partypoker US Network PKO Series 2021 partypoker MILLIONS Online 2021 PokerStars MICOOP
Main Event
Days:
1a

Event Info

Prize Pool $5,000,000
Players 591
Players Left 87
Average Chip Stack 6,793,103
Total Chips 591,000,000

Level Info

Level 20
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 20,000

Players Info - Day 1a

Players Left 87
Entries 591
 
Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Dvoress Tops 1a of the 2021 partypoker MILLIONS Online Main Event; Staples, Urbanovich And Koon Advance

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Daniel Dvoress
Daniel Dvoress

The first of two starting days for the 2021 partypoker MILLIONS Online $5,300 Main Event has wrapped up. Thanks to 591 total entries, the tournament is on track to surpass the $5 million guarantee as another starting day remains one week from now on Sunday, February 28th, 2021.

After nine and a half hours of poker action, the day ended with just 87 survivors. Initially, Day 1a was supposed to conclude with the top 15% of the field and 89 contenders remaining. However, during the final hand of the night, three players hit the rail on different tables to miss out on a payday entirely.

High Roller regular Daniel Dvoress claimed the Day 1a lead and amassed 30,582,133 in chips. Not far behind the Canadian are Hermogenes Gelonezi (27,798,834) and Andras Nemeth (27,371,860), as well as the 2020 WSOP Main Event international leg finalist Dominykas Mikolaitis (24,489,173). Mikolaitis was partly responsible for the end of the day when he knocked out partypoker ambassador Joao Simao during the most crucial stage of the day.

2021 partypoker MILLIONS Online $5,300 Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Daniel DvoressCanada30,582,133218
2Hermogenes GeloneziBrazil27,798,834199
3Andras NemethHungary27,371,860196
4Dominykas MikolaitisLithuania24,489,173175
5Arnaud EnselmeFrance18,339,430131
6Simon NielsenDenmark18,072,924129
7Joshua HoeselUnited States17,591,055126
8Endrit GeciUnited Kingdom17,498,394125
9Pedro PadilhaBrazil16,330,297117
10Espen Uhlen JorstadNorway15,695,668112

Some notables that made it through to Day 2 with an above-average stack in the first flight already include Joshua Hoesel (17,591,055), Pedro Padilha (16,330,297), Espen Uhlen Jorstad (15,695,668), Oleg Vasylchenko (13,787,078), Simon Deadman (10,762,859), Christian Rudolph (9,544,082), Bruno Volkmann (9,453,291) and 2019 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Alexandros Kolonias (9,127,932).

Jaime Staples
Jaime Staples

Plenty of other well-known names of the international poker circuit locked up a payday and that also includes three partypoker representatives. For Twitch streamer Jaime Staples, it was the first cash in an online poker event with a buy-in of $5,000 or higher. The Canadian made it through with a stack of 8,386,939, while sponsored pro Dzmitry Urbanovich (1,984,954) and Jason Koon (1,700,256) were among the shortest stacks at the end of the night.

It wasn't an easy ride by any means for Staples, who scored a lucky double up with king-jack versus kings when he was short. However, once that crucial step was done, the Canadian never looked back and picked up big hands along the way to consistently grow his stack.

All other partypoker representatives were not as fortunate and hit the rail throughout the day including Mikita Badziakouski, Joni Jouhkimainen, Patrick Leonard, Isaac Haxton, and John Duthie. The list of Day 1a casualties beyond that reads like the who-is-who of the international poker circuit.

The Action of the Day

There were only a handful of casualties in the first few levels of the day and among them was partypoker Advisory Board member Duthie. On a shorter stack, he got it in with fours and deuces only to run into superior two pair, which held. For Leonard, the second bullet ended against Sergei Koliakov when king-queen suited made an inferior pair versus ace-nine.

Jason Koon's first bullet ended rather early as well after a clash with Guillaume Nolet. However, Koon re-entered and ran up an above-average stack which only faltered late on once the money bubble approached.

Among the many hopefuls were also former MILLIONS Main Event champions. Benjamin Chalot won the 2019 online edition which featured a buy-in of $10,300. The Frenchman and Hungary resident fired two bullets on Day 1a and didn't make it through. MILLIONS UK live edition winner Maria Lampropulos was unable to find any help with a dominated pair to bust after the registration had closed.

Daniel Dvoress jumped to a big stack when he made the nut flush against Ramon Kropmanns and then knocked out Sergi Reixach with kings versus ace-five suited.

While the pace of eliminations certainly picked up mid-way through the day, it slowed down a ton a few dozen players away from the target. Anatoly Filatov fell victim to the hot run of Dvoress and other big names such as Dario Sammartino, Tomas Jozonis, and Georgios Karakousis, Christopher Frank, and Robert Heidorn all busted during the final stage.

Eventually, the bubble burst when Marco Baldini ran out of chips. However, Joao Simao also crashed out on a different table when he ran pocket eights smack dab into the pocket aces of Dominykas Mikolaitis to miss out on Day 2 and the min-cash.

Joao Simao
Joao Simao busted at the very end on Day 1a

All 87 survivors have guaranteed a portion of the $5 million guarantee already. However, with such a solid turnout for Day 1a, the overall prize pool may grow beyond that as the second and final starting day takes place the following Sunday, February 28th. The PokerNews live reporting team will be back then to provide all the action from the virtual arena.

Tags: Benjamin ChalotDaniel DvoressDominykas MikolaitisDzmitry UrbanovichHermogenes GeloneziIsaac HaxtonJaime StaplesJason KoonJoao SimaoJohn DuthieJoni JouhkimainenJoshua HoeselMaria LampropulosMikita BadziakouskiPatrick LeonardRobert HeidornSergi Reixach

End-Of-Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 20: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Daniel Dvoress ca 30,582,133 2,607,500
Hermogenes Gelonezi br 27,798,834 6,865,984
Andras Nemeth hu 27,371,860 1,220,000
Dominykas Mikolaitis lt 24,489,173
Arnaud Enselme fr 18,339,430 -365,000
Simon Nielsen dk 18,072,924 -676,000
Joshua Hoesel us 17,591,055 675,000
Endrit Geci gb 17,498,394 544,380
Pedro Padilha br 16,330,297 -671,285
Espen Uhlen Jorstad no 15,695,668 -267,000
Adria Diaz Dalmau es 14,443,932
Oleg Vasylchenko ua 13,787,078 1,977,500
Gergo Hegedus HU 11,480,768 -480,000
Vicent Bosca es 11,431,068 1,199,000
Christopher Brice GB 10,823,127
Simon Deadman gb 10,762,859 1,194,502
Christian Rudolph de 9,544,082 7,500
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs lv 9,522,412 712,000
Bruno Volkmann br 9,453,291 2,375,779
Alexandros Kolonias gr 9,127,932 -2,043,000
Ilia Rusalimchik RU 8,885,678 -4,419,506
Joris Ruijs nl 8,667,631 -120,000
Jaime Staples ca 8,386,939 -876,000
Michael Sklenicka cz 8,209,056 3,039,392
Jonathan Proudfoot gb 7,515,548 -3,760,824

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Day 1a Completed

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

On the final hand, David Coleman also bowed out and the results show him in 88th place without any payday. All remaining 87 players advanced to Day 2 and have locked up a portion of the prize pool.

That wraps up the updates for Day 1a, however, assorted chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

David Coleman us Busted

Simao Crashes Out Against Mikolaitis

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Simao vs Mikolaitis
Simao vs Mikolaitis

There was no hand for hand mode activated and pretty much all tables had several players using their time banks. Eventually, it was Marco Baldini who bowed out and that should have spelled the end for Day 1a. However, the active hands were still running and another massive pot was brewing.

Joao Simao raised to 325,000 and Dominykas Mikolaitis three-bet to 1,440,000 out of the big blind. Simao used more than 60 seconds of his time bank before jamming for more than 10.9 million and Mikolaitis beat him into the pot.

Joao Simao: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}
Dominykas Mikolaitis: {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}

The board ran out {6-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and just like that, the above-average stack of Simao vanished into thin air as he departed in 89th place.

Dominykas Mikolaitis lt 24,489,173 14,452,028
Joao Simao br Busted
Marco Baldini MX Busted

Tags: Dominykas MikolaitisJoao Simao

Koon Short on the Bubble

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Jason Koon had doubled not long ago and was now involved in another big pot on the bubble to wrap up Day 1a. On a double-paired turn of {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{6-Clubs}, Koon fired a bet of 1,222,500 into a pot of 4,890,000 and picked up a call by Gergo Hegedus.

The {j-Spades} river went check, check, and Koon's {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} were no good, as Hegedus had that beat with the {a-Spades}{q-Spades}.

Gergo Hegedus HU 11,960,768 2,148,414
Jason Koon us 1,860,256 -728,622

Heidorn Out Before the Bubble

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Heidorn vs Staples
Heidorn vs Staples

The money bubble has been reached as just 90 players remain and 89 of them will advance to Day 2, all of which will be guaranteed a slice of the cash prize pool.

Among those to bust in quick succession were Christopher Frank, Robert Heidorn and Niels de Moree.

Heidorn's demise came in a button push for the last 905,827, which Jaime Staples isolated by jamming out of the small blind.

Robert Heidorn: {a-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}
Jaime Staples: {k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}

The {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{4-Clubs} board left Heidorn drawing dead on the turn and he bowed out in 91st place.

Jaime Staples ca 9,262,939 813,327
Niels de Moree nl Busted
Robert Heidorn de Busted
Christopher Frank de Busted

Abreu Takes From Ruijs

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Joris Ruijs raised to 400,000 and was called by Andre Abreu, which led them to the {10-Spades}{7-Hearts}{4-Hearts} flop. Both players checked and Ruijs then bet small on the {5-Spades} turn, Abreu came along.

The {2-Spades} river was checked again by both players and Ruijs tabled the {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs} for ace-king high. Abreu had that beat with {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} and chipped up close to the bubble.

Gergo Hegedus HU 9,812,354 -4,323,540
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs lv 8,810,412 8,810,412
Joris Ruijs nl 8,787,631 1,355,450
Kolja Luecking DE 6,977,675 6,977,675
Andre Abreu br 4,315,852 4,315,852
Jason Koon us 2,588,878 -2,194,251
Joao Ferreira pt 2,075,486 805,181
Level:
20
Blinds:
80,000/160,000
Ante:
20,000

Staples Does ASMR

poolshir • Level 19: 70,000-140,000, 17,500 ante

With 93 players left in the field, players are stalling left, right, and center. Jaime Staples is still going strong with his Twitch stream which has already surpassed 12 hours by now. In his stream, viewers can request things with their viewer points and one of them asked Staples to provide them with a short ASMR message. This is the result: