Conquering a 70-player field may seem unimpressive when set against massive field multi-table tournaments, but the level of each of the players who put up the $25,500 buy-in for the event is indicative of their quality and Lefrancois’ triumph will give him serious cache on the high roller circuit.
Winning the $525,089 top prize, Lefrancois outlasted a final table featuring some of the world’s most talented poker players – but how? Let’s take a look back.
Four Players Miss Out on the Money
Day 2 began with 11 players still in their seats, but despite making the final day, only seven of those 11 would make a profit on their hefty investment. The action began with the eliminations of both Georgi Sandev and Pokercode co-creator, Matthias Eibinger. The Austrian has run deep in several events recently, but again missed the business end of the tournament and he wasn’t the only one.
While Daniel Dvoress was making it close to the ultimate victory in the MILLIONS Online Main Event, he missed out on the money in this event, departing along with Barry Hutter to produce a seven-handed final table where players would all treble their money at the very least.
Oh, Canadian Poker Pros!
The wealth of top Canadian poker players is enough to inspire anyone just starting out in the game to check on the best places to start playing online poker in Canada but with seven players left in such an elite field, for the only two Canadians of those seven to make it to the heads-up is very impressive indeed. American player David Coleman was busted shortly before the elimination in sixth place of German high roller regular Ole Schemion.
Shortly after Schemion’s departure, Jason Koon cashed for the first six-figure cash of the tournament, winning $114,840 for his efforts. Russian player Alexander Shalkovski bowed out in fourth place for $152,274, and his exit was followed by that of Swedish player Joakim Anderson, who left in third place for $212,835.
Heads-Up Gives Lefrancois Bragging Rights
The last duel of the event saw a huge amount of money on the line, with over half a million dollars on offer for the win and almost $200,000 the difference between the two payouts. Both Canadian players have huge reputations, with both Ami Barer and the eventual winner, Pascal Lefrancois, famed around the poker world for regularly reaching final tables at this level.
Just two years ago, Lefrancois was celebrating another famous win on the partypoker tour, taking down the MILLIONS Barcelona Main Event.
They might both be from Canada, but unlike during the MILLIONS Online Main Event, there was no deal to be done, and no smoothing out of the payouts was struck.
The heads-up contest played out straight as a die and eventually, Lefrancois was the winner, condemning Barer to the runner-up spot, and a score of $327,468. Lefrancois won $525,089 for taking the MILLIONS Super High Roller title and yet more online poker bragging rights.
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