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The nine-day nine event series, at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona crowned its biggest champion yesterday with French-Canadian high stakes pro, Pascal Lefrancois (cover image) topping the record-setting field at the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €10,300 Main Event for a career-best €1,700,000 – the biggest prize to be awarded at Casino Barcelona ever!
The €10,300 Main Event featured a massive €10,000,000 guarantee that was easily crushed with a total of 1,175 entries making up for a final prize pool of €11,397,500. The event was spread over five days that included four entry flights held on the first two days and played out three more days of poker before a champion emerged.
“It has been exhausting, an exhausting four days especially with the two flights on Day 1. I tried to keep my focus even though I was pretty tired. It is really sick,” 31-year-old Lefrancois from Montreal said. “You see these events and you just don't think you can win.”
It wasn't an easy ride for Lefrancois as he had to overcome not only a huge field but also ward off top pros on the final table. He definitely ran well as he held the chip lead at the end of Day 2 and also entered the final table as the chip leader.
“I had a rough start, not picking up any hands. But one level I just ran super good and I could hold onto that lead. I just ran so good for three days straight, it's amazing, it is a good feeling,” said Lefrancois after his win.
Final Table Recap
The day began with eight players returning for a shot at the biggest partypoker LIVE title of the year. One of the most decorated final table’s of the series, the Main Event final table included the likes of three-time WSOP bracelet winners David Kitai and Dominik Nitsche, recent US Poker Open champion Stephen Chidwick, and German high roller Jan-Eric Schwippert.
The first elimination of the day came after five hours of play and it was Belgium’s Thomas Boivin who left in eight place, good for a €225,000 payday.
By this time, Chidwick, one of the short stacks at the start of the day had laddered his way up and taken over a commanding chip lead. The next one to hit the rails was David Kitai who moved his last 28.5M in with . Diogo Veiga in the big blind made the call with . The flop put Veiga in the lead and with no help on the turn or river, Kitai was sent packing in seventh place for €325,000.
Diogo Veiga, however, could not hold on much longer and became the next causality as he lost a brutal hand against Chidwick. Veiga collected €450,000 in prize money for his sixth place finish.
It took another hour before the next elimination, and it was Schwippert who gave way to four-handed play, taking home €602,000 for his fifth-place finish.
Play went on for another two hours before Dominik Nitsche, who was already short stacked by this time, marched off in fourth place. Nitsche found himself up against the chip leader Lefrancois after he moved his last 71m chips in with . Lefrancois called with and turned it into a straight on the board taking down the big pot and sending Nitsche home with a €800,000 payday.
Soon thereafter, Lefrancois took down another elimination and this time it was Chidwick who ran out of luck and chips to get himself a third place payday of €1,000,000.
The heads-up play began with Lefrancois leading with 856M to Adam Owen's 320M, however the lead exchanged many times before the final hand was dealt. The final hand saw a pre-flop all-in showdown. It was a close call as Lefrancois held against Owen’s and the higher kicker ultimately got him the champion’s title as Owen found no respite on the board.
Final Table Results (EURO)
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
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