Tom Marchese Wins PartyPoker LIVE MILLIONS Vegas


The partypoker LIVE tour stopped off in Las Vegas for the first time ever and hosted a $5 million guaranteed MILLIONS event. Tom Marchese was the last man standing after four days of intense poker action in the $10,300 buy-in event, taking home $1 million for his victory.

Partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Vegas Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Tom Marchese United States $1,000,000
2 Jeremy Ausmus United States $650,000
3 Ana Marquez Spain $445,000
4 Freddy Deeb United States $319,200
5 Sergio Aido Spain $230,000
6 Conor Beresford United Kingdom $170,000
7 Rainer Kempe Germany $130,000
8 Tobias Duthweiler Germany $100,000
9 Chris Moneymaker United States $80,000

A field of 536 entries ensured the guarantee was hit and a prize pool of $5,360,000 created. This impressive sum was shared among the top 79 finishers with a min-cash being worth $20,000 and the eventual champion securing a $1 million payout.

Joe Kuether

Joe Kuether burst the money bubble

The money bubble burst at the start of Day 3 after 90-minutes of hand-for-hand play. Seasoned pro Joseph Kuether was all in for the 8,000 big blind ante, Dutch grinder Govert Metaal raised to 28,000 from the hijack and everyone else folded. Kuether revealed the lowly seven-five offsuit and was in a world of pain against the red kings of Metaal. Metall’s kings not only held, they improved to a full house on the turn to send Kuether home empty-handed.

Such was the quality of the field in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Vegas Main Event, the payout list read like a who’s who of the poker world. Some luminaries who finished inside the money place, but fell short of a final table appearance, included Maria Ho, four-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Joe Cada, Olivier Busquet, Anton Wigg, Joao Simao, Daniel Alaei, and the United Kingdom’s Sam Grafton.

partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Vegas Final Table Seat Draw

Seat Player Country Chips
1 Tobias Duthweiler Germany 1,580,000
2 Ana Marquez Spain 5,700,000
3 Jeremy Ausmus United States 2,025,000
4 Rainer Kempe Germany 3,000,000
5 Chris Moneymaker United States 10,175,000
6 Conor Beresford United Kingdom 4,840,000
7 Sergio Aido Spain 2,240,000
8 Tom Marchese United States 14,020,000
9 Freddy Deeb United States 10,550,000

Team PokerStars Pro and 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker got off to a poor start, first doubling up Spain’s Sergio Aido when his ace-queen proved match for the Spaniard’s aces, then being the first casualty of the final table when he called off his stack on a nine-high board with a pair of kings only to see those cowboys cracked by a set of eights in the hand of Marchese.

The first of two Germans busted out when Tobias Duthweiler moved all in for less than 10 big blinds with king-jack and lost the coinflip against the pocket eights held by 888poker Ambassador Ana Marquez.

Duthweiler was joined on the rail, via the cashier’s desk of course, by high stakes superstars Reiner Kempe. Kempe has more than $20.5 million in live poker tournament winnings and is second in the German all-time money listings. The talented German shoved his short stack into the middle with king-ten and fell foul to the dominating ace-king of that man Marchese.

Marchese took a break from eliminating opponents and watch on as a preflop betting war resulted in Conor Beresford, known as “1_conor_b_1” in online poker circles, being all in with a pair of tens against the jacks of Jeremy Ausmus. No help arrived for Beresford on the five community cards and the player count was reduced by one.

Aido Falls Victim to Marchese

Sergio Aido

Sergio Aido: 5th place finisher for $230,000

Moneymaker’s executioner, Aido, was the next to fall. An ill-timed three-bet all in with ace-three was snapped off by, you guessed it, Marchese with ace-queen. Neither player improved and Marchese’s ace-queen kicker took the pot.

Poker legend Freddy Deeb was the next to fall by the wayside and you will not win any prizes for guessing who sent him to the showers. Marchese opened from the small blind with a pair of nines and then called when Deeb jammed all in with what turned out to be ace-seven. Deeb paired his ace on the flop, but Marchese improved to a set. Game over for Deeb.

Ana Marquez

Last woman standing Ana Marquez busted in 3rd place for $445,000

Marquez’s exit was the penultimate bust out of the MILLIONS Vegas Main Event. Down to 14 big blinds, Marquez moved all in from the small blind with king-deuce and Ausmus called from the big blind with ace-nine. A nine landed on the door card, Marquez could not find a king, and the last woman standing made her way into the warm Vegas night having secured a $445,000 prize.

Ausmus trailed Marchese going into heads-up but managed to pull level before taking a small lead. Marchese then upped the aggressive and opened a significant lead for himself. The final hand saw Marchese raise to 1,000,000 and Ausmus three-bet shove for 14,400,000 in total. After a brief pause, Marchese called and revealed ace-jack. Ausmus turned over king-ten. An ace on the turn sealed the deal for Marchese who won a cool $1 million, resigning Ausmus to the $650,000 consolation prize.

Yet Another Seven-Figure Score for Marchese

Amazingly, this is the seventh seven-figure score of Marchese’s glistening career and the smallest of those seven $1 million plus hauls. Marchese can usually be found frequenting Super High Roller tournaments in Las Vegas, which is where his largest cash of $1,574,518 stems from.

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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