It's been a wild spring at the virtual tables with three of the biggest online poker rooms battling for the best online tournament series. Over at GG Poker, they've been hosting the GG Spring Festival, which started on April 4 and runs through this Sunday, April 25. It had a cool music festival thing minus the patchouli-stenched hippies and dude in a discoball helmet slinging ecstasy pills. Overall, GG Poker hosted 110 events with three tiers of buy-ins and $150 million in guaranteed prize pools. Oh, and the pool party hosted by deadmau5.
Mikita Badziakouski, the Badz Man himself, was victorious in a $25K high ball affair. Event #75-High had a $25,500 price tag and attracted 208 runners for the $5 million prize pool. Only the top 31 places paid out.
The final table for Event #75-H included Badziakouski, Michel Dattani, Matthew Hyman, Elio Fox, Timofey Kuznetsov, Sebastian Trisch, Sean Winter, Ronny Kaiser, and Michael Zhang. Mikita Badziakouski edged out Michel Dattani to win the title and $1.1 million in cash.
Darren Elias bubbled the final tablein tenth place. Other notable players who cashed in Event #75-H included... Cam Greenwood, Christian Rudolph, David Peters, Stevie Chidwick, Sami Kelopuro, Seth Davies, Dan SMmith, Art Martirosian, Jack Salyer, We Shai, Jason Koon, and Sosia Jiang.
So, the GG Spring Festival Super Millions Main Event had a $10,300 buy-in and attracted 1,089 runners. They created a prize pool worth $10.9 million and only the to 125 places got a piece of the prize pool.
The final table included Joakim Andersson, Julian Stuer, Darrell Goh, Stevan Chew, level29, Gergely Kulcsar, Roman Emelyanov, Alex Foxen, and Taylor Paur.
Nicolo Molinelli from Italy bubbled the final table of the Main Event in tenth place and he banked $145K.
A pair of Americans were the first two players to hit the bricks. Taylor Paur was the first player to exit the final table in ninth place. Alex Foxen followed Paur with an elimination in eighth place. Foxen banked nearly a quarter million bucks for his deep run.
Roman Emelyanov from Russia was knocked out in seventh place which paid out $323K. Hungary's Gergely Kulcsar busted in sixth place which paid out a heady $420K.
Indian's level29 saw their run end in fifth place, but snagged a sweet score worth nearly $544K. Australia's Stevan Chew busted in fourth place and he banked nearly $705K.
Darrell Goh from Austria saw his deep run end in third place, which was worth $914K. Not too shabby, eh?
The Main Event championship came down to a battle between Austria and Sweden. Austria's Julian Stuer was picked off in second place, but still banked a seven-figure score worth $1.1 million.
Sweden's Joakim Andersson won the heads-up battle and took down the Spring Festival Main Event for a sick score worth more than $1.5 million.
Notable players who cashed in the GG Spring Festival Main Event included... Dan Smith, Ami Barer, Artur Martirosian, Mike Watson, Fabrizio Gonzalez, Connor Drinan, Enrico Camosci, David Peters, Joni Jouhkimainen, Lev Gottlieb, Ryan Riess, Darren Elias, Benjamin Rolle, Chris Kruk, Sam Greenwood, Timothy Adams, Bruno Volkmann, Lucas Greenwood, Adrian Mateos, Matthias Eibinger, Mata Cimbolas, Thomas Muehloecker, Jean-Noel Thorel, Ike Haxton, Daan Mulders, Ole Schemion, Joao Simao, Shankar Pillai, Nick Petrangelo, Dario Sammartno, Isaac Baron, Rainer Kempe, and Markus Prinz.
GG Poker GG Spring Festival Millions Main Event
Prize Pool: $10.9 million
Final Table Results:
1. Joakim Andersson (Sweden) $1,537,605
2. Julian Stuer(Austria) $1,185,655
3. Darrell Goh (Austria) $914,266
4. Stevan Chew(Australia) $704,996
5. level29 (India) $543,626
6. Gergely Kulcsar (Hungary) $419,193
7. Roman Emelyanov (Russia) $323,242
8. Alex Foxen (USA) $249,253
9. Taylor Paur (USA) $192,201