2018 Partypoker Live Millions Grand Final Barcelona Sees Three Big Wins

The 2018 Partypoker Live Millions Grand Final Barcelona is currently proving to be quite the poker festival. We highlighted wins by Davidi Kitai and Andreas Eiler, and now another trio of big-name pros have joined them.

Ludovic Geilich Sam Greenwood, and Jake Schindler are not having fun in the sun in Barcelona, but they’re making a boatload of money playing poker. (Images: partypoker)

Seven Figures for Greenwood

The $50,000 ($61,680) Super High Roller saw 57 entrants battle it out for their share of the $2,764,500 ($3,394,232) prize pool. When it took seven 30-minute amounts to go from nine down to seven players, the championship was a one, especially around the money bubble. Seth Davies ultimately bubbled.

It proved to be a win for Sam Greenwood, who came back at the level from just 600K chips. He found himself heads-up against Spain’s Sergio Aido.

In the final hand of the tournament, the blinds were 600,000/1,200,000 when Greenwood min-raised using the A♦9♣ and Aido called using the J♣10♠ to see a 4♥8♠A♠ flop. Greenwood lasted for 1.2 million and Aido called before assessing the Q♣ turn.

Greenwood upped his bet to 5 million, Aido called, and the 10♣ completed the board on the river. Greenwood moved all in and Aido thought for 40 seconds before calling off for 14.1 million. Unfortunately for him, his pair of tens wasn’t enough to conquer Greenwood’s aces.

“He is a tough player, we didn’t have much to play with on 30 big blinds at heads-up,” Greenwood said of his opponent. “I just had the best hand most of the time on the river, so that was easy.”

The win was the biggest career score of Greenwood, surpassing the $1,023,701 he won for finishing runner-up to Fedor Holz in the EPT13 $50K Super High Roller in Barcelona. It was also his second prestigious Partypoker title since winning the 2017 Partypoker Live Caribbean Poker Party Main Event.

Greenwood now has $9,170,480 in lifetime earnings, which puts him on the all-time live tournament of Canada money list.

Final Table Results
1 Sam Greenwood (Canada) $1,000,000 ($1,227,792)
two Sergio Aido (Spain) $600,000 ($736,675)
3 Patrik Antonius (Finland) $400,000 ($491,117)
4 Keith Tilston (USA) $284,500 ($349,307)
5 Jean Noel-Thorel (France) $210,000 ($257,836)
6 Joao Simao (Brazil) $160,000 ($196,447)
7 Matthias Eibinger (Austria) $110,000 ($135,057)

Surpassing a World Champ

While winning a thousand is nice, winning two is even nicer. And that’s exactly what Jake Schindler did when he beat out 47 other entrants to win the $100K Super High Roller for $1,750,000 ($2,163,698). It was the second-largest score of his career since his runner-up finish to Christoph Vogelsang in last year’s $300K Super High Roller Bowl for $2,151,754.

Stephen Chidwick (Image: partypoker)

Schindler squared off in heads-up play against the Stephen Chidwick of the UK. It took two hours, but things came to a head in Level 22 (175,000/350,000) when Schindler increased to 875,000 with the A♠3♥ and Chidwick defended, holding the Q♠6♥. The 4♠A♦two♠ flop saw Chidwick check-call a wager of 500,000 and then assessed the 5♣ turn.

Schindler wager 1.8 million and called when Chidwick check-raised to 5.1 million. When the 7♠ landed on the river, Chidwick jammed for 9.45 million and Schindler called to win the championship with a pair of aces. For his performance, Chidwick added a career-high $1,100,000 ($1,360,038) to his bankroll.

It’s been a stellar year in two days for Schindler, who has won $ 3,367,766 including two wins in Aria High Roller events in 2018, good for $ 128,800 and $ 283,500. He placed second in the US Poker Open Event #8: $50,000 NLHE for $429,000.

The win also vaulted him15,619,824 in career earnings, which enabled him to pass Joe McKeehen ($14,560,121) atop Pennsylvania’s all-time currency list.

Final Table Results
1 Jake Schindler (United States) $1,750,000 ($2,163,698)
two Stephen Chidwick (United Kingdom) $1,100,000 ($1,360,038)
3 Jean-Noel Thorel (France) $726,000 ($909,989)
4 Jason Koon (United States) $500,000 ($618,199)
5 Bryn Kenney (United States) $340,000 ($420,374)
6 Erik Seidel (United States) $240,000 ($296,735)

A Delightful Victory

Finally, the $1,100 Millions Grand Final Open drew 1,716 entries, which generated a $1,664,520 ($2,040,178) prize pool.

Among the 158 players for paid were Joey Weissman (2nd for $191,923), Christophe De Meulder (6th for $46,882), Anthony Spinella (37th for $7,967), former NFL player Richard Seymour (84th for $5,822), and Jason Wheeler (119th for $4,903).

At the end of the tournament, Scotland’s Ludovic Geilich was the last player standing to win $250,000 ($309,587).

It marked the second-largest score of Geilich’s career after he finished fourth in the EPT10 London for $313,482.

Final Table Results
1 Ludovic Geilich (United Kingdom) $250,000 ($309,587)
two Joey Weissman (United States) $155,000 ($191,923)
3 Rasmus Vogt (Denmark) $105,000 ($130,027)
4 Balazs Biri (Hungary) $75,000 ($92,866)
5 Martin Gerrits (Netherlands) $54,870 ($67,941)
6 Christophe De Meulder (Belgium) $38,250 ($47,359)
7 Mauricio Sanchez (Israel) $27,500 ($34,049)
8 Rodrigo Jose Mendes Alexandre (Portugal) $20,000 ($24,763)
9 Jani Vilmunen (Finland) $15,000 ($18,572)

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