Patrik Antonius Takes Down partypoker MILLIONS Germany €25,000 High Roller

Appearances of Finnish high stakes cash game legend Patrik Antonius at live tournaments are something of a rarity so it was good to see the biggest ever online cash game winner taking down the €25k High Roller event at the partypoker MILLIONS festival at the King's Casino in Rozvadov yesterday.

The tourney, the first to be completed at this week's series, was supposed to be a 2-day affair, but with the field being reduced at a much quicker the usual rate the final tablists decided to play down to a winner in one day.

The event drew 51 entries (including 14 re-entries), which meant that the prizepool eclipsed the €1m guarantee to hit €1,211,250, meaning a cheque for €425,000 ($520,500) awaited the eventual winner. Despite the number of big name players still across the pond at the US Poker Open there were still a large contingent of top tier players. Some of those who didn't make the money included; Felipe Ramos, Niall Farrell, Steffen Sontheimer, Christoph Vogelsang, Rob Yong, Timothy Adams, and Koray Aldemir.

The bubble burst following the 8th place bust-out of Manig Loeser who lost a race in a German-on-German battle with Stefan Schillhabel when Loeser's Big Slick couldn't catch up with Schillhabel's pocket Queens.

Another German was the first to hit the rail in the money when Dominik Nitsche's {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs} failed to overtake Renato Nowak's {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}. The 2017 WSOPE One Drop champ left in 7th place for $73,472 and the official final table line-up was complete with Nowak joining Antonius, Schillhabel, Dietrich Fast, Steve O'Dwyer, and Brazlian partypoker ambassador Joao Simao.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Above: Dominik Nitsche busted just outside the official final table but managed to squeeze into the money in 7th spot

Once again it was a German-on-German confrontation which precipitated the next bustout. Also once again Nowak played executioner when Dietrich Fast made a move from the button with {K-Spades}{2-Spades} for his last 3.5m and Nowak called from the big blind with {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}. A board of bricks consigned Fast to the rail to collect his $91,841 winnings.

Steve O'Dwyer was next out when he 3-bet all-in from the button holding {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} only to be snap-called by Stefan Schillhabel's {K-Spades}{K-Clubs}. There was no ace from space for O'Dwyer as he lost this 12.5m chip pot and left the table in 5th, a finish worth $100,000.

Soon after, Schillhabel's afternoon hit the skids. First he lost a huge pot when he doubled through Nowak when he got it all in with a flopped top pair only for Nowak to hit a bigger pair on the turn. Then he lost a race with {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} to Joao Simao's{A-Hearts}{10-Hearts} for his last 2.5m when a 10 hit the flop. Schillhabel earned €125,000 for finishing 4th.

Three handed play between Simao, Nowak, and Antonius lasted for an hour and a half with the lead changing hands on a number of occasions before Novak finally fell in third. Nowak lost the chip lead after dropping a huge 38m chip pot to Simao when he missed a flush draw against Simao's flopped nut straight then was out a few hands later when he shoved his last 1.5m in with {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and was snapped by Patrik Antonius with {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}. Nowak left in 3rd with €175,000 prize money.

Simao started heads-up play with a considerable lead of 39m to 12m but after a series of very big pots went to Antonius without showdown the Finnish pro took over the lead just 15 minutes into the end-game.

More of the same followed over the next 15 minutes as Antonius strode effortlessly into a 37m to 14m chip lead before the final, cruel nail in the coffin for the Brazilian pro. Simao, holding {K-Clubs}{k-Hearts} pushed his last chips in on a {3-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} board for a rivered set of Kings, only for Antonius to snap-call with {Q-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} for a rivered nut-straight.

Above: Antonius shares his victory with his thousands of Instagram followers

Simao took home €251,250 for his runner-up finish while Patrik Antonius overtook Juha Helppi as the all-time biggest Finnish tourney money winner with his €425,000 first place prize money.

Final Table Results: partypoker MILLIONS Germany €25,000 High Roller

Place Winner Country Payout in € Payout in USD
1 Patrik Antonius Finland €425,000 $520,430
2 Joao Simao Brazil €251,250 $307,666
3 Renato Nowak Germany €175,000 $214,295
4 Stefan Schillhabel Germany €125,000 $153,068
5 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland €100,000 $122,454
6 Dietrich Fast Germany €75,000 $91,841

 

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