Taylor Black Shines Brightest in Partypoker Live Millions Finale

May 4th, 2018 | by Kaycee James

The Partypoker Live Millions festival in North America has come to a close after California’s Taylor Black took down the CAN$5,300 buy-in Main Event (US$4,100) on May 2.

Taylor Black Bicycle Casino.

Taylor Black playing at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino prior to his Partypoker Live Millions victory in Canada. (Image: Bicycle Casino blog)

With the cashiers inside the Playground Poker Club, Kahnawake Canada, collecting a total of 1,954 buy-ins and the prizepool set at CAN$10 million (US$7.5 MILLION), the stars were out in force.

But as the likes of Shaun Deeb, Jeff Gross and Manig Loeser fell short of the final table, it was Taylor who came into his own.

A Strong Start for Black

Starting the finale in second place, Black was able to sit tight for the first few rounds while Guillaume Nolet hit the rail. With that elimination opening the floodgates, the eventual winner sprang into action and delivered a fatal blow to Tommy Nguyen with J♦8♣.

After three-betting pre-flop, Black took his time with top pair on the 8♥5♦3♣board. By the time a second eight appeared on the turn, the Santa Cruz native knew he was ahead and eventually dropped the hammer when the 6♣fell on the river.

Virtually pot committed, Nguyen called an all-in with 9♦6♠before mucking his two pair and leaving the table in eighth place. With the field down to seven, Black managed to maintain his lead until it was just Darryll Fish standing in his way.

A Stronger Finish for American Pro

Despite holding a 3:1 chip lead over his opponent at the start of the match, Black had to wait almost two hours before he could clinch his first Partypoker Live Millions title. Eventually, the final had saw a pre-flop raising war result in Fish getting it all in on a 9♦6♥4♥flop holding Q♠9♠.

With a pair of aces in the hole, Black called and watched with a smile as the 6♠and Q♥completed the board. Speaking to the Partypoker Live team after the biggest win of his career, Black was jubilant but almost lost for words.

“It feels great, it’s hard to describe. You play a million tournaments and to actually win one is really awesome,” Black told Partypoker’s reporters after the win.

Partypoker Live Millions North America Main Event Result

1stTaylor Black – $1,093,425

2ndDarryll Fish – $937,221

3rdAnthony Ruberto – $781,018

4thMarkus Prinz – $624,814

5thCharles La Boissonniere – $468,610

6thDemo Kiriopoulos – $312,407

7thGeorge Lagos – $236,257

8thTommy Nguyen – $167,918

9thGuillaume Nolet – $117,152

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