2021 GG Spring Festival PokerStars SCOOP 2021 partypoker Sunday LIVE
Super MILLION$ Main Event $10,300, $10M Gtd.

Event Info

Prize Pool $10,000,000
Players 976

Level Info

Level 44
Blinds 400,000 / 800,000
Ante 100,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 8
Super MILLION$ Main Event $10,300, $10M Gtd.
Day 3 Completed

Ben Ward Wins 2021 GGPoker Super MILLION$ Week $10,300 Main Event ($1,242,332)

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Ben Ward Wins Super MILLION$ Main Event
Ben Ward Wins Super MILLION$ Main Event

The 2021 GGPoker Super MILLION$ Week has officially concluded with the completion of the $10,300 Super MILLION$ Main Event. Even though it fell short of the $10 million guarantee by 24 entries, the 976-entry strong field was the biggest the flagship High Roller tournament on GGPoker has ever attracted.

After just two and a half hours, the final table wrapped up and the UK's Ben Ward defeated 2019 WSOPE Main Event champion Alexandros Kolonias in a short-lived heads-up battle. Both players collected seven-figure paydays as Ward earned the top prize of $1,242,332 while Kolonias walked away with $1,000,991.

Javier Gomez turned the second-shortest stack at the start of the final table into a third-place finish for $818,576. The Spanish pro was one of four players who bowed out in the span of just 15 minutes as the tournament raced to a rapid conclusion.

Final Result 2021 GGPoker Super MILLION$ Week $10,300 Main Event

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Ben WardUnited Kingdom$1,242,332
2Alexandros KoloniasGreece$1,000,991
3Javier GomezSpain$818,576
4Sebastian "Weizen" GaehlGermany$669,403
5Shankar PillaiUnited States$547,414
6Krasimir YankovBulgaria$447,657
7Thomas MuehloeckerAustria$366,078
8Benjamin "Geraaaard" ChalotFrance$299,366

Final Table Action

After the elimination of Ole Schemion on the final table bubble and the departure of Wei Zhao in the final hand of the night, only eight players remained. Ben Ward was the narrow chip leader ahead of Krasimir Yankov and Alexandros Kolonias while the four players at the bottom of the leaderboard were separated by a mere 12 blinds.

The first hour was very tense and no all-in showdown took place. Shankar Pillai won a big three-way pot with a flopped set of fives to take over the lead for a few hands. However, the American subsequently was not able to keep up the momentum and dropped back into the bunch of short stacks.

Upon returning from the first break, Benjamin "Geraaaard" Chalot was the lowest in chips and eventually got it in with ace-ten against the pocket tens of Thomas Muehloecker. No ace or sufficient broadway cards appeared and Chalot became the first casualty. Muehloecker jumped into third place but he would be the next player to go. In a pivotal flip that set the pace for the remainder of the final table, the Austrian came up second-best with ace-king against the queens of Ward.

Thomas Muehloecker
Thomas Muehloecker

Ward assumed control and it took another half an hour for the next elimination. Yankov, who started second in chips, never got much going and lost a flip to Kolonias. The Greek then also knocked out Shankar Pillai and Sebastian "Weizen" Gaehl within the next few minutes to get almost even in chips with Ward.

Javier Gomez had navigated his short stack masterfully until then to not only ladder up but mostly stay out of trouble. When Ward jammed blind-on-blind, he called with ace-queen only to see Ward's queen-jack get there thanks to a jack on the flop.

Heads-up lasted just over ten minutes in total and Kolonias won just four pots. He eventually four-bet jammed pocket nines into the ace-king suited of Ward and there was an ace in the window to seal the victory for the current Mexico resident.

Alexandros Kolonias
Runner-Up Alexandros Kolonias

The final table action was also live-streamed on the GGPoker.tv Youtube and Twitch channels with cards-up coverage and commentary by Randy "nanonoko" Lew and Kevin "RotterdaM" van der Kooi. That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting from the high-stakes festival on GGPoker.

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Alexandros Kolonias Eliminated in 2nd Place ($1,000,991)

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Alexandros Kolonias
Alexandros Kolonias

The action started with a button min-raise to 1.6 million by Alexandros Kolonias and Ben Ward three-bet to 5.2 million. Back on Kolonias, he moved in for 30.2 million and Ward called with the superior stack.

Alexandros Kolonias: {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}
Ben Ward: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}

It was a flip that would leave Ward with 36.5 million in chips if he were to lose, still plenty of big blinds. However, the {a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop vaulted the Brit into the lead and he remained there throughout the {7-Hearts} turn and {7-Spades} river.

Kolonias eliminated by Ward
Kolonias eliminated by Ward

Kolonias' bid for another major title ended with a runner-up finish, sweetened by the $1,000,991 consolation prize. Ward collects the far biggest single prize of the entire festival worth $1,242,332.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Ben Ward GB 97,245,218 30,377,410
Alexandros Kolonias gr Busted

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Ward Applies Pressure

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Alexandros Kolonias raised to 1.6 million and was called by Ben Ward in the big blind. On a flop of {10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}, Ward check-raised from 800,000 to 3,800,000 and Kolonias folded.

Ward then raised to 1,840,000 and Kolonias called. The {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop was checked and so was the {k-Hearts} turn. Kolonias checked the {j-Diamonds} river and paid off a bet worth 1,940,000 by Ward.

He was shown the {k-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} for trips kings by the Brit, which Kolonias could not beat with {j-Hearts}{6-Spades} for kings and jacks.

Ben Ward GB 66,867,808 7,180,000
Alexandros Kolonias gr 30,377,410 -7,180,000

Kolonias Hits the River

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Ben Ward raised to 1.61 million and Alexandros Kolonias made the call.

The {q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{5-Hearts} flop was checked and Kolonias bet the {6-Diamonds} turn for 1,118,700. Ward raised that up to 4,480,000 and earned a call.

They then checked the {q-Spades} river and Kolonias' {q-Diamonds}{2-Spades} won the pot, as Ward's {9-Hearts}{6-Hearts} were no longer the best hand.

Ben Ward GB 59,687,808 -4,174,602
Alexandros Kolonias gr 37,557,410 3,695,000

Ward Wins All But One Hand So Far

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Heads-up kicked off with a very dominant display by Ben Ward, who raked in all but one pot during the battle one-versus-one.

They were all medium-sized pots that either ended preflop or post-flop.

The only hand Kolonias won was a limped pot on which Ward check-called the {q-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} flop for 700,000. No action followed on the {a-Hearts} turn and Ward bet the {10-Hearts} river for 700,000. Kolonias called with {q-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and was good versus {k-Hearts}{5-Spades}.

Ben Ward GB 63,862,410 4,739,602
Alexandros Kolonias gr 33,862,410 -4,260,000

Javier Gomez Eliminated in 3rd Place ($818,576)

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Javier Gomez
Javier Gomez

Once Alexandros Kolonias folded on the button, Ben Ward simply pushed from the small blind and he was instantly called by Javier Gomez out of the big blind. The Spaniard had some 15.6 million behind and was in prime shape for a double.

Javier Gomez: {a-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Ben Ward: {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts}

Ward, however, paired up on the {j-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} flop and retained his lead on the {4-Hearts} turn and {8-Hearts} river. Gomez was eliminated in 3rd place and has earned a payday of $818,576.

Gomez Eliminated by Ward
Gomez Eliminated by Ward
Ben Ward GB 59,122,808 15,722,220
Alexandros Kolonias gr 38,122,410 785,000
Javier Gomez es Busted

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Ward Takes From Kolonias

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Three-handed play started in a very aggressive way and Javier Gomez chipped up through Ben Ward.

Ward got those chips back shortly after when he took on Alexandros Kolonias.

The Brit min-raised to 1.4 million and Kolonias defended the big blind. On a {9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{3-Spades} flop both checked and Kolonias bet the {8-Clubs} turn for 2,247,300. Ward raised to 6,160,000 and that won the pot.

Ben Ward GB 43,400,588 3,032,300
Alexandros Kolonias gr 37,337,410 -5,217,300
Javier Gomez es 16,507,220 2,185,000

Sebastian "Weizen" Gaehl Eliminated in 4th Place ($669,403)

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Gaehl eliminated by Kolonias
Gaehl eliminated by Kolonias

Sebastian "Weizen" Gaehl had chipped up with a jam that got through and up next, it was Alexandros Kolonias that shipped it in from the small blind. Gaehl had 6.4 million behind and called out of the big blind.

Sebastian "Weizen" Gaehl: {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}
Alexandros Kolonias: {q-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

The board ran out {6-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and the queen on the turn sent Gaehl out in 4th place.

Alexandros Kolonias gr 42,554,710 6,574,820
Ben Ward GB 40,368,288 10,000
Javier Gomez es 14,322,220 -500,000
Sebastian "Weizen" Gaehl de Busted

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