H-75: $25,500 Sunday 5 Million
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Highlights

Highlights

H-75: $25,500 Sunday 5 Million
Day 1 Completed

Fox and Badziakouski Lead Star-Studded Final Table in GGSF Event H-75: $25,500 Sunday 5 Million

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 25,000-50,000, 6,000 ante
Elio Fox
Elio Fox

The third and final edition of the $25,500 Sunday 5 Million as part of the 2021 GG Spring Festival has reached the final table. Out of a field of 208 entries, only nine players remain to battle for the lion's share of the $5,200,000 prize pool. In order to get there, the 107 unique entries fired an extraordinary 101 re-entries and four of the finalists entered multiple times.

Elio Foxed ended up as the chip leader with a stack of 3,656,185 while Mikita Badziakouski follows fewer than half a big blind behind with 3,632,732. Timofey Kuznetsov completes the overnight podium with 3,338,980 chips. Among the finalists is also Michael Zhang, who required six bullets to run up the stack and finished Day 1 with 1,833,032, good enough for the sixth position.

Final Table Line-Up GGSF Event H-75: $25,500 Sunday 5 Million

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Elio FoxUnited States3,656,18573
2Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus3,632,73273
3Timofey KuznetsovRussia3,338,98067
4Matthew "Nator" HymanMexico2,475,15950
5Michel "CrossfireX" DattaniPortugal1,929,18439
6Michael ZhangUnited Kingdom1,833,03237
7Sebastian "TheodoreRhye" TrischGermany1,595,15232
8Sean WinterUnited States1,271,05225
9Ronny KaiserSwitzerland1,068,52421

Ronny Kaiser, who just took down GGSF Event H-57: $25,500 Super High Roller a few days ago, also made the cut and will return with a stack of 21 blinds. Ioannis Angelou-Konstas ended up as the bubble boy when he ran with kings into aces and Darren Elias became the final casualty of the night.

The Action of the Day

More than 50 players were seated when the cards went in the air and the action was fast-paced from the get-go. Christian Rudolph became the first of many casualties and the list of notables on the rail kept growing during the registration period. Especially Wiktor Malinowski and Artur Martirosian were eliminated multiple times. There was no happy end for Malinowski as he was eliminated prior to the money bubble by Daniyar Aubakirov.

Many other well-known pros came up short of the cash prizes such as Fedor Holz, Justin Bonomo, Niklas Astedt, Nick Petrangelo, Michael Addamo, Joao Vieira, and Isaac Haxton to name all but a few of poker's superstars in contention. Ioannis Angelou-Konstas went on a hot streak during the final stages of the registration period to become the first player above a million in chips. However, his fortune ran out on the money bubble when he lost with kings to aces.

The frantic post-bubble stage shook up the leaderboard significantly. Among those to bust in the money were Sosia "Aunty_Ninja" Jiang, Jason Koon, Seth Davies, Sami Kelopuro and four-time GGSF champion Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb.

As the day raced to a conclusion with rapid-fire eliminations on the final two tables, it was Elio Fox who appeared at the top of the leaderboard after winning a flip against Samuel Vousden. Mikita Badziakouski follows just a shade behind and has the chance to better his runner-up finish to Kaiser in Event H-57: $25,500 Super High Roller.

Mikita Badziakouski
Mikita Badziakouski

The final table will commence on Monday, April 19 at 7.05 pm GMT. Blinds will be rolled back to 25,000/50,000 with a running ante of 6,000 to ensure an average of at least 40 big blinds for the high-stakes showdown. All levels will now feature 20 hands each and the PokerNews team will be back then to provide all key hands until a winner is crowned.

Remaining Payouts

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1  $1,105,679
2  $829,142
3  $621,769
4  $466,261
5  $349,647
6  $262,198
7  $196,621
8  $147,445
9  $110,568

Tags: Artur MartirosianChristian RudolphDaniyar AubakirovDarren EliasElio FoxIoannis Angelou KonstasIsaac HaxtonMichael AddamoMichael ZhangMikita BadziakouskiNiklas AstedtRonny KaiserSamuel VousdenTimofey KuznetsovWiktor Malinowski

Darren Elias Eliminated in 10th Place ($61,862)

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Elias eliminated by Kaiser
Elias eliminated by Kaiser

Darren Elias got the far shortest stack of fewer than four blinds in from the hijack and Ronny Kaiser reshoved with the second-shortest stack on the button. Sean Winter and Elio Fox both let go in the blinds and the following battle of the short stacks ensued.

Darren Elias: {a-Spades}{6-Spades}
Ronny Kaiser: {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}

The {a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} flop left Elias in desperate shape and he was drawing dead on the {5-Spades} turn, making the {6-Hearts} river a formality. With that, Day 1 comes to an end with nine players remaining. The chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Ronny Kaiser ch
Ronny Kaiser
ch 1,068,524 145,216
Darren Elias us
Darren Elias
us Busted

Samuel Vousden Eliminated in 11th Place ($58,416)

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Vousden Eliminated by Fox
Vousden Eliminated by Fox

Elio Fox raised it up to 120,000 in the hijack and Samuel Vousden three-bet to 240,000 in the small blind. Fox then piled it in for 2,150,673 and Vousden called for the 1,048,012 he had behind to create a pot of more than 3 million.

Samuel Vousden: {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}
Elio Fox: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}

The {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{8-Clubs} flop gave Fox trips aces and Vousden needed a jack or running clubs to stay alive. He picked up equity on the {5-Clubs} turn but the {8-Spades} river ended his run in 11th place for $58,416.

Elio Fox us
Elio Fox
us 3,723,685 1,790,512
Samuel Vousden fi
Samuel Vousden
fi Busted

Trisch Doubles Through Elias

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Trisch vs Elias
Trisch vs Elias

Darren Elias made it 126,000 to go from the hijack and Sebastian "TheodoreRhye" Trisch got his stack of 797,576 in from the cutoff. Elias gave it some thought and eventually called.

Sebastian "TheodoreRhye" Trisch: {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Darren Elias: {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

The {10-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop gave Trisch top pair and the {10-Spades} turn locked up his double with trips tens, the {q-Diamonds} river was a formality.

Sebastian "TheodoreRhye" Trisch de
Sebastian "TheodoreRhye" Trisch
de 1,730,152 917,576
Darren Elias us
Darren Elias
us 362,716 -760,076

Vousden Doubles Through Fox

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Samuel Vousden three-bet jammed out of the big blind only to get snap-called by the cutoff raiser Elio Fox.

Samuel Vousden: {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts}
Elio Fox: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}

The Finn was on the way out of the door but shipped a double thanks to the {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} board.

Elio Fox us
Elio Fox
us 1,933,173 -190,005
Samuel Vousden fi
Samuel Vousden
fi 1,531,012 1,086,509
Sean Winter us
Sean Winter
us 1,268,052 -597,504
Darren Elias us
Darren Elias
us 1,122,792 696,574
Ronny Kaiser ch
Ronny Kaiser
ch 923,308 -197,000
Sebastian "TheodoreRhye" Trisch de
Sebastian "TheodoreRhye" Trisch
de 812,576 7,000

George Wolff Eliminated in 12th Place ($55,162)

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Wolff vs Badziakouski
Wolff vs Badziakouski

George Wolff limped the small blind and Mikita Badziakouski raised to 152,000 in the big blind. Wolff ripped it in for 1,325,006 and Badziakouski used the "good luck" emoji before snap-calling.

George Wolff: {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts}
Mikita Badziakouski: {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}

The dominated pair found no help on the {10-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{j-Spades}{k-Diamonds} board and Wolff was eliminated in 12th place.

Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
by 3,537,083 1,269,506
George Wolff us
George Wolff
us Busted

Sam Greenwood Eliminated in 13th Place ($55,162)

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Greenwood vs Kaiser
Greenwood vs Kaiser

Table short stack Sam Greenwood open-jammed in the cutoff and was called by Ronny Kaiser out of the big blind, who had him covered by a small margin.

Sam Greenwood: {a-Clubs}{9-Hearts}
Ronny Kaiser: {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

The {k-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{3-Clubs} flop improved Kaiser and he held onto the lead on the {3-Diamonds} turn and {8-Clubs} river.

Ronny Kaiser ch
Ronny Kaiser
ch 1,120,308 115,608
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca Busted

Dattani Takes From Zhang

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Michel "CrossfireX" Dattani raised to 105,000 in the cutoff and Michael Zhang defended the big blind. On the {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} flop, Zhang check-called for 87,450 and they checked the {7-Spades}n turn. Zhang bet the {6-Hearts} river for 145,167 and Dattani called with {k-Hearts}{9-Hearts} to beat the {q-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} of Zhang.

Michel "CrossfireX" Dattani
Michel "CrossfireX" Dattani
2,631,434 -338,979
Michael Zhang gb
Michael Zhang
gb 2,051,532 -2,093,617