2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America

Main Event
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 3 Completed

Darryll Fish Leads the Final 51 Players After Day 3 of the $5,300 Main Event

Level 26 : 350,000/700,000, 700,000 ante
Darryll Fish
Darryll Fish

It was another eventful day at the Playground Poker Club for the partypoker MILLIONS North America $5,300 Main Event that saw 51 players advance to Day 4. It will be a familiar face leading the way when players return on Tuesday, as Darryll Fish bagged the chip lead with 98,450,000.

Fish came into the day with a mere 2,425,000 stack and was forced to grind his way into the money. Once the bubble burst, the Florida native slowly worked his way up the leaderboard but never really made any waves until the last two levels of the night. Fish finally found his mojo and started raking in pot after pot to work his way into the lead. With over $3.7 million in career earnings, Fish is still looking for his first ever seven-figure score and he has put himself in a great position to do so here in Montreal, Canada.

Not far behind the chip leader are a couple of unknown names who will be looking to make their mark on the poker scene. Guillaume Nolet (87,000,000) and Taylor Black (81,275,000) finished the day in the top three chip counts after some strong stellar play from start to finish. Some more notable names to be moving on to Day 4 include Joseph Cheong (60,975,000), partypoker Team Online Pro Renato Nomura (58,925,000), Kevin Rivest (42,125,000), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (41,750,000), partypoker Sponsored Pro Richard Dubini (41,375,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (17,225,000), and Antonio Esfandiari (15,650,000).

The day began with 285 players returning in what would be a race to reach the money. With only 250 places being paid, it wouldn't take long to reach the money bubble. Hand-for-hand play lasted around 30-minutes and ended with multiple all-ins throughout the room. It was Stephen Diamantas who burst the bubble when he flopped two pair against Andjelko Andrejevic with top pair and top kicker. Fortunately for Andrejevic, Ardavan Yazdi was all in on the other side of the room and was eliminated as well, resulting in each player taking home $5,000.

The remaining 249 players were all guaranteed $10,000 and wouldn't see a pay jump take place until the final 99 players remained. That created a ton of action and players started to hit the rail in a hurry. Some of the biggest names to also be eliminated in the money include Victor Ramdin (231st Place - $10,000), Jeff Gross (169th Place - $10,000), Seth Davies (131st Place - $10,000), Martin Jacobson (126th Place - $10,000), Micahel Gathy (87th Place - $12,500), Jean-Pascal Savard (58th Place - $15,000), and partypoker Sponsored Pro Kristen Bicknell (57th Place - $15,000) who was eliminated as the night was winding down.

The remaining 51 players will return on Tuesday at 12:00 PM EST with the blinds resuming at 400,000/800,000 and an 800,000 button ante. The action is scheduled to continue until a final table of eight players is reached. The blind levels will still increase at 60-minute intervals with a 15-minute break after every two levels.

A couple stories to follow will be that of Wayne Obrien who is the last online qualifier still remaining. Obrien qualified on a freeroll, getting into the tournament for free. He is now sitting with 39,800,000 heading into Day 4 and has guaranteed himself at least $17,500. There are also two brothers remaining in the tournament, Ryan Smith and Michael Smith, from Saskatoon, Canada. The Smith brothers are regular tournament grinders on the Western Canada poker circuit and have brought their talents to the largest tournament in Canadian history. Ryan bagged himself 10,200,000 while his brother Michael has slightly more with 11,400,000. The two played much of Day 3 at the same table looking each other in the eye, but will begin Day 4 on separate tables looking to run up a stack.

Day 4 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
341Patrick TardifCanada19,350,00024
342David NguyenCanada58,600,00073
343Joshua PlatzCanada23,975,00030
344Mikko TurtiainenFinland24,100,00030
345Will FaillaUnited States10,350,00013
347Michael TieuCanada38,575,00048
348Norson SahoBrazil30,650,00038
351Marc-Andre LadouceurCanada41,750,00052
352Joseph CheongUnited States60,975,00076
353Charles La BoissonniereCanada40,000,00050
354Ubaid HabibUnited States30,925,00039
355Ryan WoltersCanada73,725,00092
357Antonio EsfandiariUnited States15,650,00020
358Matthew VolosevichUnited States31,300,00039
361Ryan SmithCanada10,400,00013
362Ludovic GeilichScotland12,175,00015
363Wayne ObrienCanada39,800,00050
364Lucas DroletCanada78,400,00098
365Joel BrownCanada33,800,00042
366Darryll FishUnited States98,450,000123
367Gregory RobertsUnited States68,675,00086
368Chi Tsun ChanCanada44,025,00055
371Tommy NguyenCanada29,350,00037
372Kevin RivestCanada42,125,00053
374Jason DuvalCanada55,900,00070
375John RichardsUnited States39,850,00050
376Joshua TrottCanada41,000,00051
377Ema ZajmovicCanada19,200,00024
378Michael SmithCanada11,200,00014
382Senthuran VijayaratnamCanada20,200,00025
383Brian YoonUnited States40,850,00051
384Ashkan RazaviCanada9,250,00012
385Macradij YacoubianUnited States14,500,00018
386Marvin RettenmaierUnited Kingdom17,225,00022
387Demosthenes KiriopoulosCanada23,000,00029
388Renato NomuraBrazil58,925,00074
391Taylor BlackUnited States81,275,000102
392Jorge MartinezUnited States47,525,00059
393Guillaume NoletCanada87,000,000109
394Tsz Him PunUnited Kingdom20,275,00025
395Daniel StrelitzUnited States48,850,00061
396Richard DubiniArgentina41,375,00052
397Michael PitcherCanada28,775,00036
398Pfizer JordanUnited States20,075,00025
402James GilbertUnited States52,850,00066
403Manig LoeserUnited Kingdom10,600,00013
404George LagosCanada37,900,00047
405Markus PrinzGermany25,000,00031
406Michael BenkoCanada25,000,00031
407Anthony RubertoUsa69,900,00087
408Brian HastingsUnited States14,275,00018

The PokerNews live reporting team will be on site to bring you all of the action over the course of the final two days of the Main Event.

Tags: Andjelko AndrejevicAnthony RubertoAntonio EsfandiariDaniel StrelitzDarryll FishDemosthenes KiriopoulosJeff GrossJoseph CheongKevin RivestKristen BicknellMarc-André LadouceurMartin JacobsonMarvin RettenmaierSeth DaviesVictor Ramdin

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 26 : 350,000/700,000, 700,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Darryll Fish us
Darryll Fish
98,450,000 49,650,000
WPT 1X Winner
Guillaume Nolet ca
Guillaume Nolet
87,000,000 12,750,000
Taylor Black us
Taylor Black
81,275,000 22,875,000
WPT 1X Winner
Lucas Drolet ca
Lucas Drolet
78,400,000 4,000,000
Ryan Wolters ca
Ryan Wolters
73,725,000 68,805,000
Anthony Ruberto us
Anthony Ruberto
69,900,000 61,800,000
WPT 2X Winner
Gregory Roberts us
Gregory Roberts
68,675,000 58,055,000
Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
60,975,000 30,875,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Renato Nomura br
Renato Nomura
58,925,000 425,000
David Nguyen ca
David Nguyen
58,600,000 -21,350,000
Jason Duval ca
Jason Duval
55,900,000 -2,600,000
WSOP 1X Winner
James Gilbert us
James Gilbert
52,850,000 -3,650,000
Daniel Strelitz us
Daniel Strelitz
48,850,000 26,050,000
WSOP 2X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Jorge Martinez us
Jorge Martinez
47,525,000 42,075,000
Chi Tsun Chan ca
Chi Tsun Chan
44,025,000 41,795,000
Kevin Rivest ca
Kevin Rivest
42,125,000 25,125,000
Marc-Andre Ladouceur ca
Marc-Andre Ladouceur
41,750,000 22,350,000
Richard Dubini ar
Richard Dubini
41,375,000 6,875,000
Joshua Trott ca
Joshua Trott
41,000,000 4,800,000
Brian Yoon us
Brian Yoon
40,850,000 18,650,000
WSOP 5X Winner
Charles La Boissonniere ca
Charles La Boissonniere
40,000,000 36,260,000
John Richards us
John Richards
39,850,000 -8,050,000
Wayne Obrien ca
Wayne Obrien
39,800,000 6,800,000
Michael Tieu ca
Michael Tieu
38,575,000 29,220,000
George Lagos ca
George Lagos
37,900,000 23,685,000

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Verrian Left With Crumbs

Level 26 : 350,000/700,000, 700,000 ante

Derek Verrian opened to 1.5 million from early position and Renato Nomura called from the cutoff. Guillaume Nolet also called from the big blind and the flop came {q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. Verrian bet 1.8 million and Nomura thought for few moments before he called. Nolet folded and the turn came down the {k-Spades}.

The action was checked to Nomura who then bet 3.7 million and was quickly called by Verrian. The river came the {9-Clubs} and Verrian checked to Nomura who bet 5.5 million into the middle. Verrian thought for a bit before making the call and then Nomura without hesitation tabled {j-Spades}{10-Spades}. Verrian mucked his cards and was left with just seven and a half big blinds.

Player Chips Progress
Renato Nomura br
Renato Nomura
58,500,000 20,800,000
Derek Verrian ca
Derek Verrian
5,250,000 -2,305,000

Tags: Derek VerrianGuillaume NoletRenato Nomura

Duval Doubles Through Cormier

Level 26 : 350,000/700,000, 700,000 ante

The flop read {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and Jason Duval led out for 3.2 million from middle position. Jeff Cormier called on the button and the {6-Clubs} landed on the turn. Duval checked this time and Cormier pushed in a bet of 5.7 million. Duval check-raised all in for 22.675 million and Cormier made the call.

Duval flipped over {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs} for the nut flush while Cormier tabled {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} for two pair. The river landed the {q-Hearts} and Duval held on to double through Cormier, leaving him with around 10 big blinds.

Player Chips Progress
Jason Duval ca
Jason Duval
58,500,000 22,600,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jeff Cormier ca
Jeff Cormier
7,300,000 -28,550,000

Tags: Jason DuvalJeff Cormier

Savard's Title Defense Ends Early

Level 26 : 350,000/700,000, 700,000 ante
Jean-Pascal Savard
Jean-Pascal Savard

Jean-Pascal Savard was looking to defend his title that he won in 2017 where he captured just over $1,000,000. It was another deep run by the Canadian, but unfortunately, he fell just short today.

Savard found himself all in for around 25.0 million and was up against James Gilbert who barely had him covered. Savard tabled {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} while Gilbert held {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}. The board ran out {10-Spades}{4-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and Savard was unable to connect with the board. The hopes of winning back-to-back titles ended late on Day 3 for Savard.

Player Chips Progress
James Gilbert us
James Gilbert
56,500,000 52,555,000
Jean-Pascal Savard ca
Jean-Pascal Savard

Tags: Jean-Pascal SavardJames Gilbert

Prinz Doubles Through Halme

Level 26 : 350,000/700,000, 700,000 ante

Antti Halme opened to 1.5 million from under the gun and Markus Prinz moved all in from the cutoff for 13.475 million. Halme snap-called and the players tabled their hands with Prinz at risk of elimination.

Markus Prinz: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}
Antti Halme: {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}

The flop came {10-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{q-Clubs} and Prinz was greatly ahead with his flopped set. The {q-Spades} on the turn gave Prinz quads and Halme was drawing dead to the {8-Clubs} on the river.

Player Chips Progress
Markus Prinz de
Markus Prinz
28,700,000 -9,250,000
Antti Halme fi
Antti Halme
26,000,000 -22,400,000

Tags: Antti HalmeMarkus Prinz

Bicknell Under Ten Big Blinds

Level 26 : 350,000/700,000, 700,000 ante

Kristen Bicknell opened to 1.2 million from middle position and Wayne Obrien three-bet to 2.5 million on the button. Bicknell called and the two players saw a flop of {a-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. Bicknell check-called a bet of 1.7 million from Obrien and the {4-Clubs} landed on the turn.

Bicknell checked again and Obrien tossed in a bet of 4.0 million. Bicknell called one more time and the {6-Diamonds} paired the board on the river. Bicknell checked for the third time and Obrien instantly shoved all in. Bicknell had under 5.0 million left in front of her and was put to the test for all of her chips. She used up two time extension before finally mucking her cards. Obrien flashed the {k-Diamonds} as he raked in the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Wayne Obrien ca
Wayne Obrien
33,000,000 22,440,000
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
4,700,000 -5,900,000
WSOP 4X Winner

Tags: Kristen BicknellWayne Obrien

Level: 26

Blinds: 350,000/700,000

Ante: 700,000