Breaking Down the Action:
  • The Early Exits
  • The Money Jumps Get Higher
  • Astedt Proves Chips Mean Prizes

Swedish online poker sensation Niklas Astedt won the 2021 GG Spring Festival $25,500-entry Sunday Five Million last night, adding another $1,095,741 to his poker winnings and growing an online poker legend that has become a monster.

After outlasting another 201 players of the highest repute, many now will rate the prodigious Astedt as one of if not the best online poker player in the world.

How he won his latest title really was something to write home about, so we’ve done exactly that, with all the action from the GGPoker final table to come.

The Early Exits

Wei Zhao came into play needing a miracle and the Chinese player, who began the action with three big blinds, couldn’t find it. His all-in was called in two spots, and it would be the eventual champion Astedt who eliminated Zhao when Astedt’s pair of jack beat Zhao’s nines. The field was reduced further when Brazilian Pedro Garagnani, who was runner-up in last week’s Super MILLION$, was all-in with ace-king. The Brazilian must have thought he had it made to bust Portuguese Joao Vieira with ace-queen, but Vieira hit to overtake him and in the next hand, what short chip change Garagnani had was lost to see Astedt send him home.

Astedt, who came into play as the chip leader after a phenomenal first day in the event, would bust five of his eight opponents, and that began with a trio of topplings at the final table felt when his pocket sixes held against Canadian Sam Greenwood’s ace-high. Greenwood earned almost $200,000 for his efforts, but it was a six-strong table left, and everyone seemed to be playing second fiddle to Astedt.

The Money Jumps Get Higher

With six players remaining, the next player would cash for as much as Teun Mulder earned for winning a SCOOP High Roller the other night over on PokerStars. It would be Finnish player Sami Kelopuro who was that man, busting for a score of $259,841 when his ace-jack was shot down by Shawn Daniels’ pocket queens with all the chips three-bet all-in pre-flop by Kelopuro.

New Zealand’s David Yan has posted so  great results in recent high roller events, but his luck ran out in this $5 million guaranteed event as his suited king-queen prompted a large raise from him. Astedt made the call then shoved the jack-high flop, leading to a call from Yan, but the Swede had aces and held with ease to leave play four-handed and Yan on the rail with $346,504 to show for his efforts.

It would be the previously fortunate Vieira who busted in fourth place for $462,070 as he moved all-in with queen-jack only to run into Shawn Daniels with ace-king. No danger across the five community cards saw Daniels strengthen his position second in chips and increase the pressure on Jason Koon.

The modern poker legend Koon, who has cashed for over $31 million in live events alone, was on the rail with his latest result of $616,180 after his all-in call with jack-nine couldn’t catch Astedt’s ace-king.

Astedt Proves Chips Mean Prizes

Heads-up is often dominated by the player who comes into the action with either the chip lead or momentum, and when Astedt had both, it was always likely to be a fairly brief duel to find a winner. As it happened, Daniels made the move with ace-six, a perfectly respectable hand and not one that anyone would assume would be dominated. It was however, and Niklas Astedt won the Sunday Five Million for over a million dollars when his ace-ten held through five cards to seal victory.

GGPoker Spring Festival Sunday Five Million Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Niklas Astedt Sweden $1,095,741
2nd Shawn Daniels United States $821,689
3rd Jason Koon United States $616,180
4th Joao Vieira Portugal $462,070
5th David Yan New Zealand $346,504
6th Sami Kelopuro Finland $259,841
7th Sam Greenwood Canada $194,853
8th Pedro Garagnani Brazil $146,119
9th Wei Zhao China $109,574

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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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