Another 493 players bought into the MILLIONS Online Main Event on Day 1B, taking the total number of entrants to 1,084 and the prize pool to an impressive $5,420,000. Peter Jetten was the star of the second and final flight, he bagged up 26,423,338 chips and the title of Day 1B chip leader.
MILLIONS Online Main Event Day 1B Chip Counts
|5||Sosia Jiang||New Zealand||14,323,488|
Jetten was cruising along towards the middle of the pack with the end of Day 1B looming. He then clashed with Team partypoker’s Mikita Badziakouski in a monster-sized pot to claim the chip lead.
Jetten min-raised to 380,000 from under the gun, Robert White called in late position before Badziakouski three-bet from the big blind. Jetten put in another raise, which folded out White, but Badziakouski called. A flop saw Badziakouski check. Jetten bet 1,428,000, Badziakouski check-raised to 3,500,000 before snap-calling when Jetten jammed for 8,723,539. Jetten flipped over and Badziakouski . Both the turn and river were deuces and Jetten’s stack swelled to more than 24.5 million chips.
Badziakouski managed to keep his composure and progressed to Day 2 with a 5,716,808 stack. His fellow orange diamond-sporting teammate Kristen Bicknell also made it through shark-infested Day 1B field, finishing with 2,461,804 chips.
Big Names Punch Their Day 2 Tickets
Scores of big names navigated their way through the tough Day 1B field and are now within touching distance of the $892,274 top prize.
Aleksei Barkov ended his flight second in chips with an 18,158,570 stack, while New Zealand’s Sosia Jiang bagged up 14,323,488 chips and had the biggest stack of any of the ladies competing in the MILLIONS Main Event.
Christian Jeppsson (13,652,912), Brock Wilson (12,256,520), Stephen Chidwick (9,300,614), Jake Schindler (8,979,836), Upeshka Da Silva (7,415,731), Joseph Cheong (7,039,184), Chance Kornuth (6,784,541), Dylan Linde (6,573,497), Adam Owen (6,354,889), Adrian Mateos (5,276,177), Juha Helppi (4,424,478), and Luke Reeves (2,992,378) are just a selection of the stellar names to look out for on Day 2.
The End Of The Road
It wasn’t the best of flights for the Team partypoker roster. Matthew Staples stone-cold bubbled the $530 Mega Sat but bought into the Main Event anyway. Things didn’t go to plan and Staples won’t be joining his brother Jamie on Day 2.
Neutral fans hoped Mary Pudmoreff would make it through. Pudmoreff won her $5,300 seat for free thanks to Kristen Bicknell’s Twitter promotion. Pudmoreff came unstuck with on an board when Dean Arsenie held .
Others who are now focussing on the side events include Michael Chi Zhang, David Peters, Tom Middleton, Dominik Nitsche, Sam Grafton, Thomas Muehloecker, reigning champion Benjamin Chalot, and Roberto Romanello.
Day 2 Players Are In The Money
Day 2 commences at 19:05 GMT on March 1 and sees 160 players return to the partypoker virtual felt. Day 1A chip leader Daniel Dvoress is the man to catch having turned his one-million chip starting stack into 30,582,133.
All 160 returning players are in the money and have locked up $10,695 for their efforts. Ten levels will be played on Day 2, which will see the field whittled even further. Those blinds are 30-minutes long so even the shorter stacks have some wiggle room.
We will have a better idea of who will become the MILLIONS Online Main Event champion by the time the curtain comes down on Day 2 proceedings. Who do you think will be leading at the close of play?
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