PartyPoker Millions Russia
PartyPoker Millions Russia
The World Series of Poker Main Event may be done for another year but there's little room to pause for breath on the live poker circuit as another tournament with a huge prize pool comes charging over the horizon.
The 9th of September will see cards in the air for Day 1A of the PartyPoker Millions Russia, taking place at the Sochi Casino and Resort and likely to be the biggest poker event in the nation's history. Following the success of the inaugural Millions event in April, held at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, the party now moves on to Eastern Europe, where a mammoth $9,000,000 in prize money is guaranteed, including $5,000,000 for the Main Event and $1,000,000 each for the EAPT Grand Final, High Roller, Super High Roller and 8-Max side events.
The massive prize pool is sure to attract a number of big names but PartyPoker's excellent satellite structure will ensure that the tournament is accessible across the board. Direct entry to the tournament will set you back $5000+$300 but phased entry, live and online, is available for $500+$50. For those whose pockets aren't quite as deep, a broad online satellite tree allows players to qualify from as little as $0.01.
Now boasting a stable of highly respected ambassadors, including Sam Trickett, Carl Froch and the irrepressible Mike Sexton, Party's commitment to hosting live poker has been nothing short of exceptional in the last couple of years. “I’m really looking forward to our upcoming… event in Sochi, Russia.” said Sexton. “A number of people have told me that this is the nicest venue for a poker tournament in the world! I can’t wait to see for myself.”
The Millions event sits nicely as a big brother to the highly popular (although confusingly similarly named) Million series which, to date, has had stops in Sochi, Rozvadov and Montreal, guaranteeing seven figure prize pools at each venue.
With PartyPoker once again rising as a force in the poker world and Sochi evidently looking to cement its place on the list of top quality poker venues, this event promises to be another string to the bow of an operator committed to making big poker tournaments widely available.
Players to Watch
Ukrainian mixed game player Dmitry Chop will be a leading contender, having not only shipped a career best $225,000 in the party Million Sochi Main Event in March but also spiking a 3rd place finish for $23,905 in the $3000+$300 High Roller the very same week. Chop also boasts very impressive 56th and 125th place finishes in the WSOP Main Event on his résumé.
Marcel Luske is the Netherlands' all-time leading player and a new addition to party's ambassadorial team. Luske's $263,532 for a 23rd place finish in this year's WSOP Main Event was his biggest score for over ten years. This timely return to form could make the Dutch veteran good value for a deep run in Sochi.
Russian hold-em specialist Vladimir Troyanovskiy will be looking to go one better than his previous cash on home soil when his runner-up place in the Pokerstars Championship main event was good for $327,011. Mirroring Dmitry Chop's side event success, Troyanovskiy also walked off with $26,391 for a 3rd place finish in the High Roller.