Selouan Stops Benitez on Way to Maiden Super MILLION$ Victory
All eyes were on the in-form Francisco Benitez when the latest GGPoker Super MILLION$ final table kicked off, not least because the Uruguayan sat down with more than twice as many chips as his eight opponents. Yet it was not Benitez who emerged victoriously, but Rodrigo Selouan, the man who found himself sixth of nine in chips when the first cards fell at the star-studded final table.
Selouan had reached the Super MILLION$ final table four times before but had always fallen shy of the victory. His wait for glory is no over, and his GGPoker account has an extra $499,143 in it.
GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table Results
Justin Bonomo had only seven big blinds in his stack when the final table action began, so it was unsurprising to see him become the first eliminated player. Bonomo is not the kind of player to sit around nursing a short stack, but his attempts to rectify his perilous position were in vain.
Samuel Vousden was the next player heading for the exits despite having the fourth-largest stack at the start of the evening. Vousden was also at the final table of the WSOP Online Main Event, so crashing out of the Super MILLION$ was not a total disaster, especially as he finished fourth in the WSOP Online Main Event for $1,178,040.
Seventh-place and $104,931, the first six-figure score of the night, went to Mikita Badziakouski, who is still waiting to win this $10,300 weekly tournament. David Coleman ($136,079), Poland-based Lithuanian Dominykas Mikolaitis ($176,473), and Aram Oganyan ($228,858) joined the ever-growing list of fallen stars as the tournament marched towards its conclusion.
Benitez finally came unstuck in third place, a finish that came with $296,792 in prize money, which means Benitez now has more than $2 million in earnings from his Super MILLION$ exploits.
Heads-up saw Selouan lock horns and butt heads with Russian grinder Konstantin Maslak. Both players are regulars in the Super MILLION$ but neither had an outright victory to show for their efforts. That was all set to change, with the winner of this one-on-one clash being crowned the Super MILLION$ champion for the first time.
Selouan got the job done and the proverbial money off his back after he sent Maslak to the showers in second place. Maslak headed into the night with $384,891 reasons to be happy with his performance, but the tournament was Selouan's, as was the $499,143 first place prize.