MILLIONS UK started with a bang over the weekend, with Friday night’s Mix Max tournament providing the first champion of the festival. Christos Xanthopoulos emerged victorious for $23,400 in the fun-filled $100,000 GTD event after outlasting a field of 367.
The Mix Max showcased partypoker LIVE’s brilliant new currency, PP LIVE Dollars, which allow players maximum flexibility when trying to satellite into partypoker LIVE events. Players could only buy-in to the $200 tournament using PP LIVE Dollars.
With no registration fee, a fast and furious structure, a big overlay, and twenty added bounties on the heads of the various superstars, celebrities and VIPs providing a seat into the £1,100 Open event, it was a cracking way to bring the curtain up on MILLIONS UK, and plenty of fun was had by all.
The party atmosphere of the evening was reflected by Team partypoker’s Ludo Geilich sitting next to a big bucket of beers, with partypoker LIVE commentator James Dempsey helping himself to a few!
The bounties steadily fell, with Jake Cody, Geilich, JP Kelly and Natalia Breviglieri all making early exits. Paul Jackson and Rob Yong were also felted as the evening wore on, and when the late registration period closed 200 players were still in the mix from 367 total entries.
Former world boxing champion Carl Froch was unsurprisingly one of the bounties, but managed to fight his way through with no-one landing the knockout blow on him until the bubble was burst.
Konkon Gurrinder was the unlucky man, with Alex Montgomery putting him out. As always, with payouts safely locked up for the remaining field, the exits started to come thick and fast, with James Dempsey and Team partypoker’s Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier the last two players standing with bounties on the head.
Both fell just before the final table, with Sunil Mistri, Joe Parsons, Alex Montgomery and Xanthopoulos all among the final nine.
Paul Runcan, Parsons, Shachar Haran, and Endrit Geci were the first four to fall in the final, earning $2,000, $2,500, $3,200 and $4,100 respectively.
Montgomery had been running the show for large portions of the tournament, but his deep run was ended in fifth for $5,200 when he lost with A-6 to Mistri’s K-Q.
Grant Kinnear and Mistri himself followed him to the payout desk in fourth and third, picking up nice paydays of $7,000 and $10,000 to start the festival. Not bad for a $200 investment!
So it was Michael O’Sulliven taking on Xanthopoulos heads-up for the first title of MILLIONS UK and the $23,400 top prize. The battle didn’t last long, with O’Sulliven knocked down to a short-stack when his jacks couldn’t hold against Xanthopoulos’s A-J with all the chips in the middle.
Shortly after, O’Sulliven had to call off for his stack with K-2 after Xanthopoulos put him all-in with A-Q, and after an uneventful board it was all over. O’Sulliven earned $15,000 for his runner-up finish, while a delighted Xanthopoulos was able to lift the beautiful partypoker LIVE Mix Max trophy.
Ayres Leads MILLIONS UK Open After Four Opening Flights
Away from the Mix Max, the excitement of MILLIONS UK’s opening weekend was provided by the £1,100 buy-in Open, a tournament with a huge £1M guarantee. The UK’s Stephen Ayres leads the way after four opening flights.
On Saturday’s Day 1A, 47 players bagged from 142 entries in total, which included 15 reentries.
The chip leader was Kfir Ivgi, who finished with 7,060,000.
The Israeli has over $300,000 in recorded live tournament cashes, and is well placed for a deep run in the MILLIONS UK Open. Trailing him by 60,000 was the UK's James Walker, who had 7,000,000. Walker reached the final table of the Finale at the 2017 partypoker Caribbean Poker Party, eventually finishing in eighth place for $35,000.
Rounding out the Day 1A podium was David L'Honore with 6,290,000. L'Honore also played the 2017 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK here in Nottingham and cashed for £15,000 in the Main Event. Other notable players to make Day 2 included Yiannis Liperis (5,720,000), Andrew Hulme (4,420,000), Terrance Green (4,235,000), Dean Hutchison (2,875,000), Barny Boatman (2,735,000), and Jessica Pilkington (2,260,000).
2017 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event winner, Maria Lampropulos also progressed with 1,720,000, but many others weren’t so lucky. Ioannis Angelou-Konstas, Andy Hills, Mark Smith, Robert Heidorn, Tom Hall, and Michal Lubas were all among those to hit the rail.
Day 1B of the MILLIONS UK Open came to an end with Poland's Lukasz Grossmann the only player to bag over 10 million in chips, leading 61 players through to Day 2.
The second opening flight was also played on Saturday, and saw 203 entrants take to the felt.
Grossmann bagged up a very impressive 10,860,000, with Graeme Cairns (7,210,000), Sylvia Hewitt (6,700,000), David Johnson (6,805,000), Adam Bone (6,500,000) and Sebastian Pawlak (6,395,000) following him through at the top of the counts.
Hewitt has already tasted success at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn, with her top three live results all coming at the home of UK poker for a combined total of £95,000.
Well-known faces Benny Glaser (3,500,000), Jack O'Neill (3,245,000), Dan Clark (2,905,000), Andy Hills (2,700,000), Andreas Olympios (2,370,000), partypoker ambassador Marcel Luske (2,180,000), Jonty Willis (1,965,000) and Tom Hall (770,000) also progressed.
Day 1C of the Open attracted 187 unique entries, with 26 of those reentering after making early exits. Finishing the third of five starting days in the chip lead was Tsz Him Pun, who bagged up 8,690,000 in chips.
Pun was joined by 59 other players in making it to Monday’s Day 2 from Day 1C. Trailing Hong Kong’s Pun in the chip counts is Anthony Wickert, who will bring though 7,885,000, with Konstantinos Tzimas in third with 7,390,000. The other players to bag over 6 million were Richard Burke (6,980,000), Charles Akadiri (6,895,000), and Paul Romain with 6,335,000.
2017 WSOP Main Event eight-place finisher Jack Sinclair was at the top of the chip counts most of the day and managed to tag a respectable amount of 5,620,000. Double WSOP bracelet winner Chris Bjorin joined him with 5,420,000, with Orpen Kisacikoglu (3,970,000), Mohsin Charania (1,620,000), and Michael Tureniec with 760,000 all also progressing.
Team partypoker’s Natalia Breviglieri, Ludovic Geilich, and Anatoly Filatov weren’t so lucky, and among those joining them on the rail were Ioannis Angelou-Konstas, Martin Finger, Anton Wigg, Katie Swift, Niall Farrell, Kelly Saxby, Thomas Ward, Jake Cody, and Pedro Cairat.
The fourth MILLIONS UK Open flight concluded with 72 players progressing to Day 2 from 266 entrants.
Stephen Ayres was able to bag the biggest stack from Day 1D, after he ended with a massive 11,060,000. Ayres was followed by Clint Sammut on 10,000,000 and Daniel James with 9,075,000.
Eric Afriat (7,600,000), Marcolo Giulio (7,100,000), and Ben Vinson (6,070,000) were also among the top chip counts, with partypoker pro Anatoly Filatov also progressing with a healthy stack worth 4,200,000.
Niall Farrell, Thomas Ward, Jake Cody, Luke Brereton, Jessica Pilkington, Charlie Godwin, Tom Waters, Martin Finger, Ryan Mandara, and partypoker pro Ludovic Geilich were among the list of players unable to last all twelve levels in Day 1d.
|Date||Days||Start Time||Late Reg||Levels||Number of Entries||Players Left|
|Saturday, September 29, 2018||Day 1a||12:00||16:30||40 minutes||142||47|
|Saturday, September 29, 2018||Day 1b||17:00||23:45||40 minutes||203||61|
|Sunday, September 30, 2018||Day 1c||12:00||16:30||40 minutes||213||60|
|Sunday, September 30, 2018||Day 1d||17:00||23:45||40 minutes||266||72|
|Monday, October 1, 2018||Day 1e||10:00||13:15||20 minutes||-||-|
|Monday, October 1, 2018||Day 2||15:00||-||50 minutes||-||-|
|Tuesday, October 2, 2018||Day 3||12:00||-||50 minutes||-||-|
|Wednesday, October 3, 2018||Day 4||12:00||-||60 minutes||-||-|
What’s Coming Up
Monday will see the start of the big one, the £5M GTD MILLIONS UK Main Event, with the first of three live opening flights, Day 1A, getting under way at noon. The Open will have one last chance for players to progress, with the turbo Day 1E kicking off at 10am. Day 2 of that event will start later in the day, as the survivors of the five opening flights combine to battle towards the money.
Finally, Day 1 of the always-exciting £25,500 buy-in Super High Roller will light up Dusk Till Dawn, with the very best and very wealthiest clashing for astronomical sums of cash. It’s going to be a cracker!
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- Rob Godmon