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partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event won by Francois Billard for CAD$961,400

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Posted on 29 May 2019 by "K".

After a total of five days of play which involved a tough 6-man final table action that transpired for 14 hours, a winner has finally emerged, and it was Canadian poker player Francois Billard.

2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America Main Event

  • CAD$10,300 buy-in, $5M guaranteed
  • Dates: May 13 to 26, 2019
  • Venue: Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada

The 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America CAD$10,300 NLHE Main Event had a total of 521 players signed up, thereby exceeding the CAD$5 million guarantee by over CAD$200,000.

The man from Montreal scooped up CAD$961,400 (or USD $715,414), currently his biggest live tournament win in his poker journey. His total live earnings are now $2,908,348 according to The Hendon mob.

The fifth and last day of the event commenced with only 6 players left, with Kevin Rabichow in the chip lead with more than 110 blinds, while Billard had the second biggest stack at 90 big blinds.

Rabichow sent Danick Landriault to the rail so he settled at 6th place for USD$186,035.

The remaining five players battled it out for 140 hands in about 6 hours. The second knockout came from Billard, who sent Fontan into 5th place for USD$223,241.

A few hands later into three-handed play, Billard was leading with over half the chips in his possession. Following a dinner break, the three pros struck a deal to split most of the remaining prize money, leaving approximately CAD$212,370 (USD$158,000) in play for the top winner.

Jouhkimainen had to settle for third place when his Q-6 was bested by Billard’s A-J.

The final two-man showdown was between Kevin Rabichow and Francois Billard, with the latter having a chip advantage of 2.5-to-1. They did their best to outwit each other for 37 hands until the final hand came up.

Rabichow had J-10

Billard got 10-9

The board ran K-9-8-10-6, making Billard the last man standing for this event.

Billard believed he won thanks to his aggressive play during the final table. He said, “Maybe I pushed the action a little too much at times, so I don’t know if it was the right strategy, but it worked out in the end.”


Final Table Results



Prize (CAD)

Prize (USD)


Francois Billard





Kevin Rabichow





Joni Jouhkimainen





Alexandros Kolonias





Paul Fontan





Danick Landriault





Ben Heath





Ruben Perceval





Armin Rezaei




*a three-way deal was made

Watch the final hand below:

If you’ve been keen on participating at partypoker’s MILLIONS events, don’t forget that you are eligible for getting a £10,300 seat at the MILLIONS UK scheduled in January 2020, absolutely for FREE!



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12 comments on "partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event won by Francois Billard for CAD$961,400"

 Mober29/05/2019 10:37:22 GMT
A big tournament, that had a great return for the winner and the money invested
in it for the buy in.
A long tournament also, that lasted for five days with only the final table,
lasting for fourteen hours.
I still wonder how they last so ling playing the game, and im not talking about stamina Smile How they dont get bored with it, playing whatever Smile
 dule-vu29/05/2019 12:42:16 GMT
this is very nice amount for this investment of arround 7500 american dollars!now he can invest in main WSOP tournament and some other side events!who know where his end will be,when he have now this amount on bank account,over 700 K dollars!
 CALICUL29/05/2019 18:00:14 GMT
We always talk about the winners bot nobody talks about those who lost. How disappointed they are. I mean those who paid the entrance with the money down, not about the players who entered with the satellites. It's hard or easy for they to lose that amount? About the winner is very happy now and the others who had good profit same.
 pajalnick29/05/2019 21:28:23 GMT
Of course, the output fee for the game in this tournament was quite large .... more than $ 10,000 ... but there was a great chance .... this man was lucky ... and his poker game was the strongest in this tournament .... 10,000 dollars to win almost a million dollars is certainly a wonderful win .. very cool
 CALICUL31/05/2019 19:29:07 GMT
I would like players who lose and win nothing to be interviewed to find out their opinions. When a player win, we all know what's going on but the stories of those who lose are rarely found. This is the reason for which i am curious to find out their opinions.

 Nightkid01/06/2019 11:06:04 GMT
Congratulations to the Canadian Francois Billard for winning the main partypoker event "MILLIONS" and for having taken a beautiful pot of $ 961,400 that would not be too small for me, but God willing that one day I will be given an opportunity to win something. similar Cool Cool Cool
 CALICUL02/06/2019 07:44:30 GMT
This is a real tournament. Too much money and almost a million of dolars for 1st place. It is a different final table with many Europeans and Canadians and only one north american even if the tournament was played in Sua. Anyway this game was nice.
 pajalnick02/06/2019 10:27:46 GMT
Of course, there should be a tournament for cool players who can afford a lot of entry fees with a probability to win a huge prize .... but there should also be tournaments for ordinary players who bet small and, therefore, the winnings are not very big .... of course It is interesting to watch for major tournaments .... but but I understand that for me this is unattainable
 Nightkid02/06/2019 12:15:32 GMT
Well, I think that anyone has the opportunity, only that the only thing that sometimes prevents us from being able to participate in events like these in the economic issue, nothing more ... besides playing something like that, I think it would be useful for anyone to be able to be with some more expert players or with more years in the game Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile
 dule-vu02/06/2019 15:31:50 GMT
I spent lot of money in my life on casino games and it was really big amounts,but dont think that I will spend this kind of money on one buy in at poker tournament!even if I have 100 K on bank account!but ofcourse its good when you watch them!
 bowie198403/06/2019 16:16:42 GMT
Conidering this was a 'North America' event there are fery few actual northamericans ended up on the final table it seems. Congrats to the winner of course, this guy seem to know how to enjoy life to the fullest...
 CALICUL06/06/2019 09:17:12 GMT
Sometimes the Americans have good games with a lot of money and is not playing in Las Vegas. About that there are many powerful cities in the USA like New York, Chicago, Washington etc ... which could form more good tournaments per year Many people would like this.

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