The MILLIONS UK event often draws a huge crowd, and as usual, the High Roller series had a stacked table during the finale where the best game emerged and Joao Vieira won the top prize.
With about 95 entrants and over $800000 up for grabs, the final group gathered around the final table for the last showdown. In the end, an extremely dominant Joao Vieira sheds off all his opponents and captured the main trophy after beating the likes of Kahle Burns.
With the last day starting with 17 participants, not everyone in this group would have a taste of the main prize. Just 13 players reached the final table. However, the last group did not include the four who made it to the last day minus a reward. The first one in this group to head out was Marcel Luske.
However, he was quickly followed out by Daniel Rezaei, then later on by Tibor Nagygyorgy as well as Bruno Fitoussi. This gave those still left in the game a run for the impetus to win.
With the elimination of Pro Kristen Bicknell and Sirzat Hissou, the play reached the final when John Duthie, was shown the door for making the mistake of bluffing Joao Vieira.
Under the spotlight at the finale table, Anatoly Filatov was the other person to leave the game after moving in all his seven-eight against Joao Vieira’s ace-seven.
At this point, some eight players were still in their seats. Pictures were taken and the game resumed with eyes on the top prize. Fahad Althani went out in the 8th place while Michael Sklenicka followed suit in 7th as the two fell victim to the tactics of Igor Kurganov.
Burns ended up getting the best of Kurganov after he picked up an ace while Kurganov held kings. He raised, Burns called while Joao Vieira picked up the play with queens. Once Kurganov shoved, and Burns called, Vieira made a careful, yet useful, fold in the end.
Unfortunately, Kurganov was not able to find a king to help him stay in the race for the top prize. A while later, Finnish poker player Joni Jouhkimainen was short stacked. He was not able to hit and just like that, the game was reduced to three players.
With the same zeal, the game moved on with the same orbit. After waiting close to four hours for another player to drop off the game, the rail was left with only two remaining to cheer the game on. With a 2 to 1 chip lead, Vieira issued an attack and there was nothing that Kahle Burns could use as a defence mechanism. Once Burns got access to an ace-deuce, he went all-in on Vieira. This was a great end to the tournament with some great prizes in Nottingham in 2020.