partypoker LIVE Expands into US with $5M Special Edition Las Vegas Event

The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS tour, already a huge hit in several locales throughout the world, will make a stop in the US for the first time ever to host a $5 million GTD tournament at the ARIA in Las Vegas.

By: Charles Rettmuller

MILLIONS Vegas ‘Special Edition’ will take place from June 28 thru July 2 as a standalone event. The buy-in is $10,300, the same entry fee as all partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Main Events this year, as well as the $20 million GTD MILLIONS Online set for December.

Teaming up with ARIA for its USA debut was referred to as "a significant step" by partypoker LIVE president John Duthie, who added that "the poker team at ARIA is well known for being genuinely passionate about the game. We believe they see things the same way we do and that it’s not all business, it is about listening to players and growing the game.”

The MILLIONS Special Edition event is scheduled during the 50th annual WSOP at the Rio that runs from May 28 thru July 16. The $5 million guaranteed tournament will play to a conclusion just before the start of the WSOP Main Event.

The ARIA is known for hosting a comprehensive summer poker schedule of its own while the WSOP is in town. The MILLIONS Vegas Special Edition tournament will slot right in and give US players who have yet to make it to popular partypoker LIVE tour stops in Rio de Janeiro, Rozvadov, or The Bahamas a taste of partypoker MILLIONS action.

"Our team is excited to add an event of this magnitude to our extensive summer schedule,” stated ARIA's Director of Poker Operations Sean McCormack.

Buy-In on Day 2

While the Main Events of partypoker LIVE MILLIONS are being played as freezeout tournaments this year, that won't be the case for the ARIA Special Edition. The event features two Day 1s, with a single entry allowed each day. Also, players can buy-in directly on Day 2 during the first two levels.

ARIA will begin hosting live satellites to MILLIONS Vegas Special Edition on Thursday, June 27. Also of note is a partypoker LIVE Players Party set for Tuesday, July 2. The party is by invitation only, with more details to be released at a later date.

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