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The GGPoker Spring Festival may be over, but the massive paydays on GGPoker continue as the 47th edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ wrapped up on Tuesday with Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski running white-hot to topple the 184-entry field and the take home $394,852 first-place prize. Perhaps the Spring Festival took the wind (and maybe the bankroll) out of some of the regular high rollers as this week's tournament fell 16 players short of reaching the guarantee leaving GGPoker on the hook for a $160,000 overlay. While an overlay is unusual in the Super MILLION$, a stacked final table is not. This one was no different. Joining Malinowski in the final nine was David Peters, Yuri Dzivielevski, Ami Barer, Lucas Reeves, and eventual runner-up Dario Sammartino, among others. It took nearly an hour of nine-handed play before the first player hit the rail. When folded to in the small blind, China’s ‘judd trump’ shipped their final twelve big blind stack in the middle holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"]. Malinowski in the small blind quickly called with [poker card="5s"][poker card="5c"] in the big blind. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3d"], awarding Malinowski’s pocket fives the pot and sending ‘judd trump’ out in ninth for $61,387. Two-time Super MILLION$ champ Lucas Reeves found himself extremely short when he put the last of his chips in on the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"]. The current #1-ranked online player in the world, Yuri Dzivielevski picked up [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"] in the small blind and reshipped forcing Ami Barer in the big blind to fold. Although dominated preflop, the flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"] putting Reeves in the lead. But as the [poker card="as"] peeled off on the turn, Dzivielevski took back control of the hand. The [poker card="6h"] river completed the board and ended Reeve’s bid for a third title in eighth place for $77,468. Despite busting Reeves, Dzivielevski was still grinding a short stack. Over thirty minutes later, he played a pot against David Peters that cost him the majority of his stack. From the button, Peters opened with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"] and after Sammartino folded, Dzivielevski called holding [poker card="ts"][poker card="9d"]. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9s"] and after Dzivielevski checked, Peters put out abet with his flopped two pair which the Brazilian called. The turn was the [poker card="qh"] giving Dzivielevski the straight, which he checked for a second time over to Peters who checked it back. The river was the [poker card="kd"] bringing in a full house for Peters. Dzivielevski put out a half-pot bet, and Peters took some time and eventually raised for most of his stack. After tanking for two minutes, Dzivielevski made the call and saw the bad news. Peters essentially doubled up while Dzivielevski was left with less than one big blind, which he lost on the very next hand ending his run in seventh place for $97,761. With six players left, Malinowski put in a raise from early position with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] and net to act, Peters shipped his final 25 big blinds with [poker card="ts"][poker card="th"]. Malinowski wasted no time in making the call and the pair flipped for the chip lead. The flop came [poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5s"], keeping Peters’ pocket tens in good shape. But when the [poker card="ac"] hit the turn, Peters was left looking for one of the remaining two tens to stay alive in the tournament. The river was the [poker card="jd"] eliminating Peters in sixth place for $123,370. Although he started the day as the chip leader, Guillaume Nolet was at the bottom of the chip counts with five left. When folded to in the small blind, Nolet moved all-in with his short stack holding [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"], and Malinowski, with a massive chip lead, opted to call holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="9d"]. The flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6s"], providing a pair to Malinowski and leaving Nolet looking for help. The turn was the [poker card="2s"], opening the possibility of a backdoor flush for the Canadian. But Malinowski was running too hot and the [poker card="7h"] hit the river. Malinowski’s lead increased and Nolet was sent to the rail in fifth place for $155,688. Just two hands later, a battle of the blinds played out as table short stack Ami Barer in the small blind moved all-in with his [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"] and was quickly called by Aleks Ponakovs and his [poker card="6s"][poker card="6h"]. The flop came [poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3c"] giving Ponakovs top set and leaving Barer drawing thin. The [poker card="8s"] turn effectively ended the hand, as Barer was drawing dead to the [poker card="7d"] river. In his fifth appearance at a Super MILLION$ final table, Barer fell in fourth place and added $196,473 to his bankroll. Just minutes later it looked like Ponakovs was in line to pick up more chips. He put in a min-raise on the button holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] which prompted Malinowski to three-bet shove his massive stack with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. Sammartino folded and Ponakovs snap-called. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"] flop was clean for the pocket queens. But, yet again, an ace hit the turn as the [poker card="ac"] gave Malinowski a stranglehold on the hand. The river [poker card="3h"] couldn’t save Ponakovs who exited in third place for $247,939. At the start of heads-up play, Malinowski held a better than four-to-one chip lead but Sammartino’s patient play chipped away at Malinowski’s lead. The pair battled for roughly an hour, with Sammartino wrestling the chip lead away for a time. But Malinowski’s heater kicked back in just in time and he bested Sammartino in a hand where he held [poker card="kh"][poker card="6d"] to Sammartino’s [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"] and the pair got it all in on the flop of a [poker card="kd"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][[poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"] board. Minutes later, it was all over. Malinowski moved all-in with his chip lead and the [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and Sammartino made the call with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"]. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="4c"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3s"] giving Malinowski a straight and missing Sammartino’s backdoor flush draw. Sammartino picked up $312,889 as the runner-up and Malinowski earned his first Super MILLION$ title and the $394,852 first-place prize. Super MILLION$ Final Table Payouts (5/4) Wiktor Malinowski - $394,852 Dario Sammartino - $312,889 Aleks Ponakovs - $247,939 Ami Barer - $196,472 Guillaume Nolet $155,688 David Peters - $123,370 Yuri Dzivielevski - $97,761 Lucas Reeves - $77,468 judd trump - $61,367
There’s just one week left in the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and as the start of the Main Events draws closer, the action is heating up. Wednesday’s highlights included the reigning WSOP Main Event champion tacking on another title while one of SCOOP’s most prolific players proved himself yet again. It was another galaxy of poker superstars battling for six-figure sums in Event #72-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max) with a lobby littered with all-world talent. But when the chips were all in a single stack it was 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas who was the last man standing, collecting the $263,022.96 first-place prize. To say it didn’t come easy would be an understatement as there were zero soft spots at the final table. Linus ‘LLinusLLove’ Loeliger (8th, $44,084.52), five-time SCOOP champion Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi (7th, $56,898.60), and Christoph ’26071985’ Vogelsang (6th, $73,437.36) all made the final eight. While online poker superstars Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet (5th, $94,783.44) and Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski (4th, $122,334.12) both nearly made the podium. Austrian grinder Thomas ’WushuTM’ Muhlocker used two entries and climbed his way to third place for a $157,893 score. Finally, Christian ‘WATnlos’ Rudolph made his third bullet count as he finished as the runner-up and collected $203,787.84. In February, Salas spoke about his continued drive to be considered one of the poker world’s best players and on Wednesday he not earned his first career SCOOP title to add to his resume but the over $263K score pushed him just above $10 million in lifetime online earnings. Former pool shark turned pro pro ‘FouEnculePL’ picked up his first career SCOOP title after topping the 154-player field of Event #73-H ($2,100 NLHE, Freezeout) for $64,649.98. Brazil’s ‘Kelvin_FR:AR’ grabbed his second High Event runner-up finished of the series which was good for another $50,013.07 while ‘Kraskata85’ took home third place honors and $38,690.03. Also of note, Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet finished in fourth place for $29,930.57, his second major final table of the day. It was a profitable, if not slightly frustrating day for four-time SCOOP champion Rinat ‘Zapahzamazki’ Lyapin. The Russian pro found himself heads-up for a fifth title in two spots on Wednesday, however, in both, he was regulated to the role of runner-up and denied what would be his third High event victory of the 2021 series. First in Event #76-H ($1,050 HORSE), Lyapin battled Germany’s ‘NicoBoko’ but was unable to wrap up the victory. ‘NicoBoko’ topped the 113-entry field and clinched their first SCOOP title for $27,685. Lyapin collected $19,210 for second place and ‘Gjeddekongen’ from Norway ended up in third place and received $14,690. Then, in another small field specialty event, Event #78-H ($1,050 FL Badugi, 6-Max), Lyapin went toe-to-toe against current worldwide #8-ranked pro Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson. The Canadian online poker veteran emerged on top of the 57-entry field to capture an incredible seventh career SCOOP title and the $20,037.71 first-place prize. Watson’s latest triumph is added to a SCOOP resume that proves that he’s one of the most well-rounded players in the game today. He’s earned SCOOP titles in Pot Limit Omaha, PLO Hi/Lo, two in 6+ Hold’em (Short Deck), 2-7 NL Single Draw, No Limit Hold’em, and now FL Badugi. All told, Watson’s earned more than $370,000 in SCOOP victories alone. That left Lyapin to settle for second place once again and this time he picked up $13,271.72. His two runner-up finishes earned him a total of $32,481 on the day. But when added to his victories in Event #20-H and Event 56-H, the Russian pro has taken in more than $186,000 in High event podium finishes this year. Not to be lost, Chris ‘Apotheosis92’ Kruk finished the FL Badugi event in third place for $8,790.36 while Benny ‘RunGodlike’ Glaser and two-time 2021 SCOOP winner ‘calvin7v’ also made the final table. Other winners on Wednesday included ‘Diplomatic_Boy’ (Event #72-L), ‘J0hnny_Dr@m@‘ (Event #72-M), ‘Dexxt3r’ (Event #74-L), ‘konsti1710’ (Event #74-M), ‘Fisherman FV’ (Event #76-L), ‘luckykuck653’ (Event #76-M), ‘HP Paque1’ (Event #78-L), and ‘FAL1st’ (Event #78-M). Event #72-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max) Entries: 120 Prize pool: $1,200,000 1. pampa27 - $263,022.96 2. WATnlos - $203,787.84 3. WushuTM - $157,893 Event #74-H ($2,100 NLHE, Freezeout) Entries: 154 Prize pool: $308,000 1. FouEnculePL - $64,649.98 2. Kelvin_FR:AR - $50,013.07 3. Kraskata85 - $38,690.03 Event #76-H ($1,050 HORSE) Entries: 113 Prize pool: $113,000 1. NicoBoko - $27,685 2. Zapahzamazki - $19,210 3. Gjeddekongen - $14,690 Event #78-H ($1,050 FL Badugi, 6-Max) Entries: 57 Prize pool: $57,000 1. SirWatts - $20,037.71 2. Zapahzamazki - $13,271.72 3. Apotheosis92 - $8,790.36
In an online series that is guaranteed to feature talented final tables, one of the toughest in recent memory took place on Wednesday during the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. Nine top-tier players, including two former #1-ranked pros and the current All-Time Online Money List leader, played down to a winner in the biggest buy-in event on the SCOOP 2021 schedule. Plus, one of the most accomplished online poker pros in history, finally added a SCOOP title to his resume. It’s safe to say that the final table of Event #43-H ($25,000 NLHE, 8-Max, Super High Roller) was one of the most stacked tournaments of 2021. Of course, when the buy-ins are as big as $25K, it tends to draw online poker’s elite players. Even so, it’s a rarity to be able to look at a final table full table of screen names and be able to identify each and every player based on their outstanding accomplishments. The two-day tournament featured 51 players (with 20 re-entries) to generate a prize pool of $1,741,275 and in the end, it was current All-Time Online Money List leader Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira who took home the $469,987.05 first-place prize and his fifth career SCOOP title. The victory was a bit of a breakthrough for Vieira who has found himself at plenty of major final tables as of late but despite taking down big scores, hadn’t locked up the outright win since his PokerStars Turbo Series win on February 25. It’s also a career milestone for ‘Naza114’, as the score now serves as the largest recorded online score of his career. Mikita ‘fish2013’ Badziakouski took home the Super High Roller runner-up honors, which was good for $352,019.81, and Christian ‘WATnlos’ Rudolph captured the bronze and booked a $263,662.64. The star power didn’t stop there as former #1’s Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt (8th, $62,152.19) and Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford (7th, $82,980.28) were early casualties, while Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski (6th, $110,788.09) and Benjamin ‘bencb789’ Rolle ($147,914.86) both laddered into six-figure scores. Then, falling just outside the top three was Australia’s Michael ‘imluckbox’ Addamo, who fell in fourth place for $197,483.22. After all that he has accomplished in online (and live) poker, it may be surprising to discover that Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman hadn’t won a PokerStars SCOOP title until Wednesday night. The former #1-ranked pro finally added that accolade to his poker resume with a win in Event #45-H ($1,050 NLHE, 6-Max) for $78,539.14. Certainly, part of the reason may be that Moorman now calls Las Vegas home. However, this summer, he and his wife Katie Lindsay invested in a property in Mexico which has allowed Moorman to compete on the international stage on a more regular basis. The score ranks in Moorman’s top 20 career score and is his largest of the year. Anton ‘Bomber&Granater’ Wigg was denied his third SCOOP title as the current #24-ranked pro settled for second place and used the $56,390.92 score to leap over $5.5 million in career earnings. ‘BenArfaa10’ rounded out the top three and earned $40,488.58 for their efforts. Earlier in the day, ‘pucho2100’ picked up their first SCOOP victory with a win in Event #41-H ($1,050 NLHE, Deep Stacks). They battled through the 288-entry field to win the $54,837.07 first-place prize. Lucas ‘Bit2Easy’ Reeves came in second place, earning $41,521.49 and Aleksejs ’APonakov’ Ponakov grabbed third place and picked up $31,439.75. The final event of the night was Event #49-H ($1,050 Razz) where ‘Gigaloff’ wrapped up $25,887.50 for first place and their third career SCOOP title. ‘__akun333__’ picked up $17,575 as the runner-up while 'youre' finished in third place and received $13,300. Other winners on Wednesday included ‘Bxrn’ (Event #41-L), ‘missy_gazell’ (Event #41-M), ‘GZingano’ (Event #43-L), ‘Xungazz’ (Event #43-M), ‘Wizzyy10’ (Event #45-L), ‘lamapoopie’ (Event #45-M), ‘monopol’ (Event #49-L), and ‘maxsnel123’ (Event #49-M). Event #41-H ($1,050 NLHE, Deep Stacks) Entries: 288 Prize pool: $288,000 1. pucho2100 - $54,837.07 2. Bit2Easy - $41,521.49 3. APonakov - $31,439.75 Event #43-H ($25,000 NLHE, 8-Max, Super High Roller) Entries: 71 Prize pool: $1,741,275 1. Naza114 - $469,987.05 2. fish2013 - $352,019.81 3. WATnios - $263,662.64 Event #45-H ($1,050 NLHE, 6-Max) Entries: 440 Prize pool: $440,000 1. Moorman1 - $78,539.14 2. Bomber&Granater - $56,390.92 3. BenArfaa10 - $40,488.58 Event #49-H ($1,050 Razz) Entries: 95 Prize pool: $95,000 1. Gigaloff - $25,887.50 2. __akun333__ - $17,575 3. youre - $13,300
It didn’t take long for the PokerStars 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker to find its first two-time series winner. It happened just four days into play and while many would have wagered that there would certainly be a player (or players) who would take down multiple SCOOP titles this year, almost no one saw it happening like this. On Monday, Dejan ‘dejanlc357’ Kaladurdevic made SCOOP history after he captured the first-ever SCOOP title for a player from Montenegro when he won the SCOOP Kickoff Event ($530 NLHE Progressive Knockout) for $78,406.21. Well, he doubled up on that effort and became the first player in 2021 to take down two events. On Wednesday, Kaladurdevic topped the 988 player field of Event 11-H ($530 NLHE, 8-Max, Progressive Knockout) to claim the $34,582.28 first-place prize and added another $29,755.02 in bounties for a total score of $64,337.30. Long-time online grinder from Latvia ‘RovoDice’ was forced to settle for second place, taking home $34,581.70 plus another $14,415.26 in bounties. Brazil’s ‘IgorHKR’ finished in third, walking away with $20,518.14 and another $3,148.44 in bounties. Nosebleed online cash game specialist (and occasional heads-up challenge taker) Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski put his skills on display by topping the stacked 105-entry field of Event 13-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller). As with many online $10K’s, the field was a who’s who of top-tier online grinders and, in the end, Malinowski finished with all the chips and banked the $241,956.69 first-place prize. Former #1 Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson finished in second place, good for $185,765.68, the fifth-largest online score of his career. Christoph ‘26071985’ Vogelsang claimed the bronze, earning $142,624.33. Adrian ‘Amadi_017’ Mateos picked up his third career SCOOP title by outlasting the 873-player field in Event 13-M ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Freezeout, Super Tuesday). Mateos defeated the Netherlands’ ‘BRzRoll’ to take home the win and the $146,714.34 first-place prize. For his part, ‘BRzRoll’ also picked up a six-figure score, banking $107,614.36 as the runner-up. Aleksejs ‘APonakov’ Ponakovs had the last step on the podium and earned $78,934.91 for third place. Sweden’s ‘BomPang’ took down the final big buy-in event of the evening when they won Event 14-H ($1,050 PLO, 6-Max) for $68,835.91. ‘Fabahaba’, who just two days ago took down Event 07-M), fell just one spot short of joining Kaladurdevic in the SCOOP 2021 two-timer club finishing as the runner-up for $50,066.70. Pot Limit Omaha specialist Joni ‘bustoville’ Jouhkimainen picked up $36,415.23 for his third-place finish. Other winners on Wednesday included ‘MrGlauber’ (Event 11-L), ‘verdao134’ (Event 11-M), ‘19THEMACHINE83’ (Event 13-L), ‘Fagner CR7’ (Event 14-L), ‘devyatki’ (Event 14-M). Event #11-H ($530 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO) Entries: 988 Prize pool: $494,000 1. dejanic357 - $64,337.30 2. RovoDice - $48,996.96 3. IgorHKR - $23,666.98 Event #13-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max) Entries: 105 Prize pool: 1,050,000 1. limitless - $241,256.69 2. C Darwin2 - $185,765.68 3. 26071985 - $142,624.33 Event #14-H ($1,050 PLO, 6-Max) Entries: 375 Prize pool: $375,000 1. BomPang - $68,835.91 2. Fabahaba - $50,066.70 3. bustoville - $36,415.23