Elias Leads Again in partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America $25.5K

Daren Elias

It might be a new tournament, but it still has the same Day 1 chip leader. Darren Elias cruised through another opening day at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America, this time in the $25,500 Super High Roller. Elias wound up throwing 8,815,000 in his bag, good enough to sit a the top of the leaderboard with just 15 players remaining.

PositionPlayerCountryChip Count
1Darren EliasUnited States8,815,000]
2Viktor BlomSweden6,755,000
3Kevin HobbsCanada4,450,000
4Sean WinterUnited States3,800,000
5Chance KornuthUnited States3,675,000
6Niall FarrellUnited Kingdom2,735,000
7Joao SimaoBrazil2,385,000
8Marc MacDonnellIreland2,235,000
9Manig LoeserGermany2,200,000
10Victor RamdinUnited States2,130,000
11Christopher KrukCanada2,065,000
12John KrpanCanada2,000,000
13Anthony ZinnoUnited States1,970,000
14Toby LewisUnited Kingdom915,000
15David OrmsbyCanada870,000

Elias also ended Day 1 of the $10,300 High Roller with the chip lead. However, he was unable to work his way into the money after a couple of unfortunate hands on Day 2. This time around, the New Jersey native will be looking to make good on his Day 1 performance. The day started off slow for Elias, as he was forced to use his second bullet early in the day. After the last break of the day, Elias caught fire, eliminating multiple opponents and working his way to the front.

It won't be smooth sailing for him though with Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom not far off in the distance. Blom spent most of his day on the feature table but just like Elias, had to use two bullets to spin up a stack. Blom finished the day with 6,755,000 which left him in second place.

Viktor Blom
Viktor Blom

Kevin Hobbs, a businessman playing poker for the love of the game, also had another successful day. Hobbs is coming off a third-place finish yesterday in the High Roller and continued to ride the momentum by bagging 4,450,000 to round out the top three.

Some other notables moving on to Day 2 include partypoker Ambassador Joao Simao (2,385,000), Sean Winter (3,800,000), Chance Kornuth (3,675,000), and Niall Farrell (2,735,000).

It was a field full of big names, and not all of them were fortunate enough to make it through the day. The likes of partypoker Sponsored Pros Kristen Bicknell and Roberto Romanello, Alex Foxen, David Eldridge, and Parker Talbot all hit the rail earlier than they were hoping for.

When the action resumes on Monday at 12:00 PM local time, it will be a race to get to the final seven spots in the money. A min-cash will be worth $60,000 while the winner will be taking home $325,000 for their efforts. The blinds will resume on level 13 at 35,000/70,000 and a 70,000 button ante. The blind levels will continue to be 40-minutes in length with a 15-minute break after every three levels. The unofficial final table will assemble at nine players with one table being live-streamed throughout the day.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be on site to bring you all of the action until a winner is crowned. Check all the partypoker MILLIONS North America live updates right here. The seat draw for Day 2 can be found here.

Kevin Hobbs
Kevin Hobbs

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