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Andreas Eiler and Davidi Kitai Win partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €25,000 High Rollers

The Two High Stakes Events Each Built Prize Pools Of Over $2.6 Million


Andreas EilerThe 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona series at the Casino Barcelona kicked off with a bang. The opening weekend of the tournament festival was highlighted by two €25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller events that both drew sizable fields.

The first €25,000 buy-in event attracted a total of 88 entries, building a final prize pool of €2,134,000 ($2,628,069 USD). In the end Andreas Eiler came out on top, earning €700,000 ($861,000 USD) and 672 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win.

Eiler entered the nine-handed final table as the chip leader with just over 19 million of the nearly 90 million chips in play. Joining Eiler at the final table were a number of notable poker pros, including two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell, rising tournament star Alex Foxen, WSOP bracelet winner Byron Kaverman, reigning Player of the Year Adrian Mateos, eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel and 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe.

Bicknell and Foxen hit the rail in 8th and 7th place, earning $73,800 and $110,700 respectively. Kaverman was the next to go when he got his last handful of blinds in with the 6Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit only to get called by Eiler’s KDiamond Suit5Heart Suit. Kaverman could not come from behind and hit the rail in sixth with $147,600.

Mateos and Kempe got tangled up in a battle of the blinds. With blinds of 300,000-600,0000 it folded to Kempe in the small blind and he raised to 2.2 million. Mateos moved all-in for 14,650,000 and Kempe called with the AHeart Suit10Club Suit. Mateos could only produce the KSpade Suit8Heart Suit. Kempe paired his ace early on and held from there to eliminate Mateos in fourth place. He earned $250,920 for his latest deep run.

Eiler eliminated Seidel in third place ($369,000) to take just over a 3-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Kempe. Eiler was able to convert that lead into a victory when Kempe three-bet all-in from the big blind for around 20 big blinds with the AHeart Suit6Club Suit only to run into Eiler’s AClub Suit9Heart Suit. Eiler’s superior kicker played after a 10Diamond Suit3Spade Suit3Club Suit4Club Suit5Heart Suit runout, securing him the pot and the title. Kempe earned $553,500 and 560 POY points for his runner-up showing. This was his eighth final table finish of 2018 already. As a result of his consistency, he now sits in third place in the POY standings.

Here is a look at the complete payouts and POY points awarded in the first event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Andreas Eiler $861,000 672
2 Rainer Kempe $553,500 560
3 Erik Seidel $369,000 448
4 Adrian Mateos $250,920 336
5 Juan Dominguez $184,500 280
6 Byron Kaverman $147,600 224
7 William Foxen $110,700 168
8 Kristen Bicknell $73,800 112
9 Orpen Kisacikoglu $73,800 56

Davidi KitaiThe second €25,000 high roller of the series drew an even larger field of 90 entries to build a €2,182,500 ($2,687,798 USD) prize pool. In the end it was three-time WSOP bracelet winner Davidi Kitai who emerged victorious with the top prize of €700,000 ($861,000 USD) and his 14th live tournament title. The Belgian poker pro extended his lead as the countries all-time money leader, with more than $8.8 million in cashes throughout his career.

Kitai came into the final table in fourth chip position with eight players remaining. Justin Bonomo was the first player to hit the rail when he ran pocket sevens into the pocket jacks of Juan Dominguez, who was fresh off of a fifth-place finish in the previous high roller tournament. Bonomo earned $73,800 USD as the eighth-place finisher. This was his seventh final table of the year, and with more than $7.2 million in earnings so far in 2018 he currently sits in second place in the POY rankings.

Jake Schindler was the next to hit the rail when he ran his AHeart Suit10Heart Suit into Kitai’s pocket kings and failed to come from behind. He earned $110,700 for his deep run. 2013 WSOP main event champion Ryan Riess was eliminated in sixth place ($147,600 USD) after making two pair only to run into the rivered set of Dominguez.

Dominguez continued to accumulate, going on an elimination spree that sent Manig Loeser (5th – $199,875 USD), Adrian Mateos (4th – $264,450 USD) and Kamal Bejjani )3rd – $399,750 USD) to the rail to take a huge 8-to-1 lead into heads-up play against Kitai.

Kitai doubled up on the very first hand of play, and again on the second. With that he went from around 10 million chips to over 40, nearly pulling even with Dominguez. From there Kitai eventually went on to take the lead. By the time the final hand arose Dominguez was down to less than 15 big blinds. He got all-in holding the QSpade SuitJSpade Suit against Kitai’s 6Spade Suit6Heart Suit. The board ran out AHeart Suit10Spade Suit4Heart Suit7Heart Suit4Spade Suit and Kitai’s pair of sixes held up, sending Dominguez to the rail with $553,500 USD.

Here is a look at the complete payouts and POY points awarded in the second event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Davidi Kitai $861,000 756
2 Juan Dominguez $553,500 630
3 Kamal Bejjani $399,750 504
4 Adrian Mateos $264,450 378
5 Manig Loeser $199,875 315
6 Ryan Riess $147,600 252
7 Jake Schindler $110,700 189
8 Justin Bonomo $73,800 126
9 Steve O’Dwyer $73,800 63