Breaking Down the Action:
- Leikkonen’s Domination Begins
- Canada Loses Two but Coleman Climbs
- Leikkonen Comes from Behind to Win Heads-Up
The latest GGPoker Super MILLION$ final table didn’t just close the online poker action on the night but brought the action of a highly successful GG Spring Festival to an end too.
With 347 entrants this week, the GGPoker Super MILLION$ event that is a weekly $10,300 buy-in closed out the series and it was a belter of a final table, won by the Finnish player Markus Leikkonen for a massive $651,821.
What else took place as the event finished the GGPoker Spring Festival? Let’s take a look back.
Leikkonen’s Domination Begins
It was not a final table that Markus Leikkonen led from the first deal, as Brazilian player Yuri Dzivielevski began with the chip lead. That situation changed very quickly, however, as a trio of bust-outs propelled the eventual winner up the leaderboard.
It was Dzivielevski who knocked out the first player, with Russian player Konstantin Maslak losing all his chips to the Brazilian when his last 10 big blinds went into the middle with ace-king and couldn’t overtake pocket jacks, leaving the Russian with a $81,478 payday.
Next to go was ‘xyzpoker’, the Austria-based player taking home $105,663 when he ran pocket kings into Dzivielevski’s pocket aces. That cold deck was against American player George Wolff soon after, as his ace-queen was no good against Leikkonen’s ace-king. Some big names had already missed out, exactly as they had in the GG Spring Festival Main Event a few days earlier, but others were waiting for their moment to climb the leaderboard.
Canada Loses Two but Coleman Climbs
Two talented Canadian players were the next to depart, with that double departure beginning with the bust-out of Timothy Adams. The most successful live player of 2020 in terms of official ranking event winnings, Adams crashed out when his queen-jack couldn’t hit against the pocket sixes of Swedish-based Christian Jeppson.
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After Adams made his way to the virtual rail, another Canadian wasn’t far behind him. Daniel Dvoress cashed for $230,453 when his pocket kings were sensationally outrun by David Coleman’s ace-king, an ace on the flop enough to knock out Dvoress and reduce the field to four.
It was Jepsson’s turn to bust next, as he failed to join last week’s Swedish winner Joakim Andersson in booking a Scandinavian win. Jepsson’s tournament was over when his all-in with pocket sixes ran into Coleman’s jack-ten, which made a flush with the six of hearts on the river, an agonising card for Jepsson to bust on, albeit for an incredible $298,861 payday.
While the 347 entries were not quite the record-setting WPT Seminole attendance, which broke tour records earlier in the week, the prizes were getting bigger and bigger with every bust-out. It would be the final table’s chip leader who would miss out on heads-up, however, as Leikkonen took out a dangerous opponent, this time when Dzivielevski moved all-in for 14 big blinds with pocket threes.
Leikkonen held ace-king and a rocket on the river shot down the Brazilian’ hopes of going wire-to-wire at the final table, instead cashing for $387,575.
Leikkonen Comes from Behind to Win Heads-Up
David Coleman began heads-up play with a marginal chip lead, holding 19.3 million chips to Leikkonen’s 15.3 million. But while that lead held through the first few hands and even grew as Coleman closed out some pots on the river, Leikkonen would not go away.
Battling back, the Finnish player edged ahead before the defining moment of the duel. Coleman put out a small raise pre-flop and got a call from Leikkonen, who had king-six. Coleman bet the 6-4-2 flop and Leikkonen was happy to check-call, as he did on the deuce turn, which gave him two-pair.
On the river of another six, a third check from Leikkonen with the full house was enough for Coleman to jam all-in for double the pot with air, just nine-seven, a complete bluff. Leikkonen had an easy call to win the event and banked the top prize, leaving Coleman to claim the half-million dollars on offer for ending the tournament as runner-up.
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