The latest Super MILLION $ title at GGPoker was won by Polish poker tycoon Wiktor Malinowski, who defeated the 2019 WS Runner-up in the Main Event OP Dario Sammartino heads-up to take down a $ 394,852 prize.
With a few huge names at the final table, it was an exciting nine-player race to the winner, with players like David Peters, Ami Barer, and Yuri Dzivielevski struggling hard for the title before losing along the way.
Let's look back at what happened on the virtual felt.
A slow start leads to a blur of accidents
The GGPoker Super MILLION $ final table often kicks off fairly quickly as players are eliminated early trying to gain a chip lead. This time, however, no early flying had caused anyone to crash and burn. As a result, of course, the piles have become shallow, which always leads to action.
It would be "judd_trump" from China, who finally was eliminated first, after an hour of tension, in a tight-aggressive game. Eventually they moved all-in with ace-queen and were called by Wiktor Malinowski's pocket fives. A board to a king with no ace, queen or Broadway cards marked the doom of a Chinese player and sent him home for $ 61, 468, pushing the imperious Malinowski into the top of the leaderboard even further.
Next would be British player Luke Reeves, the previous two-time Super MILLION $ winner came out as his last three big blinds pushed king and jack in the middle before being called and then lost to re-shove by ace and king Yuri Dziwielewski. The jack's cruelty on the flop before the ace on the turn was only mitigated by the $ 77, 468 payoff to the British pro.
Malinowski collects a pile
At this stage it was a game for anyone, but during the next three eliminations, the Pole Malinowski began to take control. Despite having Reeves eliminated, Dzivielevski would be the next player to lose his seat as he ran into David Peters' full house to leave the Brazilian for a $ 97,761 payout shortly thereafter.
Again, winning the hand wasn't enough for David Peters, who was also virtual queue in 6 place ($ 123, 394) when his pocket tens failed to win the race against ace-king Malinowski. When the Pole threw Canadian Guillaume Nolet out of the tournament for $ 155, 688, his ace-9 flopped with queen Malinowski-9, the latter looked unstoppable, with 61.4 million chips, almost triple the remaining chips on the table that were split between Dario Sammartino, Aleksa Ponakovs and Ami Barer.
Divide and conquer works for Victor
With the huge, Malinowski made good use of it and was glad that the number of opponents had dropped to just two, without even having to call three-bets. That's because Ami Barer was eliminated by Alex Ponakovs when Ponakov's pocket sixes won a coin toss against Barer's jack, leaving the Canadian at the ball with $ 196,472.
Ponakov, however, would not last much longer, because his pocket queens would not withstand Malinowski's ace, the ace on the turn turned out to be zloty again for the Polish player and he was leaving. The result in Latvian is worth $ 247, 939.
It looked like Dario Sammartino's fight for second place in the WSOP 2019 Main Event, and so it happened when he couldn't reverse the chip, Malinowski's 3.8 million deficit 14.5 million.
Despite the differences in the stacks, the final hand was cooler, which could have caused both stacks to end up in the middle even if the chips were closer. Sammartino ended his tournament life with ace-8, but was dominated by ace-dam Malinowski. After overtime, Italy failed, Sammartino won $ 312,889 as runner-up, while the best Polish player in his current form collected an impressive $ 394,852 for dominating the final table.
GGPoker Super MILLIONS $ on May 6 final table Results:
|1 st||Wiktor Malinowski||Poland||$ 472, 852|
|2 n / a||Dario Sammartino||Italy||$ 370, 889|
|3 rd||Alex Ponakows||Latvia||$ 314, 939|
|4 th||Ami Barer||Canada||$ 196, 472|
|5 th||Guillaume Nolet||Canada||$ 155, 688|
|6 th||David Peters||USA||$ 123, 370|
|7 th||Yuri Dziwielewski||Brazil||$ 97, 761|
|8 th||Luke Reeves||United Kingdom||$ 77, 541|
|9 th||'judd trump'||China||$ 61, 387|
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