2021 GG Spring Festival

H-24: $10,300 Thursday Thriller [Bounty]
Day: 1
Event Info

2021 GG Spring Festival

Event Info
Prize Pool
Players Left
Average Chip Stack
Total Chips
Next Payout
Place 2
Level Info
125,000 / 250,000

H-24: $10,300 Thursday Thriller [Bounty]

Day 1 Completed

Andrii Novak Wins H-24: $10,300 Thursday Thriller [Bounty] ($352,628)

Level 30 : 125,000/250,000, 35,000 ante
Andrii Novak Wins
Andrii Novak Wins

All over in a tidy nine hours or so, the GGPoker Spring Festival $10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty would see one dominating force far outperform the rest of the competitors when it came time to tally the final scores.

Not only did Ukraine's Andrii Novak book the win in the 154-entry field, worth about $111K in prize money, but he so outpaced the other players in bounties in the progressive knockout format (PKO) that he nearly tripled second-place money with a $352,628 total prize. Despite a final hour or so that saw wild swings, things always seemed to end with Novak getting the crucial KOs, and keeping his own bounty proved quite the boon when all was said and done.

Official Final Table Results

1Andrii NovakUkraine$352,628
2Sami KelopuroFinland$122,696
3Ami BarerCanada$138,023
4Bruno VolkmannBrazil$84,841
5Renan BruschiBrazil$91,154
6Chris RudolphAustria$70,832
7Wei ZhaoChina$58,106
8Enrico CamosciItaly$56,064
9Timothy NuterU.S.A.$38,266

*includes bounties

Novak has been one of the hotter players of late online with huge scores both here on GGPoker — he snagged $91K in a recent $525 bounty in February — and in the recent WPT500 with a second-place finish worth $123K.

Here, Novak had the second-biggest stack to start the final table and grabbed two of the first three KOs to take the lead.

However, Ami Barer put together a strong stretch as well. One of the highest-volume players with several million in cashes on GGPoker, Barer looked to be in a great position to snag the win as he had about two-thirds of the chips three-handed after winning a flip worth more than 50 big blinds total to bust Bruno Volkmann.

Novak, meanwhile, had won a huge bounty just before that, knocking out the start-of-final-table leader Renan Bruschi with ace-ten against queen-jack suited. So, after he bluffed off to double up Sami Kelopuro, he was the prime target with less than 20 blinds left — the shortest stack plus the biggest bounty.

Things turned fast, as they tend to do late in PKOs especially. Three hands saw Novak vault from shortest stack to chip leader heads up, ousting Barer in a surprising third-place finish. Novak limp-called pocket sevens and held against five-four suited, then his queens held against ace-jack, then he got lucky shoving ten-eight offsuit in the blinds and prevailing against king-nine with a turned gutshot straight.

Heads-up play proved a short and unexciting affair as Kelopuro could barely drag a pot over the course of 40 hands or so, slowly being whittled down until he got his last few blinds in behind and failed to catch up.

That wraps up PokerNews' coverage of this event, but plenty more high-stakes action remains on the schedule so be sure to keep tabs on the GGPoker Spring Festival reporting hub here.

Level: 30

Blinds: 125,000/250,000

Ante: 35,000

Level: 29

Blinds: 100,000/200,000

Ante: 30,000

Level: 28

Blinds: 80,000/160,000

Ante: 25,000

Ami Barer Eliminated in 3rd Place ($138,023)

Level 27 : 70,000/140,000, 20,000 ante
Ami Barer
Ami Barer

Ami Barer raised to 307,899 on the button and Andrii Novak made it 1 million in the big blind. Barer shoved and Novak called for about 3.5 million.

Novak: {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Barer: {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}

Novak's queens held on the {k-Hearts}{8-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{6-Clubs} board and left Barer with about 2 million.

That went in the next hand calling off from the big blind when Novak shoved.

Novak: {10-Spades}{8-Diamonds}
Barer: {k-Clubs}{9-Hearts}

Barer stayed best on the {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} flop but the {9-Spades} vaulted Novak way ahead with a straight. The {j-Spades} didn't do it for Barer, who went from big stack to bust in a flash.

Player Chips Progress
Andrii Novak ua
Andrii Novak
Ami Barer
Ami Barer

Novak Flattens Out Stacks

Level 27 : 70,000/140,000, 20,000 ante

Andrii Novak limped the small blind and quickly called all in for 1.7 million when Ami Barer shoved.

Barer: {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}
Novak: {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}

It was a great spot for Novak but less so after {2-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{3-Spades}{k-Clubs} gave Barer a combo draw. Novak faded it with a {2-Hearts} river.

Everyone left is pretty even now.

Player Chips Progress
Ami Barer
Ami Barer
Andrii Novak ua
Andrii Novak

Level: 27

Blinds: 70,000/140,000

Ante: 20,000