Breaking Down the Action:
  • Early Stages See Martirosian Hit the Rail
  • Watson Can’t Make the Podium
  • Malinowski Takes the Crown

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Wiktor Malinowski won his second Super MILLION$ tournament for a massive $306,000 payday.

The latest GGPoker Super MILLION$ title was won by Polish online poker legend Wiktor Malinowski who dominated the final table and won his second Super MILLLION$ title, and first since his debut win in May last year. Taking the title after beating Lev Gottlieb heads-up for $306,923, Malinowski further confirmed his status as one of the most feared players online, not just as the cash game tables but in tournaments too.

Early Stages See Martirosian Hit the Rail

“Congrats to Artur, another great performance.”

With 151 entries in total, this week’s Super MILLION$ saw the Macau-based Polish player Malinowski arrive at the final table third in chips, but with over 65 big blinds, he made the absolute best of circumstances to reign supreme and even outlasted the five-time record winner Russian Artur Martirosian along the way.

The first player to lose their seat was Conor Beresford, who although British, was playing from Thailand. Cashing for $43,846, Beresford had his pocket kings cracked to crash out when Gottlieb’s ace-nine got there courtesy of an ace on the turn.

Out in eighth place for $55,920 was the Spanish player Juan Dominguez, who added to his $3.9m in live winnings with another healthy online tournament cash. The man who sits sixth on the Spanish all-time money list hit top pair on the flop, but eventually check-called to his doom against Malinowski’s trip nines made on the turn.

Russian player Artur Martirosian was the next man to leave as the commentary team of Jeff Gross and guest co-commentator Chris Moneymaker discussed his exit. Martirosian effectively shoved from the button with ace-three but lost to Malinowski’s king-five. We see a very talented player go out in seventh [for $71,319]. Congrats to Artur, another great performance,” said Gross and Moneymaker could only agree.

Watson Can’t Make the Podium

Brazilian player Bruno Volkmann was the next player to lose all their chips, busting in sixth place for $90,958 after pushing all-in with ace-six and losing to Malinowski’s ace-king. The Polish player was in a huge amount of control, holding 6.2 million chips, almost as much as his four remaining opponents combined.

Malinowski was cutting a swathe through the field and busted his near-neighbor Aleks Ponakovs next in fifth for $116,006. Ponakovs moved all-in with nine-eight suited, with Malinowski calling with ace-ten and hitting an ace on the turn for good measure as he reduced the number of players to four.

Canadian player Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson lost out in fourth place for $147,951 as Malinowski claimed yet another scalp. Watson was trying to chip up, but his ace-five of diamonds couldn’t overcome the Polish player’s pocket threes. It looked so different when an ace landed on the flop, but a three on the river saw Watson’s elementary hopes dashed.

Malinowski Takes the Crown

With three players remaining, it was Finnish player Sam Vousden, better known online as ‘€urop€an’, who busted for $188,693. Vousden was all-in on the ace-high flop with ace-queen, but Lev Gottlieb had trapped pre-flop with pocket aces and he rode home to force himself up to 7.1 million chips. Malinowski, however, still had the lead with 7.8 million.

Heads up, both players had the lead at different points as the epic battle between the two men took over an hour, equalling the amount of time it took for nine players to be reduced to just two.

Working into a lead, Malinowski got all his chips into the middle with ace-nine and drew Gottlieb into it too, with ace-six. By the turn, Gottlieb was calling only for three cards and no six came to save him, leaving him to collect $240,654 for coming second. Malinowski, however, won $306,923 and his second Super MILLION$ title.

You can watch all the action at the final table with commentary from Gross and Moneymaker right here.

GGPoker Super MILLION$ June 7th 2022 Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1 Wiktor Malinowski Poland $306,923
2 Lev Gottlieb U.S.A. $240,654
3 Samuel Vousden Finland $188,693
4 Mike Watson Canada $147,951
5 Aleks Ponakovs Latvia $116,006
6 Bruno Volkmann Brazil $90,958
7 Artur Martirosian Russia $71,319
8 Juan Dominguez Spain $55,920
9 Conor Beresford United Kingdom $43,846

 

Dave Consolazio

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