After almost nine hours of play, Juan Pardo Dominguez came out on top of the GGSF Headliner-M: $400 NLHE, $2.5M GTD. He made it through more than 9,000 Day 1 runners, and 1,365 Day 2 players to take down the top prize of more than $380,000. That was the biggest share of a prize pool that ended up at $3,403,176, well over the $2.5 million guarantee.
Dominguez is no stranger to the winner's circle or big prizes. With more than $3 million in live poker winnings, this score would only rank fifth on his best live cashes. His biggest score came in 2019 at EPT Barcelona where he won the €50,000 No Limit Hold'em for more than $1.1 million.
The Final Table
|3||Elliott "gr00thedegen" Peterman||United Kingdom||$214,624|
|5||Byron Kaverman||United States||$120,692|
|8||Joshua "IyasusSake" Gebissa||Germany||$50,895|
Day 2 Action
Day 2 went very quickly from the start. They were in the money less than an hour after the action began, and less than an hour later fewer than 500 players remained.
Along the way, players like Dara O'Kearney and Mario Mosboeck busted in the money, but the action didn't let up. There were fewer than 100 players left when Level 17 started, and they were down to 25 within another hour.
Ivan Zufic bubbled the final table about 90 minutes later after losing players like Laszlo Molnar and David "icedavid" Katai.
Dominguez started the final table with the chip lead, and held it for quite a while. Action slowed at the final table, and they played nine handed for quite a while before "Hazes" ended in ninth and set off an avalanche of busts. Four players quickly followed them to the exit with Byron Kaverman ending his day in fifth before it slowed down again.
They stalled again four-handed, trading chips and the lead back and forth around the table, before Daniel Smiljkovic ended in fourth place when his ace-jack couldn't hold against the king-deuce of Dominguez. Elliott "gr00thedegen" Peterman quickly followed when Dominguez got there again to knock him out.
Dominguez and "v_Nistelrooy" played half a dozen hands heads up before it all went in with "v_Nistelrooy" playing king-seven and Dominguez on ace-ten suited. "v_Nistelrooy" flopped a king to take the lead, but the straight came on the river for Dominguez and he took it down.