Chi Zhang Wins the €50K Super High Roller at the PartyPoker MILLIONS Germany for €800,000

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Chi Zhang Wins the €50K Super High Roller at the PartyPoker MILLIONS Germany for €800,000
14 Feb

British poker pro Chi Zhang topped the field in the €50,000 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany Super High Roller at the Kings Casino, winning €800,000.

The first ever partypoker MILLIONS Germany is taking place currently - counter-intuitively in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, at Leon Tsoukernik’s world-famous King’s Casino; nonetheless, only a few miles away from the German border. 

The highest buy-in event of the series, the €50,000+1,000 Super High Roller kicked off on February 12th. It drew a total of 47 entries, which meant that the eventual prize pool surpassed the originally guaranteed €1,000,000 by a long shot - it ballooned all the way up to €2,232,500.

Among the 47 players in the field there were some very recognizable names. The aforementioned casino owner, Tsoukernik bought in, so did Patrik Antonius and the “cream of the crop” of the young German players (discounting “retired” Fedor Holz who chose to stay away from this high roller): Schillabell, Vogelsang and Steffen Sontheimer who recently was referred to as “probably the best in the world” by Daniel Negreanu. Partypoker ambassadors Sam Trickett and Patrick Leonard also took a seat at the poker table.

However, none of the players mentioned above managed to make into the six paying positions - in fact, Antonius was the only one who even made it through Day1. 

Italian EPT champion Mustapha Kanit ended the first day with the biggest stack. He took over the chip lead late into the session after he scooped a big 3-bet pot: Timothy Adams, after calling the flop and checking back the turn, folded to Kanit’s little over half pot river bet on the JJ3 4 9 board.

Only 8 players returned for Day2, ready to battle it out at the final table - they knew two of them will go home empty-handed.

Big Tony was one of them, he was the first to bust - he lost his stack to Adams. The biggest name at the table, Antonius was the one who had to take the frustrating role of the stone bubble finisher, he shoved his pocket 6’s pre-flop and Adams, taking another victim, called with pocket 8’s. 

Adams got into the chip lead early in the day, but Kanit got very close to him in chips after busting Felipe Ramos - the Brazilian finished 5th, Dietrich Fast got knocked out before him.

Tobias Zeigner was next to go, leaving the remaining three players - Adams, Kanit and Zhang - with relatively same sized stacks. Zhang, who was short-stacked for a long time, dipping below 20 BBs at some point, eliminated Zeiger after he went all-in with A9 suited over Zeiger’s initial pre-flop shove - the bold move gained him over 4,000,000 chips.

Zhang also knocked out Adams - he checked his two pair on the river which induced a Queen-high all-in bluff from Adams - so the field narrowed down to the final two, Zhang vs. Kanit, with Zhang in an almost 2:1 chip lead.

The heads-up dual lasted for 55 hands during which Zhang was in the lead the whole time - at some point Kanit got within one big blind of his opponent after doubling up with pocket 5’s against KT suited, but about half an hour later, he busted - the tournament was over.

Mustapha Kanit limped with A9 suited on the button, Chi Zhang went all-in over his limp holding a pair of 4’s, the Italian called. The board fell Q75 T Q with not enough spades for Kanit, which meant Zhang triumphed in partypoker MILLIONS Germany Super High Roller.

Kanit later expressed his feelings about the tournament on Twitter -  it seems he’s happy with his result and motivated for his next poker tourney.

Meanwhile, Zhang scored the biggest live tournament cash of his career to date, pocketing an impressive  €800,000.

PartyPoker MILLIONS Germany €50K High Roller final results

1Chi Zhang
2Mustapha Kanit
3Timothy Adams
4Tobias Zeiger
5Felipe Ramos
6Dietrich Fast

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