Anton Suarez has been crowned the champion at the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham after a week of great action, fun at cash tables and big-name players going for gold in the MILLIONS UK Main Event.
The last day of the hugely successful MILLIONS UK festival’s marquee event saw a dozen players return to the felt with hopes of raising the iconic trophy over their heads. Nonetheless, John Mooney ended up as the first casualty in a fast and furious first few stages, losing to pocket eights with ace-jack.
A lot of British hopes would have been for Ludovic’ Ludo’ Geilich’s final table debut, but those expectations were shattered when the Scot was eliminated in 11th place. Two teams were busting to set the final table when Suarez brought Jamie ‘ Boz ‘ O’Connor down to a short stack and both O’Connor and Alex Lindop were busting with the man who would ultimately be the heads-up adversary of Suarez, Christian Rudolf. For his play so vivid, Rudolph has driven his ace-king home against the ace-queen of Lindop and the ace-ten of O’Connor. The area was reduced to eight, and a final table was awaiting lights, cameras and action.
Maria Lampropulos is one of the biggest Dusk Till Dawn winners ever, having earlier won the MILLIONS Main Event at the venue. Nonetheless, this time around, the Argentine elite player bowed out in 8th place, her all-in pre-flop ace-queen was unable to hit to overcome the pocket nines of Jack Hardcastle which proved too high to fall.
With Lampropulos taking home $100,000, the event’s first six-figure payout, the race was on to create a stack worthy of a possible attack on the top seven figures. Nonetheless, after going all – in with more draws than an art installation in the Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery just down the road from Dusk Till Dawn, it was Hardcastle who would finally bust in 7th place. The overpair of Christian Rudolph took the pot and proclaimed his ambitions further.
Weijie Zheng was the next player to bite the dust, with the table reduced to just six players. The former Irish Open champion was all-in with five-seven, and through the board Rudolph’s ace-eight stayed ahead.
Five players in the chase, it took an hour for the next player to depart, with Fredrik Andersson cashing for $230,000 when he went all – in with ace-nine but was called by Suarez, who had ace-ten dominated his countryman and would keep, fortuitously given James Romero a folded as-queen.
With four people vying for the win, club favourite James Clarke was to bust in fourth place, frustrating the progressive rail cheering for the man who made it into the Main Event for a $500 budget through the live DTD qualifiers. Clarke cashed for an incredible $311,000 when he flopped trips and was booted out to leave.
Romero would be trailing Clarke out of the door when his top flop pair led him to go all – in on the boat. That change encountered tragedy, calling correctly from Anton Suarez, holding a flopped set and moving up with a healthy lead.
The heads-up duel was a fast-paced one, and with only ten major blinds Rudolph found himself, he decided to risk them all with a fitting four-seven. Suarez had a fairly simple call with ace-eight, and in his favour, an as on turn ended the game.
The MILLIONS UK Main Event, with 530 entries, saw Anton Suarez transition from aspiring cash game to Main Event champion and showed that anyone can participate and compete in a poker tournament. With more MILLIONS stopping in Uruguay, Sochi, Cyprus and the Bahamas this year, partypoker will be pleased for how their first MILLIONS Main Event of the year began, with more hopes coming true and another big top prize.
MILLIONS UK Main Event final table results: