The inaugural GG Spring Festival is slated to become one of the biggest online poker series of all time, with guaranteed prize pools of up to $150 million!
Throughout the first three days, prize pools were exceeded by 20%, putting the festival in high contention to enter the history books of poker. Read on for a summary of the high stakes action from April 4th to April 6th.
The first Super Sunday of the series saw events with guarantees of $15 million, and generated nearly $19.7 million in prize pool money. The flagship tournament of the opening day was high stakes Event H-06: $25,500 Sunday Five Million, which attracted the biggest names in the world of poker.
With a price tag of $25,000, this joint most expensive event of the entire series had a huge guarantee of $5 million. It was all but reached thanks to 198 entries, causing an overlay of a mere $50,000.
Among the well-known pros to take a shot and bow out before the money were Fedor Holz, Wiktor Malinowski, Daniel Dvoress, Dan Smith, Isaac Haxton, Michael Zhang, Stephen Chidwick and Michael Addamo.
The money bubble featured more than a dozen double-ups, with Adrian Mateos eventually ending up the bubble boy when queens were no good against aces. From then on, the eliminations kept coming at a rapid pace and notables such as Jason Koon, Ami Barer, Bert Stevens, Dario Sammartino, Timothy Adams, and David Peters all fell inside the money.
Andras Nemeth turned his fourth entry for the tournament in the lead for the final table, which concluded a day later. Juan Pardo was the first to bow out, and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevski made it to 7th place.
Two Friends of Natural8 were left in contention - Pokercode co-founder Matthias Eibinger (5th place for $343,073) and poker coach / streamer Benjamin “bencb789” Rolle (4th place for $457,495).
Guillaume Nolet soared to a commanding lead with the elimination of Rolle and subsequently knocked out Francisco “VaPaCooler” Benitez ($610,079) and Nemeth ($813,554). The first seven-figure payday of the festival ($1,084,892) for Nolet was sweetened by the fact that the Canadian player won his only entry in a $1,000 satellite!
2020’s WSOP Main Event champion Damian Salas was back in action in the virtual arena and all but earned another major victory.
In Event H-03: $5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event, 325 entries emerged for a prize pool of $1,625,000. Salas reached a stacked final table that also included David Peters, Joakim Andersson, Aliaksandr Hirs, and Daniel Dvoress.
For Dvoress, the end came in 4th place for $46,172 in bounties and a cash prize of $60,595. Salas made it to the heads-up stage against Konstantin Maslak, but had to settle for the runner-up spot this time. He earned $47,422 in bounties and a cash prize of $102,963. For Maslak, victory came with a combined prize pool of $229,531.
In Event H-01: $1,050 Bounty Kickoff, Fedor Holz bubbled the final table while Jessica Teusl bowed out in 8th place. A four-way deal was eventually topped by Jon Ander Vallinas Santos for $72,363.33 in bounties and $99,285.56 in cash.
Timothy Adams missed out on victory in Event H-04: $1,050 and earned $116,865.52 for his 2nd place finish, trailing only “Yataro” from Belarus ($155,843.48).
French poker pro Ivan “Cordialement” Deyra came out on top of Event M-05: $1,050 High Rollers Main Event, which wrapped up on Monday. There were 1,091 entries in total, and Deyra defeated Song “xuesong” Xue ($117,499.93) to earn the top prize of $153,550.14.
Omaha aficionados entered Event H-07: $2,100 PLO-NL Bounty and among the finalists were Ronny Kaiser, Shyngis Satubayev, Andras Nemeth and Ami Barer. But all came up short against Rui Ferreira, who cashed for $75,281.25 in bounties and $108,522.63 in prize money.
On Sunday, Event H-05: $10,300 Super MILLION$ attracted a field of 312 entries to surpass its guarantee and pay out $3,120,000 in prize money. However, as is usual for weekly high-stakes events on the GGPoker Network, action on Day 1 stopped when the final table was reached.
The final nine returned on April 6th for the live-streamed broadcast. Last year’s WSOP Online Bracelet Event winner Lev “LevMeAlone” Gottlieb was the chip leader. Even though he didn’t remain in the top spot throughout the entire final day, he eventually came out on top.
Juan Pardo reached his fourth final table of this series and finished 5th for $207,209. Pedro Garagnani, bubble boy for the final table in Event H-06: $25,500 Sunday Five Million, was also in contention. However, the Brazilian player could not overcome Gottlieb in heads-up and cashed for $451,926.
For Gottlieb, the top prize of $586,074 was his biggest MTT score on the GGPN so far. To top it all off, he added another victory to his resume just a few hours later! This Mexico-based player came out on top of 141 entries in Event H-15: $10,300 Super Tuesday for $320,729 as well.
It was once again a stacked final table which included Fabrizio Gonzalez, Shawn Daniels, David Peters, Christian Rudolph and Timothy Adams. Joao Vieira was the final hurdle and the Portuguese WSOP bracelet winner finished as the runner-up for $320,729.
Four-card aficionados entered the fray in Event H-14: $1,050 PLO-NL Bounty, which had a guarantee of $125,000. That number was smashed and exactly doubled thanks to 250 entries.
It took just over eight hours to determine a winner, and it was Swedish online legend Niklas Astedt who came out on top for $39,974.81 in total. Shyngis Satubayev finished 2nd for around half that, while other finalists included Joao Vieira, Farid Jattin and Joachim “jochee” Haraldstad.
Satubayev was also on the final table of Event M-16: $2,625 High Roller, which attracted 316 entries and generated a prize pool of $790.000. The Kazakh player finished 4th for $67,020.35, while “DaiMing141319” took it down for $158,930.45 in heads-up against Pablo Navarro ($119.180.90).
The final table of Event H-17: $525 Turbo 6-Max included several notables such as Joseph Cheong, Tom Delaine, Dario Sammatino and Martin “marlin5555” Raus. Harry “Vulvasore” Lodge finished in 2nd place for $33,172.59 while Pulkit Goyal topped the 471-strong entry field for a payday of $45,880.79.
The series thus far has seen very steady numbers, with the network even deciding to boost some of the daily guarantees based on attendance numbers. As such, the GG Spring Festival (GGSF) may very well be on its way to becoming the biggest online festival in poker history!
What’s more, Natural8 players have multiple opportunities to win free GGSF tickets just by participating in any of these freerolls: GG Spring Festival Freeroll, Hourly Freerolls, VIP Club Freeroll and the GGSF First Depositors Freeroll.