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Manuel Ruivo wins 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online

6 Dec 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Portugal’s Manuel “Sheparentao” Ruivo, living in the Netherlands, is the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online champion, an accolade that came with a massive $2,329,943 first-place prize following a heads-up deal with Pim “ForMatherRussia” de Goede.

Twenty-nine players returned to the partypoker tables on 5 December, each guaranteed $65,505 for their efforts. With $2,729,376 awaiting the champion, nobody wanted to collect this smaller sum.

The waters were a little less infested with sharks when two Goliaths clashed on Table 18. Christopher “Ad_Finem” Kruk moved all-in for 237 million chips, and Chance “ChanceSeeYou” Kornuth called off his 138 million stack. Kornuth had top pair, Kruk revealed pocked aces and sent Kornuth to the rail in 22nd place.

Kruk would go on to bust in 11th place for $163,762 when his hand couldn’t get there against the pocket fours of “COL_Moutarde,” who flopped a set for good measure.

Once the eight-handed final table was set, De Goede held a massive 1,588,165,265 chips – yes, 1.5 billion – with COL_MOutarde being his nearest rival, in terms of chips, with a 626,714,202 stack. This put de Goede in a prime spot to bully his opponents, and bully he did, moving all in regularly and putting his foes to the test for their entire stacks.

Lithuania’s “orginALUS” was the first casualty of the final table. They called a shove from Pedro “Maddonaa” Marques to find themselves up against the inferior hand. The Lithuanian only stayed ahead until the flop, although they did have an open-ended straight draw. That draw failed to come in as the turn and river fell four of diamonds and two of diamonds.

De Goede then sent the start-of-day chip leader “wheatforsheep” to the rail and accumulated half of the chips in play as a result. Wheatforsheep jammed all in for around 12 big blinds from the small blind and de Goede snapped him off in the big blind. A final board reading sealed wheatforsheep’s fate.

Sixth place and a cool $655,050 went to COL_Moutarde after a clash with de Goede. The action folded to COL_Moutarde on the button, and he pushed all-in for 12 or so big blinds. De Goede called in the big blind, which improved to a straight on the turn.

The last player not to be made into a millionaire in this event was “j2805667,” who thought all of their Christmases had come at once when they found ace of clubs and jack of hearts in the hole while nursing a stack of less than four big blinds. That handful of chips went into the middle and Manuel “Sheparentao” Ruivo called. A queen on the turn proved enough to bust j2805667 in fifth place, a finish worth $818,813.

De Goede continued his one-man wrecking spree by sending Marques to the rail, his hand besting the hand of Marques. He then sent Slovenia’s “Scarmak3r” to the rail when his hand prevailed against the Slovenian’s hand — a fantastic result for Scarmak3r who qualified for MILLIONS Online for only $5.50 and turned that into a colossal $1,364,688.

Scarmak3r’s elimination made the stacks of the final two players almost even, and with a pay jump of $818,813, it was no surprise the final pair decided to pause the tournament and discuss a deal. Those discussion bore fruit, leaving de Goede to walk away with $2,309,994 and crowning Ruivo the 2018 MILLIONS Online champion with a prize of $2,329,943.

Final table results
1 Manuel “Sheparentao” Ruivo Netherlands $2,329,943
2 Pim “ForMatherRussia” de Goede Malta $2,309,994
3 Scarmak3r Slovenia $1,364,687
4 Pedro “Maddonaa” Marques Netherlands $1,091,750
5 j2805667 Malta $818,812
6 COL_Moutarde Canada $655,050
7 wheatforsheep Mexico $491,287
8 orginALUS Lithuania $327,525

(Article courtesy of partypoker)
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