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Sweden’s Suarez Wins MILLIONS UK Main Event For $1M
Cash games tend to be busier when a major poker festival is in town. This is why Anton Suarez traveled to Dusk Till Dawn for the 2020 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK festival. Suarez wasn’t bothered about the millions of dollars worth of guaranteed prize pools, he wanted pot-limit Omaha cash game action.
No PLO games were running when Suarez arrived, so he entered a MILLIONS UK Main Event satellite instead. That satellite yielded a $10,300 seat, which in turn netted the Swede a massive $1 million prize!
MILLIONS UK Attracts Big Names
Suarez came out on top of a 530-strong field to win his first seven-figure prize. Only 76 of those starters received prize money for their efforts. Stellar players such as Dara O’Kearney, Marvin Rettenmaier, Joao Vieira, and Mukul Pahuja all navigated their way into the money.
Faraz Jaka, Sergi Reixach, Adrian Mateos, Niall Farrell, and Sam Grafton also cashed. As did a quartet of partypoker sponsored professionals. American Jeff Gross, Roberto Romanello, Patrick Leonard, and Ludovic Geilich being that quartet.
Only 12 Players Make It Through to Final Day
Twelve players returned to the action on January 12 to conclude the tournament. The aforementioned Geilich crashed out in 11th before a double elimination set the official final table.
British pro Jamie O’Connor raised with ace-ten from late position and Christian Rudolph three-bet all-in with ace-king. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Alex Lindop called all-in with ace-queen, and O’Connor called off his remaining chips. Rudolph paired his king on the turn to bust Lindop in 10th and O’Connor in ninth.
Eighth-place went to Maria Lampropulos, the Argentinian who won this event in 2017. You must win coinflips to win tournaments, Lampropulos didn’t do this. Jack Hardcastle raised with pocket nines before calling Lamrpopulos’ three-bet shove. The Argentinian starlet showed ace-queen and failed to catch any of her outs.
Hardcastle was the next to fall despite padding his stack with Lamproulos’ chips. Hardcastle played his draw aggressively and was all-in with a straight and flush draw against the queens of Rudolph. Those ladies held and Hardcastle crashed out for a career-best $130,000.
Local Player Turns $85 into $311,000
Satellite tournaments give players the chance to play in big buy-in events for a small cost. James “Raggy” Clarke was one player who won a $10,300 MILLIONS UK Main Event seat via a satellite. Clarke won his ticket for only $85 and turned that into a massive $311,000 prize.
His demise was confirmed when he got his chips into the middle with trip fours. Suarez was Clarke’s opponent and he flopped the same trips, albeit with a better kicker. Suarez actually improved to a flush to end Clarke’s impressive run.
James Romero already had a seven-figure prize on his resume, but was keen for another. Romero won the 2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1,938,118, one of the biggest WPTs in history. There was no million dollar prize in the UK for Romero as he busted in third for $420,000.
The Portland, Oregon resident committed his stack with king-jack on a king-high flop. His opponent was the aggressive Rudolph who had flopped a set of deuces and had an easy call. Call he did to put Romero at risk. Suarez’s set held and Romero busted in third-place.
Heads-Up Set in the MILLIONS UK Main Event
Heads-up matches can be long, arduous affairs, but not this one. This battle played out in a frantic pace, which was extremely exciting to watch on the PokerGO stream.
Suarez managed to forge a substantial lead for himself and Rudolph was short stacked when the final hand began. A limp on the button from Suarez was met with a jam from Rudolph and a Suarez call. Rudolph revealed seven-four, Suarez ace-eight, and the board ran ace-high to crown Suarez as the champion.
2020 MILLIONS UK Main Event Final Table Results
|3||James Romero||United States||$420,000|
|4||James Clarke||United Kingdom||$311,000|
|7||Jack Hardcastle||United Kingdom||$130,000|
|9||Jaime O’Connor||United Kingdom||$80,000|
The next MILLIONS Main Event takes place in Uruguay in February. MILLIONS South America runs from February 6-16th at the Enjoy Resort & Casino in Punta del Este. The Main Event is a $10,300 buy-in tournament with a $5 million guarantee.