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Tom Marchese Wins 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Vegas Main Event

Poker Pro Defeats Field of 536 Entries To Win The $1,000,000 Top Prize


Tom Marchese has won the inaugural running of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Vegas $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. The 2010 Card Player Player of the Year award winner defeated a field of 536 total entries to win the title and the top prize of $1,000,000.

This was Marchese’s seventh career seven-figure score, and it brought his lifetime live tournament earnings to more than $18.5 million. In addition to the money, Marchese was also awarded 2,100 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was only his second final-table finish of the year, but this huge win was enough to propel him into 33rd place in the 2019 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.

Marchese came into the final day of this event in second chip position behind only World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championship winner Frank Stepuchin. Play resumed with 16 players, and Stephuchin ultimately fell in 10th place to set the unofficial final table of nine.

The next player to fall was none other than 2003 World Series of Poker main event champion Chris Moneymaker. Marchese started the hand by raising to 250,000 with 8Heart Suit8Diamond Suit from early position. Moneymaker three-bet to 760,000 out of the small blind holding KSpade SuitKHeart Suit Marchese called and the flop came down 9Diamond Suit5Heart Suit2Club Suit. Moneymaker bet 500,000 and Marchese made the call. The turn brought the 8Spade Suit. Moneymaker checked and Marchese bet 1,100,000. Moneymaker called and the 4Heart Suit completed the board. Marchese moved all in and Moneymaker quickly called for his remaining 4,400,000. Marchese showed his set to scoop the massive pot and eliminate Moneymaker in ninth place ($90,000).

Ana Marquez scored the next knockout, with her pocket eights winning a race against Tobias Duthweiler’s K-J to sen him to the rail in eighth place ($100,000). Marchese picked up A-K and called the cutoff shove of Rainer Kempe, who held K-10. The board double paired and Marchese’s ace-high held to send Kemp home with $130,000 as the seventh-place finisher.

Conor Beresford got his last chips in with pocket tens, only to find that he had run into the pocket jacks of Jeremy Ausmus. Beresford earned $170,000 for his sixth-place showing.

Marchese scored yet another knockout when his A-Q bested the A-3 of Sergio Aido to bust the Spanish poker pro in fifth place ($230,000). With that he took a massive lead into four-handed play.

The rich got richer when Marchese’s pocket nines bested the AHeart Suit7Heart Suit of Freddy Deeb in an all-in confrontation. Deeb was sent to the rail with $319,200.

Jeremy Ausmus closed the gap on Marchese somewhat by eliminating Ana Marquez in third place. In a battle of the blinds, Marquez shoved with KSpade Suit2Heart Suit and Ausmus called with the AClub Suit9Heart Suit. Ausmus paired his nine and held from there to eliminate Marquez. She earned $445,000 for her deep run, the largest score of her career.

Marchese began with nearly a 3-to-2 chip advantage over Ausmus. He extended that lead even further before the final hand was dealt. Marchese raised 1,000,000 on the button with the ASpade SuitJHeart Suit and Ausmus shoved for 14,400,000 holding KHeart Suit10Spade Suit. Marchese called and the board ran out 7Diamond Suit6Club Suit5Club SuitAHeart Suit4Heart Suit. Marchese made aces and fours to secure the pot and the title.

Ausmus was awarded $650,000 and 1,750 POY points as the runner-up. This was his sixth final-table finish of the year. As a result of this most recent deep run, he has climbed into third place in the overall 2019 POY race standings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Tom Marchese $1,000,000 2100
2 Jeremy Ausmus $650,000 1750
3 Ana Marquez $445,000 1400
4 Freddy Deeb $319,200 1050
5 Sergio Aido $230,000 875
6 Conor Beresford $170,000 700
7 Rainer Kempe $130,000 525
8 Tobias Duthweiler $100,000 350