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After battling back from a short stack and climbing out of a nearly four-to-one heads-up chip deficit, renowned high-stakes tournament pro Benjamin ‘bencb’ Rolle bested the talent-packed final table of the 34th edition of the $10K GGPoker Super MILLION$ to walk away with this week’s $424,580 first-place prize. This week was Rolle’s 11th time playing the event and it marked his fourth cash and second final table. His previous final table appearance was back on August 9 when he finished in fifth place for $136,479. In total, the Raise Your Edge lead coach had previously earned $276,213, and his victory this week brought his Super MILLION$ total prize money to just over $700,000. At the start of the final table, Rolle was considered one of the long shots to win. He was starting the day eighth in chips (just 6% in play) and, along with Rolle himself, the final table featured some of poker’s brightest minds. Nick Petrangelo was highlighted as the chip leader and joining him at the top of the chip counts was online poker’s former #1-ranked Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens and UK high-stakes savant Michael Zhang. Like Rolle, Aliaksei Boika was enjoying his second trip to the final table of the Super MILLION$. In his first appearance Boika finished in ninth place and this time he was hoping for more. Unfortunately for Boika, he got involved in a big hand while holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"] against Bert Stevens who held [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] on a board that ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="3h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="tc"]. When Stevens shoved the river, Boika made the call which left his stack crippled. It was déjà vu for Boika as he was eliminated on the very next hand, in ninth place, for $53,073. With roughly 10 big blinds, Ukraine’s Andrii Novak put in a late position raise with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"] to which Nick Petrangelo, in the cutoff, three-bet with his [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. When it folded back to Novak he shipped, Petrangelo quickly called and the pair watched as the board ran out [poker card="jd"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6s"]. Novak, who started the day sixth in chips, was out in eighth place and collected $68,826. The very next hand, ‘U LOSSER’ opened under the gun with [poker card="td"][poker card="th"] only to be three-bet by Stevens holding [poker card="js"][poker card="jc"]. After Michael Zhang folded [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"] in the big blind, ‘U LOSSER’ committed the rest of his chips, putting their tournament at risk. The flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2s"] giving ‘U LOSSER’ a back door flush draw to hope for. The [poker card="ah"] turn made it interesting, but the [poker card="as"] completed the board sending ‘U LOSSER’ out in seventh for $89,257. With six left, Steven put in a raise with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"]. Rolle then three-bet shipped his 15 big blind stack with [poker card="ks"][poker card="6s"]. It folded to the ‘WatWudHaraldSDo’ in the big blind who shipped his 35 big blind stack with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. Stevens, covering both players, made the call with his kings and the three watched a flop of [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"] providing some flush outs to ‘WatWudHaraldSDo’ but keeping Stevens in the lead. With less than a 2% chance of pulling it out, Rolle was all but out the door. The turn was the [poker card="7d"] giving hope to both Rolle and ‘WatWudHaraldSDo’ who now both had open-ended straight draw outs. The river was the [poker card="5s"] bringing Rolle back from the brink with a straight but sending ‘WatWudHaraldSDo’ out the door in sixth place for $115,752. The final five grinded for over an hour until the next player was eliminated. Petrangelo opened in the cutoff with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] and, with just 15 big blinds left, Stevens three-bet shoved his [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] from the small blind. Petrangelo made the call and the board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="9h"] giving the pot to Petrangelo’s pocket jacks. Stevens hit the rail in fifth place and added another $150,112 to his over $13.3 million in career online earnings. In his 32nd appearance in the GGPoker Super MILLION$, Lithuanian pro Laurynas Levinskas was guaranteed his best Super MILLION$ finish once play reached four-handed. From the cutoff, Levinskas shipped his final seven big blinds with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"]. Zhang came over the top holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"]. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"][poker card="8s"] keeping Levinskas in front but providing some extra straight outs to Zhang. The turn was the [poker card="4h"] but it was the [poker card="ad"] river that ended Levinskas’ run this week. Levinskas finished in fourth place for $194,671 bringing his Super MILLION$ earnings up over $627,000. With just three left, Zhang held a two-to-one chip advantage on both Rolle and Petrangelo. Petrangelo made his move, looking to do something about that when he opened from the button holding [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"]. Zhang, from the big blind, made the call with his [poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"]. Zhang hit top pair on the [poker card="kc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"] flop and checked it over to Petrangelo who put in a bet. Zhang called and the [poker card="9d"] peeled off on the turn. Zhang checked again, Petrangelo fired big again. Zhang made the call. Zhang checked for the third time, and with just 13 big blinds left Petrangelo emptied the chip and fired the third barrel, leaving himself less than one big blind behind. Zhang went into his timebank but ultimately found a call taking the hand down with top pair. Petrangelo was left with next-to-nothing but managed to double up over the next few hands. Ultimately, he went broke four hands later when his [poker card="qd"][poker card="5d"] fell to Zhang’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="2h"]. Petrangelo finished in third place for $252,457. With a nearly four-to-one and momentum on his side, it looked like Zhang was about to pull out his first victory in just his third-ever GGPoker Super MILLION$ appearance. But Rolle steadily chipped up, found a double, evened the stacks, and eventually took the lead. Rolle kept the pressure on and while Zhang made some moves of his own, the cards continued to fall Rolle’s way. All the chips made it into the middle when Rolle called on the button with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="6c"] and Zhang moved all-in for roughly 15 big blinds with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"]. Rolle called and the [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"][poker card="8s"] flop put him in the lead right away. Zhang picked up gutshot straight outs along with his backdoor flush possibilities. The [poker card="qc"] killed his flush outs but added two pair possibilities. It was not to be though as the [poker card="kc"] completed the board sending the accomplished Zhang out in second place for $327,396. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (2/2) 1. Benjamin Rolle - $424,581 2. Michael Zhang - $327,396 3. Nick Petrangelo - $252,457 4. Laurynas Levinskas - $194,671 5. Bert Stevens - $150,112 6. ‘WatWudHaraldSDo’ - $115,752 7. ‘U LOSSER’ - $89,257 8. Andrii Novak - $68,827 9. Aliaksei Boika - $53,073
A handful of WPT Online events wrapped up over the weekend on partypoker, although it was a quieter weekend for the series. The biggest winner was Benjamin Voreland, and we also saw notables Niklas Astedt and Pablo Brito Silva grab titles. For Astedt, it was his second title of the WPT Online series. In Event #49 Mini: $215 PLO Knockout [6-Max], Astedt topped the 320-entry field to win $5,282.98 plus $6,219.54 in bounties. That's a total score of $11,502.52. Astedt beat Javier Zarco in heads-up play, with Zarco taking home $5,276.32 plus $3,032.03 in bounties. Astedt, one of the most successful online tournament players in history, previously won Event #15: $1,050 Weekender as part of this World Poker Tour Online festival. In that event, he took home a winning score of $174,751.50. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] In the bigger buy-in version of Event #49, the $2,100 PLO Knockout [6-Max] tournament, Voreland won $71,441.30 for finishing in first place. That score came from $23,691.30 in prize money plus $47,750 in bounties. There was 104 players in the field. Also reaching the final table were a couple of players to have enjoyed some success recently, Connor Drinan and Jason Mercier. Drinan just recently won his fifth title of this year's PokerStars SCOOP series and Mercier was the winner of the WPT Online $10,300 PLO High Roller a couple of days ago for almost $280,000. Event #50's two tournaments actually wrapped up on Saturday, with Alastair Smith winning Event #50 Mini: $55 6-Max Turbo for $6,817.09 and Silva winning Event #50: $530 6-Max Turbo for $21,170.64. Smith topped a field of 802 entries, whereas Silva bat out a field of 170 entries. In Event #51 Mini: $55 8-Max Turbo Bounty, it was Sam Mather becoming victorious for $6,291.69 plus $5,002.02 in bounties. He topped a big field of 1,906 entries to take this title. Maximillian Diender picked up $14,478.07 plus $18,921.91 in bounties for winning Event #51: $530 8-Max Turbo Bounty. Diender finished in first place from a field of 378 entries. At the final table, Diender beat Sarah Targul in heads-up play, while Benjamin Rolle and Simon Mattsson placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Event #49 Mini: $215 PLO Knockout [6-Max] Entries: 320 Prize pool: $64,000 Niklas Astedt - $5,282.98 + $6,219.54 in bounties Javier Zarco - $5,276.32 + $3,032.03 in bounties Tomas Geleziunas - $3,808.18 + $1,545.31 in bounties Danil Karavaev - $2,769.58 + $1,656.25 in bounties Andres Ojeda - $1,904.09 + $1,034.37 in bounties Li Zhang - $1,384.79 + $1,131.25 in bounties Event #49: $2,100 PLO Knockout [6-Max] Entries: 104 Prize pool: $208,000 Benjamin Voreland - $23,691.30 + $47,750 in bounties Niki Juhani Numisto - $23,670.46 + $4,750 in bounties Sam Higgs - $14,572.83 + $4,500 in bounties Joni Jouhkimainen - $10,626.02 + $500 in bounties Connor Drinan - $7,590.01 + $5,125 in bounties Jason Mercier - $5,161.21 + $2,625 in bounties Event #50 Mini: $55 6-Max Turbo Entries: 802 Prize pool: $40,100 Alastair Smith - $6,817.09 Joel Holmberg - $5,022.20 David Greene - $3,809.50 Breno Andrade - $2,606.50 Garry Stevens Smith - $1,804.50 Ilya Yakunin - $1,203 Event #50: $530 6-Max Turbo Entries: 170 Prize pool: $85,000 Pablo Brito Silva - $21,170.64 Martin Gaudreault Remillard - $13,600 Fabio Sperling - $9,562.50 Ankush Mandavia - $6,927.50 Arnaud Enselme - $5,100 Linus Thor - $3,400 Event #51 Mini: $55 8-Max Turbo Bounty Entries: 1,906 Prize pool: $95,300 Sam Mather - $6,291.69 + $5,002.02 in bounties Jacobus Visser - $6,281.15 + $1,732.65 in bounties Vyacheslav Nikulin - $4,086.89 + $1,038.59 in bounties Govand Amin - $2,721.08 + $227.74 in bounties Vaidas Smigelskas - $1,924.79 + $955.68 in bounties Steve Trepanier - $1,339.44 + $1,485.67 in bounties Jordan Greenlees - $922.84 + $509.90 in bounties Afonso Palma Ferro - $601.16 + $517.56 in bounties Event #51: $530 8-Max Turbo Bounty Entries: 378 Prize pool: $189,000 Maximillian Diender - $14,478.07 + $18,921.91 in bounties Sarah Targul - $14,459.14 + $8,941.41 in bounties Joris Ruys - $10,24.66 + $3,511.72 in bounties Jelle Moene - $7,182.62 + $1,062.50 in bounties Hendrik Hovsepyan - $5,115.68 + $1,335.94 Christopher Johnson - $3,792.83 + $1,273.44 in bounties Benjamin Rolle - $2,635.35 + $1,187.50 in bounties Simon Mattsson - $1,922.25 + $1,062.50 in bounties