James Romero has won the 2020 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS South America $25,500 Super High Roller held in the Enjoy Punta del Este Resort & Casino in Punta del Este, Uruguay live on PokerGO. Romero won $325,000 and the trophy by beating Marty Mathis heads-up. Mathis had to settle for $213,750. 

Mathis had an incredible 2019 when he won the Main Event of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS South America, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and South America proves to be kind to him as this result today became the second-largest score of his career. 

Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 James Romero United States $350,000
2 Marty Mathis United States $213,750
3 Jacob Daniels United States $150,000
4 Ivan Luca Argentina $100,000
5 Francisco Benitez Uruguay $60,000

Relive the Poker Central Live Reporting of this event right here.

Of the 35 total entries, 15 started the final day of the $25,500 Super High Roller with Mathis in the lead followed by Romero. Jack Sinclair was the first player to bust followed by Leo Fernandez, Sergio Iralasky, and Rainer Kempe before Brazilians Brunno Botteon de Albuquerque and partypoker PRO Joao Simao were the last to miss out on the final table. 

Final Table
Final Table

The first one to exit the final table was Polish partypoker PRO Dzmitry Urbanovich. He lost against the eventual third-place finisher Jacob Daniels after Urbanovich wasn’t able to hit his combo draw. Roberto José Sarga busted in seventh place and Scotland’s all-time money list leader Niall Farrell was eliminated on the bubble when he wasn’t able to win with eights against the queen-ten of Daniels. 

Daniels had about 40% of the chips in play in front of him when they reached the money and all players were guaranteed to take home at least $60,000. Francisco Benitez had about five big blinds when they reached the money and he was the first player sent to the cashier. Daniels put Benitez all in when it folded to Daniels in the small blind and he had him dominated with ace-ten against ten-eight. No eights on the board and Daniels eliminated Benitez. 

It was then Ivan Luca who couldn’t win with ace-six against the king-nine of Romero to finish in fourth for $100,000. Daniels, who still had over 50% of the chips in play then lost two big hands in a row against Romero to collect $150,000 for his third-place finish. 

The heads-up match lasted a little longer than an hour and Mathis managed to come back to even take over the chip lead at one point in the match. The players never got the money in the middle, however, until the final hand of the night commenced. At first, Mathis tried to bluff Romero but the bluff was picked off and Romero took the chip lead. In the last hand of the night, Romero won with ace-ten against the queen-jack of Mathis. 

That was all for the $25,500 Super High Roller coverage at the 2020 partypoker MILLIONS South America but the Main Event is already underway and Day 1b starts tomorrow where Mathis can try to defend his Main Event title. 

James Romero and Marty Mathis
James Romero and Marty Mathis
Joao Simao, Brunno Botteon, Dzmitry Urbanovich, James Romero, Marty Mathis, Francisco Benitez, Ivan Luca, Jacob Daniels