As you all know by now, MILLIONS returns to Playground in 2019. A 3-Step satellite tree has been brewing qualifiers for about a month, and today, we are able to officially announce a few more details about the MILLIONS North America Main Event:
- Dates: May 22 to May 27
- Buy-in: $10,300
- A single Day 1
- A $5,000,000 guarantee
- Format: Freezeout!
The trend in tournament poker these past years has been about extending late registration periods, sometimes all the way to Day 2 of an event, as well as allowing unlimited re-entries during that time. Of course, this format is great to create bigger prize pools; double great if you like to come out blazing and try to accumulate a lot of chips quickly, with little regard to your tournament life. After all, providing you have enough of a bankroll, unlimited re-entries allow you to resuscitate as many times as you want, for a long time.
Meanwhile, a lot of poker players have been yearning for some old-school freezeout action. Freezeout tournaments are considered by many to be the purest form of poker, where everybody is on the same level, no matter what your bank account holds. One chance to win them all. Do or die.
Rob Yong, owner of the UK-based casino Dusk Til Dawn Nottingham (DTD) and high stakes poker player, shares that sentiment:
“…I remember playing the original EPTs… the relief when I swerved an opponent’s nut flush draw, knocking out a top pro and him really being ‘out’, the feeling of accomplishment making day 2, chatting at the bar with friends about all the hands I played and the anticipation of getting a good table draw on Day 2. Apart from the WSOP Main Event, most players don’t experience this nowadays, you can wander in anytime and register, if you have deep pockets or are staked you don’t worry about busting, and you can easily make Day 2.”
He and John Duthie – President of partypoker LIVE – sat down during the MILLIONS UK 2018 and discussed a different format for the 2019 MILLIONS Tour, and a lot of great ideas were brought to the table. Switching to a 10K buy-in, a single Day 1 and a freezeout format were the key elements of what they agreed upon, and they are now official!
Well, 2019 is here, and after MILLIONS South America in Rio de Janeiro, the prestigious tour will return to Playground in May with MILLIONS North America, and we will have a world-class freezeout Main Event. With a 10K buy-in. And a single Day 1. And a $5,000,000 guarantee!
Do you want to play a major tournament, rub shoulders with some pros and watch their eyes when they’re facing your all-in bet, knowing that they won’t be able to re-enter? Better yet, participate for a fraction of the price? Satellites are running now, starting at $80 + $10!
MILLIONS North America 2019. Bringing purity back into the game.