By Nick Tebbutt

With a cool $1 million prize pool up for grabs, we always expected our new Monthly Million tournament to be as exciting as anything we’ve seen at partypoker10015.com. Happily, the action on Sunday, 1st February didn’t disappoint.

The cashing places were dominated by a strong European contingent. As ever, the German players exerted their strength at the tables, with their highest-ranked player finishing in 14th place to take home $6,400, but as the players were whittled down to the final table it looked like being a UK-based player who’d take the glory – and the cash – as three Brits made it to the final 10.

It just wasn’t to be, however. Despite a strong effort from third-placed Ninja232 and fifth-placed Lol1985, the big money was split between France’s Popeye7111 and The Netherlands’ mbalzack in a $302,500 deal made after a hard-fought heads-up contest in which neither player could win a decisive pot.

Here’s how the top five broke down:

1. Popeye7111 (France): $155,000    
2. mbalzack (Netherlands): $147,500       
3. Ninja232 (UK): $68,000 
4. IC2UrSoul (Finland): $53,000    
5. Lol1985 (UK): $43,000 

Well done to the winners. We hope next month’s tournament will be as thrilling: get ready to book your seat for the next Monthly Million on Sunday, 1st March.

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