Pascal Lefrancois Wins partypokerLIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona Main Event for €1.7m

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French-Canadian high stakes pro Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois has won the partypokerLIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €10,000 Main Event for a huge €1,700,000 ($2.1m) after defeating a world class final table.

The day started with eight hopefuls looking to take down the biggest partypokerLIVEevent of the year, and it was a star-studded field with the likes of 3 time WSOP bracelet winners David Kitai and Dominik Nitsche, the recent US Poker Open Champ Stephen Chidwick, and German high roller Jan-Eric Schwippert, all challenging the overnight chip-leader Lefrancois for the title.

Play started with the final table split into two very distinct groups with half the table with over 200m chips and the other half holding less than 100m. Lefrancois led with 248.4m followed by Nitsche (232.9m), Schwippert (216.3m), and Diogo Veiga (213.8m). Quite a long way back were Kitai (91.1m), Thomas Boivin (66.5m), Chidwick (65.2m) and Adam Owen (41.6m).

It took close to five hours for the first elimination of the day, by which time the UK's Stephen Chidwick had risen from one of the short-stacks to take a commanding lead in the match. It was Chidwick in the small blind who finally reduced the table to seven when he called Boivin's all-in for 33m and found his {J-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} way ahead of Boivin's {A-Hearts}{3-Hearts}. The board changed nothing and Thomas Boivin left in 8th place, good for a €225,000 payday.

After such a long wait for the first elimination the second came right on its heels with Belgium's David Kitai getting his last 28.5m in from under the gun with {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}. He looked good for a double-up after Diogo Veiga called from the small blind with {A-Hearts}{4-Clubs} until the flop came down {K-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and put Veiga into a lead he was able to hold on to through the turn and river, sending Kitai home in 7th (€325,000).

Having played executioner it was Viega's turn to feel the sharp edge of the axe as the next man out an hour later, and just as he had put a bad beat on Kitai, so he was dealt a rough one against his conqueror, Stephen Chidwick.

After 3-betting pre-flop Viega got the remainder of his 113m stack in on the {A-Hearts}{8-Spades}{3-Diamonds} flop holding {A-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} for a flopped two pairs and was called by Chidwick who found himseld behind with{A-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. However, the {J-Hearts} turn and {J-Spades} river enabled Chidwick to counterfiet his opponent's two-pair and his kicker played, sending Viega to the rail in 6th to collect his €450,000 prize money.

Above: Check out the last 4 hours of action at the Grand Final Main Event as it went down

It took a further hour  for five to become four and it was Schwippert who became the 4th casualty of the final table when lost his last 136m in a race with the UK's Adam Owen after the German pro's {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs} failed to catch Owen's {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} as the board ran out {J-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{Q-Spades}. Jan-Eric Schwippert left in 5th place (€602,000).

Over two hours went by four-handed before the next player hit the rail, during which time Pascal Lefrancois opened up a sizeable chip lead over the remaining players and both Dominik Nitsche and Stephen Chidwick slumped to the bottom of the chip counts. In the end it was Nitsche who was to leave in 4th when he jammed his final 71m from the small blind with {K-Spades}{6-Clubs} and found a caller in Pascal Lefrancois from the big blind who tabled {K-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}. A sick run-out of {10-Spades}{4-Spades}{2-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{A-Clubs} gave the Canadian pro running cards for a straight and he pushed on to 762m chips while Nitsche took his leave in 4th - worth €800,000.

Less than ten minutes later and the tournament reached heads-up play after Lefrancois issued another bad-beat. With blinds now up to 4m/8m with an 8m ante Stephen Chidwick pushed his last 91m in the middle with {A-Hearts}{7-Clubs} from the big blind after Lefrancois had limped the button. Lefrancois called with {K-Spades}{10-Spades} and was ahead as soon as the {K-Hearts} hit the table as the first community card off the deck. The following {9-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} changed nothing as Chidwick left in third, winning €1,000,000 for his troubles. This was actually Chidwick's second seven-figure win of the week after he picked-up €1.1m for taking second in the €100k Super High Roller a couple of days ago. In fact, Chidwick now has three seven-figure tourney wins in 2018 as he also won $1,298,521 for finishing 6th in last months Super High Roller Bowl in Macau. Add this to the $1.2m he won during his great week at the US Poker Open and Chidwick has already cashed for over $4.5m this year.

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Above: Stephen Chidwick finished third and in doing so made his second million euro score of the week in Barcelona

Heads-up play began with Lefrancois leading 856m to Adam Owen's 320m but after a great start from Owen the Brit found himself leading 791m to 385m, taking the chip lead with a great check-raise bluff on a {4-Spades}{4-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} board holding just {Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} to take a 370m chip pot.

However, having started the day in front and spent much of the day peering down on his opponents from his vantage point, it was ultimately Pascal Lefrancois who went on to take the title. After regaining and losing the lead on a few more occasions during the 80 minute heads-up battle Lefrancois found himself up 720m to 450m when a huge raising war pre-flop saw all the chips go in the middle. It was a tight one but  Lefrancois's {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} was just ahead of Owen's {A-Spades}{10-Spades}, and the kicker played as the board ran out a harmless {Q-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{7-Diamonds}.

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Above: Adam Owen played out of his skin to make it from the shortest stack at the start of the day to holding the chip lead during heads-up play before eventually succumbing in second place to Pascal Lefrancois.

Owen doubled his best ever score to date as he won €1,300,000 in second place, while Pascal Lefrancois now has a partypokerLIVE Millions Grand Final Main Event win to go alongside his WSOP bracelet form 2010, and of course the small matter of the €1,700,000 ($2.1m) prize money.

partypokerLIVE Millions Grand Final Barcelona €10,000 Main Event Results

Place Winner Country Prize
1 Pascal Lefrancois CA €1,700,000
2 Adam Owen GB €1,300,000
3 Stephen Chidwick GB €1,000,000
4 Dominik Nitsche DE €800,000
5 Jan-Eric Schwippert DE €602,500
6 Diogo Veiga PT €450,000
7 Davidi Kitai BE €325,000
8 Thomas Boivin BE €225,000

 

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