partypoker LIVE might have only burst onto the scene at the start of 2017, but already it’s impressing seasoned tournament pros.
When the partypoker LIVE tournament bus headed to the UK’s Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) poker room on April 18, the pressure was on the organizers to deliver.
With hopes high a guaranteed prizepool of £6,000,000/$7,668,874, the Millions main event looked as though it was going to provide a great follow-up to the tour’s inaugural festival in Sochi.
Another Positive Result for partypoker
In the end, the collaboration between partypoker and DTD proved to be an even bigger success.
During the €1,100/$1,193 Sochi main event in March, the organizers counted 1,170 entrants in the, but in England the final number of participants topped 8,500.
Thanks to a hybrid system where players could take part in preliminary stages online for $700 or buy-in live for $6,744, the final prizepool sailed passed the guarantee to ensure the winner took home $1,277,482.
When it came down to the final throes of the event, Argentina’s Maria Lampropulos proved that it’s only the size of your chip stack that matters when it comes to poker.
The diminutive frame of Lampropulos might not have cut an imposing figure at the start of the final table, but when she found herself heads-up with Jacob Mulhern, she was able to rise to the occasion.
Lampropulos Rallies to Win Big
Despite falling behind at the start of the match, Lampropulos kept her composure and eventually found the right cards at the right time to clinch the title. With the slight edge on her opponent, Lampropulos moved in with pocket kings and find a caller in Mulhern with Ah Qc.
As the board ran out 9c 6s 3h 5s 4s, a victorious Lampropulos was mobbed by her supporters as she not only became the latest partypoker LIVE champion, but edged her way into to the top 20 female earners of all time.
1. Maria Lampropulos – $1,277,482
2. Jacob Mulhern – $833,105
3. Jeremy Pantin – $576,765
4. Mateusz Rypulak – $410,144
5. Jon Spinks – $281,974
6. Stephen Chidwick – $192,255
7. Katie Swift – $128,170
8. Neel Murthy – $92,789
With the new partypoker LIVE tour off to a positive start, breaking guarantees in Sochi and Dusk Till Dawn, the organizers will now be looking to May’s event in Canada for more of the same.