2021 partypoker MILLIONS Online

Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2021 partypoker MILLIONS Online

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
5,000,000 / 10,000,000
Players Info - Day 1a
Players Left

Main Event

Day 1a Completed

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

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)

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

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Day 1a Completed

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.

Player Chips Progress
David Coleman us
David Coleman

Simao Crashes Out Against Mikolaitis

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.

Player Chips Progress
Dominykas Mikolaitis lt
Dominykas Mikolaitis
24,489,173 14,452,028
Joao Simao br
Joao Simao
WSOP 2X Winner
Marco Baldini mx
Marco Baldini

Tags: Dominykas MikolaitisJoao Simao

Koon Short on the Bubble

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}.

Player Chips Progress
Gergo Hegedus hu
Gergo Hegedus
11,960,768 2,148,414
Jason Koon us
Jason Koon
1,860,256 -728,622
WSOP 1X Winner

Heidorn Out Before the Bubble

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.

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

Abreu Takes From Ruijs

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.

Player Chips Progress
Gergo Hegedus hu
Gergo Hegedus
9,812,354 -4,323,540
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs lv
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs
8,810,412 8,810,412
WPT 1X Winner
Joris Ruijs nl
Joris Ruijs
8,787,631 1,355,450
Kolja Luecking de
Kolja Luecking
6,977,675 6,977,675
Andre Abreu br
Andre Abreu
4,315,852 4,315,852
Jason Koon us
Jason Koon
2,588,878 -2,194,251
WSOP 1X Winner
Joao Ferreira pt
Joao Ferreira
2,075,486 805,181

Level: 20

Blinds: 80,000/160,000

Ante: 20,000

Staples Does ASMR

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: