A big winner in Brazil at the partypoker MILLIONS. Darren Elias is the victim of a home robbery. Find these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

partypoker MILLIONS South America winner crowned

Marty Mathis is the victor in the 2019 partypoker MILLIONS South America Main Event after six days and 439 entries. The $5 million guaranteed, $10,300 buy-in event yielded an $894,844 payday for Mathis, who began the day with the second-fewest chips. The win was the largest of Mathis’ 12-year poker career.

Players will have to wait until May 22nd for the next stop in the partypoker MILLIONS schedule when the MILLIONS North America is held at the Playgrounds Poker Club in Montreal from May 22nd to May 27th for another $5 million (Canadian dollars) guaranteed prize pool.

Quick hitters

– The home of high stakes poker pro Darren Elias was robbed on March 21 in Philadelphia while a babysitter and Elias’ two-year-old son were in the home at the time. Fortunately, neither were harmed and the robber, Shannon Soroka was later apprehended and charged by police. Elias was believed targeted due to his reputation as a poker player with $7.1 million in live tournament cashes, according to The Hendon Mob.

– The first three flights of the ₽191,800 PokerStars EPT Main Event are in the books. Aleksandr Denisov, Viktor Ustimov and Denis Sapozhnikov were the chip leaders from each flight with Denisov holding the overall chip lead after Monday’s action.

– Since being announced last week, nominations for the first Global Poker Awards have received controversy with the biggest outcry coming from the Vlogger of the Year and Streamer of the Year Awards. Poker fans have been complained about who was included (Doug Polk) and and excluded (Brad Owens). For those who feel that their favorite poker personality was snubbed, you can still vote for the People’s Choice Awards.

– On Friday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill that will bring casinos in three Virginia cities by 2022. Online Poker Report’s Steve Ruddock writes that the signature could plant seed for online gambling and sports betting in the state.

– On Monday, we uploaded the start of another classic Grinderschool poker training series to the PartTimePoker YouTube channel. Againstime’s 6-part “Shove Calling” series focuses on situations in which players face calling a shove. In part 1, Againstime takes a look at shove calling in single table tournaments.

Best poker videos on the Web

– In his latest vlog, Brad Owens is at the Maryland Live Casino for a $3/$5 meetup game which draws nearly 300 players.

Triton Poker has been posted notable highlights from the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series. In this clip, Mikita Badziakouski has a set of Queens on the turn while Devan Tang pondering the call with a set of Sixes.