Near the end of January 2022, GGPoker Network (GGPN) hosted the biggest-ever Super MILLION$ Week. After extending the initial schedule by one week, more than $46 million was guaranteed to set a new milestone for the high-stakes series. By the time all 90 tournaments were completed, more than $51 million in prize money had been distributed.

In total, the festival drew 31,649 entries for an average of 351 entries across all events. Only two of the tournaments caused an overlay for $10,000 and $25,000 respectively to make the record-breaking Super MILLION$ Week 2022 a thorough success.

Below, the Natural8 blog team takes a closer look at some of the key numbers and most significant tournament winners.

Super MILLION$ Week Stats at a Glance:

  • Total Events: 90
  • Total Entries: 31,649
  • Average Entries: 352
  • Total Prize Pool: $51,086,550
  • Numbered Events: 72
  • Numbered Events Entries: 29,175
  • Average Entries: 405
  • Numbered Events Prize Pool: $30,222,050

The lion’s share of the overall entries emerged in the 72 numbered events while a decent portion of the prize pool was contributed by the high-stakes Side Events. This included several five-figure buy-ins in which some of the most well-known High Roller regulars battled for big cash prizes and glory.

Numbered Events: Week 1

The Super MILLION$ Week 2022 kicked off on 23rd January. Lithuanian poker pro Matas Cimbolas scored a six-figure payday in Event #1 Super KICKOFF Bounty Hunters HR Special with a $525 buy-in. Cimbolas earned $39,999.13 in bounties and $106,904.94 in cash. That was only topped by “Ronalauc”, who walked away with more than $160,000 in combined prizes.

On the same day, Natural8 player “SuperHiLo” finished in 4th place out of 270 entries in Event #3 Omaholic Bounty HR $525 for $8,815.74. Norwegian player “Jiiizes” topped the tournament for $16,839.87 in bounties and $25,881.59 in cash.

Aussie Joshua McCully had a decent day on the felt, too. The Natural8 player finished third in Event #5 Sunday High Rollers Main Event $1,050 for $67,219.61 and followed that up with a victory in Event #6 Omaholic Main Event $1,050 for another $46,855.55.

Isaac Haxton
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In the joint most-expensive event on the schedule, Isaac Haxton cashed for $69,044.60 in Event #7 Sunday Million SHR, which came with an elevated price tag of $25,500. Seven players earned six-figure scores, including Wiktor Malinowski, Artur Martirosian, and Juan Pardo Dominguez. Rahul Byrraju ($368,772.80) finished runner-up to “bill2021” ($468,496).

The opening days also saw a string of successful showings for “rivfun4me” as they final tabled the Events #8, #9, and #11 for nearly $40,000 in combined winnings. Much to the surprise of nobody, Brazilian superstar Yuri Dzivielevski also joined the winner’s circle when he won Event #13 Bounty Hunters HR Special $525 for $35,683.71 in bounties and $51,480.46 in cash.

Christian Rudolph, Bruno Volkmann, 2020 WSOP Main Event champion Damian Salas, and Joakim Andersson followed suit with top-three finishes in quick succession. Dzivielevski almost earned a second victory in the first week but had to settle for a lower spot on the podium in Event #23 Deepstack High Roller $2,625 ($42,554.52), finishing behind Dario Sammartino ($56,377.74) and Elio Fox ($74,691.30).

Dutchman Steven van Zadelhoff returned to winning ways in Event #29 Bounty Hunters HR Special $525 after coming out on top of 564 entries for $22,539.13 in bounties and $36,936.77 in cash. 29th January also marked a victory for Nikola Minkov in the Saturday Knockout $1,050 as his huge $37,273.46 bounty prize was accompanied by $59,524.33 in cash.

Friend of Natural8 Benjamin Rolle missed a headline victory in Event #33 Bounty Hunters HR Main Event $525. In a large field of 2,510 entries, he finished second for more than $85,000 while “Sphynx!” collected $46,696.85 in bounties and $97,735.34 in cash.

Rolle then became the first casualty on the final table in Event #39 Sunday Million SHR $25,500, bringing back another $65,102.96. The remaining players on the table included the usual final table players such as Haxton, Rudolph, Dzivielevski, and Nick Petrangelo. Ravid Garbi cut a deal with Niklas Astedt and finished in first place for $537,958 while Astedt took home a bigger payday of $541,973.84.

The second week of the Super MILLION$ Week 2022 commenced with a handful of Natural8 final table appearances and “KRaiser” finished on top out of a field of 422 entries in Event #54 Thursday Thriller Bounty $1,050. Their triumph was worth $43,375.03 in bounties and $68,500.82 in cash. On the same day, Nikola Cokesa emerged as champion in Event #55 Deepstack High Roller $2,625 and took home $67,164.27.

Charles “TheMadQueen” La Boissonnière completed Event #65 Bounty Hunters HR Main Event $525 that had 2,494 entries with a runner-up finish. That came with just $6,018.56 in bounties but $56,865.85 in cash, which “Anagogic” topped by banking more than $194,000 combined. A similar big payday awaited Natural8 player Allison Eleres, who earned $143,929.85 for the win in Event #66 GGMasters High Rollers $1,050.

Jason Koon
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A field of 86 entries emerged in Event #71 Super Million SHR $25,500. That created a prize pool of $2,150,000 and GGPoker ambassador Jason Koon was just one of many notable finalists. He earned $306,554.09 for third place, beaten only by Marius Gierse ($461,259.56) and Mikita Badziakouski ($435,841.08).

Side Events

As far as Side Events are concerned, the Blade and Omaholic Bounty Events brought more winnings to Nikita “VSMPZD” Kuznetsov, Dante Goya Fernandes, and Sebastian Trisch. Haxton had to settle for the runner-up spot once more in a $10,300 Omaholic Super High Roller and collected $107,316.77 while Gavin Cochrane took it down for $148,428.49.

Cokesa prevailed in another star-studded $25,500 Super High Roller, banking $387,856.68 after defeating Tyler “TheRayGuy” Cornell ($290,851.47) and Adrian Mateos ($218,107.74). Rising Russian star Artur Martirosian finished fourth ($163,557.76) in that tournament, only to then win the next 76-entry SHR tournament ($445,071.20). Last but not least, a Natural8 heads-up in a $5,250 Super Blade saw Stephen Chidwick ($79,948.02) cut a deal with Mike Watson ($74,436.77).

That only leaves the multi-flight Super MILLION$ Main Event, which came with a guarantee of $5 million. Thanks to 815 entries, the prize pool swelled to $8,150,000, and 117 players survived their respective starting days to return for Day 2 on 30th January 2022. Brazil’s Rodrigo Sirichuk bubbled, and all remaining 100 contenders then collected at least $22,709.16.

Joshua McCully
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Damian Salas, Jason Koon, Juan Pardo Dominguez, Joshua McCully, Anatoly Filatov, Nikola Cokesa, Adrian Mateos, and Niklas Astedt all cashed but fell short of the nine-handed final table, which was set with the elimination of “Nike Mihao”. Mikita Badziakouski became the first casualty on the live-streamed final table, earning $155,273.80 for his effort.

All pay jumps became significant from there on out, and Ole Schemion was the first player to cash for more than half a million, finishing fourth for $569,546.45. Wiktor Malinowski was eliminated at third place for $738,610.86, leaving two Austrian representatives to battle it out. In the end, “Ushuaia1” walked away with $957,859.72 and Marius Gierse crowned a stellar performance with the top prize worth $1,242,190.53.

This wraps up the Natural8 coverage of the record-breaking Super MILLION$ Week 2022, which was one of the online poker series highlights early in 2022. Many more are expected to follow on the fastest-growing network.