PartyPoker held its first event in the US and decided to start from Las Vegas. It was very noisy in Aria casino these days, because the $10,300 buy-in tournament gathered 536 entries. This allowed the guarantee $5,000,000 to increase to $360,000 and to please the participants with generous prizes.
Despite the fact that most of the players' attention was focused on WSOP, many professionals still came to the debut tournament for determination of champion. You could meet Chris Moneymaker, Rainer Kempe, Joe Cada, Maria Ho and others at the poker tables.
On the third day, Tom Marchese made a great play and it became the starting point towards the victory. The American player had luck and over time he got to the final table of PartyPoker Millions Main Event. At first Tom knocked Chris Moneymaker off the game, and then the turn came to Rainer Kempe. Tom built a good stack that gave him opportunity to own a 70% advantage over the other participants of event.
"I was fortunate to be on the right side of all-ins today. I mean when you have a big stack you're really able to put on a lot of pressure on people, and they're kind of forced to just take shorts at you."
Ana Marquez left event in the third place and gave the guys opportunity to decide the fate of champion's title in a heads-up. Jeremy Ausmus and Tom Marchese fought for the trophy for about two hours and as a result Tom won the tournament.