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Francois Billard has had a lot of success at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal over the course of his career, but Sunday night the Canadian poker pro put an exclamation point on all of them by winning the partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event for a career-best $715,414 score. It took just 14 hands for Kevin Rabichow, who started the day as the chip leader, to pick off one of the shorter stacks. With blinds of 800,000/1,600,000, Rabichow opened from UTG for 3,200,000 and Danick Landriault defended his big blind. After a flop of [poker card="qs"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"], Landriault check-called Rabichow's bet of 2,400,000. The [poker card="2h"] turn saw Landriault check again before Rabichow moved all in. Landriault called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="8s"] which put him behind Rabichow's [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="3c"] river was no help for Landriault and he was out in sixth. It took almost six hours before the next player was sent out. Action folded to Billard on the button and he moved all in. Alexandros Kolonias folded his small blind but Paul Fontan called all in from the big blind. Billard turned over [poker card="jc"][poker card="4c"] and Fontan showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Billard the lead and neither the [poker card="td"][ turn or [poker card="2c"] river were able to save Fontan from a fifth place result. Two hours later, Rabichow found another victim. From UTG, Rabichow raised to 7,000,000 and Kolonias called from the big blind. The flop [poker card="tc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"] flop got both players to check. Kolonias checked again after the [poker card="ts"] flop, but Rabichow bet 5,500,000 and Kolonias called. The river was the [poker card="qc"] and Kolonias checked again. Rabichow shoved all in and Kolinias called and showed [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"] but lost to Rabichow's [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] for a fourth place finish. The final three players played for a while before coming to an agreement on an ICM chop. Francois Billard - $557,278 Joni Jouhkimainen - $434,063 Kevin Rabichow - $430,848 The players agree to leave $158,003 on the table for the eventual champion. Despite the deal, the final three players played for three hours before the next elimination. After Rabichow folded his button, Jouhkimainen moved all in from the small blind and Billard called from the big blind. Jouhkimainen tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"] while Billard showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. The board ran out [poker card="8c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="7d"] to send Jouhkimainen's day in third position. Heads-up play started with Billard holding a 2.7-1 lead over Rabichow and it took just over an hour for Billard to finish him off. On the final hand, Rabichow raised to 12,000,0000 and Billard clicked back for 42,000,000. Rabichow called to see a flop of [poker card="kd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"]. Billard bet 26,000,000 and Rabichow called. The [poker card="th"] turn was good enough to get Billard to move all in and Rabichow called. Billard showed [poker card="ts"][poker card="9d"] for a turned two pair while Rabichow tabled [poker card="jh"][poker card="td"] for second pair and an open-ender. The river was the [poker card="6d"] and Billard eliminated Rabichow to win the partypoker MILLIONS Main Event. Final Table Payouts Francois Billard - $715,414 Kevin Rabichow - $430,848 Joni Jouhkimainen - $434,063 Alexandros Kolonias - $275,331 Paul Fontan - $223,241 Danick Landriault - $186,035 Ben Heath - $148,828 Ruben Perceval - $111,621
The final events of the inaugural World Poker Tour Online Series played out on partypoker this weekend including Sunday's spotlight tournament, the $500K Gtd Weekender, and what turned into a star-studded final table of the $1,575 Bounty Hunter. Brazil’s Rodrigo ‘selouan1991’ Selouan closed out the online festival with the largest score of the day by topping the 115-runner field of Event #55 ($1,050 Weekender, Final Day) to collect an online career-high $151,725 payday. Selouan, currently ranked #86 in the world, adds a WPT Online title to his other impressive accolades that include a partypoker POWERFEST victory, PokerStars Winter Series win, and a PocketFives Triple Crown which he picked up in November 2019. The six-figure score will send Selouan past the $3 million mark in lifetime online earnings. PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 2013 champion Dimitar Danchev was forced to settle for second place in this event, but he still collected a healthy $107,950 to add to his bankroll. Viktor Zsemiye fell in third place and earned $72,505 for his efforts. The current #1-ranked player in the world, Conor Beresford ended up in fourth place and took home $49,130. The final two players in the $109 Mini Weekender cut a deal that had Brazil’s Matheus Adrian declared the official winner taking home $47,203.48 for first. Tudor Purice from Austria took home nearly as much, locking up $46,381.12 as the runner-up. Joao Divino Domeles Neto was on the outside of the deal, falling in third place but still walking away with $25,077.75. In the final event of the series, Event #56 ($530 Closer) Russia’s Sergei ‘Futti18’ Koliakov was the last player standing. Ranked #19 in the world, Koliakov bested the 1181-runner field for a $39,737.08 score plus an additional $28,820.41 in bounties. Fellow Russian Stoyan Obreshkov finished in second place and picked up $39,677.39 plus $12,127.22 in bounties. France’s Ivan Emanuely found his tournament end in third place for which he picked up a total score of $37,327.46. Daniel Paul Haddon Pickles took home the title in Event #56 ($55 Mini Closer) earning $15,131.90 for first place plus another $7,096.71 in bounties. Martins Kliens was the runner-up and collected $15,103.28 and another $5,456.27 in bounties. And Tudor Aioanei finished in third place which paid out $9,695.17 and he collected another $1,975.96 in bounties. In other action over the weekend, Barry Hutter picked up a WPT Online title after taking down Event #54 ($1,575 Bounty Hunter, 8-Max) for $42,400.15 plus another $52,171.93 in bounties. His combined total of $94,572.08 is the fourth-largest WPT cash and pushes his lifetime total WPT cashes just up over $1 million. Joao Vieira, who has found himself at several final tables over the past week, finished as the runner-up and walked away with $42,344.63 and an additional $25,617.19 in bounties. Scott Hill climbed into third place, securing a total score $38,908.74. The Bounty Hunter had an exceptionally stacked final table that included partypoker ambassadors Kristen Bicknell (4th, $26,541) and Ludovic Geilich (6th, $17,200) as well as recreational high roller Lauren Roberts who finished in fifth for a total score of $16,200.38. The Mini Bounty Hunter saw Pablo Roman defeat a field of 1517 entries to clinch the title and a first-place prize of $15,100.09 and an additional $13,577.62 in bounties. Marco Mucha was the runner-up, taking home $15,086.53 plus $1,456.65 in bounties. Finally, Francois Billard fell in third place and logged off with a score of $9,813.64 and an additional $3,368.30 in bounties. Event #54: $1,575 Bounty Hunter, 8-Max 369 entries $553,500 prize pool Barry Hutter - $42,400.15 + $52,171.93 in bounties Joao Vieira - $42,344.63 + $25,617.19 in bounties Scott Hill - $29,357.95 + $9,550.79 in bounties Kristen Bicknell - $21,034.82 + $5,507.81 in bounties Lauren Roberts - $14,981.63 + $1,218.75 in bounties Ludovic Geilich - $11,107.59 + $6,093.74 in bounties Casio Pisapia De Almeida Kiles - $7,717.59 + $375 in bounties Kristoffer Johan Rautio - $5,629.46 + $7,804 in bounties Event #54: $162 Mini Bounty Hunter, 8-Max 1517 entries $227,550 prize pool Pablo Roman - $15,110.09 + $13,577.62 in bounties Marco Mucha - $15,086.53 + $1,456.65 in bounties Francois Billard - $9,813.64 + $3,368.30 in bounties Evgeny Nekrasov - $6,555.01 + $1,462.81 in bounties John Bakalis - $4,655.19 + $1,524.04 in bounties Gustavo Restelatto Tochetto - $3,271.21 + $1,139.06 in bounties Robert Kacinski - $2,264.68 + $2,854.70 in bounties Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque - $1,497.21 + $1,642.97 in bounties Event #55: $1,050 Weekender [Final] 115 entries $850,000 prize pool Rodrigo Selouan - $151,725 Dimitar Danchev - $107,950 Viktor Zsemlye - $72,505 Conor Beresford - $49,130 Tomas Paiva - $34,680 Pedro Marques - $24,990 Renato Ribeiro - $17,850 Andrei Chernokoz - $12,410 Event #55: $109 Mini-Weekender [Final] 440 entries $354,900 prize pool Matheus Adrian - $47,203.48* Tudor Purice - $46,381.12* Joao Divino Domeles Neto - $25,077.75 Pomah Oypmahob - $16,672.38 Felipe Boianovsky - $11,587.65 Carl Carlsson - $7,921.11 Mihail Surin - $5,447.92 Bruno Cardoso - $3,447.92 Event #56: $530 Closer 1181 entries $590,500 prize pool Sergei Koliakov - $39,737.08 + $28,820.41 in bounties Stoyan Obreshkov - $39,677.39 + $12,127.22 in bounties Ivan Emanuely - $26,069.87 + $11,257.59 in bounties Niklas Astedt - $17,445 + $5,110.35 in bounties Troy Quenneville - $12,367.73 + $2,589.84 in bounties Luc Lafontaine - $8,722.50 + $4,665.53 in bounties Jakub Oliva - $6,118.76 + $3,503.90 in bounties Emil Olsson - $5,403.34 + $4,100.87 in bounties Event #56: $55 Mini Closer 5,078 entries $253,900 prize pool Daniel Paul Haddon Pickles - $15,131.90 + $7,096.71 in bounties Martins Kliens - $15,103.28 + $5,456.27 in bounties Tudor Aioanei - $9,695.17 + $1,975.96 in bounties Craig Stewart - $6,312.47 + $483.82 in bounties Bruno Gizdic - $4,335.22 + $1,398.67 in bounties Daniel Lynch - $2,941.10 + $2,134.81 in bounties Terrence Green - $2,067.83 + $1,499.98 in bounties Macelo Tadeu - $1,330.43 + $1,130.58 in bounties