made MILLIONS Online Day 1A partypoker’s richest ever single flight, either online or live. Amazing!
Of the 1,574 who took to the virtual tables, it was partypoker’s very own German superstar Philipp Gruissem who occupied top spot after bagging 26.9m chips from the one million starting stack. A total of 230 players made it through unscathed to seal safe passage to Day 2, which gets underway at 19:00 GMT on Tuesday, 4 December.
Gruissem finished Day 1A more than 2.7 million chips ahead of Finland’s “hi_all”, who sits in second.
Each of the players in the top 10 ended with more than 15 million chips. The UK had a day to remember, with four players in the top 10, including tournament maestro Chris “Therealmoorm” Moorman on 15.3m chips, enough for 10th place. Nobody has won more from online poker tournaments than the mighty Moorman, and he is now well placed for a deep run in MILLIONS Online.
A host of household names littered the opening field, with Gruissem’s teammate, MILLIONS Russia champion Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov, finishing up with 8m. Team partypoker’s brilliant Brazilian Joao Simao occupies 164th spot with a 4m stack, while Josip “JozinhoPP” Simunic ended the night with 4,786,977 chips.
Swedish legend Viktor “Isildur1” Blom remains in the hunt for his second MILLIONS title of the year after finishing up in 110th with 6.3m. The super Swede took down MILLIONS Germany in February for €850,000.
Also bagging up an impressive stack was the United Kingdom’s “SandwichBacon” who finished in third-place in last year’s $5 million guaranteed MILLIONS Online for $435,448. SandwichBacon is through to Day 2 with a 14.7m stack, enough for 12th place on the overnight leaderboard.
Plenty of established professionals were among the 230 players who survived Day 1A. These included Canada’s “TIMEXCNT”, “kashmir_uzi”, “uNORTH0doX”, “MechaCorta”, Robin “petdet3ctive” Ylitalo, and “FkTheseGuysBro”.
On a monumental day at its fabled tables, partypoker also celebrated its largest ever day in terms of satellite seats awarded as 263 separate $5,300 entries were dished out, far outstripping the 210 guaranteed seats on offer, and equating to $1.3m worth of MILLIONS Online seats awarded in a single day.
The event now switches focus to satellites, with three solid days of Mega Satellites taking centre stage before Day 1B kicks off on Thursday, 29 November at 19:00, the second of five opening flights.
Guaranteeing $20,000,000, MILLIONS Online is the single largest online poker tournament in history. The winner is guaranteed to receive a record-breaking $2,500,000, while the top 4 finishers will all become millionaires.
Days 1A to 1D run from Sunday, 25 November to Monday, 3 December 2018 at 19:00, with a Turbo format 1E flight offering players one last chance to enter on Tuesday, 4 December at 12:00. The Final Day gets underway at 19:00 on Wednesday, 5 December.
partypoker managing director, Tom Waters said: “We are delighted with the player numbers that participated in Day 1A of MILLIONS Online and in particular the number of satellite qualifiers that won themselves a seat. The Mega Satellites alone generated 251 $5.3k seats yesterday and we are proud to have hosted our richest ever day in terms of satellite seats awarded.
“There is still a long way to go before we hit the $20 million guarantee and despite yesterday’s excellent start we still need almost 2,500 runners across the remaining Day 1s.
“There are many Mega Satellites running between now and the final Day 1, and so there are still plenty of chances for players to win their seat into this historic tournament.”
Remaining MILLIONS Online Starting Flights
|Thu 29 Nov||20:00||Day 1B|
|Sun 2 Dec||20:00||Day 1C|
|Mon 3 Dec||20:00||Day 1D|
|Tue 4 Dec||12:00||Day 1E Turbo|
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