Ship it to Taylor Black! The up and coming pro from Santa Cruz, California doubled his career earnings with a sick score north of the border. Black faded a field of 1,954 runners at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to win the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America. Black defeated savvy vet Darryll Fish heads-up for the trophy and small mountain of Caunck bucks worth $1.4 million.
Black entered the final table with essentially a co-lead with Anthony Ruberto. Black played the role of big-stack bully to perfection early on and the smaller stacks never had a chance to pick up orphaned pots.
"It was reasonably smooth with my chip lead, which was to my advantage," explained Black.
Americans swept the podium with a 1-2-3 finish in Montreal. German Markus Prinz finished in fourth place, while Canadians filled out the other five spots at the final table. Guillaume Nolet bowed out first at the final table, followed by Tommy Nguyen, George Lagos, Demosthenes Kiriopoulos, and Charles La Boissonniere. Try spelling those two names on a head full of canna-gummy bears!
The lone German and token Euro at the final table, Markus Prinz, hit the road in fourth place. Former big stack Anthony Ruberto busted in third place when he got picked off by Taylor Black. Ruberto banked $1 million CAD for third place. Not too shabby, eh?
Ruberto's elimination set up a heads-up battle between Black and Darryll Fish. Black led nearly 3-1 overall when heads-up commenced. Fish wasn't about to give the young gun a free walk to the winner's circle. The two slugged it out for two hours before Black landed the knockout blow. Ah, but it wasn't meant to be. Fish tried to even up the stacks, but Black pulled away after he pulled off one of those "so sick!" Elky check-raise-river bluffs that even impressed live stream commentator Mike Sexton.
The money was super-top heavy in this $10 million guaranteed event. The top three places paid out seven figures in Canuck bucks with the winner earning $1.4 million CAD, which is roughly $1 million USD. Ruberto scored $1M CAD for third place, which was awesome for him because third place usually gets hosed in big events compared to the rest of the payouts. And Fish can't be too bummed out with a consolation prize of $1.2M CAD... which was only 200K less than the champion.
Fish's career earnings now passed $4.6 million USD. His score in Montreal was worth approximately $937K USD, which marked his largest score to date. Fish's previous biggest score occurred back in January of this year when he shipped the WPT Lucky Hearts at the SHR in Hollywood, Florida for $511K. You can say this has been the Year of the Fish with over $1.4 million in earnings since late January.
partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America
Buy-in: $5,300 CAD
Prize Pool: $10,000,0000
Final Table Results:
1. Taylor Black $1,400,000 CAD
2. Darryll Fish $1,200,000
3. Anthony Ruberto $1,000,000
4. Markus Prinz $800,000
5. Charles La Boissonniere $600,000
6. Demosthenes Kiriopoulos $400,000
7. George Lagos $302,500
8. Tommy Nguyen $215,000
9. Guillaume Nolet $150,000