partypoker Announces Record-Breaking $20M Gtd. MILLIONS Online
A couple of weeks ago, partypoker hosted the biggest event in the site's history, the $5,300 partypoker MILLIONS Online. The event grabbed the attention of the poker world and proved to be a huge success by surpassing its $5 million guarantee after 1,047 entrants generated a $5.135 million prize pool. Jonathan "sordykrd" Van Fleet won the inaugural event for $1.027 million or slightly more than the $1 million guaranteed for first place.
partypoker announced that the event will return next year on Dec. 1-4, 2018. The second rendition of the event features a guaranteed prize pool quadrupled to a mind-blowing $20 million, which is the biggest guarantee in online poker history.
Paths to Qualify
In addition to the many satellites and feeder tournaments planned throughout the year, partypoker announced two paths for players to win a free seat to the event.
Starting Feb. 5, the online poker room will host a weekly MILLIONS Online Leaderboard where the top 10 spots each week will be awarded entry to the $5,300 buy-in event. A total of $3 million will be awarded through this promotion which will also include mid and low leaderboards that will give out $22, $109 and $530 satellite tickets to the top 20 players.
Additionally, partypoker will be rewarding the best players in every partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Main Event with 10 seats to the partypoker MILLIONS Online or $53,000 in value awarded to the top 10 players. This will begin for the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany on Feb. 10-18 at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
A Very Big Thank You
partypoker Managing Director Tom Waters shared the enthusiasm of the poker world about the first partypoker MILLIONS Online and wanted to find a way to thank the players who supported the event.
"Running the first MILLIONS Online this year was an exciting time for us, bringing the concept of our live tour online. The feedback we had from our players was overwhelming, so what better way to say thank you than to run it again but this time making the guarantee a whopping $20,000,000," said Waters.
President of partypoker LIVE John Duthie also believed that a record-breaking online prize pool was in order after the first event exceeded expectations.
"I love the concept of a MILLIONS leg on partypoker, it gives us the opportunity to bring together our MILLIONS players from all over the world at the end of the year to compete for an unprecedented prize pool," Duthie said. "I was a little nervous about trying this concept out, but players supported us this time so we should return the favor and go for a record-breaking online prize pool in 2018.”
They are definitely going for it in a big way with just under a year to drum up enough hype and enough players to cover the lofty guarantee.