|Online tournament qualifier Erick Lindgren claimed the $1,000,000 first prize at PartyPoker.com Million III. Lindgren had to face five other opponents at the final table (to be televised later this year), where he had to claw his way up from fourth place chip position before taking the big prize.|
Qualification for the tournament began with numerous online qualifiers and satellite competitions where players could eventually win both a cruise and entry into the $7,500 buy-in tournament for as little as $25. 546 players made it to San Diego harbour where the luxury cruise ship and poker tables awaited.
One player’s initial wager was just $2, yet again showing how a little money with a lot of talent can take you a long way. Although the big money was dished out among the players at the final table, around 90 players are thought to have taken home approximately a couple of thousand dollars in prize money.
The ship was chartered exclusively for players and their companions.