The 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK wrapped up this weekend, closing out the massive series with the £5,000,000 guaranteed £5,300 buy-in main event. The tournament attracted a field of 1,015 total entries, and after five full days of action, that huge number was narrowed down to just one player: Greece’s Ioannis Angelou-Konstas. As the champion of this event he earned £940,000 ($1,222,000 USD) and his first major live tournament title.
In addition to the money and the glory, Angelou-Konstas was also awarded 1,920 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his second victory of the year, having taken down a €1,200 WPT DeepStacks event in Brussels in March. With these two scores he has earned a total of 2,400 POY points, enough to see him move into 56th place in the overall POY race standings for 2018.
Angelou-Konstas was far from the only player to make a big move in the POY standings as a result of this event. Runner-up Alex Foxen took home £720,000 ($936,000 USD) and 1,600 POY points for his 13th final table of the year, with four titles, won along the way. With this latest huge score, he has moved into fourth place in the rankings with 6,364 points and $3,921,470 in year-to-date earnings.
Angelou-Konstas had come into the day as the chip leader, but there was plenty of tough competition to deal with at the final table including 2013 World Series of Poker main event champion Ryan Riess (9th – $65,000), Dara O’Kearney (8th – $91,000), bracelet winner Michael Wang (6th – $182,000), Sam Grafton (5th – $267,605), Tom Hall (4th – $390,000) and recent WSOP main event ninth-place finisher Antoine Labat (3rd – $572,000).
Foxen and Angelou-Konstas struck a deal during heads-up play based on their stacks at the time that left £100,0000 and the title to play for. It didn’t take too long after that. Foxen raised to 22,000,000 from the button with the 8Heart Suit8Diamond Suit and Angelou-Konstas called with the QClub SuitJHeart Suit.
The flop brought the ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit4Club Suit and Angelou-Konstas check-called 13,000,000 from Foxen. The turn was the 3Heart Suit and both players checked. The 10Spade Suit saw Angelou-Konstas check. Foxen bet 46,000,000. Angelou-Konstas check-raised all-in and after some thought Foxen made the call with his underpair. Angelou-Konstas’s straight was good, earning him the pot and the title.
Here is a look at the payouts and Card Player Player of the Year points awarded in this event:
Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Ioannis Angelou-Konstas $1,222,000 1920
2 Alex Foxen $936,000 1600
3 Antoine Labat $572,000 1280
4 Thomas Hall $390,000 960
5 Sam Grafton $267,605 800
6 Michael Wang $182,000 640
7 John Haigh $130,000 480
8 Dara O’Kearney $91,000 320
9 Ryan Riess $65,000 160
partypoker Has Big Plans For The Final Months of 2018
The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK was the first of several massive series and events that partypoker is behind in the coming months. The World Poker Tour and partypoker LIVE have teamed up for the WPT Montreal Festival, an exciting series that features combined guarantees of $8,165,000 CAD. The centerpiece of the whole series is the $5,000,000 CAD guaranteed, $5,300 CAD buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, which will run from Oct. 28 – November 4.
Next on the agenda is the massive Caribbean Poker Party (CPP), which is set to take place from Nov. 9-18 at the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas. There are 13 events set to take place during the festival, but the whole affair is centered around two gigantic tournaments: The $10,000,000 guaranteed $25,500 buy-in MILLIONS World and the $10,000,000 guaranteed $5,300 buy-in Caribbean Poker Party Main Event.
“There are many coveted titles in poker, from the EPT and WPT Grand Final titles, to WSOP and WSOPE Main Event and Players Championship bracelets, and not forgetting our own MILLIONS Grand Final crown,” said partypoker LIVE president John Duthie. “However, a $10,000,000 guaranteed, $25.5K buy-in tournament is just as important as any of those. We can’t wait to hand the trophy over to our first winner in November. Let’s hope it’s one of the 100+ online qualifiers partypoker will be sending, as that would be quite some story.”
Following on the heels of that huge series in the Carribean will be the MILLIONS Online. As previously mentioned, the $20 million guaranteed $5,300 buy-in online event will run from Nov. 25 – Dec. 5 and is expected to be the biggest online tournament ever, with $2.5 million going to the eventual champion.