Chess Grandmaster Ladva Leads First GGPoker Super MILLION$ of Season 2
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GGPoker welcomes the second season of the Super MILLION$ in style with yet another star-studded final table, and a bumper top prize. Estonian chess grandmaster Ottomar Ladva is the man to catch going into the final table, and is on course to secure a $325,957 payout.
Super MILLIONS Season 2 Episode 1 Final Table Chips Counts
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Ladva sits down at the final table with 3,708,630 chips, or the equivalent of almost 93 big blinds. The Estonian star is guaranteed to enjoy a huge ROI thanks to winning his seat into the Super MILLION$ via a $1,050 satellite! He is already guaranteed $45,100 for his efforts, but is only eight eliminations for becoming the tournament's champion.
Second place at the restart belongs to Russia's Igor Gofman courtesy of his 3,429,548 chips (85.7 big blinds). Remarkable, this is Gofman's first-ever appearance in any of the Super MILLION$ events, and he has not only cashed but is right up there towards the top of the final table's chip counts.
Connor Drinan holds the record for winning the biggest Super MILLION$ top prize in history ($1,423,049), and is hopeful of winning the first edition from Season 2. Drinan cashed 10 times and reached three final tables last season. He returns to the action today armed with 1,993,625 chips, or 49.8 big blinds.
Super MILLIONS Season 2 Episode 1 Final Table Payouts
"HaiFanFan" of Uruguay is another of the nine finalists to have won their way into this tournament via a $1,050 satellite. The Uruguayan reached the money places of the Super MILLION$ three times during Season 1, but never made it deeper than 12th place, although that did bank them $108,149. Finishing fifth or higher today sees HaiFanFan enjoy his biggest GGPoker score.
Former Super MILLION$ champion Adrian Mateos has reached back-to-back final tables. Mateos won this event on March 28, 2021, and has given himself the chance to become a two-time winner. He will have plenty of work to do at this final table because he is armed with 1,534,635 chips, or 38.4 big blinds. His stack puts him in the middle of the pack with a few short stacks behind him.
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Juan Dominguez is one of those shorter stacks; the Andorra-based Spaniard has 594,557 chips, or 14.9 big binds. Dominguez has never won the Super MILLIONS despite cashing 17 times and reaching five final tables last season. He has his work cut out at this particular final table, but a double up or two and he's right back challenging for the juiciest prizes.
Seventh place belongs to "RRomashka" when play resumes at 6:00 p.m. BST on June 22. The Russian producer and personality gained a cult following when he reached the Super MILLION$ final tables on January 17 and February 7 thanks to his unorthodox style. We may not get t see a lot of RRomashka because he sits down behind a 489,084 stack worth the equivalent of 12.2 big blinds.
Even shorter of chips is Austrian superstar Thomas Muehloecker. His war chest only has 474,381 chips (11.9 big blinds) in it, so expect him to make some moves as soon as the dealer pitches the first cards. Muehloecker has reached three consecutive Super MILLION$ final tables, but has been unable to get the job done. Could it be a case of third time is a charm for the Austrian?
Stoyan Obreshkov is the man bringing up the rear with 465,384 chips, or 11.6 big blinds. You may recall Obreshkov reached the final table of the $10,000 Hybrid WSOP Main Event where he fell in ninth for $160,512. He finished fourth in this event on May 30 and would probably take fourth place today if you offered it to him.