Breaking Down the Action:
- Seth Davies Leads the Final Table
- Short Stacks Go for Death or Glory
- Koon and Eibinger Bite the Dust
- The Rise of Fall of ‘REPTAR’
- Malinov Claims the Title
The latest GGPoker Super MILLION$ final table has taken place online, with some of the best poker players from across the world gathering to battle it out for the title. It was Russian pro Arsenii Malinov who ended the day as the winner, netting the massive $661,743 top prize.
This week saw GGPoker up the ante, or rather the guarantee as there was a massive $2.5 million up for grabs, but who else walked away with massive six-figure sums as a reward for their efforts? Let’s take a look back at the action from the online felt.
Seth Davies Leads the Final Table
With the eventual prizepool totalling $2.85 million, Seth Davies had already made two final tables in the Super MILLION$ events to date when he played his way into a lead on the back nine. Having already cashed for over $237,000 to date in the popular high roller tournament series, which costs $10,300 to play, Davies was looking to seal the deal for the first time, but would ultimately fall agonizingly short.
This is how the final nine players went into the action, with Seth Davies holding a slim lead over Pokercode co-founder Matthias Eibinger at the top of the leaderboard.
Short Stacks Go for Death or Glory
Canadian pro Daniel Dvoress came into play with just five big blinds and he got those into the middle pretty quickly. Pushing all-in with pocket fives, Dvoress ran into Arsenii Malinov’s ace-king of spades, which hit runner-runner to flush out the popular pro in ninth place for $74,821. Today’s five-figure profit was paltry by comparison to the Canadian’s $6 million total winnings on the poker site, including a $1.5 million WSOP bracelet win when he took down the Millionaire Maker last summer.
Dvoress will be inspiring players in his homeland to search for the best sites to play online poker in Canada, but he crashed and burned early and he was shortly followed by another big name. David Coleman moved all-in for just seven big blinds with an off-suit ace-four and was punished when Portuguese player Joao Vieira called it off with ace-ten of clubs. There was a four and a ten on the flop, but no more drama came on the board and Coleman was doomed to defeat.
Koon and Eibinger Bite the Dust
With true stars of the game assembled and just seven players remaining, plenty of egos were on the line along with the money. Next to bust was partypoker Team Pro Jason Koon, who made a small bet with ace-queen off-suit only to see German player ‘REPTAR’ move all-in with pocket nines. Koon called it off and the two players saw a nine on the river confirm the American’s exit, albeit with him becoming the first player to cash for six figures, making a $129,030 score for his $10,300 investment.
Austrian player Matthias Eibinger had built a stack of over two million chips before the start of play, but he saw his hopes of victory go up in smoke when he fired big on a flush draw. On a nine-high flop with two hearts, Eibinger moved all-in with king-ten of hearts. Two over-cards and the flush draw were behind his caller REPTAR’s hand, however, whose pocket jacks managed to remain ahead through turn and river to reduce the field to five.
The Rise of Fall of ‘REPTAR’
It was REPTAR who again wielded the axe to turn the final five into a fab four, this time eliminating the dangerous Portuguese player Joao Vieira. Vieira had just over 20 big blinds when he moved in from the button with ace-six of diamonds. REPTAR was never going to fold with ace-queen off-suit in the big blind and the ace-high board with only one diamond did nothing to prove him wrong in making the call.
With four players, left, REPTAR’s 5.5 million stack was looming large over the other three, with Arsenii Malinov (2.7 m), Seth Davies (1.6m) and Aleks Ponakovs (1.3m) all battling to make the heads-up as a priority. Despite this superiority, REPTAR plummeted in a series of hands that saw him all-in and needing a rivered ace to catch when he was all-in and at risk with ace-ten against new chip leader Arsenii Malinov’s pocket sevens to survive.
Malinov Claims the Title
Estonian Aleks Ponakovs was the next player to depart, unable to repeat the kind of against-the-odds victory that saw qualifier Ottomar Ladva overcome Justin Bonomo in the recent partypoker MILLIONS Online Super High Roller event. Having previously finished as runner-up, Ponakovs saw his stack dwindle down to just six big blinds and moved all-in with ace-three off-suit, called and eliminated by Russian pro Arsenii Malinov, whose eight-six found an eight on the flop and survived turn and river to send play three-handed.
Malinov was building a massive stack and could afford to sit back and enjoy the next elimination overnight leader Seth Davies took care of REPTAR. The German moved all-in with ace-queen but Davies had pocket kings and although the German hit a queen, Davies’ kings held to heads into heads-up on 5.2 million chips to Malinov’s 6 million.
It may not have had the hype of the forthcoming Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth showdown on PokerGO, but Malinov and Davies was a short but brilliant heads-up to watch play out. Davies made several moves, but each time saw his opponent exert a degree of control, both pre-flop and post-flop. Both men played well, but Malinov would not be denied.
Malinov put the momentum of the previous hour to good use, keeping up the pressure until Davies eventually moved all-in with ace-nine off-suit. Malinov had the simplest call in the poker world with ace-king of diamonds and made the call to see a king and nine land on the flop for a little sweat for the online railbirds, who filled the GGPoker YouTube chatbox with encouragement for their favourites.
A deuce on the turn and another on the river ended the tournament in the Russian’s favour and gave Malinov a famous victory as he overcame the chip leader at the start of play to reign supreme.
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