Multi-million dollar win for poker champ.

By RP, December 7, 2018

Portugal’s Manuel “Sheparentao” Ruivo, living in the Netherlands, is the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online champion, an accolade that came with a $2,329,943 first-place prize following a heads-up deal with Pim “ForMatherRussia” de Goede.

Twenty-nine players returned to the partypoker tables on 5 December, each guaranteed $65,505 for their efforts.

Once the eight-handed final table was set, De Goede held a massive 1,588,165,265 chips with COL_MOutarde being his nearest rival, in terms of chips, with a 626,714,202 stack.

This put de Goede in a prime spot to bully his opponents, and bully he did, moving all in regularly and putting his foes to the test for their entire stacks.

De Goede continued his one-man wrecking spree by sending Marques to the rail, followed by Slovenia’s “Scarmak3r” who headed to the exit at third for $1,364,687 – a stunning ROI on his $5.50 satellite investment that earned him his seat.

His departure left Ruivo and de Goede heads up with evenly balanced stacks, presenting an oportunity for a chop. The two quickly reached agreement, and play was concluded a hand later with De Goede taking home a second placing $2,309,994 and crowning Ruivo the 2018 MILLIONS Online champion with a prize of $2,329,943.

After the fourth starting flight on Dec. 4, there was a total of 4,367 entries – 2,190 unique; the rest from re-entries for this competition. At a $5,300 buy-in, the prize pool added up to a record-breaking $21,835,000.

PokerStars set the previous record in 2011, when the 10th anniversary Sunday Million set a $10 million guaranteed prize. 62,000 players signed up and created a $12.4 million prize pool.