Breaking Down the Action:
  • Two Superstars Leave Final Table Early
  • Stacks Even Up
  • Andersson Gets the Job Done

The latest GGPoker event to make waves was the weekly Super MILLION$ final table and with a bumper top prize of over $1.5 million, it was Swedish player Joakim Andersson who walked away victorious with a huge seven-figure score.

The final table was a very dramatic one with Andersson wielding the axe in spectacular fashion as he cut a path through the field to a dominant victory. Let’s look back at the action.

Two Superstars Leave Final Table Early

The first two players who busted at the final table were genuine stars of the game. First to go was Taylor Paur, who was eliminated in 9th place for $192,201 when his defence of the big blind with nine-ten ran into trouble against Joakim Andersson’s queen-nine on the flop, where a nine was joined by two queens. The chips went in on the river as Paur made what seemed to be a crying call on the board which completed with an eight and a six, but the Swede had flopped a full house and sent Paur to the rail.

Next to leave was Alex Foxen who cashed for $249,253 when his all-in move with a suite ace-ten couldn’t catch against the call of Andersson with pocket fives. That gave the already dominant Andersson more than twice the chips of his nearest competitor at that stage, Indian player ‘level29’, who had already made it well past their online name to Level 37 of the event.

Stacks Even Up

With Andersson doubling up some short stacks, play evened up the chip stacks a little, with players such as Julian Stuer and Darrell Goh both propelling themselves back into contention. Eventually, there was another elimination, however, and it was the Russian player Roman ‘RRomashka’ Emelyanov, veteran on many Super MILLION$ events, who crashed out. It was Julian Stuer who did the damage, with the German all-in with pocket sevens. The Russian had the misfortune of calling it off with an ace-seven, drawing to three cards from the flop. The ten on the turn opened up four more outs, but no king or ace came on the deuce river and Emelyanov was gone, taking home $323,242 for his efforts.

Next to leave the action was Hungarian player Gergely Kulcsar, who moved all-in with jack-ten of clubs for 10.2 million chips, called off by Stuer with pocket nines, which held to propel the German into the lead. The aforementioned ‘level29’ was out in 5th place for $543,626 with their pocket threes crushed by Andersson’s pocket tens and the stage was set for a Swedish march to glory.

Andersson Gets the Job Done

With 1,089 total entries and just 125 players cashing, the $10,300-entry event saw the final table complete in a total of two and a half hours. Andersson was the dominant player, and busted the next unfortunate victim as Australian Stevan Chew moved all-in from the small blind with king-seven and was called then delivered by Joakim Andersson’s pocket kings. Chew cashed for $704,996 for his fourth place finish, an amount that was trumped by Austria-based Darrell Goh, who was gone in third when his king-jack shove for just five big blinds was called by Andersson with queen-three. Inevitably, both the Swede’s cards paired up on the flop.

Heads-up was a fairly brief affair, with Andersson holding a chip lead of almost 6:1. Julian Stuer needed to make a move early on, and did so, doubling up with pocket fives against Andersson’s jack-ten. But by then, he had already dwindled and that double merely prolonged his tournament life. It was all over just a few hands later when Stuer’s ace-nine shove couldn’t hold against king-deuce for Andersson, a deuce on the river meaning Stuer earned $1,185,655 for his runner-up finish, and Andersson banked over $1.5m for taking the title.

GGPoker Super MILLION$ April 20th Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Joakim Andersson Sweden $1,537,605
2nd Julian Stuer Austria $1,185,655
3rd Darrell Goh Austria $914,266
4th Stevan Chew Australia $704,996
5th ‘level29’ India $543,626
6th Gergely Kulcsar Hungary $419,193
7th Roman Emelyanov Russia $323,242
8th Alex Foxen United States $249,253
9th Taylor Paur United States $192,201

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Paul Seaton

Paul Seaton has written about poker for many years, travelling the world to report live from such poker events as the World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour. As well as reporting live from the felt, Paul was Editor of BLUFF Europe magazine and has written for major poker brands including PokerStars, 888poker and partypoker where he was Head of Media. Paul has interviewed many of the world’s greatest poker players, such as Sam Trickett, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Bryn Kenney, the current all-time money list leader.

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