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Urbanovich and Staples Among Final 28 Players in 2021 partypoker MILLIONS Online Main Event

zedmaster84 • Level 28: 350,000-700,000, 87,500 ante
Dzmitry Urbanovich
Dzmitry Urbanovich

It was moving day in the 2021 partypoker MILLIONS $5,300 Main Event, as all remaining 160 contenders out of 1,084 entries had locked up a portion of the $5,420,000 prize pool. Ten levels of 30 minutes each were scheduled and once the final river showdown was completed, only 28 hopefuls still had chips at their disposal.

Among them are also two partypoker representatives in Dzmitry Urbanovich and Jaime Staples, both of which can be found in the middle of the pack.

The honor of being the Day 2 chip lead belongs to Ukraine's Valentyn Kazantsev with 68,852,752 in chips. Little is known about Kazantsev as there is only one recorded live event cash to his name.

Plenty of other notables in the overnight top 10 are, however, well-known names of the international online and live poker circuit. German High Roller regular Oliver Weis finished the day second in chips with 66,475,886, followed closely by Endrit Geci with 62,331,105. WSOP bracelet winner Jerry Ödeen bagged up a very healthy 60,600,259 and 2021 partypoker MILLIONS Online Mini Main Event Justin Ouimette will aim to achieve an unprecedented double as he advanced with 59,028,336.

The 2020 WSOP Main Event international leg finalist Dominykas Mikolaitis also claimed a top 10 stack to his name and finished Day 2 with 55,041,104 in chips.

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Valentyn KazantsevUkraine68,852,75286
2Oliver WeisGermany66,475,88683
3Endrit GeciUnited Kingdom62,331,10578
4Jerry OdeenSweden60,600,25976
5Justin OuimetteCanada59,028,33674
6Timothy UlmerUnited States56,275,33770
7Dominykas MikolaitisLithuania55,041,10469
8Richard MullenCanada53,305,68967
9Martin BrinkmannUnited Kingdom48,994,82861
10Christopher BriceUnited Kingdom48,047,29660

Just outside of the top ten is WPT Barcelona champion Vitalijs Zavorotnijs (47,348,859) while partypoker sponsored pro Urbanovich sits in 14th place with 39,376,294. Twitch streamer Staples isn't far behind as he made it through with 30,667,945 in chips.

Plenty of other notables advanced including the Day 1 chip leaders Peter Jetten and Daniel Dvoress, 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online champion Manuel Ruivo, Juan Carlos Vecino, Christian Rudolph, and Joris Ruijs. All 28 remaining contenders have $27,724 locked up for their efforts and the next pay-jump will be reached at 23 players left.

Jaime Staples Twitch Stream
Jaime Staples Twitch Stream

Before the start of the day, Twitch streamer Staples shared all but a short "It’s time. I’m hyped" on Twitter. He was then busy for the next five and a half hours, during which he chipped up significantly. Early on, Staples knocked out High Roller regular Sergi Reixach and also won a flip to bust Aki Virtanen a few levels later.

The Canadian boosted his stack to more than 50 million at one point before dropping back just below the average during the late stages. After the final hand was over, it took a while for Staples to gather his thoughts, which he then shared via Twitter as follows:

"$892,000 for the win and there are 28 left in the @partypoker Millions Main event! 28!!!! I've been working 11 years for this moment."

partypoker sponsored pro Urbanovich was among the shortest stacks in contention when the action resumed but scored two early double-ups to gain traction. He then went on a hot streak to eliminate several opponents and joined the top five in chips mid-way through the day. The meteoric rise culminated in a big double with a turned flush, which saw Urbanovich soar above 50 million in chips. Like Staples, he lost some chips towards the end but is right in the mix.

The partypoker ambassadors Jason Koon and Kristen Bicknell were among the early casualties of the day. Bicknell got it in with a flopped set only to see the top pair of Sosia Jiang improve to a runner-runner straight. Moments later, the UK's Martin Bremner departed in 123rd place. He had qualified for the Main Event after starting his journey in a $5 satellite and parlayed that into an $11,490 cash. Alan Ford also risked just $5 to enter the fray and made ut even further, bowing out in 76th place for $13,931.

Another partypoker ambassador made a deep run and that was Mikita Badziakouski. The Belorussian was well above the average mid-way through the day but eventually ran out of steam. It was a classic flip for Badziakouski, who held ace-king and failed to beat the pocket queens of Peter Jetten. Right before that, poker philanthropist Scott Wellenbach had departed in 49th place.

Among the late casualties on Day 2 were notables such as Francois Billard, Christian Jeppsson, Andrei Chernokoz, Andreas Christoforou, and Alexander Ivarsson. Many other big names of the international poker circuit could be listed among those who walked away with a cash prize on Day 2, as the field was filled with bracelet winners and High Roller regulars from all over the world.

All remaining 28 players will return to their virtual seats after a good night's sleep on March 2 at 7.05 p.m. GMT.

Here is what they are still playing for:

PlacePrize
1$892,275
2$614,523
3$422,422
4$276,128
5$189,320
6$146,300
7$115,425
8$91,542
9$72,260
10-11$54,542
12-15$43,335
16-23$35,084
24-28$27,724

The blinds at the start of Day 3 will recommence at 400,000-800,000 with a running ante of 100,000. The penultimate tournament day will play down to the nine-handed final table, which will then be streamed with cards-up coverage and commentary the following day. Stay tuned for more as the PokerNews live reporting team will be there to provide all the action until a champion has been crowned.

Tags: Christian RudolphDaniel DvoressDominykas MikolaitisDzmitry UrbanovichEndrit GeciFrancois BillardJaime StaplesJason KoonJustin OuimetteKristen BicknellManuel RuivoMikita BadziakouskiOliver WeisPeter JettenScott WellenbachValentyn KazantsevVitalijs Zavorotnijs

End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts

poolshir • Level 28: 350,000-700,000, 87,500 ante
Valentyn Kazantsev UA
Valentyn Kazantsev
UA 68,852,752 -175,000
Oliver Weis de
Oliver Weis
de 66,475,886 13,182,225
Endrit Geci gb
Endrit Geci
gb 62,331,105 6,457,500
Jerry Odeen se
Jerry Odeen
se 60,600,259 13,310,500
Justin Ouimette ca
Justin Ouimette
ca 59,028,336 5,201,875
Timothy Ulmer us
Timothy Ulmer
us 56,275,337 1,225,000
Dominykas Mikolaitis lt
Dominykas Mikolaitis
lt 55,041,104 -2,152,500
Richard Mullen ca
Richard Mullen
ca 53,305,689 2,257,500
Martin Brinkmann gb
Martin Brinkmann
gb 48,994,828 -671,875
Christopher Brice GB
Christopher Brice
GB 48,047,296 7,445,835
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs lv
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs
lv 47,348,859 -2,751,875
Hermogenes Gelonezi br
Hermogenes Gelonezi
br 47,249,097 -3,966,725
Douglas Ferreira br
Douglas Ferreira
br 40,942,293 -4,755,625
Dzmitry Urbanovich pl
Dzmitry Urbanovich
pl 39,376,294 -12,222,500
Jonathan Proudfoot gb
Jonathan Proudfoot
gb 39,302,804 8,883,500
Peter Jetten ca
Peter Jetten
ca 38,750,141 -14,605,500
Espen Uhlen Jorstad no
Espen Uhlen Jorstad
no 35,938,389 5,683,125
Juan Carlos Vecino es
Juan Carlos Vecino
es 33,475,566 11,162,500
Jaime Staples ca
Jaime Staples
ca 30,667,945 -8,393,000
Francisco Correia br
Francisco Correia
br 28,892,401 -4,987,500
Kolja Luecking DE
Kolja Luecking
DE 22,600,826 -1,662,500
Jiri Kocab cz
Jiri Kocab
cz 19,649,340 -175,000
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
ca 17,684,505 -6,125,000
Christian Rudolph de
Christian Rudolph
de 15,779,386 -8,211,000
Joris Ruijs nl
Joris Ruijs
nl 14,976,112 -525,000

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Play Ended

poolshir • Level 28: 350,000-700,000, 87,500 ante

Play has ended with 28 players making it through to Day 3.

The chip counts and a recap are to follow.

Kocab Doubles Through Ruijs

poolshir • Level 28: 350,000-700,000, 87,500 ante

Jiri Kocab was all-in from the cutoff for 9,430,920 and called and covered by Joris Ruijs in the big blind.

Jiri Kocab: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}
Joris Ruijs: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

The board ran out {7-Spades}{2-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} for Kocab to hold with the aces to double up with two pair.

Valentyn Kazantsev UA
Valentyn Kazantsev
UA 69,027,752 -3,500,000
Endrit Geci gb
Endrit Geci
gb 55,873,605 2,012,500
Richard Mullen ca
Richard Mullen
ca 51,048,189 11,795,000
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
ca 23,809,505 -1,400,000
Jiri Kocab cz
Jiri Kocab
cz 19,824,340 8,853,420
Joris Ruijs nl
Joris Ruijs
nl 15,501,112 -17,410,920
Manuel Ruivo pt
Manuel Ruivo
pt 9,926,185 -350,000

Hermann Loses It All To Gelonezi

zedmaster84 • Level 28: 350,000-700,000, 87,500 ante

Hermogenes Gelonezi opened the action from the hijack and he then called the shove by Manfred Hermann out of the big blind.

Manfred Hermann: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}
Hermogenes Gelonezi: {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}

On a board of {5-Spades}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}, Hermann failed to improve and thus became the 29th place finisher.

Hermogenes Gelonezi br
Hermogenes Gelonezi
br 51,215,822 14,753,756
Manfred Hermann at
Manfred Hermann
at Busted

Ivarsson Loses Flip to Ulmer

zedmaster84 • Level 28: 350,000-700,000, 87,500 ante

It was one of those big flips that you need to win in order to reach the last few tables in a large MTT and Alexander Ivarsson had a pair against two overcards by Timothy Ulmer in a battle cutoff versus small blind. The pot was worth more than 50.7 million in chips with near identical stacks.

Alexander Ivarsson: {j-Clubs}{j-Spades}
Timothy Ulmer: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}

The Swede remained ahead on the {k-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} flop and {4-Hearts} turn. However, the {j-Diamonds} river was the last card in the deck he wanted to see as Ulmer made broadway.

Timothy Ulmer us
Timothy Ulmer
us 55,050,337 26,318,359
Alexander Ivarsson se
Alexander Ivarsson
se Busted

Jorstad Doubles Through Zavorotnijs

poolshir • Level 28: 350,000-700,000, 87,500 ante

Espen Uhlen Jorstad was all-in from the cutoff and called and covered by Vitalijs Zavorotnijs in the small blind.

Espen Uhlen Jorstad: {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {5-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{4-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} for Jorstad to improve to a full house on the river to double up.

Dominykas Mikolaitis lt
Dominykas Mikolaitis
lt 57,193,604 3,704,750
Justin Ouimette ca
Justin Ouimette
ca 53,826,461 -3,131,800
Peter Jetten ca
Peter Jetten
ca 53,355,641 3,044,300
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs lv
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs
lv 50,100,734 -18,885,198
Jerry Odeen se
Jerry Odeen
se 47,289,759 -1,662,500
Douglas Ferreira br
Douglas Ferreira
br 45,697,918 3,976,000
Espen Uhlen Jorstad no
Espen Uhlen Jorstad
no 30,255,264 20,530,198
Kolja Luecking DE
Kolja Luecking
DE 24,263,326 -2,432,500

Christoforou Eliminated by Brice

zedmaster84 • Level 28: 350,000-700,000, 87,500 ante
Christoforou vs Brice
Christoforou vs Brice

Christopher Brice started the action with a raise to 1,490,000 in the cutoff and Andreas Christoforou jammed for the final 6,533,797 on the button. As one of the table big stacks, Martin Brinkmann called in the small blind and Brice then went all-in over the top for more than 26.1 million, which forced out Brinkmann.

Andreas Christoforou: {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}
Christopher Brice: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}

The dominated pair found no help on the {10-Spades}{5-Spades}{5-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{6-Hearts} board to send Christoforou out in 31st place.

Oliver Weis de
Oliver Weis
de 53,293,661 504,500
Martin Brinkmann gb
Martin Brinkmann
gb 49,666,703 17,411,203
Christopher Brice GB
Christopher Brice
GB 40,601,461 16,449,096
Jaime Staples ca
Jaime Staples
ca 39,060,945 -13,353,999
Hermogenes Gelonezi br
Hermogenes Gelonezi
br 36,462,066 -13,227,499
Francisco Correia br
Francisco Correia
br 33,879,901 6,080,496
Manfred Hermann at
Manfred Hermann
at 15,630,216 -4,590,000
Andreas Christoforou cy
Andreas Christoforou
cy Busted

Hoesel Halted by Dvoress

poolshir • Level 28: 350,000-700,000, 87,500 ante
Dvoress vs Hoesel
Dvoress vs Hoesel

Joshua Hoesel was all-in and at risk from the hijack as he was called by Daniel Dvoress on the button with the bigger stack.

Joshua Hoesel: {q-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Daniel Dvoress: {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

The board ran out {6-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} for Dvoress to hold with the ace-kicker to send Hoesel out in 32nd place.

Valentyn Kazantsev UA
Valentyn Kazantsev
UA 72,527,752 34,231,375
Endrit Geci gb
Endrit Geci
gb 53,861,105 -19,000
Richard Mullen ca
Richard Mullen
ca 39,253,189 23,393,248
Joris Ruijs nl
Joris Ruijs
nl 32,912,032 -16,365,248
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
ca 25,209,505 6,373,833
Jiri Kocab cz
Jiri Kocab
cz 10,970,920 -245,000
Manuel Ruivo pt
Manuel Ruivo
pt 10,276,185 -2,538,000
Joshua Hoesel us
Joshua Hoesel
us Busted