Viktor “Isildur1” Blom has won the €5,300 partypoker MILLIONS Germany Main event for $1,048,153 after besting a 1,022 strong field and then winning an amazing heads-up match vs Pavel Plesuv.
Blom came into the final day 2nd in chips to local player Ondrej Drozd with 13 players remaining, and it was Drozd who made all the early running, using his big stack to good effect eventually running up a huge stack of 338m by the time he had eliminated Greece’s Aristeidis Moschonas in 7th place fo €100,000
However, shortly after Drozd made one big bluff too many as he tried to push 2nd placed Pavel Plesuv off of an Ace high flush on a board holding just against Plesuv’s . Drozd bet every street and put his opponent all-in on the river. Despite having the ace-high flush it took Plesuv several minutes to call, but when he did he shot into the chip lead with 367m and Drozd fell to 156m.
Drozd never recovered from that blow and was the next player out, jamming his last 106m with only to run into Pavel Plesuv’s . It was a dejected Ondrej Drozd who left the table in 6th, earning €140,000 when he had been gunning for the €1m just minutes earlier.
Plesuv was on a roll by now and increased his lead over the next few hands to 576m, nearly 60% of the chips in play. Meanwhile Viktor Blom was rapidly falling down the leaderboard, and after losing a 100m chip pot to Plesuv as the chip leader once again found pocket Aces to Blom’s Blom was down to just 52m, a touch over 10 big blinds. Not one to take his foot off the gas under pressure, however, Blom fought back almost immediately, using his short-stack to maximum effect as he worked his way up over 100m chips and off the bottom of the leaderboard.
The next player out was Poland’s Radoslaw Wesierski. Online qualifier Rickie Silcock from the UK jammed for 91m from the small blind with and was called by Wesierski in the big with . A sick board run out of gave Silcock a rivered flush and sent Wesierski to the rail in 5th, good for a €200,000 payday.
Four-handed play between Plesuv, Silcock, Blom and partypoker pro Joao Simao lasted over an hour and a half, in which time Plesuv continued to increase his chip lead which reached over 650m at one point, and with 65% of the chips in play it was looking like the other three players were playing for second place.
However, his stack took a bit of a hit as Blom doubled up when his outlasted Pleusv’s in a 250m chip pot. Blom soon increased his stack further when he took Joao Simao’s last 52m chips when the Brazlian could only muster to Blom’s . Simao was out in 4th for €280,000 while Blom moved up to 328m.
Next out was an unlucky Rickie Silcock who had checked his big blind with after Pelsuv had limped in with . The board looked favourable to Silcock after the flop and turn, only for the to make Plesuv a straight on the river. Plesuv raised his opponent all in and Silcock made the call. Although he looked very disappointed at being eliminated so cruelly, Rickie Silcock will take home €400,000 after qualifying online for just $109.
Heads-up play began with a 562m to 451m chip lead for Plesuv, although Blom soon reversed those chip counts after an aggressive start handed him the chip lead. Soon after this, however, disaster struck for the Swedish superstar.
Blom three-bet preflop holding against Plesuv’s only for a to give Blom top set and Plesuv the nut-straight. The turn and river changed nothing and a big bet on the turn and a shove on the river from Blom were quickly called by Plesuv who assumed a massive 875m to 139m chip lead.
Down to just 106m it looked like curtains for Blom until he found a timely double-up, calling Plesuv’s shove and finding himself well ahead with to Plesuv’s . After a little back and forth Blom was back down to 167m when he once again found a double. After jamming with he found himself off to the races against Plesuv’s . The flop brought an Ace for Plesuv but also a third seven for Blom who moved up to 334m to his opponent’s 679m.
Over the next hour or so the chip lead changed hands on a number of occasions until it finally seemed as though Plesuv was finally going to end the match. He has won a few big pots and Blom was down more than 3:1 in chips when he shoved with , receiving a quick call from Plesuv with . The flop was safe from Plesuv who was now just 2 cards away from victory before the turn doubled Blom up and once again they were close to even.
By now the players had been at the tables for 14 long hours and it was clearly taking its toll on Plesuv who, on the very next hand mucked the winner in a 24m chip pot, not realising he had rivered two pairs (6’s and 4’s) to beat Blom’s pair of 8’s. Three hands later it was all over.
Both players caught a piece of a flop with Blom’s making top pair to Plesuv’s for second pair. After betting the flop, Blom continued to barrel the turn, putting out 105m chips. Plesuv called with his third pair and nut-flush draw to see the river. Despite missing his draw Plesuv decided to shove his last 300m in the pot, putting Blom in an extremely tough spot.With an overcard, a straight, and a flush on the board it looked for all the world as if Blom was destined to fold the best hand. He agonised over the decision for some time, often looking as though he was about to pitch his cards into the muck. However, his constant shaking of the head and look of consternation told a different story and he clearly wasn’t convinced of the tale Plesuv was trying to sell him. Eventually Viktor Blom made an amazing call and it was all over. Plesuv finished runner-up for €750,000, while the great Viktor “Isildur1” Blom took down the title and €850,000 ($1,048,153)*
*The players made a deal heads-up to take €150k each on top of the second place prize money and play for the title and the additional €100,000.
Final Table Result: €5.3k partypoker MILLIONS Germany Main Event
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