Pascal Lefrancois Leads partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona

Pascal Lefrancois
  • Day 2 is in the books of the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €10,300 Main Event with just 58 players remaining.

The record-setting 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €10,300 Main Event at 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 ten levels of 60 minutes each. 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 a massive 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.

Second in Chips for Day 3 is well-known French singer and poker pro Patrick Bruel with 48.45 million in chips. 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. Sergey Lebedev follows in third place with 40.925 million.

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

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 host of big names remain 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

Day 2 Action

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 for dinner after the end of the sixth level, 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 (with scarf, standing on the right) bubbles the €10,300 Main Event against Preben Stokkan (sitting on the left)

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. The latter had kings and Blom failed to improve.

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

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