PartyPoker MILLIONS LIVE 2019 Schedule Takes Shape

PartyPoker MILLIONS LIVE 2019 Schedule Takes Shape

Every one of the three major online poker sites in the world – PokerStars, 888poker, and PartyPoker – maintain a schedule of live tournament series. It connects the online poker world with the live circuit, giving poker players the chance to win entries into live events via online qualifiers and giving them reasons to stay loyal to a particular brand.

PartyPoker LIVE has grown in recent years, and the addition of its MILLIONS high-roller series began to deliver a more well-rounded set of tournaments at each stop. And with the hiring of John Duthie as PartyPoker LIVE president in early 2017, the tour was almost guaranteed to improve, considering Duthie’s much-acclaimed success with the European Poker Tour for PokerStars.

Nearly finishing two years with the PartyPoker LIVE team, Duthie is ready to kick off a new season of live events under the MILLIONS umbrella for 2019 in Brazil.

Five Events Scheduled

The PartyPoker LIVE MILLIONS series offers tournaments geared toward high-roller players but open to anyone who can qualify online. They consist of Hold’em and Omaha events, all with guaranteed prize pools in the range of $5 million to $10 million.

The short but impressive season will get underway in mid-March in Brazil, a new location for all poker players on any circuit. The May event will take players to the familiar Playground Poker Club in Canada and then King’s Casino in the Czech Republic in August, and the MILLIONS World stop will take place in the Bahamas. And the last event of the year will again be online.

MILLIONS South America at Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dates:  March 15-24

Main Event buy-in:  $10,300

Prize pool guarantee:  $5 million

MILLIONS North America at Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada

Dates:  May 22-27

Main Event buy-in:  CAD$10,300

Prize pool guarantee:  CAD$5 million

MILLIONS Europe at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic

Dates:  August 10-18

Main Event buy-in:  €10,300

Prize pool guarantee:  €5 million

MILLIONS World at Baha Mar, Bahamas

Dates:  November 15-24

Main Event buy-in:  $10,300

Prize pool guarantee:  $10 million

MILLIONS Online

Dates:  TBD

Main Event buy-in:  $10,300

Prize pool guarantee:  TBD

While the details of the MILLIONS Online event are yet to be determined or announced, the website noted that it will be patterned after the success of the recently concluded MILLIONS Online. That event not only had a $20 million guarantee for the $5,300 buy-in tournament, the actual prize pool exceeded the promise when it landed at $21,385,000. It became the largest online tournament of its kind, and while the 2019 event will have double the buy-in, it is likely that the guarantee and many months of satellite opportunities will allow PartyPoker to rival last year’s results.

Notable Season 3 Changes

What followers of the series will notice is that the main events have all been increased to 10,000 in various currencies per location, and there are no reentries allowed. There will also be no multiple starting flights, and late registration will be more limited than in the past.

The schedules at each location are also more condensed, which allows each series to wrap in seven days or less. Per Duthie, this is a chance to give the hosting casinos to add their own tournaments to the series for local players and focus on traveling players more heavily during the week of PartyPoker LIVE tournaments.

Duthie noted that, as with other recent changes at PartyPoker, all changes are a result of listening to players on the tour and those who want to play in the future. “Our MILLIONS Season 2 tour has been very successful,” said Duthie, “however we pride ourselves on listening to player feedback and continually improving our offering to ensure we provide the best live tour in the world.”

Larger LIVE Schedule

Since the vast majority of poker players cannot afford to buy in to the MILLIONS LIVE events and may not qualify for their entries and travel, there are many other options. One need only look at the regular PartyPoker LIVE schedule to see more than a dozen other live tournament series.

The first official stop on the tour actually began on December 27, 2018. The Grand Prix Dublin Main Event was a €120 buy-in with a €100K guarantee and is still gathering players; it will ultimately finish on January 6, 2019.

Grand Prix Germany at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic

Dates:  January 6-14

ME Guarantee:  €500K

WPT Russia at Casino Sochi in Sochi, Russia

Dates:  January 13-27

ME Guarantee:  ₽90 million

World Cup of Cards at Playground Poker Club in Quebec, Canada

Dates:  January 20 – February 6

ME Guarantee:  CAD$500K

Dusk Till Dawn Grand Prix at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK

Dates:  January 20-27

ME Guarantee:  £150K

Grand Prix Punta del Este in Punta del Este, Uruguay

Dates:  February 19-23

ME Guarantee:  not listed

WPT Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain

Dates:  March 3-17

ME Guarantee:  €3 million

WSOP Circuit Germany at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic

Dates:  March 14 – April 1

ME Guarantee:  €1,103,500

WSOP Circuit UK at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK

Dates:  March 31 – April 14

ME Guarantee:  £1 million

WSOP Circuit Russia at Casino Sochi, Russia

Dates:  July 14-28

ME Guarantee:  ₽60 million

WSOP Circuit Montreal at Playground Poker Club in Quebec, Canada

Dates:  August 18 – September 2

ME Guarantee:  CAD$2 million

WSOP Circuit Rio at Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dates:  September 15 – October 1

ME Guarantee:  not listed

WPT UK at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK

Dates:  September 22 – October 6

ME Guarantee:  £1.5 million

WPT Montreal at Playground Poker Club in Quebec, Canada

Dates:  October 20 – November 3

ME Guarantee:  CAD$3 million

 

About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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