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Jans Arends Helps Himself to a $302K Score at GGPoker

Jans Arends

Super MILLION$ Week kicked off at GGPoker on February 28 and Jans Arends got off to the perfect start by taking down the Sunday 500 Special Edition for a colossal $302,271.

Some 209 of the world’s best poker tournament players bought into the Event #5: Sunday 500 Special Edition for $5,250 and created a massive $1,495,000 prize pool. This princely sum was distributed among the top 44 finishers, a min-cash weighing in at $8,968.

Daniel Dvoress was the first superstar to help themselves to a cash prize. Other luminaries including Dan Smith, Ole Schemion, Mike Watson, Andras Nemeth, Michael Addamo, poker power couple Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell, and Steve O’Dwyer saw a healthy return on their initial investment.

All nine finalists were guaranteed more than $30,000 for their efforts, but with more than $300,000 awaiting the champion, $30,000 looked like pocket change.

Brazil’s Pablo Brito Silva fell in ninth for $30,277 before Kenneth Smaron and Nick Petrangelo crashed and burned. That talented duo walked away with $40,308 and $53,752 respectively.

Farid Jattin and Ankush Mandavia were the next casualties, the latter picking up $95,586 only days after taking down the CPPT Venetian event in Las Vegas for $260,000.

Johan Haugen from Macau collected the first six-figure prize of the tournament. Haugen’s fourth-place exit resulting in $127,466 making its way to his GGPoker account. Heads-up was set when “easy game1” fell by the wayside in third place, a result worth $169,980.

Heads-up pitted Arends against Viachelsav Buldygin in what was essentially a $75,600 heads-up sit & go. No deal was struck, however, meaning Buldygin had to make do with the $226,671 consolation prize when Arends defeated him heads-up. Arends banked $302,271 for his impressive victory.

Event #5: Sunday 500 Special Edition Final Table Results

1Jans ArendsAustria$302,271
2Viacheslav BuldyginCroatia$226,671
3easy game1Brazil$169,980
4Johan HaugenMacau$127,466
5Ankush MandaviaCanada$95,586
6Farid jattinCanada$71,680
7Nick PetrangeloCanada$53,752
8Kenneth SmaronRussia$40,308
9Pablo SilvaBrazil$30,227

Tomas Ribeiro Secures a $232,274 Score in the PLO High Roller

$10,300 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha tournaments are something of a rarity, especially in the online poker world, but one took place at GGPoker as part of the Super MILLION$ week. Ninety-seven players bought in and Brazil’s Tomas Ribeiro outlasted them all.

Victory in this event came with a $232,274 prize, which is phenomenal for a PLO tournament. The three places who busted in second-through-fourth walked away with six-figure prizes, too.

Thomas Hueber got his hands on $106,421 for his fourth-place finish with James Park collected $138,044. Connor Drinan was the tournament’s runner-up, which came with $179,064 in prize money.

Event #3: PLO High Roller Final Table Results

1Tomas RibeiroBrazil$232,274
2Connor DrinanCanada$179,064
3James ParkMexico$138,044
4Thomas HueberAustria$106,421
5Gavin CochraneUnited Kingdom$82,042
6Samuli SipilaFinland$63,248

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Michael “Biceps82” Matar Flexes Muscles in the Turbo Series

Michael Matar, known as “Biceps82” at PokerStars, helped himself to a huge $168,467 score on February 28 when he finished first from a field of 1,125 players in the $1,050 NLHE 8-max PKO Turbo Series event.

$77,237 of Matar’s haul came from the main prize pool, which was then bolstered by a $91,230 bounty payment. Matar defeated “Conglomo222” of Argentina heads-up to get his hands on the lion’s share of the $1,125,000 prize pool, resigning the runner-up to a $92,444 consolation prize.

Other established names that navigated their way through shark-infested waters to take a seat at the final table included Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder who finished fifth for $38,364 and Ireland’s “ArtHouse2011” whose ninth-place finish bagged them $15,167.

Turbo Series #64: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Progressive KO Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeBountiesCombined prize
1Michael “Biceps82” MatarUnited Kingdom$77,237$91,230$168,467
3Daryl “DJG1989” GreenPhilippines$46,957$18,414$65,371
5Teun “tinnoemulder” MulderNetherlands$24,607$13,757$38,364
7Andriy “Andre_Hansen” LyubovetskiyUkraine$12,895$6,218$19,113

ShipitFTW911 Ships $530 Turbo Series Event

Sweden’s “ShipitFTW911” overcame a tough final table to win the $530 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Series event for a cool $73,553.

Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak and “Sentras” busted from the final table early on and were the last players not to bank five-figures. Vicent “gordon0410” Bosca (sixth - $13,543) and Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot (fourth - $26,648) crashed out to make the final table more bearable.

Heads-up was set when Finland’s “mnstrkll” fell by the wayside in this for $37,380. ShipitFTW911 locked horns with Dominink “Bounatirou” Nitsche heads-up. Nitsche wins more tournaments than he loses from this position but he couldn’t quite finish the job this time around. Nitsche collected $52,435 for his second-place finish, leaving his Swedish opponent to bank $73,553 and become a Turbo Series champion.

Turbo Series 67: $530 NLHE 8-Max

2Dominik “Bounatirou” NitscheUnited Kingdom$52,435
4Parker “tonkaaaa” TalbotCanada$26,648
6Vicent “gordon0410” BoscaUnited Kingdom$13,543
8Konstantin “krakukra” MaslakRussia$6,882

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josue2714 Wins Inaugural Big Shot 109 Main Event at 888poker

Colombia’s “josue2714” wrote themselves into 888poker’s history books by taking down the first-ever Big Shot 109 Main Event. The $109 buy-in tournament, one of the many new additions to the 888poker MTT schedule, drew in 1,381 players who were all outlasted by josue2714.

The first place prize came in at $21,915, which josue2714 locked up after sending “Zidanevd” to the rail in second-place, a finish worth $16,020.

Only one other player padded their bankroll with a five-figure score. “MasterBak3r” was that player. Their exit in third-place saw $11,775 make its way to their 888poker account.

$150,000 Big Shot 109 Main Event Final Table Results

2Zidanevd $16,020
3MasterBak3r $11,775
6attikusz7United Kingdom$4,770
9surfyo24United Kingdom$2,070

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Andrii Novak Crowned High Roller Big Game Champion

Ukrainian superstars Andrii Novak added the $2,600 High Roller Big Game to his long list of tournament successes. His latest victory earned him an impressive $73,578. Novak’s prize would have been larger had he not struck a deal with Russia’s Viktor Ustimov when heads-up, a deal that saw Ustimov reel in a $71,892 haul.

The final table of the High Roller Big Game is usually stacked with elite pros and this week’s was no different.

Timothy Adams, Team partypoker duo Jason Koon and Joni Jouhkimainen, Dario Sammartino, and even cash game specialist Wiktor Malinowski were present and correct at the final table. The night, however, belonged to Novak who became a worthy champion.

High Roller Big Game Final Table Results

1Andrii NovakUkraine$73,578*
2Viktor UsitmovRussia$71,892*
3Wiktor MalinowksiRussia$44,340
4Arseniy MalinovRussia$31,853
5Joni JouhkimainenFinland$22,485
6Dario SammartinoAustria$17,800
7David ColemanCanada$14,615
8Jason KoonCanada$11,992
9Timothy AdamsCanada$9,930

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  • Jans Arends padded his bankroll with online poker's biggest prize this weekend, a cool $302,271.

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