German wins PartyGammon.com tournament.
The Bahamas saw the inaugural PartyGammon.com Million end with an impressive win by thirty-three year old German, Andreas Maertens, winning a world record take of US$600,400, the most for any backgammon tournament in the games history. In a thrilling final game, Maertens beat 36 year-old Danish backgammon ace Lasse Hjorth Madsen 23-22
‘We saw the huge rise of the internet qualifier in poker and, remarkably, at the very first attempt we have seen online qualifiers compete and beat the world's best players at backgammon’, said a PartyGammon.com spokesman. ‘Like poker, the entrance of the online aces promises to change the game of backgammon forever.’
Maertens, both a backgammon and poker player said, ‘When I came here I hoped I had a chance but never ever really thought that I could win as there were so many strong players in the field. I'm not sure what I am going to do with the money, I'm certainly going to play more high stakes backgammon, but I am also going to buy my girlfriend Monica a car.’
He added, ‘It doesn't get much better than this. How am I going to top this? I certainly didn't count myself as the best player here - I think I would be in the top 100 though.’
The PartyGammon.com spokesman continued, ‘This tournament has taken backgammon to a new level and taken a previously unknown community into the mainstream. One thing is for sure though, the internet qualifiers have arrived and are here to stay.’
PartyGammon.com is a division of PartyGaming Plc's growing suite of online games that includes PartyPoker.com, PartyCasino.com, PartyBingo.com, PartyBets.com, Gamebookers.com and EmpirePoker.com.