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Matan Bakrat Wins partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Warm Up

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  • Matan Bakrat wins the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final €2,700 Warm Up for €355,000!

The winner of the €2,700 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona Warm Up has been crowned. The 25-year old IT student from Canada, Matan Bakrat won his first ever live tournament for a massive €355,000 ($439,163) and the trophy after beating Bartlomiej Machon heads-up.

Final Result €2,700 Warm Up

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
1Matan BakratCanada$355,000€439,163
2Bartlomiej MachonPoland$265,000€327,826
3Francois BillardCanada$155,000€191,747
4Joonas HelinFinland$102,225€126,461
5Evangelos BechrakisGreece$75,000€92,781
6Frederic DelvalFrance$55,000€68,039
7Marc-Olivier Carpentier-PerraultCanada$42,000€51,957
8Chris MoormanUnited Kingdom$32,000€39,587
2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €2,700 Warm Up Final Table
2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €2,700 Warm Up Final Table

Action of the final day

The Warm Up in the beautiful Casino Barcelona came with a guarantee of €1,000,000, but that was easily smashed due to the 749 entries which created a total prize pool of €1,816,325.

Moorman was the first to leave the official final table.

The final day started with twenty players who were all guaranteed at least €12,500. Short stack Smain Mamouni ran his pocket nines into the ace-queen of Machon. The ace on the flop ended Mamouni’s run in this tournament in the first half hour. Next to go was Danut Chisu who ran his ace-seven into the ace-eight of Martin Weiemann. His flopped top pair wasn’t good enough against the two pair of Weiemann.

Pavel Plesuv fell in eighteenth place. He shoved his king-jack into the nines of Anders Bisgaard. The jack on the flop gave him a pair, but Bisgaard hit another nine for a set. The turn gave Plesuv some hope as he now had two pair but the river didn’t give him the king or jack he needed. Morten Christensen burst the bubble yesterday but was now sent to the payout desk in seventeenth place. His ace-queen couldn’t win against the pocket treys of Weiemann.

Just after the final sixteen players were redrawn to the final two tables, Richard Dromzee left the stage when he ran his ace-queen into the nine-eight of Olivera who managed to hit trip nines. Anthony Andreou’s time was up next when he ran his king-queen into the ace-eight of Bechrakis. Aleksandr Orlov was sent to the rail after his ace-four failed to win against the ace-king of Bakrat. Bisgaard, from Denmark, busted shortly after when his pocket queens was unable to hold against the ace-jack of Billard. At almost the same time, Weiemann found his Waterloo when he ran his ace-queen into the pocket sevens of Billard.

After several double-ups of the other players, the last female standing, Aylar Lie from Norway, ran ace-king into the aces of Moorman. Even though she flopped a king, no further help arrived on the turn or river, and she finished in eleventh place. Next to go was Christopher Andler ran his pocket treys into the ace-queen of Machon. He was fine until his pair got counterfeited on the turn. With his elimination, the nine remaining players all moved onto one table. Olivera bubbled the final table when his shove was met by a shove of Helin. Olivera’s ace-queen didn’t win against the kings of Helin.

Moorman was the first to leave the official final table having doubled Helin up twice first. He ran ace-five into the king-nine of Bakrat who first hit a nine on the flop and then completed the picture by hitting a straight on the river. Carpentier-Perrault’s queen-four went through a bit of a roller coaster when he ran them into the ace-eight of Delval. Delval and Carpentier-Perrault both flopped a pair, and Carpentier-Perrault turned two pair but then Delval rivered the higher two pair. Delval fell next with king-five against the queen-four of Bakrat.

No improvement for Billard and he would have to leave Machon and Bakrat to battle it out for the title.

Bechrakis eventually ran queen-ten into the ace-nine of Machon and didn’t get any help from the board in the end. Helin ran ace-jack into the ace-nine of Bakarat with Bakrat hitting a nine on the flop. He left the tournament area quickly and took the loud rail with him.

Chip leader of Day 2, Billard, shoved his queen-jack on the turn into the eight-seven of Bakrat who had a straight. No improvement for Billard and he would have to leave Machon and Bakrat to battle it out for the title.

After a break, Bakrat and Machon discussed a deal and found some common ground. The winner had to continue playing for €40,000, but Bakrat was guaranteed at least €315,000 and Machon agreed to take €265,000.

After a few hands back and forth, Machon got it in with ace-queen against the ace-ten of Bakrat. Bakrat flopped two pair immediately, and the ten on the river filled the full house to deliver Bakrat his first ever live tournament win.

Bartlomiej Machon (left) and Matan Bakrat (right)
Bartlomiej Machon (left) and Matan Bakrat (right)

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