$20 Million Guaranteed MILLIONS Online Starts on Dec. 1
Online poker’s richest single tournament, MILLIONS Online, shuffles up and deals at partypoker on December 1st. MILLONS Online guarantees at least $20 million will be paid out by the time the event crowns its champion.
This is the third edition of the partypoker MILLIONS Online. It first ran in December 2017 when it cost $5,200 to enter and featured a $5 million guaranteed prize pool. Jonathan Van Fleet topped a field of 1,047 on that occasion and walked away with $1,027,000.
partypoker ran MILLIONS Online again in December 2019, keeping the same buy-in but doubling the guarantee. Few people believed the prize pool would reach its $20 million guarantee. The doubters were wrong.
Some 4,367 entrants meant the $20 million guarantee was not only hit but surpassed by $1,385,000. This huge $21,385,000, the largest-ever prize pool for a single online poker tournament, resulted in some huge payouts.
2018 MILLIONS Online Made Four Millionaires
A cool $327,525 was the least any of the eight finalists could win. The sizeable prizes continued to increase in value to a point where the top four finishers each banked more than $1 million. Pedro “Maddonaa” Marques finished fourth for $1,091,750. “Scarmak3r” collected $1,364,688 when they busted in third.
The final two players, Manuel “Sheparentao” Ruivo and Pim “ForMatherRussia” de Goede struck a deal fro the remaining prize money. De Goede had slightly less chips than his opponent yet still padded their bankroll with $2,309,955. Ruivo was crowned the MILLIONS Online champion and added $2,329,944 to their lifetime winnings.
MILLIONS Online, the 2019 edition, starts on December 1st. Its guarantee is still $20 million, although its buy-in has increased to $10,300. This brings it inline with the Main Events on the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS tour.
Doubling the buy-in makes you think the $20 million guarantee is easier to hit, but the opposite is true. $10,300 is a massive sum for professional poker players to invest in one tournament. It is an unimaginable sum for a recreational or keen amateur player to buy into a tournament with.
Sure, some of the best poker tournament players in the world see the $10,300 as an investment. They will buy into MILLIONS Online regardless and, perhaps, fire multiple bullets. Those without deep bankrolls will take a single shot and hope for the best.
$7 Million Worth of Seats Guaranteed in Mega Satellites
The online poker site has launched mega satellites to help attract players to the MILLIONS Online event. $530 and $1,050 buy-in satellites run several times per day up to and including the fourth and final starting flight. Players can win their way into these satellites for $22 and $109 respectively. partypoker is guaranteeing more than $7 million worth of $10,300 MILLIONS Online seats via these satellites.
An additional $1 million cash is up for grabs to entice players to enter on Day 1A. The first starting flight is, traditionally, the least attended so partypoker has come up with a plan. Whoever finishes Day 1A as the chip leader and goes on to win MILLIONS Online secures the $1 million bonus!
Ten of partypoker’s sponsored pros have already bought into Day 1A. Isaac Haxton, Philipp Gruissem, Sam Trickett and Dzmitry Urbanovich bought in as soon as registration opened. Jaime Staples, Patrick Leonard, Renato Nomura, Anatoly Filatov and Joni Jouhkimainen are also in. Mikita Badziakouski is the 10th sponsored pro to exchange $10,300 for a chance of glory.
Day 1A shuffles up and deals at 21:30 CET (15:30 ET) on December 1st. Everyone sits down with 1 million chips, plays to a blind structure starting at 2,500/5,000/625a and a 20-minute clock. Eighteen levels are scheduled and anyone with chips in front of them at the end of the 18th level progresses to Day 2 on December 9h.
The second flight takes place at the same time on December 8th with Day 1C commencing at 13:00 CET (08:00 ET) on December 9th. There is a turbo-structured Day 1D at 19:00 CET (11:00 ET) on December 9th that has 10-minute blinds.
Will partypoker Return to the United States
partypoker was once a major force in the United States until Black Friday ended that. The former biggest online poker site in the world still operates in New Jersey but nowhere else in the States. One can only hope this changes soon so Americans can play in events such as MILLIONS Online.