The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe festival continued on June 9 with Day 1B of the €3,300 MILLIONS Europe Main Event and the crowning of the €10,300 High Roller champion.
Italy’s Ermanno Di Nicola bagged up a 14,320,000 chips, enough for the Day 1B chip lead and second-place overall with one flight left to play. Teun Mulder walked away with the High Roller title, defeating Steve O’Dwyer heads-up after an epic one-on-one battle.
MILLIONS Europe Main Event Day 1B Chip Counts
|1||Ermanno Di Nicola||14,320,000|
|5||Adria Diaz Dalmau||9,330,000|
|9||Jeffrey “MaximusBlack” Johnson||4,654,000|
|13||Steven can Zadelhoff||2,000,000|
Di Nicola has more than $365,000 in live tournament winnings, most of which come from grinding events in the Czech Republic. He finished third in a €5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament in Rozvadov and banked €88,520 ($100,152) in 2021, narrowly missing out on a WSOP bracelet. The Italian bested that score by banking €166,120 ($182,595) in a €2,200 buy-in event in Prague in March 2022. Now Di Nicola has the chance to become the MILLIONS Europe Main Event champion.
Brazilian Renato Mello was the only other player to bag up an eight-figure stack. Mello closed out the day with 11,890,000 chips to progress to Day 2. Mello has locked in a min-cash, which will be only his second recorded live cash; he must be buzzing!
Another player to look out for on Day 2 is Hungarian grinder Baltaci Firat, who you may remember finished sixth in the recent MILLIONS Europe Warm Up for €13,500. Firat returns to Main Event action with an arsenal of 7,000,000.
Just below Firat in the Day 1B chip counts is one of our own, Team Online’s Jeffrey Johnson, or “MaximusBlack” as most of you know him as. Johnson finished his flight with 4,654,000 chips and will fancy his chances of going even deeper in this tournament.
Towards the bottom of the Day 1B chip counts is Steven van Zadelhoff. The Malta-based Dutchman has more than $11.6 million on online poker winnings plus almost $2.5 million in live earnings. Van Zadelhoff has 2,000,000 chips, and has plenty of work ahead of him if he is to add the MILLIONS Europe Main Event title to his long list of accomplishments.
Day 1C is already underway, so check back to the partypoker blog once it concludes to discover which players made it through to Day 2 and, therefore, the money place.
Mulder Takes Down The €10K High Roller
Dutchman Teun Mulder is €67,900 richer than a couple of days ago courtesy of defeating Steve O’Dwyer heads-up in the €10K High Roller event. O’Dwyer, as the runner-up, walked away with €29,100.
Ten players bought into the High Roller, including MILLIONS Europe Main Event Day 1A chip leader Vitalijs Korhs. Unfortunately for Korhs, he was the first player eliminated from the six-handed table, that was streamed on the partypoker Twitch channel. Korhs’ pocket threes failed to hold against Mulder’s ace-jack.
O’Dwyer busted Jelle Moene in fifth place before Mulder dispatched of Vincent Cavailes in fourth place, leaving the tournament on the bubble. Gergely Kulcsar was the bubble boy, his jack-seven losing out to O’Dwyer’s king-three, which sent the High Roller into the heads-up stage.
O’Dwyer began forging a lead for himself before Mulder clawed his way back level and then in front. A relative cooler hand saw Mulder regain the lead. He raised the river of the board and was called by O’Dwyer’s ; Mulder held for trip queens.
The next big confrontation was also cruel. O’Dwyer raised to 230,000 and Mulder called. Mulder checked the flop, O’Dwyer bet 140,000 only for Mulder to chck-raise to 560,000. O’Dwyer responded with a raise to 1,225,000, whch Mulder called.
Mulder checked again on the turn. O’Dwyer fired a 650,000 bet which Mulder check-raised all-in for 3,660,000, 330,000 more chips than O’Dwyer had in his stack. O’Dwyer went into the tank before emerging with a call, turning over only to be shown that had flopped a wheel.
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