Jouhkimainen and Lefrancois Scoop Big Poker Masters Wins on partypoker

Finlands Joni Jouhkimainen was celebrating after taking down the Poker Masters Online $10k 8-max tournament on partypoker, a $254,800 score almost matched by Canadas Pascal Lefrancois in the 6-max version.

By: Andrew Burnett

The 8-max event saw 104 entries, more than doubling the $500k guarantee and paying out 14 places in the race for the Purple Jacket overall leaderboard winner.

There were plenty of familiar faces as the first of yesterday’s two events reached the money, Andras Nemeth, Elias Talvitie and Alex Foxen all chasing a second victory of the 30-event series.

Foxen, playing out of Canada while on lockdown with his partner Kristen Bicknell – who we will hear more about shortly – bagged 7th place for $41,600 to go with his $300k+ 6-max victory in event 3.

Just ahead of Foxen was a ‘real’ Canadian, Tim Adams, 6th for $52k, while Juan Pardo Dominguez got on the scoreboard with 5th place and a $67,600 payday.

Finland’s Elias Talvitie had bagged the biggest top prize so far - $481,250 - when he won the opening $1million GTD $25k buy-in NLHE 8-max a few days ago, and yesterday’s 4th place and $91,000 keeps him well in the running for the $300k leaderboard race.

Spain’s Sergei Reixach added a 3rd place and $130k to his runner-up prize of $323,125 in Talvitie’s victory, and that left Jouhkimainen to battle Andras Nemeth heads-up.

The Hungarian pro was fresh off a $259k win in the 6-max yesterday, as well as a runner-up finish in the Irish Open Main Event held on partypoker last weekend.

He had to settle for another 2nd place however, Jouhkimainen closing out the event and pocketing $254,800, with Nemeth adding another $182,000 to his incredible week’s paypacket – and he wasn’t done yet.

The $10k 6-max pulled in 78 entries which meant a cool $¼million up top, and by the time they reached the final table that man Nemeth was there again. However, so too were a number of other highstakes beasts, including Kristen Bicknell…

Nemeth fell in 5th for close to $50k and Fedor Holz continued a good comeback among the big guns with 4th spot and $68,250, partypoker pro Bicknell herself taking 3rd place and $93,600.

That left Justin Bonomo and Pacal Lefrancois, both playing out of Canada, and it was the latter who emerged triumphant, a $243,988 launching him up the leaderboard.

Today’s schedule is a repeat of yesterday’s, with two $10k NLHE events and we’ll be back tomorrow with the results.


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