Breaking Down the Action:
  • Who Made the Final Table?
  • Shorts Stacks Run into Trouble
  • From Six Players Down to Two
  • Gottlieb Wins Superb Heads-Up Clash
  • Gottlieb Goes on to Make it a Double

The latest Super MILLION$ final table wasn’t just a big one in the sense that it came right in the middle of the hugely popular GGPoker Spring Festival. It was also notable for the astounding fact that not did Lev Gottlieb take it down for a gigantic $586,074 score, but he managed to win the $10,300 buy-in Super Tuesday for $320,729 on the same night!

Let’s get in amongst the action and tell you exactly how the Mexico-based American did it.

Who Made the Final Table?

The run-up to the final was dramatic enough, with Gottlieb ploughing through the 312-strong field to bag a chip lead with nine players left. Gottlieb went into the final with 100 big blinds, with his nearest challenger being Jordan Cristos, playing as ‘PiePie’, who held 67 big blinds.

Other stellar names to reach the final nine included the 2020 WSOP Main Event Hybrid champion Damian Salas, as well as other tournament regulars Aliaksei Boika, Chris Rudolph and Juan Pardo Dominguez.

Just 35 players were paid from all those who entered and some to cash but not make the final included Swedish online poker sensation Niklas Astedt, Portuguese poker pro Joao Vieira and German high roller Ole Schemion. It would be Italian player Mustapha Kanit who bubbled the final table, running a bluff that was called to end his chances.

Shorts Stacks Run into Trouble

Aliaksei Boika slow-played king-queen to the flop, hitting a queen before check-raising then calling off his final 1.2 million chips on the three turn to add to the half-million chips in the middle on the flop. Up against the pocket aces of Austrian player Matthias Lipp, Boika couldn’t get any help on the river and busted for the first cash of the final table, worth $73,259.

Next to bust was Andrea Dato, who moved all-in with ace-king for 13 big blinds and was called then busted by Lev Gottlieb’s pocket aces to exit in 8th. It wasn’t long after that before the next bust-out came and it was reigning world champion Damian Salas who shoved with pocket nines and was called by Pedro Garagnani with pocket tens, which survived to reduce the field to six. Despite Salas’ sad ending, his run only reiterates how keen players will be to match his incredible achievements at the World Series of Poker, something that poker players will have a chance do in person when the WSOP returns to the Rio in September.

From Six Players Down to Two

Chris Rudolph left in 6th place for $207,209 when his all-in move with ace-six suited ran into Dominguez’ ace-queen and the latter filled up on the turn. Brazil-based Garagnani had a marginal lead from the Spaniard at that point, but it would not last. A fascinating hand where Garagnani held king-queen – the same hand as Dominguez – on a board of A-J-J-T-A saw the Spanish player steal the pot on the river with a brilliantly measured third-pot bet that saw Garagnani say he was running cold and fold himself out of a chop pot.

Dominguez went from zero to hero, however, and in dramatic fashion. Bluffing all-in on the river on a three-diamond board with just queen-high saw Gottlieb make the call for his life and his flush was good. Dominguez still had a lot of chips, but they ebbed away with his chances, the Spaniard finally being stacked when his shove with ace-deuce in the small blind ran into Garagnani’s ace-jack in the big blind. Dominguez was out, cashing for $207,209 having led with five left.

Next to go was the talented Jordan Cristos, whose excellent play to that point earned him $268,717 when his luck ran out, all his chips in the middle with pocket sevens shot down by the eventual winner Gottlieb’s pocket nines.

Three-handed, Matthias Lipp shoved with a pure bluff on a 9-A-8-5-7 board with three clubs, and was out when Garagnani made a spectacular call with six-seven of diamonds for a straight. Superstar stuff.

Gottlieb Wins Superb Heads-Up Clash

Lev Gottlieb won what was a short but special heads-up as the fantastic Garagnani eventually finished as runner-up. Beginning heads-up play with 13.8 million to Gottlieb’s 16.9 million, the stacks remained around the same level for around 20 minutes, but a big pot which failed to give Garagnani a flush or straight pay-off sent Gottlieb into a 2:1 lead.

Heads-up is never easy, especially when behind. Sure, the king of White Magic, Phil Hellmuth, triumphed in a spectacular comeback from 3,000 chips to 97,000 chips against Daniel Negreanu last week, but in general, chips are power.

The final hand saw Garagnani run into a monster, his shove for ten big blinds with queen-jack shot down by the pocket aces of Gottlieb, not the first time in the final table that the Mexico-based U.S. player had been dealt the ‘pocket rockets’. A jack on the flop gave Garagnani hope, but that hope was reduced when an ace arrived on the turn. Only a king would see Gottlieb lose the pot, but it was an ironic jack that gave Gottlieb a full house to beat Garagnani’s rivered trips and the latest Super MILLION$ winner was crowned.

Gottlieb Goes on to Make it a Double

Incredibly, that wasn’t the end of the story for Gottlieb, who went on to win the $10,300-entry Super Tuesday on GGPoker too. Taking down a final table featuring players such as Joao Vieira (2nd for $240,513), Timothy Adams (3rd for $180,359) and David Peters (5th for $101,423) among others, the success added another $320,729 to his coffers as he outlasted another 140 entrants. Along with the big win for Guillaume Nolet for over a million dollars in the GGPoker Sunday Five Million, it’s been a big week for online poker and with plenty more events to come, the winners just keep coming.

GGPoker Spring Festival Super MILLION$ Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Lev Gottlieb Mexico $586,074
2nd Pedro Garagnani Brazil $451,926
3rd Matthias Lipp Austria $348,482
4th Jordan Cristos U.S.A. $268,717
5th Juan Pardo Dominguez Spain $207,209
6th Christian Rudolph Germany $159,780
7th Damian Salas Argentina $123,207
8th Andrea Dato Italy $95,006
9th Aliaksei Boika Belarus $73,259

You can watch all the Super MILLION$ #43 final table action play out to a finish right here in the company of Nanonoko and Rotterdam.

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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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