Super Sunday on the GGPoker Network (GGPN) always provides plenty of High Rollers action, giving railbirds the opportunity to watch some of poker’s biggest names in action. October 18th was no different; read on to find out more.
With a price tag of just $100, the Global MILLION$ have been very popular among players on a budget. This time, 1,339 entries survived their respective starting days to reach the final day. The $1,000,000 guarantee was not surpassed, and the top 1,000 finishers earned at least $287 for their efforts.
Notables among the top 100 included Kazuhiro “propofol-san” Shirasawa, Mark “Beanboozled” Herm, Stefan Schillhabel, Christian Rudolph, Ryan Riess, Daan “DaanOss” Mulders, and Felipe Ramos. Dara O’Kearney earned $2,653 in 23rd place, while Markus “PrinzOfDTO” Prinz and David “Mclovin86” Mzareulov took home $3,434.10 each after exiting in 16th and 15th place.
After the departure of Che Li “32bo” Lin in 5th place ($29,831), the final four players agreed on deal numbers. Matthew Carlson ($102,823.66) then succumbed in 4th place, followed by Renmei “Adamwia” Liu in 3rd ($71,711.87) and “doctortal” in 2nd ($103,989.53). “alleNweeN”, who had the shortest stack, ended up finishing in 1st place for a payday of $56,609.82.
The guarantee was surpassed in the $525 High Roller MILLION$, and 458 Day 1 survivors battled for their share of the $1,558,500 prize pool. Only 350 of them earned at least $1,126.32, with Sergio Aido ending up as the bubble boy.
A plethora of notables cashed in the event, and the final three tables featured familiar names such as Elio Fox, Jeffrey “allin donk” Cormier, Stefan Schillhabel, and David “Mclovin86” Mzareulov. Online phenomenon Chris Moorman received $8,926.93 for his 10th place finish, and two big names to go even further were Robin “porty27” Ylitalo (9th place for $13,419.93) and Pascal Hartmann (6th place for $41,715.12).
A deal was cut in heads-up and eventual runner-up Renan Bruschi ($232,591.60) earned a near-identical amount as Stephen Chidwick, who clinched the victory and bagged $232,843.91 for their efforts.
On Saturday, Jiachen “Transurfing” Gong topped a field of 77 entries in the High Rollers $1,050 Main Event to earn a top prize of $18,780.86. Christian Rudolph had to settle for 2nd place and $14,306.33.
A day later, the $840 Marathon drew a field of 336 entries and notable finalists included Simon “FiestaPagana” Mattsson on his sixth bullet (9th place for $4,251.34), Simon Higgins on the third shell (6th place for $10,720.41), Marton “Pato Negro” Czuczor (4th place for $19,861.01) and Kristen Bicknell (3rd place for $27,033.16). Daniel Smiljkovic finished in 2nd place for $36,795.27 while “No No no” from Croatia earned the top prize of $50,082.85.
Bert Stevens bubbled the $5,250 Blade Opener out a field of 32 entries, and Artur Martirosian min-cashed. Big names like George Wolff, Nick Petrangelo and Isaac Haxton followed, as Pascal Hartmann converted his third entry into the top prize of $68,253.43.
Sunday’s first High Rollers $1,050 Main Event drew 201 entries, and the German-speaking poker community notched up another victory as Thomas Muehloecker topped it for $39,523.01. The $5,250 Blade Prime then saw 55 total entries, with Timothy Nuter ($95,270.15) defeating Juan Pardo Dominguez ($58,223.79).
Among the Pot-Limit Omaha aficionados, Adam “MikePrice82” Hendrix fared the best in the $1,050 PLO Main Event. He took home $23,462.05 after coming out on top of a 99-strong entry field.
Dutchman Dirk Gerritse needed to win the $5,250 Blade PLO after firing 11 of the 39 total entries, and did just that for a $83,183.85 top prize. George Wolff finished 2nd this time and earned $49,149.32.
The flagship High Roller event crowned a champion on Tuesday, and it was one of poker’s most-decorated players that earned the biggest payday in the $10,300 Super MILLION$ High Rollers. A total of 151 entries created a prize pool of $1,510,000, and nine players out of 20 that cashed returned to their virtual seats.
First on the rail were David Miscikowski and Sean Winter. The rise of Ole Schemion kicked off when Matthew “Nator” Hyman three-bet jammed with ten-trey suited and failed to beat the eights of the German wizard.
Brazil’s Brunno Botteon then lost a flip with ace-queen against the pocket sevens of Joakim “MrGambol” Andersson, and in a flash the field was whittled down to just five.
Philippe D’Auteuil and Stephen Chidwick were the next two to go, having locked up six-figure prizes. Schemion then knocked out Matthias Eibinger ($191,139.87) when ace-seven beat sixes, thanks to plenty of hearts on the board.
Andersson entered heads-up with the lead but had to settle for $246,440.30 when he ran fives into the pocket kings of Schemion, who pocketed $317,740.49.
October 20th also saw the conclusion of the penultimate championship event in the World Poker Tour Asia Online Series. It was the 17th out of 22 events to award a trophy, and Malaysia became the 9th country to join the winner’s circle.
The most affordable national Championship Event of the entire festival proved to be the most popular, as 638 entries more than doubled the guarantee. A total of 89 players took home a portion of the JPY17,608,800 (~$168,431) prize pool.
Among those to come up just short were Natural8 Team Hot member Kosei Ichinose – winner of the WPT Cambodia Championship – and Anson “Tara@0z” Tsang, with the latter receiving his buy-in back thanks to the Early Bird Bubble Protection feature.
Fellow Natural8 Team Hot ambassadors Kitty Kuo (49th place) and Pete Chen (38th place) made the money, but their bid of earning the title was not successful. Other notables that bowed out before the final table were Di “LuXDi” Lu and Yu “kris16” Du. China’s “hanxing0068” then lost a flip with fives to the ace-queen of Matthew “Jokerine M” Chan to finish in 10th place.
The final table was then heavily dominated by Chan and Wai Kiat “Mr Lee” Lee, as both dispatched four opponents each to end up in the top two spots. Three of the first four casualties all hailed from China, while Japan’s Hiroki “oniku29” Matsuura and “KABAO” had to settle for 5th and 4th place respectively.
Taiwan’s “fukessss” finished in third place, and Lee dominated a short-lived heads-up duel when his jack-eight flopped two pair against king-queen. On top of the JPY3,063,776 (~$29,306) cash prize, trophy and WPT Live Passport, Lee also became the sixth player to earn an exclusive HK$10,000 LiveX sponsorship from Natural8.