partypoker MILLIONS, the largest-ever live tournament presented by the popular poker brand, concluded last night at Dusk Till Dawn Casino Nottingham. The event featured a guaranteed prize pool of £6 million and a guaranteed first-place prize of £1 million.
And the first-place prize was scooped by Argentina’s Maria Lampropoulos. The female poker pro was crowned winner last night after beating out a field of more than 6,500 fellow players. Lampropoulos added the hefty payout to her previous live poker earnings of $351,422.
partypoker MILLIONS was a rather unique event in its structure. It was held in several phases, with those running from October 4, 2016 through April 4, 2107. Interested players were able to qualify for the event through different live tournaments as well as through online satellites. The final four days of partypoker MILLIONS took place on April 20-23.
And the final day saw eight players at a final table, all determined to win as large a portion of the prize pool as possible. There were four players from the UK, one from Argentina, one from Poland, one from Trinidad and Tobago, and one from the US among the final eight. And aside from Lampropoulos, there was one more female player at the final table – UK’s Katie Swift.
Neel Murthy was the first to leave on the event’s final day. The player faced off Lampropoulos, but timing was the worst possible for him and he was eliminated in 8th place for £72,395. Swift was the next to go. She was first weakened by Stephen Chidwick, who doubled through her to escape his position as the short stack, and was then eliminated by Jeremy Pantin. Swift received £100,000 in prize money.
Shortly after, Chidwick himself went out in sixth place for £150,000. The field was then reduced to two players, with Jon Spinks, Mateusz Rypulak, and Jeremy Pantin falling in fifth, fourth, and third places, respectively. The players collected £220,000, £320,000, and £450,000 for running deep into the partypoker MILLIONS tournament.
UK’s Jacob Mulhern was Lampropoulos’ last final table opponent. The announcement about the partypoker MILLIONS struck a particularly happy chord with Mulhern. The player was determined to win it and when he found himself as one of the last two people standing at the final table, he felt that he really had the chance to do it. It was not meant to be for the 24-year-old, though, but he said last night that he was content with his runner-up finish. Mulhern took home £650,000 for his second place in the major event.
As for Lampropoulos, she was really overwhelmed with her career’s biggest accomplishment. Here it is interesting to note that her boyfriend – poker pro Ivan Luca – was among her supporters on the rail last night. Last year, the poker-playing couple played heads-up in a EUREKA €1,100 Main Event. Although partners in life, the two players contended fiercely against each other for the EUREKA title and it was Luca who emerged victorious eventually.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest news from the global gambling industry.
Terry Davis holds a degree in Psychology, but it was after his graduation that he found his real passion – writing. Previously, he worked for a local news magazine.