Anton Suarez Wins $1 Million First Prize at 2020 MILLIONS UK Main Event

  • $1m prize quintupled Suarez's career tournament earnings
  • $5m guaranteed prize pool part of $87 million in overall guarantees for 2020 partypoker LIVE
  • Cash game specialist only played in Main Event when he found no cash games running
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Anton Suarez qualified for the 2020 MILLIONS UK Main Event via a live satellite and went on to win the entire tournament. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Demolishes previous career-best cash

Anton Suarez won the 2020 MILLIONS UK Main Event over the weekend, pocketing $1 million. The prize was more than four times what he had previously made on the live tournament circuit, as he entered the event with $228,821 in career cashes.

a $5.141 million prize pool, just beating the $5 million guarantee

Held at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club, the MILLIONS UK Main Event saw 530 players pay the $10,000 + $300 to enter. They generated a $5.141 million prize pool, just beating the $5 million guarantee. The top 76 players made the money.

Crossover attempt pays off

Interestingly, Suarez said he did not originally intend to play in the Main Event.

In an interview with partypoker LIVE after the event, he noted that he had ventured over to Dusk Till Dawn to play in cash games. It turned out there were no cash games running, so he entered a Main Event satellite on a whim. He qualified for the tournament and the rest, as they say, is history.

partypoker LIVE tweeted the announcement, congratulating the winner.

Suarez said he has been playing poker for about a decade, but he mostly plays Pot-Limit Omaha cash games. It sounded like he surprised himself by winning:

I’m super happy. Super happy. I don’t play many tournaments, so I’m super happy.”

On the final hand, Suarez had more than ten times the number of chips as his heads-up opponent, Christian Rudolph. With A-8 offsuit, Suarez limped in pre-flop. Rudolph quickly made his move, announcing that he was all-in with 7-4 of hearts. It was an easy call for Suarez, particularly because he had already committed chips.

The flop was 2-K-9 with no hearts, helping nobody. Rudolph could only win by pairing one of his cards. But when an Ace showed up on the turn, the tournament was clinched for Suarez. He raised his hands to the sky, yelling out “Oh, mama!”, and picked up the well-earned trophy.

Tournament kicks off partypoker LIVE year

The 2020 MILLIONS UK is part of the partypoker LIVE tournament series. The tour stops criss-cross the globe and include the partypoker MILLIONS flagship events, as well as Grand Prix events and the Caribbean Poker Party.

LIVE also consists of partypoker-sponsored stops on the World Poker Tour, the World Series of Poker Circuit, and the Triton Poker Series, among others.

There are 25 events on the 2020 partypoker LIVE schedule, with $87 million in Main Event guaranteed prize pools. Unlike most other major global poker tours, there are no stops in the United States. The tour will travel to the UK, Canada, South America, and Europe.

Earlier this month, partypoker announced a new initiative to make it easier for backers and their “horses” to coordinate their winnings.

If a tournament player is backed, the player and the person staking them just need to download and fill out a form on the partypoker LIVE website. If the player cashes in the tournament, that form simply needs to be presented to the cashier on site for funds to be distributed to both the player and backer, as per the terms on the form.