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  1. Dominykas Mikolaitis entered the final table of this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$ with a hefty chip lead, one that he leveraged to take home his first career Super MILLION$ title and the $428,624 first-place prize. Just because the grinder from Poland held a considerable chip advantage, it was by no means a sure thing that he’d make it to the end. In his way this week were a pair of former #1-ranked online pros in Yuri Dzivielevski and Andras Nemeth, the current #5 ranked player in the world in Dalton Hobold, and Stephen Chidwick, one of the most feared high rollers in the game today. Thirty minutes into the final table, with the blinds at 30,000/60,000, Andras Nemeth opened the button to 132,000 holding the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"]. In the small blind, China’s Weiran Pu three-bet shipped their final nine big blinds with the [poker card="as"][poker card="6s"]. Nemeth made the quick call and the flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6c"], giving both a pair but putting Nemeth in the lead. The [poker card="kc"] turn gave Nemeth top two, and added a gutshot straight draw for Pu. However, the river was the [poker card="5c"] and Pu was the first player of the day to hit the rail, finishing in ninth place for $53,578. It was one trip around the table before ‘Pandora-box’ opened from the hijack to 126,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"]. Mikolaitis, on the button, put in a three-bet to 354,000 with his [poker card="as"][poker card="4h"]. When the action folded back to ‘Pandora-box’ they decided to flat call leaving themselves 1.5 million behind. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3h"] giving ‘Pandora-box’ top pair. They checked it to Mikolaitis who put out a 150,000 bet. ‘Pandora-box’ called and the [poker card="2d"] arrived on the turn, offering Mikolaitis a gutshot straight draw. ‘Pandora-box’ checked again to the chip leader who fired 288,000 into the pot of 1.2 million. ‘Pandora-box’ just called yet again and the [poker card="5h"] appeared on the river, giving Mikolaitis his runner-runner straight. ‘Pandora-box’ checked a third time but this time, with the nuts, Mikolaitis went big and moved all-in. After a few moments, ‘Pandora-box’ called off their final million and was eliminated in eighth place, good for $69,482. Just five hands later, former #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski raised the button to 120,000 with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Nemeth folded the small blind and Mikolaitis defended his big blind holding the [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"]. Mikolaitis outflopped Dzivielevski on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4h"] flop, and the action checked thru. The turn was the [poker card="as"], hitting Dzivielevski but giving Mikolaitis two pair. Mikolaitis checked it over to the Brazilian who bet just over 240,000 with top pair. Mikolaitis put in a check-raise to 600,000 and Dzivielevski called, with just under 1.4 million behind. The river was the [poker card="js"] and once again Mikolaitis went for it all and moved all-in. Dzivielevski took nearly three minutes and eventually clicked the call button. Dzivielevski fell in seventh place and added $90,107 to his Super MILLION$ earnings. Brazil’s Dalton ‘morgota’ Hobold had been hanging on to his short stack for most of the final table, but eventually, with the blinds at 35,000/70,000, picked up a hand he could fight with. After ‘OPPikachu’ opened from the cutoff to 189,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] it folded to Hobold in the big blind with [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"]. Hobold moved all-in for 538,000 and ‘OPPikachu’ made the quick call putting the Brazilian at risk. The [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4d"] flop put Hobold way behind and looking for one of the final two jacks in the deck. The turn was the [poker card="qd"] and the river came the [poker card="7s"] sending Hobold to collect his $116,854 sixth-place prize. As Mikolaitis extended his chip lead, building his stack to over 12 million, Stephen Chidwick slipped to just under 10 big blinds. After Mikolaitis opened from under the gun to 140,000 with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"], Chidwick moved all-in for just over 640,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"]. Both blinds folded and Mikolaitis made the call, looking to take out the always dangerous Chidwick. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"] giving both players a pair. The turn was the [poker card="jc"], adding nut flush outs for Chidwick. But the [poker card="7d"] was a brick for Chidwick and the all-world pro ended up in fifth place for $151,541. With the blinds up to 40,000/80,000, ‘Memukul’ raised from the small blind to 200,000 with his [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. Nemeth, in the big blind with just 10 bigs, moved all-in holding the [poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"] and was snapped off by ‘Memukul’ putting the two-time Super MILLION$ champ at risk. The board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="8c"] shipping the pot to ‘Memukul’ and, for the second week in a row, Nemeth finished just short of a third title. Nemeth earned $196,525 for his fourth-place run. The three-handed battle took some time with both short stacks hanging around as Mikolaitis looked for a way to continue to add to his chip lead. Eventually, it was a clash between those two short stacks that got the tournament to heads up. With the blinds up to 70,000/140,000, ‘OPPikachu’ open-ripped his final 1.5 million from the small blind with the [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"]. ‘Memukul’, in the big blind, took a moment but made the call holding the [poker card="kh"][poker card="5s"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7d"] giving ‘Memukul’ in the lead in the hand. It was a lead they didn’t surrender as the turn came the [poker card="4d"] and the river came the [poker card="2d"]. ‘OPPikachu’ bowed out in third place, good for $254,861. Mikolaitis started heads up with a better than 2:1 chip lead but it wasn’t long before ‘Memukul’ climbed into the chip lead. From there the pair traded the chip lead back and forth. Eventually, Mikolaitis grabbed the chip lead and didn’t let go. The blinds were at 100,000/200,000 when ‘Memukul’ limped the button holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Mikolaitis ripped from the big blinds with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. ‘Memukul’ made the call for it all. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"] keeping ‘Memukul’ in the lead but offering Mikolaitis a gutshot straight draw and some backdoor options. When the [poker card="3h"] hit the turn, ‘Memukul’ was left with only chop outs. The [poker card="kc"] completed the board, and the tournament, as ‘Memukul’ - who started the day ninth in chips - finished in second place for $330,514 and Dominykas Mikolaitis took home his first Super MILLION$ title for $428,624 GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table Results Dominykas Mikolaitis - $428,624 ‘Memukul’ - $330,514 ‘OPPikachu’ - $254,861 Andras Nemeth - $196,525 Stephen Chidwick - $151,541 Dalton ‘morgota’ Hobold - $116,854 Yuri Dzivielevski - $90,107 ‘Pandora-box’ - $69,482 Weiran Pu - $53,578
  2. With a prize pool of $2.34m, the $5,300 buy-in Texas Poker Championship saw former WPT Winner James Carroll win the top prize of $455,860. Carroll, a hugely popular pro, beat Nicholas Howard heads-up to claim the title after an entertaining final table. One element that added to the atmosphere of the occasion was the live staking that was possible throughout the Main Event. Raising the Stakes Taking place in Houston, Texas, the Prime Social Texas Poker Championship Main Event saw ClubGG offer direct satellites to the events through the subscription poker platform. Pocket Fives then provided live staking for players. It was as simple as visiting the cash desk and putting down the money. “The event was great,” says James Bridgeman, Public Relations and Sponsorship Manager for GGAlliance. It ran smoothly, made all the guarantees and there was a really good vibe from players in the room along with all the staff, dealers and servers. I chatted with a lot of local regulars and out of towners. They were all in positive spirits whether they busted with no cash or ran deep.” Bridgeman met several players who were staked live and while they busted before the money, they were appreciative of the experience. “I met someone from a side event who min-cashed and was definitely happy about it,” he said. “From the Main Event, three or four qualifiers made Day 2. On the staking, it was the same attitude. We had five stakers in the Main Event; none cashed, but all enjoyed it and gave a fun sweat to their friends and followers.” There certainly seemed to be a great atmosphere in the room when PokerNews arrived at the venue during the tournament as part of their tour of the Lone Star State. https://twitter.com/PokerNews/status/1508933386311712768 “ClubGG Qualifiers are all excited that we have announced more Prime Social events,” says Bridgeman. “Everyone working at Prime Social made it very easy for qualifiers, they also had chip tracking throughout events and highlighted ClubGG Qualifiers, as well as those who used staking to make an even more memorable experience for them. In regards to PocketFives Staking, players really like the transparency and how easy it is, also no fees compared to competitors is obviously great. Staking worked really smoothly.” Prime Social ‘Very Happy’ With Event From the club’s own perspective, Justin Hammer, Tournament Director at the club, has had a chance to rest and reflect in the three days since the event. He’s delighted to report how pleased the club was with the live staking and how players enjoyed it. “It feels really good to accomplish what we did as an up-and-coming club. I’m very happy about it,” he told us. “Live staking was huge! We only had it for the Main Event, but the ability to sell some action for those who won seats or just wanted less exposure was very beneficial. There’s nothing to lose if they put up a package that doesn’t sell, so everyone had the opportunity to try to play at a discount.” With great communication between the cash desk and staking players, which there was, the whole process proved ‘seamless’ across the event. There was a friendly, fun atmosphere during most of the series, things only getting serious when the Main reached the final table. “Things really tightened up and most players seemed pretty focused. James Carroll won the event of course - a great player. Having a popular player helps draw attention, which is nice. Whoever wins creates a good story somehow though. I’m never really rooting for a particular player, just that things run smoothly. From the feedback I’ve received, it really seems like we accomplished that goal.” The Players Perspective When it came to the event from a player’s perspective, Jason Daly had a great time, finishing in fifth place for $125,350, the first six-figure score to be awarded at the final table. “I thought the event was great,” he said today. “[Justin] Hammer and his staff do a really amazing job. I can’t say enough about how well the staff treat the players from the dealers to the floor staff. I do wish the live stream would have been delayed longer as I felt I was little bit disadvantaged by the short delay and some of the peoples hole cards not reading in some key spots. But overall, it was a nice experience.” Daly rated the players he came up against very highly, declaring it ‘the toughest field ever in Texas’ without question. “The level of competition was outstanding,” he says. “The structure was the best I’ve ever played outside of the [WSOP] Main Event and you could really tell the best players rose to the final 30 or so. I was really happy that James won if I couldn’t; he’s such a nice guy and class act. He really represents poker well.” “James has been around for a long time and I have a lot of respect for his game,” added eighth-placed Justin Saliba. “He’s a strong player and never afraid to go for it in big spots, so it’s always a fun challenge battling with him.” After Daly’s exit in fifth, Jorge Gomez finished fourth before an epic three-handed battle that raged until midnight, when Benjamin Keiley left in third place. That bust-out saw Nicholas Howard go into the final duel with a big chip lead, holding 19.9 million to James Carroll’s 4.5 million. Carroll came back like the professional he is, winning the top prize of $455,860, along with the coveted winners trophy and Exquisite Timepieces watch. With an entertaining event further improved by the live staking element on offer, could Prime Social’s event be a template for many more live staking experiences to come? The days of registering without taking a look at the players you can invest in as well as yourself may soon be a thing of the past if the slick operation in Houston is replicated across America. Prime Social Texas Poker Championship Final Table Results: James Carroll - $455,860 Nicholas Howard - $303,930 Benjamin Keiley - $223,580 Jorge Gomez - $166,420 Jason Daly - $125,350 Andrew Ostapchenko - $95,570 Jeremy Harvey - $73,750 Justin Saliba - $57,620 Viet Vo - $45,590  
  3. Hello fellow online poker players. My name is Andrew LeBlanc, and for the past 6 years I've been playing and studying the nuances of online poker religiously. Poker in general has become a big part of my life, and I'm very passionate about it. On April 4th, a change to the online poker landscape is set to take effect- and threaten how Ontarians enjoy online poker. Think of it as a fence surrounding Ontario, diminishing the player pools, guarantees, and the ability to take part in international series on sites like Pokerstars and GG Poker. This legislation could also lead to further negative changes down the road. Please consider signing this petition, as an initial step on the journey to keeping online poker international (and how it should be) in Ontario. Thank you. https://www.change.org/p/rob-ford-stop-ontario-from-cancelling-online-poker-internationally?redirect=false
  4. In his tenth trip to a GGPoker Super MILLION$ final table, Aleks Ponakovs picked up his first victory in the event this week, besting the 235-entry field and taking home the $475,125 first-place prize. It was a bit of a positive reversal of fortune for Ponakovs who, over the past two weeks, made back-to-back final tables. Last week, he started the final table as the chip leader, sights set on the win, only to fall in fifth place for $172,271. This week, he started the day fifth in chips and made it all the way to the end, defeating two-time Super MILLION$ champ - and former #1-ranked online player in the world - Andras Nemeth to earn the win. It’s always an easy statement to say that the Super MILLION$ final table is one of the toughest in any given week, but this week there were simply no soft spots with top-tier players in every single seat. Ponakovs had to navigate a table that included the likes of Seth Davies, Chris Klodnicki, Ole Schemion, Rodrigo Selouan, and Elio Fox. In fact, last week’s Super MILLION$ champ, Sung Joo ‘ArtePokerTV’ Hyun started the day on the short stack. About 15 minutes into the final table, made a move to try and out of the bottom of the chip. counts. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000, Hyun moved all-in for roughly 10 big blinds holding the [poker card="ad"][poker card="7h"]. After Elio Fox folded his big blind, Andras Nemeth made the quick call holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"], putting Hyun at risk. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"] keeping Nemeth’s kicker in play and ending Hyun’s back-to-back bid in ninth place for $59,390. Nearly 45 minutes later, with the blinds now at 40,000/80,000, Seth Davies shipped his roughly 400,000 chip short stack in the middle with [poker card="ah"][poker card="2d"]. Nemeth in the small blind decided to flat with his [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"] and Rodrigo Selouan made the call in the big blind with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"]. The flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"] and the action checked through. The turn was the [poker card="jc"] and once again the action went check-check. The [poker card="6c"] completed the board and Nemeth put out a small bet which prompted Selouan to immediately fold. Nemeth showed down his pocket kings leaving Davies to be eliminated in eighth place for $77,020. The very next hand, Ole Schemion opened from middle position to 160,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] and, once again, it was Nemeth looking to stack another opponent. On the button, Nemeth raised to 360,000 holding [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"]. When the action folded back to Schemion, he shipped for just over 1.7 million and Nemeth made the call, leaving Schemion to flip for his tournament life. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="3d"] keeping Nemeth ahead but giving Schemion additional straight outs and backdoor flush outs as well. The [poker card="jh"] turn changed nothing and when the river came the [poker card="2h"], Schemion’s day was done in seventh place for $99,882. With the blind up to 50,000/100,000 a major clash took place between Selouan and Elio Fox. Fox raised from the button to 250,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] and after Nemeth folded his small blind, Selouan moved all-in for nearly 5 million. Fox snap-called for his tournament, creating a more than 7.5 million chip pot. Fox was way ahead until the flop came down [poker card="ts"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] giving Selouan bottom pair but also providing Fox with flush outs to go with his king. The turn was the [poker card="9d"], which added additional outs for Fox. It was practically a coin flip headed to the river but when the [poker card="9s"] hit, Selouan’s full house sent Fox to the rail to collect his $129,532 sixth-place prize. Although Selouan took over the chip lead with that hand, during an extended period of five-handed play Nemeth soared up the chip counts. When, at 100,000/200,000 Brazil’s Tauan Naves open-ripped his final 1.7 million from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"], Nemeth followed by moving the chip lead all-in with the almighty [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"]. Selouan folded the big blind and Naves needed to hit in order to survive. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="8d"] board ran clean for Nemeth’s pocket fives and Naves was out in fifth, which was good for $167,982. Nemeth continued his assault on the table when, at 125,000/250,000, Chris Klodnicki moved all-in from the small blind for just over 2.8 million with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="5d"] and Nemeth woke up with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] in the big blind. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"] flop kept Nemeth in the lead but provided Klodnicki with some additional outs. The [poker card="7s"] turn increased Klodnicki’s straight opportunities but also gave Nemeth flush outs. However, neither came to pass as the [poker card="qc"] hit the river and Nemeth’s ace-king remained best. Klodnicki picked up $217,846 for his fourth-place run. With three left, Selouan was on the short stack. He picked up [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] on the button and put in a raise to 500,000. Ponakovs, who was looking for his first elimination of the final table, looked down at [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] in the small blind and moved all-in for more than 8 million. Nemeth folded his big blind and Selouan made the call, only to find himself dominated. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] flop gave both players a pair, but [poker card="8s"] turn and [poker card="8c"] river meant that Ponakovs’ kicked would play. Selouan, who started the day as the chip leader, settled for third place and a $282,511 payday. That hand was a big swing in terms of chips and when heads-up play began, Ponakovs held a very slight chip lead over Nemeth. It only took a few hands for Nemeth to wrestle back the lead, but Ponakovs was not about to fold so easily. For the better part of thirty minutes the players traded blows, each taking turns grabbing and relinquishing the chip lead. Eventually, the momentum turned in favor of Ponakovs and in a big hand where Nemeth moved all-in on the river with a made straight where Ponakovs turned a flush, Ponakovs opened up a 10:1 chip lead. On the final hand, with the blinds at 200,000/400,000 Nemeth moved all-in on the button for 3.5 million holding [poker card="qh"][poker card="6d"] and Ponakovs made the call with his [poker card="3s"][poker card="3d"]. There was no extra drama in the [poker card="ad"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="th"][poker card="jd"] board. Andras Nemeth was denied his third career Super MILLION$ title, finishing as the runner-up for $366,372, and Aleks Ponakovs, in his tenth Super MILLION$ final table, walked away with his first victory and this week’s $475,125 first-place prize. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (2/22) Aleks Ponakovs - $475,125 Andras Nemeth - $366,372 Rodrigo Selouan - $282,511 Chris Klodnicki - $217,846 Tauan Naves - $167,982 Elio Fox - $129,532 Ole Schemion - $99,882 Seth Davies - $77,020 Sung Joo ‘ArtePokerTV’ Hyun - $59,390
  5. GGPoker is pulling out all the stops to celebrate two years of their flagship weekly freezeout online tournament - the GGMasters. On Sunday, March 20 GGPoker will host the GGMasters Overlay Edition, the buy-in remains $150 but this edition features a mammoth guarantee of $5 million. “$150 buy-in. Five million guaranteed. No rebuys. There’s no way this tournament is not going to have an overlay,” said Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker Global Ambassador. “This is GGPoker’s flagship freezeout tournament and you won’t want to miss out on the value this March 20.” There’s not a single tournament player in all of poker that doesn’t love overlay. The gap between the money the players generate for the prize pool to the minimum guaranteed prize pool offered by an operator or tour. When there’s overlay, players are picking up free equity and GGPoker is branding this anniversary Overlay Edition of the GGMasters as the “highest value tournament ever.” Of course, it’s not 100% certain that there will be overlay but with the event needing 33,334 individual players - without GGPoker taking any rake - in order to cover the $5 million number, it’s as close to a lock as you’re going to get in poker. Plus, Negreanu is willing to make another promise that there’s going to be free money in this event. “I’ll shave my head if this thing goes over five million, shave it all off,” Negreanu said in the promo video. “This is going to be great value for you.” https://twitter.com/RealKidPoker/status/1493329238451122177?s=20&t=mUH08GdRYuxp_3u81kka-Q There are three starting flights to choose from so matter where you are in the world (as long as online poker is available to you) you’ll have a convenient time to play: Flight 1: 12:00 UTC [Asia Flight] Flight 2: 17:00 UTC [Europe Flight] Flight 3: 22:00 UTC [Americas Flight] It’s important to remember that the GGMasters is a freezeout. So, a player can choose any starting flight they wish but if you bust that’s it, there's no entry on another starting flight. Those who make it through the first flight will reconvene to play on Monday, March 21 at 17:00 UTC for Day 2. Satellites for the GGMasters Overlay Edition are already running in the client, with players able to earn a seat for as little as $2. “This is just like free money, ok…so come get it.” For more information on the GGPoker Overlay Edition, visit the GGPoker website right here. https://twitter.com/GGPoker/status/1493557874395693059?s=20&t=mUH08GdRYuxp_3u81kka-Q
  6. Korea’s Sung Joo ‘ArtePokerTV’ Hyun earned his first GGPoker Super MILLION$ this week after topping the 241-entry field for a $487,256 payday. Prior to this week, Hyun, a WSOP online bracelet winner, had very little experience in this event. His only other time firing the tournament he cashed for just over $22,000. But that didn’t seem to be a problem for Hyun, who started the day in the bottom half of the chip counts but fought his way up the leaderboard against tough opposition including Rui Ferreira, Daniel Dvoress, Aleks Ponakovs, and eventual runner-up Dario Sammartino. It took nearly an hour for the eliminations to begin as Daniel Dvoress, who started the final table third in chips, saw his stack dwindle and with the blinds at 35,000/70,000 found himself on the bottom of the chip counts. After Aleka Ponakovs opened from the hijack to 175,000 holding the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"], it folded to Dvoress in the big blind holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="2c"] and he opted to defend. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"], giving Ponakovs middle pair but Dvoress picked up the nut flush draw and backdoor straight opportunities. Dvoress checked it over to Ponakovs who put out a small bet of 98,000. Dvoress then jammed all-in and Ponakovs made the call. The turn was the [poker card="jd"] and the river came the [poker card="8d"] and Dvoress was out in ninth place for $60,907. The blinds were at 40,000/80,000 when ‘joyeux’ open shipped their final six big blinds with the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"]. It folded around to Rui Ferreira in the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and the Brazilian pro made the quick call. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6s"] giving ‘joyeux’ some additional outs by flopping middle pair. But the turn came the [poker card="qh"], improving Ferreira to a set and leaving ‘joyeux’ looking to drill a gutshot straight. But the river was the [poker card="ac"], sending ‘joyeux’ out the door in eighth place for $78,986. Two hands later, ‘pitrasyan’, who had been clinging to short stack themselves, put their final 337,000 in the middle with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="2c"]. It nearly got through, but when ‘ProbierEs’ woke up with [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"] in the big blind they made the call putting ‘pitrasyan’ at risk. The board came [poker card="js"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="8d"] keeping the ace-ten of ‘ProbierEs’ ahead the entire time and ending ‘pitrasyan’s run in seventh place for $102,433, their first-ever cash in a Super MILLION$ event. Six-handed play lasted the better part of three levels and with the blinds at 80,000/160,000. After ‘ProbierES’ was eliminated in sixth place by Ferreira for $132,839. Ponakovs, found himself with a little over 12 big blinds and looking for a spot to climb back up the chip counts. When it folded to Korea’s Sung Joo ‘ArtePokerTV’ Hyun in the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"], he raised to 464,000. Ponakovs picked up [poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"] in the big blind and moved all-in for just over 2 million. Hyun, who had recently doubled through Ferreira, made the call putting Ponakovs at risk. It was basically a coin flip until the flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"], putting Hyun way ahead. The turn was the [poker card="6s"], leaving Ponakovs looking for one of the final two fours in the deck. The river was the [poker card="2c"] and Ponakovs’ day ended in fifth place which was good for $172,271. Four-handed play lasted into the 100,000/200,000 level and as the stacks began to get shallow Russia’s ‘spaise411’ found themselves sitting on just eight big blinds. From under the gun, ‘spaise411’ moved all-in holding the [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"]. Next to act, Hyun flatted the 1.6 million on the button, and both Ferreira and Dario Sammartino let go of the blinds. The flop came [poker card="ts"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4h"], giving Hyun top pair but that didn’t change ‘spaise411’s situation. The [poker card="6c"] turn was no help and when the [poker card="8c"] completed the board, ‘spaise411’ hit the rail in fourth place for $223,408. With the final three, essentially, even in chips the battle began. They passed the chip lead around but eventually, Hyun took control of the tournament. With the blinds up to 150,000/300,000, Hyun called in the small blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="8d"] and Ferreira, in the big blind, checked his option holding the [poker card="kc"][poker card="2s"]. The flop came [poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"], the action checked through to the [poker card="8h"] turn. Hyun then led for nearly 900,000 and Ferreira called with his pair of deuces. The [poker card="2d"] river gave both players a full house and Hyun led once again, this time for more than enough to put Ferreira all-in. Ferreira went into the tank letting nearly a minute of his time bank go by before making the call and seeing Hyun’s bigger full house. Ferreira finished in third place and collected $289,724 as a consolation. Hyun started heads-up play with a better than 3.5-1 chip lead but Sammartino heated up and took over the chip lead. But that lead didn’t last long. Sammartino raised the button to 600,000 with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="tc"] and Hyun quickly three-bet to 1.85 million with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"] which Sammartino called. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7c"] giving Sammartino top pair. Hyun led for just under 1 million. Sammartino raised to 2.1 million and with no time left in his time bank, Hyun called. The turn was the [poker card="js"], giving Hyun some additional outs. Hyun checked it over to Sammartino who checked it back. The river was the [poker card="9s"] bringing in the backdoor straight for Hyun, who then moved all-in. Sammartino was also out of extra time and with just five extra seconds to act, made the call. Giving Hyun the pure double up and sending him back in control of the chip lead. The final hand took place moments later when Sammartino shipped his final eight big blinds in the middle with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"] and Hyun called for it all with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="4h"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="ac"], giving Hyun the tournament when the ace came on the river. Sammartino settled for second place and a $375,726 payday while Hyun collected $487,256 as the winner. GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (2/15) Sung Joo ‘ArtePokerTV’ Hyun - $487,256 Dario Sammartino - $375,726 Rui Ferreira - $289,724 ‘spaise411’ - $223,408 Aleks Ponakovs - $172,271 ‘ProbierEs’ - $132,839 ‘pitrasyan’ - $102,433 ‘joyeux’ - $78,986 Daniel Dvoress - $60,907
  7. High-stakes tournament superstar Artur Martirosian earned his third career GGPoker Super MILLION$ title after outlasting this week's 270-entry field and a very stubborn final table to take home the first-place prize of $526,439. Martirosian entered rarefied air on the GGPoker Super MILLION$ leaderboard with the win, joining Michael Addamo and Niklas Astedt as one of just three players to have won three or more career Super MILLION$ titles. The score also pushes Martirosian into the top 5 in Super MILLION$ career earnings with more than $4 million. But history-making doesn’t often come easy and this particular final table was an especially tricky one. It was packed with tough competition, none of which were eager to get their chips in light. Daniel Dvoress, Isaac Haxton, Samuel Vousden, and eventual runner-up Markkos Ladev all stood in Martirosian's way. And while a few bowed out somewhat early, the story became which player would hold on the longest as the blinds quickly escalated and stack depths depleted. It took a little over thirty minutes for the first bustout to take place and even then, it was a classic cooler than ushered the first player to the rail. With the blinds at 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante), Daniel Dvoress picked up [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"] under the gun and raised to 176,000. Haxton, with less than 20 big blinds, folded his [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] in middle position but Lev ‘LevMeAlone’ Gottlieb had picked up [poker card="ks"][poker card="kc"] and moved all-in for just over 1.3 million. The action returned to Dvoress and he snap-called with his aces. The flop came [poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"], keeping Dvoress well ahead. The turn came the [poker card="jc"], giving Gottlieb additional flush outs to try and crack Dvoress’ aces. But the [poker card="8d"] river was a brick for Gottlieb who finished in ninth place for $65,804. Haxton’s earlier fold didn’t stop him from an early elimination though. A few hands later, Haxton raised to 160,000 from under the gun with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"] and when the action folded to ‘Pandora-box’ in the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"], they three-bet to 640,000. Haxton four-bet shipped his pocket queens and ‘Pandora-box’ made the quick call. The flop brought the [poker card="as"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3s"], pairing ‘Pandora-box’s ace and leaving Haxton looking for a queen. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and the river came the [poker card="kc"], ending Haxton’s day in eighth place for $85,338. Timothy Nuter was grinding his short stack for the better part of two levels, and after slipping just a few big blinds, he built it back up to 10 big blinds at the 60,000/120,000 level. ‘Pandora-box’ opened to 252,000 from middle position with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] and when it folded to Nuter in the big blind with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="2d"], he made the call. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3d"] flop gave both players top pair. Nuter checked it over to ‘Pandora-box’ who checked it back. The turn was the [poker card="2s"] and Nuter led for 220,800 with his two pair which ‘Pandora-box’ called. The [poker card="3s"] rolled off on the river, counterfeiting Nuter’s two pair. Nuter led once again, this time for 720,000, leaving himself less than a small blind behind. When ‘Pandora-box’ raised, Nuter committed the rest of his stack, a necessary move that eliminated him in seventh place for $110,670. The final six players took an even more measured approach to the action, keeping the chip stacks relatively close and avoiding higher variance spots. The chip lead got passed around and, as the blinds escalated, the players stubbornly stuck around and continued to battle back from the brink. The blinds went all the way to 125,000/250,000 (60,000 ante) without a player being eliminated. Every stack depth became incredibly shallow with the overall chip leader holding just over 30 big blinds. Eventually, the cards dictated who would be the next to fall. Sylvain Loosli opened to 500,000 from under the gun with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. Then Markkos Ladev picked up [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] in middle position and three-bet to 1.25 million. It folded back to Loosli who, with just 12 big blinds behind, shipped all-in. Ladev called and the board ran out [poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="6d"] to break the six-way stalemate and eliminate Loosli, who started the day as the chip leader, in sixth place for $143,521. A few hands later, Dvoress open-shipped his final 2 million from the cutoff holding [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"]. In the big blind, the chip leading Ladev called with his [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"] to put Dvoress at risk. The flop came [poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2h"], putting Dvoress in good shape to double up and get back into contention. The [poker card="5c"] turn was a safe one, however, the river came the [poker card="ks"] shipping the pot to Ladev and shipping Dvoress out to collect his $186,124 fifth-place prize. Samuel Vousden was next to battle Ladev, when he open-shipped his final 11 big blinds from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"] and Ladev three-bet moved all-in over the top with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="5h"] keeping Ladev’s kicker in play and sending Vousden home in fourth place, good for $241,373. ‘Pandora-box’ had been playing snug all day, but with just three left and Martirosian and Ladev both over 10 million in chips, there was no spot left for the Hong Kong grinder to ladder to. On the very next hand after Vousden was eliminated, Ladev raised the button with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="9s"] and ‘Pandora-box’ three-bet shipped their final 2.1 million with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"]. Ladev made the call and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="9d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3s"] which gave Ladev top pair and left ‘Pandora-box’ looking for help. That help arrived with the [poker card="as"] turn, putting ‘Pandora-box’ back in charge with top pair. However, Ladev still had plenty of outs with the addition of a backdoor flush draw. The [poker card="qs"] river brought in that flush for Ladev and ‘Pandora-box’, who started the day fifth in chips, ended in third for a $313,022 payday. With blinds now at 150,000/300,000, heads-up play didn’t last very long. Ladev started his match against Martirosian with a nearly two-to-one chip lead. But after Martirosian picked off a big bluff from Ladev, the Russian crusher took control of heads-up with an eight-to-one chip lead. On the final hand, Martirosian limped the button with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and Ladev shipped all in for his final nine big blinds with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="7h"]. Martirosian snapped it off and watched as the flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6c"], giving Martirosian top set. When the [poker card="as"] hit the turn, Ladev was drawing dead to second place, for which he earned $405,940. Artur Martirosian finished the day with his third career Super MILLION$ win and took home the $526,439 first-place prize. Super MILLION$ FInal Table Results (2/6) Artur Martirosian - $526,439 Markkos Ladev - $405,940 ‘Pandora-box’ - $313,022 Samuel Vousden - $241,373 Daniel Dvoress - $186,124 Sylvain Loosli - $143,521 Timothy Nuter - $110,670 Isaac Haxton - $85,338 Lev ‘LevMeAlone’ Gottlieb - $65,840
  8. Germany’s Marius Gierse tackled the tough field of this week’s special edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ to capture his first Super MILLION$ title and the massive $1,242,190 first-place prize. It was Super MILLION$ Week on GGPoker which meant that the standard $10K buy-in event offered multiple Day 1 starting flights and, with 815 total entries, a super-sized $8,150,000 prize pool. Gierse picked a great week to break through. He’d been known as a regular in the tournament and had previously made six final tables with a pair of runner-up finishes. It looked for a moment like he was in for another second-place result this week, falling behind start-of-day chip leader Diego ‘Ushuaia1’ Zeiter during heads-up play. But Gierse’s Super MILLION$ final table experience prevailed as he dug himself out of the danger zone, found a critical double-up, and secured the win. It wasn’t just Zeiter that stood in Gierse’s way this week as a number of known crushers were in the mix for the seven-figure score including Wiktor ‘Limitless’ Malinowski, Ole Schemion, and Mikita Badziakouski. Badziakouski started the day seventh in chips, and 45 minutes into the final table was still hovering at the bottom of the chip counts when he ran into a critical spot against ‘TonyLin008’. With the blinds at 125,000/250,000 (30,000 ante), ‘TonyLin008’ open-shipped his final 2.3 million with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kd"] leading Badziakouski to also shove his 3.2 million stack holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. The rest of the table got out of the way and the board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"]5c][poker card="7h"][poker card="9c"], giving the double to ‘TonyLin008’ and leaving Badziakouski with less than four big blinds. The very next hand, Malinowski opened from under the gun with [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"] and Badziakouski three-bet all-in holding the [poker card="4d"][poker card="4c"]. When it reached ‘Ushuaia1’ in the small blind, they put in the four-bet to 2.1 million with [poker card="js"][poker card="jh"]. Malinowski was forced out of the hand and the cards were turned up with Badziakouski looking for help to survive. The flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"], giving Badziakouski some additional straight outs. But the turn came the [poker card="ah"] and the river was the [poker card="td"], sending Badziakouski out in ninth for $155,273. Neel ‘Neel’ Joski had been holding on as the short stack, but when the blinds climbed to 150,000/300,000 (35,000 ante) he was forced to make his move. From UTG+1 he shipped his four big blind stack in with [poker card="qc"][poker card="ts"]. It folded to Daniel ‘Vanessa23’ Montagnolli in the big blind who woke up with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] and he quickly made the easy call. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="3c"] shipping the pot to Montagnolli and ending Joski’s day in eighth place, good for $201,365. Early on it looked like ‘TonyLin008’ was going to be a force at the final table. But when his flopped set of queens got cracked by Malinowski’s rivered set of aces, he went from the middle of the pack to one of the short stacks. Another tough beat eventually sent the Hong Kong player to the rail. Gierse min-raised to 600,000 on the button with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="7s"] and ‘TonyLin008’ defended their big blind holding the [poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"]. The flop came [poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"] giving ‘TonyLin008’ a flopped two pair, but Gierse open-ended. When ‘TonyLin008’ checked it over to the German, Gierse put out a bet big enough to put ‘TonyLin008’ all-in. ‘TonyLin008’ quickly obliged, making the call. The turn was the [poker card="5s"], bringing in the straight for Gierse. The [poker card="jc"] river was no help for ‘TonyLin008’, who wrapped up in seventh place for $261,138. The blinds climbed to 200,000/400,000 (50,000) and Gierse continued to roll. From under the gun, Gierse made it 800,000 to go with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"] and when the action returned to Montagnolli in the big blind with the [poker card="th"][poker card="td"], he shipped all-in. Gierse snap-called and the [poker card="jh"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="qs"] board brought little drama for Gierse who knocked out his countryman Montagnolli in sixth place for $338,654. The first hand after the second break, with the blinds at 250,000/500,000 (60,000 ante), Malinowski raised from the cutoff to 1 million with [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"]. In the small blind, Audrius ‘Audrii’ Stakelis three-bet shipped his final 3.3 million with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"]. Back on Malinowski, he made the quick call only to see himself dominated. However, the flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"], turning the tables and giving Malinowski the upper hand with his pair. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] giving Stakelis a few extra outs but the [poker card="js"] was not one of them. Stakelis’ run ended in fifth place for $439,180. Three hands later, the action folded to a short-stacked Ole Schemion in the small blind who moved all-in for 4.7 million with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="8s"]. Gierse looked at the [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] and made the easy call putting Schemion at risk. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="qd"][poker card="3s"] board kept Gierse’s ace-king in the lead the whole way and Schemion, who started the day sixth in chips, laddered to fourth place and collected $569,546. Three-handed play began with Malinowski and Diego ‘Ushuaia1’ Zeiter roughly even in chips and Gierse holding about 10 extra big blinds. Over the course of the next 30 minutes, Malinowski began to slip down the chip counts, and with the blinds at 300,000/600,000 (75,000 ante), ‘Limitless’ was sitting on just under 10 big blinds. Gierse opened on the button to 1.5 million with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"] and when it was Malinowski’s turn to act, he stuck his final 5.2 million in the middle with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"]. Gierse made the call and the flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4d"], giving Gierse top-two and leaving Malinowski needing runner-runner to survive. The turn was the [poker card="8d"], bringing Malinowski a few extra outs but the [poker card="jh"] hit the river and Malinowski hit the rail in third place, picking up $738,610. Despite the knockout, Gierse was still looking up at Zeiter in the chip counts. However, there was only a roughly six big blind difference between the two. As play wore on Zeiter opened up a three-to-one chip lead. But Gierse hung around, chipped away, and eventually found a pure double up when he flopped top-two pair on a board where Zeiter flopped bottom-two pair. With the situation now reversed and Gierse holding the three-to-one lead, Zeiter limped the button holding [poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"] with the blinds at 400,000/800,000 (100,000 ante). Gierse, with the [poker card="8s"][poker card="4c"], checked his option and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4h"], bringing Zeiter top pair, but also giving Gierse bottom-two pair. Gierse checked it over to Zeiter who put out a min-bet of 800,000. Gierse check-raised to 3.2 million and Zeiter made the call. The turn was the [poker card="2c"] and Gierse applied max pressure by shipping all-in. With no time left in his time back, Zeiter called with his pair of nines and needed help on the river to get back into it. The river came the [poker card="jd"], officially making Zeiter the runner-up for $957,859 and sealing the win for Gierse who collected $1,242,190. GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table Results Marius Gierse - $1,242,190 Diego ‘Ushuaia1’ Zeiter - $957,859 Wiktor Malinowski - $738,610 Ole Schemion - $569,546 Audrius ‘Audrii’ Stakelis - $439,180 Daniel ‘Vanessa23’ Montagnolli - $439,180 ‘TonyLin008’ - $261,138 Neel ‘Neel’ Joshi - $201,365 Mikita Badziakouski - $155,273
  9. Issac Haxton earned his second career GGPoker $10,300 Super MILLION$ title this week after topping the 222-entry field and collecting the $448,842 first-place prize. It was the tenth time Haxton reached a GGPoker Super MILLION$ final table in the history of the tournament and his 13th cash of the current season. The high-rolling reg entered the day in the middle of the pack, fifth in chips. But Haxton leveraged his extensive experience (and some good fortune) to climb to the top of the chip counts and assume a commanding chip lead that he never relinquished. In addition to Haxton, this week’s final table field was packed with star power including Wiktor ‘Limitless’ Malinowski, last week’s runner-up Pablo Brito Silva, and Mikita Badziakouski, who started the day as the overall chip leader. On the very first hand of the final table, with the blinds at 30,000/60,000 (7,500 ante), Andras Nasman opened to 138,000 holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="js"] and was instantly three-bet by Russia’s ‘VSMPZD’ with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"]. When it folded to the short-stacked ‘bill2021’, they committed their final 280,000 holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"]. The action was back on Nasman, who eventually let his hand go and ‘bill2021’ was heads-up with ‘VSMPZD’ but at risk. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="kc"] bringing ‘bill2021’ top pair on the river, however, it was the king of clubs which brought in the backdoor flush for ‘VSMPZD’. ‘bill2021’ called it a day in ninth place and collected $56,105. Roughly 20 minutes later, Pablo Brito Silva opened from under the gun to 120,000 holding the [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] and Haxton, in the cutoff, looked down at the [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] and opted just to call. In the small blind ‘VSMPZD’ picked up [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] and moved all-in for just over $1.2 million. Silva got out of the way and Haxton snap-called with his kings. The [poker card="5d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="jd"] never gave Haxton’s pocket kings a sweat as he took down the 2.7 million chip pot and ‘VSMPZD’ was eliminated in eighth place for $72,759. With the blinds at 35,000/70,000 (8,500 ante) Wiktor ‘Limitless’ Malinowski was one of the two shortest stacks. From the cutoff he opened to 560,000 holding [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"], leaving himself just over 1 big blind behind. In the small blind, Mikita Badziakouski shipped all-in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] to isolate and when Konstantin Maslak folded their big blind, Malinowski committed the last of his stack. The flop came [poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"] giving no help to Malinowski save for a potential backdoor flush. The turn was the [poker card="qc"], effectively ending the hand and leaving ‘Limitless’ drawing dead to the [poker card="2h"] river. Malinowski hit the rail in seventh place for $94,357. Maslak opened the button to 480,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="3s"], with the blinds at 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante), leaving himself with fewer than 10 big blinds behind. In the big blind, Haxton raised to more than 1.5 million with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"], more than enough to put Maslak all-in. Maslak took just a couple of seconds and made the call with his tournament on the line. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="3h"] bringing Haxton middle pair and Maslak bottom pair, leaving him with just two outs to survive. However, the turn came the [poker card="4c"] and the river was the [poker card="9d"] sending Maslak off in sixth place for $122,366. Right after the first break, ‘joyeux’ who had been nursing a short stack for the better part of an hour, took his shot to get back in the game. Nasman opened from middle position to 176,000 with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] and Badziakouski called from the small blind with the [poker card="as"][poker card="4s"]. Then ‘joyeux’ clicked all-in for just over 1 million with his [poker card="2h"][poker card="2c"]. Nasman took some time but eventually made the call which forced Badziakouski out of the pot. Nasman and ‘joyeux’ saw a flop of [poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"], keeping the deuces ahead. But the turn came the [poker card="kc"] and all of a sudden ‘joyeux’ was searching for one of the final two deuces in the deck. The river came the [poker card="3s"] and ‘joyeux’, who started the day eighth in chips, laddered to a fifth-place finish and a $155,689 payday. The final four battled for a number of levels until the blinds reached 70,000/140,000 (17,500 ante). On the button, Badziakouski opened to 294,000 with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] with 3.2 million behind. Haxton, in the small blind, three-bet ripped his 7.3 million stack with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="td"] and when the action got back to Badziakouski, he made the call, creating a massive pot of 7.2 million. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7h"] flop put Haxton in the lead. The [poker card="6c"] turn changed nothing and when the [poker card="7s"] river fell, Badziakouski was officially done in fourth place and collected $205,795. Haxton started three-handed play with a two-to-one chip advantage over both Nasman and Silva. Twenty-five minutes passed and the blinds crept up to 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante). After Silva folded the button, Haxton called from the small blind with the [poker card="9s"][poker card="7s"] and Nasman, who in the big blind picked up [poker card="ks"][poker card="kd"], raised to 600,000. Haxton made the call and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3s"]. Haxton checked it over to Nasman, who bet 418,750. Haxton quickly check-raised to 937,500 and Nasman made the call. The turn was the [poker card="2s"] keeping Nasman in charge but offering Haxton backdoor flush opportunities. Haxton then open-shoved for more than 9 million and Nasman called for it all, ahead with his kings. Unfortunately, for Nasman, the river came the [poker card="8s"], giving the flush and the hand to Haxton. Nasman finished in third place, which was good for $266,883. Haxton had Silva outchipped three-to-one when heads-up play started. But Silva didn’t give in so easily. The pair fought for nearly 45 minutes and Silva nearly took the chip lead a number of times. But in the end, Haxton wore down the Brazilian. On the final hand, from the button, Haxton shipped his stack with the [poker card="3d"][poker card="3c"] and Silva called for his final 3.1 million with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"]. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"] keeping Haxton’s pocket threes ahead. And that pair held through the [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="kd"] river, ending Silva’s comeback bid and sending him home in second place for the second week in a row. Silva collected $346,104 for his efforts and Haxton scored his second career Super MILLION$ victory and $448,842. GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (1/18) Isaac Haxton - $448,842 Pablo Brito Silva - $346,104 Andreas Nasman - $266,883 Mikita Badziakouski - $205,795 ‘joyeux’ - $158,689 Konstantin Maslak - $122,366 Wiktor Malinowski - $94,357 ‘VSMPZD’ - $72,759 ‘bill2021’ - $56,105
  10. It’s another high roller victory for Michael Addamo’s extensive poker resume as he claimed a record fifth career victory in this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$, besting the 266-entry field for a $518,640 payday. Addamo entered the final table with the chip lead and held it all the way until heads-up play. He was never really in any danger throughout the day, especially after scooping a massive pot in the early action. From there, he cruised to heads-up play, battled back when he lost the lead, and sealed the deal against a tough opponent in Brazilian powerhouse Pablo Silva. The win breaks the two-way tie with four-time Super MILLION$ champ Niklas Astedt and lifts him into the top 5 on the tournament’s All-Time Money List with more than $3.5 million in Super MILLION$ earnings. At this point, after Addamo’s incredible 2021 campaign, another victory for Addamo shouldn’t be a surprise to poker fans. This week, the surprise was just how fast the victory came. Between Addamo and Silva, they eliminated every other opponent save one and did so in just over ninety minutes. It didn’t take long before Addamo went to work. Less than 10 minutes into the final table, with the blinds at 35,000/70,000 (8,500 ante), Addamo put in a raise to 140,000 under the gun holding [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. The action folded to ‘TheRayGuy’ on the button who was sitting second in chips with 4.5 million and the [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. ‘TheRayGuy’ three-bet to 462,000 and Addamo made the call. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"], giving Addamo a set which was made all the more improbable with one ten having hit the muck preflop. Addamo checked it to ‘TheRayGuy’ who put out a bet of 546,000. Addamo check-raised to 1.2 million and ‘TheRayGuy’ moved all-in. Addamo snap-called having hit his one out and the [poker card="8h"] and [poker card="jd"] completed the board. ‘TheRayGuy’ started the day second in chips but left in ninth place for $64,830 and Addamo soared to more than 10 million in chips, more than enough to apply maximum pressure for the rest of the tournament. The blinds climbed to 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante) when ‘DollarVig’ opened from under the gun to 160,000 holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"]. In the cutoff, Pablo Silva three-bet to just over 371,000 holding [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"]. When the action returned to ‘DollarVig’ they shipped their remaining 12 big blinds and Silva made the call. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="td"] providing no help to ‘DollarVig’s overcards and sending them home in eighth for $84,074. At 50,000/100,000 (12,500 ante), China’s Huang Wenjie slipped down to 13 big blinds and was in looking for a spot to perhaps double. When Austria’s ‘JukeZonYou’ opened to 200,000 on the button, Wenjie made his move and shipped all-in holding the [poker card="ad"][poker card="5c"]. However, ‘JukeZonYou’ quickly called and turned up with the dominating [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"], pairing both but keeping kickers in play. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] giving Wenjie a couple of additional outs, but the river came the [poker card="6h"], and right before the first break, Wenjie was eliminated in seventh place for $109,030. It would be the only break of the final table and the final table sped to a conclusion. With the blinds at 60,000/120,000 (15,000 ante), Silva opened from the cutoff to 240,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="js"] and when it folded to Orpen Kisacikoglu in the big blind, he moved all-in for 2 million holding [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"]. Silva made the call, putting Kisacikoglu at risk. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4d"] bring a pair for both but keeping Kisacikoglu ahead with the queen kicker. The [poker card="jd"] turn changed everything and Silva took a commanding lead which he held through the [poker card="9d"] river. Kisacikoglu, who started the day third in chips, hit the rail in sixth which was good for $141,395. Two hands later, Silva was back at it. ‘JukeZonYou’ opened to 240,000 on the button and Silva, looking to apply pressure on a short stack, open shipped his 7 million stack with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"]. ‘JukeZonYou’ insta-called with the best hand, but the flop came out [poker card="ah"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2s"], helping Silva come from behind once again. The [poker card="js"] hit the turn and the river came the [poker card="5s"], ending ‘JukeZonYou’s day in fifth place for $237,797. The very next hand, ‘spaise411’ opened to 240,000 under the gun holding [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"]. When it folded to Addamo in the big blind, just like Silva the hand before, he open-shipped the chip lead holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="2c"]. ‘spaise411’ called looking for the double up however the board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2s"] giving Addamo the pot and finishing off ‘spaise411’ in fourth place for $237,797. Three-handed at 70,000/140,000 (17,500), Silva opened the button to 280,000 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] and after Addamo folded the small blind, Mario Mosboeck took a few seconds before three-bet shipping his final 12 big blinds with the [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"]. Silva made the call and the flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3c"] giving Mosboeck some additional straight outs to survive. The [poker card="3s"] turn was no help to him and the [poker card="ks"] river simply sealed his fate. Mosboeck was eliminated in third place and picked up $399,926 for the deep run. Addamo and Silva were essentially even in chips when heads-up play got underway. Silva jumped out to a lead, but after a big double up for Addamo where he rivered a flush against Silva’s flopped top pair, Addamo quickly finished Silva off. Four hands after Addamo’s double-up, a classic cooler shipped him the win. Silva opened the button to 350,000 with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"] and Addamo three-bet to 1.2 million holding the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"]. Silva didn’t wait, he shipped his final seven million and Addamo made the call. The flop came [poker card="ts"][poker card="td"][poker card="8h"], keeping Silva ahead. However, the turn came the [poker card="as"] giving Addamo top pair. The river was the [poker card="6h"] and Silva finished up and the runner-up for which he collected $399,926. With the victory, Michael Addamo recorded his fifth Super MILLION$ win and took home $518,640. GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table (1/11) Michael Addamo - $518,640 Pablo Silva - $399,926 Mario Mosboeck - $308,385 ‘spaise411’ - $237,797 ‘JukeZonYou’ - $183,367 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $141,395 Huang Wenjie - $109,030 ‘DollarVig’ - $84,074 ‘TheRayGuy’ - $64,830
  11. Christian Rudolph is starting the New Year off on the right foot by taking down the first GGPoker Super MILLION$ 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
  12. 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 $25,000 Super High Roller Championship locked up the August Online Player of Month. Finally, after six years as the President and Editor-in-Chief of PocketFives Lance Bradley stepped away to pursue new opportunities and left by spotlighting some of his favorite stories he published over the years.
  13. It was a come-from-behind victory for former worldwide #1-ranked online pro Bert Stevens who started the final table of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ Main Event as the short stack, but found a way to battle back and take the whole tournament down for a $1,125,181 score. This week was a special edition of the Super MILLION$, a multi-flight affair that drew 693 runners and built a prize pool of more than $6.9 million. With just nine left, there were plenty of Super MILLION$ mainstays left in the field including former Super MILLION$ champions Daniel Dvoress, Anatoly Filatov, Joakim Andersson, and Artur Martirosian. Adding in Stevens, more than half of the final table had won it before proving, once again, that taking down the Super MILLION$ is one of the toughest tasks in online poker. Players hoping that Stevens as the short stack would bust out early were disappointed after he scored an early double up against Daniel Dvoress and better inserting himself into the mix. Instead, nearly an hour into the final table there were still nine players left and it took a clash of huge hands held by top-tier pros for the ice to break. With the blinds 125,000/250,000 (30,000 ante) 2020 WSOP Main Event champ Damian Salas opened from the cutoff to 500,000 holding [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"] and when it folded to Anatoly Filatov in the big blind, he defended with his [poker card="ac"][poker card="6c"]. The flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="jc"][poker card="4c"] giving Salas middle set but also providing Filatov with the nut flush draw. Filatov checked to Salas who put out a small bet of 250,000. Filatov check shoved his 4.3 million chip stack and Salas, who had just 3.7 million behind made the quick call. The turn came the [poker card="kh"], adding a straight draw to Filatov’s outs but it was the [poker card="7c"] river that shipped the pot to Filatov and shipped Salas out in ninth place for $148,900. Stevens continued to climb and shortly after the first break, ‘Giraf’ had moved into the chip lead before the next elimination. After coming from behind to knock out Salas, the deck turned on Filatov. First, he got it all in preflop holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="kc"] against fellow Russian countryman Artur Martirosian’s [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. Filatov covered Martirosian by less than a million and would have surged to the chip lead. However, the board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3h"][poker card="qs"], allowing Martirosian to spike the set on the river and crippling Filatov. The very next hand the pair got it in preflop again, this time Filatov had [poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"] against Martirosian’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"] and the board [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="7d"], giving Martirosian top pair and, in two hands, ending Filatov’s tournament in eighth place for $181,739. Thirty minutes later, Martirosian took out another. With the blinds at 175,000/350,000 (45,000 ante), Martirosian raised from under the gun to 770,000, and then ‘progery81’ three-bet shipped all in for 1.2 million with their [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"]. In the big blind, China’s ‘Jerome001’ made the call. But when the action got back to Martirosian, he four-bet shipped more than enough to cover ‘Jerome001’, who quickly folded leaving it heads up. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"][poker card="6d"] flop was safe for ‘progery81’, but the turn came the [poker card="4c"], flipping the script. The river came the [poker card="jc"] and Martirosian dragged another pot while ‘progery81’ was eliminated in seventh for $246,886. Three hands later it was Canada’s ‘DollarVig’s turn to fight for their tournament life. After ‘Jerome001’ opened to 700,000 from early position with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"], it folded to Canada’s ‘DollarVig’ in the big blind with less than 10 big blinds. They three-bet shipped their 2.3 million stack with the [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"] and ‘Jerome001’ made the call. The board ran out [poker card="ks"][poker card="th"][poker card="3s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3d"], flopping a flush and straight draw for ‘DollarVig’ but bricking out on the turn and river. ‘Jerome001’ scored the knockout and ‘DollarVig’ collected $317,896 for sixth place. Five-handed play lasted through the second break and when the blinds climbed to 250,000/500,000 (60,000 ante) and Joakim Andersson found himself on the short stack with roughly 10 big blinds. Folded to him in the small blind, Andersson open-jammed his [poker card="jd"][poker card="4d"] and was snapped off by Dvoress in the big blind with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="7s"] was no help to Andersson who fell in fifth place for $409,329. With four left, everyone had over 20 big blinds, giving them some room to play. During that play, Martirosian’s chip lead began to slip away. After Dvoress doubled through the Russian, Martirosian went from first to worst on the leaderboard. When the blinds were up to 300,000/600,000 (75,000 ante) it folded to Martirosian in the small blind and he moved all-in for 8.1 million with his [poker card="qs"][poker card="td"] and again, it was Dvoress calling in the big blind, this time with his [poker card="4s"][poker card="4h"]. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="2h"], giving Martirosian top two pair and a virtual lock on the hand with Dvoress left with just two outs. The turn was the [poker card="6d"], and Martirosian was 95% to double up. However, when the [poker card="4c"] hit the river, Dvoress’ chip lead soared to over 40 million and Martirosian settled for a fourth-place finish for $527,060. Dvoress held a commanding lead, but before long Stevens doubled through him, twice in fact and the stacks evened out. The blinds were at 500,000/1,000,000 (125,000 ante) when Stevens put in a raise to 2.1 million from the button holding the [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and Dvoress, now the short stack, three-bet shoved his 14 million chip stack with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="6c"]. Stevens quickly called and the pair watched as the flop came [poker card="8c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"], giving Dvoress a flush draw and a backdoor straight draw. The turn was the [poker card="ks"], eliminating any possible straight draws for Dvoress and leaving him needing a club or a six to stay alive. However, the river was the [poker card="kh"] ending his run in third place for $678,652. Heads-up play only took roughly 15 minutes for Stevens to grab a significant chip lead over ‘Jerome001’ and close it out. On the last hand, with a 2.5-1 chip lead, Stevens opened the button to 2.5 million with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="ac"] and ‘Jerome001’ three-bet shipped his final 18 million holding the [poker card="kh"][poker card="4h"]. Stevens snapped and his aces held through the [poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"] board. ‘Jerome001’ scored an impressive $873,846 as the runner-up while Bert Stevens, who started the day as the short stack, claimed his second career Super MILLION$ title and the $1,125,181 first-place prize. Super MILLION$ Final Table Payouts (12/14) Bert Stevens - $1,125,181 ‘Jerome001’ - $873,846 Daniel Dvoress - $678,652 Artur Martirosian - $527,060 Joakim Andersson - $409,329 ‘DollarVig’ - $317,896 ‘progery81’ - $246,886 Anatoly Filatov - $191,739 Damian Salas - $148,909
  14. When one thinks of the World Poker Tour it’s almost impossible not to think of Darren Elias. His success is nearly synonymous with the brand. Elias, famously, sits alone at the top of the heap when it comes to any number of World Poker Tour categories including Main Event titles (4), final tables (12), and cashes (43). However, Elias’ extensive poker resume is much more than WPT Main Event victories, and at 35 years old, it's something he’s proven year over year. Elias has excelled in 2021, picking up big-time scores in a trio of High Rollers on the PokerGO tour (totaling nearly $1 million in earnings) as well as having a breakout year playing online that saw him grab a prestigious GGPoker Super MILLION$ title for one of the biggest cashes of his career. As the World Poker Tour prepares to wrap up Season XIX with the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event at the Bellagio, Elias is headed to Las Vegas looking to add to his 2021 High Roller totals and, perhaps, pick up title number five. We caught up with him for an extended conversation about his success on the WPT, his aspirations for the World Series of Poker, balancing his home and poker lives, and the pressure he puts on himself to succeed. __ For many fans, when they first hear the name Darren Elias, they probably think of the World Poker Tour. You sit alone with four WPT Main Tour titles and Matt Savage has taken to calling you the “WPT G.O.A.T.”. How have you been so successful on the WPT? What is it about those events that play to your strengths? Yeah. I love the World Poker Tour and that makes up a bulk of my schedule during the year. I play about 50 to 60 tournaments every year, I'm pretty consistent, and World Poker Tour tournaments probably make up a dozen of those - and I do like that most are in America or Canada. I traveled internationally a lot in my early '20s playing EPTs, Macau…basically everywhere in the world, and I kind of found that I liked playing in the [U.S.] and North America. A couple of reasons behind that, and probably linked in with my success is that I like the knowledge of the player pool in these events. Most of the time these WPT events, it's the same group of guys, and each stop has its locals, but I do think knowing the players gives me a bigger edge. I wouldn't say that my results are equal to my edge, where I would say I probably over-performed on the World Poker Tour and under-performed at the World Series, luck-wise or expectation-wise, but I do love the events and I do love that they're all basically in the states. I know you plan on playing the $25K High Roller at the upcoming WPT Five Diamond but didn’t realize how many High Roller cashes you actually have on your resume. How do you differential between playing your normal schedule of events and when you jump into high rollers? Is playing higher something you continue to aspire to or are you just picking the best spots you can? Well, I would say I kind of hand pick the high roller events that I want to play and I try to pick the bigger ones, the ones with the biggest prize pools and most runners. I don't have a ton of interest in traveling internationally to play small field 100Ks or 250Ks. I mean, I've done it in the past, but for me, my biggest value is time. Especially now that I'm home with a family, I really have to pick my events that I want to go to. I probably play five to ten 25K plus events a year - maybe, 25K, 50K, 100K, something like that - and they do play differently than, like, a World Poker Tour Main Event, obviously, and you have to be sharper. I might do more preparation beforehand if I know I'm playing a tough 100K, and you have to be more fundamentally sound in an event like that because you're playing higher tier players, some of the best players in the world are in those events. In the World Poker Tour, that's not always true. When you decide you are going to play higher, do you put in extra study time? Absolutely. Yeah. I think most players would agree, at lower stakes, playing even $1Ks, $2Ks, $3,500, $5Ks, you can probably get away with not studying if you have good instincts and still win. But if you play in bigger events, these $50Ks, $100Ks, and you're playing with the elite players, you really need to put in your practice study work or you're going to find yourself in there guessing a lot, which is not the way to win. [caption id="attachment_637478" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Darren Elias, four-time World Poker Tour Main Event champion.[/caption] You just mentioned that time is one of your most valuable currencies and you’ve decided to take on a role as an ambassador for BetMGM/partypoker U.S. For some players becoming an ambassador is an aspiration, was it one for you? In the past you’ve talked about how public speaking wasn’t really your thing, do you feel any added pressure taking on this new role? I wouldn't say it's added pressure but it is something that's taken me a while to get comfortable with. It's not my natural personality to put my face on something and put it out there. It's taken some time to get used to, and the main reason of my drive behind this is, I felt so terrible for the American online poker players over the last 10 years, and I feel like this is a good opportunity. If there's anything I can do to further our cause and get bigger tournaments online in the US, get more states legalized, linked up, organize tournaments, work on schedules - anything I can do to help get online poker back in the US should be a priority. I think at this point I'm in a position where maybe I can make a little bit of difference, and that's kind of my long-term goal with BetMGM and partypoker. Speaking of online poker, you have a reputation as a live pro but this year you cracked the worldwide PocketFives Top 10 rankings, have more than $8 million in career earnings, and have both a WCOOP and Super MILLION$ title on your online resume. Where does an online grind fit into your schedule right now? I guess most of that took place this year while you were traveling abroad? Yeah. Last year I played a lot on GGPoker during COVID. I feel like I cashed for more last year than I probably did in my whole online career just because the stakes of the tournaments nowadays on the international sites are huge. That may have been kind of a one-off year because of COVID, there weren't any live tournaments and that was just a weird year. I do see myself playing a lot more online in the states, but my international, rest of the world, online career is probably drawing to a close I would say. You talked a little about how maybe variance has been on your side in WPT events, more so than the WSOP. You don’t yet have a WSOP bracelet and I wanted to know if WSOP success, outside of the money, is on your list of things you’d like to achieve? Are you thinking ‘I would like to win a bracelet’? I would like to win a bracelet, but I would say it means less now than it used to, just in how easily they're giving them away nowadays with the online events and these Flip & Gos. You can play a 50 runner, $200 event online and win a World Series of Poker bracelet and that kind of takes some of the prestige away from it. But, sure, when I go to the World Series every year I'm trying to make final tables. I'm trying to win. I don't play the full WSOP schedule where I'm in these $1,500 No Limits, battling ten-handed all day. I'm not in a lot of those, but I do play most of the $5K+. I play Deuce-to-Seven, so some of these events are smaller fields, like under a hundred players, and I am in there and I'm trying to win a bracelet. That would mean something to me, to win one of those events, the high roller 10K Deuce-to-Seven no limit, something like that. I think those events still carry some prestige, and when I'm going out there, I'm trying to win those. Where do you land on mixed games? Do you like them and are those fields you would like to be competing in? Not really. My experience with mixed games is, I don't really like the limit games. I never have. I mean, I played Limit Hold’em when I first started playing poker. I was 17, 18 years old at casinos, and I played a little bit of Stud and 08, that kind of thing, and to be honest, I find them a little boring. I'd gravitate more towards No Limit games, so I like No Limit Deuce-to-Seven. I've played Pot Limit and No Limit Triple Draw online quite a bit. I like those games, and I could see maybe down the line I play more PLO, but I really don't have much interest in limit games, so I'm a bit restricted in that regard. I'm sure if I put in the study and really tried to learn these games, then I could become a winning player, but I don't enjoy them so I'm not really devoting my time there. What are your thoughts on the WSOP moving to the Strip? Are you planning on making the quick turnaround this summer for the World Series of Poker? Yeah, I’ll be there, and I kind of don't know what to expect. I have low expectations. I'm kind of happy to get out of the Rio and erase all my memories of the World Series when I haven't done amazing. So maybe I'll get new mojo here at Ballys or whatever it's going to be called when we're there. I think it's cool that it's on the Strip. I really don't know what to expect, but I will be there and I'll be playing. You have a family with two small kids, how do you strike a balance between grinding the circuit and being present for your family? I’ve learned a lot about it over the last five years, and one important thing I found, is keeping the trips short. I can't go to Las Vegas for a month and play the WSOP and be away from my kids and my family that long. So, kind of breaking it up into shorter trips, which is one of the reasons World Poker Tour's great now. They have a Main Event, maybe a high roller, but it's one or two events. It's a week. I'm there. I'm back. I really like that, and mentally, kind of, when I'm on a poker trip and I'm there competing, battling, I'm thinking about poker and I'm 100% focused. When I'm home, I'm being dad and I'm being a husband and trying to do these duties, and I think keeping them separate has worked well for me. One more, do you put any pressure on yourself to stay ahead of the pack when it comes to WPT titles? There’s a number of heavy hitters with three titles looking to make it four, so just wondering what your state of mind is when you think about that. I put pressure on myself regardless of who's chasing me. Like, I get to these final tables or deep in these events and I feel huge pressure to execute just to do the right thing. I'm in such a good spot, usually deep in these things against weaker players, playing for a lot of money where there are big opportunities and these are kind of what I've trained and prepared for. I always feel pressure to execute at these final tables, and I don't think I'm driven too much by who's on my tail or what other people are doing, because if I mess up in one of these final tables, these big spots that you get once a year or once every other year, that's going to drive me crazy no matter who has three titles, who has four titles. I'm tough on myself in that regard, so I don't think I need any extra motivation.
  15. The World Series of Poker Winter Online Circuit returns to GGPoker this month highlighted by 18 Circuit ring events and at least $100,000,000 in total guaranteed prize money up for grabs across all events. The series runs from December 12 through January 9 and encompasses hundreds of side events as well as the ring events, 13 of which come with a guarantee of $1 million or more. “WSOP Circuit events are great, they give every player the chance to win a big prize and a gold ring while enjoying a taste of the WSOP experience,” said GGPoker Global Ambassador Daniel Negreanu. “This time around, there’s also the not-insignificant matter of $100,000,000 in prizes to enjoy as well. It might be getting cold outside but the action is just heating up at GGPoker!” The series highlights include the BIG 50 MILLION$, a multi-flight $50 buy-in that comes with a $1 million guarantee. The $100 buy-in MILLION$ Mini Main Event with $2 million guaranteed. A special $3 million guaranteed $10,300 Super MILLION$ and a $1,050 GGMasters High Roller with $1.5 million guaranteed. The series will conclude with the $525 Main Event with a massive $5 million guarantee. Day 1 flights for the Main Event begin on December 27 with plenty of additional opportunities for players to make Day 2, which takes place on January 9. Satellites for most of the major events are running around the clock in the client and, for some events, start for as little as $0.50. In total, the 18 ring events account for more than $26 million of the total series guarantee. In addition to vying for a WSOP Circuit ring, there are plenty of other incentives on the line during the WSOP Winter Online Circuit. Every time a player participates in a ring event or side event (which makes up for the bulk of the schedule) leaderboard points are awarded. The top 100 players on the leaderboard will split $100,000 in added bonus prizes. Additionally, any player who wins a Circuit Event will automatically for the live WSOP Million Dollar Freeroll in Las Vegas (tie and date to be announced). The WSOP Million Dollar Freeroll is a change of format for the WSOP that, in the past, had awarded seats to the year-end WSOP Tournament of Champions to the top 100 players on the WSOPC yearly leaderboard with two seats at each live stop being awarded to the Player of the Series and the winner of the Main Event of any given Circuit stop. But now, any WSOP Circuit win - including one of the international Online variety - earns a ticket to the year-end event. Finally, for the fans, two of the 18 ring events will be a part of the GGPoker live stream schedule with Randy ‘Nanonoko’ Lew and Kevin ‘Rotterdam’ van der Kooi calling the action. Tune in on Tuesday, December 21 to catch the high rollers in action for the $3 million GTD Super MILLION$. Then, the final table of the $525 Main Event will play out on Saturday, January 15th. For a complete schedule of events, including all Day 1 starting flights for multi-flight events, visit GGPoker. WSOP Winter Online Circuit Ring Event Schedule [table id=278 /]
  16. After weeks of hovering in the top 5 of the worldwide Online Poker Rankings, Brazilian crusher Pedro ‘pvigar’ Garagnani finally made his move and supplanted fellow countryman Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann as the #1-ranked online player in the world. It’s Garagnani’s first trip to the top spot and he’s reached it with a combination producing impressive results while putting in a massive amount of volume. He has spent the better part of the past six months rising through the online rankings. Garagnani cracked the top 5 in the second half of 2021 and never let up on his schedule. He took full advantage of the fact that the 2021 World Series of Poker took a number of top competitors out of the online pool for weeks at a time and posted big-time results this fall. It was clear when Bruno Volkmann took over the #1 spot in early November that he would eventually have to deal with Garagnani’s persistence. Finally, Garagnani’s put together a string of results that put him over the top. In November, he added on to his late October run where he scored a victory in the WPTDeepStacks High Roller on partypoker for $112,079 and 753.70 leaderboard points. His first significant score took place in the November 15 edition of the GGPoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Main Event where a final table finish earned him $23,869 and an important 241.32 leaderboard points. From there, a trio of results helped Garagnani get the job done. In the November 21 edition of the same GGPoker High Rollers Main Event, he finished in 4th place for $10,804 and 141.72 points. On the same day came the big score, a victory in the Winamax $1,050 Mini WSOP Super High Roller added $47,197 to his bankroll as well as the 435.52 points that locked up the top spot. He added on the next day with a fifth-place finish in the GGPoker $525 Bounty Hunters High Roller for another $16,956 and 270.89 points. All told, in his second week as #1 Garagnani currently sits with 10,834 leaderboard points - 566 points above Volkmann in second place. That differential is not impossible to overcome in a single week, however, it’s a significant gap for any player to cover especially when one grinds as much as Garagnani. For Volkmann to reclaim the rankings' top spot, he’ll simply need to find more qualifying results than what he’s been bringing in over the last month. Don’t get it wrong, Volkmann still has had some very notable scores over the past 30 days including a bronze finish in the PokerStars $1,050 High Roller Club back on November 7 for $18,998 and 200.34 points. However, in recent weeks, Volkmann’s pulled back on volume a tad and he’s only picked up one other leaderboard qualifying score. He had a final table finish in the PokerStars $530 High Roller Club Bounty Builder for $6,579 and 146.19 points. So while he hadn’t found those big scores that we’re accustomed to seeing from Volkmann, he remains in striking distance and, as one of the best in the world, you just never know when he’s going to win a major high roller or a large field event for heaps. One player that would like to avoid seeing Volkmann bink a big one is Hungary’s #1 online grinder ‘kZhh’ who is currently sitting at a career-high worldwide rank of #3. If that screen name looks familiar it’s because ‘kZhh’ has a habit of showing up big in some of the biggest tournaments of the year. This year alone, he took down the PokerStars SCOOP $10,300 Main Event for $1,130,396 and a massive 1,288.41 point score. He followed that up with a GGPoker Super MILLION$ victory in July for another $258,593 and 818.15 points. Finally, you might have seen him taking down the PokerStars WCOOP $25,000 High Roller in late August for $657,557 and 1,299.04 points. ‘kZhh’ is known for his major victories, but now he’s looking to add the title of online poker's worldwide #1 to his resume. Of course, a massive score like the ones outlined above can help make that happen or he can continue his mid/high-stakes grinder and pick up more results as he did on November 22 when he finished in eighth place in the GGPoker $525 Bounty Hunters Main Event for $6,898 and 204.33 points. Online Poker Rankings (Week of 12/2) [table id=277 /]
  17. It took some time, but finally, Thomas Muehloecker can call himself a GGPoker Super MILLION$ champion. At his ninth final table of the season, 12th of his career, Muehloecker survived the tough final table to capture his first career Super MILLION$ victory and the $311,933 first-place prize. It had been a bit of a journey for the accomplished Muehloecker, who had made more Super MILLION$ final tables than any other player without taking one down. Even though he hadn't won one prior to this week, he had plenty of accolades to show for his Super MILLION$ persistence. His career 22 in-the-money finishes brought him more than $2.2 million in earnings and landed him in the top 10 on the Super MILLION$ All-Time leaderboard. But now, Muehloecker can rest easy knowing that he’s no longer on the list of the best players in the field without a title. And just like all of those other times when he didn't win, this week's final table was stacked with top-tier talent. Muehloecker started the day with the chip lead but was forced to face down tough competition including the likes of Elio Fox, Ottomar Ladva, Timothy Adams, and four-time Super MILLION$ champ Niklas Astedt. It took nearly thirty minutes for the first player to hit the rail. With the blind at 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante) a short-stacked Alex Kolonias moved all-in for his final five big blinds holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="js"] and was quickly called by Astedt on the button holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"]. The board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5h"], shipping the pot to Niklas Astedt’s ace-high and ending Kolonias’ bid to mount a comeback in ninth place for $48,496. The very next hand it was ‘Graf Tekkel’ who put himself at risk when he moved all-in from under the gun with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"]. It folded around to Timothy Adams on the button who woke up with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] and, after a few seconds, shoved his 20 big blind stack. Both of the blinds let go of their hands and ‘Graf Tekkel’ was looking to spike an ace to stick around. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"][poker card="8h"], bringing that ace, but also the case king, improving Adams to a set. The turn was the [poker card="th"], leaving ‘Graf Tekkel’ looking for an ace to improve but the river came the [poker card="qd"] ending the hand and ending the Russian’s run in eighth place for $61,199. The blinds increased to 25,000/50,000 (6,000 ante) and despite earning the previous knockout, Adams remained the short stack at the table. Holding the [poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"], Adams put in a raise to 110,000 from the hijack. When it folded around to ‘MarkyAurelio’ in the big blind, the Brazilian three-bet to 325,250 with the [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"]. With 20 big blinds behind, Adams decided to four-bet ship his stack and was snap-called by ‘MarkyAurelio’. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="8d"] flop put ‘MarkyAurelio’ ahead in the hand and left Adams looking for a nine to survive. However, the turn came the [poker card="3h"] and the river was the [poker card="jh"] eliminating Adams in seventh place for $77,231. With the blinds at 35,000/70,000 (8,500 ante), Muehloecker opened from under the gun to 147,000 holding [poker card="td"][poker card="tc"]. When the action reached Astedt on the button, he three-bet to 412,000 with his [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"]. The blinds got out of the way and Muehloecker made the call. The pair took a flop of [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3h"], giving Muehloecker top set which he checked over to Astedt. Astedt fired for 540,000 and Muehloecker simply called. The turn came the [poker card="4c"] and Muehloecker checked it to the four-time Super MILLION$ champ again. Astedt, took a moment and went for it all, bluff-shoving his remaining 2 million in chips and was snapped off by Muehloecker’s set. Astedt was drawing dead to the [poker card="9s"] river, finishing in sixth place for $97,462 while Muehloecker built a considerable chip lead with five left. Later in the level it was a battle of two Estonians as Ottomar Ladva, with roughly 15 bigs, opened from middle position to 154,000 with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] and when it folded back to his countryman ‘ExVang’ in the small blind with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"], he three-bet shoved his final 1.2 million. Muehloecker let go of his big blind and Ladva made the call, having just 646 in chips behind. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="6h"], never really giving Ladva’s pocket nines much of a sweat as ‘ExVang’ fell in fifth for $122,993. Ladva, scored another double up through Meuhloecker when his pocket tens bested Muehloecker’s pocket fours just before he was about to strike again. The blinds rose to 50,000/100,000 (12,500 ante) when ‘MarkyAurelio’ raised to 200,000 on the button with his [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"]. From the small blind, Ladva shipped his 5.3 million stack holding the [poker card="th"][poker card="9h"] and after Fox folded his big blind, ‘MarkyAurelio’ called for his tournament. The flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="tc"], giving Ladva middle pair along with straight and flush draws to improve while ‘MarkyAurelio’ needed help to survive. The [poker card="2s"] turn changed nothing and when the [poker card="7d"] hit the river, ‘MarkyAurelio’s day was done. The Brazilian finished in fourth place and collected $195,872. Ladva surged to the chip lead with, Muehloecker right behind him. Fox was sitting in a distant third, with a stack of just over 10 big blinds. Three hands after ‘MarkyAurelio’ busted, Fox was looking to double up. Muehloecker opened the button to 250,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"] and after Ladva let go of his small blind, Fox shipped his final 1 million with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="6s"] and Muehloecker quickly called. Fox was ahead preflop but all of that changed when the flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"][poker card="4s"] bringing Muehloecker bottom pair. Fox needed a six or to pair the jack on the board to stick around. The turn came the [poker card="5d"], changing nothing. Finally, the [poker card="qd"] completed the board, and Fox was forced to settle for third place and a $195,872 payday. At the start of heads-up play, Muehloecker held a slight chip lead over Ladva. From the get-go, Muehloecker ran hot. He picked up key pots and went from a slight lead to extending it to roughly three-to-one. On the final hand, it was a clash of big hands that helped Muehloecker to his first career title. With the blinds at 60,000/120,000 (15,000 ante) Muehloecker raised the button to 252,000 holding the [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] and Ladva quickly three-bet to 888,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"]. Muehloecker just called and the pair took a flop of [poker card="8h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3c"] keeping Muehloecker’s queens in the lead but giving Ladva a number of backdoor draws. Ladva led for 451,500 and Muehloecker put in a raise to 1.1 million. Ladva, with no time remaining, made the call leaving himself with just over 2 million and creating a pot of more than 4 million. The turn was the [poker card="6c"], and Ladva checked it to Muehloecker who put him to a test for the rest of his chips. Ladva decided on a call needing a club or an ace with one card to come. The river was the [poker card="5d"] and Ladva wrapped up as the runner-up, good for $247,182 while Thomas Muehloecker finally added a Super MILLION$ win to his resume and locked up the first-place prize of $311,933. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results - 11/30 Thomas Muehloecker - $311,933 Ottomar Ladva - $247,182 Elio Fox - $195,872 ‘MarkyAurelio’ - $155,213 ‘ExVang’ - $122,993 Niklas Astedt - $97,462 Timothy Adams - $77,231 ‘Gref Tekkel’ - $61,199 Alex Kolonias - $48,496
  18. While much of the poker spotlight may have been on the World Series of Poker in October, the online grind continues. With a combination of big-time results and plenty of volume, Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira topped the Online Player of the Month leaderboard for October while also soaring past $22 million in career online earnings. It was another mammoth month for Ferreira who racked up 166 in-time-money finished in October for a total of $354,889 in total earnings. His entire month was anchored by a big win in the October 18 edition of the GGPoker $1,050 Sunday High Rollers Main Event where he took home $103,801 and 729.38 leaderboard points. The very next day Ferreira, grabbed his second-biggest score in October by making a deep run in the GGPoker Super MILLION$ High Rollers where he picked up another $22,981 and 238.01 leaderboard points. He had two other five-figure results last month including a win in Event #9 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series where he banked $18,173. Then, he closed out the month with a final table finish in the partypoker WPTDeepStacks Event #7 for another $15,371. The story of the month for Ferreira was pure volume. One look at his results and one can’t help but be awed by how many results per day he achieved. He racked up as many as 14 cashes on October 24th with many other days pulling in 8-10. It has allowed him to stay the top 10 of the Online Poker Rankings and he currently sits ranked #2 in Portugal, only behind countryman Joao Vieira. He finished with nine qualifying scores for a total of 3,534 leaderboard points, a full 665 points above second place. Falling in just one spot behind Ferreira in October is the current worldwide #8-ranked Enrico ‘whatisL0v3’ Camosci. Camosci has been soaring up the worldwide rankings and October was a snapshot as to why. He collected five-figure scores highlighted by his monthly high score of $22,720 for his podium finish in the GGPoker $2,625 High Rollers Blade Mulligan on October 4. But it was in the back half of the month that he really heated up. It started with a runner-up finish in the GGPoker $1,050 High Rollers Main Event for $18,229. Four days later he took down the Sunday High Roller on GGPoker for another $14,393 and then wrapped up a 10-day sprint with another big cash, hauling in $13,070 in the partypoker WPTDeepstacks Event #7 High Roller for $13,070. During that time, Camosci earned his third career PocketFives Triple Crown on October 18 with victories on GGPoker, PokerStars, and Winamax. Like Camosci, Brazil’s Rafael ‘pycadasgalax’ Furlanetto is also sitting at a career-high spot on the Online Poker Rankings thanks to a big October. Mainly a mid-stakes grinder, Furlanetto - like Ferreira - put in a huge amount of volume in the month. His first five-figure score of the month took place in the October 5 edition of the Natural8 $250 Daily Main Event where he walked away with the victory and $14,204 plus 273,82 leaderboard points. Less than a week later he was in the winner’s circle once again taking down the Natural8 $525 Sunday High Rollers for another $24,646. He picked up his third big cash on October 24 where his runner-up finish in the $300 Sunday Marathon brought him $18,591. In total, he had 184 in-the-money finishes for what turned out to be an incredibly busy month for Brazil’s #13-ranked grinder. October 2021 Online Player of the Month Results [table id=271 /]
  19. Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic enjoyed some of the biggest scores of his career in the month of September. His success in the month not only helped him break into the Online Poker Rankings top 5 for the first time in his career, but it also clinched his second career Online Player of the Month honors in less than a year. Smiljkovic racked up 4,241 leaderboard points in September thanks to a handful of key victories in some of online poker’s biggest series. At the end of the first week, on September 7, he took down the GGPoker WSOP Online $525 Bounty Hunter High Roller for $16,960 and 435.23 points. The very next day, he was in the winner’s circle again, this time during the 2021 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, earning another $61,090 (his largest cash of the month) and 591.61 by winning Event #75 ($530 NLHE). September 9 was a key date for him as he made several deep runs at the same time, earning five-figure scores and heaps of leaderboard points. It started off with a runner-up finish in the GGPoker WSOP Online $525 Bounty Hunter where he picked up $14,607. The heat continued with a fourth-place result in WCOOP Event #80-L ($019 NLHE PKO Mini Thursday Thrill) for $15,418. At the same time, Smiljkovic was battling at the final table of WCOOP Event #82-H ($2,100 NLHE) where he ended up falling in fifth place for $28,771. In total, Smiljkovic finished in the money 55 times for a total of $308,708. Not the most volume by any means, but his deep runs in large fields events was enough to help propel him to a career-high ranking of #3 in the world, as well as lift him to the top of the leaderboard. Lucio ‘Llima92’ Lima (3,866 points) also thrived in the month of September, finishing in second place while climbing to new heights on the Online Poker Rankings. Lima, currently grinding the mid-to-high stakes, put in a ton of volume last month. He amassed more than 170 in-the-money finishes, seven of which were for five figures, for a total earn of just over $394,000. His largest score came on September 16 when he took down the GGPoker $1,050 Wednesday Double Stack for $58,148 and 531.04 leaderboard points. That barely eclipsed his fifth-place finish in the GGPoker $777 Lucky Sevens on September 5 in which he earned $53,331 and 464.22 points. He also did damage during the 2021 PokerStars WCOOP. First, on September 10, he final tabled Event #85-H ($2,100 NLHE PKO) for more than $18,000 and 212.32 points. He was back at a WCOOP final table in Event #101-H ($1,050 PLO 6-Max) where he finished in fourth place for $20,090 and another 218.94 points. By the end of the month, Lima hit as high as #16 in the world, just one spot higher than his current rank of #17. Russian superstar Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov rounds out the top 3 for September with 3,565 leaderboard points. In an online career that spans nearly a decade, September was a career month for Filatov which included the largest win of his life. READ: Career Year of Online Success Takes Anatoly Filatov To $10 Million On September 21, Filatov won the GGPoker WSOP Circuit Super MILLION$ for $1.2 million, far-and-away the most money he ever won online. However, the tournament didn’t qualify for leaderboard points, missing the cut-off by a single entry. However, that wasn’t the only score that made Filatov’s fall amazing. Out of his 27 in-the-money finishes, seven were for five figures or more. Although his Super MILLION$ win was likely the highlight of his career, it’s unlikely Filatov ever had another day like September 7. On that day he finished as the runner-up in the GGPoker WSOP High Rollers for $63,252 while at the same time wrapping up a third-place result in WCOOP Event #71 High ($2,100 NHLE) for another $76,538. During both of those tournaments, he was playing on the GGPoker live stream in that week’s Super MILLION$ where he finished in third place for $250,053. All told, Filatov earned more than $1.7 million of his $12.6 million lifetime online earnings in September. September 2021 Online Player of the Month Results [table id=265 /]
  20. The World Series of Poker’s debut of the popular GGPoker Flip and Go format took place this weekend and, love it or hate it, the tournament and its opening flights brought some old-school action back to the players in the Rio. For the uninitiated, Event #20 ($1,000 FLIP & GO) worked like this: eight players at a table are each dealt three hole cards. Next, the dealer puts out the flop. After seeing the flop, every player chooses one card to throw away, leaving themselves with the two cards they think will have the best chance of surviving to the end. Once discarded, most players turned their hands face up as the dealer delivered the turn and the river. The best hand of the eight wins and that player advances into the money. If there’s a chopped pot, those players run it back until there is a single winner. From there, the tournament is played like a traditional event. Some call the quick-paced prelims the ultimate rec-friendly tournament, removing all of the time-intensive early play hurdles while delivering the thrill of late-stage play and the promise of a payday within minutes. Others, however, call it “flipping for a bracelet." Whichever side of the fence you sit on, it’s hard to deny that the Flip & Go brought a buzz to the Pavilion. At first glance, many thought that players had just a couple of shots at winning their flips. The two flights of the tournament on the official starting day, Sunday, October 10. But in reality, the Flip and Go played more like a Phase Tournament - whenever eight players were interested in flipping, they could get together in the single table satellite area of the Pavilion and hold their own opening stage. In fact, these on-demand flights were offered very early on in the series - as early as October 1. However, the word didn’t really get around until GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu rallied the troops and decided to spend some time taking shots in them. https://twitter.com/RealKidPoker/status/1446339035169886209?s=20 Like many other online Phase tournaments, where players are able to fire in as many opening flights as they’d like in order to bag chips for a Day 2, bankroll is a big consideration here. The consistent firing of on-demand tables had the look of the old school bracelet rebuys of years ago, back when Negreanu - with a virtually unlimited bankroll - would fire, take thin (or even -EV spots), and just to go broke so he could snap rebuy in order to get more chips on the table to win back later. It’s not apples-to-apples here. Once you advance you start equal to everyone else, but there is a bankroll threshold in this particular Flip and Go of just how many times will it take before you win that 8-handed all-in. And, for a recreational player, how many flips can you lose before they can no longer take any more shots. Once Negreanu sat down, the action heated up as captured by WSOP Social Media guru Kevin Mathers. https://twitter.com/Kevmath/status/1446606036027117569?s=20 It was clear that once people got going, they were having a good time. Enough to want to take more shots. The fast-paced action is packed with adrenaline, knowing that if you win this one flip you are already in the money. But trying to get to the money phase turned out to be costly for a number of high-profile pros who found themselves on the negative side of variance and ended up being too long to be wrong. https://twitter.com/Kevmath/status/1446620888816750597?s=20 https://twitter.com/KevinRobMartin/status/1446614893877084164?s=20 The criticism of bringing Flip & Go’s to the WSOP was not unexpected and, for traditionalists, understandable. For some, removing the skill edge and nuances of navigating the early stages of large-field tournaments and leaving it up to luck may feel like a betrayal of the game. However, to say that strategy is out the window in the first phase of a Flip & Go wouldn’t be accurate. https://twitter.com/shaundeeb/status/1447078276569055232?s=20 When all was said and done on Sunday, 155 players advanced. With a total of 1232 entries at $1,000 a pop, the prize pool swelled to just over $1.1 million. An impossible number without having run the on-demand single tables for days in advance. Estimates have it that in the two scheduled Sunday flights roughly 50 people advanced as compared to over 100 who advanced by grinding the single tables between Thursday through Sunday. https://twitter.com/dwpoker/status/1447343223844728832?s=20 The min-cash was $2,000, double your money. But for some, that’s barely going to make a dent in the damage it took to get there. For a player like David Williams, who, as noted above fired 19 times, nothing less than the final table in the Flip & Go was going to get him even. Unfortunately for him, while it goes down on record as a cash, a 117th place finish for $2,155, Williams will have to rely on his second-place finish in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $50,842 to get him out of the flippin’ hole. At the end of Day 1, just 23 players remained in the Flip & Go Event. The remaining runners will play down to a winner on Monday, October 11 with a first-place prize of more than $180,000. https://youtu.be/EVxoBPCGNP8
  21. At the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, in the middle of the largest flight of the 2021 World Series of Poker Reunion, GGPoker rolled out the red carpet to announce that high-stakes crusher Jason Koon is officially the newest addition to GGTeam as a Global Ambassador. Koon’s high-roller resume is among poker’s best. He currently sits 10th on the Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money List with more than $32.5 million in live earnings. He had eight seven-figure scores including a victory in the $1,000,000 HKD Triton Super High Roller Short Deck event in Montenegro for $3.5 million in 2018, another Triton Short Deck victory in Jeju for $2.8 million, and his notable third-place finish at the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas for $2.1 million. On top of his stellar reputation as one of the game’s best, he also holds a reputation as one of the game’s nicest high-stakes pros. According to the press release, Koon’s role with GGPoker is set to be more than simply a patch-wearing pro. He’s set to be an advocate for the online poker room’s high-roller/high-volume players as well as focus on “strengthening the poker room’s security and game integrity efforts.” This isn’t Koon’s first foray into ambassadorship, he’s had ties with both Triton Poker and partypoker in the past. In late July, Koon bid farewell to partypoker after four years as an ambassador. At the announcement, Koon took a few moments to entertain a few questions, including the difference between his new deal with GGPoker and his previous work as an ambassador. “The biggest difference immediately is just the scale of everything,” Koon said. ”My past deal with [partypoker], my relationship with them was fantastic and I had a really good four years there. “For GGPoker, the biggest difference is they want to improve their software. I was always a little frustrated that we couldn’t create a new offering in software at [partypoker]. GGPoker is doing everything they can do to make the player experience as quick and efficient as it can be. Just the growth, not only with the online product but expanding with lots of things that you’ll see in the live poker realm in tournaments and cash game - a lot of things to improve the customer experience.” At the same time, surely Koon will also be looking to raise the profile of GGPoker by representing them in live events. “At GGPoker, we view ambassadors as part of our overall team,” said GGPoker Director of Sponsorships and Live Event. “We want them as bought into keeping GGPoker the #1 site in the world as we are. Jason’s reputation and how he handles himself personally and professionally makes him an ideal Global Ambassador. Having a player of his caliber providing advice and direction, and representing the most committed segment of our player community is invaluable for us.” Koon was introduced as the newest member by now fellow Global Ambassador Daniel Negreanu and joins a team the includes Fedor Holz, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, and Dan Bilzerian.
  22. 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 - $49,109
  23. Andras Nemeth started the final table of this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$ eighth in chips, but the former #1-ranked online pro quickly climbed out of the cellar and promptly ran over the table, eliminating five of his final eight opponents and earning his first career Super MILLION$ title and the $325,957 top prize. It took nearly forty minutes for the first player to hit the rail. Although he started the day seventh in chips, with the blinds at 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante) Daniel Dvoress was sitting at the bottom of the chip counts. After Nemeth opened from the cutoff to 84,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kh"], Dvoress moved all-in for 536,000 from the big blind with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="jc"]. Nemeth made the quick call and the board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"] shipping the pot to Nemeth’s pocket kings and ending Dvoress’ day in ninth place for $45,100. With the blinds up to 30,000/60,000 (7,500) ante, a rare double bustout took place. A short-stacked ‘Nator’ moved all-in from middle position for just over 530,000 holding [poker card="js"][poker card="tc"] and right behind him, Marius Gierse called with his [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"]. When the action folded around to Daniel Smiljkovic in the big blind, he moved all-in for a total of 1.1 million with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. With ‘Nator’ already all-in, Gierse took a few moments and, with the largest stack of all three, decided to make the call. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"], quickly putting Gierse in command of the hand. The turn was the [poker card="8h"] and the river was the [poker card="qs"], giving Gierse top two pair and securing the double KO. ‘Nator’ officially exited in eighth place for $57,750 and Smiljkovic finished in seventh place, good for $73,948. One orbit later, Nemeth opened to 126,000 from under the gun with [poker card="7s"][poker card="7h"] only to be three-bet to 646,000 by Austria’s ‘niNohR’ on the button holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. After the blinds let their hands go Nemeth four-bet enough to put ‘niNohR’ all-in, and ‘niNohR’ called it off. Nemeth’s pocket sevens held across the board of [poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"] and in just their second ever Super MILLION$ event, ‘niNohR’ finished in sixth place for $94,689. Thomas Muehloecker has had a habit of making the final table of the Super MILLION$ as of late, but has yet to close one out. He started the day fifth in chips but had a hard time gaining momentum. On his final hand of the day, with blinds up to 35,000/70,000 (8,500 ante) Nemeth raised from the button to 147,000 with [a][poker card="9h"] and from the small blind, Muehloecker shipped his 13 big blind stack with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"]. With the overwhelming chip lead, Nemeth made the call. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"][poker card="4h"] bringing Nemeth top pair, and pairing Muehloecker’s jack. The [poker card="3c"] turn was no help to Muehloecker and the [poker card="5d"] river ended his quest for a Super MILLION$ title in fifth place for $121,247. Minutes later, after the blinds escalated to 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante), ‘oiltrader’ open-shoved his 1.3 million stack with [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"]. On the button, high-stakes savant Artur Martirosian three-bet shipped his more than 2 million chip stack with [poker card="td"][poker card="th"] forcing folds from Gierse and Nemeth. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"] flop brought ‘oiltrader’ flush outs to go with his overcards, but the [poker card="4h"] turn and [poker card="5c"] river was of no help. ‘oiltrader’ fell in fourth place for $155,254. Three-handed play started with Nemeth holding a roughly 2:1 chip lead over both Martirosian and Gierse. Nemeth would add on to his lead in a classic flip against Gierse. In the small blind, Gierse completed with his [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"] and Nemeth put in a raise to 320,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"]. Gierse took a few seconds and three-bet to 960,000 and Nemeth promptly four-bet shoved. Gierse, looking for a double up, called with his pocket queens and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"][poker card="2c"], putting Nemeth in the lead. The turn was the [poker card="jd"] bringing Gierse some additional outs, but the [poker card="js"] was not one of them and Gierse, who started the day with the chip lead, settled for third place and a $198,800 payday. Heads-up play didn’t last long as momentum continued to be on Nemeth’s side. On the final hand of the day the blinds were at 50,000/100,000 (12,500 ante) and Nemeth held a better than 12:1 lead over his talented Russian opponent. Martirosian completed on the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="8s"] and Nemeth checked his option with [poker card="3h"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"] flop provided all the action that was necessary to finish the tournament. Nemeth checked, Martirosian bet 100,000, Nemeth check-raised to 200,000, Martirosian made it 350,000 and Nemeth called. The turn was the [poker card="tc"] and after Nemeth checked, Martirosian moved all-in and Nemeth quickly called leaving Martirosian looking for an eight. The river was the [poker card="6s"] and Martirosian ended up in second place for $254,559 while Nemeth captured the $325,957 first-place prize. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (8/10) Andras Nemeth - $325,957 Artur Martirosian - $254,559 Marius Gierse - $198,800 ‘oiltrader’ - $155,254 Thomas Muehloecker - $121,247 ‘niHohR’ - $94,689 Daniel Smiljkovic - $73,948 ‘Nator’ - $57,750 Daniel Dvoress - $45,100 edit: a previous version of this article indicated that Nemeth had won his second Super MILLION$ title when it was his first. This has been corrected, we regret the error.
  24. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Jeff Walsh, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. This week on The FIVES, Lance and Jeff bring you all of the latest gold bracelet results from the World Series of Poker Online on GGPoker - including poker legend Erik Seidel's history-making ninth career bracelet win. Plus, the Pennsylvania WSOP Online series wrapped up with an interesting payout structure for its high roller, and it was a great week for poker content with the World Poker Tour's live streamed high-stakes home game. Also, following up with last week's podcast about WSOP Rule 115, there were multiple clarifications to the COVID-inspired rule leaving the guys with even more questions. Tune in! Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  25. It was late in London. The early morning actually, and Erik Seidel, one of poker’s most iconic figures, was back on the grind. Already in the United Kingdom to celebrate his youngest daughter’s wedding, the poker legend decided to extend his stay in the UK’s capital to take care of some business. Specifically, the business of high-stakes poker. And at this moment, his deep run in GGPoker WSOP Online Event #11 ($10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller) was taking him back to the beginning of his career. “I haven’t stayed up that late for poker since I was in my 20’s,” Seidel said, referring to the overnight hours of Day 1 of the gold bracelet event. “London isn’t ideal for me because I’m a morning person and Day One lasted ’til the next morning.” Even casual fans are familiar with Seidel’s impact on poker and his history that took him from the early days of Mayfair Club in New York to the Poker Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. His career has spanned 40 years and in that time he’s earned nearly $38 million in recorded live earnings. He’s a World Poker Tour champion and, prior to the online high roller he was playing in, had previously won eight WSOP bracelets, making him one of the most prolific players in WSOP history. Seidel didn’t know it at the time but after that sleepless night, he was just days away from adding to his legacy with WSOP bracelet #9. For a player who has experienced just about everything there is to experience in the game of poker, Seidel admits he still feels “out of [his] element online”, making his victory one of the most unique moments of his career. [caption id="attachment_636078" align="alignleft" width="300"] Seidel's online winning moment.[/caption] “I’m just never that comfortable online,” he said. “I like it, it’s nice to be able to play a tourney in bed, but I make mistakes. I had two misclicks at the final table. It’s easier for me to get distracted and there’s always that concern that I’ll lose connection.” In fact, he did lose connection at one point while playing in his hotel on spotty Wi-Fi. But, obviously, the man they call Seiborg recovered nicely. He navigated his way through the field of 624 entries, made the final table, and bested a final nine that included Rui Ferreira, Isaac Baron, Thomas Muehloecker, and eventual runner-up, Francisco Benitez. When it was all over, Seidel won more than $977,000 and made WSOP history. He earned that ninth bracelet and moved into a tie with poker legend Johnny Moss for fifth (third-most) in all-time WSOP bracelets. “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.” [caption id="attachment_636079" align="alignright" width="219"] 2007 WSOP victory in NL 2-7 Lowball for bracelet #8.[/caption] That said, as special as winning another bracelet is for him, 14 years after winning #8, Seidel hasn’t been consumed with the bracelet chase as, perhaps, some other pre-poker boom prominent players. “I can’t say I really get caught up in bracelet fever,” he said. “My focus has been much more on higher buy-in No Limit events. If you really want to rack up bracelets, you’ve got to play the high buy-in limit events at the WSOP, the No Limit fields are way too big. I play a limited amount of events at the WSOP, and I love playing them, but I’m not trying to maximize my chances by playing every event.” It would be tough for anyone to not want to push if given the chance to break into double-digit bracelets. It’s well-known that there are currently only four players with 10 or more. Phil Hellmuth is the all-time leader with 15. And then, tied for second, all with 10, are Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Ivey - a club that’s hasn’t admitted a new member since 2014. Now, Seidel is knocking on the door. At 61, he says he has no intentions of slowing down and has set his sights on playing a healthy schedule at this year’s WSOP. “I love playing, I hope I can continue competing for a while. I expect to play 20-something events at the WSOP although I’m really disappointed in the WSOP schedule this year, the big NL events that I’d love to play in are all very close to Thanksgiving. I’ll have to see if I can play them.”

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