Live Tournament round-up: Kitai wins MILLIONS SHR; Davenport wins WSOPC title

A round-up of the live tournament action in Barcelona and throughout the United States, including a victory for Davidi Kitai in a €25k MILLIONS Grand Final Super High Roller in Barcelona, and a win for David Davenport in the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event in Council Bluffs.

May is going to be a blockbuster of a month for online poker players, and April seems to be shaping up similarly for players who prefer a more intimate surrounding.

Live Tournament Round-Up: Kitai wins MILLIONS SHR; Davenport wins WSOPC titleHere are some of the most significant scores earned throughout the world in the past 24-48 hours.

We will begin in Barcelona, and the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final. Yesterday, I shared the news that Andreas Eiler had defeated 88-entrants to take the €700,000 first prize in the first of four Super High Rollers, and now I can inform you that Belgium’s finest poker export, Davidi Kitai, has beaten 90-entrants to win the second event for the same amount.

partypoker once again reached the €2m Guarantee with €2,182,500 filling the kitty. The Triple Crown winner overcame a final table that included the Global Poker Index (GPI) #1 Adrian Mateos, the former Triton Super Series Main Event winner Manig Loeser, and a host of top rated Americans including the recent Super High Roller Bowl China winner Justin Bonomo.

Kitai added the MILLIONS Super High Roller trophy to his three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, European Poker Tour (EPT) and World Poker Tour (WPT) titles after recovering from a 7:1 heads-up chip deficit against the Spaniard Juan Pardo Dominguez.

Final Table Results

1. Davidi Kitai – €700,000
2. Juan Pardo Dominguez – €450,000
3. Kamal Beijani – €325,000
4. Adrian Mateos – €215,000
5. Manig Loeser – €162,500
6. Ryan Riess – €120,000
7. Jake Schindler – €90,000
8. Justin Bonomo – €60,000

David Davenport Wins the WSOPC Main Event in Council Bluffs 

Live Tournament Round-Up: Kitai wins MILLIONS SHR; Davenport wins WSOPC titleComing into 2017, David Davenport only had one score on his live tournament resume – a 414th place finish in the WSOP Main Event. Davenport is a cash game player, but at the start of last year, he decided to dabble in the game of egos.

“I usually get bored of them {tournaments},” Davenport told the WSOP press. “It’s hard for me to sit for days.”

After finishing 19th in the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Main Event in Cherokee, and then finishing fourth in the WSOPC High Roller in Foxwoods, Davenport allowed his best friend and wife to convince him to stump up the $1,675 buy-in for the Council Bluffs Main Event and went and won it.

The physician took his scalpel to the WSOP bracelet winner, Jeffrey Tebben, during the heads-up action to earn the $97,754 first prize; an amount that may convince him that it’s worth playing in a few more of these ‘boring’ events. 

Final Table Results

1. David Davenport – $97,754
2. Jeffrey Tebben – $60,401
3. Andrew Van Blair – $43,639
4. Jeff Banghart – $32,116
5. Kevin McLaughlin – $24,060
6. Kosta Sengos – $18,334
7. Mike Vanier – $14,204
8. Robert Kent – $11,184
9. William McCracken – $8,946

Two other pros who can look at themselves in the bus window with pride are Joshua Reichard (18th) and Bernard Lee (24th).

The Best of the Rest 

Greg Himmelbrand won his second Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Main Event in the past three years after topping a field of 635 entrants in Potawatomi. Himmelbrand picked up $125,598 for the win, the third highest score of his career.

Steven Bennett won the opening event of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Hollywood, Florida. Bennett defeated a field of 3,030 entrants in the $570 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry event for $186,308 after cutting a four way deal.

Finally, Adam Curchack is the proud owner of a WPTDeepStacks Main Event title after besting a field of 724 entrants in the Thunder Valley Casino. Lincoln. Curchak placed fourth in this event two years ago.