Ship it to Canada! Pascal Lefrancois survived a heck of a working holiday in Spain this weekend. The French-Canadian pro banked €1.7 million for winning the 2018 partypoker LIVE Millions Main Event Championship. This year's Main Event attracted a noteworthy field of 1,175 runners. They created a prize pool worth approximately€ 11.4 million. The top three players walked away with at least €1 million with the champ winning €1.7 million. The billing lived up to its hype.
It was not an easy final table either. Lefrancois didn't exactly run over a table full of cream puffs. The pro earned every cent of his first-place payday. Despite the massive field, several well-known sharks went deep and popped up at the final table including Davidi Kitai, Stevphen Chidwick, Dom Nitsche, Jan-Eric Schwippert, Thomas Boivin, and Adam Owen.
Pascal Lefrancois came into the final table with the big stack after bagging up the most chips at the end of Day 3. The mountain was worth nearly 250M in chips. Lefrancois was one of three massive stacks (that surpassed the 200M mark) with Dom Nitsche and Jan-Eric Schwippert both nursing healthy stacks. With a meager 41M in chips, Adam Owen began the final table as the short stack. The deficit seemed like a minor inconvience for the pro. He was ready for the long haul.
Both Belgian players busted early at the final table. Thomas Boivin was the first player to bid adieu when he bounced in eighth place. Davidi Kitai, fresh off his first-ever high roller victory a week earlier, made another final table in Barcelona. However, Kitai's magical run came to a halt in seventh place. Portugal's Diogo Veiga was dunzo in sixth place. Jan-Eric Schwippert came into the final table as one of the top 3 stacks, but he couldn't get anything going and bowed out in fifth place. Dom Nitsche was the lone rep from Germany at the final table, but the pro could not finish this one off. Nitsche earned €800K for fourth place.
Stevie Chidwick's run ended when he went busto in third place. Chidwick earned a cool million for four days of work. Not too shabby, eh?
After Chidwick exited in third place, a heads-up showdown was in place between Adam Owen and Pascal Lefrancois. The two would engage in mortal combat for the ages. At least 300k separated first and second. The Owen/Lefrancois bout was one of the more exciting heads-up matches I've seen in a long time for a 10K event. They seemed like they could play all night and into the wee hours of the morning.
Alas, they only ended up playing for approximately two hours before Francois broke Owen's serve. Ho hum, Owen couldn't pull off a successful counterattack and he busted in second place.
On the final hand, Owen took :10s into battle against Lefrancois' slightly bettwe . Neither player improved, but Lefrancois won the hand with a better kicker.
Owen earned €1.3 million for a runner-up payday. The Brit had won $1.2M USD in tournaments prior to today's final table. He more than doubled his career earnings in one swoop with a $1.6 million score today. Playing online under the moniker of 'adamyid', Owen banked over $1.2 million on the virtual felt. His combined earnings is now in excess of $4 million.
And yeah, Lefrancois got to fondle a mound of cash worth €1.7 million or approximately $2 million in US Greenbacks. Lefrancois' victory in Barcelona also marked his largest cash to date. Coming into today, Lefrancois won over $3 million USD in tournaments. With today's score, he passed the $5 million mark. His biggest cash was $635K, which he banked for finishing in 11th place in the 2010 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas.
Late on Day 3, Honglin Jiang bubbled off the final table in ninth place. A min-cash at the final table was a modest €225K.
Among the notables who cashed in the Main Event... Byron Kaverman, Anton Wigg, Morten Moertensen, Sean Winter, Sam Greenwood, Philipp Gruissem, Jack Salter, Patrick Bruel, Sam Trickett, Mustapha Kanit, Pierra Calamusa, Johnny Lodden, Craig McCorkel, Joe Serock, Jack Sinclair, Oliver Weis, Viktor Bom, Anthony Zinno, Erik Friberg, Nick Maimone, Erwann Pecheux, Paul Newey, Maria Ho, Lucas Greenwood, Mitch Johnson, Ryan Reiss, Taylor Black and Paul Dando.
partypoker Millions Barcelona Main Event
Prize Pool: €11,397,500
Final Table Results:
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