Pascal Lefrancois Wins partypoker Live MILLIONS
It's been a good series for Canadians in Barcelona this month after Canadians captured both the Super High Roller title and Grand Final Championship at the partypoker Live MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona. Last week, it was Sam Greenwood coming back from fumes to win the €50K Super High Roller. This week, Pascal Lefrancois took the chip lead into Day 3 and Day 4 of the Grand Final Barcelona €10,300 Main Event, before collecting the big prize.
After four Day 1 flights that saw 1,175 entries, the field combined for Day 2 on April 13 with just 329 players remaining. When the dust settled 10 levels later, Canadian grinder Pascal Lefrancois led the remaining field of 58 with a stack of 66,525,000 chips, nearly 20,000,000 more than any other player.
Lefrancois didn't slow down on Day 3. After a little more than nine hours of play on Day 3, just the final eight players remained in action and Lefrancois was still on top of the heap. His stack of 248,400,000 was nearly 16,000,000 more than the second-place stack of Dominik Nitsche. In addition to Nitsche, Lefrancois would have to look across the final table on Day 4 into the faces of players like Jan-Eric Schwippert, Davidi Kitai, and Stephen Chidwick, among others.
It wasn't an entirely smooth final day for Lefrancois, but after he eliminated Chidwick in third place, he held his chip lead going into the heads-up phase against Britain's Adam Owen. Owen wouldn't go down lightly, clawing himself into the chip lead early in heads-up play, but Lefrancois would prove too strong for him. Lefrancois regained the chip lead, and then powered through to take down the win, adding €1,700,000 (US$2,097,212) to his bankroll.
Unsurprisingly, it was a loud heads-up, with Lefrancois's French Canadian rail on one side, and the British rail of Owen on the other, but chatting with partypoker after the win, Lefrancois admitted it was a long slog to get there. "It has been exhausting, an exhausting four days especially with the two flights on Day 1. I tried to keep my focus even though I was pretty tired." He added that it was all a bit surreal. "You see these events and you just don't think you can win."
This win adds another title to Lefrancois's already long poker resume. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet back in 2010, as well as a Super High Roller event at last year's partypoker MILLIONS, Nottingham, but this win is the biggest score of his career by a large margin, and pushes his lifetime earnings over $5,000,000.