The increasingly popular partypoker LIVE MILLIONS series is currently holding its Grand Final at Casino Barcelona in the Catalan capital. On Wednesday, the tournament rewarded two event winners more than €2 million in cash prizes, cementing its position as one of the most generous live poker series in history.
Wednesday, April 11, was a busy day at Casino Barcelona which saw the finals of two exciting events, namely the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final €2,700 Warm Up and the €101,000 Super High Roller. In addition, the series’ Main Event kicks off April 11 with a €10,300 buy-in and a massive prize pool of at least €10 million. Canadian player Matan Bakrat, a 25-year-old IT student, won his first ever live tournament when he took down the Warm Up trophy for €355,000.
Bakrat managed to survive until the end, overtaking competition of 749 entries who contributed to the overall prize pool of €1,816,325. Twenty players started the final day, but only nine made it to the final table where eventually, Bakrat faced Polish player Bartlomiej Machon in a heads-up battle for the title. In the final hand, a full house determined the winner and Machon left with €265,000, while Bakrat took home the trophy and a cash prize of €355,000.
The second final brought even larger prizes, excitement and rivalry among players as it had a colossal prize pool of €4,656,000. This was the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final €101,000 Super High Roller which started Tuesday and crowned its champion on Wednesday, April 11. The winner, Jake Schindler from the United States, claimed a payday of €1,750,000 after eliminating UK’s Stephen Chidwick who took a massive €1,100,000 consolation prize.
The €101,000 Super High Roller had an entry field of only 48 players, quite an impressive number considering the overwhelmingly high buy-in. Eleven players returned for Day 2 but only six of them took home a share of the €4,656,000 prize pool. Among them were Jake Schindler and Stephen Chidwick, as well as Jean-Noel Thorel (3rd, €726,000), Jason Koon (4th, €500,000), Bryn Kenney (5th, €340,000), and Erik Seidel (6th, €240,000).
Other Events during 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona
The series’ Grand Final in Barcelona attracts poker professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world with its amazing guarantee of €23 million. The money is being granted to winners at the nine major events taking place between April 7 and April 15 at Casino Barcelona. On Tuesday, another two finals were held and huge prizes were given to the top players.
Scotland’s Ludovic Geilich won the MILLIONS Open event which started Saturday, April 7, with a buy-in of €1,100 (€1,000+€100). The €1 million GTD tournament caused huge interest drawing 1,716 entrants during the four starting flights. The impressive 207 players reached the money places receiving a minimum of €2,700, while nine of them took at least €15,000 by earning a seat at the nine-handed final table.
In addition, the €50K Super High Roller event crowned Canadian player Sam Greenwood a champion granting him the trophy and the nice cash prize of €1 million. He eliminated Spaniard Sergio Aido in the final heads-up and took the biggest share of the total prize pool of €2,764,500.