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turns $11 into $10K MILLIONS Passport at partypoker

Tags: John Holmes, partypoker.
Posted on 22 April 2020 by "T".

At partypoker, everyone is given the chance to win big. Their satellites and Passports allow an aspiring player to turn a small investment into a massive prize.

Last month, British player Mike Hill was able to turn a $22 satellite into a MILLIONS Passport worth at least $10,000. On April 7, another one was able to do the same, but this time a bit better.

Meet John Holmes from Scotland, who was able to turn an $11 investment into a trip to the Caribbean. The Scotsman took a break from poker playing but recently returned with renewed enthusiasm and decided to play some of the MILLIONS Passport satellites, which turned out to be a great decision after all.

His story is so interesting that Team partypoker's Patrick Leonard has even offered to give him some free coaching sessions as he prepares to play in the Caribbean Poker Party Main Event later this year!

Self-Enforced Break from poker
John said, "I stopped playing several years ago due to a few things going on in my personal life and with work commitments. I did miss it for a few months, but then I was OK without playing. A few months ago, I thought about returning online due to working away from home and having more time on my hands during the evenings and weekends."

"I never really enjoyed cash games and my preference is for small tournaments and attempt to get into bigger tournaments. The MILLIONS Passport caught my attention so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm so glad I did!"

John joined the MILLIONS Passport qualification process at the $11 quarter-final stage. The tournament progressed all the way to heads-up with both John and his opponent qualifying for the $110 Semi-Final.

It was a similar story in the semi-final, the satellite reaching heads-up and both John and his last remaining opponent qualifying for the weekly final.

"I finished first with 450,000 chips. The final had 110 entrants and I was 47th with my 450,000 stack. The chip leader held 1,200,000."

Checking out the Passport
John's middle-of-the-group starting position obviously didn't bother him much because he managed to be one of the 10 people who won a $10,000 MILLIONS Passport.

"Winning felt slightly surreal. I don't think I quite realized that I had achieved something so big. I also qualified for the final but finished in 18th place and was very disappointed because I played a couple of hands terribly. I thought I'd try again and learn from my mistakes."

"I was like a little kid, jumping around my flat at 02:00 extremely excited and a little bit shocked! I hope I didn't wake my neighbors, hahaha! Thankfully, I was able to call a couple of mates and share a celebratory drink. Maybe having a long break helped me? Got a bit of beginners luck and, thankfully, didn't lose everything I learned a few years ago."

Coaching Offer from Patrick Leonard
Team partypoker's Patrick Leonard saw John's story on social media and gave John an amazing offer to coach him before he uses his passport at the Caribbean Poker Party. Will John accept?

"Absolutely and I'm looking forward to it. It was so kind of Patrick to offer this help to me. Every bit of assistance will help me, hopefully, go deep into the tournament. I'm slightly overwhelmed with all the congratulations I received from members of partypoker. Thank you to all of them."

John has decided to use his passport at the Caribbean Poker Party so he will be jetting off to The Bahamas later this year. It is the biggest tournament of John's life and something he never thought he'd be able to play in.
"I'm looking forward to the whole big live tournament experience the most. I've only ever seen it by watching poker on TV and never imagined that I would be part of it. I did dream about it though, hahaha. I'm taking one of my best mates who also love playing poker so this will add to the experience. I can't wait to socialize with lots of experienced poker players, that will be awesome. It's probably a one in a lifetime experience, but hopefully the first of many. Oh, and the beautiful Caribbean weather is slightly better than up here in Scotland!"

Be the next one to go to the Caribbean!
MILLIONS Passport satellites run every day and feed into the weekly final on Sundays. You can't buy into the Sunday Final direct, you must win your way via the Phased MILLIONS Passport tournaments.

You too can follow in the footsteps of Mike Hill and John Holmes by playing in partypoker's MILLIONS Passport phased satellites.

They started at the $11 and $22 level, but you can jump in for even less with $2.20 Round 1 and even freerolls are available.

Source: https://www.partypoker.com/blog/en/from-11-to-a-10k-millions-passport-john-holmes-story.html


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48 comments for " turns $11 into $10K MILLIONS Passport at partypoker"

 dule-vu22/04/2020 11:12:14 GMT
This is what I call great win!
 maragatero22/04/2020 15:58:28 GMT
What a big difference...he turns $ 11 buy-in ticket into a $ 10.000 millions passport at PartyPoker and a trip to the Caribean, and I turn a $ 11 buy-in ticket into a headhache..hahaha. A beautiful prize in a beautiful place. Just now, when the Autumn is starting in my city, to think in a trip to the Caribean is a pretty dream. But I don´t know how it filtered with the Covid 19 situation!
 CALICUL22/04/2020 18:33:00 GMT
Any player who is average or above can win such a prize for major tournaments in different beautiful places around the world. You just have to try this and if $ 11 is too much maybe there is a satellite for this game. These chances are not denied by smart players.
 dule-vu22/04/2020 20:03:01 GMT
this is great story,when you see that he didnt play at all for few years,that he had other things in life and after so many time,he decided to start playing again and now he got this great passport for only 11 $!ofcourse there will be only few players in one year,that will make something like this,but you can always try it!
 MarcWinz23/04/2020 02:06:40 GMT
Spot on for John. Great to read and hear about these stories, as I think we all wish/ hope that we can achieve something similar.

Good luck John, in the big'un.

Hope you are all doing well, and don't forget - DON'T go out unless you really need to. Take care,
 maragatero23/04/2020 17:21:13 GMT
Yes, all the glory to this man! And I agree with you MarcWinz, we all wish/hope to achieve something similar. But I think that many of us are far of really do it. Perhaps some of us have skills over John Holmes, but we aren´t in a professional career in poker. The majority of us are recreational players who have a job, family, etc; and leave it is not an option for now!
 CALICUL23/04/2020 18:55:19 GMT
People with good skills, who win first place in various tournaments or rankings, deserve some congratulations. Talent deserves to be appreciated and most people are aware of this. However, there are many online players who have not received congrats but that is another story.
 maragatero24/04/2020 22:05:58 GMT
Much I read about the success of not young man, much I think in makes a new try in the poker career. I´m feeling a little stimulation, oinly a bit. I remember that, to only makes a mediocre evolution, I had to spend a lot of time studing and playing. I´m like the majority of the common recreational players, I want to have a million shot, without any effort!
 CALICUL25/04/2020 09:16:09 GMT
In online poker there are a lot of talented or professional players who have beautiful stories and many of them big wins. Party Poker offers good games where you can make a lot he ends up in prizes. He has good skills and maybe something good will happen there.
 antonis32125/04/2020 11:55:30 GMT
Very big success for John Holmes , this $10.000 Millions Passport will give hime the opportumity to go and play at the Caribbean Poker Party Main Event , and win big if he succeeds in finishing ITM , ofcourse more deep or at the final table life-changing money await for him Smile Many congratulations to him for this achievement , I wish he has more than this in the near future . And he achieved this only with $11 satellite , $11 investment for $10.000 , it's really amazing story .
 Mober25/04/2020 17:48:49 GMT
If you are lucky anything can happen.
And while the one ticket may worth 10k is not the same as the other one with the trip to the carribean.
Cause you the both can end up empty handed from the ticket, but the trip to the carribean is the winner in the first place Smile
 maragatero25/04/2020 23:05:45 GMT
Yes Mober I´m agree with you. Poker still being a lucky game, you ever need a proportion of it. Even you are a very good professional player. You can see a lot of videos with pocket aces cracked by any pair, and if you haven´t a bit of luck, that situation can repeated several times in a tourney. When this happened, include the good players start to fall in tilt.
 CALICUL26/04/2020 12:51:47 GMT
I remember when i played 5 qualifying tournaments in another poker room with 50 FPPs to finally win a $ 215 ticket in the sunday million. Performance can always be beautiful, even if they are small or large but sometimes are bad. At the moment i am very angry because i managed a bad performance ( to stay too long in my house ). Covid.
 maragatero27/04/2020 00:03:31 GMT
To me, happened some curious thing. I have all the time of the world to play, but I can´t be concentrated in the game, and I makes a lot of stupid errors. The isolation is occupied my head without taken notice of it. Only when the luck is in my side, and I make one or two bad beats to the villains, I pay attention on the game to keep the advantage.
 antonis32127/04/2020 22:25:15 GMT

THere was also Mike Hill who earned such a ticket the previous mnth , but with $22 satellite , a very big success for him as well . John Holmes stopped playing poker some years ago due to some personal life and work matters , but nowadays , working from home , and with more frre tome he started playing poker again , and that lead him to this great win . There are many who restarted playing poker these days , and start winning again on the felt . But also there are many newcomers , who have some knowledge on how to play poker , they can also have the opportunity to chase and win such expensive satellites on PartyPoker , play and win their big guaranteed tournaments , live or online .
 maragatero28/04/2020 02:28:15 GMT
Well. I´m starting to play again, bah...I´m thinking very hard that I might starting to play again. But I have serious doubts that I could arrive to this results. hahaha. The "blank space" in poker is really common, especially in the semiprofessional players. Obviously, I don´t think that Negreanu or any top player could take a sabbat year, but the rest of the mortals, yes!
 antonis32128/04/2020 12:51:55 GMT
John Holmes decided to accept Team partypoker's Patrick Leonard offer to coach him for free , he's going to need these tips and advice when it comes to go and play thos live event vs other very good players or pros . It's great that you can get your seat to the $10.000 satellite for $109 , also $11 or $22 for lower bankroll players . Even with $1 or $2 or simply a freeroll for players with extremelly small bankroll , they also have the chance to try and win their seat on this very important final satellite to get this very precious and potentially life changing ticket for the Final Main Event at the Carribbeans .
 CALICUL28/04/2020 13:19:53 GMT
Play and win because it is very good when we have satisfaction. This poker industry can bring you more money but must to play as much as possible. Many tournaments and more chances to achieve something good for your pocket.
 dule-vu28/04/2020 21:30:33 GMT
now he need to be smart and to see on what live tournament he will use this 10000 $ passport!as I see in some other news,they will extend this prize on more months,because of this corona problems!so no matter what he will decide to do with prize,he will earn something if he change prize or if he travel,he will have great vacation and maybe he will win something!
 maragatero30/04/2020 10:00:19 GMT
What a bitter taste, don´t you think? Win a wonderful prize whe the world become isolated and all the live tournaments and travel capacity are stoped. I wish that the company extended that passport until the "new normality" arrive. By the way, the passport can be used spliting it in many little tourney, or is only for a big one?
 CALICUL30/04/2020 19:12:26 GMT
How do you turn $ 11 into $ 10,000? Well not so easy but possible. Today i turned a blast of 1 dollar into one of 15 ... I played a few of $ 1, i was 3 minutes in the kitchen, when i came back i went into another but the software did the maneuver and it was not checked on $ 1 as i left it, it was $ 15. Aww crap!
 maragatero01/05/2020 18:45:27 GMT
And you losted it? I know wich is the taste of it... I played a Blast of $5 that I won (the ticket) in a Blast freeroll. The multiplier gave to us a $ 15, so I started really aggressive with my good hands, and I arrive with a double of stack at the time to all-in. I was very reliant that I can win because the mathematics gives me the opportunity, but with three bad shots I losted it!
 dule-vu02/05/2020 10:53:20 GMT
great option for this play is that he can use it on whatever he want,will he play few of online tournaments or he will travel on one live tournament when everything open in world!so its great that he have nice choice and this will worth for 24 months!lot of time to think what is best option for him!
 antonis32102/05/2020 17:27:13 GMT
If he can use this ticket either online or live , that's awesome , cause he has too many options to use it in the best way possible , play the games he might have an edge on them , and win as much money as possible . Also , if that ticket lasts for 24 months , it couldn't be better than this . He has two years to spend this winning sat ticket , he can make his choices calmly , see gthe alternative options in live and online games , see also when this coromna crisis will ened completely , when live tournaments will start again , and play the ones he likes most Smile
 maragatero02/05/2020 20:43:18 GMT
Yes, that might be awesome! We can make some calculations (I love mathematics, despiete I understan nothing of it!) a $ 10.000 passport might sale something like 50 tickets to decents tournaments (more or less), with prizes between $ 10.000 and $ 25.000, without any particular promotion. If he can makes 5 or 10 ITM (he is a good player and in the $200 buy-in are not professionals). He could multiply this amount without too much effort!
 dule-vu03/05/2020 12:03:54 GMT
I did post two times,even made new thread about it,but will do again!this is how you can use this prize:

Playing online you will receive $10,000 worth of buy-ins, with all the registration fees free. This will be split up into a $5,300 Main Event buy-in, and side events of your choice with buy-ins ranging from $1,050, $2,100 and $5,300.

Using your PP LIVE Passport LIVE

You can use your Passport for certain partypoker LIVE festivals, such as MILLIONS Cyprus and MILLIONS Bahamas.

Playing LIVE you will receive an extra $1,000 in value! This will be in the form of an exclusive $11,000 VIP Package. All packages will include Main Event buy-in, travel expenses and accommodation.
 antonis32103/05/2020 21:13:22 GMT
He'll be playing in Carrebean , not other live or online events as far as I have understood by his words on the news post . So he;s going for the big money , I wich him good luck , may he win the main event Smile

So , it's 10k for online , 11k for live ??? Wow , so many options ,and for 2 yers , it's such a big opportunity , almost free money , lol Smile Especially for guys who are good in satellites ,this is a must to play and win this passport .
 maragatero03/05/2020 23:33:16 GMT
Well, if that is the situation, I think that might be more interesant play in a wonderful place near to you, to take advantage of the $ 1000 extras. If he don´t make good money, at least he stay in a good scenario, don´t you think? Any way, obviously he should think it agree with his goal of career, and not for pleasure. In the pro-life, poker is a job!
 dule-vu04/05/2020 14:05:01 GMT
well maybe this would be best that he use this package and to travel and play on some big live tournament!with this he will probably play few less tournament online any maybe he will not do anything,but on this trip he will see something and maybe will put some money in pocket also!
 CALICUL04/05/2020 14:08:02 GMT
Professional players live with poker money and that is true for most. Some of them have jobs, businesses and other things to make money but after all, this is a real job. They can easily earn $ 1,500 a month or more and their lives will be good. Anything is possible and you can make money from 0 or with satellites like this men.
 maragatero05/05/2020 00:16:33 GMT
$ 1500 by month? CALICUL, that is little change for they! I was sawing videos of a young player (he talk in spanish) named Zero poker. He make a video of two days of tournament where he played two big of them, and five or six too much little. The big have $ 10.000 and $ 25.000 buy-in, an buy-in. And the littles since $ 1200 to $ 2500. In that two days of tournament He won $ 380.000!!!
 CALICUL05/05/2020 16:21:15 GMT
I was not referring to first-rate professional players but to others who make a living from poker. Many gamblers manage to have profit 1500 dollars per month and this is very good for they. I was hoping for this... but i can't move forward with my strategies.
 maragatero07/05/2020 01:01:27 GMT
Now I understand to you. And, really, I could live very well with $ 1500 too. I told you years ago, when I make my first move with sit & go, I would need between $ 300 and $ 500 of poker to be happy and don´t lost any of my actual resources. So, with something like $ 5000 by year I´m fine. And I think that is possible if I study and take my time to it.
 roeish307/05/2020 18:39:01 GMT
I once got into a 215$ tournament and won a little over 1000$ - my biggest win ever. one of my last hand I folded Jacks all in call from two players. Turned out they both had AK and I could have tripled myself into number 1 position. could have maybe win a really big prise but still think I made the right call on that spot.
 maragatero08/05/2020 02:35:55 GMT
Yes roeish3, JJ against two all-in is fold...painful but fold! I won my best prize also in a $ 215 buy-in tournament, and was $ 650. I played it with a gifted ticket of PartyPoker. Was a promotion of starting year (that it not happen now!). But I was too much afraid to play my best poker, I had some luck only. But I was really happy and full of dreams!
 CALICUL08/05/2020 07:47:01 GMT
Anything can happen if you have a good game and play more real money tournaments with buy-ins of $ 5.50 or less more often. The chances really increase when you do this but until a good result i don't know how long it takes. It's a big fight here.
 maragatero09/05/2020 03:10:01 GMT
Yes, you have the reason CALICUL. That is the matter of bankroll management. You need a good backup to the downswing situation. And if you aren´t a very good player, you need more support there. In this mode, the tournaments, I only can play calm if I have a bankroll with more than 150 buy-in, despite some books are talking of a safe bankroll with 100/120 buy-in
 CALICUL09/05/2020 09:50:26 GMT
You must to play multiple satellites and then try to make money because you studied more than i did. The possibility to see what i don't see is greater because i was lazy and learned a little strategy. I'm sorry but i don't read more about this ( have many hobbies ).
 maragatero10/05/2020 03:52:59 GMT
But you can organize if you want to improbe your skills. You have to take the time that you use to play poker, and split it in a time to stusy and a time to play. In the first stage, you only need to find good material to study. When you are sure that you have it, you can leave to play and concentrate in learn and buid a new startegy. When you have it, you could spend 1/4 time to study, 1/4 to analize your hands, and 1/2 to play...
 roeish313/05/2020 21:49:59 GMT
Maragatero, you are right.
My biggest tournament was a live one with many superstars and a grand prize of 250,000 dollars. I played cowered game and eventually lost with an all in I had to take because I was running out is money.
Today I would have played it very differently. But you don't get these chances very often, I'm afraid.
 maragatero17/05/2020 00:51:40 GMT
A live tournament with superstars? Wow, you are my hero! I don´t know how can be a live tourney. The way you have to see your cards, the way to manage the chips, the proximity with the other players, their tells, the needed to pay attention to the croupier...Is a world that I don´t know and, surely, I would be scare in it. But play there also with stars players...is too much!
 CALICUL17/05/2020 21:05:46 GMT
Win a 11 dollars satellite for a live tournament and you can have famous professional players as opponents. Nothing is impossible, but only you can become a great player if really want to succeed. Ambition and a good strategies can bring serious earnings with online or live games.
 maragatero19/05/2020 01:28:50 GMT
I understand to you CALICUL, make that dreamed situation is really possible. As you said, if you have some luck ( a lot!) and win a satellitte you could have a ticket to a live tournament, that´s right. BUt I was thinking in the live situation. The place, the lights, the noise, the people, the rules, teh feelings.. And if you add superstars of poker...is too much!
 CALICUL19/05/2020 11:10:46 GMT
It's too much and you right but people play a lot of satellites, just to qualify for big tournaments. Insistent people can be very successful if they qualify somewhere and there to play a great game. I don't want to qualify for live tournaments but i would like to do it online.
 maragatero20/05/2020 02:20:24 GMT
If I have the time, I like to play satellites (obviously free). But it ever win to me, because I could play one step with good concentration, second step really tired and, if I arrive to a third step, will be ruined with only a few chips and without any energy. The sats are really a probe! I´m useful to play in turbo or super turbo way, so if I have to play hours it kill me!
 CALICUL20/05/2020 17:04:33 GMT
Play real money satellites when you're in shape and you'll be able to periodically qualify for anice or larger tournament.There it is important to finish in the money to have an extra satisfaction ( much desired withdrawal). It's not easy but it can be done.
 antonis32121/05/2020 17:54:02 GMT
Winning such a great award , a $10K Million Passport , with only so small investment is a real triumph . Ofcourse , there is also a story with sb winning such a award via a freeroll , which is incredible , heaven sent gift Smile And if you manage to be ITM in the tournaments you'll play , it's awesome .

I like when , in such subsatellites , when you win the seat for the next round or phase , you play it whenever you want . Ofcourse the ticket will expire after some days , but still you have some days to play it Smile I don't llke when you have only one-two days to play it or if you need to play directly after this first round ends , very tiring and exhausting . A lot of the times I am not in the mood to play in the same day the ticket I 've won , it's really sad Sad
 CALICUL21/05/2020 20:13:23 GMT
Satellites are the best opportunity to make money because there may be chances of qualification... where you can achieve something nice. I will try to play when i have time for my destiny if i have luck. I am waiting for the opportunity to take advantage in one day.

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