2021 GG Spring Festival

H-109: $25,500 Sunday 5 Million
Day: 1
Event Info

2021 GG Spring Festival

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
80,000 / 160,000
Players Info - Day 1
Players Left

H-109: $25,500 Sunday 5 Million

Day 1 Completed

Joni Jouhkimainen Leads Star-Studded Final Table in GGSF Event H-109: $25,500 Sunday Millions

Level 33 : 35,000/70,000, 8,500 ante
Joni Jouhkimainen
Joni Jouhkimainen

The final edition of the $25,500 Sunday Millions as part of the 2021 GG Spring Festival has reached the final table. Out of a field of 172 total entries (78 unique players who re-entered 94 ), only nine players remain to battle for the lion's share of the $4,300,000 prize pool.

Joni Jouhkimainen ended up as the chip leader with a stack of 5,344,169 which is almost double that of Elio Fox's 2,872,603 second place chip stack. Among the finalists is also Sami Kelopuro, who required nine bullets to run up the stack and finish Day 1 with 1,357,246, good enough for the fourth position.

Final Table Line-Up GGSF Event H-109: $25,500 Sunday Millions

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Joni JouhkimainenFinland5,344,169133
2Elio FoxUnited States2,872,60371
3Joao VieiraPortugal2,325,87258
4Sami KelopuroFinland1,357,24634
5Artur MartirosianRussia1,350,14234
6Niklas AstedtSweden1,248,79231
7Isaac HaxtonCanada1,040,38626
8Andras NemethHungary1,016,89025
9Seth DaviesUnited States643,90016

The Action of the Day

Just a little over 30 players were seated when the cards went in the air and the action was fast-paced from the get-go. Marius Gierse became the first of many casualties and the list of notables on the rail kept growing during the registration period.

Many other well-known pros came up short of the cash prizes such as Fedor Holz, Anatoly Filatov, Guillaume Nolet, Roman "RRomashka" Emelyanov, Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb, Connor Drinan, and Jason Koon to name all but a few of poker's superstars in contention. Zhuang Ruan went on a hot streak during the final stages of the registration period but his fortune ran out on the money bubble when he lost to Jouhkimainen who flopped quads.

The frantic post-bubble stage saw the remaining players race to a conclusion with rapid-fire eliminations happening on each table until Jouhkimainen rivered a full house to eliminate Wei Zhao in 10th place.

The final table will commence on Monday, April 26 just after 3 p.m. EDT. Action will pick-up from Level 33 where blinds are 35,000/70,000/8,500.

Remaining Payouts


Tags: Anatoly FilatovConnor DrinanFedor HolzGuillaume NoletJason KoonJoni JouhkimainenMarius GierseRRomashkaSami KelopuroWei ZhaoZhuang Ruan

Wei Zhao Eliminated in 10th Place ($64,569)

Level 33 : 35,000/70,000, 8,500 ante

Action quickly folded to Wei Zhao who raised all in from the small blind and Joni Jouhkimainen snap-called from the big blind.

Wei Zhao: {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}
Joni Jouhkimainen: {j-Hearts}{j-Spades}

Zhao was racing for his tournament life but he didn't mind the {5-Clubs}{10-Spades}{k-Hearts} flop that appeared giving him a broadway draw.

The {j-Diamonds} falling on the turn must have made Zhao think luck was on his side but it was just an illusion as the {10-Diamonds} paired the board on the river and ended his tournament on the final table bubble.

Player Chips Progress
Joni Jouhkimainen fi
Joni Jouhkimainen
5,344,169 1,953,525
WSOP 1X Winner
Wei Zhao cn
Wei Zhao

Tags: Wei ZhaoJoni Jouhkimainen

Arsenii Malinov Eliminated in 11th Place ($60,259)

Level 33 : 35,000/70,000, 8,500 ante

Action folded to Andras Nemeth who raised all in from the cutoff and Arsenii Malinov called off his 438,964 stack from the button.

Arsenii Malinov: {a-Spades}{q-Spades}
Andras Nemeth: {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

Malinov held the better hand and the {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop a paired his queen but it also gave Nemeth a gutshot.

The {q-Hearts} turn improved Malinov's hand to trip queens and he was looking good to score the double until the {j-Clubs} fell on the river, completing Nemeth's straight and Malinov was eliminated in 11th place for $60,259.

Player Chips Progress
Andras Nemeth hu
Andras Nemeth
974,390 266,058
Arsenii Malinov ru
Arsenii Malinov

Level: 33

Blinds: 35,000/70,000

Ante: 8,500

Level: 32

Blinds: 30,000/60,000

Ante: 7,500