MILLIONS Grand Final Event in Barcelona a Smashing Success

MILLIONS Grand Final Event in Barcelona a Smashing Success

One of the biggest poker tournaments in European history took place last week, as PartyPoker and one Canadian pro made out bigtime at the major event. PartyPoker’s LIVE Millions Grand Final was a rousing success and a carnival of poker fanaticism the likes of which Spain and the European continent had never seen before.

Pascal LeFrancois, a 31-year-old Canadian pro, won the much coveted €10,300-main event securing the largest payday of his life. LeFrancois took home the first-place prize of €1,700,000 ($2,108,000 USD) to go with the fame and notoriety of winning the biggest prize of a tremendous week of poker.

Greenwood Also Scores Big

Three other winners cleaned up at the smaller event tables taking home their own respectable prizes to round out the exciting week. Canadian Sam Greenwood hit $9,170,480 in lifetime poker earnings with a 1 million-euro payday at the €50,000 ($61,680) Super High Roller event.

Greenwood’s previous biggest prize won before last week was a runner-up $1,023,701-score at the EPT13 €50K Super High Roller in Barcelona. He also won the PartyPoker Live Caribbean Poker Party Main Event last year. Greenwood was all smiles and gave respect to his opponent, Spain’s Sergio Aido, after the win:

“He is a tough player, we didn’t have much to play with on 30 big blinds at heads-up. I just had the best hand most of the time on the river, so that was easy.”

Schindler, Geilich Take Smaller Pots

American Jake Schindler defeated British pro and former world champion Stephen Chidwick at the €100K Super High Roller event for €1,750,000 ($2,163,698). Schindler has already won $3,367,766 this year after winning two Aria High Roller events in two days and scoring second place in the US Poker Open Event #8: $50,000 NLHE.

Schindler, a Pennsylvanian, currently has $15,619,824 in career earnings, placing him eighth all-time amongst other players from his state. Ludovic Geilich, a pro originally hailing from Scotland, won the €1,100 Millions Grand Final Open, outlasting 1,716 other entrants to win €250,000 ($309,587) grand prize.

Neymar Plays Poker as PSG Wins Ligue 1 Title

Speaking of Barcelona, one of the city’s most famous former residents took in a highly publicized game over the weekend. Brazilian superstar Neymar, due to a right foot injury, had to sit out of a decisive match that would determine whether Paris Saint-Germain would take home a Ligue 1 title.

He made the most of his injury time, playing some rounds of online poker while keeping an eye on the result which ended up 7-1 in Paris Saint-Germain’s favor. The 26-year-old attacker joined the French side in a €222 million deal back in August of last year but has since found himself on the wrong side of media coverage a few times.

Neymar posted an official congratulations to his teammates on Instagram later in the day, as the new Parisian enjoyed a highly anticipated victory he helped bring to the city.

“I really wanted to be closer to you guys – Congratulations! Come on, Paris!”

According to sources close to the Brazilian national team, Neymar is recovering well from the brutal injury and should be ready for the World Cup in June. That’s great news for his home country as Brazil looks to rebound from their disappointing 2014 World Cup showing as one of the favorites as per usual in this year’s tournament.

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