partypoker hosts worldwide live tournaments with huge pay-outs and guarantees. These tournaments also see participation in huge numbers. MILLIONS UK recently returned for Season 2 of the prestigious partypoker LIVE tour! The five-event festival boasted £8.5M in prizes, including the £5M GTD Main Event. The action was held at the home of UK Poker – Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham.
For the Main Event, before the action headed live to Dusk Till Dawn, an Online Day 1 took place on Sunday 30th September. A total of three days were then played from 1st October. After five intense days, the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event Champion was crowned.
Ioannis Angelou-Konstas conquered 1,014 other hopefuls after defeating Alex Foxen heads-up for a whopping £940,000 in prize money along with the partypoker trophy. The stacked final table featured many poker superstars who wouldn’t be out of place in any of the big tournaments all over the world. Konstas is a Greek player with best live cash of $1,237,557 and total live cashes of $2.1 million. Also, he’s 4th on Greece’s all-time money list.
The day started with nine players returning to the unofficial final table. Eliminations happened in quick succession after which the game slowed down with chips moving back and forth. Eventually, the final table was left with the final two – Ioannis Angelou-Konstas and Alex Foxen.
Heads-up, Konstas had a commanding chip lead with almost 90% of all the chips in play in his stack. A deal was discussed but not agreed upon. Ten minutes into heads-up play, Foxen doubled up with pocket sixes against the queen-nine of Angelou-Konstas. After the double-up, they both agreed to a deal where Foxen would take GBP 720,000 and Angelou-Konstas was ensured of GBP 840,000. GBP 100,000 and the trophy would be going to the eventual winner.
Twenty minutes later, the board read king-ace-four-three-ten, and Angelou-Konstas held the nuts with queen-jack for the straight. Angelou-Konstas check-shoved on Foxen’s bet and Foxen tank-called reluctantly with pocket eights. And just like that, the tournament was over after almost ten hours of play on the final day with Angelou-Konstas knocking out 5 players on the final table.
After the win an overwhelmed Angelou-Konstas said, “I am in shock, I literally am in shock I think. I tried to compose myself all day and last night. I slept alright; I slept like six hours. But I tried to keep cool because I knew, even though I was first in the chip counts, that doesn’t mean you’ll win. So, you have to play your best. And I did, and I got lucky. A lot of the guys on the table were tough opponents, I respect them all, but Alex was probably the toughest. His stare is so intense, it made me feel uncomfortable, and he’s also really good at playing.”
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