Partypoker has smashed the $20,000,000 guaranteed prize pool for its historic MILLIONS Online tournament, after a total of 4,367 entries across five Day 1 flights helped build an overall prizepool worth $21,835,000 in the single largest online MTT ever hosted last night, 04 December.
The result means partypoker outstripped its guarantee by 367 entries following yesterday’s Day 1E that drew 490 buy-ins. Adding to the 1,574 entries in Day 1A, 484 from Day 1B and a further 1,112 entries that assembled this past Sunday for Day 1C, a 707-strong Day 1D left the site just 123 entries short of hitting the largest online poker guarantee in history going into the last Day 1.
A final round of Mega Satellites on Monday and Tuesday ensured the guarantee was met with room to spare to ease partypoker tensions ahead of Day 2.
687 players successfully negotiated their path to Day 2 from Day 1 flights A-E, including the overall chip leader, Team partypoker’s Philipp Gruissem after his storming Day 1A showing.
Gruissem was joined by fellow Team partypoker members, Fedor Holz, Sam Trickett, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Anatoly Filatov, Kristen Bicknell, Joni Jouhkimainen, Roberto Romanello, João Simão and Josep Simunic, all of whom failed to make it through the day.
Fedor Holz came in 31st to post the best Team partypoker score for a $65,505 payday, slightly ahead of former leader Gruissem, who left in 37th to bank $54,587.50. Exiting in 63rd was Finn, Joni Jouhkimainen for $43,670, while João Simão booked a 190th place result worth $21,835.
“wheatforsheep” of Mexico tops the 29 players who remain in the hunt for the $2,729,376.24 first place prize on 566,295,824, more than 200,000,000 ahead of Malta’s “j2805667” in 2nd (336,914,608).
Taking up 10th spot for Day 2 is Chance “ChanceSeeYou” Kornuth on 165,392,851, joined by partypoker MILLIONS North America Super High Roller winner, Christopher “Ad_Finem” Kruk, who bagged up 258,930,640 to leave him 5th.
The final 29 resume their respective MILLIONS Online campaigns at 19:00 GMT this evening as the event plays down to a winner. All top four finishers are set to emerge as millionaires, while $65,505 awaits the next player to be eliminated.
Yesterday’s Day 1E performance left partypoker LIVE president, John Duthie to reflect on one of greatest achievements in partypoker’s history, saying: “The partypoker LIVE events had been a great success, so why not translate this into the virtual world?
“What then happened this last week was miraculous! 2,190 (unique) players believed in the dream and pushed that prizepool to a staggering $21.9m; I mean that’s very nearly double the size of the largest online MTT before that – DOUBLE!
“Players wanted this to happen and they wanted to do it with us. That’s what makes me really happy.”