The Moscow Millions, recently hosted at the Kosmos Casino and Hotel in Moscow, found 53 players trading $10,500 in for $25,000 in starting chips, and a shot at being the winner of the Moscow Millions inaugural event.
The event started with 90-minute levels and a prize pool of over $500,000 and Tony G. was a late arrival. Tony had a dental appointment and when he joined the foray at the Kosmos Casino, he still had plenty of chips left to do some damage to his opponents. Tony describes his ups and downs in the tournament, and a few keys hands, in his blog. Tony has only great things to report about poker in Russia and expects Russia to explode with more poker events and happenings, possibly overtaking the US in the near future.
Tony played his way up, through various opponents by outplaying them at times, showing down the best hand at times, and when they arrived at three players, Tony was the dominating chip leader and the decision was made to end play.
Tony did what he does best; he repeated a gesture he made in an Asian poker event, by donating his $205,000 winner’s check to Russian orphanages. Tony said, "I feel good just being in a position where I can give away money that I win in poker tourneys."
Poker Professionals put on the Moscow Millions and even though there were no satellites for the event, they were extremely happy with the turnout. Anastasia Bauer, spokesperson for Poker Professionals, believes the Moscow Millions is sure to become a key destination on the European poker scene.
Tony received a gold bracelet, along with the check for $205,000, and the honor of knowing that he won the first Moscow Millions event. And Tony said in his blog, "I must congratulate everyone from Poker Professionals; the management was great. The structure was better than the WSOP main event…”
Not only is Tony generous with his winnings, he leaves thought for everyone out there that dreams of playing in the big time, “It just shows you that if a player like me can win events, then all of you at home can win for sure.”