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  1. April was an absolutely mammoth month for Finnish high-stakes crusher Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro who bounced between the events of the GGPoker Spring Festival and the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker to earn over $4.4 million and take down the title of April Online Player of the Month. With more than a quarter-billion in total prize pools up for grabs between both the GGPoker and PokerStars spring series, the race for last month’s Online Player of the Month elevated to new heights. So much so that the top 18 finishers in April would have easily earned enough points to lock up the title in March. For his part, Kelopuro, who earned 8,378 total points, nearly doubled the total of Joao ’Naza114’ Vieira who won it in March. But even with so many opportunities to take home massive tournament scores, Kelopuro, who is no stranger to winning large sums of money, had a special month. He had nine six-figure scores and another fourth five-figure cashes. Of his 120 recorded results, 17 (14%) were victories and another 16 were podium finishes which resulted in a 27.5% top-3 standing in those times that Kelopuro made the money. His first major score came on April 7 when he finished in fourth place in GGSF Event #16-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $236,296. Running deep in the month’s biggest events was a reoccurring theme for Kelopuro who also won GGSF Event #49-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $522,617 and also took down Event #84-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) for another $574,878. However, Kelopuro’s largest score was his final one, a runner-up result in GGSF Event #109-H ($25,500 Sunday Millions) in which he earned $720,833 plus 1,368.09 points. It wasn’t just in the Spring Festival where Kelopuro found success. He won the Irish Poker Online Omaha High Roller for $34,647 and scored a PokerStars SCOOP 2021 title with a win in Event #25-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo) for $70,557 and 624.50 points. By the end of the month, Kelopuro’s performance propelled him to #2 in the worldwide rankings and put him in a position to retake the top spot for the first time since he last held it in November of 2019. Additionally, the $4 million surge makes him just the third player in online poker history to have earned more than $20 million in recorded online cashes, joining ‘Lena900’ and Joao Vieira in the elite club. Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson finished April in second place with 6,603 points and a total haul of more than $1.45 million in total earnings, thanks to consistent results in the GGSF events he played over on Natural8. Watson took home a GGSF title on April 10 when he won Event #28-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) for $52,439 and 500 points. Just days later he recorded a runner-up result in Event #49-M ($2,625 High Roller) for another $114,094 and 572.32 points. However, Watson really picked up steam in the back half of the month after he outlasted the 182-entry field of GGSF Event #83-H ($10,300 Super Tuesday) for his highest cash of the month of $363,776 plus 1,349.07 points. Two days later, on April 23, Watson was in the winner’s circle again, winning Event #93-M ($2,625 High Roller) for another $144,885 and 838.15 points. Also of note, while there weren’t enough runners to count in the Online Player of the Month standings, Watson also earned his seventh career PokerStars SCOOP title with a win in Event #78-H ($1,050 FL Badugi) for just over $20,000. Brazilian pro Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann rounded out the top three for April scoring 6,311 points over 73 recorded cashes and more than $1.1 million in earnings. Volkmann took home a PokerStars SCOOP title on April 6 in Event #15-H ($2,100 Freezeout) in which he earned $74,191 and 606.63 points, his highest single point total for the month. He also picked up two six-figure scores in the final week. The first came on April 21 in the GGSF Event #83-M ($1,050 Super Tuesday) where Volkmann finished as the runner-up for $101,206 and 554.74 points. Then, two days later, he took down a GGPoker Side Event ($5,250 Blade Special) for another $116,137. April 2021 Player of the Month Results [table id=221 /]
  2. The GGPoker Spring Festival may be over, but the massive paydays on GGPoker continue as the 47th edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ wrapped up on Tuesday with Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski running white-hot to topple the 184-entry field and the take home $394,852 first-place prize. Perhaps the Spring Festival took the wind (and maybe the bankroll) out of some of the regular high rollers as this week's tournament fell 16 players short of reaching the guarantee leaving GGPoker on the hook for a $160,000 overlay. While an overlay is unusual in the Super MILLION$, a stacked final table is not. This one was no different. Joining Malinowski in the final nine was David Peters, Yuri Dzivielevski, Ami Barer, Lucas Reeves, and eventual runner-up Dario Sammartino, among others. It took nearly an hour of nine-handed play before the first player hit the rail. When folded to in the small blind, China’s ‘judd trump’ shipped their final twelve big blind stack in the middle holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"]. Malinowski in the small blind quickly called with [poker card="5s"][poker card="5c"] in the big blind. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3d"], awarding Malinowski’s pocket fives the pot and sending ‘judd trump’ out in ninth for $61,387. Two-time Super MILLION$ champ Lucas Reeves found himself extremely short when he put the last of his chips in on the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"]. The current #1-ranked online player in the world, Yuri Dzivielevski picked up [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"] in the small blind and reshipped forcing Ami Barer in the big blind to fold. Although dominated preflop, the flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"] putting Reeves in the lead. But as the [poker card="as"] peeled off on the turn, Dzivielevski took back control of the hand. The [poker card="6h"] river completed the board and ended Reeve’s bid for a third title in eighth place for $77,468. Despite busting Reeves, Dzivielevski was still grinding a short stack. Over thirty minutes later, he played a pot against David Peters that cost him the majority of his stack. From the button, Peters opened with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"] and after Sammartino folded, Dzivielevski called holding [poker card="ts"][poker card="9d"]. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9s"] and after Dzivielevski checked, Peters put out abet with his flopped two pair which the Brazilian called. The turn was the [poker card="qh"] giving Dzivielevski the straight, which he checked for a second time over to Peters who checked it back. The river was the [poker card="kd"] bringing in a full house for Peters. Dzivielevski put out a half-pot bet, and Peters took some time and eventually raised for most of his stack. After tanking for two minutes, Dzivielevski made the call and saw the bad news. Peters essentially doubled up while Dzivielevski was left with less than one big blind, which he lost on the very next hand ending his run in seventh place for $97,761. With six players left, Malinowski put in a raise from early position with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] and net to act, Peters shipped his final 25 big blinds with [poker card="ts"][poker card="th"]. Malinowski wasted no time in making the call and the pair flipped for the chip lead. The flop came [poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5s"], keeping Peters’ pocket tens in good shape. But when the [poker card="ac"] hit the turn, Peters was left looking for one of the remaining two tens to stay alive in the tournament. The river was the [poker card="jd"] eliminating Peters in sixth place for $123,370. Although he started the day as the chip leader, Guillaume Nolet was at the bottom of the chip counts with five left. When folded to in the small blind, Nolet moved all-in with his short stack holding [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"], and Malinowski, with a massive chip lead, opted to call holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="9d"]. The flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6s"], providing a pair to Malinowski and leaving Nolet looking for help. The turn was the [poker card="2s"], opening the possibility of a backdoor flush for the Canadian. But Malinowski was running too hot and the [poker card="7h"] hit the river. Malinowski’s lead increased and Nolet was sent to the rail in fifth place for $155,688. Just two hands later, a battle of the blinds played out as table short stack Ami Barer in the small blind moved all-in with his [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"] and was quickly called by Aleks Ponakovs and his [poker card="6s"][poker card="6h"]. The flop came [poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3c"] giving Ponakovs top set and leaving Barer drawing thin. The [poker card="8s"] turn effectively ended the hand, as Barer was drawing dead to the [poker card="7d"] river. In his fifth appearance at a Super MILLION$ final table, Barer fell in fourth place and added $196,473 to his bankroll. Just minutes later it looked like Ponakovs was in line to pick up more chips. He put in a min-raise on the button holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] which prompted Malinowski to three-bet shove his massive stack with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. Sammartino folded and Ponakovs snap-called. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"] flop was clean for the pocket queens. But, yet again, an ace hit the turn as the [poker card="ac"] gave Malinowski a stranglehold on the hand. The river [poker card="3h"] couldn’t save Ponakovs who exited in third place for $247,939. At the start of heads-up play, Malinowski held a better than four-to-one chip lead but Sammartino’s patient play chipped away at Malinowski’s lead. The pair battled for roughly an hour, with Sammartino wrestling the chip lead away for a time. But Malinowski’s heater kicked back in just in time and he bested Sammartino in a hand where he held [poker card="kh"][poker card="6d"] to Sammartino’s [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"] and the pair got it all in on the flop of a [poker card="kd"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][[poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"] board. Minutes later, it was all over. Malinowski moved all-in with his chip lead and the [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and Sammartino made the call with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"]. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="4c"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3s"] giving Malinowski a straight and missing Sammartino’s backdoor flush draw. Sammartino picked up $312,889 as the runner-up and Malinowski earned his first Super MILLION$ title and the $394,852 first-place prize. Super MILLION$ Final Table Payouts (5/4) Wiktor Malinowski - $394,852 Dario Sammartino - $312,889 Aleks Ponakovs - $247,939 Ami Barer - $196,472 Guillaume Nolet $155,688 David Peters - $123,370 Yuri Dzivielevski - $97,761 Lucas Reeves - $77,468 judd trump - $61,367
  3. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Get ready for another all-new, jam-packed episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie break down everything that took place in the world of poker. This week, the World Series of Poker expanded their summer online schedule and announced that beginning on August 1, thirty-three online gold bracelet events will be available on GGPoker for international players. At the same time, the Wynn in Las Vegas looked to fill the live poker void left by the delay of the 2021 WSOP with its own $10,000,000 guaranteed summer tournament. As players get ready for the start of the WSOP, both the PokerStars SCOOP and GGPoker's Spring Festival came to a close and the guys look back at some of the biggest winners in both series and recap some of the incredible numbers put up by both. Also, the World Poker Tour's record-setting Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown has found its final six players as the company looks to make more history with the sale of their first NFTs. Mike Zakarian joins the show to break down what to look for (and look out for) when the NFTs go on sale this week. All of that and more so turn in and subscribe to The FIVES! Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  4. The 330-event, $150 million guaranteed GGPoker Spring Festival wrapped up earlier this week and while there were 13 overlays, total prize pools soared past $175 million and five different players each walked away with a million-dollar score. Not surprisingly, the High buy-in category made up the bulk of the prize money. The 110 High buy-in events had $115,051,800 in prize money, for an average prize pool just north of $1 million each. Those events had a total of 44,677 entrants. The Medium buy-in events drew 157,691 total entrants and had prize pools totaling $44,558,725. Unsurprisingly, the Low buy-in events had massive turnouts, with 382,000 players all vying for their share of the $17,026,062 in prize money. Frequent Visitors to the Winner's Circle If winner photos were required for the GGPoker Spring Festival, former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt would have gotten a suntan from all the flashes going off. Astedt won a series-leading five events including Events #14-High ($1,050 PLO-NL Bounty), #19-High ($2,100 Bounty [6-Max]), #25-High ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty), #41-High ($25,500 Sunday Five Million), and #95-High ($2,100 Bounty) for a total of $1,432,201.51. He also narrowly missed out on a sixth title, finishing runner-up in Event #94-High ($1,050 Deepstack Bounty Turbo). There were four other players who each won four events with three of those players earning more than $1 million for their wins alone. The one of those four who banked the most from the four wins was Lev 'LevMeAlone' Gottlieb. A relatively unknown player, Gottlieb won Events #5-High ($10,300 Super MILLION$), #15-High ($10,300 Super Tuesday), #35-High ($10,300 PLO-NL High Roller), and #72-High ($10,300 PLO-NL High Roller) to take home $1,423,266.61. Gottlieb had no other podium finishes during the series. Sami Kelopuro, who is currently ranked #2 in the world, earned $1,417,190.60 for winning Events #49-High ($25,500 Super High Roller), #59-High ($5,250 PLO-NL), #68-High ($10,300 PLO-NL Bounty High Roller), and #84-High ($25,500 Super High Roller). He also bookended those four wins with a pair of runner-up finishes in Events #24-High ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty) and #109-High ($25,500 Sunday Millions). Germany's Christian Rudolph also had four wins, two coming in High events and another two coming in Medium events. Rudolph won Event #27-High ($2,100 Bounty), Event #102-High ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event), Event #27-Medium ($210 Bounty), and Event #83-Medium ($1,050 Super Tuesday). Amazingly, he also had four second-place finishes and a third-place result. Possibly the quietest member of the four win was Tim 'BeardOilGuy' Rutherford. The Canadian won Events #14-Medium ($105 PLO-NL Bounty), #44-Medium ($250 Daily Main Event), #58-Low ($105 Thursday Thriller Bounty), and #67 Low ($50 PLO-NL) for a total of $88,160.48. [table id=218 /] A Million Dollars IS Cool There were five players who walked away from an event with a title a two-comma score. The single largest score went to Joakim Andersson for taking down the $10,300 GGSF Super MILLION$ Main Event. The Swede walked away with $1,537,605.12 for his efforts. The winner of the $1,500 GGSF Main Event came close to beating Andersson's score. 'KingKongJoel' topped the 6,803-entry field to win $1,133,634.47. Astedt (Event #41-High), Mikita Badziakouski (Event #75-High), and Guillaume Nolet (Event #6-High) all earned at least $1 million for winning an event. An additional six players each earned a half-million dollar score for the victory. [table id=217 /] Number Ones With A Bullet Astedt and Kelopuro weren't the only former top-ranked PocketFivers to grab a GGSF title but they were the only ones to win multiple titles. Fedor Holz won Event #37-High ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) for $124,456.71, Andras Nemeth took down Event #58-Medium ($1,050 Thursday Thriller Bounty) for $110,038.60, and Joao Simao grabbed the title in Event #110-Medium ($525 Festival Closer [Bounty Turbo]) for $53,918.96. The current #1-ranked player in the world had no intention of being left out of the fun. Yuri Dzivielevski shipped Event #42-H ($2,100 Sunday Heater [Bounty Turbo]) for a $72,235.16 payday.
  5. The first ever GGPoker Spring Festival wrapped up on Tuesday night with Markus Leikkonen grabbing the final High level title and a mid six-figure payday by beating a final table populated by some of the best online poker players, including the current #1-ranked player in the world. After working his way through 338 other players in Event #108-H ($10,300 Super MILLION$), Leikkonen entered the final table with the third shortest stack behind the likes of Timothy Adams, former #1-ranked Christian Jeppsson, Daniel Dvoress, and current #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski. Leikkonen didn't let his starting position determine his outcome as the Finnish pro chipped up early and took the chip lead with eight players remaining. He was then responsible for sending George Wolff home in seventh place and then busted Dzivielevski in third to get heads up against American David Coleman. The former #1-ranked American online poker player actually started the final table as the shortest stack but built his stack up enough to be responsible for eliminating Dvoress in fifth and Jeppsson in fourth. Leikkonen dispatched of Coleman and won his first GGSF title and $651,820.84 while Coleman walked away with a career-high $502,622.28 payday. Dzivielevski finished in third place for the third time in GGSF and earned $387,574.80. Event #108-H ($10,300 Super MILLION$) Entries: 347 Prize pool: $3,470,000 Markus Leikkonen - $651,820.84 David Coleman - $502,622.28 Yuri Dzivielevski - $387,574.80
  6. As the GGPoker Spring Festival winds to a close, just a few final events are on the schedule and Monday's action featured just one High level champion being crowned while a Medium level event paid the winner a handsome six-figure sum. Seth Davies topped the 172-entry field in Event #109-H ($25,500 Sunday Millions) to win $956,439.98 and in the process denied Sami Kelopuro a fifth GGSF title. Kelopuro had to settle for taking second place and a $717,228.48 payday. Third place finisher Elio Fox took home $537,845.52. Dutch pro Kevin Paque navigated his way through a 1,069-entry field to win Event #108-M ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) for a $150,454.03 score. Paque wasn't the only player to find a six-figure bankroll boost. Runner-up Ioannis Konstas fell one position short of the title, but banked $115,130.54 for his efforts. 'LouDianfeng' took home $88,100.84 for coming in third place. The GGPoker Spring Festival wraps up on Tuesday with the final table of Event #108-H ($10,300 Super MILLION$) which features current #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski with the chip lead and Daniel Dvoress, Christian Jeppsson, Timothy Adams, and David Coleman all chasing him and the $651,820.84 first place prize. Event #108-M ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) Entries: 1,069 Prize pool: $1,069,000 Kevin Paque - $150,454.03 Ioannis Konstas - $115,130.54 LouDianfeng - $88,100.84 Event #109-H ($25,500 Sunday Millions) Entries: 172 Prize pool: $4,300,000 Seth Davies - $956,439.98 Sami Kelopuro - $717,228.48 Elio Fox - $537,845.52
  7. Nearly two weeks after the World Series of Poker announced plans for the 2021 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com, more details have been released about what international players have to look forward to including a pair of WSOP Super Circuit series and 66 total WSOP bracelets across two online poker platforms. The 33 WSOP Online bracelet events held on WSOP.com between July 1 and August 1 will be mirrored by an additional 33 bracelet events on GGPoker beginning on August 1 and running through September 12. In 2020, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, WSOP officials held 31 events on WSOP.com for players in the United States and another 54 on GGPoker for international players. "The bar has been set with last year’s record-breaking series, but we’re hoping to raise it even higher this year," said Gregory Chochon, Director of the WSOP. "One of our goals is to provide as many people the chance to become champions as possible. However, we know not everyone can or is comfortable traveling yet, so continuing a robust online bracelet offering in 2021 is a must." The 2020 WSOP Online Main Event on GGPoker had a $5,000 buy-in and a $20,000,000 guarantee which was easily surpassed after 5,802 pushed the total prize pool to $27,559,500, which earned GGPoker and the WSOP a Guinness World Record for the largest online poker tournament prize pool ever. While no details regarding the 2021 WSOP Online Main Event have been released yet, company officials are hinting at going even bigger in their second year. “When GGPoker & WSOP partnered in 2020, we broke world records. Our plans for 2021 are to offer even more to our customers. With massive tournaments, WSOP gold bracelet & rings, and a route into the live WSOP Main Event in November, we hope players will love what we have in store,” said GGPoker Head of Poker Operations Steve Preiss. While players will be waiting for the bracelet events, the WSOP action on GGPoker actually begins on May 1, with the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series. Running for the entire month of May, the series comes with a $100,000,000 guarantee and 18 WSOP Circuit rings will be up for grabs. Along with those 18 Circuit rings which will be won via standard multi-table tournaments, for the first time ever, cash game grinders will have an opportunity to win a piece of WSOP hardware. Two leaderboards, one for No Limit Hold’em and a second for Pot-Limit Omaha/Pot Limit Omaha-5, will run for the duration of the Super Circuit. The top nine players on each leaderboard will be invited to play a single-table tournament with cash prizes for all nine and a WSOP Circuit ring for the winner. The second WSOP Super Circuit series on GGPoker will be the WSOP Winter Online Super Circuit at GGPoker with dates still to be determined. Along with the 66 total bracelet events, players on both platforms will be able to play in WSOP Main Event satellites beginning on August 1. These satellites will award seats to the $10,000 WSOP Main Event scheduled to begin on November 4 in Las Vegas. These satellites will run straight through until October 1. WSOP officials plan to provide more details, including tournament dates and buy-ins, for the live and online schedule, over the coming weeks.
  8. 'KingKongJoel' was in apex predator mode on Sunday as they worked their way through the 1,117 Day 2 survivors in the GG Spring Festival High Main Event to walk away with more than $1.25 million. The $1,500 buy-in Main Event had a total of 6,803 total entries to fall $305,725 short of the $10,000,000 guarantee. 'KingKongJoel' earned the victory after chopping heads-up with Zhuang Ruan. For finishing as runner-up, Ruan earned $952,194.60. Taking the final spot on the podium earned 'Lucky-Lucky' a $670.295.68 score. All nine players at the final table earned a six-figure score, including Samuel Vousden, who finished ninth for $119,796.00. The other High buy-in Main Event on the calendar was the $1,500 PLO-NL event that drew 1,412 entries. The final two players in this event also made a deal at the end. Joachim 'jochee' Haraldstad earned $249,926.29 and walked away as the champion while 'Majki365' came in second place and added $210,693.27 to their bankroll. Third place finisher Bernard Larabi won $147,781.94. After a pair of close calls earlier in the series, David Peters finally broke through and earned his first High level buy-in win on Sunday. Peters, who won Event #57-M ($2,625 High Roller) on April 15, beat Adrian Mateos heads up to win Event #106 ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event) for $296,561.39. Mateos had to settle for $135,141.49 and third place finisher Artur Martirosian walked away with $168,690.34. Kenneth 'Forrest_Li' Edberg beat out 474 other entries to win Event #105 ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) and banked $123,140.52 in the process. Runner-up Pavel 'EzzzGame' Plesuv scored $92,342.03 for his finish while 'Bitcoin11' won just a little bit more than one bitcoin at current prices for their third place result. Germany's Maximillian Silz took down Event #107 ($1,050 GGMasters High Rollers) to win $161,202.99. The event drew 1,184 entries and 'porco1337' outlasted all but one of them to finish in second place and a $120,883.84 payday. Third place finisher 'MikeAllingelo' just missed out on a six-figure score, earning $90,650.07. The final event on Sunday was Event #110 ($5,250 Festival Closer [Bounty Turbo]) which drew 124 entries. Eelis Parssinen shipped his third GGSF High title and won $152,531.03. Linus Loeliger finished second for $59,188.00 and 'Little Pepe' took third for $49,150.58. Event #105 ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) Entries: 475 Prize pool: $676,875 Forrest_Li - $123,140.52 EzzzGame - $92,342.03 Bitcoin11 - $69,246.75 GGSF Main Event-H ($1,500 NLHE) Entries: 6,803 Prize pool: $10,000,000 ($305,725 overlay) KingKongJoel - $1,133,634.47* Zhuang Ruan - $952,194.60* Lucky-Lucky - $670.295.68 GGSF Main Event-H ($1,500 PLO-NL) Entries: 1,412 Prize pool: $2,012,100 jochee - $249,926.29* Majki365 - $210,693.27* Bernard Larabi - $147,781.94 Event #106 ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event) Entries: 341 Prize pool: $1,705,000 David Peters - $296,561.39 Adrian Mateos - $135,141.49 Artur Martirosian - $168,690.34 Event #107 ($1,050 GGMasters High Rollers) Entries: 1,184 Prize pool: $1,184,000 Maximillian Silz - $161,202.99 porco1337 - $120,883.84 MikeAllingelo - $90,650.07 Event #110 ($5,250 Festival Closer [Bounty Turbo]) Entries: 124 Prize pool: $620,000 Eelis Parssinen - $152,531.03 Linus Loeliger - $59,188.00 Little Pepe - $49,150.58
  9. Isaac Haxton must have seen all of the top players winning GGPoker Spring Festival events and decided to finally throw his hat into the ring. After posting one runner-up finish and three third place finishes, Haxton broke through into the winner's circle to take home nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Haxton topped the 83-entry field in Event #101-H ($10,300 PLO-NL High Roller) to add $230,885.58 to his bankroll. Finland's Eelis Parssinen finished in second place and won $166,934.84 while Ami Barer banked $120,697.23 for his third place finish. Haxton's closest previous call came in Event #23-M ($2,625 High Roller) where he finished runner-up to Sam Greenwood. 'judd trump' secured their third win of the series by working their way through 98 other entries in Event #103-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty High Roller) to add $114,373.05 to their earnings. Falling one spot short of winning a second title, Dario Sammartino had to settle for a $74,323.73 consolation prize. Connor Drinan finished in third place for $54,539.91. 'judd trump' won Event #43-H ($5,250 Bounty Hunters SHR) and Event #44-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) for a combined $247,400.75. 'MezzoXpresso' topped the 164 other entries in Event #104-H ($1,050 Hyper [6-Max]) to win $40,123.57. Ami Barer grabbed the silver medal and $29,010.06 for his second top-three finish of the day. Pascal Hartman wound up in third place and secured a $20,974.86 payday. The Saturday schedule also included a pair of events focused on the Asian time zone. 'Weedsmoker93' beat out 331 other entries to win Event #99-H ($525 Bounty Hunters Asia) for $29,773.11. 'broenc' earned $12,463.39 for finishing in second place and 'confederatel3' banked $10,111.14 as the third place finisher. 'illywilly97' took down Event #100-H ($1,500 Asia Superstack Classic) for their second GGSF title. This win came with $76,135.82 in earnings. Runner-up 'Fantastik55' earned $57,093.69 while Barak Wisbrod grabbed $42,814.25 for finishing third. Event #99-H ($525 Bounty Hunters Asia) Entries: 332 Prize pool: $166,000 Weedsmoker93 - $29,773.11 broenc - $12,463.39 confederatel3 - $10,111.14 Event #100-H ($1,500 Asia Superstack Classic) Entries: 256 Prize pool: $364,800 illywilly97 - $76,135.82 Fantastik55 - $57,093.69 Barak Wisbrod - $42,814.25 Event #101-H ($10,300 PLO-NL High Roller) Entries: 83 Prize pool: $830,000 Isaac Haxton - $230,885.58 Eelis Parssinen - $166,934.84 Ami Barer - $120,697.23 Event #103-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty High Roller) Entries: 99 Prize pool: $495,000 judd trump - $114,373.05 Dario Sammartino - $74,323.73 Connor Drinan - $54,539.91 Event #104-H ($1,050 Hyper [6-Max]) Entries: 165 Prize pool: $165,000 MezzoXpresso - $40,123.57 Ami Barer - $29,010.06 Pascal Hartman - $20,974.86
  10. Niklas Astedt has done it again. For the fifth time this year, Astedt took down a GGPoker Spring Festival event. The win comes just 24 hours after former #1-ranked Swedish superstar finished runner-up in a GGSF event for the first time. On Friday, Astedt beat out 108 other entries in Event #95 ($2,100 Bounty) to win $57,213.32. The final bounty Astedt collected belonged to David Peters. The former Global Poker Index Player of the Year earned $25,191.57 as the runner-up. 'JESUSYAAZY', who finished third on Thursday in the event Astedt finished second in, posted another third place finish here, banking $14,405.61. Astedt has now collected $1,432,201.51 from his five GGPoker Spring Festival wins alone. Astedt's win was one of just three High level buy-in GGPoker Spring Festival events that crowned a champion on Friday as the series heads toward the Main Event this weekend. George Wolff navigated his way through 78 other entries to win Event #97-H ($1,050 Deep Turbo) for a $18,427.37 score. Italy's Nicolo Molinelli finished in second place and walked away with $14,371.10 while Konstantin Maslak earned his fifth podium finish of the series by coming in third for $11,207.76. Aleksei 'psihodelik' Filimonov rounded up the trio of Friday winners by shipping Event #98-H ($525 Bounty Turbo [6-Max]) for $18,702.30. The Russian defeated 180 other runners to claim victory including runner-up Aram Oganyan, who banked $9,188.74, and Douglas Ferreira, who earned $7,435.55 as the third place finisher. Event #95-H ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 109 Prize pool: $218,000 Niklas Astedt - $57,213.32 David Peters - $25,191.57 JESUSYAAZY - $14,405.61 Event #97-H ($1,050 Deep Turbo) Entries: 79 Prize pool: $79,000 George Wolff - $18,427.37 Nicolo Molinelli - $14,371.10 Konstantin Maslak - $11,207.76 Event #98-H ($525 Bounty Turbo [6-Max]) Entries: 181 Prize pool: $95,500 Aleksei 'psihodelik' Filimonov - $18,702.30 Aram Oganyan - $9,188.74 D Ferreira - $7,435.55
  11. Three of the most respected high roller regulars each walked away with more than $400,000 in earnings on Thursday in the GGPoker Spring Festival action after they agreed to chopping up the biggest buy-in event on the schedule. Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Dvoress, and Nick Petrangelo made their way through 93 other entries in Event #93 ($25,500 Super High Roller) before chopping up more than $1.3 million. Chidwick wound up with the title and $442,339.13 while Dvoress took second for $435,831.89, and Petrangelo grabbed third place for $433,757.56. Artur Martirosian banked $326,273.34 for winning Event #92 ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty). For the fifth time this series, Christian Rudolph played the role of runner-up, this time earning $197,210.79. Current #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski took third place for a $112,820.42 score. Event #87 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) drew a 400-entry field with Lucas Reeves beating all of them to win the title and $77,228.57. Konstantin Maslak, who won a GGSF title on the opening day of the series, finished one spot behind Reeves and added $57,913.09 to his winnings. Shyngis Satubayev, who also won a GGSF title in the opening week, finished in third place and walked away with $43,428.68. Rodrigo Selouan denied Joakim Andersson a second GGSF title by beating him heads up in Event #90 ($1,050 6-Max). Selouan scored $89,423.59 for the victory, while Andersson had to settle for $64,654.85. Third place finisher 'Musashi94' took home $46,746.72. Austria's Matthias Eibinger was the only other champion to secure a six-figure payday after he collected $126,793.41 worth of bounties from Event #91 ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty). The last player to fall victim to Eibinger was Samuli Sipila, who earned $62,828.85 as the runner-up. Third place finisher Andrey Lyubovetskiy collected $45,466.17. 'Joe Biden' managed to do something that nobody has managed to pull off during GGPoker Spring Festival. They sent Niklas Astedt home in second place. 'Joe Biden' outlasted 224 other entries, including Astedt, to win Event #94 ($1,050 Deepstack Bounty Turbo) for $39,108.26. Meanwhile Astedt, who was 4-0 when reaching the heads up stage of the tournament, earned $25,726.32 as the second place finisher. 'JESUSYAAZY' took the final podium spot, earning $16,200.89 for finishing in third. Event #87-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) Entries: 400 Prize pool: $400,000 Lucas Reeves - $77,228.57 Konstantin Maslak - $57,913.09 Shyngis Satubayev - $43,428.68 Event #90-H ($1,050 6-Max) Entries: 459 Prize pool: $459,000 Rodrigo Selouan - $89,423.59 Joakim Andersson - $64,654.85 Musashi94 - $46,746.72 Event #91-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty) Entries: 117 Prize pool: $585,000 Matthias Eibinger - $126,793.41 Samuli Sipila - $62,828.85 Andrey Lyubovetskiy - $45,466.17 Event #92-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty) Entries: 157 Prize pool: $1,570,000 Artur Martirosian - $326,273.34 Christian Rudolph - $197,210.79 Yuri Dzivielevski - $112,820.42 Event #93-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) Entries: 96 Prize pool: $2,400,000 Stephen Chidwick - $442,339.13* Daniel Dvoress - $435,831.89* Nick Petrangelo - $433,757.56* *three-way deal Event #94-H ($1,050 Deepstack Bounty Turbo) Entries: 225 Prize pool: $225,000 Joe Biden - $39,108.26 Niklas Astedt - $25,726.32 JESUSYAAZY - $16,200.89
  12. Francisco Benitez was one of three players to win a GGPoker Spring Festival High buy-in level event on Wednesday and the only one of the three to get close to winning six figures. Benitez stood tall over a 259-entry field in Event #88 ($2,100 Bounty) and collected a $98,487.97 payday. The last player Benitez eliminated, Sergei Denisov, picked up his second runner-up finish of the GGSF and earned $42,795.64. '27 cm' didn't quite measure up to being a champion on Tuesday and took third for $43,044.89. Last Tuesday, Denisov finished second to 'CrossfireX' in Event #58-H: $10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty. Xuming 'scplayer' Qi turned his $525 buy-in - and his second bullet - into $54,016.36 after outlasting 692 other entries in Event #86-H ($525 Forty Stack). 'PapiPapo' earned the silver medal and $41,325.62 for a second place finish. Urmo Velvelt finished in third place for the third time in the past two weeks, this time earning $31,616.83. Canada's Ami Barer took down event Event #89-H ($1,050 PLO-NL Bounty Hyper) to win $23,797.95. His victory denied Christian Rudolph from pulling off a double-victory day. Rudolph, who won Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) earlier in the series, finished second to Barer only moments after winning Event #83-M ($1,050 Super Tuesday). Third place finisher Konstantin Maslak banked $7,335.73 for his efforts. Event #86-H ($525 Forty Stack) Entries: 693 Prize pool: $346,500 Xuming 'scplayer' Qi - $54,016.36 PapiPapo - $41,325.62 Urmo Velvelt - $31,616.83 Event #88-H ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 259 Prize pool ($518,000 Francisco Benitez - $98,487.97 Sergei Denisov - $42,795.64 27 cm - $43,044.89 Event #89-H ($1,050 PLO-NL Bounty Hyper) Entries: 121 Prize pool: $121,000 Ami Barer - $23,797.95 Christian Rudolph - $16,504.57 Konstantin Maslak - $7,335.73
  13. The final Tuesday in the GGPoker Spring Festival was a big one with seven different players walking away with High buy-in level titles and the lion's share of more than $6 million in prize pools, but nobody shined brighter - and scored bigger - than Joakim Andersson. Sweden's Andersson showed no mercy as he topped the 1,089-entry field to win the GGPoker Spring Festival MILLION$ Main Event for $1,537,605.12. The $10,890,000 prize pool exceeded the $10 million guarantee and ensured that the eventual champion wasn't going to be the only newly-minted millionaire. Runner-up Julian Stuer banked $1,185,655.13 for falling one spot short of the title. Coming in third place, Darrell Goh walked away with $914,265.78. Sami Kelopuro won his fourth GGPoker Spring Festival title after outlasting 98 other entries in Event #84 ($25,500 Super High Roller) to win $572,003.82. Wei Zhao took the consolation prize of $40,969.69 as the runner-up while Isaac Haxton finished third for $339,952.82. Canadians Michael Watson and Mark Radoja chopped up nearly $700,000 after outlasting 180 other entries in Event #83 ($10,300 Super Tuesday). Watson wound up with $361,957.15 and the title while Radoja added $333,213.42 to his bankroll for finishing in second. David Peters was left out of the chop discussion, but did take home $223,398.23 for a bronze medal performance. Arsenii Malinov went bounty hunting in Event #82 ($2,100 Bounty) and came back with a GGSF title and $114,534.71. Runner-up 'BIG HAI' earned $50,622.54 while Simon Lofberg picked up $68,983.15 and finished in third position. Other players who wrapped up Tuesday with a GGSF High title included '77Storm77' (Event #79-H), 'Schabi10' (Event #81-H), and Bernard Haider (Event #85-H). GGSF Super MILLION$ ME-H ($10,300) Entries: 1,089 Prize pool: $10,890,000 J Andersson - $1,537,605.12 Julian Stuer - $1,185,655.13 Darrell Goh - $914,265.78 Event #79 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event [2-Day Event]) Entries: 451 Prize pool: $451,000 77Storm77 - $84,526.81 Andras Nemeth - $63,385.90 RukKuRuku - $47,532.73 Event #81 ($1,050 PLO-NL) Entries: 187 Prize pool: $187,000 Schabi10 - $44,265.78 J Jouhkimainen - $32,004.92 Vitaloca - $23,140.19 Event #82 ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 343 Prize pool: $686,000 Arsenii Malinov - $114,534.71 BIG HAI - $50,622.54 Simon Lofberg - $68,983.15 Event #83 ($10,300 Super Tuesday) Entries: 182 Prize pool: $1,820,000 Michael Watson - $361,957.35 Mark Radoja - $333,213.42 David Peters - $223,398.23 Event #84 ($25,500 Super High Roller) Entries: 99 Prize pool: $2,475,000 Sami Kelopuru - $572,003.82 Wei Zhao - $440,969.69 Isaac Haxton - $339,952.82 Event #85 ($525 Bounty Turbo [6-Max]) Entries: 458 Prize pool: $229,000 Bernard Haider - $35,605.67 Omaholic - $20,356.95 BeardOilGuy - $11,727.18
  14. Belarusian poker superstar Mikita Badziakouski is no stranger to million dollar paydays. On Tuesday, Badziakouski added another one after taking down a GGPoker Spring Festival for a $1.1 million score against some of the top high roller regulars in the world. Over the course of two days, Badziakouski topped the 208-entry field in Event #75-H ($25,500 Sunday Five Million) to win $1,105,678.72. Just five days after picking up $339,484.21 for winning Event #58-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty), 'CrossfireX' added $829,142.29 to their bankroll for finishing one spot behind Badziakouski. Third place finisher 'Nator' ended up earning $621,768.89. The top bounty hunter in Event #77-H ($525 Bounty Hunters HR SE) was 'PUYA' and that earned them $51,978.68. Their last victim was 'minipro' and that player had to settle for $20,752.80 while Simon Lofberg actually picked up a slightly bigger score, banking $24,921.77 as the third place finisher. Finland's Samuli Sipila took down Event #78-H ($2,100 PLO-NL Bounty) by beating former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth. Sipila earned $62,192.88 along with the title while Nemeth walked away with $38,916.14 for his efforts. Third place finisher 'schmalimero93' earned $19,247.75. The last of the High level buy-in events to play down to a winner on Monday was Event #80-H ($525 6-Max). 'DameDolla' navigated through the 635-entry field to take the title and a $44,171.48 score. Runner-up 'Moist' earned just a little bit more, banking $45,301.17 while 'PUYA' earned their second podium finish of the night and won $45,301.17 Event #75-H ($25,500 Sunday Five Million [2-Day Event]) Entries: 208 Prize pool: $5,200,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $1,105,678.72 CrossfireX - $829,142.29 Nator - $621,768.89 Event #77-H ($525 Bounty Hunters HR SE) Entries: 875 Prize pool: $437,500 PUYA - $51,978.68 minipro - $20,752.80 Simon Lofberg - $24,921.77 Event #78-H ($2,100 PLO-NL Bounty) Entries: 134 Prize pool: $268,000 Samuli Sipila - $62,192.88 Andras Nemeth - $38,916.14 schmalimero93 - $19,247.75 Event #80-H ($525 6-Max) Entries: 635 Prize pool: $317,500 DameDolla - $44,171.48 Moist - $45,301.17 PUYA - $27,714.94
  15. For the fourth time during the GGPoker Spring Festival, Lev 'LevMeAlone' Gottlieb worked his way through a High level buy-in field to claim a title. On Sunday, Gottlieb took home more than $316,0000 to push his earnings from the four victories past the $1.4 million mark. Gottlieb defeated Chris Klodnicki heads-up to win $316,691.68 after beating the 317-entry field in Event #72 ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event). Klodnicki had to settle for runner-up status and a $138,955.55 payday while 'Land on it!' finished in third place for $119,873.69. Gottlieb's three previous wins came in Event #5-H ($586,075.23), Event #15-H ($320,728.78), and Event #35-H ($199,770.92) and Sunday's win marked his first victory in an event with a buy-in below $10,000. The second biggest winner on Sunday was Alex Papazian after he outlasted the 474-entry field in Event #71 ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) to take home $122,881.16. Coming in second place earned 'RobertCatesby' a $92,147.62 score while 'J-Dubya' walked away with $69,100.97 and third place honors. Each of the the three final players in Event #73 ($1,050 GGMasters High Rollers) came close to surpassing Papazian's payday, but the three-way chop left each of them just a tad short. 'JoaoSymon' earned the victory and $116,504.06 after the deal while 'raking-even' banked $121,269.52 and 'TheMadQueen' took home the biggest cash of three, earning $121,740.50 and third place status. Tom Delaine took down Event #69 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) for $87,869.78 after navigating his way through 482 other players. The last player in his way, 'Pearlblossom', earned $65,892.81 while Samuel Vousden added $49,412.64 to his bankroll with a third place result. The last event on Sunday's schedule, Event #76 ($2,100 Sunday Heater [Bounty Turbo]), drew 204 total entries to push the prize pool to $408,000. 'illywilly97' took home the winner's share of $85,360.16 for an outright win. Renan Bruschi fell just short of the title and earned $42,772.55 while 'Wei Zhao' wound up in third place for $33,632.91. Event #69 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event [2-Day Event]) Entries: 483 Prize pool: $483,000 Tom Delaine - $87,869.78 Pearlblossom - $65,892.81 Samuel Vousden - $49,412.64 Event #71 ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) Entries: 474 Prize pool: $675,450 Alex Papazian - $122,881.16 RobertCatesby - $92,147.62 J-Dubya - $69,100.97 Event #72 ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event) Entries: 317 Prize pool: $1,585,000 LevMeAlone - $316,691.68 Chris Klodnicki - $138,955.55 Land on it! - $119,873.69 Event #73 ($1,050 GGMasters High Rollers) Entries: 1,142 Prize pool: $1,142,000 JoaoSymon - $116,504.06* raking-even - $121,269.52* TheMadQueen - $121,740.50* Event #76 ($2,100 Sunday Heater [Bounty Turbo]) Entries: 204 Prize pool: $408,000 illywilly97 - $85,360.16 Renan Bruschi - $42,772.55 Wei Zhao - $33,632.91
  16. Finnish poker superstar Sami Kelopuro added yet another notch in his belt on Saturday night, beating out a star-studded field in a GGPoker Spring Festival event to win $189,000 and his third title of the series. The former #1-ranked Kelopuro beat out 70 other entries, including fellow former #1-ranked Joao Simao heads up, to win Event #68-H ($10,300 PLO-NL Bounty High Roller) for $189,185.21. Simao banked $78,802.01 for coming in second place while another Finn, Lauri Varonen, came in third place for $74,235.30. Wei Zhao topped the 120-runner field in Event #67-H ($5,250 PLO-NL HR) to bank $155,417.91. One spot behind Zhao, 'Suhepx' picked up a $112,369.96 payday. Isaac Haxton took the final spot on the podium and added $81,245.73 to his bankroll. There were two events scheduled to take advantage of the Asian time zones. 'MikeAllingelo' shipped Event #65-H ($250 Asia Major) to win $20,402.47 while Aram Oganyan earned $33,609.99 as the champion in Event #66-H ($525 Bounty Hunters Asia). The final event on the day also came with a six-figure payday for the champion. Germany's Robert Heirdorn earned $101,600.07 for winning Event #70-H ($2,100 Bounty). The event drew 265 entries to build a $30,000 prize pool. Christian Rudolph added yet another top-three finish - his fifth of the series - by coming in second place for $48,547.20. Rudolph has now won one event, finished second three times, and also has a third place result. Viktor Ustimov came in third here for $46,008.51. Event #65-H ($250 Asia Major) Entries: 580 Prize pool: $133,400 MikeAllingelo - $20,402.47 SexyBaldGuy - $15,511.17 GoldFishKing - $11,792.79 Event #66-H ($525 Bounty Hunters Asia) Entries: 467 Prize pool: $233,500 Aram Oganyan - $33,609.99 JESUSYAAZY - $17,266.03 iownurmind - $14,802.23 Event #67-H ($5,250 PLO-NL HR) Entries: 120 Prize pool: $600,000 Wei Zhao - $155,417.91 Suhepx - $112,369.96 Isaac Haxton - $81,245.73 Event #68-H ($10,300 PLO-NL Bounty High Roller) Entries: 71 Prize pool: $710,000 Sami Kelopuro - $189,185.21 Joao Simao - $78,802.01 Lauri Varonen - $74,235.30 Event #70-H ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 265 Prize pool: $530,000 Robert Heidorn - $101,600.07 Christian Rudolph - $48,547.20 Viktor Ustimov - $46,008.51
  17. A cool and calm Friday for the GGPoker Spring Festival saw three high roller events play out to a finish with each winner claiming their maiden GGSF title. Across the three tournaments, $380,000 in prizes was up for grabs with Tomas Jozonis taking home the biggest pay out of the day. Jozonis, a former aspiring beach volleyball star, picked up his first title of the GGPoker Spring Festival. The Lithuanian grinder is no stranger to the high stakes scene with over $3 million in online cashes and just shy of a million in live earnings. The former #1-ranked Lithuanian player bested 114 other entries to win Event #61-H ($2,100 Bounty) for $45,102.09, the biggest prize of the day. Romain 'Flingue' Dours was the last bounty Jozonis' claimed which saw the Frenchman take home $29,735.37 for his second place finish. Rounding out the podium was Shankar Pillai who took home $24,782.29 for his performance. The second player to pick up their first GGSF title of the day was Argentinian poker player Emiliano 'eltutuca197' Ricchini. With $75,000 (including a $4,500 overlay) in the prize pool, Ricchini won Event #63-H ($525 Turbo) for $17,060.10, overcoming Francisco ‘VaPaCooler’ Benitez in a heads up battle. It is the second time this series that Benitez fell at the final hurdle, losing to Christian Rudolph at heads up in Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) just a week ago. Nevertheless, his silver medal earned him $12,793.22 with Wei Zhao getting his third GGSF top three finish for a four figure pay out of $9,593.56. The final Friday tournament, Event #63-H ($525 Turbo), had another $75,000 in the prize pool and was also the fixture which saw the most entries. Of the 151 entries, it was 'nvrstd' who topped the pack and secured the final five-figure cash prize of the day. The first place finish secured the player's inaugural GGSF win and added another $15,543.64 to their bankroll. 'VekRex' who came third in the GGMasters $150, $500K GTD last month, saw their silver medal translate to $8,973.51. The last third place finish of the day belonged to 'imslowrollin' who's efforts saw $6,462.13 head their way. Event #61-H ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 115 Prize pool: $230,000 Tomas Jozonis – $45,102.09 Flingue – $29,735.37 Shankar Pillai – $24,782.29 Event #63-H ($525 Turbo) Entries: 141 Prize pool: $75,000 ($4,500 overlay) Emiliano 'eltutuca1987' Ricchini - $17,060.10 VaPaCooler – $12,793.22 Wei Zhao – $9,593.56 Event #64-H ($525 Bounty Hyper 6-Max) Entries: 151 Prize pool: $75,000 nvrstd – $15,543.64 VekRex – $8,973.51 imslowrollin – $6,462.13
  18. Just three days ago, Ronny Kaiser topped a 123-entry field in Event #45-H ($2,100 PLO-NL Turbo) to win $63,721.40. Turns out, that was just an appetizer for what became a main course with a half million dollar payday. On Thursday night, Kaiser beat 87 other entries in Event #57-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) to grab the $508,447.84 first place prize. Mikita Badziakouski came in second place and earned a $391,973.06 consolation prize while Christian Rudolph found the podium yet again, this time banking $302,180.28 for finishing in third place. The second biggest first-place prize of the night belonged to 'CrossfireX' who bet out 158 other players to win Event #58-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty). Russia's Sergei Denisov was the runner-up for $157,919.64. While former #1-ranked Joao Simao took home $137,086.49 for finishing in third. The last of the six-figure scores went Sami Kelopuro for beating 112 other runners in Event #59-H ($5,250 PLO-NL). Kelopuro, another former #1, earned $135,998.08 after making a heads-up deal with Eelis Parssinen. One day after winning his first GGPoker Spring Festival event, Parssinen had to settle for runner-up status and $121,039.50 thanks to the deal. Third place finisher Joshua McCully earned $77,984.18. Artur Martirosian also picked up a GGPoker Spring Festival title on Thursday. The Russian high roller killer worked his way through a field of 444 entries in Event #54-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) to win $83,530.81. Coming in one spot short of the title earned 'UncleToni' $62,639.14. Erik Bux Hoeveden took the bronze medal and $46,972.70. The final High level buy-in title awarded on Thursday went to 'Go BITCOIN Go' who earned $34,655.81 for winning Event #60-H ($1,050 Bounty Hyper [6-Max]). Right behind them was David Yan who added $22,582.01 to his bankroll for his efforts. Pablo Silva, currently ranked #20 in the world finished in third place for $14,569.39. Event #54-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) Entries: 444 Prize pool: $444,000 Artur Martirosian - $83,530.81 UncleToni - $62,639.14 Erik Bux Hoeveden - $46,972.70 Event #57-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) Entries: 88 Prize pool: $2,200,000 Ronny Kaiser - $508,447.84 M Badziakouski - $391,973.06 Christian Rudolph - $302,180.28 Event #58-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty) Entries: 159 Prize pool: $1,590,000 CrossfireX - $339,484.21 Sergei Denisov - $157,919.64 Joao Simao - $137,086.49 Event #59-H ($5,250 PLO-NL) Entries: 113 Prize pool: $565,000 Sami Kelopuro - $135,998.08 Eelis Parssinen - $121,039.50 Joshua McCully - $77,984.18 Event #60-H ($1,050 Bounty Hyper [6-Max]) Entries: 212 Prize pool: $212,000 Go BITCOIN Go - $34,655.81 kDavid Yan - $22,582.01 Pablo Silva - $14,569.39
  19. Wednesday turned out to be a relatively quiet day on the GGPoker Spring Festival schedule with just three High level buy-in events playing down to a winner and not a single one of them cracked the six-digit earnings mark. The biggest winner on the day was Dan 'Apowers1968' Colpoys who beat the 294-entry field in Event #53-H ($2,100 Bounty) to win $92,222.98. The final bounty Colpoys collected on his way to victory belonged to Chris Puetz who pocketed $57,851.80 as the runner-up. Third place went to 'judd trump'. After winning a pair of GG Spring Festival events earlier this week, they had to settle for $38,345.99 for their Wednesday efforts. Eelis Parssinen won Event #52-H ($1,050 PLO-NL) by beating 171 other entries. The win came with a $41,825.78 bankroll boost for Parssinen. Meanwhile, runner-up 'FiestaPagana' had to console themselves with $30,240.79 while third place gave a $21,864.70 payday. Christian Rudolph has enjoyed plenty of success in the GGPoker Spring Festival to date. He won Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) and Event #27-M ($210 Bounty) and then finished second in Event #35-H ($10,300 PLO-NL High Roller). He was on his way to a third title before 'Whattherules' derailed those plans by taking down Event #55-H ($525 Bounty) leaving Rudolph to take second place yet again. 'Whattherules' earned $38,490.79 while Rudolph pocketed $22,517.50. Third place belonged to 'Marco_damme' with a $18,325.14 score. Event #52-H ($1,050 PLO-NL) Entries: 172 Prize pool: $172,000 Eelis Parssinen - $41,825.78 FiestaPagana - $30,240.79 idiot10 - $21,864.70 Event #53-H ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 294 Prize pool: $588,000 Apowers1968 - $92,222.98 Chris Puetz - $57,851.80 judd trump - $38,345.99 Event #55-H ($525 Bounty) Entries: 525 Prize pool: $334,500 Whattherules - $38,490.79 Christian Rudolph - $22,517.50 Marco_damme - $18,325.14
  20. Niklas Astedt is having himself one helluva week. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver, who is a #1 seed in the PocketFives #1 Number One contest, has rattled off win after win over the past week, with success coming at both the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and GGPoker Spring Festival tables. On Tuesday, the Swedish superstar took home nearly $1.1 million for winning GGPoker Spring Festival Event #41 ($25,500 Sunday Five Million [2-Day Event]). Astedt beat out 201 other entries to pick up the win, his fourth of the series. Shawn Daniels finished second for $821,689.32 and Jason Koon took third place for a $616,180.06 payday. Along with his four GGPoker Spring Festival wins and the $1.38 million that came with those victories, Astedt also took down PokerStars SCOOP Event #31-H ($1,050 NLHE [8-Max]) for $85,430.33. He was one of a handful of well known players who emerged victorious on Tuesday. Another former #1, Sami Kelopuro, earned $520,003.49 for beating 89 other entries in Event #49 ($25,500 Super High Roller). His last victim, Wiktor Malinowski had to settle for a $400,881.54 while the current #1-ranked online poker player in the world, Yuri Dzivielevski wound up in third place, earning $309,048.01. Benjamin Rolle had the third biggest first place score of the day after shipping Event #50 ($5,250 Half Price Super Tuesday) for $236,019.99. Rolle worked his way through the 222-player field on his way to the victory. Coming in one spot short of the title, 'TheBigKid' banked $176.989.99 while third place finisher Pablo Navarro earned $132,723.74. Normally, a player winning titles on back-to-back days would be the headliner, but with so many big names winning big scores, 'judd trump' taking down Event #44 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) one day after winning Event #43-H ($5,250 Bounty Hunters SHR) got pushed down the page. This win came with a $95,783.54 score for beating out 544 other entries. Runner-up 'LaxxedAF' won $71,827.30 while 'FiestaPagana' grabbed the final spot on the podium for $53,862.87. Alex Foxen beat Joseph Cheong heads up to win Event #51 ($1,050 Deepstack Bounty Turbo) for $41,677.40. Cheong walked away with $22,614.66 while third place finisher 'NeverDieBaby' came in third for $19,497.13. Latvian Aleks Ponakovs won $74,911.83 after winning Event #47 ($1,050 Forty Stack) while 'FreeZePeeDoe' beat out 276 other entries to win Event #48 ($525 PLO-NL Bounty) for $27,856.65. Event #41 ($25,500 Sunday Five Million [2-Day Event]) Entries: 202 Prize pool: $5,050,000 Niklas Astedt - $1,095,740.82 Shawn Daniels - $821,689.32 Jason Koon - $616,180.06 Event #44 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event [2-Day Event]) Entries: 545 Prize pool: $545,000 judd trump - $95,783.54 LaxxedAF - $71,827.30 FiestaPagana - $53,862.87 Event #47 ($1,050 Forty Stack) Entries: 388 Prize pool: $388,000 Aleks Ponakovs - $74,911.83 TheProjector - $56,175.70 PepeLegal - $42,125.82 Event #48 ($525 PLO-NL Bounty) Entries: 277 Prize pool: $138,500 FreeZePeeDoe - $27,856.65 xBGx - $14,514.55 MINMINMIN - $8,589.83 Event #49 ($25,500 Super High Roller) Entries: 90 Prize pool: $2,250,000 Sami Kelopuro - $520,003.49 W Malinowski - $400,881.54 Y Dzivielevski - $309,048.01 Event #50 ($5,250 Half Price Super Tuesday) Entries: 222 Prize pool: $1,110,000 Benjamin Rolle - $236,019.99 TheBigKid - $176.989.99 Pablo Navarro - $132,723.74 Event #51 ($1,050 Deepstack Bounty Turbo) Entries: 236 Prize pool: $236,000 Alex Foxen - $41,677.40 Joseph Cheong - $22,614.66 NeverDieBaby - $19,497.13
  21. Monday was a relatively quiet day on the GGPoker Spring Festival final tables but that didn't stop 'judd trump' from bounty hunting their way to a six-figure score while one player managed to play bridesmaid in two of the three High buy-in events. There were 159 entries in Event #43-H ($5,250 Bounty Hunters SHR) and 'judd trump' was more than happy to collect a bunch of them on their way to the win. For being the last player standing, the China-based player collected $151,617.21. 'kazanova2020', who won a bounty event earlier in the series, finished as the runner-up for $95,366.06. Coming in third place earned Anatoly Filatov a $72,371.36 prize. Ronny Kaiser beat out 122 other players in Event #45-H ($2,100 PLO-NL Turbo) to bank $63,721.40. After finishing third in Event #25-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty) last week, 'yfii-bestcrypto' found themselves back on the podium with a second place finish for $46,071.68. 'PikkuPrinssi' finished third for $33,310.74. Russia's 'pten4egeg' mastered the short deck game to ship Event #46-H ($2,100 Short Deck Bounty HR) for $34,557.15. After finishing runner-up in Event #43-H, 'kazanova2020' found another silver medal in this event, taking home $24,854.87 to push their daily earnings over $120,000. Max Kruse finished in third place for $13,505.66. One day after chopping up a High event, Farid Jattin took a spin in the winner's circle of a Medium buy-in event. Jattin won Event #45-M ($250 PLO-NL Turbo) for $13,471.72. Other winners on Monday included Tim 'BeardOilGuy' Rutherford (Event #44-M), 'Grindelwald' (Event #46-M), 'Senor Perez' (Event #43-L), 'ELbruxo' (Event #44-L), Alfred Karlsson (Event #45-L), and 'DemonWitcher' (Event #46-L). Event #43-H ($5,250 Bounty Hunters SHR) Entries: 159 Prize pool: $795,000 judd trump - $151,617.21 kazanova2020 - $95,366.06 Anatoly Filatov - $72,371.36 Event #45-H ($2,100 PLO-NL Turbo) Entries: 123 Prize pool: $246,000 Ronny Kaiser - $63,721.40 yfii-bestcrypto - $46,071.68 PikkuPrinssi - $33,310.74 Event #46-H ($2,100 Short Deck Bounty HR) Entries: 74 Prize pool: $148,000 pten4egeg - $34,557.15 kazanova2020 - $24,854.87 Max Kruse - $13,505.66
  22. A super Saturday in the GGPoker Spring Festival saw over $2 million awarded in prizes across six High lebel events. There were three players and two PocketFivers who picked up their maiden GGSF titles whilst Lev Gottlieb captured his third first place finish of the series. It was only two days ago that Pocket Five Senior Writer Jeff Walsh pointed out the rarity of a player winning three titles in the same series like SCOOP 2021 star Dejan Kaladurdevic. Well proverbial lightening has stricken twice as this feat has quickly been emulated over at GG Poker in its spring flagship tournament series. Lev Gottlieb dominated Day 3 of the GGPoker Spring Festival, notching victories in both Event #5-H ($10,300 Super MILLION$) and Event #15-H ($10,300 Super Tuesday) for a days taking of over $900,000. Gottlieb, who last summer took down the $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em Championship in the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events for $276,393.39 and a gold bracelet, continued to show he was force to be reckoned with across several poker variants. He completed his hat-trick of series titles, this time being the last man standing in Event #35-H ($10,300 PLO-NL High Roller) for $199,770.92. This takes his earnings for the Series over the $1.1 million mark. The 69 player field generated a prize pool of $690,000 with Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) champion, Chris Rudolph taking second place for $144,438.31. The third place payout of $104,431.80 went to Eelis Parssinen, in addition to the $180,439.06 the player had already won following their win in Event #33-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty). Parssinen's PLO plunder came at the expense of runner-up 'jochee' who earned $61,471.52 for their efforts. With Wei Zhao adding a slightly less $57,597.45 to their bankroll. A total of $2,216,000 in prizes was awarded across the six High level events,. The first player who took a chunk of change from that money was Michael 'SirWatts' Watson. The Canadian poker player, bested 242 other entries over two days to be crowned the winner of Event #28-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event). The $52,176.54 prize now takes Watson's career live and online earnings to just $10,000 shy of $20 million. The next two events, both of which had an overlay, catered to the Asian time zone. Event #31-H ($210 Bounty Hunters Asia) winner 'dajingjing' took home their first title of the Series and the $23,715.30 first place prize. The event saw a total of 670 entries with 'gokchinees!' and 'BIG NASTY' finishing in second and third place for $15,220.27 and $10,808.11 respectively. Event #32-H ($525 Asia Major), had a prize pool of $300,000 with 592 entries. Dalton 'dalthonhb' Hobold playing under the alias 'Morgota' joined Watson as the second PocketFiver to achieve poker glory by topping the field for $50,852 taking his online career earnings to $2,557,517. A second place for Timothy Ulmer saw $38,143.49 head his way with 'Apowers1968' taking home $28,603.58 for third. In the last event of the day 'FivebetGAMER' won $26,650.16 for outlasting 321 other entries in Event #36 ($525 Bounty Hunter [6-Max]_. RaiseYourEdge course maker and PocketFiver Joshua 'slayerv1fan' Hoesel was on the losing side of the heads up battle for $21,462 and the player to round off the podium finishes for the day was Aleksei Barkov. The Russian poker pro secured a five figure payday with a pay out of $11,678.55. Other winners on Saturday included ‘Fireball’ (Event #31-L), ‘pokepwr’ (Event #31-M), ‘mikuseni’ (Event #32-L), ‘Insktinkt’ (Event #32-M), ‘LunaLove11’ (Event #33-L), ‘Biezpienelis’ (Event #33-M), ‘SAPCpokeranimmal' (Event #34-L), ‘PieOMy’ (Event #34-M), ‘Gergo Nagy’ (Event #35-L), Amichai Barer (Event #35-M), ‘justdontcry’ (Event #36-L), Jack Salter (Event #36-M). Event 28-H: $1,050 High Rollers Main Event [2-Day Event] Entries: 243 Prize pool: $250,000 ($7,000 overlay) 1. Michael Watson – $52176.54 2. 'DiaMing141319' – $39,126.70 3. 'Andras Nemeth' – $29,340.90 Event H-31: $210 Bounty Hunters Asia Entries: 670 Prize pool: $200,000 ($66,000 overlay) 'dajingjing' – $23,715.30 'gokchinees! – $15,220.27 'BIG NASTY' – $10,808.11 Event H-32: $525 Asia Major Entries: 592 Prize pool: $300,000 ($4,000 overlay) 'morgota' – $50,852.62 'Timothy Ulmer' – $38,143.49 'Apowers1968' – $28,603.58 Event H-33: $5,250 PLO-NL Bounty Entries: 123 Prize pool: $615,000 Eelis Parssinen– $180439.06 'jochee' – $61,471.52 'Wei Zhao' - $57,597.45 Event H-35: $10,300 PLO-NL High Roller Entries: 69 Prize pool: $690,000 Lev Guttlieb – $144,438.31 Chris Rudolph – $56,146.93 Eelis Parssinen – $104,431.80 Event H-36: $525 Bounty Hyper [6-Max] Entries: 322 Prize pool: $161,000 'FivebetGAMER' – $26,650.16 'Slayerv1fan' – $21,462 Aleksei Barkov – $11,678.55  
  23. After an opening week featuring some of the world's best players battling it out, the GGPoker Spring Festival had a very quiet day on Friday with just three High buy-in events wrapping up and a fourth bagging and tagging and headed to a second day of play. Christian Rudolph beat out 139 other runners to win Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) for $58,033.04. Runner-up Francisco ‘VaPaCooler’ Benitez, who came in third place in $610,079.27 at the start of the Festival, walked away from this one with $24,512.91 and yet another close call. Third place went to 'TheWrigler' for $2.5,448.22. 'BIG HAI', a regular in the GGPoker high roller tournament streets, went bounty hunting in Event #29-H ($1,050 Bounty Turbo), and came back with $33,440.21 and a victory. The final bounty 'BIG HAI' collected belonged to 'JustbcOfU' who walked away with $12,801.82 for their efforts. Marco Streda took the final spot on the podium for $8,748.87. The last High event to play down to a champion on Friday was Event #30-H ($525 Hyper [6-Max]) which drew 173 runners. Markus Prinz beat all of them to add $24,317.38 to his bankroll while runner-up Wei Zhao banked $17,581.85. Former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth finished in third for $12,712.04. Nemeth also finished Day 1 of Event #28 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) with the chip lead. The event drew 243 runners for a $7,000 overlay. Just 14 of those players moved on to Day 2 with Viktor Ustimov, Mike Watson, Brock Wilson, and Shyngis Satubayev all part of the group chasing Nemeth for the $52,176.54 first place prize. Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 140 Prize pool: $280,000 Christian Rudolph - $58,033.04 VaPaCooler - $24,512.91 TheWrigler - $25,448.22 Event #29-H ($1,050 Bounty Turbo) Entries: 134 Prize pool: $134,000 BIG HAI - $33,440.21 JustbcOfU - $12,801.82 Marco Streda - $8,748.87 Event #30-H ($525 Hyper [6-Max]) Entries: 173 Prize pool: $100,000 Markus Prinz - $24,317.38 Wei Zhao - $17,581.85 Andras Nemeth - $12,712.04
  24. The World Series of Poker has announced its plans for the return of its live, in-person Las Vegas poker festival for 2021. The series is set to take place from Thursday, September 30 through Tuesday, November 23 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel with the first flight of the $10,000 Main Event kicking off on Thursday, November 4. “This year, more than ever, we embrace our role at the WSOP to deliver memorable experiences and bring this community of poker lovers back together,” said Ty Stweart, WSOP Executive Director. While a complete schedule was not released with the announcement, the opening weekend is expected to feature a special charity event to benefit frontline health workers, a $25,000 HORSE event, and a $5 million guaranteed No Limit Hold'em tournament dubbed “The Reunion.” The $10,000 Main Event will have four starting flights - one per day from November 4-7. Day 2 for the first two flights will be on Monday, November 8, and the final two flights will reconvene for Day 2 on Tuesday, November 9. The entire field will play together for the first time on November 10 and play down to a winner, who will be crowned on November 17. All of the laid-out dates for the series are subject to change and will hinge on both state and regulatory approvals. The series will also be following any and all specific COVID-19 safety protocols, such as social distancing and capacity limits, that may be in place. “In 2021, the theme is, get vaccinated and get back to Vegas,” Stewart said. WSOP Online In addition to the return of the live festival, 2020's expanded WSOP Online series is set to return in 2021, with the first gold bracelet event taking place on WSOP.com in the U.S. on Thursday, July 1. The full schedule of domestic online gold bracelet events will be released on April 15, however, it is confirmed that the series will wrap up with a $1,000 Online Championship Event. It is also expected that there will be a 2021 WSOP Online international gold bracelet series, as there was in 2020, that will be held on GGPoker. WSOP Europe King’s Casino in Rozvadov is also preparing for the return of the World Series of Poker Europe which is set to take place from Friday, November 19 through Tuesday, December 8. “We hope and anticipate travel restrictions will ease by the fall,” said Stewart. “It’s important to us that we have an excelled tournament schedule available to our European players.” The series looks to have 15 live gold bracelet events, including a €10,000 buy-in WSOPE Main Event and a €50,000 High Roller. Like the fall WSOP series, the start of WSOPE is also subject to regulatory approval and COVID protocols.
  25. GGPoker is smashing records in the online poker arena once again with its upcoming GG Spring Festival. The online poker series, which runs from April 4-28, promises at least $150 million in total guaranteed prize money, the highest series guarantee in online poker history. The festival includes more than 110 events each of which includes tiered buy-ins of Low, Medium, and High. Of the more than 300 tournaments, 39 of them will feature a prize pool guarantee of $1 million or more. The whole festival kicks off on April 3 when GGPoker partners with Canadian electric music producer and DJ deadmau5 to host an opening night party that includes an exclusive music set streamed on GGPoker.TV and a $100,000 freeroll. The partnership with deadmau5 doesn’t end there as he will also be partaking in the action, along with many of the GGPoker ambassadors, in his own $10K GG Legends Bounty tournament taking place on April 10. “This is going to be the biggest online poker event of all time and will blow a lot of people’s minds,” said GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu. “From the deadmau5-hosted launch party and other festival elements to the massive headline event guarantees, it’s a true poker party from start to finish, and I can’t wait for it to get underway.” A trio of headline events includes some of the biggest guarantees of the festival. The Main Event (High) is a $1,500 buy-in tournament with a $10 million guarantee. The high-roller Super MILLION$ Main Event (High) is a $10,300 buy-in event with another $10 million guaranteed. The third GG Spring Festival headliner is a $400 buy-in, guaranteeing $2.5 million. Leading up to the biggest events of the series, a number of spotlight tournaments are sure to draw large fields. In Week One, dubbed the “Opening Stage”, both the Opening Act-L $80 NLHE with a $1 million guarantee and the Opening Act-L $80 PLO with $500,000 guaranteed will have mid-stakes players ready to boost their bankrolls. In Week Two (aka Headliner Stage), in addition to two of the largest guaranteed tournaments, there’s also a $400 PLO-NL event with another $1 million on the line. Finally, in Week Three - dubbed the Main Stage - joining the $1,500 Main Event, is a $1,500 PLO-NL Main Event that carries a $2 million guarantee. The series will feature plenty of Super High Roller action as well. The schedule includes 10 different $25,500 buy-in events, which, in total, accounts for $34 million of the total guarantees. Players on the other end of the spectrum are well-catered to as well with more than 100 events carrying a buy-in of less than $100. There are plenty of six-figure guarantees to go along with them including the $25 Mini Main Event, the $25 GGMasters, and the $30 Sunday Marathon all of which will have at least $100K in the prize pool. GGPoker is incentivizing players to participate with more than just aggressive tournament guarantees. They are putting up $1 million in total leaderboard prizes which can be won over the course of the entire series. In Weeks 1 and 2, $300,000 will be handed out to players over the three different tiers of Low, Medium, and High. Then, as the festival heads into the home stretch, Week 3 leaders will divvy up $400,000 in prizes. Of course, GGPoker has plans to showcase some of the biggest events on their broadcast channels with the final tables with all three of the prize-pool-boosted Super MILLION$ taking center stage on GGPoker.TV Take a look at the complete GGPoker Spring Festival schedule.

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