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Partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Wraps Up 9 Day Run at Casino Barcelona

April 16th, 2018 Author:

Pascal LefrancoisThe inaugural partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona has just wrapped up its nine day run at the Casino Barcelona, with the tournament series taking place between April 7-15, and offering a guaranteed €23 million in prize money throughout its nine-event schedule.

The series subsequently proved a popular affair, with a number of top pros also capturing titles in Spain, including the likes of Sam Greenwood, Jake Schindler, Andreas Eiler, and Pascal Lefrancois.

€10,300 Main Event

The €10,300 Main Event attracted an impressive 1,175 runners, in the process helping to create a prize pool worth €1,397,500 in excess of its €10 million guarantee. A total of 143 players subsequently saw a return on their sizeable buy-ins, including Johnny Lodden in 54th (€35,000), Mustapha Kanit in 33rd (€40,000), Sam Greenwood in 26th (€40,000), Philipp Gruissem in 22nd (€50,000), Jack Salter in 20th (€50,000), Byron Kaverman in 16th (€65,000), and Sean Winter in 11th (€100,000).

The final table of eight was also packed with some of the game’s most successful players, including the likes of David Kitai (91.1m), Dominik Nitsche (232.9m), Stephen Chidwick (65.2m), and Jan-Eric Schwippert (216.3m), with Canada’s Pascal Lefrancois (248.4m) starting off the action in pole position. Also in contention were lesser known pros such as Diogo Veiga (213.8m), Thomas Boivin (66.5m), and Adam Owen (41.6m).

Five hours later, Chidwick (J-J) sent Boivin (A-3) to the rail in 8th, while Kitai bowed out in 7th after his A-J preflop shove was called by Veiga holding A-4, with a 4 then being dealt on the flop, and no further surprises arriving on turn and river.

Soon after, though, it was Veiga’s turn to get unlucky after holding A-3 and going all-in after flopping two pair on an A-8-3 board. Chidwick (A-9) opted to made the call, and soon after eliminated his opponent in 6th place after a J on turn and river counterfeited Veiga’s two-pair.

Next, Adam Owen (7-7) took care of Schwippert (A-9) in 5th, while Lefrancois knocked out Nitsche in 4th and Chidwick in 3rd to take an 856m to 320m chip lead over Adam Owen into heads-up play.

Heads-Up

The UK’s Adam Owen soon reversed the roles, though, after holding Q-9 and check-raise bluffing on a 4-4-2-A-K board to scoop a 370m chip pot. Nevertheless, the lead would change hands on a number of occasions before Lefrancois, once again in front, went all-in holding A-J and was called by Owen (A-10). The dealer subsequently laid out a Q-5-5-3-7 board to consign Owen to a runner-up finish, while Pascal Lefrancois was crowned champion and now boasts more than $5 million in career earnings.

Final Table Results

1: Pascal Lefrancois €1,700,000
2: Adam Owen €1,300,000
3: Stephen Chidwick €1,000,000
4: Dominik Nitsche €800,000
5: Jan-Eric Schwippert €602,500
6: Diogo Veiga €450,000
7: Davidi Kitai €325,000
8: Thomas Boivin €225,000

Other Winners

Germany’s Andreas Eiler bested a field of 88 players at the €25,000 Super High Roller event to add a further €700,000 to his burgeoning bankroll which now tops $4 million. The player’s biggest ever score, however, was recorded at the World Series of Poker Europe last year, after a runner-up finish at the High Roller for One Drop event for €2,155,418.

Meanwhile, the UK’s Sam Greenwood took part in the €50,000 Super High Roller, and eventually overcame a tough field of 57 players, including a final table featuring Joao Simao (6th), Patrik Antonius (3rd), and Sergio Aido (2nd) to claim a first place prize of €1 million ($1,240,000).

Finally, Jake Schindler defeated a field of 48 players to win the €100,000 Super High Roller for €1,750,000 ($2,170,000), and now has $17,798,046 in career earnings, of which $3.4 million has been won in 2018 alone.

Next Stop: Canada

The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS next stops off at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada, with the series running from April 21-29, and offering a massive CAD 15 million in guaranteed prize money throughout its six-event schedule.

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