Team partypoker’s Roberto Romanello finishes in sixth-place for €170,000.
The winner’s trophy of the 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe Main Event is staying in the Czech Republic after Lukas Zaskodny was crowned champion. A field of 504 players piled into the King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic and it was Zaskdony who lasted the longest.
partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe Main Event Final Table Results
|1||Lukas Zaskodny||Czech Republic||€906,770*|
|2||Josef Snejberg||Czech Republic||€718,230*|
|5||Sam Grafton||United Kingdom||€220,000|
|6||Roberto Romanello||United Kingdom||€170,000|
|7||Charlie Carrel||United Kingdom||€130,000|
|8||Ratislav Paleta||Czech Republic||€100,000|
*reflects a heads-up deal
Seventy-two players shared the €5,040,000 prize pool. Mauricio Pais was the last player to return home empty-handed, bubbling the Main Event at the end of Day 2.
Day 3 saw the 72 returning players reduced to the final table of eight. Such luminaries as Dara O’Kearney (61st – €20,000), Bryan Piccioli (58th – €20,000), Team partypoker pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (53rd – €20,000), Freddy Deeb (40th – €25,000), Vojtech Ruzicka (32nd – €30,000), Matas Cimbolas (12th – €45,000) and Team partypoker’s Dzmtry Urbanovich (10th – €60,000) all busted on the penultimate day. Jozsef Liszkovic was the ninth-place finisher who burst the final table bubble.
Final Table Action
British superstar Charlie Carrel, who won the £50,000 8-Handed event at Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in London for £1,321,000, went into the final table as the overall chip leader. Carrel added to his stack early on after he sent Ratislav Paleta when his kings held against queens, but Carrel couldn’t do anything correct after this hand.
Carrel lost every all-in confrontation after that hand, including when he was all in with against the of Josef Snejberg. The five community cards fell to send Carrel to the cashier’s desk to collect seventh-place money.
Team partypoker’s Roberto Romanello was the next to bust, losing a coinflip to Frenchman Romain Lewis. Everyone folded to Lewis in the cutoff and he raised all in for 45,700,000, or approximately 11.5 big blinds. Romanello called off his last chips in the big blind and turned over . Lewis revealed , which improved to a straight when the board ran .
Another British grinder, Sam Grafton, busted in fifth-place. Grafton had claimed the chip lead, but was then left short-stacked when his ace-queen lost to the dominated queen-jack of Zskodny courtesy of a jack on the flop. Grafton was eliminated soon after. Zaskodny opened to 11,000,000 from the hijack, Grafton three-bet shoved for 38,600,000 in the small blind, and Zaskodny called. Zaskodny showed and was flipping against Grafton’s . Grafton caught a queen on the flop, but Zaskodny improved to a set. There was no miracle runner-runner for Grafton and he had to make do with the €220,000 fifth-place prize.
The Dangers of Slow Playing Aces
The final four became three when Severin Schleser’s decision to slow play aces came back to bite him in the behind. Zaskodny opened the betting with a raise to 13,500,000 with and Schleser decided to just call with . Zaskodny led for 11,500,000 on the flop and Schleser called. The landed on the turn and was met with a 25,000,000 bet from Zaskodny, who then called when Schleser jammed for 57,500,000. The completed the board and Schleser’s demise.
Heads-up was set a couple of minutes later when Lewis ran out of steam. Down to 13 big blinds, Lewis moved all in from the button with and Snejberg called with . A final board reading sent Lewis home prematurely and left Snejberg and Zaskodny to lock horns heads-up.
Both players struck a deal that saw Snejberg lock up €718,230, Zaskodny bank €806,770 with the eventual champion winning an additional €100,000.
A champion was crowned after an hour of one-on-one play and it was Zaskodny who became that champion. The final hand saw Zaskodny set his opponent all in for his last 12 big blinds and was called. Zaskodny flipped over and was facing . The dealer spread the board onto the felt, which busted Snejberg in second-place and left a delighted Zaskodny to get his hands on €906,770, by far the largest prize of his career.
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