Konopelko Comes Back From Seventh To Win the Super MILLION$
Andrei "ostapb3535" Konopelko probably is not a player whose name you are too familiar with but the Belarusian star certainly made a name for himself on November 2. Konopelko reached his first-ever Super MILLION$ final table at GGPoker, but sat down seventh in chips and was not too hopeful of progressing much deeper. Konopelko may have only had 21.6 big blinds at the start but he went all the way to reeled in the $317,265 top prize.
Super MILLIONS Final Table Results
|1||Andrei "ostapb3535" Konopelko||Belarus||$317,265|
|5||Daniel McCully||New Zealand||$118,014|
|8||Lukas "rustyhusky" Hafner||Austria||$56,210|
Former Super MILLION$ champion Ole Schemion was the first casualty of the final table. he lost a few chips to Konopelko before open-shoving for 634,112 with ace-ten of hearts during the 20,000/40,000/5,000a level. Unfortunately for Schemion, Lukas "rustyhusky" Hafner woke up on the button with the dominating ace-queen. Hafner three-bet all-in for a shade under 1.1 million, and both blinds folded. Schemion flopped a gutshot straight draw and a flush draw, but it proved to be too many outs because both the turn and river bricked.
Hafner could not put Schemion's chips to good use because he was the next player out of the door. Hafner lost all but 100,000 chips at the 30,000/60,000/7,500a level when his ace-jack failed to get there against Enrico Camosci's ace-king. He busted on the next hand nine-eight versus Daniel Dvoress' ace-seven.
Another former Super MILLION$ champion, Guillaume Nolet, made an ill-timed play, which resulted in him heading to the showers earlier than he would have liked. With blinds at 35,000/70,000/8,500a, Nolet opened to 393,008 with ace-five of clubs, leaving himself only 210,000 chips behind. The rest of those chips went into the middle when Konopelko three-bet all-in with pocket queens; Joshua McCully tank-folded ace-king from a 6.5 big blind stack. Konopelko's ladies held on a king-high board; he would have busted McCully too because the five community cards four-flushed and Konopelko held the queen of diamonds.
Nothing went the way of Pavlo Kolinkovskiy and he was down to only two big blinds when he played his final hand. Kolinkovskiy's micro stack went into the middle with pocket jacks against Wiktor Malinowski's queen-nine. A queen on the flop sealed the deal for the start-of-day chip leader.
McCully's stack dwindled but he managed to triple up by flopped a straight with six-four. He lost those chips the very next hand when Camosci min-raised to 140,000, McCully three-bet to 490,000 leaving 126,709 behind. McCully called all-in when Camosci four-bet. It was king-nine of hearts for Camosci and queen-ten of spades for McCully. The latter flopped a flush draw but missed both the turn and river.
The tournament lost a dangerous player during the 40,000/80,000/10,000a level. Malinowski opened to 160,000 with ace-jack suited, and Camosci called in the big blind with eight-six. Camosci flopped two pair and led for 200,000, half the size of the pot, and Malinowski called. The turn was an ace, and Camosci fired again, this time testing the waters with a 600,000 bet, which was called. Camosci ripped it in on the eight river, which improved Camosci to a full house. Malinowski tanked for a couple of minutes before calling off his near pot-sized stack. Game over for the former champion.
Three-handed play last more than 30-minutes and ended with Dvoress heading for the exits. Konopelko raised to 288,000 at the 60,000/120,000/15,000a level from the button with ace-king. He quickly called when Dvoress three-bet all-in with jack-ten suited for 1,999,002. Dvoress flopped a ten but Konopelko turned a king. A brick on the busted Dvoress.
Camosci, the shortest stack at the start of the final table, went into heads up with a 10 big blind lead. The chip lead changed hands several times with neither player able to shake the other off. Something finally gave during the 125,000/250,000/30,000a level. Camosci limped with five-four of diamonds before calling Konopelko's raise to 750,000, which he made with ace-nine. Camosci flopped bottom pair on the four-eight-seven flop, and he raised all-in for 3,409,782 when Konopelko continued for 1,170,000. Konopelko called and watched as the ten turn was joined by the jack river, which gifted him an unlikely straight.
Camosci's impressive comeback ended in second place for $247,770, leaving Konopelko to pad his bankroll with $317,265.