PartyPoker really pushed the satellite tournaments in the days leading up to Sunday’s Monthly Million tournament. The site is always running an array of satellites to their marquee tournament starting as low as $1, but this past weekend they added some extra events to get some more qualifiers into the $600 + $40 event with a $1 million guarantee.
The weekend was full of qualifying tournaments ranging from a Saturday afternoon “50 Seat Frenzy”, an $88 “Super8” Qualifier and a Sunday morning “Ultimate Qualifier” with a $340 buy-in that gave entrants a one in two chance of getting into the big event.
In the end, 1,567 runners turned out for the third installment of the Monthly Million. This is a mere 24 entries less than last month’s 1,591 person field. Two hundred players made the money, with first place earning $200,000 for their efforts.
The final table featured a couple of known internet pros mixed in with players making their first big final table appearance. In the end, the victory went to one of the unknowns at the table, “AceBarbara”, who defeated “IIIPLAYMEIII” heads-up to take it down. According to the pokerdb, neither player had any substantial cashes prior to their finish in the Monthly Million.
Going into the final table, eyes were on Jonathan “TheRookieQQ9” Plens and Jay “PLZBEREAVEME” Kinkade. Plens is no stranger to PartyPoker success, with $300,000 winnings on that site alone. The bulk of that came from a big win in August of 2008 in the PartyPoker Birthday Million, which netted the Canadian player $233,000. He went on to win the PokerStars Sunday Million just a few months later in November of 2008. He couldn’t book another win on Sunday though and ended up finishing in 9th place for $13,500.
Kinkade is one of the top Australian online players with wins in the PokerStars $100 rebuy and Nightly $50,000. Last month, he won the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guarantee for $147,912. His 6th place finish in the Monthly Million gave him another $34,500 for his PartyPoker bankroll. Fourth place finisher, “ganjasx”, also has a long list of tournament scores to their name. Prior to their final table appearance in Sunday’s event, they had $600,000 in PartyPoker winnings to their credit, including a $60,000 score in June of 2008.
The complete results from the Monthly Million final table are as follows:
1st – AceBarbara – $200,000
2nd – IIIPLAYMEIII – $110,000
3rd – TechnickAA – $69,000
4th – ganjasx – $54,500
5th – FU2PAL – $46,000
6th – PLZBEREAVEME – $34,500
7th – ericdumont – $26,500
8th – ImSeriously – $17,500
9th – TheRookieQQ9 – $13,500
10th – jeanjean5555 – $9,500
The next Monthly Million event will be held on Sunday, May 2nd. Satellites for the event are already underway for as little as $1 or 10 PartyPoints.

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