Breaking Down the Action:
  • Peterman the Slayer
  • Dominguez Starts to Sprint for the Line
  • Heads-Up is a Quick Shootout

The latest big guarantee of the GGPoker Spring Festival was the ‘Headliner’, a tournament designed for those smaller of bankroll and thinner of wallet.

With the buy-in at just $400, there was a massive $2.5 million up for grabs in the guaranteed prizepool. By the end of late registration, that had been increased to a massive $3.4 million, meaning the top prize would tip the scales at over $380,000.

It took nine hours to find a winner, so let’s recap the final dramatic moments of another massive GGPoker tournament.

Peterman the Slayer

There may have been over 9,000 entries in Day 1, but shortly after the start of Day 2, less than 500 hopefuls remained in contention, with players such as Dara O’Kearney busting inside the money but not making the business end of the event.

By the time play reached the final nine, ‘Austria-based player ‘Hazes’ was short-stacked and made a move all-in with pocket jacks. He was unable to catch against the pocket kings of Elliott Peterman and was busted for $38,166.

Next to leave the final was German player Joshua Gebissa., whose small blind shove with ace-deuce ran into Peterman’s pocket queens and failed to spike either an ace to win the hand or either of the open ends to a straight draw on the board that was there from the turn.

Peterman had his third elimination of three when his pocket tens flopped a set against the pre-flop all-in of Andorran player ‘5Dinks4all’ who held ace-six.  Of the remaining six players, five were big names, and four would fall.

Dominguez Starts to Sprint for the Line

It would be Anton Wigg who busted in 6th place for $90,506, unlucky to run his ace-queen into ‘v_Nistelrooy’, who held ace-king. Two shorter stacks got it in next, with Liverpool fan Byron Kaverman eliminated when his queen-nine call after Daniel Smiljkovic’s shove with ace-three couldn’t catch up.

As we discussed on Friday, it’s an extremely busy time in the world of online poker, and the entertainment didn’t stop there. Kaverman had cashed for $120,692, but his conqueror would last little longer, Smiljkovic exiting in 4th place for $160,945 when his ace-jack couldn’t last the board against Juan Pardo Dominguez’s king-deuce.

It was only a couple of minutes later that Elliott Peterman met the same fate, this time with ace-seven against the Spaniard’s king-nine, which flopped a nine to send play heads-up with Juan Pardo Dominguez holding a huge lead of over 6:1 in chips.

Heads-Up is a Quick Shootout

It took just six hands to find a winner heads-up, with ‘v_Nistelrooy’ surprisingly unable to finish given the close approximation of the online moniker to a certain Dutch International striker. Shoving pre-flop with king-seven, ‘v_Nistelrooy’ was called by Dominguez with a suited ace-ten of clubs.

A king on the flop was good news, but it was joined by a jack and when a queen landed on the river, the Spanish professional had rivered Broadway to sing his way to victory.

With over $3 million in live poker results, the Spanish player – something of a ‘Traveller’ type in our latest shakedown of the seven types of poker player – can celebrate an online score of real profit, with just a $400 entry enough to see him win six figures in fine style.

Here are the full results from an entertaining event:

GGPoker Spring festival ‘Headliner’ Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Juan Dominguez Spain $381,668
2nd ‘v_Nistelrooy’ Russia $286,206
3rd Elliott Peterman United Kingdom $214,624
4th Daniel Smiljkovic Austria $160,945
5th Byron Kaverman United States $120,692
6th Anton Wigg Sweden $90,506
7th ‘5Dinks4all’ Andorra $67,870
8th Joshua Gebissa Germany $50,895
9th ‘Hazes’ Austria $38,166

 

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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