The GG Spring Festival promised to pay out at least $150 million by the time the final champion was crowned. This massive sum was not only reached, but blown out of the water with $192,643,947 paid out!
A huge chunk of that impressive amount came from the $1,500 NLHE Main Event that “KingKongJoel” won. KingKongJoel was one of the 1,177 players who made it through to Day 2 from the 6,803 entrants.
The Main Event missed its $10 million guarantee by $305,725 but the prize pool was so substantial that everyone at the final table won at least $119,197.
Heads-up was set when “Lucky-Lucky” busted in third for $670,296. Their elimination left KingKongJoel and Zhuang Ruan to lock horns heads-up. The heads-up duo struck a deal to lessen the pay jumps, which meant Ruan collected $952,195 when he fell in second, leaving KingKongJoel to scoop $1,133,634.
GGSF Main Event-H: $1,500 NLHE, $10M Gtd Final Table Results
|4||Mats “lockdownmode” Ullereng||Norway||$502,651|
*reflects a heads-up deal
Haraldstad Wins GGSF PLO Main Event
Norway’s Joachim “jochee” Haraldstad took down the PLO equivalent of the GGSF Main Event. Victory in this tournament came with a prize worth a cool $249,926.
Four of the seven finalists padded their bankrolls with six-figure prizes. Jens “Tankanza” Lakemeier ($46,539), “Suhepx” ($62,125), and Arvi Vainionkulma ($82,931) were the trio who missed out on a $100,000+ score.
Haraldstad and “Majki365” butted heads and locked horns one-on-one before striking a deal that guaranteed both camps more than $210,000 each.
GGSF Main Event-H: $1,500 PLO-NL, $2M Gtd Final Table Results
|1||Joachim “jochee” Haraldstad||Norway||$249,926*|
|4||Markus “Lenbert1” Schottes||Germany||$110,705|
|7||Jens “Tankanza” Lakemeier||Austria||$46,539|
*reflects a heads-up deal
Peters Picks Up $5250 Bounty Hunters Main Event Title
David Peters denied Adrian Mateos yet another title in the $5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event. Some 341 players bought in and Peters outlasted them all, getting his hands on $297,105 with bounty payments included.
The final table was a star-studded affair, and any of the finalists would have made a worthy champion. Dawid Smolka and Wiktor Malinowski, both of Poland, were the first players to bow out. Matthias Eibinger and Jans Arends followed suit, before the exits of Benjamin Rolle and Jonathan Proudfoot left the waters slightly less shark-infested.
Artur Martirosian busted in third but not before accumulating a ton of bounties that saw him walk away with a combined $168,690, a prize $35,500 more than Mateos’ $135,141 haul for finishing in second place.
GGSF H-106: $5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event Final Table Results
|1||David Peters||United States||$297,105|
|4||Jonathan Proudfoot||United Kingdom||$83,735|
Two Huge Event Set To Crown Their Champions
Two huge GG Spring Festival events are set to crown their champions under the watchful eye of the PokerNews Live Reporting team.
Only nine players remain in contention to become the GGSF Event -H: $10,300 Super MILLION$ champion, an accolade that comes with a $651,821 payout. Brazilian star Yuri Dzivielevski and Daniel Dvoress are the chip leaders in that event, where the likes of Christian Jeppsson, Timothy Adams, and George Wolff are still battling.
Joni Jouhkimainen is the man to catch in the GGSF Event-H: $25,500 Sunday Millions. The Finnish grinder sits down at the nine-handed final table with almost twice as many chips as the chasing pack.
Locking horns with Jouhkimainen are such luminaries as Elio Fox, Joao Vieira, Sami Kelopuro, Artur Martirosian, Niklas Astedt, Isaac Haxton, Andras Nemeth, and Seth Davies! Wow, what a final table!