Breaking Down the Action:
  • Staples Crashes Out Early
  • Big Players Make the Final
  • Geci Grabs the Lead

The penultimate day’s action in the partypoker MILLIONS Online Main Event saw stars such as Daniel Dvoress and Dzmitry Urbanovich make the final table while other poker luminaries bit the dust on a busy evening of action.

With 28 players dropping to just nine for the final table, let’s take a look at how four tables became one and we reached the last stage of a journey to finding another big MILLIONS Online winner and the recipient of the $892,275 top prize.

Staples Crashes Out Early

One of the biggest names to take part in the action was Jaime Staples. The popular partypoker pro and Twitch streamer extraordinaire came into the action full of hope that a major online title such as this – not to mention the best part of a million dollars – would be his.

Sadly for Staples’ many fans, he crashed out in 20th place when he moved all-in for around 13 big blinds with ace-ten. It was a case of unlucky thirteen, however, as his caller, Brazilian Francisco Correia re-shoved for around eight big blinds more and isolated the field with pocket eights.

There was an ace on the flop, but an eight too, and after turn and river couldn’t save him, Staples was on the rail. He took to Twitter soon after to commiserate with his supporters, earning $35,084 for his solid performance.

Big Players Make the Final

While Staples would miss out, there were plenty of big names who went all the way to the final day, including the partypoker pro’s conqueror Correia. Many of the players involved when play kicked off had made it to Day 3 from a $530 satellite rather than paying the full $5,300 entry, and although players such as George McDonald (28th) and Jiri Kocab (27th) were the first two players to lose their seats, others such as Timothy Ulmer (17th for $35,084) went as far as Jaime Staples.

Another player to bag a final table seat at a tenth of the standard coat was Staples’ partypoker teammate, Dzmitry Urbanovich, who will go into the action on 119 million chips. While that sounds like a huge amount, it equates to only 34 big blinds, and the final day is shallow enough to dictate that there’ll be a lot of early action when the final kicks off.

As well as Urbanovich, Richard Mullen and Martin Brinkmann both turned a satellite entry into a final table seat, but it was the Polish-Belarussian who will headline many pundits’ tip for the player who’ll eventually take the title. Urbanovich himself was ecstatic to have reached the final nine.

Geci Grabs the Lead

As play got closer and closer to the final nine, one player rose highest and by a considerable distance. Britain-based Endrit Geci will go into the final with a massive chip lead, holding 252 million chips, good for 72 big blinds. That’s a lot more than his nearest challenger, Daniel Dvoress, with the Canadian bagging up a virtual mountain of 170 million chips.

Daniel Dvoress in action at the live felt

Daniel Dvoress will be one of the favourites to win the title (image courtesy of PokerGO)

Coming into play, the two men at the top of the chipcounts had been Valentyn Kazantsev and Oliver Weis, but German player Weis saw his run end in 15th place for a cash of $43,335 while Kazantsev came 11th for $54,542, missing out on the final by just two places.

Earlier in the MILLIONS Online 2021 Series, another Canadian, Justin Ouimette, won the Mini Main Event, but he couldn’t reach the final table of its big brother tournament, busting in an agonising 10th place for $54,542 and the ultimate defeat, just one place away from the final day.

You can watch all the final table action when it kicks off tonight on a delayed live stream from 7.05pm GMT on the partypokerTV YouTube channel.

Who’ll win the $892,275 top prize, an amount that tops even what Arsenii Malinov won in the Super MILLION$ final table last night? We can’t wait to find out!

Partypoker MILLIONS Online Main Event Final Table Chipcounts:

Position Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1st Endrit Geci United Kingdom 252,646,714 72
2nd Daniel Dvoress Canada 170,567,288 49
3rd Hermogenes Gelonezi Brazil 126,236,940 36
4th Dzmitry Urbanovich Poland 119,870,996 34
5th Christian Rudolph Germany 115,562,478 33
6th Francisco Correia Brazil 107,266,106 31
7th Martin Brinkmann United Kingdom 84,487,580 24
8th Jonathan Proudfoot United Kingdom 67,730,276 19
9th Richard Mullen Canada 38,739,864 11

You can watch all the highlights from an incredible day’s action at the felt on Day 3 with commentary from James Dempsey, Henry Kilbane and guest player Joni Joukhimainen right here:

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Paul Seaton

Paul Seaton has written about poker for many years, travelling the world to report live from such poker events as the World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour. As well as reporting live from the felt, Paul was Editor of BLUFF Europe magazine and has written for major poker brands including PokerStars, 888poker and partypoker where he was Head of Media. Paul has interviewed many of the world’s greatest poker players, such as Sam Trickett, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Bryn Kenney, the current all-time money list leader.

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