The Partypoker Live Millions Grand Final Barcelona was one of the greatest poker festivals of the year so far. It was chock full of big-name players taking down titles, such as, therefore it was only fitting that the Main Event was a star-studded affair.
Stacked Final Table
The 2018 Partypoker Live Millions Grand Final Barcelona $10,300 Main Event offered up a $10 million guarantee, which it surpassed by drawing 1,175 entries. That created an $11,397,500 ($14,060,572) prize pool with a monster payday of $1.7 million ($2,097,212) up high;
Among those at the final table were chip leader Pascal Lefrancois, 2016 MSPT Venetian champ Thomas Boivin, Partypoker Live Millions Grand Final Barcelona High Roller winner and, 888poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche, US Poker Open MVP Stephen Chidwick, and the short-stacked Adam Owen.
Of those, Boivin was the first to go after getting it in with the A♥3♥ and failing to get there against Chidwick’s J♣J♦. Not long afterwards, Kitai got unlucky with his A♠J♦ when Diogo Veiga paired his kicker holding the A♥4♣.
As for Nitsche, action folded to him in the small blind and he awakened his last nine large blinds holding the K♠6♣ and Lefrancois called with the K♦3♣. The board ran out 10♠4♠two♣5♣A♣ and Lefrancois made a wheel to operate over the young German. Nitsche took home $800,000 ($986,923) for finishing in fourth place.
Chidwick’s Million Dollar Heater
Play was comprised of Lefrancois, Owens, and Chidwick, who was fresh off finishing runner-up to Jake Schindler in the Super High Roller. Chidwick busted in third place for $1,000,000 ($1,233,654), which was his third seven-figure score in three weeks. He didn’t have any before that.
Chidwick busted after he awakened his last 12 blinds from the blind over Lefrancois’ button. The Canadian called with the K♠10♠ that was behind Chidwick’s A♥7♣. But, the board ran out K♥9♠8♦5♦8♣ and Lefrancois made two pair to bust Chidwick.
“I just try to think of the cards and the decisions, not about the outcome,” Chidwick stated after his elimination.
I need to dedicate [this conduct] to my granddad, who is the gamer in my family. If I hadn’t grown up playing card games and board games, as well as video games with him, then I maybe wouldn’t be here now.”
That left a close 2/1 chip lead over Owen to Lefrancois, but it would take a few levels for this to finish. In the final hand, Owen four-bet jammed with the A♠10♠ only to conduct it into the A♦J♦ of Chidwick. The Q♣5♣5♦ put some chop outs on the board, but both the 3♠ turn and 7♦ river were blanks.
“It has been exhausting, an exhausting four days especially with the two flights on Day 1,” the 31-year-old Lefrancois told Partypoker officials after his triumph. “I tried to keep my focus even though I was fairly tired. It is sick. You find these events and you just don’t think you can win.”
The triumph was far and away the largest of Lefrancois’ career and surpassed his previous best for finishing 11th in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event of $ 635,011. He won a $ 1,500 NLH event at the WSOP, great for a bracelet and $ 568,972.
Others to cash the Main Event were Sean Winter (11th for $123,365), Byron Kaverman (16th for $80,188), Philipp Gruissm (22nd for $61,683), and Sam Trickett (35th for $49,346).
The big Partypoker occasion is that the Millions North America, which will be currently coming up at the Playground Poker Club in May.
Final Table Results
1 Pascal Lefrancois (Canada) $1,700,000 ($2,097,212)
two Adam Owen (UK) $1,300,000 ($1,603,750)
3 Stephen Chidwick (UK) $1,000,000 ($1,233,654)
4 Dominik Nitsche (Germany) $800,000 ($986,923)
5 Jan Schwippert (Germany) $602,500 ($743,277)
6 Diogo Veiga (Portugal) $450,000 ($555,144)
7 Davidi Kitai (Belgium) $325,000 ($400,938)
8 Thomas Boivin (Belgium) $225,000 ($277,572)
9 Honglin Jiang (Australia) $150,000 ($185,048)