MILLIONS Germany was a huge success, with nine glittering tournaments all played out at the stunning King’s Casino in Rozvadov. We saw stunning super high roller action, thousands of players battling it out on the felt and an incredible heads-up comeback from Viktor Blom to take the MILLIONS Germany Main Event title.
The MILLIONS Germany Grand Prix
The week started with the €220 buy-in Grand Prix King’s. Danijel Hodak finished up as the champion after outlasting a mammoth 2,896-entry field.
The final four made an ICM-based deal, leaving €20,800 to play for. Fabian Leib was knocked out in fourth, before Siamak Tooran went in third.
Soon after that, it was all over. Robert Baluska shoved with and was called by Hodak with but he didn't get any help from the dealer and the title was Hodak's.
Baluska won €45,359 for his runner-up finish, while Hodak earned €57,068 and the honour of being able to call himself a MILLIONS Germany Champion.
The MILLIONS Germany €25,000 Super High Roller
There was plenty of Super High Roller action to keep us entertained, with no less than three big-money events put on. Patrik Antonius took down the first of the MILLIONS Germany €25,000 Super High Rollers for €425,000, beating out a field of 51 entries that contained all of the high stakes regulars.
Antonius beat Team partypoker Ambassador Joao Simao heads-up when he rivered a straight against Simao’s rivered set.
The MILLIONS Germany €25,000 Super High Roller: The Return
In the second €25,000 Super High Roller event, 45 entries once again ensured that the €1,000,000 guarantee was met, with the final three of Johannes Becker, Stefan Schillhabel and Niall Farrell agreeing to a deal before a blind flip for the title and the extra cash.
Becker finished 2nd in the 2017 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $862,649 and also scooped a trophy in a partypoker LIVE festival after taking down the partypoker Eurasian Poker Tour (EAPT) €25,500 Kings Super High Roller for €500,000, so he’s no stranger to big results.
Becker won €320,050 while Schillhabel and Farrel took home €267,800 and €225,900 respectively.
It was a good event for Team partypoker with Ambassador Joao Simao and Sponsored pro Patrick Leonard finishing in 4th and 5th.
The MILLIONS Germany Open
The €1,100 buy-in Open saw 976 entrants take to the felt. After three days of intense competition, it was Oliver Huber who took down the title for €143,000. It was Huber’s best live cash by a long way, with his previous best of €26,100 coming from his only other tournament win, at an EPT Prague Turbo event back in December 2015.
Huber secured his victory after defeating Ivaylo Sivinov in a three-hour heads-up battle. Sivinov, who eliminated no less than five players at the final table, took home $120,000 for his 2nd place finish, after agreeing to an ICM deal when he had the chiplead.
The MILLIONS Germany Warm Up
Gerald Karlic battled through a tough field to emerge victorious as the MILLIONS Germany Warm Up Champion.
A total of 406 entrants had ponied up the €2,700 buy-in, with 19 coming back for Day 3.
Online phenom Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom made it to Day 3, but unfortunately for his legions of fans, the Swede busted in 15th.
Karlic won some huge flips to take control of the final table, including taking out Michal Mrakes in third when his fives held against ace-king.
Karlic sealed heads-up victory against Marek Ohnisko when he called Ohnisko's 20 big blind reshove with against .
Victory secured Karlic the title, the trophy and €230,000, while Ohnisko had to settle for second and the €140,000 that came with it.
The MILLIONS Germany €50,000 Super High Roller
In the €50,000 buy-in Super High Roller event, Chi Zhang defeated Italian superstar Mustapha Kanit heads-up to win his second title in 12 months, taking home €800,000 for his efforts. Kanit, who was the last player to enter the tournament and started the final day as the chip leader, added further €500,000 to his poker bankroll.
The priciest tournament of the festival came with an initial guarantee of €1,000,000, but that amount was more than doubled, with a field of 47 entries creating a prize pool of €2,232,500.
The MILLIONS Germany High Roller
Dominik Nitsche topped 72 entries in the €10,300 High Roller to win €300,000 after defeating Team partypoker Ambassador Marcel Luske heads-up. There was an absolutely stacked field in the event, with Steve O’Dwyer, Bertrand Grospellier, Ole Schemion and Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates all finishing in the money.
Nitsche won the title after winning a race with against the of the Flying Dutchman, who took home €180,000 for his runner-up finish.
The MILLIONS Germany Finale
Meanwhile, in the frantic Finale event, unlimited re-entries and 30-minute blind levels led to a frenetic, fast-paced tournament, which attracted 871 entries across four opening flights. A total of 170 players came back for Day 2 on the final Sunday of the festival, and after a mammoth day of play Mustafa Biz came out on top after beating Georgios Vrakas heads-up.
Biz won €175,000 for his efforts, with Vrakas earning €105,000 for his runner-up finish.
The MILLIONS Germany Main Event
The Main Event had it all. A total of 1,022 entries ensured that the incredible €5,000,000 guarantee was beaten, a feat that partypoker LIVE Chairman John Duthie took to the microphone and congratulated the field for. After four days of dramatic action, Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom took down the event in stunning fashion; overcoming a nine-to-one chip disadvantage heads-up, and hero-calling in the final hand.
The day started with thirteen players remaining, and it took a while before Yiannis Liperis eventually saw his aces cracked by the pocket kings of Pavel Plesuv to set up the official eight-handed final table.
Team partypoker’s Joao Simao (above) endured a roller coaster ride throughout the final day, and eventually had to settle for fourth place, building on what has been a terrific month for at the live and online felt. In the final hand, his jack-nine suited found no help against the ace-eight of Viktor Blom. Simao had an incredible MILLIONS Germany, finishing second and fourth in the two €25,500 Super High Roller events and fourth in the Main Event. The Brazilian added an incredible €640,000 to his bankroll over the course of the week.
The heads-up duel between Blom and Pavel Plesuv was set after the elimination of Rickie Silcock. The Brit had qualified for the event in a $109 satellite on partypoker and turned that into an astonishing payday of €400,000, with his British rail cheering him on every step of the way during the final table.
Plesuv doubled into a commanding lead when flopping a queen-high straight with Blom holding top set, and the Moldovan established a 9-1 chip lead. However, Blom fought back and doubled three times in total to even the stacks.
The final hand of the tournament was a special one. Blom opened king-six off, and Plesuv called with queen-seven suited. Plesuv check-called a bet with second pair on queen-nine-king with two hearts and one diamonds. The ace of diamonds on the turn gave Plesuv a flush draw, and he check-called a bet again.
The river came the five of hearts, making for three hearts on the table. Plesuv, stuck with what was now third pair and a missed flush draw, shoved as a bluff. Blom was in the tank, and it was agonising for him.
Blom considered all his options, shook his head, looked at the board again, counted his chips, tanked, and then decided to call with second-pair and no kicker. Here's exactly how it happened:
The winner was crowned and the devilish Swede had proved that ice-cold blood runs through his poker veins.
It was a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic event, and there was no more deserving champion than Blom. His celebrations went on long into the night.
The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS series continues to go from strength to strength, and with the MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona coming up in April with a €23,000,000 guaranteed prize pool, the good times will continue to roll on the partypoker LIVE tour.
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