Greek high-stakes pro Alexandros Theologis took down one of arguably the toughest fields of the 2021 GGPoker WSOP Online when he bested the 255-entry field of Event #21 ($25,000 Super High Roller Championship) to claim the $1,212,033 first-place prize and his first career World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
Theologis, currently ranked #40 in the world (#1 in Greece), put on an impressive final table performance en route to a career-high online score. He entered the day third in chips but amassed a formidable chip lead that kept his tough competition, including Kahle Burns, Adrian Mateos, and Anatoly Filatov, from ever really closing the gap.
The first elimination of the day arrived quickly when, with the blinds at 35,000/70,000, Timothy Nuter put in put in a raise of over 680,000 with , leaving himself just two big blind behind. Kahle Burns called from late position with the . The flop gave Nuter top pair, but it also brought Burns middle set. So, when Nuter open jammed for his final 140,000, Burns quickly called and his set held through the turn and river. Nuter ended in ninth place and picked up $151,503.
The early bustouts continued when, with the blinds at 40,000/80,000 a short-stacked Adrian Mateos moved all-in from the button for just over 10 big blinds with the and Theologis, in the big blind, snap-called holding . The flop came keeping pocket queens well ahead, but offering Mateos some back door outs. The turn was the , bringing Mateos a pair, however the river was no help to the three-time WSOP bracelet winner and Mateos was eliminated in eighth place for $196,476.
On the very next hand, Rui Ferreira shipped his final 840,000 all-in from under the gun with his . He was immediately called by next-to-act Wenjie Huang holding . The rest of the table got out of the way and the flop came down , bringing both top pair, but leaving Ferriera dominated. The turn was the , giving the top-10 ranked Ferriera three outs to the gutshot straight, but the was a miss and he bowed out in seventh place which was good for a $254,798 payday.
During the same level, Huang opened his from under the gun to 168,000, and Burns flat-called with the . Then, on the button, Brazilian Eduardo Silva three-bet shoved his final nine big blind with the . When the action returned to Huang, he called and Burns came along as well. The flop came , and both Huang and Burns checked. The turn came the , and Huang led for 600,000 and Burns called. The hit Burns, giving him top pair and when the action checked through, he dragged the pot and sent Silva to the rail in sixth place for $330,432.
It took nearly thirty minutes of five-handed play for the next elimination. With the blind up to 60,000/120,000 Anatoly Filatov opened to 240,000 on the button with . After Theologis folded the small blind, Mark Radoja shipped all-in with the . Filatov made the call and after the flop came , Radoja was drawing dead. A meaningless and came on the turn and river respectively and Radjoa finished up in fifth place for $428,518.
Although he picked up some momentum from the knockout of Radoja, Filatov’s fortunes turned when play got to four-handed. With the blinds up to 70,000/140,000 Filatov was on the short stack when he moved all in from the small blind holding and was called by the chip leading Theologis in the big blind with . The flop came , giving Filatov a pair, but leaving Theologis with both pair and straight outs. The turn was the but the river gave Theologis the best hand and sent Filatov out in fourth for $555,719, the second-highest score of his online career.
Five hands later, a critical pot took place when Theologis put in a small raise from the small blind holding and with more than 34 big blind in his stack, Huang pushed all-in with . Theologis essentially snap-called which build a pot of nearly 10 million. The flop came , leaving Huang looking for the , the only card that would save him. But the hit the turn and the completed the board, ending Huang’s run in third place for $720,678 and giving Theologis a massive chip lead.
Theologis started his heads-up battle with Burns with a nearly seven-to-one advantage and while Burns held his ground for the roughly 20-minute match, Theologis was able to use his stack to take it down.
On the final hand, the pair found themselves all-in preflop, Burns holding a dominating to Theologis’ . The flop looked good for Burns. When the came on the turn, Burns looked like he was in good shape to double. But one of Theologis’ three outs, the spiked on the river, giving him the hand. Burns settled for second place and a $934,604 payday while Alexandros Theologis earned the $1,212,032 first-place prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
WSOP Online $25,000 Super High Roller Final Table
- Alexandros Theologis – $1,212,033
- Kahle Burns – $934,604
- Wenjie Huang – $720,679
- Anatoly Filatov – $555,720
- Mark Radoja – $428,518
- Eduardo Silva – $330,433
- Rui Ferreira – $254,798
- Adrian Mateos – $196,476
- Timothy Nuter – $151,504