Brandon Sheils Leads Final Nine in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Open
Only nine players remain in the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Open event and it is Brandon Sheils who is in pole position to win the £180,000 first-place prize.
partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Open Final Table Chip Counts
|1||Brandon Sheils||United Kingdom||253,500,000|
|5||Iaron Lightbourne||United Kingdom||93,500,000|
|6||Dean Hutchison||United Kingdom||80,000,000|
|7||Anthony Wickert||United Kingdom||56,500,000|
|8||Tom Smith||United Kingdom||54,000,000|
Day 2 began with 46 players returning to their seats, each of them in the money. There was a flurry of early eliminations with players such as partypoker pro Natalia Breviglieri, Paul Romain, and Jack Sinclair falling by the wayside.
Others who crashed out before the final table include Andrew Hulme, Benny Glaser, Gordon Huntly and Chris Da-Silva, the latter shoving all-in with pocket nines and failing to improve against the kings in the hand of Rory Liffey.
The final table of nine was set when Daniel Rezaei opened to 4,500,000 from under the gun at the 1,000,000/2,000,000/2,000,000 level with a pair of queens in the hole. Mark Dyson responded by three-betting all-in from the button for 30,000,000 with a pair of black nines. Artur Gjoka called the 30,000,000 bet in the big blind, but folded when Rezaei re-jammed for 85,000,000 in total.
A queen on the flop all but locked up the hand for Rezaei. Another on the turn gifted him quads and the final table bubble burst.
Sheils enters the final table with 253,500,000 chips, a commanding lead over second-placed Liffey on 162,000,000. Sheils has a shade under $216,000 in live poker tournament winnings, with his largest score coming in Aug. 2018 when he finished fifth in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia High Roller for the equivalent of $71,529.
Also at the final table is Iaron Lightbourne who returns armed with 93,500,000 chips. Lightbourne won the WPT UK Main Event held at Dusk Till Dawn in Nov. 2015 for £200,000, which is still his largest-ever score.
Dean Hutchison and partypoker pro Anatoly Filatov will also be present and correct under the spotlight, although the latter has a bit of work to do to claw his way back into contention for the title. Filatov’s 36,500,000 stack is roughly 18 big blinds, but if anyone can turn that situation around it is the talented Russian.
Play resumes at noon and continues until a champion is crowned. Follow all of the action, as it happens, via the UK & Ireland PokerNews Live Reporting pages.