The $10,300 MILLIONS UK Main Event will crown its champion today at Dusk Till Dawn, awarding one of 12 Day 3 survivors the trophy and $1,000,000 top prize. Yesterday saw 76 in-the-money players fight over nine hour-long levels to secure a place in the final day, all paid a minimum of $20,000. The prize guaranteed today’s combatants is $50,000, with six-figure payouts awaiting the top eight finishers.
In the lead after 518 entrants have bitten the dust is James Romero, whose 77.9 million chips put him narrowly ahead of Jamie O’Connor (73.5 million) and Weijie Zheng (71.7 million). Romero has already racked up over $4 million in live tournament winnings, including nearly $2 million which he claimed in 2016 along with a WPT title.
Fourth in chips is the winner of the inaugural MILLIONS UK Main Event, Maria Lampropoulos. She picked up two seven-figure cashes in two years starting right here in 2017; to make history as the first partypoker MILLIONS double champion is now her goal.
With these two exceptions, winning the Main Event would mean the first live million dollar poker payday for these players, although there is no shortage of experience at the final two tables. Ludovic Geilich is a partypoker Ambassador and has consistently made finals (and hoisted trophies) around the globe since 2013.
Anton Suarez, one of two Swedes in the final dozen, has taken turns in the chip lead for nearly two days with current Irish Open champion Zheng. He returns to the fray with 41 million chips, slightly ahead of his countryman Fredrick Andersson. The UK’s James Clarke and John Mooney may start with under 20 big blinds, but there is still plenty of play left in the structure for them to get back in the mix.
Play restarts at noon, with the live stream – and spoiler-free live coverage in time with it – beginning at 1pm.
|2||Ludovic Geilich||United Kingdom||23,100,000||19|
|4||Jamie O’Connor||United Kingdom||73,500,000||61|
|8||Alex Lindop||United Kingdom||38,200,000||32|
|22||1||Jack Hardcastle||United Kingdom||37,100,000||31|
|3||James Clarke||United Kingdom||16,600,000||14|
|4||James Romero||United States||77,900,000||65|
|8||John Mooney||United Kingdom||20,500,000||17|