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The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany hosted at Europe's biggest poker room – King's Casino, Rozvadov is done and dusted after the crowning of the €5,300 Main Event champion.
The Main Event featuring a whopping €5 million guaranteed prize pool that drew a massive field of 1,022 entries (1,014 entries across four starting days and eight no-shows) with the top 127 finishers taking their share of the pie.
On the final day of the event, the final 13 survivors returned to play down till only one was left standing and it was 27-year-old online poker legend from Sweden Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (cover image) who outlasted them all to win the €850,000 top prize.
Runner-up finisher Pavel Plesuv started heads-up with a slight lead and both players agreed to lock up €750,000 each and play resumed for the additional €100,000, and the trophy that was kept in play for the eventual champion.
The final table itself comprised of several players with remarkable achievements at the series, like the third place finisher Rickie Silcock who qualified through a $109 satellite on partypoker and walked away with €400,000. Another noteworthy player was the fourth place finisher and partypoker ambassador Joao Simao. The Brazilian (Simao) finished runner up in the first €25,500 Super High Roller, fourth in the second Super High Roller and took the very same spot in the Main Event for €280,000, in total cashing over €640,000 at the series!
The money bubble burst on Day 2 and notables who managed to cash in the event but couldn’t make it to the final day included partypoker pro Philipp Gruissem (28th place for €22,500), Felipe Ramos (34th place for €20,000), Triple Crown winner Niall Farrell (42nd place for €17,500), partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard (59th place for €15,000), Maria Lampropulos (66th place for €15,000), the two former WSOP Main Event finalists Pierre Neuville and Jack Sinclair (75th and 74th place for €15,000), Timothy Adams (87th place for €112,500), partypoker team online pro Josip Simunic (88th place for €12,500), Mike Leah (102nd place for €12,500), and Ole Schemion (107th place for €12,500).
Final Day Recap
Neil Ryder was the first one out and took 13th place. Spanish poker phenom Adrian Mateos missed out on making another final table finish and exited the event in 12th place. The Spaniard had started the day on a good note and even scored an early double up only to get short again. Finally, his ace-jack suited failed to improve against the pocket queens of Ondrej Drozd resulting in his exit.
Yoann Vu-Van bowed out in 11th place followed by Gianluca Speranza who lost most of his stack against the pocket aces of eventual champion Blom and exited in 10th place soon thereafter.
After numerous double ups on the nine-handed table, Yiannis Liperis’ aces got cracked by the pocket kings of eventual runner up Plesuv and with that, the official eight-handed final table was set.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Ondrej Drozd – 258,600,000
2. Aristeidis Moschonas – 170,600,000
3. Viktor Blom – 144,800,000
4. Pavel Plesuv – 143,100,000
5. Rickie Silcock – 93,400,000
6. Niko Wieland – 73,900,000
7. Radoslaw Wesierski – 67,200,000
8. Joao Simao – 59,200,000
Final Table Recap
Blom started the final table third in chips and immediately got down to work as he busted German Niko Wieland in eighth place. Wieland's queen-jack had a lot of catching up to do against the pocket aces of Blom but it was not to be and the former exited the Main Event.
Greece`s Aristeidis Moschonas had started off as one of the top stacks behind just Drizd and surprisingly, exited next in seventh place. Big stack Ondrej Drozd from Czech Republic seemed to be in control of the table especially after eliminating Moschonas but in another surprise, he was next to bust at sixth place.
Next up, the two short stacks locked horns when Poland’s Radoslaw Wesierski called Rickie Silcock’s all-in holding . Silcock tabled and rivered a flush on the board to knock out Wesierski at fifth place.
Joao Simao’s roller coaster ride ended next in fourth place. Simao’s jack-nine suited couldn’t outdraw Blom’s ace-eight and half hour later, the heads-up duel was set after Silcock`s exit in third place.
Blom and Plesuv almost immediately shook hands on a deal locking up €750,000 each and play continued for the title, trophy and an additional €100,000 in prize money.
Action was intense from the get-go as the Moldova based Plesuv first doubled and soon established a 9-1 lead over Blom but the latter was in no mood to give up and fought back to double up three times in a row to even the stacks.
On the final hand of the event, Blom opened with , and Plesuv called holding . On the flop , Blom bet and Plesuv check-called. The dealer burned and turned the and Plesuv check-called Blom’s bet once again. The river completed the board and this time Plesuv shoved and Blom asked for the count. Blom tank called with a pair of kings and with that announced his return to live MTT`s in style!
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Viktor Blom – €850,000*
2. Pavel Plesuv – €750,000*
3. Rickie Silcock – €400,000
4. Joao Simao Brazil €280,000
5. Radoslaw Wesierski – €200,000
6. Ondrej Drozd – €140,000
7. Aristeidis Moschonas – €100,000
8. Niko Wieland – €70,000
*denotes heads-up deal