The final two of all four starting flights of the partypoker LIVE Millions Germany €5,300 Main Event were completed last night at King’s Casino Rozvadov to bring the tournament’s overall field to 1,013 entries.
Players from here and there flocked to the host venue for Days 1c and 1d that were both played on Thursday. Day 1c attracted a total of 295 contenders, of whom only 96 made it through all levels scheduled for the day and secured a seat into Day 2 of the tournament.
Aristeidis Moschonas ended the third starting flight as the chip leader with a total of 8.72 million in chips. Notables that survived through the day included partypoker ambassadors Philipp Gruissem and Joao Simao, Timothy Adams, and Dominik Panka, among others.
Players who shot a bullet into Day 1c but were eliminated at one point in contention or another included German poker star Ole Schemion, Belgium’s Kenny Hallaert, Italy’s Mustapha Kanit, and Czech Republic’s Martin Kabrhel.
A second starting flight was played on Thursday at the host venue and it turned out to be the one to attract the most entries. The event’s Day 1d brought a total of 415 contenders. After the scheduled twelve levels, with each of them lasting 40 minutes, there were only 131 entries to bag and tag for the night. Czech player Ondrej Drozd ended the day as the chip leader with 9.83 million.
Ole Schemion entered Day 1d to eventually secure a seat among the Day 2 hopefuls. Other notables that made it to that next stage of play after failing previously included 2018 PCA Main Event champion Maria Lampropulos, Triple Crown winner Niall Farrell, and Italian poker pro Sergio Castelluccio.
Day 2 Action at King’s Casino
Action at the host venue is set to resume today at noon local time. Survivors from all four starting flights will combine to play in 60 levels. A total of 324 players made it to Day 2. They will be led by a German player nicknamed ggbn.
On Day 1b, the player scooped a total of 10.27 million to secure his top location in the chip counts chart.
Shortly after registration for the tournament closed on Thursday, tournament organizers announced that the €5 million gross guarantee was reached. The money bubble is expected to burst today, but it is yet to be seen how much the winner will receive for topping the massive field of the tournament. The champion’s name will become known on Sunday when the official final table of the Main Event is set to be played.
The €5,300 Main Event will conclude a very successful debut partypoker MILLIONS Germany festival that featured €12.5 million in guaranteed prize money for entries. Among other tournaments, the festival included several high roller events, including the €50,000 Super High Roller that was bested by Michael Zhang for €800,000 and the €25,500 High Roller, which German player Johannes Becker took down for €320,050.