Yes, we’re looking ahead to next year, too

We have one month before we are out of this piece of crap year. I mean, nothing much is going to change on January 1, but still, psychologically, it will be nice to rip up the calendar, burn it, and then shoot its ashes into orbit. partypoker seems to be looking forward to 2021, as well, announcing the fourth running of its massive tournament, MILLIONS online.

The $5,300 buy-in event has a $5 million guaranteed prize pool and two starting flights. Everyone will start with a million chips, though that number does not mean much in and of itself without the blind structure. We can probably guess that the stacks will be deep, though.

Registration is permitted until the end of the ninth level, during which time the levels are 25 minutes long. One re-entry is allowed in each starting flight, so it looks like everyone can fire four bullets if they can afford it.

A romantic candle-lit poker game

Day 1A will be held on February 14, so don’t plan on doing anything romantic for a while that night if you have your sights set on advancing in the tournament. Day 1B is on February 21, so perhaps all the single people should play in Day 1A and everyone with a significant other should go for Day 1B.

From there, each day will take place on consecutive days. Day 2 on February 22 will be ten 30-minute levels. Day 3 on February 23 will play down to nine players, who will return the next day for the final table.

Of course, this is online poker so there are satellites for those who don’t particularly relish the idea of plunking down $5,300. partypoker is specifically touting what it calls “centrolls,” or penny satellites. The centrolls award tickets into the $5.50 Phase 1 tournaments, which themselves feed into the $55 Phase 2 satellites.

Phase 2 is a bit different than most satellites, though. You don’t have to win it or finish in a top certain number of spots to move on. They last 22 levels and if you still have chips at the end of the day, you advance to the weekly final. The catch, though, is you take your chips with you to the weekly final, so you are still going to want to try to build that stack.

The weekly final is the sat that awards tickets into the $5,300 MILLIONS Online Main Event.

Though there have only been three previous MILLIONS, it has an illustrious history. Until the 2020 WSOP Online Main Event on GGPoker broke the record this summer, the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online Main Event held the mark for the largest prize pool in online poker history. It attracted 4,367 entries and had an insane $21,835,000 pool. The 2019 edition was close behind with a $21,090,000 prize pool, though with fewer players because the buy-in was $10,300.

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