2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America

Main Event
Day: 2a
Event Info

2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America

Final Results
Taylor Black
Winning Hand
1,400,000 CAD
Event Info
5,300 CAD
Prize Pool
10,000,000 CAD
Level Info
10,000,000 / 20,000,000

Main Event

Day 2a Completed

Brian Yoon Bags Heaps After Day 2A of the $5,300 Main Event

Level 16 : 60,000/120,000, 120,000 ante
Brain Yoon
Brain Yoon

The first of two Day 2s have come to an end at the partypoker MILLIONS North America $5,300 Main Event in Montreal, Canada. It was an eventful day that saw a total of 501 players take their seat at the felt and only 132 managed to survive. Brian Yoon started to run away the chip lead mid-way through the day and never looked back.

Yoon bagged himself an impressive 24,910,000 chips, and he surprisingly held roughly that many chips when the dinner break arrived. The California native has claimed over $4.5 million in career tournament earnings with his largest cash coming last summer at the 2017 WSOP. Yoon captured his third gold bracelet when he won the $1,500 Monster Stack for a whopping $1,094,349. It seems as though he has a special skill set to work his way through large-tournament fields.

A couple other big stacks to find success throughout the day were Michael Gathy (19,270,000) and Hagop Ketendjian (17,200,000), who have both had plenty of success in their poker career. Josh Trott (16,100,000) and Brian Morgan (15,545,000) round out the top five chip counts.

There were many familiar names at each and every table that made for quite the eventful day of poker. Unfortunately for some, they were unable to run up a stack and busted both bullets before late registration closed. There were plenty of others that fell by the wayside as the last few levels winded down. Some of those names include Martin Jacobson, Chance Kornuth, Ari Engel, Darren Elias, Alex Foxen, and Mohsin Charania.

The day ended with a total of 132 players moving on to Day 3 when the tournament director decided to cut the day short by one level. The eliminations were coming at such a rapid pace, they chose to stop play after eight levels to ensure the money bubble would not be reached. Among those moving on to Day 3 include partypoker Chairman Mike Sexton (2,290,000), partypoker Sponsored Pros Kristen Bicknell (7,790,000), Roberto Romanello (8,100,000), and Richard Dubini (6,480,000), Paul Michaelis (13,155,000), Ema Zajmovic (11,700,000), and defending champion Jean-Pascal Savard (3,890,000).

For those that are looking for another shot at the $10,000,000 guaranteed prizepool, Day 2B will be running on Sunday beginning at 12:00 PM EST. Late registration will remain open until the end of level 12 at which point it will officially be closed for good. Players will be allowed one re-entry on the day in order to run up their biggest possible stack.

The PokerNews live reporting team be on site to bring you all of the live updates throughout the tournament.

Tags: Alex FoxenAri EngelBrian YoonChance KornuthDarren EliasKristen BicknellMartin JacobsonMichael GathyMike SextonMohsin CharaniaPaul MichaelisRoberto Romanello

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 16 : 60,000/120,000, 120,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Brian Yoon us
Brian Yoon
24,910,000 1,960,000
WSOP 5X Winner
Michael Gathy be
Michael Gathy
19,270,000 6,270,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Hagop Ketendjian ca
Hagop Ketendjian
17,200,000 11,750,000
Joshua Trott ca
Joshua Trott
16,100,000 9,400,000
Brian Morgan ca
Brian Morgan
15,545,000 9,300,000
Thomas Lefort ca
Thomas Lefort
15,335,000 -1,715,000
Keith Donovan us
Keith Donovan
15,030,000 12,535,000
Jeffrey Manza us
Jeffrey Manza
14,845,000 12,035,000
Ami Alibay ca
Ami Alibay
14,800,000 7,950,000
Sylvain Siebert ca
Sylvain Siebert
14,550,000 6,750,000
Taylor Black us
Taylor Black
14,385,000 665,000
WPT 1X Winner
Balakrish Patur us
Balakrish Patur
13,600,000 9,300,000
Paul Michaelis de
Paul Michaelis
13,155,000 -1,595,000
Medhat Ramzy ca
Medhat Ramzy
12,460,000 10,165,000
Michael Benko ca
Michael Benko
12,300,000 11,500,000
Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
12,185,000 12,185,000
Christopher Kostoulas us
Christopher Kostoulas
11,930,000 5,480,000
Ema Zajmovic ba
Ema Zajmovic
11,700,000 1,250,000
WPT 1X Winner
Jonathan Abdellatif be
Jonathan Abdellatif
11,470,000 2,540,000
Michael Watson ca
Michael Watson
11,340,000 9,530,000
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Wataru Nippa us
Wataru Nippa
Lucas Greenwood ca
Lucas Greenwood
11,320,000 -1,480,000
Ryan Mceathron ca
Ryan Mceathron
Joshua Platz ca
Joshua Platz
Stephen Diamantas us
Stephen Diamantas
10,795,000 5,790,000

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Zajmovic Wins a Race

Level 16 : 60,000/120,000, 120,000 ante

The action folded around to Ema Zajmovic on the button who raised it up to 250,000. The small blind counted his chips and then ripped all in for 3,580,000. With the action back on Zajmovic, she quickly made the call and the two players were racing.

Zajmovic turned over {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades} and was up against her opponent's {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}. The flop came {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{7-Spades} and Zajmovic took the lead with two pair. The turn was the {10-Spades} and the river was the {q-Clubs} as Zajmovic improved to a full house and eliminated her opponent.

Player Chips Progress
Ema Zajmovic ba
Ema Zajmovic
10,450,000 9,775,000
WPT 1X Winner

Tags: Ema Zajmovic

Savard Wins a Small Pot

Level 16 : 60,000/120,000, 120,000 ante

Karim Chatur raised to 250,000 from middle position and Jean-Pascal Savard called from the big blind. The flop fell {a-Spades}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Savard check-called a bet of 280,000 from Chatur.

The {6-Clubs} paired the board on the turn and both players checked to the {a-Hearts} on the river. Savard led out for 770,000 and Chatur quickly mucked his cards. Savard comes into the event as the defending champion, having won over $1,000,000 in the 2017 partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event.

Player Chips Progress
Karim Chatur ca
Karim Chatur
6,740,000 2,450,000
Jean-Pascal Savard ca
Jean-Pascal Savard
4,800,000 -360,000

Tags: Jean-Pascal SavardKarim Chatur

Last Level of the Night

Level 16 : 60,000/120,000, 120,000 ante

With players continuing to be eliminated at a rapid pace today, the tournament director has decided to stop play after this level. It is unsure as to whether the players bagging chips at the end of the day will be in the money or not, depending on how many new entries there are for Day 2B tomorrow.

Level: 16

Blinds: 60,000/120,000

Ante: 120,000

Duhamel Doubles Against Kings

Level 15 : 50,000/100,000, 100,000 ante

Jonathan Duhamel was sitting with a stack slightly above starting and got all of it in the middle holding {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}. Unfortunately, he ran into the {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} of his opponent.

The dealer fanned the flop of {a-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and not only did Duhamel pair his ace, he picked up the nut flush draw as well. The turn was the {8-Hearts} and the river landed the {8-Spades}. Duhamel found a way to double up but still remains well under the average stack.

Player Chips Progress
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
2,350,000 630,000
WSOP 3X Winner

Tags: Jonathan Duhamel

Big Call for Bicknell

Level 15 : 50,000/100,000, 100,000 ante

On a flop reading {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{6-Spades} with over 1,000,000 in the pot already, Seth Davies led out from the small blind for 350,000. Kristen Bicknell called from middle position and the {8-Spades} landed on the turn.

Davies fired another 950,000 and Bicknell still called to see the {5-Hearts} on the river. Davies thought for a moment before shoving all in, putting Bicknell to the test for her last 1,370,000 chips. Bicknell thought, and she thought, and she thought some more. She was in the tank for well over five minutes until the clock was eventually called. Once the floorman arrived at the table, Bicknell made the call. Davies flipped over {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} while Bicknell tabled {a-Spades}{a-Clubs} to drag in the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
7,000,000 1,100,000
WSOP 4X Winner
Seth Davies us
Seth Davies
3,960,000 -1,440,000
WPT 1X Winner

Tags: Seth DaviesKristen Bicknell