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Day 3 completed

The Final Table of the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona Main Event is Set

zedmaster84 • Level 32: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante
Dominik Nitsche is second in Chips
Dominik Nitsche is second in Chips

After nine levels and some on Day 3 of the record-setting 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €10,300 Main Event, the eight-handed final table has been set and all finalists have €225,000 locked up for their efforts. With the lion's share of the €11,397,500 prize pool in the 1,175-entry strong field still up for grabs, all eyes are set on the trophy and €1,700,000 payday that comes along with it.

Another record may be set at one of Europe's favorite poker destinations, as the biggest prize in a poker event to be awarded at Casino Barcelona thus far stands at €1,361,000 back in 2008. Even the second place comes with a consolation prize of hefty €1,300,000.

Pascal Lefrancois
Pascal Lefrancois still in the lead in Barcelona

Best-positioned for the big showdown on Sunday, April 15th, 2018, is Pascal Lefrancois, who already led the field before the cards got back in the air. Lefrancois bagged up 248.4 million, but won't have an easy ride to possible victory with plenty of big names still left in contention.

Four-time WSOP bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche, who currently stands on 5th on Germany's all-time money list, follows in second place with 232.9 million and fellow countryman Jan-Eric Schwippert is in third with 216.3 million. The other finalists include Diogo Veiga (213.8 million), Triple Crown champion and €25,500 Super High Roller II winner Davidi Kitai (91.1 million), Thomas Boivin (66.5 million), €101,000 Super High Roller runner-up Stephen Chidwick (65.2 million) and mixed game specialist Adam Owen (41.6 million).

Final Table Seat Assignments

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Jan-Eric SchwippertGermany216,300,000108
2Davidi KitaiBelgium91,100,00046
3Pascal LefrancoisCanada248,400,000124
4Adam OwenUnited Kingdom41,600,00021
5Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom65,200,00033
6Dominik NitscheGermany232,900,000116
7Thomas BoivinBelgium66,500,00033
8Diogo VeigaPortugal213,800,000107

Action of Day 3

The early stages of the day were dominated by the run good of Dominik Nitsche and Pierre Calamusa, who sent several opponents to the rail. Among others, Calamusa claimed the stack of partypoker sponsored pro Johnny Lodden when his ace-trey outflopped Lodden's ace-king. The fortune of Calamusa came to a crashing halt when he got it in with pocket aces against the pocket queens of Anton Wigg and he departed in 45th place.

Patrick Bruel

Patrick Bruel (pictured above) and Sergey Lebedev, who started the day in second and third place respectively, also bowed out much earlier than expected and hoped for. Lebedev lost one pot after the other and had to settle for 40th place, while Bruel exited soon after in 37th place. In a four-way pot, Bruel flopped a gutshot and turned a flush draw to improve on the river, only for Pascal Lefrancois to turn over a flopped full house and send the well-known French singer to the payout desk in 37th place.

Sam Trickett bowed out in 35th place and Mustapha Kanit lost a flip with ace-queen suited against the pocket aces of Davidi Kitai. Sam Greenwood, who won the €51,000 Super High Roller earlier during the festival in Barcelona, never recovered from losing with pocket tens against the pocket kings of Diogo Veiga, and was eliminated just shy of the last three tables in 26th place.

The last partypoker team member, Philipp Gruissem, had a flip with ace-king against the pocket nines of Pascal Lefrancois and was left drawing dead on the turn despite flopping top pair. Other big names such as Jack Salter, Anton Wigg, Byron Kaverman, Sean Winter and Morten Mortensen all followed to the rail while the field was trimmed down further.

Honglin Jiang

Once the unofficial final table was set at the start of the last scheduled level, it was New Zealand's Honglin Jiang (pictured above) who missed out on more camera time and claimed €150,000 for his 9th place finish. In a battle of a blinds with Dominik Nitsche, Jiang flopped second pair with jack-ten and Nitsche was not in the mood of folding top pair with queen-six.

The remaining players bagged up and will return to the feature table at 12 p.m. local time with 46 minutes left in level 32 at blinds of 1,000,000/2,000,000 with a button ante of 2,000,000. The feature stream with hole cards displayed will be on a delay of 30 minutes and the PokerNews live updates will be published accordingly.

Tags: Anton WiggByron KavermanDavidi KitaiDiogo VeigaDominik NitscheHonglin JiangJack SalterJan-Eric SchwippertJohnny LoddenMustapha KanitPascal LeFrancoisPatrick BruelPhilipp GruissemPierre CalamusaSam GreenwoodSam TrickettSean WinterSergey LebedevStephen ChidwickThomas Boivin

Honglin Jiang Eliminated in 9th Place (€150,000)

zedmaster84 • Level 32: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante
Honglin Jiang
Honglin Jiang

Dominik Nitsche raised to 7 million with the {Q-Spades}{6-Hearts} from the small blind and Honglin Jiang called in the big blind with {J-Clubs}{10-Spades}. On the {Q-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{2-Diamonds} flop, Nitsche checked his top pair and Jiang bet 10 million, Nitsche called.

The {3-Spades} fell on the turn and Nitsche checked, Jiang moved all in for 24.5 million and the German called to get into showdown with the better hand. The {7-Spades} on the river was a blank and Jiang was eliminated in 9th place for €150,000 to end Day 3 with the official final table of the last eight.

All chip counts of the finalists and a recap of today's action is to come.

Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
de 232,900,000 22,500,000
Honglin Jiang nz
Honglin Jiang
nz Busted

Tags: Honglin JiangDominik Nitsche

Kings for Chidwick

zedmaster84 • Level 32: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante

Pascal Lefrancois limped the button with the {K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} and Adam Owen did so in the small blind with the {A-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}. Stephen Chidwick in the big blind raised to 9 million with {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts} and Lefrancois was the only caller.

On the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{9-Spades} flop, both players checked and the {7-Hearts} turn brought no action either. On the {3-Spades} river, Chidwick bet 12 million and Lefrancois folded.

Pascal Lefrancois ca
Pascal Lefrancois
ca 253,000,000 -13,300,000
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 68,000,000 12,800,000

Tags: Adam OwenPascal LeFrancoisStephen Chidwick

Level:
32
Blinds:
1,000,000/2,000,000
Ante:
2,000,000

Redraw of the Unofficial Final Table

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante

The remaining nine players have redrawn to the unofficial final table and once the next player busts or level 32 concludes, all chips will be bagged up, whichever of the two comes first.

Pascal Lefrancois ca
Pascal Lefrancois
ca 266,300,000 1,300,000
Diogo Veiga pt
Diogo Veiga
pt 217,300,000 -72,900,000
Jan-Eric Schwippert de
Jan-Eric Schwippert
de 210,400,000 16,500,000
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
de 210,400,000 17,400,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
be 93,500,000 500,000
Thomas Boivin be
Thomas Boivin
be 66,500,000 -10,100,000
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 55,200,000 6,400,000
Honglin Jiang nz
Honglin Jiang
nz 41,500,000 -32,800,000
Adam Owen gb
Adam Owen
gb 33,700,000 -4,300,000

Morten Mortensen Eliminated in 10th Place (€100,000)

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante
Morten Mortensen
Morten Mortensen

Pascal Lefrancois raised it up to 3.5 million first to act and Davidi Kitai called from one seat over, as did Morten Mortensen over on the outer table. On the {K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop, action checked to Kitai and he bet 6.6 million. Mortensen check-raised all in for just over 31 million and Lefrancois folded, Kitai snap-called.

Morten Mortensen: {K-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}
Davidi Kitai: {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}

The Dane had some back door outs, but the {2-Spades} turn left him drawing dead and the {Q-Clubs} river was the cheery on top for Kitai to eliminate Mortensen in 10th place with a full house.

Pascal Lefrancois ca
Pascal Lefrancois
ca 265,000,000 -5,000,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
be 93,000,000 39,000,000
Morten Mortensen dk
Morten Mortensen
dk Busted

Tags: Davidi KitaiMorten MortensenPascal LeFrancois

Sean Winter Eliminated in 11th Place (€100,000)

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante
Sean Winter
Sean Winter

In a preflop all in over on the feature table, Stephen Chidwick doubled for 22.4 million with {J-Spades}{10-Spades} against the {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} of Sean Winter as the board came {Q-Spades}{J-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{3-Spades}.

Winter quadrupled his 200,000 in the next hand with {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} against the {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} of Thomas Boivin on a board of {A-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} but had to post the big blind right after with the {Q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}. Jan-Eric Schwippert raised with {A-Clubs}{J-Spades} to 3.2 million and Diogo Veiga three-bet to 11 million with the {Q-Spades}{10-Diamonds} to isolate successfully.

The board of {7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{2-Spades}{3-Hearts}{A-Hearts} reduced the field to the last 10 and Winter took home €100,000 for his efforts.

Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 48,800,000 20,600,000
Sean Winter us
Sean Winter
us Busted

Tags: Sean WinterStephen ChidwickThomas Boivin