Big names assemble for Millions Online Day 1B. Team partypoker’s Sam Trickett and Dzmitry Urbanovich among those to make it through. A host of household names pulled up a chair last night, 29 November for Day 1B of the largest online poker tournament in history, as 484 entries contributed a further $2,420,000 in player buy-ins to Partypoker’s Millions Online.
Adding to the $7,870,000 generated from Day 1A’s 1,574 entries on 25 November, over half of the event’s record $20,000,000 guarantee has now been achieved with three further starting flights yet to run. 73 players successfully navigated their way through yesterday’s field, joining the 230 who progressed from Day 1A.
Of the 73 safely through is Team partypoker’s Sam Trickett, the most successful UK player of all time who will return for Day 2 on 5,576,388 to put him 167th in chips. Trickett’s teammate, Polish pro Dzmitry Urbanovich also lives to see Day 2 and currently occupies 264th place with 2,432,447.
Posting the day’s third highest chip count was 2016 partypoker Million champion, Troy “good player” Quenneville, who carries a hefty 15,442,304 through to Day 2 to leave him 12th overall. Elsewhere, English businessman, Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi finished up with 3,600,564 at the close of Day 1B to take up 226th spot for Day 2.
Shakerchi said: “I’m delighted to be playing the biggest ever online tournament and looking forward to Day 2 on Tuesday.”
Underscoring his position as partypoker’s number 1 global US online poker player, Niklas “Drulitooo” Astedt also comes back with a shot at the $2,500,000 first place prize after bagging up 9,684,050, good enough for 62nd place. rickett, Astedt and co. have some way to go to catch to Philipp Gruissem, also of Team partypoker. The German retains his stranglehold on the event following a storming Day 1A, armed with a tournament-leading 26,865,379.
Attentions now shift to two further days packed with satellites from today, before Day 1C shuffles up for what is expected to be a huge turnout on Sunday, 2 December at 19:00 GMT.
Giving all players a chance to participate in the historic event, partypoker is guaranteeing over 1,000 seats in total across 10 days of Mega Satellites, with a further 75 guaranteed in today’s satellite line-up.
Millions Online is the largest online poker tournament in history. The winner is guaranteed to receive a record $2,500,000, while the top four finishers will all emerge as millionaires. partypoker managing director, Tom Waters said: “We set ourselves a target of 500 in last night’s Day 1B, and it looks like we’ll come extremely close to reaching the $20,000,000 guarantee.
“The final three Day 1s from Sunday to Tuesday will arguably be the tensest period in partypoker’s history, but we are confident we can get there.” Team partypoker’s Sam Trickett said: “The Mega Satellites offer amazing value for anybody looking to make history and take part in the biggest MTT ever!”