Action on Natural8 and the GGPoker Network has barely stood still this year, with yet another tournament series having just wrapped up.

Across 27 events, the latest edition of the High Rollers Week (HRW) paid out more than $16.7 million in total prize money. However, one out of three events also caused an overlay which eventually amounted to a deficit of $407,500 in total.

The flagship anniversary edition of the $10,300 Super MILLION$ sailed past its $5 million guarantee, with high roller regular “judd trump” coming out on top and claiming the biggest payday (by far) of the entire festival.

Let’s take a closer look at the overall stats and some notable winners!

  • Number of Events: 27
  • Total Guarantees: $15,300,000
  • Total Buy-Ins: $51,250
  • Average Buy-In: $1,898
  • Total Entries: 13,191
  • Total Prize Pools: $16,762,500
  • Average Prize Pool: $620,833
  • Overlays: 9/27 (33.33%)
  • Total Overlays: $407,500

A quick glance at the events that had overlays revealed that each of the four Sunday $1,050 buy-ins (with $1 million in prize money) came up short. This included two editions of the GGMasters High Rollers, as well as the Sunday High Rollers ME which was responsible for more than half of the total overlays.

On the opening weekend, New Zealand-based player Vincent “Moist” Huang ($141,384.10) and Manuel “OPPikachu” Fischer ($170,705) benefited the most with six-figure paydays.

In Event #24: GGMasters High Rollers, Natural8 player Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka battled through a stacked final table and topped a field of 928 entries after nearly twelve-and-a-half hours. The American poker streamer walked away with the top prize of $140,355.70, besting the likes of Manuel “caaaaarlos” Fritz, Simon Lofberg, Anton Wigg and Preben Stokkan.

Simultaneously, Event #25: Sunday High Rollers Main Event attracted some of the biggest names in the world of poker. A total of 925 entries came up short of the guarantee by $75,000 and Pavlo Veksler made the most of the overlay to score the top prize of $170,705 (without any deal).

Ravid “jerbi9999” Garbi and Nicolo Molinelli also finished on the podium, with other notable finalists including Kevin Rabichow, Aleksejs Ponakovs, Matas Cimbolas and Matthias Eibinger.

The final Sunday of the festival also featured Event #23: Bounty Hunters HR Main Event with a buy-in of $525. It had a $1 million guarantee, and 1,875 entries emerged for an overlay of $62,500.

Russian player “miscreant3” topped it for a combined payday of $96,671.17 after defeating Joshua McCully in heads-up. The Natural8 player was one of two players who finished in first and second places during the festival.

On the second day of the series, McCully defeated a 548-strong entry field in Event #5: Bounty Hunters HR Special $525 to collect $38,210.02.

Last year’s WSOP Main Event champion Damian Salas also showcased his skills once more. He chopped with Pedro Garagnani in Event #10: High Roller $5,250 for more than $77,000 and took down Event #15: Thursday Thriller $1,050 soon after for $47,419.75.

Speaking of Brazil’s Garagnani, he was one of two players to claim two HRW titles during the festival. There were 165 entries in Event #7: Bounty $2,100, and Garagnani collected $63,277.19 for his efforts.

Roman “Gogac1” Hrabec was the other two-time champion after his victories in Event #6: Monday Main Event $1,050 ($45,652.37) and Event #12: Wednesday Main Event $1,050 ($45,960.88).

“judd trump” Wins Anniversary Edition of the $10,300 Super MILLION$

The biggest prizes by far were awarded in the flagship tournament of the entire festival. Thanks to five starting days in total, the anniversary edition of the weekly $10,300 Super MILLION$ high stakes contest drew a field of 567 entries.

Only 64 players survived their respective flights and the top 60 spots were guaranteed at least $26,777.14.

Markku “ExVang” Koplimaa, Matas Cimbolas, Ami Barer and “IneedMoneyy” busted without anything to show for, with the latter ending up as the bubble boy. Day 2 on June 14 then played down to a nine-handed final table.

Several top pros such as Daniel Dvoress, Michael Addamo, Connor Drinan, Dario Sammartino, Artur Martirosian, Sam Greenwood and Bruno Volkmann ran deep but crashed out before the final table. The same applied to Pedro Garagnani and Damian Salas.

By reaching the nine-handed final table, all remaining contenders locked up at least $122,047.31 for their efforts.

That’s what Thomas Muehloecker eventually had to settle for, as the first casualty when the action resumed. 2020 WSOP Online bracelet winner Enrico Camosci, high-stakes cash game player Wiktor Malinowski and German regulars Christopher Puetz and Christopher Frank soon followed.

Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Adrian Matos finished in 4th place for $447,672.01 while Carlos Chadha went one spot further, securing $580.558.67.

In the end, it was Austria-based Swedish high roller regular and former Super MILLION$ winner Joakim Andersson who made it to heads-up against “judd trump”. It was the latter that took it down for $976,379.84, while Andersson had to console himself with the 2nd place prize of $752,891.51.

The next major online poker festival on the GGPN will be the Omaholic Series, happening from 27 June until 4 July. There will be a total of $5 million in guarantees, and will feature the recently popular No Limit Post-Flop Omaha!