Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
The opening day of the 2021 GG Spring Festival has kicked off with a bang as more than $15 million in prize money was up for grabs. And the biggest slice of that came in Event H-06: $25,500 Sunday Five Million, which came with an ambitious guarantee of $5 million. The goal was missed by a mere two entries but it needed 105 unique players and an enormous 93 re-entries to all but get there.
After a seemingly never-ending bubble period, the nine-handed final table was determined in a hurry. Hungarian High Roller regular Andras Nemeth topped the leaderboard by quite some margin when all was done for the night. Nemeth was among the players to double during the bubble and wrapped up Day 1 with a massive stack of 5,972,752.
That's more than second-placed Guillaume Nolet (2,557,181) and third-placed Francisco "VaPaCooler" Benitez (2,324,245) have combined. Another two players follow very close behind in Elio Fox (2,306,206) and Benjamin Rolle (2,300,124).
There is a small gap to Matthias Eibinger, who ended Day 1 with a healthy stack of 1,813,000. All further contenders are below 1 million in chips including Yuri Dzivielevski (975,172), "FlowTao" (874,592), and Juan Pardo Dominguez (676,728).
Final Table Line-Up GGFS Event H-06: $25,500 Sunday Five Million
|Position||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|3||Francisco "VaPaCooler" Benitez||Uruguay||2,324,245||46|
|4||Elio Fox||United States||2,306,206||46|
|9||Juan Pardo Dominguez||Spain||676,728||14|
Big Blinds based on the final table roll-back to ensure an average of at least 40 blinds
It is expected that the blinds revert back to 25,000/50,000 and a running ante of 6,000. The final table will recommence at 8.05 p.m. GMT and each level will feature 20 hands until a winner is crowned.
The Action of the Day
More than 50 players were seated when the joint most-expensive tournament of the festival got underway and the field grew consistently. Early in the second level, high-stakes MTT and cash game player Wiktor Malinowski became the first casualty of the event. It would be one of several bullets he fired and none of them brought any success, as Malinowski came up a few spots shy of the money.
Eventual chip leader Andras Nemeth was also among the early casualties when his jam with a busted draw was called by Artur Martirosian right before the first break of the day. Nemeth jumped back in, later on, failed to hold up with pocket aces to then try one more and make that entry count.
For GGPoker ambassador Fedor Holz, it was an expensive Sunday session as he fired multiple shells without getting close to the money in this tournament. The same applied for Michael Addamo, Connor Drinan, Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb, Michael Zhang and David Yan to name all but a few notables with multiple entries.
Once the registration closed with many hopefuls jumping in at the very last minute, the eliminations came at an incredibly fast pace Bert Stevens was among the chip leaders by then after a hot streak of all-in showdowns and he was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Adrian Mateos, David Peters, Guillaume Nolet, and Benjamin Rolle.
As fast as the eliminations kept coming, as incredible was the bubble period. More than a dozen all-in showdowns without casualty made things shallow and eventually it was one of the medium stacks who came up short of a payday. Adrian Mateos ended up as the bubble boy when he ran with queens into the aces of Nemeth.
Right after that, the gloves came off as the field was quickly reduced to the final two tables. Stevens was no longer in contention by then as a string of all-in showdowns left the online MTT legend short. He was ultimately sent to the rail in 19th place, "judd trump" topped the three-way showdown only to exit in the very next hand.
Nemeth won a race with ace-king against the pocket jacks of Samuel Vousden to take over the top spot and pulled further ahead after busting Dirk Gerritse and winning a bit pot off Elio Fox without showdown. Timothy Adams ran out of steam on the final two tables, running with ace-king into aces. And a few minutes later, the final table was already reached. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau and David Peters fell in quick succession, Pedro Garagnani then found no help with a dominated ace.
The final nine contenders have $108,480 locked up for their efforts but all eyes are set on the top prize of $1,084,892. Stay tuned to find out who will win the first $25,500 High Roller during the GG Spring Festival, as the PokerNews team will be back after a good night's sleep.
The signature raise for all but the last few chips this time saw Pedro Garagnani with eight and a half big blinds invested in the cutoff. Guillaume Nolet gave it some thought and piled it in from the big blind. Garagnani called and was covered by fewer than one big blind.
The kicker played on the board and Garagnani bubbled the final table. All final chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.
Table short stack "FlowTao" ended up at risk out of the small blind and was dominated by Benjamin Rolle from under the gun.
The board kept "FlowTao" in contention on the final table bubble.
David Peters used the trademark "raise for all but one blind" and made it 536,847 to go out of the small blind. Pedro Garagnani jammed for 747,238 for the slightly covering stack and Peters eventually called it off.
The flop and turn kept Peters in the lead but the river sent him to the rail in 11th place.
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau three-bet to 268,436 out of the big blind with 80,000 behind. Yuri Dzivielevski then four-bet to 376,872 and Vaskaboinikau got it in.
The flip went to the Brazilian thanks to a board of and that spelled the end for Vaskaboinikau in 12th place.
Elio Fox raised to 200,000 on the button and Andras Nemeth three-bet to 800,000 in the small blind. Fox made the call and Nemeth's bet of 355,000 on the flop was called. Nemeth then bet the turn for 720,000 and Fox folded.
Elio Fox made it 176,000 to go and Timothy Adams three-bet to 752,000. Francisco "VaPaCooler" Benitez four-bet jammed for 1,571,169 and Fox let go. Adams had kept a few chips behind and made the call.
Francisco "VaPaCooler" Benitez:
There was no miracle escape for Adams on a board and he departed in 13th place.