Tom Marchese is $1 million richer today after triumphing in the inaugural partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Main Event at Aria, Las Vegas. This is the seventh seven-figure scores of Marchese’s illustrious career and takes his lifetime winnings from live poker tournaments to an incredible $18,961,984.
partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Vegas Final Table Results
A field of 536 players bought into the $10,300 MILLIONS Vegas Main Event, ensuring the $5 million guarantee was surpassed. The $5,360,000 prize pool was shared among the top 79 finishers with such luminaries as Maria Ho (78th – $20,000), Faraz Jaka (70th – $20,000), Olivier Busquet (63rd – $25,000), Anton Wigg (34th – $30,000), Mustapha Kanit (27th – $35,000), Sam Grafton (20th – $35,000), and 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker (9th – $80,000) being among those who reached the money.
A handful of Team partypoker players also navigated their way into the prize awarding finishing positions. Team Online’s Hristivoje Pavlovic busted in 45th place for $30,000, Joao Simao crashed out in 33rd place for $30,000and Josip Simunic saw his tournament end in 15th place for $45,000.
Final Table Set
Any of the eight finalists would have been a worthy champion, but the nature of tournament poker dictates there can only ever be one winner.
Germany’s Tobias Duthweiler ran out of steam to bust in eighth-place, his failing to connect with the community cards in a coinflip against Ana Marquez’s .
Duthweiler was joined on the rail by partypoker LIVE regular and fellow German Reiner Kempe whose short stacked shove with was called by Marchese holding the dominating , which held to reduce the head count by one.
Sixth-place and $170,000 went to the young British pro Conor Beresford. Jeremy Ausmus opened for a raise with and then called when Beresford jammed all in with the lesser . Beresford received no help from the board and headed into the hot Vegas night.
Ill-Time Shove Proves Costly For Aido
Sergio Aido was the next to fall after an ill-timed shove didn’t go to plan. With blinds at 80,000/160,000 and a 160,000 ante, Marchese raised to 350,000 before Aido three-bet all in for 4,090,000. Marchese asked for a count, performed some calculations and called, turning over . Aido could only muster the lowly and never managed to catch up.
Poker legend Freddy Deeb was the next casualty, his fourth-place exit banking him $319,200. It was Marchese again who did the damage, first opening the betting with then snap-calling Deeb’s shove that he made with . The flop left Deeb drawing to running cards for quads or a chop with a straight. Neither arrived as the turn was followed by the river.
Marquez then jammed all in from the small blind with only to be looked up by Ausmus holding in the big blind. Ausmus paired his nine on the flop and it was game over for Marquez.
This left Marchese leading Ausmus 31,200,000 to 22,400,000 going into heads-up, a lead he managed to extend. The final hand took place in the 38th level with blinds 175,000/350,000/350,000a. Marchese opened to 1,000,000 with and called when Ausmus jammed all-in for 14,400,000 with . A final board reading was more than enough to win the hand for Marchese and bust Ausmus in second-place.
What’s Next on the partypoker LIVE Tour?
Marchese being crowned champion brought an end to the MILLIONS Vegas Main Event but players don’t have long to wait until the next partypoker LIVE tournament.
From July 31st through August 8th is the Triton Super High Roller Series London event with its £1 million buy-in, the biggest in poker history. While that may be out of your reach, MILLIONS Europe is a more affordable option costing €10,300 from August 9-18th at King’s Resort, Rozvadov.
You can win your way into all partypoker LIVE events via satellites and by getting your hands on PP LIVE Dollars, the flexible currency won online at partypoker and then exchanged for tournament buy-ins, plus hotel and travel expenses.
Head to partypoker LIVE now to see the full schedule of events.
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