The first PartyPokerMILLION main event North America in Montreal has been won by Canadian pro Jean-Pascal Savard for CAD$956,000 after doing a deal heads-up.
In total an impressive 1,168 players started the CAD$5,300 ($4000 US) tournament, meaning the CAD$5,000,000 guarantee was exceeded, with a total prizepool of CAD$5,709,750 with 119 players making the money. The final table of eight were all guaranteed at least CAD$80,000, with CAD$1,000,000 up top.
Out of the final eight, six were Canadians, and it was a Canadian, Ari Engel, who started as the chip leader, with Savard very close behind in second, with Lebanese-Canadian Rayan Chamas in third.
Despite starting the day in third place, it was actually Chamas who was the first to be eliminated from the final table. Although he had lost some chips prior to his elimination, Chamas was still in a decent position prior to the hand he busted. On the 52nd hand of the final table, several hours after play had started for the day, Chamas ended up getting nearly 130m chips in preflop with pocket Jacks, only for Savard to insta-call with AA. Another Jack did come on the river but on a board of , it merely gave Savard a broadway straight. Chamas left in 8th for CAD$80,000.
Ten hands later and the table said goodbye to WSOP and WPT champ Matthew Waxman. With the blinds now at 2.5m/5m with a 500k ante Waxman pushed his last 26m in from under the gun with and was called by Niall Farrell in the big blind with . The board ran out , sending Waxman to the rail with CAD$110,00 in prize money.
It was a good couple of hours before the next elimination, and it was Waxman’s nemisis, Niall Farrell, who fell in 6th place in unfortunate fashion in a huge pot. Farrell had limped in with pocket Kings only for Jean-Pascal Savard to shove in the big blind with . Farrell called for 213m chips and was devastated with an Ace hit the flop. The Scottish former EPT Malta champion was unable to catch up and left the table with CAD$160,000 for his troubles.
By this time Ari Engel had slipped right down the leaderboard and he was next out when he pushed his last 66m from the button with and was called by Phil “takechip” D’Auteuil in the big blind with pocket 10’s. A six on the turn gave the crowd a mini-sweat, but the river was all she wrote for Engel who ended his tournament in 5th place, for which he picked up CAD$238,300.
It took another hour before play went three-handed and it was Canadian Louis Boutin who fell in 4th after he called off his last 98m chips from the big blind with after Jonathan Bussieres had shoved for 168m from the button with . A ten on the flop sealed Boutin’s fate and he left with CAD$335,000 for his 4th place finish.
Once again it took a full hour before the next elimination, and it was a slightly unfortunate end to Phil D’Auteuil’s campaign as he called for his last 155m out of the big blind after Jonathan Brussieres had pushed for 234m in the small blind with . All it took was a six on the flop to send D’Auteuil packing in 3rd, good for a CAD$450,000 payday.
Heads-up play between Brussieres and Savard started with a substantial lead for Savard with his 747m playing Brussieres 395m, and it also started with a deal in place, with Savard guaranteed CAD$791k to Brussieres CAD$693,950, leaving CAD$165k to play for.
It took 21 hands for Savard to claim the title and the additional cash, as Brussieres never managed to catch his opponent, eventually raising all in for 444m with , only for Savard to call from the button with . The board offered no improvement for either player and Jean-Pascal Savard became the first winner of the partypokerMILION North America, taking home CAD$956,000 and the trophy, while Brussieres had to settle for runner-up and CAD$693,950.
Final Result 2017 partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event