Players have no lack of online poker options in September and that includes PartyPoker’s MILLIONS Online, which kicks off Thursday. The series is one of the biggest events in online poker and runs Sept. 1-27.
The $3,200 Main Event offers players a shot at a huge title and a share of the $2 million guarantee. One of those heading to the tables is longtime Twitch streamer and PartyPoker ambassador Jaime Staples.
The Canadian poker pro has more than 155,000 followers on Twitch and has more than $1 million in online winnings. Staples is fresh off making two final table appearances in the McLaren Turbo Series. He spoke with PokerScout this week about MILLIONS Online and his life as a streamer and poker player.
What particularly excites you about this festival?
MILLIONS Online is the most important series of the year to me. It has some great events for everyone, but it’s also where PartyPoker has its biggest buy-ins of the year and some of the biggest guarantees of the year. I play mostly high-stakes tournaments now, so this is where I get to prove myself on home turf.
What do you think of Party, as well as other sites in general, seeming to do more than ever now to reach players of all bankroll levels for major events?
The best thing poker has going for it is the opportunity for everyone to be able to play together. If you have the buy-in, you can play against some of the best players for big money.
I think series including more affordable options, but where big players will still play, is just a ton of fun. I remember waiting hours to sit down to play with pros and play cash games online when I first started.
I imagine it’s the same feeling today for those with developing bankrolls and budgets. Poker is for everyone!
Great Day! GG in the @partypoker Grand Prix $320 and GG to the series. Was fun!
— Jaime Staples (@jaimestaples) August 30, 2022
What are your streaming plans for the series? Are you planning anything special?
I will definitely be focusing on the Thursday to Monday slot, where most of the high-stakes flights take place. I think I’ll be streaming as much as I can on those days, but also listening to my mind and body.
When I need time off now, I take it. Hopefully I feel good through the whole series and I can get some great runs going.
How did you get into Twitch poker streaming and what do you enjoy about it?
I saw a post for Twitch Poker on the Two Plus Two forums in September 2014. It was a perfect time of life for me and I just made the decision to pursue poker full time. My mindset at the time was that I wanted to really commit to the game and participate in the industry along with being a player, so immediately I knew this was my chance to make it happen.
My favorite part about streaming is connecting with a wide variety of people from all over the world and having great conversations and discussions – about poker mostly, but also other things too. It’s just awesome how the Internet allows people to communicate at scale.
What’s one online poker tip you would give new players?
Be patient. Most people’s poker journey is short because they don’t set a proper budget and stay within it. They also feel as if they need to get to the top as soon as possible.
Poker is a game that can be played over your whole adult life. Be patient on your progression, and the likelihood of it being fun and successful will increase.
Anything to add?
I’d love for anyone interested in tournament poker to come check out the stream. I’ll be live on the PokerStaples Twitch page, and I’ll be posting highlights on all the video platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
Good luck to everyone in the MILLIONS Online series! See you on the felt.
PartyPoker MILLIONS Online highlights
Payers jumping in the action during PartyPoker MILLIONS Online have a lot to look forward to. Expect several tournament formats including six-max, seven-max, eight-max, progressive knockouts (PKO), and more.
The first Main Event starting flight is set for Sunday. There are numerous qualifying opportunities throughout the series as well including those starting at just one cent. PartyPoker also has 52 exclusive NFTs up for grabs to winners throughout the series.
For a complete preview and schedule for the series , click here. Here’s a look at the complete schedule.
2022 PartyPoker MILLIONS Online
First Flight/Phase Last Flight/Day 2-3 Event Buyin Guarantee Format
Sept. 1 Sept. 5 #01 Opener PKO: $250K Gtd $1,575 $250,000 8-max pko
Sept. 1 Sept. 5 #02 Mini Opener PKO: $100K Gtd $162 $100,000 8-max pko
Sept. 1 Sept. 15 #03 Super 500: $500K Gtd $530 $500,000 7-max van
Sept. 1 Sept. 15 #04 Super 100: $300K Gtd $109 $300,000 7-max van
Sept. 4 Sepot. 27 #05 Main Event: $2M Gtd $3,200 $2,000,000 8-max van
Sept. 4 Sept. 27 #06 Mini Main Event: $500K Gtd $320 $500,000 8-max van
Sept. 4 Sept. 11 #07 The Grand: $150K Gtd $1,050 $150,000 8-max van
Sept. 5 Sept. 12 #08 7-Max PKO Championship: $500K Gtd $1,050 $500,000 7-max pko
Sept. 11 Sept. 18 #09 The Grand: $150K Gtd $1,050 $150,000 8-max van
Sept. 12 Sept. 19 #10 6-Max PKO Championship: $500K Gtd $1,050 $500,000 6-max pko
Sept. 15 Sept. 22 #11 Super 500 PKO: $500K Gtd $530 $500,000 7-max pko
Sept. 15 Sept. 22 #12 Super 100 PKO: $300K Gtd $109 $300,000 7-max pko
Sept. 18 Sept. 25 #13 The Grand: $150K Gtd $1,050 $150,000 8-max van
Sept. 22 Sept. 26 #14 Closer PKO: $300K Gtd $1,575 $300,000 8-max pko
Sept. 22 Sept. 26 #15 Mini Closer PKO: $100K Gtd $162 $100,000 8-max pko