Tuesday, October 06, 2009

PartyPoker Million Dollar Hand Returns, by Tom Jenkins - Poker News Daily - 5th October 2009

Starting today, customers on PartyPoker can take advantage of the Million Dollar Hand, a popular promotion that is back due to its resounding success. Up to $1 million is at stake for each five-card hand collected on the site.

The Million Dollar Hand returned this morning on PartyPoker amid much fanfare and will conclude at 11:59pm ET on October 30th. In order to participate, PartyPoker players must collect cards. They’ll receive one for every 15 PartyPoints they generate and cards can be viewed by logging into a player’s PartyPoker account. Once a player makes a five-card poker hand, they’ll see if they won. Only one pair is required to receive a cash prize and a maximum of two hands can be revealed each day, or 52 throughout the length of the promotion.

The $1 million grand prize will be dished out if a player manages to make a royal flush with their final five-card hand. A straight flush pays $10,000, four of a kind pays $1,000, a full house pays $150, a flush pays $100, a straight pays $50, three of a kind pays $20, two pair pays $10, and one pair, regardless of rank, pays $3. Each player has already been given their first card for free and, once again, it can be revealed by heading to their Party Account. Last time out, no royal flushes were awarded.

PartyPoints are not removed from a player’s account in order to receive cards for the Million Dollar Hand. A spokesperson from PartyPoker commented in a press release distributed by the online poker room, “The Million Dollar Hand is underway and already thousands of cards have been revealed. The question remains – will the big one hit this time around? We’ve seen straight flushes and scared the insurers, but nobody has hit the royal… yet! The Million Dollar Hand also provides great extra value for members of the Palladium Lounge through the VIP Race.”

Palladium Lounge members can participate in a separate $100,000 Million Dollar Hand VIP Race. They’ll earn PartyPoints and Million Dollar Hand cards as normal, but will also accrue points towards the VIP Race. First place at the end of the promotion will take home a $13,000 Aussie Millions prize package. The Main Event of the prestigious tournament series, one of Oceania’s largest, begins on January 24th with the first of three starting days. The 2010 Aussie Millions crowns a champion on January 30th. All cash prizes won during the Million Dollar Hand will be deposited within one hour of cards being revealed.

Elsewhere on PartyPoker, sebstop took down the October installment of the Monthly Million, a $640 buy-in tournament held yesterday. First place was worth a healthy $200,000. Heads-up, sebstop defeated tommo662, who walked away $110,000 richer for his wear. Others who reached the top 10 in the October running of the PartyPoker Monthly Million included Supilami928 (third place for $69,000), DontGetLemon (fourth place for $54,500), DcHustler7 (fifth place for $46,000), yong_yong999 (sixth place for $34,500), p00cket00 (seventh place for $26,500), NoFknSnLeft (eighth place for $17,500), brogba84 (ninth place for $13,500), and franic (tenth place for $9,500). A total of 1,476 players turned out, with 200 finishing in the money.

The Monthly Million is held on the first Sunday of every month on the virtual felts of PartyPoker, with the next running scheduled for November 1st at 12:45pm ET. As with many PartyPoker tournaments, there are several affordable ways to qualify into the Monthly Million, starting at $1. PartyPoker is an independent site that does not accept customers from the United States and boasts World Poker Tour (WPT) Host and 2009 Poker Hall of Fame nominee Mike Sexton as its ambassador. (Credit: Poker News Daily)

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