Main Event
Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Lefrancois Leads After Day 2 in Barcelona; French Singer Bruel in Second Place

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 175,000-350,000, 350,000 ante
Pascal Lefrancois
Pascal Lefrancois

The record-setting 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €10,300 Main Event at the Casino Barcelona is one step closer to crowning three new millionaires in one of the hotbeds of Europe's poker circuit. The lion's share of the €11,397,500 prize pool is still up for grabs.

What started with 329 hopefuls out of a field of 1,175 entries has been whittled down all the way to just 58 players after 10 levels of 60 minutes each, and Canada's Pascal Lefrancois, who started into the day as one of the short stacks with just 1.2 million, has taken over the lead after bagging up 66.525 million in chips.

The money bubble burst at the end of the sixth level of the day and secured all remaining players a payday of €25,000, while all survivors of Day 2 have already €35,000 locked up for their efforts. Day 3 will recommence on Saturday April 14th, 2018, as of 1 p.m. local time with blinds of 200,000/400,000 and a button ante of 400,000.

Patrick Bruel
French Singer Patrick Bruel is 2nd in chips after Day 2

Second in Chips for Day 3 is well-known French singer and poker enthusiast Patrick Bruel with 48.45 million in chips, while Sergey Lebedev follows in third place with 40.925 million. Other notables in the top 10 include Jan-Eric Schwippert (38 million), Julian Stuer (31.5 million), Balazs Botond (31.5 million) and Ognyan Dimov (29.45 million. A string of double ups, a double knockout and a big double with aces against the ace-king of Jonathan Clark lifted Bruel from short stack to contender.

A host of big names remains in contention for the title and €1,700,000 first-place payout. Stephen Chidwick (29.375 million), who finished second in the €101,000 Super High Roller, and Sam Greenwood (23.735 million), who won the €51,000 Super High Roller, already scored seven-figure scores during the festival and bagged up above-average stacks. Same also applies for Sean Winter (27.4 million), Mikhail Rudoy (27.05 million), Upeshka De Silva (26.15 million) and team partypoker's Philipp Gruissem (22.875 million). His team mates Johnny Lodden (12.75 million) and Sam Trickett (10 million) will also return for Day 3.

Tournament DayDateFurther Information
Day 1aWednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 12:0093 out of 338 players advanced to Day 2
Day 1bWednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 17:0040 out of 150 players advanced to Day 2
Day 1cThursday, April 12, 2018 @ 12:00110 out of 383 players advanced to Day 2
Day 1dThursday, April 12, 2018 @ 17:0086 out of 304 players advanced to Day 2
Day 2Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 13:00329 of 1,175 entries upon restart, 60 min Levels, 10 levels played
Day 3Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 13:0058 of 1,175 entries remain upon restart, play 10 Levels or Down to Final Table
Day 4Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 12:0060 min Levels, Play Down to a Winner

In the first four levels the eliminations kept coming at an electric pace and among those to depart without anything to show for were Kenny Hallaert, Gus Hansen, 2017 MILLIONS Russia champion Aleksandr Gofman, Alex Foxen, Erik Seidel, and Niall Farrell to name just a few. The partypoker team was also reduced rapidly as Kristen Bicknell, Anatoly Filatov, Joao Simao, team online's Josip Simunic, Isaac Haxton and Roberto Romanello were all felted before the money bubble. Romanello was involved in a three-way all in with pocket tens against the pocket nines of Georgios Vrakas and Upeshka De Silva's pocket aces in the big blind.

When almost all players were already gone into the dinner break after the end of the sixth level and the additional hand on their tables, the bubble burst. Patrik Korsar was the last player to leave empty-handed when he four-bet shoved pocket queens into the pocket aces of Preben Stokkan. Once all other hopefuls returned to their seats and were given the good news, the applause started and the chips went flying with around 40 casualties in one hour.

Patrik Korsar Bubbles the €10,300 Main Event
Patrik Korsar Bubbles the €10,300 Main Event

Ryan Riess was gone way earlier than he'd hoped for after his pocket sixes on a five-high turn ended up second best to the pocket sevens of Sam Greenwood. Dominik Panka, Maria Ho, Matthias De Meulder, [Removed:17] and Nick Maimone were just some of the big names that busted outside of the top 100.

They were followed by Paul Newey, Chris Brammer, Anthony Zinno, €2,700 Warm Up runner-up Bartlomiej Machon and 2017 MILLIONS Russia runner-up David Laka. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom's bid to claim the second Main Event title of the tour ended in 68th place. The Swede check-raised a nine-high flop with ace-nine for top pair and called the shove of Aymon Hata, but failed to improve against pocket kings.

Viktor Blom
No back-to-back partypoker LIVE MILLIONS titles for Viktor \"Isildur1\" Blom

All remaining 58 players bagged up around 2 a.m. local time and will aim to play down to a final table on the penultimate tournament day. As usual the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to cover all the action until a champion is crowned.

Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
581Jan-Eric SchwippertGermany38,000,00095
582Vitalii PankovRussia33,150,00083
583Henrik HecklenDenmark6,075,00015
584Vicent Bosca RamonSpain8,575,00021
585Sergey LebedevRussia40,925,000102
586Davidi KitaiBelgium11,975,00030
587Adam OwenUnited Kingdom24,025,00060
588Joe SerockUnited States15,450,00039
591Roberto DuekBrazil16,500,00041
592Sirzat HissouGermany17,500,00044
593Anton WiggSweden13,400,00034
594Pierre CalamusaFrance18,600,00047
595Johnny LoddenNorway12,750,00032
596Kenneth SmaronUnited States25,375,00063
597Luuk GielesNetherlands4,375,00011
598Diogo VeigaPortugal21,375,00053
601Paul Vas NunesUnited Kingdom10,275,00026
603Anson TsangHong Kong12,750,00032
604Mustapha KanitItaly8,475,00021
605Thomas BoivinBelgium19,300,00048
606Julian ThomasGermany9,325,00023
607Ramin HajiyevAzerbaijan21,850,00055
608Oliver PriceUnited Kingdom14,150,00035
611Alexander IvarssonSweden21,650,00054
612Pascal LefrancoisCanada66,525,000166
613Patrick BruelFrance48,450,000121
614Ben FarrellUnited Kingdom13,450,00034
615Thomas MuehloeckerAustria10,625,00027
617Julian StuerAustria31,500,00079
618Philipp GruissemGermany22,875,00057
621Amir ToumaLebanon8,675,00022
622Aymon HataUnited Kingdom28,300,00071
623Sam TrickettUnited Kingdom10,000,00025
624Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom29,375,00073
626Honglin JiangNew Zealand14,975,00037
627Sam GreenwoodCanada23,735,00059
628Mikhail RudoyRussia27,050,00068
661Dominik NitscheGermany14,125,00035
662Tomas JozonisLithuania16,200,00041
663Pawel BrzeskiPoland9,475,00024
665Israel Oliver CarriazoSpain12,525,00031
666Andrei KonopelkoBelarus12,125,00030
667Michael BaileyCanada19,100,00048
668Marton CzuczorHungary30,775,00077
671Ognyan DimovBulgaria29,450,00074
672Martin KusCanada38,975,00097
673Balazs BotondHungary31,500,00079
674Marco FontanellaItaly7,625,00019
676Jonathan ClarkUnited Kingdom7,000,00018
677Sean WinterUnited States27,400,00069
678Jack SalterUnited Kingdom10,175,00025
1002Byron KavermanUnited States17,150,00043
1003Morten MortensenDenmark22,550,00056
1004Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus5,700,00014
1005Upeshka De SilvaUnited States26,150,00065
1006Manuel Martinez SolsonaSpain24,275,00061
1007Zhong ChenNetherlands21,750,00054
1008Bart LybaertBelgium25,425,00064

Tags: Pascal LefrancoisPatrick BruelPreben StokkanPatrik KorsarSergey LebedevJulian StuerBalazs BotondOgnyan DimovStephen ChidwickSam GreenwoodPhilipp GruissemJohnny LoddenSam Trickett

End-Of-Day Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 175,000-350,000, 350,000 ante

The full chip counts will be published shortly and a recap of today's action is to come.

Pascal Lefrancois ca
Pascal Lefrancois
ca 66,525,000 31,525,000
Patrick Bruel fr
Patrick Bruel
fr 48,450,000 450,000
Sergey Lebedev ru
Sergey Lebedev
ru 40,925,000 4,425,000
Martin Kus ca
Martin Kus
ca 38,975,000 7,975,000
Jan-Eric Schwippert de
Jan-Eric Schwippert
de 38,000,000 13,000,000
Vitalii Pankov ru
Vitalii Pankov
ru 33,150,000 5,150,000
Balazs Botond hu
Balazs Botond
hu 31,500,000 -2,500,000
Julian Stuer at
Julian Stuer
at 31,500,000 -1,500,000
Marton Czuczor hu
Marton Czuczor
hu 30,775,000 15,775,000
Ognyan Dimov bg
Ognyan Dimov
bg 29,450,000 29,420,000
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 29,375,000 -625,000
Aymon Hata gb
Aymon Hata
gb 28,300,000 -6,700,000
Sean Winter us
Sean Winter
us 27,400,000 17,400,000
Mikhail Rudoy ru
Mikhail Rudoy
ru 27,050,000 6,050,000
Upeshka De Silva us
Upeshka De Silva
us 26,150,000 10,150,000
Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
be 25,425,000 8,425,000
Kenneth Smaron us
Kenneth Smaron
us 25,375,000 17,375,000
Manuel Martinez Solsona es
Manuel Martinez Solsona
es 24,275,000 19,370,000
Adam Owen gb
Adam Owen
gb 24,025,000 5,025,000
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 23,735,000 13,735,000
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de 22,875,000 3,875,000
Morten Mortensen dk
Morten Mortensen
dk 22,550,000 -1,450,000
Ramin Hajiyev az
Ramin Hajiyev
az 21,850,000 4,350,000
Zhong Chen nl
Zhong Chen
nl 21,750,000 15,750,000
Alexander Ivarsson se
Alexander Ivarsson
se 21,650,000 13,875,000

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Bruel Wins a Big One

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 175,000-350,000, 350,000 ante

Three hands befoee bagging and tagging, a massive pot created uproar and it was Patrick Bruel that five-bet all in with pocket kings. Jonathan Clark eventually called it off with ace-king only and the board ran out queen-high to let Bruel jump into second place.

Patrick Bruel fr
Patrick Bruel
fr 48,000,000 18,000,000
Jonathan Clark gb
Jonathan Clark
gb 7,500,000 -37,500,000

Tags: Jonathan ClarkPatrick Clark

A Bluff; A Double Up and a Bustout

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 175,000-350,000, 350,000 ante

Vitalii Pankov raised to 700,000 from early position and called a three-bet to 2.4 million by Philipp Gruissem in the big blind. On a flop of {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, Gruissem continued for 1.6 million and was called while the duo checked the {9-Clubs} turn. Gruissem bet the {10-Spades} river for 6.0 million and Pankov called with {A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}, Gruissem was caught bluffing with the {5-Hearts}{4-Spades}.

Balazs Botond scored a big double with {K-Hearts}{10-Clubs} against the {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} of Morten Mortensen in a battle small blind versus cutoff. Both had flopped top pair on a ten-high flop, Botond had squeezed against the open raise of Anson Tsang and the call of Mortensen before they got it in after the flop.

Last but not least, Andrejs Perederejevs was eliminated by Ramin Hajiyev. The Latvian shoved for 5.8 million and Hajiyev reshoved out of the small blind to isolate successfully.

Andrejs Perederejevs: {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}
Ramin Hajiyev: {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}

The board of {Q-Spades}{10-Spades}{5-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{2-Spades} ran out in favor of Hajiyev to reduce the field by one.

Balazs Botond hu
Balazs Botond
hu 34,000,000 14,000,000
Vitalii Pankov ru
Vitalii Pankov
ru 28,000,000 22,130,000
Morten Mortensen dk
Morten Mortensen
dk 24,000,000 -16,000,000
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de 19,000,000 -7,000,000
Ramin Hajiyev az
Ramin Hajiyev
az 17,500,000 2,500,000
Hassan Fares fr
Hassan Fares
fr Busted
Andrejs Perederejevs lv
Andrejs Perederejevs
lv Busted

Tags: Andrejs PerederejevsAnson TsangBalazs BotondMorten MortensenPhilipp GruissemRamin HajiyevVitalii Pankov

Lebedev Busts Lehmanski

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 175,000-350,000, 350,000 ante

Maxi Lehmanski's short stack ride has come to an end, while Joey Weissman and Jack Sinclair also bowed out.

Lehmanski ran with {J-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} into the {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts} of table neighbor Sergey Lebedev. There was no help on the board of {K-Spades}{Q-Spades}{3-Spades}{3-Hearts}{4-Spades}, as Lebedev sent the German to the rail with a full house.

Sergey Lebedev ru
Sergey Lebedev
ru 36,500,000 21,500,000
Maxi Lehmanski de
Maxi Lehmanski
de Busted
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb Busted
Joey Weissman us
Joey Weissman
us Busted

Tags: Jack SinclairJoey WeissmanMaxi LehmanskiSergey Lebedev

Viktor Blom Eliminated by Aymon Hata

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 175,000-350,000, 350,000 ante
Viktor Blom
Viktor Blom

Game over for Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, as he won't be able to score a second partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Main Event title in the inaugural season of the tour. His exit came by the hands of Aymon Hata and all escalated after Blom had defended his big blind and saw a flop of {9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}.

Blom check-raised from 1.5 million to 3.8 million and called the shove of Hata for effectively 13 million to create the following showdown.

Viktor Blom: {A-Spades}{9-Hearts}
Aymon Hata: {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}

The {5-Clubs} turn and {7-Clubs} river run out failed to improve the online legend from Sweden and he departed in 68th place.

Aymon Hata gb
Aymon Hata
gb 35,000,000 10,000,000
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
se Busted

Tags: Aymon HataViktor Blom

The Pace Increases Again

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 175,000-350,000, 350,000 ante
David Laka
David Laka

Among others, David Laka was sent to the rail and had to settle for 73rd place and a payday of €35,000. The next payjump to €40,000 is as of 48th place and still a long way to go.

Adam Owen gb
Adam Owen
gb 19,000,000 7,000,000
Joe Serock us
Joe Serock
us 18,000,000 8,000,000
Joey Weissman us
Joey Weissman
us 3,000,000 -4,500,000
Ognyan Dimov bg
Ognyan Dimov
bg 30,000 -4,070,000
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
by 10,000 -19,490,000
Henrik Hecklen dk
Henrik Hecklen
dk 6,000 -8,494,000
Laurynas Levinskas lt
Laurynas Levinskas
lt Busted
Daniel Barriocanal es
Daniel Barriocanal
es Busted
Narcis Gabriel Nedelcu ro
Narcis Gabriel Nedelcu
ro Busted
David Laka es
David Laka
es Busted

Tags: David Laka

The Last Level of the Night

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 175,000-350,000, 350,000 ante

Andras Nemeth and Teun Meulder departed at the start of level 22 and that's the last level of the night.

Jeosafat Alejandro Cruz Escobedo got his last two big blinds all in with just two big blinds and {K-}{2-} and was called by Amir Touma with {J-Hearts}{8-Hearts}. A jack appeared on the turn and that spelled the end for the Mexican.

Amir Touma lb
Amir Touma
lb 7,800,000 6,050,000
Jeosafat Alejandro Cruz Escobedo MX
Jeosafat Alejandro Cruz Escobedo
MX Busted
Teun Mulder nl
Teun Mulder
nl Busted
Andras Nemeth hu
Andras Nemeth
hu Busted

Tags: Amir ToumaAndras NemethJeosafat Alejandro Cruz EscobedoTeun Mulder