The partypokerLIVE MILLIONS festival at the Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham is unlike most other poker festivals, and not just because of the stunning guaranteed prize pool of £6m and £1m first-place payout for its flagship event, the £5,300 Main Event. Widely considered as the home of poker in the United Kingdom and one of the biggest cardrooms in Europe, the Dusk Till Dawn and online poker operator partypoker created a unique hybrid between online and live poker.
Players had already qualified for the Main Event through a £500+50 Online Phase 1 on the partypoker platform, as well as via one of their live partners. This includes Dusk Till Dawn, but also other venues across Europe such as San Remo, Vienna and St. Vincent. All qualifiers carried over their accumulated chips into a £5,300 Live Day 1 at the same venue, in which players could also buy in directly in order to receive 1,000,000 chips with an initial blind level of 2,500-5,000 and a running ante of 500.
Neal Murphy leads with a staggering 6,790,000 in chips
Each Live Day 1 played a total of ten hour-long levels, with the remaining players bagging up their chips into their respective Live Day 2. Registration remains open for another two levels into Day 2 until approximately 3.50 p.m. local time on Thursday, April 20th at Dusk Till Dawn. There have, however, already been qualifiers for Day 3 in St. Vincent, Vienna and San Remo, and those players will join the action at Dusk Till Dawn on Friday, April 21st at 1pm local time when the entire remaining field plays to a finish across the weekend.
After that plethora of pre-event action, yesterday saw a total of 197 players enter the mix live. A total of 97 players remained after playing 10 levels. Neal Murphy leads with a staggering 6,790,000 in chips. Another live day, Day 1e, awaits and PokerNews will again be on the floor to cover it all.
* Photos by Danny Maxwell