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  1. It’s been a career week for Russian nosebleed tournament crusher Artur Martirosian who, after winning the Super High Roller Bowl Europe’s $100K SHR for a career-best score of $1.4 million earlier this week, proceeded to take down this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$ for the second time in his career, earning another $325,957. Martirosian continued to make a name for himself by battling against the best, and the Super MILLION$ final table was no exception. New Zealand’s David Yan held the chip lead at the start of the day and joining him in the final nine was Aleks Ponakovs, Pascal Hartmann, Aram Zobian, and eventual runner-up, Samuel ‘€urop€an’ Vousden. It all got started with Philadelphia online poker legend Mark Herm as he was enjoying just his second career Super MILLION$ final table. Unfortunately for the longtime PocketFiver, his stay didn’t last terribly long. Although he started day third in chips he was first out when he lost the bulk of his stack five-betting [poker card="qs"][poker card="5c"] against David Yan’s [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] and was forced to fold when Yan six-bet moved all-in. After that, Herm found himself short-stacked. With the blinds at 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante) Yan raised to 80,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="kc"][poker card="js"] and Herm moved all-in for just under 20 big blinds. In the small blind Wei Zhao reshoved all-in for more than 1.3 million and the rest of the field folded. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"] giving Herm open-ended straight draw outs. But the [poker card="6h"] turn and [poker card="8h"] turn didn’t help him and Herm hit the rail in ninth place for $45,100. Less than ten minutes later, Mario Mosboeck opened from under the gun to 200,000 holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] and when it folded to Yan on the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"], he just flat called. The blinds folded and the duo took a flop of [poker card="jc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"]. Mosboeck pushed his final 206,000 in the middle and Yan snap-called. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and the river came the [poker card="8s"] eliminating Mosboeck in eighth for $57,750. Seven-handed play last until the blinds reached 40,000/80,000 (10,000) when ’Pusha T’ (Aram Zobian), with just five big blinds, moved all-in from the button with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="5h"] and Samuel Vousden made the call from the small blind with his [poker card="as"][poker card="td"]. The board ran out [poker card="jd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="3h"][poker card="qs"][poker card="2s"] keeping Vousden’s ace-high ahead the whole time and bringing him some much needed breathing room. ‘Pusha T’, who started the day eighth in chips, laddered into seventh place and walked away with $73,948. Four hands later, Aleks Ponakovs, who had been grinding fewer than five big blinds, opened from middle position with [poker card="5s"][poker card="5h"] to 192,000, leaving himself less than a small blind behind. Martirosian, the new chip leader, moved all-in for more than 7.7 million with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"] and when everyone folded, Ponakovs made the call. The [poker card="5d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="qh"] flop brought a set for Ponakovs and put him at greater than 90% to win the hand. The [poker card="8d"] turn however brought Martirosian both straight and flush outs. The [poker card="3d"] river brought in the runner-runner flush and Ponakovs settled for sixth place and $94,689. During the same level, Zhao quickly saw his 2.2 million chip stack crumble. First he moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="js"][poker card="4s"] into Vousden in the big blind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"]. The pocket eights held and as Vousden doubled, Zhao was quickly the short stack. Two hands later Zhao moved all-in for 1.1 million with [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] and Pascal Hartmann in the small blind woke up with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qc"] and quickly called. Hartmann was at risk when the flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"], bringing Zhao a straight flush draw. The turn was the [poker card="kc"] and Zhao scored the jack-high flush. But the river was [poker card="4c"], shipping the pot to Hartmann’s queen-high flush and Zhao was left with one small blind. Zhao busted two hands later and finished up in fifth place for $121,247. Again, it took only one hand after a bustout for another to occur. At 50,000/100,000 (12,500 ante) Martirosian opened from the cutoff to 200,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"]. Vousden called in the small blind with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] and when it reached Hartmann in the big blind, he made it 1.9 million to go, leaving himself 300,000 behind. Martirosian shipped the big stack, Vousden folded his sixes and Hartmann committed the rest of his stack. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ad"], allowing Martirosian’s kicker to play and ending Hartmann’s tournament in fourth place, good for $155,254. On the last hand of the level, Vousden raised the button to 200,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] and, after Martirosian folded his small blind, Yan, sitting on the short stack shipped for more than 1 million with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"]. Vousden called and was out ahead on the [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2s"] flop. The turn was [poker card="8h"], leaving Yan drawing dead to the [poker card="js"] river. Yan’s third-place results earned him $198,800. Heads-up play started with Martirosian having roughly a two-to-one chip lead over Vousden. However, play was still plenty deep with Vousden holding more than 30 big blinds. After an extensive heads-up battle, Martirosian grinded Vousden down to a six-to-one deficit as the blinds went up to 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante). On the final hand, Vousden limped the button with [poker card="th"][poker card="td"] and Martirosian checked his option with his [poker card="8h"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5h"] flop provided all the necessary fireworks. Martirosian checked to Vousden who put in a bet of 240,000. Martirosian check-raised to 608,000 and when the action returned to Vousden he moved all-in. Martirosian called and needed some help. That help arrived when the [poker card="9d"] gave Martirosian two pair and then it was Vousden looking for one of his many outs. The [poker card="3s"] was not one of them and Vousden ended up as the runner-up, collecting $254,559. Artur Martirosian scored his second career Super MILLION$ title and collected the $325,957 first-place prize. GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table (8/31) Artur Martirosian - $325,957 Samuel Vousden - $254,559 David Yan - $198,800 Pascal Hartmann - $155,254 Wei Zhao - $121,247 Aleks Ponakovs - $94,689 ‘Pusha T’ - $73,948 Mario Mosboeck - $57,750 Mark Herm - $45,100
  2. It was a dominating day for Michael Addamo at the final table of this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$ as he eliminated every single player at the table en route to his record-best fourth career Super MILLION$ title and the $325,957 first-place prize. All early signs pointed to Addamo walking away with the win, from his overwhelming chip lead at the start of the day to the frequency that he woke up with premium starting hands. He went wire-to-wire and was never really in danger of losing his lead despite being up against a lineup of online poker’s elite including Ludovic Geilich, Isaac Haxton, Bert Stevens, and the current #1-ranked player in the world Yuri Dzivielevski. A little more than twenty minutes into the final table, with the blinds at 25,000/50,000 (6,000 ante), Addamo got it started when he opened to 100,000 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"]. When the action folded to Aleks Ponakovs in the hijack with [poker card="td"][poker card="th"] he moved all-in for more than 1.1 million which Addamo quickly called. The flop came [poker card="7h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="9d"] bringing Ponskovs additional open-ended straight outs. However, the turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river came the [poker card="7d"] giving Addamo a full house and sending Ponakovs out in ninth place with a $45,100 payday. The very next hand, Addamo again opened for 100,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kh"]. ‘Aunty_Ninja’ three-bet to 250,000 holding the [poker card="jh"][poker card="jc"] and Ludovic Geilich (playing under his screen name ‘Gr4vyB04t’) four-bet to 518,675 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"], leaving himself just two big blinds behind. Action quickly returned to Addamo who moved all-in, forcing ‘Aunty_Ninja’ to fold her pocket jacks. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2h"] giving Addamo’s pocket kings the pot as Geilich hit the rail in eighth place for $57,750. Addamo made it three victims in a row when on the next hand it folded to former #1-ranked Bert Stevens in the small blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"] and he moved all-in for 12 big blinds. Addamo picked up [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"] in the big blind and made the call. The flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] giving Stevens some life by picking up a flush draw. The turn was the [poker card="8s"], keeping Addamo’s king-high in the lead and when the [poker card="3h"] river hit, Addamo completed the three-hand hat trick and sent Stevens home in seventh place for $73,948. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000 (7,500 ante) the current #1-ranked online pro in the world, Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski, opened to 120,00 on the button with [poker card="js"][poker card="jc"]. After Addamo folded his small blind, New Zealand’s ‘Aunty_Ninja’ moved all-in for more than 1.1 million holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] and Dzivielevski, with slightly fewer chips, made the call. The flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"], keeping Dzivielevski’s pocket jacks as the favorite. The turn was the [poker card="6h"], giving ‘Aunty_Ninja’ additional flush outs to go with her overcards. But the river came the [poker card="8c"] and Dzivielevski found a much-needed double up while ‘Aunty_Ninja’ was left crippled. Two hands later ‘Aunty_Ninja’ was out of the tournament in sixth place for $94,689 when she moved all-in with her final big blind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="3c"] against two players, one of which was Addamo who made a king-high flush on the river. In the next level, 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante), Addamo again went to battle with a premium hand. He opened from under the gun to 160,000 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jc"] and Francisco Benitez quickly shipped his remaining ten big blinds with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"]. Holding a massive chip lead still, Addamo made the call and there was little drama as the board ran out [poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="ac"] shipping another pot to Addamo and eliminating Benitez in fifth place for $121,247 Two orbits later, down to four players, the action folded to Addamo in the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] and he put in a raise to 280,000. In the big blind, former Super MILLION$ champ Isaac Haxton picked up [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"] and decided to make a stand, shipping all-in for just over 2.6 million in chips. It didn’t take but a second for Addamo to make the call, putting Haxton at risk. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"] flop kept Addamo in the lead. The turn was the [poker card="5h"], taking away some outs for Haxton. The river was the [poker card="4h"] giving Addamo the flush and sending Haxton, who started the day second in chips, out in fourth which was good for $155,254. After that hand, Addamo climbed to over 12 million in chips and had a roughly 6:1 advantage over second-place Dzivielevski. ‘judd trump’ sat in third place, with only three big blinds. But ‘judd trump’ found a double. And then another. Eventually, the Super MILLION$ grinder climbed into second place as Dzivielevski dwindled. Eventually, with blinds at 60,000/120,000 (15,000 ante), Addamo opened the button to 240,000 and after ‘judd trump’ folded his small blind, Dzivielevski defended holding [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"]. Dzivielevski checked it to Addamo on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2d"] flop and after Addamo min-bet, Dzivielevski made the call. The turn was the [poker card="7d"] and both players checked. The river was the [poker card="jc"] and once Dzivielevski checked to Addamo, the chip leader shoved all-in putting Dzivielevski to the test for the rest of his chips. Dzivielevski took a few moments but eventually made the call only to see his hand dominated. Dzivielevski exited in third place and added another $198,800 to his more than $13.6 million in career online earnings. Addamo started heads-up play with a sizable lead, and over the course of twenty minutes continued to chip away at ‘judd trump’s stack. Eventually, with the blinds up to 70,000/140,000 (17,500 ante), Addamo opened to [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] on the button and with fewer than 15 big blinds left, ‘judd trump’ shipped his stack holding [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. Addamo snap-called and the pair watched as the flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"], giving Addamo a whole host of outs. The [poker card="8h"] turn was one of them, leaving ‘judd trump’ drawing dead to a chop. But the river was the [poker card="kh"] and Addamo completed the clean sweep of the final table. ‘judd trump’ settled for second place and $254,559. Addamo scored $325,957 for first place and becomes the first player to reach four Super MILLION$ titles as well as the only player to have won a title in both Season One and Season Two. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (8/3) Michael Addamo - $325,957 ‘judd trump’ - $254,559 Yuri Dzivielevski - $198,800 Isaac Haxton - $155,254 Francisco Benitez - $121,247 ‘Aunty_Ninja’ - $94,689 Bert Stevens - $73,948 Ludovic Geilich - $57,750 Aleks Ponakovs - $45,100
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