Breaking Down the Action:
  • Day 2 Sees White Magic Snuffed Out
  • The Final Table Kicks Off with Fireworks
  • A Dramatic Conclusion Sees Ward the Winner

The latest GGPoker Super MILLION$ Week event, the Super MILLION$ final table, has been won by British-based player Ben Ward, who won the $10,300-entry event for a massive $1.2 million.

With 976 entries, the mammoth event only fell just short of its spectacular $10 million guarantee in terms of entries but was paid out in full. On this occasion, the impressive Ben Ward saw off a final table featuring Super MILLION$ regulars Alexandros Kolonias, Javier Gomez and Benjamin Chalot along the way.

Day 2 Sees White Magic Snuffed Out

While Day 2 had seen the exit of players such as Timothy Adams, David Yan, Ami Barer, Fedor Holz, Isaac Haxton, Jason Koon and Kristen Bicknell, the 121 players who came back to the action on Day 2 were quickly whittled down to a final table of just eight.

Along the way, Holz busted outside the money, losing with king-ten to Dario Sammartino’s pocket tens. Sadly for his fans, the WSOP Main Event runner-up from Italy couldn’t make the money either. It would be Dimitrios Farmakoulis the bubble boy, his pocket fives unable to hold against ace-ten to put everyone else in the money.

Two big players who busted after making a profit were Scottish poker legend Ludovic ‘Gr4vyB04t’ Geilich, who we spoke to about the best result of his career just last week, and Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens, who had chopped Geilich’s win for slightly more money and hailed the importance of ‘White Magic’ along the way:

The Final Table Kicks Off with Fireworks

All in all, it took just 150 minutes to go from eight players down to the winner. Ironically, however, Benjamin Chalot from France, who was the first person to be busted cashed for $299,366 after an hour of tense to and fros.

Chalot was the short-stack when he moved all-in with ace-ten and the pocket tens of Thomas Muehloecker spelt doom for his opponent. With that first elimination, the floodgates were open. Muehloecker may have won that hand, but he would be the next player to bust as his premium hand of ace-king lost out to the pocket queens of the eventual winner Ben Ward.

Ward, unlike Muehloecker, would hold onto control for much of the remainder of the tournament.

Soon after Muehloecker’s departure, Bulgarian player Krasimir Yankov was on the virtual rail too. His conqueror was Alexandros Kolonias and the Greek player, who has regularly made the final table of the Super MILLION$, followed that elimination by busting American player Shankar Pillai and German Sebastian Gaehl in quick succession.

A Dramatic Conclusion Sees Ward the Winner

With so much money on the line, you might have expected the action to be tense up top, but the truth was far from it. It was Spanish player Javier Gomez who missed out on heads-up losing in third place for a result of $818,576 when Gomez called Ward’s shove blind-on-blind. Ward had queen-jack, a hand dominated by Gomez’s ace-queen, but a jack on the flop put paid to the Spanish player’s chances and saw Ward head into the heads-up with momentum.

As it happened, the final duel of the tournament lasted just 10 minutes, with Kolonias unable to overcome his British opponent. Eventually, Kolonias moved all-in with pocket nines and when Ward called with ace-king suited, a coinflip would decide which player ended up the winner.

An ace on the flop gave Ward the win and meant he collected over $1.2 million for victory, a touch under the $1.3m won by Michael Addamo in the recent MILLIONS Online Mega High Roller, with Kolonias consoling himself with just over $1m for finishing runner-up.

$10,300-Entry Super MILLION$ Week Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Ben Ward United Kingdom $1,242,332
2nd Alexandros Kolonias Greece $1,000,991
3rd Javier Gomez Spain $818,576
4th Sebastian Gaehl Germany $669,403
5th Shankar Pillai U.S.A. $547,414
6th Krasimir Yankov Bulgaria $447,657
7th Thomas Muehloecker Austria $366,078
8th Benjamin Chalot France $299,366

Relive all the action right here from a fantastic final table in the GGPoker Super MILLION$ with commentary by Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew and Kevin van der Kooi:

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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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