H-23: $25,500 Super High Rollers
Days:
1

Event Info

Buy-in $25,500
Prize Pool $2,200,000
Players 88

Level Info

Level 35
Blinds 70,000 / 140,000
Ante 17,500

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 88
H-23: $25,500 Super High Rollers
Day 1 Completed

Dario Sammartino Takes Down 2021 GG Spring Festival Event H-23: $25,500 Super High Rollers ($508,448)

zedmaster84 • Level 35: 70,000-140,000, 17,500 ante
Dario Sammartino
Dario Sammartino

The 2021 GG Spring Festival has crowned another champion and it's a very familiar face that joined the winner's circle. Italian poker prodigy Dario Sammartino topped a field of 88 entries in Event H-23: $25,500 Super High Rollers the biggest slice of the $2,200,000 prize pool. Sammartino defeated Yuri Dzivielevski in heads-up to claim $508,973 for his efforts, Dzivielevski had to settle for a consolation prize of $391,973.

Heading into the nine-handed final table, Sammartino was in the middle of the pack with 36 big blinds while Dzivielevski was second in chips, trailing only Mike Watson. However, when all was done after nine and a half hours total duration, it was the Italian that had accumulated all the chips.

GGPoker ambassador Anatoly Filatov finished in third place for a payday of $302,180. The remainder of the final table line-up reads like the who-is-who of the high stakes circuit. Watson bowed out in 4th and other finalists included Christian Rudolph, Nick Petrangelo, Mikita Badziakouski, Joakim Andersson, and Joao Vieira.

Final Result GGSF Event H-23: $25,500 Super High Rollers

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD
1Dario SammartinoItaly$508,448
2Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil$391,973
3Anatoly FilatovRussia$302,180
4Mike WatsonCanada$232,957
5Christian RudolphAustria$179,591
6Nick PetrangeloUnited States$138,451
7Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus$106,735
8Joakim AnderssonSweden$82,284
9Joao VieiraPortugal$63,434

Out of a field of 88 entries, the top 13 spots were paid and the last player to bust without anything to show for was Austria's Thomas Muehloecker. Among the players that cashed but fell shy of the final table were David Peters, Stephen Chidwick, Bert Stevens, and Adrian Mateos.

The Action of the Day

The third $25,500 high-stakes showdown of the festival started with three full-ring tables and it didn't take long for the first major pots to pour in. Ronny Kaiser lost the majority of his stack set under set against Bert Stevens and became the second casualty of the day. Andras Nemeth was the first to run out of chips, and it was Stevens who collected them all.

During the registration period, the late entries and re-entries boosted the field to more than 50 entries. Several players took multiple shots at glory and left empty-handed. Among them were Isaac Haxton, Fedor Holz, Sam Greenwood, Tuesday's two-time champion Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb, Seth Davies, Timothy Adams, and Timothy Nuter.

Down to the final two tables, Wiktor Malinowski was eliminated in a three-way all-in in which Yuri Dzivielevski escaped from the same fate when his kings cracked the aces of Bert Stevens. Michael Addamo was the next to bust as Mike Watson turned on the heat. It was also the Canadian that was responsible for the bubble to burst, as Watson knocked out Thomas Muehloecker in a flip with nines versus ace-king.

It only took a few minutes after that to reach the final table and Watson continued his ride atop the leaderboard by knocking out Joao Vieira and Joakim Andersson. Some speed bumps followed along the way for Watson, and it was Dziviekevski who rose to the occasion. Mikita Badziakouski lost the remainder of his short stack to the Brazilian, who also claimed the last few blinds of Nick Petrangelo and felted Christian Rudolph thereafter.

Yuri Dzivielevski
Yuri Dzivielevski finished in second place

Watson suffered several setbacks and the biggest blow came when his aces were cracked by the ace-seven of Sammartino. The three-handed play saw the stacks almost even at some point before Sammartino assumed control. Filatov found no help with a dominated pair and the heads-up duel with Dzivielevski lasted all but nine hands.

That wraps up the live updates for this event but the PokerNews live reporting team will provide coverage of highlight events throughout the entire GG Spring Festival.

Tags: Adrian MateosAnatoly FilatovBert StevensChristian RudolphDario SammartinoDavid PetersFedor HolzIsaac HaxtonJoakim AnderssonJoao VieiraMichael AddamoMike WatsonMikita BadziakouskiNick PetrangeloStephen ChidwickThomas MuehloeckerWiktor MalinowskiYuri Dzivielevski

Yuri Dzivielevski Eliminated in 2nd Place ($391,973)

zedmaster84 • Level 35: 70,000-140,000, 17,500 ante
Yuri Dzivielevski
Yuri Dzivielevski

Within the first eight hands of heads-up, no major chip changes took place as Dario Sammartino maintained his advantage. In the ninth hand, the Italian open-jammed out of the small blind. Yuri Dzivielevski called for the 1,872,783 he had behind.

Yuri Dzivielevski: {a-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
Dario Sammartino: {k-Hearts}{7-Hearts}

The {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} flop immediately left Dzivielevski on the ropes as he needed running aces or diamonds to avoid elimination. It was all over on the {4-Spades} turn to make the {9-Hearts} river a formality.

Dzivielevski eliminated by Sammartino
Dzivielevski eliminated by Sammartino

Yet another deep run for Dzivielevski resulted in a payday of $391,973 but it is Sammartino who walks away with the top prize of $508,448. A recap of today's action is to follow.

Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 8,800,000 2,174,283
Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br Busted

Tags: Dario SammartinoYuri Dzivielevski

Level:
35
Blinds:
70,000/140,000
Ante:
17,500

Anatoly Filatov Eliminated in 3rd Place ($302,180)

zedmaster84 • Level 34: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante
Anatoly Filatov
Anatoly Filatov

Dario Sammartino opened the action with a raise to 300,000 out of the small blind and Anatoly Filatov moved all-in for 1,965,699 out of the big blind. The initial raiser wasted little time before tossing in calling chips.

Anatoly Filatov: {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Dario Sammartino: {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}

Neither player connected on the {k-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} board and that spelled the end for Filatov in third place. He takes home $302,180 and Sammartino enters heads-up with a more than 3-1 lead over Yuri Dzivielevski.

Filatov eliminated by Sammartino
Filatov eliminated by Sammartino
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 6,625,717 2,070,699
Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br 2,174,283 300,000
Anatoly Filatov ru
Anatoly Filatov
ru Busted

Sammartino Pulls Further Ahead

zedmaster84 • Level 34: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante

Yuri Dzivielevski gave up a heads-up pot against Anatoly Filatov when the latter raised to 405,000 out of the small blind and earned a call. The flop fell {q-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and Filatov bet 402,150 to win it right there.

Dzivielevski limped the next small blind and Dario Sammartino checked the option from the big blind. Dzivielevski led the {j-Spades}{2-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop for 120,000 and earned a call by Sammartino. The {4-Hearts} turn was checked by Dzivielevski, who then called a 336,000 bet. No further action happened on the {3-Hearts} river and Dzivielevski's {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} was no good, as Sammartino had the best of it with {j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}.

Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 4,555,018 1,116,000
Anatoly Filatov ru
Anatoly Filatov
ru 2,370,699 420,000
Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br 1,874,283 -1,536,000

Dzivielevski Chips Up

zedmaster84 • Level 34: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante

Yuri Dzivielevski raised to 300,000 out of the small blind and was called by Dario Sammartino in the big blind. On a flop of {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{5-Spades}, both checked and Dzivielevski bet the {a-Diamonds} turn for 210,375 to win the pot.

Dzivielevski then won the next pot in a min-raised pot versus Anatoly Filatov when he led the {j-Spades}{7-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop. The Brazilian made it three in a row when he received a walk.

Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 3,439,018 -320,000
Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br 3,410,283 500,000
Anatoly Filatov ru
Anatoly Filatov
ru 1,950,699 -180,000
Level:
34
Blinds:
60,000/120,000
Ante:
15,000

Sammartino Takes It On the River

zedmaster84 • Level 33: 50,000-100,000, 12,500 ante

Anatoly Filatov min-raised the button and was called by Dario Sammartino out of the big blind. The flop fell {k-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{2-Clubs} and Sammartino check-called a bet worth 160,785. The {5-Diamonds} turn went check, check, and Sammartino bet the {j-Hearts} river successfully for 350,000 to force a fold from Filatov.

Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 3,759,018 730,876
Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br 2,910,283 -7,500
Anatoly Filatov ru
Anatoly Filatov
ru 2,130,699 -723,375

Even Steven for the Final Three

zedmaster84 • Level 33: 50,000-100,000, 12,500 ante

Upon returning from the break, Dario Sammartino limped in and Anatoly Filatov checked his option. On the {7-Spades}{6-Spades}{6-Diamonds} flop, Sammartino min-bet and picked up a call to fire another 340,626 on the {3-Clubs} turn. Filatov came along and Sammartino ended up check-folding the {a-Diamonds} river when Filatov bet 819,189.

Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 3,028,142 -553,127
Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br 2,917,783 -12,500
Anatoly Filatov ru
Anatoly Filatov
ru 2,854,074 565,626