Breaking Down the Action:
  • Numbers Game Sees Early Flurry of Bust-Outs
  • Nolet Begins His March
  • From Three-Handed to a Winner in No Time

When GGPoker host a Spring Festival, it’s more like Spring Break for poker players – nobody wants to miss out on the action.

The $25,000 entry fee didn’t put any of the big names off attending GGPoker’s ‘Sunday Five Million’. However, while the similarities to PokerStars’ flagship online poker event (the Sunday Million) could be drawn in name, this was a tournament buy-in that appealed directly to the highest of rollers.

Let’s look back at the final table of an exciting event.

Numbers Game Sees Early Flurry of Bust-Outs

With 198 entries, the Sunday Five Million fell just $50,000 short of its guarantee and paid out a huge seven-figure top prize of $1,084,892. With second place worth $813,554, you might have thought that play would be tentative, but the nine players who gathered at the final table contained no shrinking raise-folders.

Play kicked off with no fewer than seven household names, with Juan Pardo Dominguez the first of them to bust. With just 13 big blinds, Dominguez would lose his stack with pocket sevens shot down in flames by the ace-queen of Matthias Eibinger. No sooner had that happened were two more players crashing out, Georgian player ‘FlowTao’ followed from the event by Brazilian Yuri Dzivielevski, both of them eliminated by Hungarian Andras Nemeth.

Nolet Begins His March

French-Canadian player Guillaume Nolet made his move next, busting British-based Elio Fox for over $257,000 when ace-four was good enough to outrun ace-queen after five community cards had fallen. Next to go was Matthias Eibinger, the Austrian also busted by Nolet, this time when pocket eights rode home against ace-queen.

Doyle Brunson’s famously least favourite hand (it has cost him the most money) was doing the same at the Sunday Five Million final table.

With just four players left, a controversial player left, the man at the centre of a heated debate between GTO players last week finally busting. Britain’s Benjamin Rolle had pocket nines shot down when Nolet’s ace-deuce improving to trips when all-in pre-flop.

From Three-Handed to a Winner in No Time

To say that the match was wrapped up in double-quick time would be to master the art of the understatement. Nolet closed out the win in no time at all, first taking care of Uruguay’s Francisco Benitez with an overpair. That left an imbalanced heads-up duel, with Nolet out in front and Andras Nemeth taking his moments to swing and see if he could hit. The talented Hungarian did elicit a double-up early on in the contest, but he remained behind in chips and when he called an all-in holding pocket tens on a king-high board, Nolet’s reveal of a king-queen was enough to settle the event in his favour.

A huge result for the French-Canadian and a big event overall. How soon the Sunday Five Million will be back is hard to say, but as a poker spectacle, it would be a welcome semi-regular addition to the online schedule, part of a seasonal festival or not.

GG Spring Festival $25,500 Sunday Five Million Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Guillaume Nolet Canada $1,084,892
2nd Andras Nemeth Hungary $813,554
3rd Francisco Benitez Uruguay $610,079
4th Benjamin Rolle United Kingdom $457,495
5th Matthias Eibinger Austria $343,073
6th Elio Fox United Kingdom $257,268
7th Yuri Dzivielevski Brazil $192,924
8th ‘FlowTao’ Georgia $144,673
9th Juan Pardo Dominguez Spain $108,489

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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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