The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany wrapped up at King’s Casino Rozvadov with a €10,300 buy-in High Roller. 888poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche defeated Marcel Luske in heads-up play to win the title for €300,000 ($374,392).
Flying Dutchman Denied
The partypoker High Roller drew 72 entries, with 48 re-entries. That helped surpass the advertised €1 million guarantee by creating a €1,140,000 ($1,422,688) prize pool.
Nitsche navigated a tough final table that included fellow Germans Ole Schemion and Koray Aldemir to make it to heads-up play against the Netherlands’ Marcel Luske.
The “Flying Dutchman,” a partypoker pro, was looking for his first high roller win, but it wasn’t to be this time. The silver lining was that Luske received a €180,000 ($224,635) prize for second, which was the fourth-largest score of his long and storied career.
The win was just the latest success for Nitsche at King’s Casino Rozvadov. A week earlier, he placed seventh in the €25K Super High Roller for €60,000 ($73,497). That tournament was won by Patrik Antonius for €425,000 ($520,610).
Last November, Nitsche took down the 2017 World Series of Poker €111,111 High Roller for One Drop for a career-high €3,487,463 ($4,064,026) and his fourth gold bracelet.
The win also brought Nitsche up to $11,893,493 in lifetime earnings, which puts him fifth on Germany’s all-time poker money list. He now sits just $30,000 behind Rainer Kempe.
Others to finish in the money were Winamax sponsored pro Mustapha Kanit (10th for €30,000/$37,439), Paul Newey (12th for €30,000/$37,439), and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (14th for €25,000/$31,199).
Final Table Results
1 Dominik Nitsche (Germany) €300,000 ($374,392)
2 Marcel Luske (Netherlands) €180,000 ($224,635)
3 Philipp Zukernik (Czech Republic) €130,000 ($162,236)
4 Koray Aldemir (Germany) €100,000 ($124,797)
5 Dan Cates (USA) €80,000 ($99,838)
6 Ashkan Fattahi (Iran) €65,000 ($81,118)
7 Ole Schemion (Germany) €50,000 ($62,399)
8 Bartlomiej Machon (Poland) €40,000 ($49,919)
9 Steve O’Dwyer (USA) €30,000 ($37,439)
Steven Morris Wins in UK
After his win in Rozvadov, Nitsche caught a private plane for the 2018 partypoker LIVE UK Poker Championship at Dusk Till Dawn Poker and Casino in Nottingham. It was there he hopped into the £5,300 Super High Roller, a tournament that attracted 40 entries and created a £200,000 ($280,000) prize pool
That title came down to Steven Morris and Nishid Hindocha, and on Hand #317 of the final table, the latter got his short stack all in holding the J♣9♥ against the former’s A♥J♥. The board ran out J♦3♥4♦Q♠4♥ and Morris claimed the title and £70,000 ($98,031) first-place prize.
The partypoker LIVE team will next be in Spain at Casino Barcelona from April 7-15 for their season finale, which will offer up €23 million in guaranteed prize pools.
Final Table Results
1 Steven Morris (UK) £70,000 ($98,031)
2 Nishid Hindocha (UK) £45,000 ($63,020)
3 Xiaoyang Luo (China) £32,000 ($44,814)
4 Tom Middleton (UK) £22,000 ($30,809)
5 Chris Sly (UK) £15,000 ($21,006)
6 Nicholas Todd (UK) £10,000 ($14,004)