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Niklas Astedt has done it again. For the fifth time this year, Astedt took down a GGPoker Spring Festival event. The win comes just 24 hours after former #1-ranked Swedish superstar finished runner-up in a GGSF event for the first time. On Friday, Astedt beat out 108 other entries in Event #95 ($2,100 Bounty) to win $57,213.32. The final bounty Astedt collected belonged to David Peters. The former Global Poker Index Player of the Year earned $25,191.57 as the runner-up. 'JESUSYAAZY', who finished third on Thursday in the event Astedt finished second in, posted another third place finish here, banking $14,405.61. Astedt has now collected $1,432,201.51 from his five GGPoker Spring Festival wins alone. Astedt's win was one of just three High level buy-in GGPoker Spring Festival events that crowned a champion on Friday as the series heads toward the Main Event this weekend. George Wolff navigated his way through 78 other entries to win Event #97-H ($1,050 Deep Turbo) for a $18,427.37 score. Italy's Nicolo Molinelli finished in second place and walked away with $14,371.10 while Konstantin Maslak earned his fifth podium finish of the series by coming in third for $11,207.76. Aleksei 'psihodelik' Filimonov rounded up the trio of Friday winners by shipping Event #98-H ($525 Bounty Turbo [6-Max]) for $18,702.30. The Russian defeated 180 other runners to claim victory including runner-up Aram Oganyan, who banked $9,188.74, and Douglas Ferreira, who earned $7,435.55 as the third place finisher. Event #95-H ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 109 Prize pool: $218,000 Niklas Astedt - $57,213.32 David Peters - $25,191.57 JESUSYAAZY - $14,405.61 Event #97-H ($1,050 Deep Turbo) Entries: 79 Prize pool: $79,000 George Wolff - $18,427.37 Nicolo Molinelli - $14,371.10 Konstantin Maslak - $11,207.76 Event #98-H ($525 Bounty Turbo [6-Max]) Entries: 181 Prize pool: $95,500 Aleksei 'psihodelik' Filimonov - $18,702.30 Aram Oganyan - $9,188.74 D Ferreira - $7,435.55
Belarusian poker superstar Mikita Badziakouski is no stranger to million dollar paydays. On Tuesday, Badziakouski added another one after taking down a GGPoker Spring Festival for a $1.1 million score against some of the top high roller regulars in the world. Over the course of two days, Badziakouski topped the 208-entry field in Event #75-H ($25,500 Sunday Five Million) to win $1,105,678.72. Just five days after picking up $339,484.21 for winning Event #58-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty), 'CrossfireX' added $829,142.29 to their bankroll for finishing one spot behind Badziakouski. Third place finisher 'Nator' ended up earning $621,768.89. The top bounty hunter in Event #77-H ($525 Bounty Hunters HR SE) was 'PUYA' and that earned them $51,978.68. Their last victim was 'minipro' and that player had to settle for $20,752.80 while Simon Lofberg actually picked up a slightly bigger score, banking $24,921.77 as the third place finisher. Finland's Samuli Sipila took down Event #78-H ($2,100 PLO-NL Bounty) by beating former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth. Sipila earned $62,192.88 along with the title while Nemeth walked away with $38,916.14 for his efforts. Third place finisher 'schmalimero93' earned $19,247.75. The last of the High level buy-in events to play down to a winner on Monday was Event #80-H ($525 6-Max). 'DameDolla' navigated through the 635-entry field to take the title and a $44,171.48 score. Runner-up 'Moist' earned just a little bit more, banking $45,301.17 while 'PUYA' earned their second podium finish of the night and won $45,301.17 Event #75-H ($25,500 Sunday Five Million [2-Day Event]) Entries: 208 Prize pool: $5,200,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $1,105,678.72 CrossfireX - $829,142.29 Nator - $621,768.89 Event #77-H ($525 Bounty Hunters HR SE) Entries: 875 Prize pool: $437,500 PUYA - $51,978.68 minipro - $20,752.80 Simon Lofberg - $24,921.77 Event #78-H ($2,100 PLO-NL Bounty) Entries: 134 Prize pool: $268,000 Samuli Sipila - $62,192.88 Andras Nemeth - $38,916.14 schmalimero93 - $19,247.75 Event #80-H ($525 6-Max) Entries: 635 Prize pool: $317,500 DameDolla - $44,171.48 Moist - $45,301.17 PUYA - $27,714.94
After an opening week featuring some of the world's best players battling it out, the GGPoker Spring Festival had a very quiet day on Friday with just three High buy-in events wrapping up and a fourth bagging and tagging and headed to a second day of play. Christian Rudolph beat out 139 other runners to win Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) for $58,033.04. Runner-up Francisco ‘VaPaCooler’ Benitez, who came in third place in $610,079.27 at the start of the Festival, walked away from this one with $24,512.91 and yet another close call. Third place went to 'TheWrigler' for $2.5,448.22. 'BIG HAI', a regular in the GGPoker high roller tournament streets, went bounty hunting in Event #29-H ($1,050 Bounty Turbo), and came back with $33,440.21 and a victory. The final bounty 'BIG HAI' collected belonged to 'JustbcOfU' who walked away with $12,801.82 for their efforts. Marco Streda took the final spot on the podium for $8,748.87. The last High event to play down to a champion on Friday was Event #30-H ($525 Hyper [6-Max]) which drew 173 runners. Markus Prinz beat all of them to add $24,317.38 to his bankroll while runner-up Wei Zhao banked $17,581.85. Former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth finished in third for $12,712.04. Nemeth also finished Day 1 of Event #28 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) with the chip lead. The event drew 243 runners for a $7,000 overlay. Just 14 of those players moved on to Day 2 with Viktor Ustimov, Mike Watson, Brock Wilson, and Shyngis Satubayev all part of the group chasing Nemeth for the $52,176.54 first place prize. Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 140 Prize pool: $280,000 Christian Rudolph - $58,033.04 VaPaCooler - $24,512.91 TheWrigler - $25,448.22 Event #29-H ($1,050 Bounty Turbo) Entries: 134 Prize pool: $134,000 BIG HAI - $33,440.21 JustbcOfU - $12,801.82 Marco Streda - $8,748.87 Event #30-H ($525 Hyper [6-Max]) Entries: 173 Prize pool: $100,000 Markus Prinz - $24,317.38 Wei Zhao - $17,581.85 Andras Nemeth - $12,712.04