partypoker MILLIONS EUROPE High Roller Round-Up: Zhang, Kisacikoglu and Troyanovskiy star

partypoker MILLIONS Europe joins MILLIONS South America and North America as nothing more than a memory. It wasn’t a series that saw the High Rollers continually choosing rock against everybody else’s scissors, but there are a few standout performances to note.

As they did in Sochi last year, partypoker laid out the red carpet for Triton to host two high roller events. The most expensive buy-in was the €100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Triton Super High Roller, and Orpen Kisacikoglu took it down for his first major high roller victory.

It was as well-deserved as victories go when you consider that Kisacikoglu has made the final table of 13 $10k+ buy-in events in the past two-years. Outside of the Turkish All-Time Money Earner, there were a few more stars attracting attention.

Vladimir Troyanovskiy was one of five high rollers to cash in two events. The Russian added his runner-up finish to a sixth-place finish in the €10,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. Cary Katz also cashed twice, finishing fifth in this one, and fourth in the €25k No-Limit Hold’em Triton Short-Deck.

There was also a continuance of heat from the Triton Super High Roller Series in London. Ben Heath finished third in the £100,000 event in London for £1.35m, and also ended in the same position in this one. Wai Kin Yong won £4.4m in London with a victory in the £100,000 No-Limit Hold’em, and a runner-up finish in the £100,000 Short-Deck. Yong finished fourth.

There was also an ITM finish for Kristen Bicknell. It’s great to see the highest rank female player in the Global Poker Index (GPI) competing in the high rollers with a greater frequency.

€100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Triton Super High Roller

ITM Results

  1. Orpen Kisacikoglu – €1,040,000
  2. Vladimir Troyanovskiy – €710,000
  3. Ben Heath – €455,000
  4. Wai Kin Yong – €349,000
  5. Cary Katz – €273,000
  6. Kristen Bicknell – €213,000

Tony G took down the €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Triton Short-Deck event. Yake Wu, who finished runner-up to the former Member of European Parliament (MEP), also finished 25th in the €10,300 MILLIONS Europe Main Event.

€25,500 No-Limit Hold’em Triton Short-Deck

ITM Results

  1. Tony G – €237,250
  2. Yake Wu – €163,000
  3. Leon Tsoukernik – €104,500
  4. Cary Katz – €75,500
  5. Choon Tong Siow – €61,000

It’s unusual for the high roller scene to see new faces, but Michael Zhang is threatening to be a stable representative.

Zhang won the €25,500 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller, and also finished 13th in the €10,300 No-Limit High Roller. Zhang also had a decent showing in Triton London finishing sixth in the £100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.

Outside of Zhang, Triton’s leading ITM finisher, Paul Phua, finished fourth, and Steffen Sontheimer – who missed Triton London – finished fifth in addition to his 25th place finish in the €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em MILLIONS Open.

€25,500 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller

ITM Results

  1. Michael Zhang – €350,000
  2. Tom Vogelsang – €230,000
  3. Selahaddin Bedir – €160,000
  4. Paul Phua – €112,500
  5. Steffen Sontheimer- €85,000
  6. Choon Siow – €60,000

Ivan Gabrieli conquered a 101-entrant field in the €10,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. Finishing ITM in that one was Michael Addamo (2nd), David Peters (4th), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (6th), Ryan Riess (9th), Philipp Gruissem (11th) and Michael Zhang (13th).

Finally, Lukas Zaskodny took down the MILLIONS Europe Main Event for €906,770, but for the longest time, Charlie Carrel looked the likeliest to win. The Triton London £50,000 winner came into the final table with the chip lead, but nothing went his way. Carrel eventually crashed out of the event in seventh place. Sam Grafton, who recently competed, and cashed, in the $50,000 and $100,000 during the World Series of Poker (WSOP), had another great run, finishing fifth. Yake Wu was the only other high rolling reg who finish ITM in the Main Event, finishing in 25th place.

The next partypoker MILLIONS event is MILLIONS World in the Bahamas, Nov 15-24. There will be a $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller, a $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller, and two $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Rollers. The Baha Mar Resort will also host a $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas, a joint venture between Poker Central and partypoker.