Lukas Zaskodny Crowned partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe Main Event Champion
A field of 504-entries competed in the 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe Main Event to ensure the €5 million guarantee was hit. Local player Lukas Zaskodny was the man who got his hands on the winner’s trophy despite the field being packed with stars. Zaskodny walked away with the trophy and €906,770 in prize money after a heads-up deal.
2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe Main Event Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (EUR)||Prize (USD)|
|1||Lukas Zaskodny||Czech Republic||€906,770*||$1,006,000*|
|2||Josef Snejberg||Czech Republic||€718,230*||$797,000*|
|5||Sam Grafton||United Kingdom||€220,000||$244,000|
|6||Roberto Romanello||United Kingdom||€170,000||$189,000|
|7||Charlie Carrel||United Kingdom||€130,000||$144,000|
|8||Rastislav Paleta||Czech Republic||€100,000||$111,000|
*reflects a heads-up deal
The money bubble burst at the very end of Day 2, Mauricio Pais being the unfortunate bubble boy on this occasion. Pais’ exit left 72 players in the hunt for the title, each of whom were guaranteed at least €20,000 for their efforts.
A whole host of elite players received a return on their €10,300 investment. These included Ireland’s Dara O’Kearney, American Bryan Piccioli, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, and Jonas Lauck. Progressing even deeper were the likes of Kenny Hallaert, Matas Cimbolas, and Dzmitry Urbanovich, the latter being sponsored by partypoker and busting in 10th place.
Carrel capitulates at the final table
Charlie Carrel found himself in a dominant position going into the eight-handed final table. Carrel was full of confidence having just won £1,321,000 at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series London festival. It was carrel who struck first at this final table, eliminating Rastislav Paleta in eighth-place, but it all went wrong after that.
You have to win more than your fair share of all-in confrontations if you want to triumph in poker tournaments. Lady Luck was not on Carrel’s side. Although he was the overall chip leader in the early stages, Carrel busted in seventh-place. The young British pro lost all of his all-in battles, including the most important one against Josef Snejberg which sent him to the showers.
Team partpyoker’s Roberto Romanello was the next casualty of the final table. The Welshman has happy memories of poker in the Czech Republic because he won EPT Prague in December 2010 for €640,000. Romanello had to make do with the €170,000 sixth-place prize here after his pocket nines lost a flip against Romain Lewis’ queen-jack.
Zaskodny gets lucky against Grafton
Sam Grafton knows his way around a final table, but he fell short of victory this time around. Grafton went from hero to zero in the space of a few hands. After claiming the chip lead, Grafton doubled up Zaskodny when his ace-queen lost to his opponent’s dominated queen-jack. The rest of Grafton’s chips went into the middle with king-queen, which lost to the pocket sevens of, ironically, Zaskodny, who flopped a set.
We have spoken about folding aces preflop here on US Poker Sites, but perhaps we should have discussed not slowplaying them. This next hand is a shining example of why you should rarely get cute with pocket rockets.
Zaskodny raised to 13,500,000 with the lowly queen-four and Severin Schleser decided to just call in the big blind with a pair of aces in the hole. The flop fell queen-ten-four. Zaskodny bet 11,500,000 with his two pair and Schleser called. Zaskodny bet again, this time 25,000,000 on the eight of hearts turn. Schleser moved all in for 57,500,000 and was instantly called. After burning a card, the dealer placed the jack of clubs on the river, which sent Schleser to the rail with his tail between his legs.
Three-handed play only lasted a couple of minutes, ending when France’s Lewis’ stack was handed ovr to Josef Snejberg. Lewis committed his stack with king-nine and could not get there against the ace-jack of his opponent.
Let’s make a deal for life-changing money
With so much prize money at stake, the remaining two players struck a deal to shorten the jumps on the pay ladder. Zaskodny agreed to take €806,770 with Snejberg locking up €718,230. It was a deal that left an additional €100,000 for the eventual champion.
Heads-up lasted an hour and ended with Zaskodny walking away victoriously. The final hand saw Zaskodny raise all in to put Snejberg to the test for his last 12 big blinds and Snejberg called. It was pocket tens for Zaskodny and ace-ten for Snejberg. A jack-high board was spread on the table, busting Snejberg in second-place and leaving Zaskodny to lift the winner’s trophy aloft.