Lone Star Poker Series 2020 NJCOOP
888Millions SuperStorm ME - $1,000,000 GTD (DAY 2)

Event Info

Prize Pool $1,000,000
Players 3196

Level Info

Level 39
Blinds 325,000 / 625,000
Ante 81,250
888Millions SuperStorm ME - $1,000,000 GTD (DAY 2)
Day 1 Completed

Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche Celebrates Birthday with Main Event Win For $121K

elron66 • Level 39: 325,000-625,000, 81,250 ante
Dominik Nitsche
Dominik Nitsche

After a fast Day 2 that took less than 8 hours to complete, 888poker ambassador Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche has emerged the winner of 888Millions SuperStorm ME - $1,000,000 GTD. He battled through a total field of 3,196, and 567 returning Day 2 players to take down the top prize of $121,146 after the final four players made a deal to soften the steep money jumps at the top.

Nitsche came into the day with one of the shorter stacks with less than seven big blinds, but he worked the same magic that has earned him more than $18 million on the live circuit to spin it up to the win. The win was a very nice way to celebrate his 30th birthday as well.

The Final Table

1Dominik "888Dominik" NitscheGermany$121,146
3Artemka168Russian Federation$106,194
5kistkutya23 $45,000
6DreamLikeMe $30,000
7dulek_jason $25,000
8Eduardo "franguet" RochaBrazil$20,000

The Day's Action

Day 2 got underway at 4 p.m. eastern time with 567 players left in contention for the 300 paid spots and the Main Event title. The returning players included several 888poker ambassadors, including Martin "MJacobson888" Jacobson, Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche, and Ana "AnaMarquez." Marquez.

Ana Marquez
Ana Marquez

They were on the money bubble shortly after the first break, and it burst quickly, with "junijuniorz" the unfortunate player to bust in 301st place. Jacobson was one of the players to fall before the bubble, but Marquez spun her 44K starting stack into a 219th place finish for $700 as action picked up after the bubble.

An hour after the bubble they were down to 150 players, and under 100 less than 30 minutes after that. Things didn't really start to calm down until they were under 30 about an hour later.

It took about 2 hours to play down to the final table, losing players like Tom "sheeeeeeeeet" Hall, Fabrizio "DrMikee" Gonzalez, Ricardo "ricardo_ns8" Nascimento, and Ben "xLIVEPROx" Warrington along the way. They played nine handed for about 20 minutes before "joolius" ended their day in ninth, setting off a series of busts.

They were down to five players left about 20 minutes later and play slowed again before "kiskutya23" was eliminated in 5th place about 20 minutes later. The final four players started talking deal, and eventually agreed to reduce some of the very steep pay jumps at the top of the field.

Once the deal was struck, Nitsche went to work, eliminating Canadian "MrMarley83" in 4th, and then took a huge lead into heads up after busting "Artemka168" in 3rd when his dominated ace got there. Heads up was very short, lasting only a couple hands before "GarbinaD" got almost 9 million chips in with king-ten and got called down by ace-nine. Nitsche held to knock "GarbinaD" out in 2nd for $112,609 while he earned a 30th birthday present worth $121,146.

"GarbinaD" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($112,609)

elron66 • Level 39: 325,000-625,000, 81,250 ante
"GarbinaD" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($112,609)
"GarbinaD" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($112,609)

"GarbinaD" open-shoved and Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche called off with the big stack.

Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche: {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
"GarbinaD": {k-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

Board: {q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}

"GarbinaD" turned the straight and looked to be on their way to a double, but the paired queen on the river gave Nitsche the boat and the win. After the deal, "GarbinaD" won $112,609 for 2nd place.

Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche DE 31,960,300 10,246,640
GarbinaD mt Busted

"Artemka168" Eliminated in 3rd Place ($75,000)

Jaxon • Level 39: 325,000-625,000, 81,250 ante

Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche limped the button before he called a jam by "Artemka168" from the big blind to 7.8 million.

Artemka168: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche: {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

It was looking good for "Artemka168" to double up but instead was eliminated in third place after Nitsche paired the {5-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{j-Clubs} board.

Nitsche began heads-up play with a 2:1 chip advantage over "GarbinaD".

Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche DE 21,713,660 8,327,972
GarbinaD mt 10,246,340 -406,250
Artemka168 RU Busted

Nitsche Doubles to Lead

elron66 • Level 39: 325,000-625,000, 81,250 ante

"Artemka168" shoved and Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche called off with less.

Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche: {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
"Artemka168": {a-Spades}{7-Diamonds}

Board: {k-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{7-Clubs}{10-Hearts}

Nitsche had the best ace and held for the double and the lead on his 30th birthday.

Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche DE 13,385,688 5,920,969
GarbinaD mt 10,652,590 -1,218,750
Artemka168 RU 7,922,022 -4,701,819

Better Kicker for "GarbinaD"

Jaxon • Level 39: 325,000-625,000, 81,250 ante

Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche jammed for 13.3 million from the small blind and was called by "GarbinaD" from the big blind.

GarbinaD: {a-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche: {a-Spades}{2-Diamonds}

Both players whiffed the {k-Hearts}{4-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} board and "GarbinaD" doubled with the better kicker.

Artemka168 RU 12,623,841 -81,350
GarbinaD mt 11,871,340 2,844,108
Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche DE 7,464,719 -2,762,858

"MrMarley83" Eliminated in 4th Place ($60,000)

elron66 • Level 39: 325,000-625,000, 81,250 ante
"MrMarley83" Eliminated in 4th Place ($60,000)
"MrMarley83" Eliminated in 4th Place ($60,000)

"MrMarley83" shoved under the gun and got called by Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche in the big blind. "MrMarley83" was in with a dominated ace, and couldn't find any help to end the day in 4th place.

Artemka168 RU 12,705,191 -1,218,750
Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche DE 10,227,577 5,477,497
GarbinaD mt 9,027,232
MrMarley83 CA Busted

Sevens for "GarbinaD"

Jaxon • Level 39: 325,000-625,000, 81,250 ante

"GarbinaD" jammed for 4.2 million from the button and was called by Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche in the big blind.

GarbinaD: {7-Clubs}{7-Spades}
Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche: {a-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}

The {10-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{5-Spades} ran out on the board and "GarbinaD" doubled up.

GarbinaD mt 9,027,232 3,619,866
Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche DE 4,750,080 -4,757,366

Nitsche Gets There for a Double

elron66 • Level 39: 325,000-625,000, 81,250 ante

Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche shoved the small blind and "MrMarley83" called with more from the big.

Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche: {k-Diamonds}{3-Spades}
"MrMarley83": {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

Board: {6-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{a-Spades}{a-Clubs}

Nitsche was in rough shape, but hit two pair to double and stay alive.

Artemka168 RU 13,923,941 4,796,750
Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche DE 9,507,446 5,447,473
GarbinaD mt 5,407,366 -5,259,250
MrMarley83 CA 3,121,247 -4,984,973