We hope you are enjoying our first ‘blogged’ partypoker Million tournament. So far this week you have read the words of some of my fellow energetic and creative coworkers. Warren Lush is the PR Manager for PartyGaming and Stuart Lewis-Smith, who is Product Manager. Along with learning more about the poker games, Warren, Stuart and the rest of the PartyGaming gang are doing what they can to bring to you the fun and excitement that is going on here aboard the cruise ship.
Meanwhile, I am stuck down in the poker tournament area tracking the players, statistics and chip counts. So much for cruising fun for me! In the next few days we will start posting more information regarding players, chip leaders and what is happening in the poker tournament. Check back to see how your favorite player is doing as we whittle down to our next partypoker Millionaire!

PartyGaming Staff
PartyGaming Staff

Stuart Lewis-Smith
Product Manager, Stuart Lewis-Smith hard at work.

Warren Lush
PR Manager, Warren Lush

As for the poker tournament…
All good things must come to an end, and the end came today for 316 players hoping to become the next partypoker.millionaire. The good news for those players is that, although the tournament is over for them, they still have four more days of cruising to help to ease the pain!
The field has been reduced to 207 players, and many of the top names are gone. As we reported earlier, two of the first three players to go were top players Paul Darden and Barry Shulman. Joining them on the rail at the end of the two day ones are:

Chris Bell
Diego Cordovez
Vicky Darden
Barry Greenstein
Chip Jett
Jesse Jones
Mel Judah
Casey Kastle
J.J. Liu
Ron McMillan
Theresa McMillan
Mimi Tran
Amir Vahedi
Denny Axel
Jean-Robert Bellande
Mathew Cherackal
Paul Darden
Thor Hansen
Matthew Hilger
Aaron Kanter
David Levy
Jack McClelland
Joe Sebok
Shannon Shorr
Barry Shulman
John Spadavecchia
Derek Tomko

Several well known players are still in the hunt:

Ali Eslami
Victor Ramdin
Ralph Rudd
Scott Buller
Gavin Smith
Dustin Woolf
Michael Gracz
Kenna James
Steve Zolotow
Nicholas Bouyea
Chris Hinchcliffe
Don Barton
Karina Jett
Russ Salzar
Hiroshi Shimamura
Tom Sexton
Allyn Shulman
Mark Gregorich
John Strzemp
Dan Alspach
Jim Lester

Out of the 523 players that started the tournament, 419 (80%) qualified online while 104 (20%) bought in directly. After days 1a and 1b, 166 (80%) of the online qualifiers remain.
21 (4%) females started the tournament and going into day 2 there are 7 remaining (3.4%).
The average age of the players at the start of the tournament was 39. Going into day 2 that has dropped slightly to 38.
Total countries represented at the beginning of the tournament was 23. Going into day 2 only 13 countries are now represented.

As with all major tournaments there were some interesting proposition bets made by a few of the better known players. WPT Champion Gavin Smith was confident enough in his play to bet that he (or fellow pro Chris Bell) would hold the chip lead going into day 2 of the tournament. Both Gavin and Chris played on day 1b, so they had to overcome day 1a chipleader Ali Eslami and his $78,000.
Gavin didn’t win the bet (he had a high of $65,000 with 45 minutes to play) but ended with an impressive $50,000. That was good enough to win three over/under bet (Gavin bet over $38,500) with Mike Sexton, Ralph Rudd and Kenna James.

Here is a list of the remaining players:

Last Name First Name Country Entry Via Chip Count
Witt Henrik Denmark Online Qualifier $84,000
Eslami Ali USA Buy-In $78,000
Kromm Derek USA Online Qualifier $68,000
Predham Richard Canada Online Qualifier $64,000
Ramdin Victor USA Buy-In $61,500
Clark Brian USA Online Qualifier $60,500
Eller David USA Buy-In $59,500
Vainio Ville Sweden Online Qualifier $59,000
Honnefeller Karsten Germany Online Qualifier $58,000
Godwin Steve USA Online Qualifier $54,000
Goldfarb Robert USA Online Qualifier $53,500
Menechella Carmen Canada Online Qualifier $53,500
Rudd Ralph USA Buy-In $53,500
Vanier Michael USA Online Qualifier $53,000
Buller Scott USA Buy-In $52,000
Petronack Dennis USA Online Qualifier $51,500
Simon Mark USA Online Qualifier $51,500
Miller Devon USA Buy-In $50,500
Smith Gavin USA Buy-In $50,000
Grolemund Dan USA Online Qualifier $48,000
Kalocsai Bill Canada Online Qualifier $47,500
Silverman Michael USA Online Qualifier $47,500
Taylor Todd USA Buy-In $47,500
Baker David USA Online Qualifier $46,500
Harrington Billy USA Online Qualifier $46,500
Plotkin Neil USA Online Qualifier $46,500
Woolf Dustin USA Buy-In $46,500
Campo Peter USA Online Qualifier $46,000
Younis Adam USA Online Qualifier $46,000
Berman Michael USA Online Qualifier $44,500
Cowling David Canada Online Qualifier $44,000
Kim Steve USA Buy-In $44,000
Sutherland Curt USA Online Qualifier $43,000
Augarten Igal Australia Online Qualifier $42,500
Richey Brett USA Online Qualifier $42,500
Ho Kevin USA Online Qualifier $42,000
London Gil USA Online Qualifier $42,000
Gracz Michael USA Buy-In $41,000
Pan Jinda USA Online Qualifier $41,000
Desferet Renaud France Online Qualifier $40,500
Thysell Will USA Online Qualifier $40,500
Dimartino Joseph USA Online Qualifier $39,500
Manley Clay USA Online Qualifier $39,500
James Kenna USA Buy-In $38,500
Kaplan Stewart USA Online Qualifier $38,500
Chen Annan USA Online Qualifier $37,000
Prevost Ian USA Online Qualifier $36,500
Albright Tony USA Online Qualifier $36,000
Zolotow Steve USA Buy-In $36,000
Friberg Erik Sweden Online Qualifier $35,000
Rivera Anthony USA Buy-In $35,000
Rychtarik Kenneth USA Online Qualifier $35,000
Bouyea Nicholas USA Online Qualifier $34,000
Huynh Nam USA Online Qualifier $34,000
Koral Thomas USA Buy-In $34,000
Porter Ralph USA Online Qualifier $34,000
Kristensen Thomas Denmark Online Qualifier $33,500
Addison Graham Canada Online Qualifier $32,500
McCowan Randall USA Online Qualifier $32,500
Viox Chris USA Online Qualifier $32,500
Warga David USA Online Qualifier $32,500
Getzoyan Saro USA Online Qualifier $32,000
Hirsch Yakov USA Online Qualifier $32,000
Koops Stephen Canada Online Qualifier $32,000
Altounian James USA Online Qualifier $31,500
Clegg Danial USA Buy-In $31,500
Hutchison Mark USA Online Qualifier $31,500
Rudberg Johan Sweden Online Qualifier $31,500
Alston Greg USA Online Qualifier $30,500
Poage Donald USA Online Qualifier $30,500
Batzing Scot USA Online Qualifier $30,000
Cox Brad USA Online Qualifier $29,000
Fontana Gloria USA Online Qualifier $29,000
Lustig Steve USA Online Qualifier $29,000
Valet John USA Online Qualifier $29,000
West Thomas USA Online Qualifier $29,000
Shakhtoor Samir Sweden Online Qualifier $28,500
Hinchcliffe Chris USA Online Qualifier $28,000
Little Jonathan USA Online Qualifier $28,000
Bouchard Jason Canada Online Qualifier $27,500
Hattem Shawn Canada Online Qualifier $27,500
Minter Jake USA Online Qualifier $27,500
Chesney Thomas D USA Online Qualifier $26,500
Chase Rick USA Buy-In $26,000
Sayadian Nema USA Buy-In $26,000
Naslund Johan Sweden Online Qualifier $25,500
Carson Michael USA Online Qualifier $25,000
Kokonian Minas USA Online Qualifier $25,000
Weiss Fredric USA Online Qualifier $25,000
Takeyama Mark USA Online Qualifier $24,500
Tung Bernard Canada Online Qualifier $24,500
Davis Michael USA Buy-In $24,000
Judkins Kris USA Online Qualifier $23,500
Michael Mezguii France Online Qualifier $23,500
Hannuna Benjamin France Online Qualifier $23,000
Lewis Trent USA Online Qualifier $22,500
Qiu Mao USA Online Qualifier $22,500
Bracken Darrin USA Online Qualifier $22,000
Glantz Matthew USA Buy-In $22,000
Hemmer Daniel USA Online Qualifier $22,000
Schulman Steven USA Online Qualifier $22,000
Strath Henric Sweden Online Qualifier $22,000
Souza Marc USA Online Qualifier $21,500
Barton Don USA Buy-In $21,000
Byard Gregory USA Online Qualifier $21,000
Moore Brian USA Online Qualifier $21,000
Paddy Sammy USA Online Qualifier $20,500
Westphal George USA Online Qualifier $20,500
Bohn Blake USA Online Qualifier $20,000
Clayman Adam USA Online Qualifier $20,000
Green Russell USA Online Qualifier $20,000
Burke Daniel USA Online Qualifier $19,500
Stolzmann Steve USA Online Qualifier $19,500
Brooks Michael USA Online Qualifier $19,000
Clothier R USA Online Qualifier $19,000
Numoto Scott USA Buy-In $19,000
Vigeant Francois Canada Online Qualifier $19,000
Vuong Alexandra USA Buy-In $19,000
Machina Morgan USA Buy-In $18,500
Ghiz David Canada Online Qualifier $18,000
Nyman Thomas USA Online Qualifier $18,000
Swan Charles USA Online Qualifier $18,000
Brownscombe Thomas USA Online Qualifier $17,500
Doulamis John USA Buy-In $17,500
Jett Karina USA Buy-In $17,000
Kalish David USA Online Qualifier $17,000
Pares Steven USA Online Qualifier $17,000
Abecassis Michael France Online Qualifier $16,500
Browne Walter USA Online Qualifier $16,500
Rose Kyle USA Buy-In $16,500
Fischer Peter Denmark Online Qualifier $16,000
Hicks William USA Online Qualifier $16,000
Riekhof Darrel USA Online Qualifier $16,000
Salzar Russ USA Buy-In $16,000
Shreve Scott USA Online Qualifier $16,000
Biehn Devon USA Online Qualifier $15,500
Carrafa Joseph USA Online Qualifier $15,500
Ringe Gerald UK Online Qualifier $15,500
Shimamura Hiroshi Japan Buy-In $15,500
Laplante Robert USA Online Qualifier $15,000
Levy Avi USA Online Qualifier $15,000
Honda Tomonori USA Online Qualifier $14,500
Joel Richard USA Online Qualifier $14,500
Pires John USA Buy-In $14,500
Sugg Thomas USA Online Qualifier $14,500
White Michael USA Online Qualifier $14,500
Chitiea Andrew USA Online Qualifier $14,000
Mangham Matt USA Online Qualifier $14,000
Sexton Tom USA Online Qualifier $14,000
Defusco Mark USA Online Qualifier $13,500
Paul Joseph USA Online Qualifier $13,500
Savion Erez Canada Online Qualifier $13,500
Jeevanathan Alan USA Online Qualifier $13,000
Llewelyn Scot USA Online Qualifier $13,000
Olson Carl USA Online Qualifier $13,000
Thong Phong USA Online Qualifier $13,000
Winter Kenneth USA Online Qualifier $13,000
Niergarth Nick USA Online Qualifier $12,500
Heneghan Pat USA Online Qualifier $12,000
Lampi Jed USA Online Qualifier $12,000
Peters John USA Online Qualifier $12,000
Shulman Allyn USA Buy-In $12,000
Crouse David USA Online Qualifier $11,500
Hameed Khalid USA Online Qualifier $11,500
Miller Greg Virgin Islands Online Qualifier $11,500
Muldoon John USA Online Qualifier $11,500
Semenikhine Alex Canada Online Qualifier $11,500
Tong Chor Hung China Online Qualifier $11,500
Germann Gary USA Buy-In $11,000
Gregorich Mark USA Buy-In $11,000
Potter Robert USA Online Qualifier $11,000
Morales Marty USA Online Qualifier $10,500
Strzemp John USA Buy-In $10,500
Alexander Ho USA Buy-In $10,000
Hughes Randall USA Online Qualifier $10,000
Michalski Dave Canada Online Qualifier $10,000
Simon Jason USA Online Qualifier $10,000
Stout Lonnie USA Online Qualifier $10,000
Gustafsson Jan Germany Online Qualifier $9,500
Jewett James USA Online Qualifier $9,500
Kaylen Michael USA Online Qualifier $9,500
Mach Hoa USA Online Qualifier $9,500
Richter Thomas Germany Online Qualifier $9,500
Alspach Dan USA Buy-In $9,000
Duong Kieu USA Buy-In $9,000
Vasiliev Sergey Russia Online Qualifier $9,000
Washburn Darrell USA Online Qualifier $9,000
Chanthavisith Deng USA Online Qualifier $8,500
Massaro Jay USA Online Qualifier $8,500
Northcutt Tom USA Online Qualifier $8,500
Rudling David UK Online Qualifier $7,500
Wood Richard Canada Online Qualifier $7,500
Husa Michael USA Online Qualifier $6,500
Schneider Mike USA Buy-In $5,500
Cohen Arnold USA Online Qualifier $5,000
Lester Jim USA Buy-In $4,500
Ring Jason USA Online Qualifier $4,500
Rubenstein Lona USA Online Qualifier $4,000
Ingalls Kenneth USA Online Qualifier $3,500
Bielewicz Pawel Sweden Online Qualifier $3,000
Rotruck Bob USA Online Qualifier $3,000
Sawyer Martin USA Online Qualifier $3,000
Cahan Benjamin USA Online Qualifier $2,500
Marsh Samuel USA Online Qualifier $2,500
Dunberg Richard USA Buy-In $2,000
Rouge Daniel France Online Qualifier $2,000
Jacob Alex USA Buy-In $1,000
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