Sunday marked the first of the month and the second installment of the Party Poker Monthly Million tournament. The $600+$40 multi-table tournament garnered 1,591 entrants—a slight decrease from last month’s 1,659-person field. 200 players made the money and the final nine players were all guaranteed a five-figure payout.

The final table brought back memories of last year’s WSOP Main Event with the last four players evenly split between Russians and Danes. Like the heads-up battle between Peter Eastgate and Ivan Demidov, the Monthly Million came down to a one-on-one between the two countries, except this time the Russians emerged victorious. In the end, the Russians prevailed with SuperTight31 defeating Danish player LuckyLudvig heads-up for the first prize of $163,114. LuckyLudvig took home $112,549 for their second place showing.

The final nine players were split between players with impressive online results and virtual newcomers to the online poker scene. SuperTight31 fell into the latter category. According to the pokerdb, Supertight31 has around $1,500 in tournament winnings with only 28 multi-table tournaments under their belt. LuckyLudvig, tfastrack and hinker2000 also racked up their first five-figure scores on Party during the tournament.

On the more experienced end of the spectrum, casinoice and torkolort2 were the most successful online players at the final table. Casinoice has earned $150,000 on Party Poker, including $67,000 from a victory in a $200+$15 No Limit Hold’em event back in January of 2008. Torkolort2 has earned $37,000 playing on Party, but has racked up numerous large scores on other sites as well. His biggest score to date came when he won the PokerStars Super Tuesday event for $78,000 in September of last year. Unfortunately for these experienced grinders, they both made early exits at the final table with casinoice finishing in 8th place with torkolort2 right on his heels in 7th.

The 1st and 3rd place showings by Russian players in the event provide even more evidence that Russia is a growing force to be reckoned with in the poker world. The success of Demidov and other Russian pros like Alex Kravchenko and WSOP Europe runner-up Stanislav Alekhin and the growing number of Russian players on the tournament circuit has the poker community buzzing. PokerStars is trying to capitalize on the Russian poker boom by launching the Russian Poker tour (RPT). The inaugural event was held in January in St. Petersburg and was won by Oleg Sunstov.

Here is the complete list of results for the final table:

1st SuperTight31 (Rus) $163,114.08
2nd LuckyLudvig (Den) $112,549.41
3rd P_L_A_N (Rus) $103,336.52
4th Kaspar19 (Den) $54,500
5th tfastrack (Ger) $46,000
6th READBLANK (Swe) $34,500
7th torkolort2 (Nor) $26,500
8th casinoice (Ice) $17,500
9th hinker2000 (Den) $13,500

10th zeNUTcracker (UK) $9,500

The next Party Poker Monthly Million will be held on Sunday, April 5th. Players can satellite into the event for as little as $1 or 10 Party Points.

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