PartyPoker begins quest for new champ

Jul 2, 2002 7:12 AM

In the wake of its inaugural million-dollar tournament, has set the tournament dates for Million II ”” with an estimated prize pool of $1.5 million.

Online players will compete at in their choice of from one to three separate semi-final qualifying events scheduled for August 1-4, November 21-24, and January 30 - February 02, 2003. Semi-final round winners will receive a package valued at $7,200 which includes a cruise for two people, and a buy-in for one player into the Million II tournament finals to be held March 1-8, 2003 aboard a luxury Caribbean cruise.

Players will compete in the Million II finals for the estimated $1.5 million prize pool by qualifying online at via one of the designated semi-final tournaments, or by paying a tournament buy-in fee aboard the ship.

Tournament play will consist of Limit Hold’em with a standard tournament elimination format. The Million II is an official World Poker Tour event that is expected to be televised in spring 2003.

"The Million II continues to be the best value in poker today," said Mike Sexton, the Host and poker veteran who helped found the Million tournament series. "The Million II represents the future of live, multi-player tournament poker in that it allows players from throughout the world to qualify via the Internet for a live championship poker tournament from the comfort of their own living room."

Sexton says that savvy players are already accruing tournament bonus chips at to improve their odds of winning. "This year a multiple-table tournament format will be used during the semi-finals which will increase the value of bonus chips ”” thereby rendering them invaluable for semi-final players looking to better their chances at victory," he said.

Players may accrue bonus points from now through January 28, 2003 by playing in real money poker games at For more information on, or to register for, the Million II tournament, visit:

Launched in August 2001, is the world’s premiere destination for online, multi-player poker and is fully licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, Quebec, Canada. offers an assortment of live classic poker games including Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Low, and Seven Card Stud, all powered by a unique and completely random shuffling algorithm, ensuring’s integrity in hosting fair and honest poker games.

The Million tournament series was created as the flagship tournament for with the direct assistance of professional poker players and industry advisors. The Million I was the first online-based multi-player poker tournament to offer a guaranteed first-place prize of $1,000,000 which was won by Kathy Liebert in March 2002.