The 2019 edition of partypoker’s $20,000,000 guaranteed MILLIONS Online tournament got underway yesterday, Sunday, December 1, 2019.‘jiggidyjigjohn’ takes Day 1A chip lead as $20M GTD MILLIONS Online kicks off. 709 players gathered online for opening Day 1 flight. Leading the 115 players to make it through Day 1A unscathed is ‘jiggidyjigjohn’, who carries a 20,120,995-strong stack into Day 2 on Monday, December 9, 2019, marginally ahead of ‘Triple Sexy’ on 20,027,055 chips and ‘Sharealgor’ who finished with 17,064,569.

jiggidyjigjohn currently stands to pocket an extra $1,000,000 bonus cash prize if they are able to conquer the entire event outright, thanks to partypoker’s recently announced $1M chip leader bonus promotion.

A total of 709 players took their seats at the virtual felt to kick off the poker room’s flagship annual online event, with Ike Haxton, Jason Koon, Kristen Bicknell and Dzmitry Urbanovich among the names flying the flag for Team partypoker, but it was Anatoly ‘NL_Profit’ Filatov who recorded the strongest showing from the poker room’s roster of sponsored players. The Russian finished in 6th place, running his 1,000,000 starting stack up to an impressive 14,616,878 at around 03:27 CET this morning once the final card was dealt.

#TeamMILLIONS last longer

In addition to the $1M chip leader bonus promo, the site’s #TeamMILLIONS last longer campaign promises a 2020 Caribbean Poker Party package for the player that either buys in directly or qualifies through a Mega Satellite or Sunday Final and posts the deepest run in the tournament.

Furthermore, the operator’s Mega Satellite program continues to award dozens of seats to players leaving it late to secure their seats, highlighted by one of the biggest satellites ever run by the site scheduled for next weekend.

PartyPoker Mega Satellite

Sunday, December 8th will see a huge $1,050 buy-in Mega Satellite guarantee 50 x $10,300 MILLIONS Online seats at 18:00 CET, equating to over $500,000 worth of guaranteed entries. Partypoker has also recently added a further Day 1 flight to the event schedule to give even more players the chance to participate in this year’s showpiece event, with the second starting flight getting underway at 21:30 CET on Sunday, December 8th.

Last year’s MILLIONS Online made history as the single largest online poker tournament ever held, paying out a total $21,835,000 in prize money as it exceeded all expectations in smashing the $20,000,000 guarantee. The event was eventually won by Manuel ‘Sheparentao’ Ruivo for $2,329,943.88, one of four millionaires made, with Pim ‘ForMatherRussia’ de Goede claiming second place worth $2,309,994 following a heads-up deal.

Team partypoker’s Anatoly Filatov said: “It was a tough night; the swings were crazy. Ups and downs. The event is crazy, with lots of people and many good players. “On the last level I successfully caught a big bluff and now have a good stack. Can’t wait for Day 2!”

John Duthie, chairman of partypoker LIVE, said of the $1M chip leader bonus promotion: “If you’re chip leader after Day 1A, and you win it, you’re gonna add another million? That’s just crazy. That’s crazy!” British pro Niall Farrell joked: “I’d get out of bed for four million!”

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