The 2021 World Series of Poker Super Circuit Online Series has officially concluded this past weekend on the GGPoker Network. Unfortunately, no Natural8 player was involved on the live-streamed final table of the $525 Main Event and thus the $50,000 LiveX sponsorship was not given away.
However, a sponsorship with the same value was awarded to the eventual champion Niklas Astedt. The Swedish online poker legend, who already has more than $22 million in online MTT cashes to his name, has become the first member of Team Champions. As part of the sponsorship, Astedt will receive a custom avatar, Platinum Fish Party status, a Team Champions badge, a unique affiliate code, and a whopping $50,000 tournament package. Upcoming events included for this package are the GGPoker Online Series Main Event, the live WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas in November 2021, as well as the live WSOP Europe Main Event shortly thereafter.
Astedt entered the final table as the chip leader and ultimately went wire-to-wire but had to stage a comeback in heads-up against China’s Yanfei “aoteman1888” Chi to clinch yet another major title for his impressive resume.
The flagship tournament of the entire season, which paid out more than $104 million in prize money, drew a staggering field of 14,496 entries. Thanks to such a massive turnout, the $5 million guarantee was crushed as the $525 buy-in paid out $7,248,000 in prize money. Only 2,064 players returned for Day 2 and 1,500 of them made the cut to earn a min-cash of at $1,357 on May 30. After a long Super Sunday session, Astedt wrapped up the penultimate tournament day as the chip leader and the final nine finalists also included GGSquad member Patrick “Egption” Tardif.
As a matter of fact, these two clashed in the first major all-in showdown. Astedt first got value off Tardif with the nuts and then used his big stack to jam the button with ace-deuce. Tardif called with the superior ace-seven but his foe got there with aces full of deuces. For the efforts, the Canadian earned $75,843.19 and all remaining eight contenders had locked up a six-figure payday.
A few double ups later, David Miscikowski lost a flip with deuces against the king-queen of Yanfei “aoteman1888” Chi to bow out in 8th place. The UK’s “Promoking” was next to bust and it was another typical flip that decided over their fate. Ace-king failed to hit and the pocket eights of Allan “Freedom35” Mello prevailed.
Chi then earned his second knockout of the final table when an inferior ace-queen beat the ace-king suited of Fabian Spielmann thanks to broadway on the river. Chi all but closed the gap to Astedt at the top with five players remaining, with the duo well ahead of all other opponents.
Mello dispatched Polish player “Noksukow” when a suited ace paired up against pocket nines. Shortly after, Chi doubled with a full house against the straight of Astedt and took over the top spot. Brazil’s Mello finished in fourth place after king-jack ended up second-best to the ace-king suited of “sssssAK”, which left two players from China and Astedt in contention.
Astedt doubled through Chi, who then flopped a set against the top pair of “sssssAK” to enter heads-up with a 4-1 lead. Another Astedt double evened out the stacks and the Swede pulled way ahead throughout several bigger pots. Eventually, Chi put his hopes on king-seven suited and Astedt looked him up with ace-four. Both players paired their high-card and that crowned the champion in Astedt.
Chi had to settle for a consolation prize of $538,746.07 while Astedt claimed the WSOP Circuit ring and top prize of $758,443.29 on top of the sponsorship package. One day later on yet another typical Sunday, the Swede was right back in action across all major GGPN High Roller events.