Mateos and Dvoress Dominate PartyPoker MILLIONS World

Mateos and Dvoress Dominate PartyPoker MILLIONS World

PartyPoker generally puts most of its attention and efforts into online poker, naturally. But PartyPoker LIVE offers players the chance to take those online poker skills to the live tables and compete for millions of dollars in prize pools.

The PartyPoker LIVE events are many and span the world, the most lucrative being PartyPoker MILLIONS events. But one of them combines all of the exciting aspects of PartyPoker tournament series and puts them into motion on an island in the Caribbean.

The MILLIONS World Bahamas, also known as the Caribbean Poker Party, is that one.

Full Schedule

This year’s series took place at the Baha Mar Resort. However, it kicked off with an online charity tournament to benefit the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas on October 13, and proceeded with numerous online satellites and online starting flights of tournaments.

The welcome party hosted players, friends, and family on November 15 at the resort. The next day, the MILLIONS Mini Main Event got underway and took players through a full series of 17 tournaments that wrapped up on November 23.

More than $10 million was allocated to guaranteed prize pools.

All Event Winners

The initial tournaments ranged from $300 buy-ins to a Poker Central-sponsored Super High Roller Bowl with a $250K buy-in.

Event 1:  $1K NLHE Mini Main Event with $1M GTD

Starting Days:  2

Entries:  1,075

Prize pool:  $1,042,750

Paid players:  153

Minimum payout:  $2,000

Winner:  Christopher Brammer (England) $165,000

Event 2:  $250K NLHE Super High Roller Bowl

Entries:  51 (37 players)

Prize pool:  $12,750,000

Paid players:  8

Minimum payout:  $510,000

Winner:  Daniel Dvoress (Canada) $4,080,000

Event 3:  $10K NLHE High Roller with $1M GTD

Entries:  122

Prize pool:  $1,220,000

Paid players:  17

Minimum payout:  $25,000

Winner:  Anatoly Filatov (Russia) $280,000

Event 4:  $2K NLHE Warm-Up

Entries:  155

Prize pool:  $300,700

Paid players:  20

Minimum payout:  $4,000

Winner:  Brandon Shells (England) $75,000

Event 5:  $25K NLHE Super High Roller with $2M GTD

Entries:  125

Prize pool:  $3,125,000

Paid players:  17

Minimum payout:  $60,000

Winner:  Adrian Mateos (Spain) $520,464

Event 6:  $1K NLHE Turbo Bounty (no results found)

Event 7:  $10K NLHE Main Event with $10M GTD

Starting Days:  2

Entries:  948

Prize pool:  $9,480,000 ($10M to meet guarantee)

Paid players:  135

Minimum payout:  $20,000

Winner:  Adrian Mateos (Spain) $1,162,805

Event 8:  $25K Short Deck Hold’em

Entries:  45

Prize pool:  $1,091,250

Paid players:  6

Minimum payout:  $70,000

Winner:  Daniel Dvoress (Canada) $375,000

Event 9:  $500 NLHE Hyper Turbo (no results found)

Event 10:  $500 NLHE Hyper Turbo 6-Max (no results found)

Event 11:  $500 NLHE Bounty (no results found)

Event 12:  $10K High Roller Finale with $1M GTD

Entries:  205

Prize pool:  $2,050,000

Paid players:  29

Minimum payout:  $25,000

Winner:  Norbert Szecsi (Hungary) $400,000

Event 13:  $300 NLHE Turbo (no results found)

Event 14:  $1K PLO

Entries:  104

Prize pool:  $100,800

Paid players:  15

Minimum payout:  $2,500

Winner:  Mike Leah (Canada) $24,000

Event 15:  $500 NLHE Closer

Entries:  158

Prize pool:  $76,630

Paid players:  23

Minimum payout:  $1,250

Winner:  Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Greece) $16,000

Event 16:  $25K NLHE Super High Roller Finale

Entries:  52

Prize pool:  $1,261,000

Paid players:  7

Minimum payout:  $75,000

Winner:  Wai Chan (Malaysia) $380,000

Event 17:  $1K NLHE Last Chance Turbo

Entries:  184

Prize pool:  $178,480

Paid players:  27

Minimum payout:  $2,250

Winner:  Nino Ullmann (Germany) $40,000

Unscheduled:  $50K NLHE

Entries:  63 (43 players)

Prize pool:  $3,055,500

Paid players:  9

Minimum payout:  $125,000

Winner:  Richard Yong (Malaysia) $850,000

Two Double Winners

Canadian Daniel Dvoress hails from Ontario and has live tournament cashes dating back to 2013. He has played everything from $1K buy-ins to Super High Roller events. While his list of accomplishments shows numerous final tables and large cashes, his first win didn’t happen until the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), when he won a $25K NLHE event for $73,785.

Enter the PartyPoker MILLIONS World Bahamas, and Dvoress had a solid series. He finished tenth in the High Roller Finale, but he won two major tournaments. The first was the Super High Roller Bowl with a $250K buy-in and first-place payout of $4.08 million. Days later, he won the $25K Short Deck event for $375K.

That’s not a bad way to spend time in the Bahamas, boosting his lifetime live tournament winnings to more than $15.5 million.

Then there was Adrian Mateos, a sponsored pro representing French site Winamax. Mateos has been active in live and online poker for nearly a decade, though his first live win wasn’t until 2012 in Madrid. From there, however, he quickly jumped onto the global scene by winning the PokerStars-sponsored ESPT Main Event in Madrid in 2013 for more than €103K.

Mateos won the WSOP Europe Main Event in 2013 for €1 million and a gold bracelet, won the EPT Grand Final Main Event in Monte Carlo in 2015 for more than €1 million, and won his second WSOP bracelet in 2016 in a $1,500 NLHE event for more than $409K. In 2017, he won his third WSOP gold in the $10K NLHE Heads-Up Championship for more than $336K. That same year, Mateos won the PartyPoker Caribbean Poker Party Finale tournament for $250K.

His latest wins at the MILLIONS World Bahamas garnered $520K for the $25K Super High Roller victory and then $1.16 million for taking down the Main Event.

Mateos also had a solid trip to the Bahamas, and he took his lifetime live tournament winnings up to $19.4 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 and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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