Florida Million Poker Tournament Reaches $1M Goal

235 players will compete for over $1 million in the Florida Million Poker Tournament Day Two Event.

The Florida Million Poker Tournament is only in its first year, and if the participation numbers are any indication, the event will be sticking around for many years to come. With Day One action now completed, 235 players have advanced. They will be competing for a prize pool worth a whopping $1,174,500.

Derby Lane, this year’s host location, advanced the most players, 60, and Mardi Gras came in a close second – 54 players advanced from the Big Easy Poker Room. The 235 total advancing players will compete for the top prize of $250,000.

The tournament began with a goal of building a prize fund that could reach over $1 million. Many Florida players were skeptical the tournament would reach its goal, but following several sold out Day One events enthusiasm began to build.

South Florida player Ron W. said he wasn’t even going to play in the tournament. “Then I saw that almost every tournament at Mardi Gras was sold out. I knew that I had to take a shot.” Unfortunately, Ron finished 95th at his tournament, knocked out with trip aces against an Ace high straight.

By the end of the Day Ones, the tournament had surpassed its goal, making it the highest prize pool ever in Florida. In all, 2,349 players tested their skills in the event.

The first place winner will receive $250,000, twenty-one percent of the prize pool. The runner up will take home $129,000, and all top five finishers will win at least $41,000. All players who made it to Day Two will at least double their entry fee. Click here to see the complete list of payouts.

Because only 235 players advance, many of the players that had the stamina to last through the first round will have a decent opportunity to win some big money in the Day Two Event. The average chip stack heading to Day Two is 150,713. The chip leader has 662,500, and the short stack entering the final day has 22,500.

Each of the Day One events allowed for 150 players to enter. The top ten percent of the field, regardless of size, made it into the second day and into the money. The overall experience seemed to be one of comfort for many players who entered.

“The tournament was run professionally, and the interaction with other players was fun,” said Carlie C., one of the participants at Mardi Gras Casino’s last Day One event. “It was nice to meet some players from other areas that I normally would not have met.”

Mardi Gras was one of the six poker rooms that held Day One events. The others included the Orange Park Kennel Club and St. John’s Greyhound Park in Jacksonville, Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track, the Poker Room at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room, and the host location, Derby Lane.

The final weekend will be one to remember for the 235 players that have advanced. On Friday, April 9th, The Venue in St. Petersburg will be hosting a party from 7PM to 10PM for all qualified players participating in the April 10th Day Two. The party is open to all players and their guests. Hors d’oeuvers will be served and drink specials will go on all night.

When play resumes on Saturday, blinds will be at 1,000-2,000, with 400 antes. Blinds will move every forty minutes as they had in Day One.

To all the host locations, one poker player from Hollywood says it best, “Florida poker players thank you for bringing a tournament to Florida that allows poker to be played the way it is meant to be played.”

Anyone interested in attending the final day of the Florida Million can contact the Derby Lane Poker room at 727-812-3339 ext.214.

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