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  1. Christian Rudolph is starting the New Year off on the right foot by taking down the first GGPoker Super MILLION$ event of 2022 and picking up this week’s $485,234 first-place prize. It was Rudolph’s sixth trip to a Super MILLION$ final table and his first victory. As it turned out, even headed into the day second in chips, taking it down was no easy task. Pascal Hartmann entered the day as the dominant chip leader, with more than 100 big blinds, and stayed in control almost the entire final table. In addition to trying to overcome Hartmann, Rudolph had plenty of top-notch players to deal with including Mark Radoja, Markku Koplimaa, Samuel Vousden, and GGPoker’s own Jason Koon. A cooler kicked things off when, with the blinds at 35,000/70,000 (8,500 ante), Russia’s ‘spaise411’ raised from under the gun to 140,000 with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"]. It folded around to Markku Koplimaa in the small blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"] with a 22 big blind stack. Koplimaa took a moment and eventually moved all-in. Jason Koon folded his [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] in the big blind and ‘spaise411’ made the call after a short trip in the tank. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"] board ran out clean for the pocket queens and Koplimaa, who started the day sixth in chips, exited in ninth for $60,654. Four hands later, the very same scenario played out. Pascal Hartmann, still holding the chip lead, opened to 140,000 from the cutoff with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="qd"]. In the small blind, Austria’s ‘Gwriden’ looked down at [poker card="js"][poker card="jh"] and moved all-in for roughly 13 big blinds. Hartmann quickly called and once again the pocket queens held through the [poker card="tc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="kh"] run out. ‘Gwriden’ was out in eighth and added $78,659 to his bankroll. During the same level, Rudolph picked up the [poker card="as"][poker card="ac"] and put in a raise from the hijack to 140,000. Samuel Vousden, with just under 10 bigs, three-bet shipped his stack with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"]. It quickly folded back to Rudolph who snap-called. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8s"] and while Vousden picked up a pair, and some outs, the addition of the flush draw to Rudolph’s aces made his hand a nine-to-one favorite to hold. The turn came the [poker card="9h"], adding some chop outs for Vousden. However, the river came the [poker card="kh"] sending the pot to Rudolph and sending Vousden out in seventh for $102,008. The final six shipped chips back and forth for the better part of an hour without an elimination, all the while Hartmann extended his overwhelming chip lead. With the blind up to 70,000/140,000 (17,500 ante), Austria’s ‘lechayim’, who started the day third in chips, picked up [poker card="kd"][poker card="kc"] under the gun and moved all-in for 1.5 million. The action folded to Hartmann in the small blind who called with his [poker card="9s"][poker card="9h"]. The flop came [poker card="9c"][poker card="5d"]2c] and quickly turned Hartmann’s dominated hand into the favorite with a flopped set. There was no comeback in the cards for ‘lechayim’ with the [poker card="4s"] turn and [poker card="8d"] river, ending his day in sixth place for $132,228. Just a few hands later, Mark Radoja made his move. From the cutoff, he moved all-in for 1.1 million with the [poker card="as"][poker card="3s"]. It folded to Koon in the small blind and, having just two big blinds more than Radoja, made the call with his [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"]. The big blind folded and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="td"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3h"], keeping Radoja in the lead. However, the [poker card="ks"] hit the turn putting Koon’s top pair way ahead. The [poker card="4d"] river was no help to Radoja who leaves his fifth Super MILLION$ final table in fifth place for $171,566. With four left and the blinds up to 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante), Hartmann was applying max pressure on all three short stacks. Hartmann opened to 320,000 on the button with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="3s"] and when it folded to Koon in the big blind, he defended his big blind with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="9d"]. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="2h"], bringing in a pair for both but giving Hartmann top pair. Koon checked it over to Hartmann, who checked it back. The turn came the [poker card="2c"] and Koon checked again. This time, Hartmann put out a bet of 560,00 which Koon called, leaving himself just 1.5 million behind. The river came the [poker card="td"] and Koon checked for the third time. Hartmann then put out a bet of 1.6 million, just enough to put Koon all-in with a call. Koon took nearly a minute, but decided on a call for it all and was shown Hartmann’s winning hand. Koon, the GGPoker Global Ambassador, finished in fourth and picked up $222,481. At three-handed, ‘spaise411’s stack slipped to 6 big blinds when, with the blinds at 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante), he made his move to try and find a double. Hartmann folded the button and Rudolph raised the big blind to 1.2 million with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3h"]. The raise was enough to put ‘spaise411’ all-in and so the call with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="9c"] put the Russian at risk. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="9c"] giving Rudolph top pair and a flush draw, but ‘spaise411’ picked up bottom pair and four outs to survive. The turn was the [poker card="7s"] and the river came the [poker card="ts"] forcing ‘spaise411’ to settle for third place and a $288,522 score. Despite the knockout, Rudolph was still facing a 4.5-1 deficit to the massive chip lead of Hartmann. But within a matter of hands, Rudolph doubled up and brought the chip counts near even and soon enough took over the lead for the first time all day. The pair traded the lead a number of times in a spirited heads-up back-and-forth. With the stacks about even and the blinds at 175,000/350,000 (45,000 ante) the pair played the biggest pot of the tournament. Rudolph limped the button with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"] and Hartmann, holding a slight chip lead, put in a raise to 1.2 million with the [poker card="6d"][poker card="5d"]. Rudolph called and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"][poker card="2d"], giving both a flush draw with Rudolph holding the ace. Hartmann led for just over 800,000 and Rudolph raised to 2.6 million. Hartmann made the call and then the [poker card="qd"] hit the turn, ensuring maximum action. Hartmann checked to Rudolph who checked it back. But on the [poker card="9h"] river, Hartmann open shipped for 8.8 million and Rudolph with the nuts and 7.4 million back, made the call, doubled through, and dragged the 22.5 million pot. Hartmann was left with just 4 big blinds. The very next hand, it was all over. Hartmann moved all-in for 1.4 million with his [poker card="qc"][poker card="3d"] and Rudolph snapped holding [poker card="js"][poker card="jc"]. For a moment it looked like Hartmann would live to see another hand on the [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] flop, but the [poker card="jd"] hit the river, bringing in a full house for Rudolph. The [poker card="7h"] river finished out the board and Hartmann, who had been dominating all day, ended up as the runner-up for $374,167 while Rudolph who started the day second in chips, laddered to the winner’s circle for his first Super MILLION$ title and the $485,234 first-place prize. GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table (1/4) Christian Rudolph - $485,234 Pascal Hartmann - $374,167 ‘spaise411’ - $288,522 Jason Koon - $222,481 Mark Radoja - $171,556 ‘lechayim’ - $132,228 Samuel Vousden - $102,008 ‘Gwriden’ - $78,659 Markku Koplimaa - $60,654
  2. This year we’re doing something a little different and breaking down our annual Poker Year In Review into three different parts - the Flop (January-April), Turn (May-August), and River (September-December). We’ll be wrapping up 2021 by taking a look back at some of our biggest stories, winners, and surprises that unfolded in one of the most unique years in the history of the game. May One of the craziest stories of the year broke in May when it was revealed that high-stakes poker pro Chad Power had been victim to a home invasion robbery of nearly $1,000,000 in cash and casino chips. However, the Henderson Police Department arrested a suspect who was charged with multiple felonies including Burglary with a Deadly Weapon, Conspiracy Home Invasion, and Theft after the suspect went out and purchased a Dodge Hellcat Charger with a $30,000 cash down payment and also purchased a 2018 Maserati Levante SUV under his mother’s name with another $60K in cash. On the felt, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu returned for Round 2 of High Stakes Duel II with Negreanu looking to get even, however, once again, Hellmuth pulled off the win. Negreanu promised that there would be a third match sooner than later leaving Hellmuth still feeling slighted despite his back-to-back wins. “I’ve given Daniel credit the whole way from start to finish and I haven’t said one negative word about him. He was pretty condescending in the first match. I felt it was super condescending, and this match he handled himself much better,” Hellmuth said. “But even still, he’s preaching down to me about ranges, and I’m thinking to myself, I’ve just won 24 out of 26 heads-up matches against pros and they have me rated as a fucking underdog every match. It just blows my mind, but I just never quite get that respect, and that’s ok with me. I just want to keep winning.” There were plenty of other winnings taking place in May with a trio of World Poker Tour events coming to a conclusion. The pandemic had forced the WPT to delay a number of its high-profile final tables for more than a year and in the middle of the month, they gathered in Las Vegas to crown three consecutive champions. First up was Veerab Zakarian who took down the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open for $674,840. “Waiting this long, you didn’t know what to expect. You don’t know, you keep waiting for it,” Zakarian said after the tournament ended. “Most people, after the pandemic, they didn’t have anything to look forward to so I was glad to have something to look forward to.” [caption id="attachment_637581" align="alignright" width="250"] Brekstyn Schutten[/caption] The next day it was Balakrishna Patur’s turn in the spotlight as he won the delayed 2020 WPT L.A. Poker Classic for $1,015,000, defeating Matas Cimbolas in heads-up play. It was the second year in a row that Cimbolas finished as the LAPC runner-up. Finally, Brekstyn Schutten took down the largest event in the 19-year history of the WPT when he won the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $1,261,095. While all of that is nice, the most prestigious contest of the year came to a conclusion in May when Niklas Astedt was named, by the poker community and his peers, as the All-Time #1 Number One. For the better part of a month, PocketFives ran a social contest asking the poker community to vote, March Madness-style, to see which of the (then) 60 former worldwide #1-ranked online pros stood above the rest. The finals came down to Astedt and online great Chris Moorman with Astedt edging out Moorman with 54% of the vote. “The PocketFives rankings really motivated me over the years,” Astedt said after being crowned the winner. “I’m super happy and proud that so many people voted for me.” Speaking of Chris Moorman, he was one of three popular player profiles to be featured this month. Moorman reflected on his career and his recent winning of his first SCOOP title. READ: “Old Guy” Chris Moorman Happily Proves He’s Still Got It Sami Kelopuro had been on an amazing heater and talked with PocketFives in a rare interview on the secret to his recent success and how he planed on taking it easy after his intense grind. READ: After Winning $4.4M, Sami Kelopuro is Taking It Easy - For Now Finally, after winning the first-ever GGPoker Spring Festival Main Event, Mathias ‘KingKongJoel’ Joelsson talked about what it was like to win a seven-figure score. READ: Mathias Joelsson Has ‘King Kong’ Plans After $1.25M GGSF Score By the end of the month, another Brazilian earned themselves an Online Player of the Month title, as Dalton Hobold took the title in May. June It had already been announced that the World Series of Poker was going to be moved to the fall, but in the middle of June, the complete schedule (before the addition of online events) of the last WSOP at the Rio was announced. It was an 88 gold bracelet schedule that hoped to bring back a sense of normalcy after a year away. READ: 5 Things: The WSOP Schedule Gives Players a Comfortable Return Home While players had the WSOP to look forward to, the 2021 U.S. Poker Open was taking place in the PokerGO Studio with familiar faces winning large sums of money. Stephen Chidwick, Jake Schindler, Ali Imsirovic were all at the top of the earners list for the series but David Peters dominated them all, winning more than $2.6 million and taking home the Golden Eagle trophy. READ: David Peters, Old Guard, New Faces Shine Bright as U.S. Poker Open Hellmuth’s three-peat over Negreanu was completed earning him the $400,000 prize and bringing his series record to 6-0 and bringing High Stakes Duel II to an end with Hellmuth opting to cash out and start over in the coming months. Brian Altman also notched his third win, but for him, it was taking home his third World Poker Tour Main Tour title at WPT Tampa at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida. The reigning WPT Player of the Year put himself in the race for WPT all-time title, just one behind Darren Elias’ four, and picked up $613,225 in the process. READ: WPT POY Brian Altman Writes His Own Script For Success In other WPT news, the 2021 WPT Online Series Main Event reached a conclusion as well with Christian Rudolph earning his first WPT title and $487,442. Plus, the WPT held its WPT Heads Up Poker Championship in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. An online tournament, it featured some of the biggest names in the game including Doug Polk, Tow Dwan, Sam Greenwood, Anthony Zinno, Brad Own, and eventual winner Phil Ivey who took down the invite-only event for $400,000. Another popular profile published in 2021 was on poker vlogger Jaman Burton and his recent move to Las Vegas. In it, he discusses how the social climate in St. Louis pushed him to make a move, the future of his vlog, and finding new inspiration in Sin City. READ: Jaman Burton and The Drawing Dead Find New Life In Las Vegas The string of Brazilian crushers taking down the Online Player of the Month continued in June as Geraldo Cesar Neto earned the honor for the first time in his career. July The poker world was shocked and saddened in July when six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, Layne ‘Back-to-Back’ Flack unexpectedly passed away at age 52. An outpouring of condolences for Flack’s family poured out from the poker community as a mainstay personality from the early days of the poker boom will be certainly be missed. Before that, Daniel Negreanu was back making headlines. After his loss to Doug Polk earlier in the year and then falling three times to Hellmuth on High Stakes Duel, Kid Poker’s ability to close in a big spot was being questioned by some in the poker world. He quickly responded with a victory during the PokerGO Cup series, not only winning the $50,000 NLHE event for $700,000 but, with a little thanks to Cary Katz in the final event of the series, taking the PokerGO leaderboard title and trophy for an additional $50,000 score. READ: The Anatomy- and End - of Daniel Negreanu’s Tournament Futility All month long, the World Series of Poker was running online bracelet events with some notable names adding to their poker resume including David Peters, Manig Loeser, and Chris Moorman who grabbed the victory in one of the final events of the series for his second career bracelet. But the big WSOP news was the rumor (which turned out to be true) that the World Series of Poker would be on the move in 2022, leaving its long-standing home of the Rio to set up shop on the Strip at Bally's and Paris. [caption id="attachment_637583" align="alignright" width="250"] Andrew Moreno[/caption] July also saw a pair of celebrated live wins as Andrew Moreno battled through the 1,325-entry field of the first-ever $10K Wynn Millions to walk away with a life-changing $1.460 million score. The final three agreed to chop the majority of the prize pool, creating two more millionaires as Clayton Maguire finished as the runner-up for $1.443 million and Toby Lewis grabbed the bronze for $1.235 million. Dapo Ajayi also earned a career-defining win after taking down WPT Choctaw for $558,610, making it the second time that Viet Vo would come up just one spot short in the same tournament, finishing in second place for $372,415. Brazil’s Dalton Hobold earned Online Player of the Month honors in May, in July he opened up about how he was almost scammed out his entire career by someone he trusted. READ: Rising Star Dalton Hobold Almost Had Poker Career Derailed by Scam Another month, another Brazilian at the top of the Online Player of the Month leaderboard, as Renan Carlos Bruschi took home the honors in July. August August was another massive month when it came to online poker as PokerStars announced the start of their biggest World Championship of Online Poker with $100 million guaranteed and the World Series of Poker Online kicked off on GGPoker. Both series featured poker superstars taking home titles including Christian Rudolph and Ivan Zufic taking down early WCOOP titles and Joao Simao and Samuel Vousden earning gold bracelets. It was also the month where Erik Seidel made history, taking down 2021 WSOP Online Event #11 ($10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller) for $977,842 and his ninth career gold bracelet, tying Johnny Moss. Soon after, he talked with us about winning his ninth bracelet online made it special for him. “Winning any WSOP event is special,” Seidel said when asked where his online bracelet ranks. “This one was extra great for me because it was so unexpected. Getting through 600+ players and then the prize was close to one million, which I think is my biggest WSOP cash, felt really amazing. Might be my favorite.” READ: Erik Seidel’s Online WSOP Bracelet Victory Might Just Be His Favorite In addition to Seidel winning the WSOP edition of the Super MILLION$, a pair of perennial champions added to their MILLION$ resume. Niklas Astedt scored his third title and Michael Addamo kept the all-time wins record with his fourth. For Addamo, it was just a sign of things yet to come. READ: 50 Things To Look Forward To At The 2021 WSOP After Phil Hellmuth vanquished Fox Sports commentator Nick Smith in a bottle episode of High Stakes Duel, the re-match everyone was waiting for was booked. The Hellmuth vs. Tom Dwan hype train was rolling and the show did not disappoint. However, after seven wins in a row, Hellmuth was defeated as Dwan dethroned Hellmuth to become the new High Stakes Duel champion. READ: Three Takeaways From Tom Dwan's Victory Over Phil Hellmuth on High Stakes Duel III [caption id="attachment_637584" align="alignleft" width="250"] Brock Wilson[/caption] A pair of profiles proved to be popular this month as 26-year-old high-stakes tournament pro Brock Wilson talked about his major move from New York to Las Vegas to pursue the poker dream. Plus, Ryan Hagerty scored an online bracelet in July and sat down to talk with us about his roller coaster of a year grinding the tournament scene. A victory for Alex Theologis in the WSOP $25,000 Super High Roller Championship locked up the August Online Player of Month. Finally, after six years as the President and Editor-in-Chief of PocketFives Lance Bradley stepped away to pursue new opportunities and left by spotlighting some of his favorite stories he published over the years.
  3. An action-packed final table saw Swedish player ‘WhatIfGod’ win the PokerStars 2021 EPT Online Main Event for a top prize of $363,641 as a back-to-back victory was sealed with a superb heads-up victory over the former PSPC champion and overnight chip leader Ramon Colillas. Coming into play third in chips behind both Colillas and German crusher Christian Rudolph, 'WhatIfGod' roared through the field to win the same title he claimed back in 2020 for a remarkable back-to-back victory. The final table action began with a big elimination right off the bat as one of the biggest names of the final table, who began the day with over 50 big blinds, found himself headed to the rail first. Current worldwide #1-ranked Pedro Garagnani has carved out a name for himself in a number of elite high roller events in 2021 and a summer victory in a WCOOP High Roller event saw the Brazilian bank $195,690. However, there wasn't another title to be had today as he crashed out first in the EPT Online Main Event when his five-bet shove with [poker card="Th"][poker card="Td"] was called by Christian Rudolph with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kc"]. The board of [poker card="As"][poker card="3d"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4c"] sent Garagnani out for $41,259 and in doing so, handed Rudolph a dream early pot, chipping him up to 29 million and giving him an early lead. Another big name fell when Orpen Kisacikoglu busted in eighth place for $53,763. Daniel Dvoress moved all-in from middle position with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Td"] and Kisacikoglu called off his stack with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8c"] in the small blind. He was ahead in the hand, but the flop of [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"] changed all that, giving the Canadian top pair. Kisacikoglu, a Turkish professional who typically plays from London, needed help. He didn’t get it on the [poker card="9h"] turn and when the [poker card="7c"] river fell, so did he. The early eliminations were coming thick and fast and PokerStars ambassador Benjamin Rolle was next to crash out, this time in seventh place for a result worth $70,645. Rolle three-bet all-in for around 21 big blinds pre-flop with [poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"] and he was called by the newest chip leader at the final table, ‘WhatIfGod’. The Swede held [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qd"] and although the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="4d"] gave Rolle bottom set, it also gave 'WhatIfGod' a flush draw. That turned out not to be needed as the [poker card="Ks"] turn and [poker card="Tc"] river gave the Swede a Broadway straight to win the hand and eliminate the dangerous German player. With six players remaining, 'WhatIfGod' led with 34.8 million chips from overnight chip leader Ramon Colillas (26 million) and Rudolph (13.6 million). There were two Brazilians at the final table, but one had to go, and it was Bruno Volkmann who was busted in sixth place for $92,828. Volkmann was another victim of the chip leader as 'WhatIfGod' called the Brazilian’s shove pre-flop. Volkmann had [poker card="8s"][poker card="8d"] and needed to hold against [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"] but couldn’t do so across the board of [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Js"][poker card="4h"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="7d"] as kings and jacks did for Volkmann’s chances of going any further. Eduardo Silva was the only Brazilian left, but he was out in fifth place just a couple of hands after players returned from a scheduled break. Silva defended his big blind with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="7c"] against the opening bet from Colillas with [poker card="Th"][poker card="Ts"] and on the flop of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="3h"], Silva called a c-bet from the Spaniard. The turn of [poker card="6h"] saw Silva raise all-in when Colillas bet and the former PSPC champion, who won $5.1 million from a freeroll ticket back in 2019 called it off with ease. The meaningless river of [poker card="5s"] ended the hand in Colillas’ favor and he put himself right back into contention at the expense of Silva, who won the first six-figure cash of the event, taking home $121,977. Just five minutes later, Dvoress was on the rail, too. Opening from early position with a min-bet, Dvoress had [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9d"] and Rudolph called with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Th"]. The flop of [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="9s"] flop gave Dvoress two-pair, and his min-bet was called quickly to a turn of [poker card="Qc"]. This time, Rudolph check-called a bigger bet of 1.3 million chips, having made a straight. The trap was set, and on the [poker card="4d"] river, Dvoress bet 2.8 million, almost all of his stack, calling off the final few chips when Rudolph raised and seeing the bad news as his flopped two pair was trumped by the German’s turned straight. That hand brought Rudolph back into contention on 20 million chips, but the German was still behind Colillas with 24 million and 'WhatIfGod' on 53 million. As he battled to shoot for parity, he put himself in increasing danger with the escalating blinds seeming to chase him every few orbits. Rudolph dropped to 16 million and when he limped in the small blind with [poker card="As"][poker card="7s"] and 'WhatIfGod' raised from the big with [poker card="Th"][poker card="Tc"], the former got it all-in and after a quick call, was at risk for his tournament life with five cards to come. The board of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2c"] did nothing to help Rudolph and he missed out, busting in third place for $210,608. Heads-up, Colillas was fighting a chip deficit of around 60 million to his 40 million but drifted down to a third of his stack as he held just 14 million chips. A vital double up saved his tournament life when he made a flush on the river with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="5s"] managing to four-flush and beat 'WhatIfGod’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kd"] when all the money went in pre-flop. Just a few hands later, Colillas was even more fortunate, all-in and behind on the turn with bottom two-pair against his opponent’s top and bottom pair, but a two-outer seven on the river again save his tournament life, giving him a priceless double when all had seemed lost. Colillas took the lead and even had the chance to close out the victory, calling an all-in holding [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qc"], but 'WhatIfGod' prevailed with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5c"] as he held to double-up to almost parity. The Swedish player pushed hard for the win and ground his opponent down over several hands that didn’t go to showdown. Colillas was down 3:1 when the final hand took place, as he went all the way to the river with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8h"]. The flop of [poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6c"] put Colillas into the lead against WhatIfGod’s [poker card="Qd"][poker card="4d"], but the [poker card="Kd"] on the turn gave the Swede a flush draw and on the [poker card="7d"] river, that flush came in. Colillas bet out 5.2 million, then when 'WhatIfGod' shoved, made the call and saw his top pair and top kicker on the flop beaten by his opponent’s rivered flush. After a final table where the chips went with him, were taken away from him by a two-outer and the chance of a double title nearly went with it, 'WhatIfGod' battled hard and won back-to-back EPT Online Main Event titles in a thrilling climax to a great series. 2021 EPT Online Main Event Final Table Results: ‘WhatIfGod’ - $363,641 Ramon Colillas - $276,741 Christian Rudolph - $210,608 Daniel Dvoress - $160,279 Eduardo Silva - $121,977 Bruno Volkmann - $92,828 Benjamin Rolle - $70,645 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $53,763 Pedro Garagnani - $41,259
  4. Niklas Astedt has done it yet again. Sweden’s former worldwide #1-ranked online poker legend, won his record-tying fourth GGPoker Super MILLION$ title on Tuesday, this time for $315,882. Astedt has no shortage of ways he can win a tournament, but when he’s on a heater it’s almost unfair. Astedt knocked out six of his final eight opponents, the majority of which he had dominated by picking up premium hands in key spots. That said, it wasn’t all just rungood for Astedt who, after starting the day eighth in chips, made all the right moves to put himself in a position to win against a tough final table that included Damian Salas, Chris Puetz, Christian Rudolph, Rui Ferreira, and Artur Martirosian. Nearly thirty minutes into the final hand, one of Russia’s premier players, Artur Martirosian, hit the rail. After his [poker card="as"][poker card="ac"] was cracked by China’s ‘d7777’s [poker card="9c"][poker card="8h"], Martirosian was sitting on the short stack. With the blinds at 25,000/50,000 (6,000 ante), chip leader ‘0asis’ made it 100,000 to go holding [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] and when it folded to Martirosian in the big blind, the Russian defended holding the [poker card="9d"][poker card="4d"]. The flop came [poker card="8d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2h"] giving ‘0asis’ a set. Martirosian checked it over to ‘0asis’ who checked it back. The river was the [poker card="9c"], giving Martirosian top pair. Martirosian led for just over 117,000 and ‘0asis’ shoved. Martirosian called and found himself drawing dead to the [poker card="as"] river. Martirosian exited in ninth place for $49,109. Two hands later, Astedt opened from early position to 275,000 with his [poker card="ad"][poker card="ac"]. It folded around to Chris Puetz in the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] and the Austrian shoved for nearly 1.4 million. Astedt called instantly and the board ran out [poker card="4s"][poker card="qs"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="kh"] keeping Astedt’s pocket aces ahead the entire time and ending Puetz’s run in eighth place for $61,974. Astedt did double duty just minutes later when ‘RRomashka’ opened to 100,000 from middle position with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. When the action reached Astedt in the small blind, he just called with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"]. Then from the big blind, Rui Ferreira three-bet shoved more than 1.2 million holding [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. ‘RRomashka’, with fewer chips called for his tournament and when it was back to Astedt, who had both covered, he stuck it all-in as well. A three-way all-in with three pocket pairs. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"] leaving ‘RRomashka’ looking for a nine or running cards. Ferreira picked up a gutshot straight draw if he could find one of the final two kings and Astedt held a healthy lead. The turn was the [poker card="5s"], leaving both Ferreira and ‘RRomashka’ with a less than 5% shot at hitting their hand. Both missed when the [poker card="qc"] completed the board. ‘RRomashka’, with fewer chips, is the seventh-place finisher for $78,209 and Ferreira settled for sixth and its $98,696 payday. Five-handed play lasted for over an hour, and the blinds had climbed to 70,000/140,000 (17,500 ante) when Astedt used another big hand to take out another dangerous opponent. This time it was 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Damian Salas. From under the gun, Astedt opened to 280,00 holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and when it reached Salas on the button, he shipped his final 15 big blinds. Astedt, again, snap-called with a dominating hand and the pair watched as the board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="jh"]. Astedt dragged another big pot and Salas was out in fifth place for $124,550. Christian Rudolph, who started the day fourth in chips, was slowly slipping in the chip counts with just four left. Eventually, after Rudolph lost an important pot to Astedt, he was left with just fewer than five big blinds. It all came to a head when Astedt put in a raise to 400,000 on the button with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"] and Rudolph, in the big blind defend with [poker card="kd"][poker card="2c"], leaving himself just over one big blind behind. The flop came [poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4h"] and Rudolph committed the last of his stack. Astedt called, leaving Rudolph looking to hit his gutshot straight draw or his overcard. The turn was the [poker card="7d"], bringing in a straight for Astedt and the best Rudolph could hope for was to hit one of the two remaining eights for a chop. The river was the [poker card="2s"] and Rudolph was out in fourth place for $157,177. Astedt built a substantial chip lead over his final two opponents. But after ‘0asis’ bested ‘d7777’ in a big hand where ‘0asis’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] dominated ‘d7777’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"], ‘0asis’ got healthy and ‘d7777’ was left with just four big blinds. ‘0asis’ completed the elimination just a couple of hands later when they got it all-in preflop holding [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"] against ‘d7777’s [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="8c"][poker card="5s"]3c] flop kept ‘0asis’ in the lead with ace high. The turn came the [poker card="2h"], leaving ‘d7777’ looking for a queen or a ten to stay alive. However, the river was the [poker card="ah"], giving ‘0asis’ top pair and sending ‘d7777’ out in third with a career-high $198,351 score. After the elimination, ‘0asis’ held a slim chip lead over Astedt when heads-up began. It was a short back-and-forth affair with the chip counts of both remaining tight. However, after the next break, with the blinds up to 125,000/250,000 (30,000 ante) ‘0asis’ pulled way ahead, grabbing a three-to-one chip lead. But Astedt isn’t considered one of the best of all time for nothing. The Swede battled back and brought the stacks back to even. Then the deciding hand of heads-up took place. The blinds had climbed to 175,000/350,000 (45,000 ante) when Astedt called on the button holding [poker card="td"][poker card="tc"]. ‘0asis’ raised to just over 1 million in the big blind with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"]. Astedt shoved for 7.8 million and ‘0asis’ called leaving themselves with less than a small blind behind. The flop came [poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"], leaving ‘0asis’ needing some help. The [poker card="9h"] turn changed nothing and when the [poker card="4h"] hit the river, the massive pot was shipped to Astedt. ‘0asis’ was all-in the very next hand with [poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"] and Astedt held [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"][poker card="3c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3d"] and ‘0asis’, the start of day chip leader, ended up as the runner-up which was good for $250,311. Once again, Niklas Astedt took down the GGPoker Super MILLION$, this time for $315,882, and became one of just three players to have won an event in both Season One and Season Two. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (9/28) Niklas Astedt - $315,882 ‘0asis’ - $250,311 ‘d7777’ - $198,351 Chris Rudolph - $157,177 Damian Salas - $124,550 Rui Ferreira - $98,696 ‘RRomashka’ - $78,209 Chris Puetz - $61,974 Artur Martirosian - $49,109
  5. It was just two months ago that Anatoly Filatov celebrated a results surge that lifted him to more than $10 million in career online earnings. Since that time, the Russian poker superstar’s heater has continued and it all culminated with a victory in the massive $10,300 GGPoker Super MILLION$ Main Event where he bested a field of 748 runners to collect a career-high online cash of $1,193,332 and a WSOP Circuit ring. READ: Career Year of Online Success Takes Anatoly Filatov To $10 Million For Filatov, the past two months have brought him some of the best results of his career. In addition to this week’s seven-figure score, he picked up a fourth-place finish in the GGPoker $25K SHR Championship for $558,512 on August 30 and then followed it up a week later with a third-place result in the September 7 edition of the Super MILLION$ for another $250,053 - both top 5 career results prior to this current win. His success has pushed him into worldwide top 10 rankings where he currently sits at a career-high of #7 in the world. Although he didn’t start the day with the chip lead, he was sitting just a couple of big blinds off the lead. He quickly took control of the final table, amassed a top stack that he only lost for a short time during heads-up. In the end, Filatov sealed the deal and now has more than $12.2 million in online earnings. Roughly 15 minutes into the start of play, with the blinds at 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante), the action folded to the short-stacked ‘Graf Tekkel’ on the button who picked up [poker card="js"][poker card="jh"]. After ‘Graf Tekkel’ moved all-in for his final ten big blinds, it was folded to Filatov in the big blind who looked at [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"] and decided to make the call. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="4h"] put Filatov’s top pair in the lead which he held through the [poker card="9c"] turn and the [poker card="td"] river. Russia’s ‘Graf Tekkel’ bowed out in ninth place for $149,166. Just ten minutes later, as the blinds moved to 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante), Ole Schemion was under the gun with just under ten big blinds when he open-shoved holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"]. In the cut off, Markus Leikkonen held [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"] and made the call. The rest of the table got out of the way and pair were flipping for a 22 big blind pot. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="8d"] keeping Leikkonen’s pocket nines in front the entire time and ending Schemion’s day in eighth place for $193,445. Seven-handed play lasted the better part of 45 minutes as the blinds moved to 150,000/300,000 (35,000 ante). From the button, online poker legend Isaac Baron pushed his final 15 bigs in with his [poker card="kc"][poker card="8c"] prompting Austria’s Marius Gierse to move all-in as well with his [poker card="9s"][poker card="9d"] from the small blind. Leikkonen folded in the big blind and the cards were turned up with Baron’s tournament at risk. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"] offered Baron little help. When the turn came the [poker card="3d"], Baron was left looking for a king, but instead, it was the [poker card="5d"] and Baron hit the rail in seventh place for $250,867. Three hands later, a clash of huge hands took out the start-of-the-day chip leader Mark Radoja. From middle position, Gierse raised to 660,000 with the [poker card="5s"][poker card="5c"]. On the button, Filatov elected to just call holding [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. Then, in the small blind, Christian Rudolph also elected to just flat with his [poker card="js"][poker card="jc"]. When the action reached Radoja in the big blind, he made a move. He three-bet shipped all-in for just over 10 million. After Gierse folded, Filatov went into the tank and eventually shipped as well. Then it was Rudolph’s turn with pocket jacks, but he made a rather quick fold and Radoja was flipping against Filatov. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] and Radoja had his overcards as outs plus backdoor straight possibilities (blocked by Filatov). The [poker card="3h"] turn was a brick and Radoja was down to six outs. But the [poker card="4c"] hit the river and Radoja was eliminated in sixth for $325,334. Filatov soared to an overwhelming chip lead with five left as once again the play slowed down. Nearly two levels passed when at 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante) Filatov felted another player. Brazil’s Pedro Garagnani picked up [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] in the cutoff and raised it up to 2.4 million, leaving himself just four big blind behind. When it folded to Filatov in the big blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"], he raised enough that a call by Garagnani would put the Brazilian’s tournament life at risk. He did just that and the board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="kd"] giving Filatov an unnecessary set to send Garagnani home in fifth place for $421,906. With the blinds as high as 250,000/500,000 (60,000 ante), Rudolph picked up [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] under the gun and opened it up to 3.5 million. Right behind him, on the button, Gierse picked up [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] and moved all-in for slightly more than Rudolph’s entire stack. Both blinds folded and Rudolph committed the rest of his chips. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5s"], giving Gierse top set and leaving Rudolph looking for runner-runner outs. The [poker card="qc"] was not one of them, and Rudolph was drawing dead to the [poker card="jd"] river. Rudolph walked with $547,145 for fourth place. Leikkonen and Gierse both had roughly 20 big blinds to Filatov’s massive stack of nearly 70 bigs. After taking a pot off Filatov, Gierse climbed to over 22 million putting him in position to deliver the final blow to Leikkonen. At 300,000/600,000 (75,000 ante) Filatov opened the button to 1.2 million with his [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"] and Gierse flat called from the small blind holding [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. Leikkonen looked at [poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"] and moved all-in for just over 11 million. After a short trip into the tank, Filatov decided to fold and Gierse quickly called. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2s"] offered Leikkonen little help, but it was the [poker card="9d"] turn that closed the door. The [poker card="7h"] was a meaningless river and Leikkonen, who started the day as the short stack, laddered to a third-place finish and a $709,559 payday. The knockout was huge for Gierse who has battled back to start heads-up play against Filatov in a near dead heat in chips. The pair battled back and forth and were nearly even once again, with Filatov holding a slight lead when the tournament ended on a setup. Filatov picked up [poker card="as"][poker card="ah"] on the button and raised it up to 1.4 million. Gierse, in the big blind, raised it up to 5.25 million with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"]. Filatov flatted his pocket aces and the flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6c"], providing all the action needed to bring an end to the tournament. Gierse led out for 3.5 million and Filatov called. The turn came the [poker card="3d"] and Gierse led again, this time for 9.4 million, leaving himself 18 million behind. A few seconds passed and Filatov shipped for 29 million and Gierse took just a few seconds before making the call for it all. The river came the [poker card="9s"], shipping the pot - and the tournament - to Filatov. Gierse ended up as the runner-up and walked with a stellar score of $920,184 while Anatoly Filatov collected a career-high online score of $1,193,332. Super MILLION$ WSOP Circuit Final Table Results Anatoly Filatov - $1,193,332 Marius Gierse - $920,184 Markus Leikkonen - $709, 559 Christian Rudolph - $547,145 Pedro Garagnani - $421,906 Mark Radoja - $325,334 Isaac Baron - $250,867 Ole Schemion - $193,445 ‘Graf Tekkel’ - $149,166
  6. The latest PokerStars 2021 World Championship of Online Poker events have paid out some huge prizes as big names have again hoovered up some titles to add to their poker resumés. Winners across Wednesday and Thursday included the German high roller Christian ‘WATnlos’ Rudolph, who took down the High Event #24 for $71,404, former #2-ranked pro Ivan Zufic, and longtime Belgian grinder Thomas 'MarToMchat' Boivin. Rudolph, who has previously won two High Roller tournaments in one day, as we previously reported, saw off some top-quality opposition to seal an impressive victory. In what was an exciting final table in an event with 179 entries at $2,100, Rudolph saw off the challenge of Swedish player ‘fkiw’ and ‘luckyluck653’ in the podium places, with two Brazilians also making the final table. The massive prize pool of $358,000 saw Rudolph win the biggest prize, but the Brazilian contingent was an indication of what was to come over days ahead, as once again, South American players continued to fly high during what has been a spectacular summer for online poker in the continent. It was a big couple of days for Brazilian players specifically, with half a dozen more victories in low and medium events in a series that has seen the Brazilian poker game thrive, just as it is in World Series of Poker events too. In other events, Swiss player Dinesh Alt took down the $530-entry Event #12 (High) by beating former SCOOP Main Event winner ‘Alexgirs’ heads-up for the $37,306 in bounties and the $37,290 top prize. Other players at the final table included Fintan ‘easywithaces’ Hand, who finished seventh for over $8,300 in total. In other high events, ‘MarToMchat’ outlasted a field of 271 players to win Event #17 (High) for a whopping $130,500.00. Climbing the ranks of PocketFives, ‘MarToMchat’ is racing into the top 250 players in the world at the time of writing and is currently the best Belgian poker player online. Chris ‘ImDaNuts’ Oliver finished seventh for $18,000. Austria-based ‘stojamanu’ won Event #18 for $58,458 against Joao Vieira a.k.a. ‘Naza114’ who came second for $42,562, with ‘Andre_Hansen’ from Ukraine coming in third for $30,989. Event #19 was won by Croatia’s former world online poker #2 ranked player, Ivan 'zufo16' Zufic. Zufic won it for $62,438, with Malta-based ‘WhaTisL0v3’ winning $46,541 and another Brazilian, ‘edercampana’ winning $34,691 for finishing third. Joao Vieira came in seventh for $10,709. Event #21-H was won by British-based player ‘1b6121’ for $22,850, with fellow Brit and well-known super high roller regular Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi coming third for $10,024. Finally, Event #25 saw ‘KennedyPK97’ beat 667 players to win the top prize of $24,588. Tuesday and Wednesday saw plenty of big winners at medium and low stakes too, with ‘Bib5300’ (Event 12-L), ‘edercampana’ (Event #12-M), ‘danieldl7’ (Event #17-L), diego07791 (Event 17-M), ‘zemachess’ (18-L in an event where Britain’s Billy Chattaway finished sixth), ‘ego_E_d_G_e_’(Event #18-M), ‘vncdzk1’ (Event #19-L) ‘dx2celt’ (Event #19-M), ‘ibrahim4272’ (Event #20-L), ‘Valaqual’ (Event21-L), Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer (Event #21-M), ‘AlexandreAnd’ (Event #24-L), ‘joaoMathias’ (Event #24-M), ‘martinkom111’ (Event #25-L) ‘petpat123’ (Event #25-M) all winners across the two days. Event #12 (High): $530 PKO Prize pool $265,250 Entries: 1,061 Dinesh ‘bib5300’ Alt - $74,596 ‘Alexgirs’ - $42,128 ‘dans170’’ - $28,272 Event #17 (High): $2,100 NLHE Prize pool $600,000 Entries: 271 MarTomChat $130,500 RPILON $90,000 Kot_Spartac $63,000 Event #18 (High): $530 Rebuy NLHE Prize pool $312,000 Entries 212 1. ‘stojamanu’ - $58,458 2. Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira - $42,562 3. ‘Andre_Hansen’ - $30,989 Event #19 (High): $530 Rebuy NLHE Prizepool $320,170 Entries 634 Ivan 'zufo16' Zufic - $62,438 ‘WhaTisL0v3’ - $46,541 ‘edercampana’ $34,691 Event #21 (High): $1,050 NLHE Prizepool $65,000 Entries 56 ‘1b6121’ - $22,850 ‘200XPoNnieS’ - $15,134. Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi - $10,024. Event #24 (High) $2,100 NLHE Prizepool $358,000 Entries 179 Christian Rudolph - $71,404 ‘fkiw’ - $53,974 ‘luckyluck653’ - $40,799 *All entry totals include re-entries.
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