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Fielded across five starting flights, the £1,100 Open at the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK drew in a total of 1,009 runners, generating a prize pool worth £1,009,000. Outlasting the massive field was Birmingham native Brandon Sheils (cover image), who emerged as the victor and claimed the trophy and first-place prize money worth £180,000.
Entering the final table as the chip leader, Sheils dominated the game eliminating Tom Smith, Iaron Lightbourne, Rory Liffey and Artur Gjoka, to emerge as the eventual champion!
With the top 119 places receiving payouts, several notables finished in the money including Chris Da-Silva (11th for £8,500), Joe Parsons (14th for £7,750), Stephen Ayres (22nd for £6,250), Benny Glaser (28th for £5,500), partypoker pro Natalia Breviglieri (45th for £4,800) and Adam Maxwell (56th for £4,100).
Mark Dyson (10th for £8,500) bubbled the final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Brandon Sheils – 253,500,000
2. Rory Liffey – 162,000,000
3. Artur Gjoka – 140,500,000
4. Daniel Rezaei – 130,000,000
5. Iaron Lightbourne – 93,500,000
6. Dean Hutchison – 80,000,000
7. Anthony Wickert – 56,500,000
8. Tom Smith – 54,000,000
9. Anatoly Filatov – 36,500,000
Final Table Recap
Short-stacked Tom Smith was the first to depart from the nine-handed final table. He raised to 5.5 Million from under-the-gun and received a call from Daniel Rezaei in middle position, while Brandon Sheils raised to 23.5 Million from the small blind. Smith shoved all-in for 78 Million with ace-king. Sheils called with a pair of jacks and Rezaei folded. The board brought four-five-six-ten-five, and the stronger hand eliminated Smith in ninth place.
A little while after the first 15-minute break, Artur Gjoka orchestrated the double elimination of Anthony Wickert and Anatoly Filatov. Wickert moved all-in from under-the-gun for around 35 Million and sitting next to him, Filatov reshoved for around one million more. Gjoka jammed from the cutoff and the rest of the table folded.
The community cards opened and Gjoka’s pocket jacks ousted both players from the game. Filatov was confirmed to have the bigger stack of the two departing players and therefore he finished in seventh place, while Wickert took home the eighth place prize money.
Less than five minutes later, short-stacked Daniel Rezaei went all-in from big blind with and Rory Liffey called from small blind with putting the former’s tournament life at risk. The runout missed both players and Liffey’s ace-kicker held on, as Rezaei was eliminated in sixth place.
A few hands later, the action folded to Iaron Lightbourne in the small blind and he raised to 10 Million holding . Sheils 3-bet to 31 Million from big blind with . Lightbourne counted his stack and tanked for 20 seconds before moving all in and Sheils snap-called. The board revealed , and Sheils clipped a set of kings on the flop, while Lightbourne was sent to the rail in fifth place.
Prior to the dinner break, Liffey jammed from the cutoff holding and Dean Hutchison called from the big blind with . The flop didn’t effect either player, but the remaining two streets & spelled disaster for Hutchison, as Liffey rivered a straight eliminating the former in fourth place.
Just after the dinner break, Gjoka folded on the button, while Sheils moved all in for 749 Million from the small blind with pocket threes. He picked up a caller in Rory Liffey, who called from the big blind holding . The flop gave Liffey the lead and the turn had no impact on either player. The on the river bettered Sheils hand to three-of-a-kind threes, which ended Liffey’s run in third place.
The heads-up play began with Brandon Sheils in a commendable lead with 869,000,000, while Artur Gjoka had 189,000,000. As the match-up continued, Sheils extended his lead and within an hour the event was over. On the final hand, Gjoka called from the button with and Sheils checked with . The flop fell and Sheils picked up an eight-high straight while Gjoka landed top pair. With the pot already amounting to 8 Million, Gjoka bet another 25 Million and Sheils moved all-in. Gjoka snap-called. With rapidly dwindling chances of winning the pot, the on the turn was of no help to Gjoka. The on the river completed the board and dashed Gjoka’s chances of winning the event as he settled for a runner-up finish. Sheils’ rail erupted with cheers as he took down the trophy and top prize of £180,000.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Brandon Sheils – £180,000
2. Artur Gjoka – £112,000
3. Rory Liffey – 7£5,000
4. Dean Hutchison – £50,000
5. Iaron Lightbourne – £35,000
6. Daniel Rezaei – £25,000
7. Anatoly Filatov – £18,000
8. Anthony Wickert – £13,000
9. Tom Smith – £10,030
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