Marius Gierse helped himself to a gigantic $1,242,190 prize after becoming the last player standing in the latest Super MILLION$ event online at GGPoker. This week’s Super MILLION$ acted as the Main Event of the week long series of the same name, and featured an $8,150,000 prize, far larger than the advertized $5 million guarantee.
Gierse’s first Super MILLION$ victory pushes him up the tournament’s all-time lists. He has now won the fifth-most money of all Super MILLION$ players courtesy of his $3,500,079 earnings from this event alone.
Super MILLION$ Season 2 Episode 28 Final Table Results
Diego “Ushuaia1” Zeiter
Audrius “Audrii” Stakelis
Daniel “Vanessa23” Montagnolli
Neel “Neel” Joshi
Wiktor Malinowski sat down at the final table eighth in chips but won a huge pot early into the action to put him among the chip leaders. “TonyLin008” flopped a set of queens and decided to slow play, which ultimately resulted in Malinowski hitting a one-outer on the river to improve to a winning set of aces.
Mikita Badziakouski was the first of the finalists to bow out. He was left with less than four big blinds when his ace-queen failed to connect with the board in an all-in preflop hand against TonyLin008, who held pocket kings. The rest of Badziakouski’s stack went in after Malinowski raised to 550,000 from under the gun during the 125,000/250,000/30,000a level. Badziakouski three-bet all-in for 874,594, start-of-the-day chip leader Diego “Ushuaia1” Zeiter four-bet to 2,125,000, and Malinowski mucked. It was pocket fours for the all-in player and jacks for Zeiter. The jacks held and Badziakouski was gone.
India’s Neel “Neel” Joshi was the next casualty. Joshi’s stack was only 998,857 (3.3 big blinds) when he pushed his chips into the middle from early position with queen-ten in the hole. Everyone folded to Daniel “Vanessa23” Montagnolli in the big blind who would have probably called anyway but definitely did thanks to having a pair of aces! A jack-high board resigned Joshi to an eighth-place finish.
Gierse claimed his first scalp of the evening by sending TonyLin008 to the rail in seventh place. Gierse raised a shade over two big blinds to 660,000 from the button with king-seven. TonyLin008 opted to defend his big blind with nine-six offsuit despite doing so leaving him with eight big blinds. TonyLin008 flopped two pair on the six-nine-eight flop, and checked to Gierse, who bet enough to put his opponent all-in; TonyLin008 called off his stack. A five on the turn gifted Gierse a straight, and TonyLin008 failed to fill up on the river.
Montagnolli’s first-ever Super MILLION$ tournament ended with him crashing out in sixth place for $338,654. His exit hand played itself. Gierse min-raised to 800,000 with pocket aces, Malinowski somehow folded pocket sevens on the button from a 15 big blind stack, but Montagnolli was going nowhere in the big blind because he held pocket tens from a 20 big blind stack. Indeed, Montagnolli three-bet all-in, and Gierse snap-called as you would expect. Gierse’s hand remained true and his stack now tipped the scales at 34.7 million some 10.2 million more than his nearest rival, Zeiter.
Audrius “Audrii” Stakelis received $439,180 when his tournament ended abruptly in fifth place. Stakelis had pocket aces cracked by Zeiter’s straight flush, which left him nursing 7.5 big blinds. That short stack went into the middle with king-queen of diamonds against Malinowski’s king-nine of spades, and the latter flopped a nine to reduce the player count further.
A battle of the blinds resulted in Ole Schemion ducking out in fourth-place for $569,546. Schemion never really got going at the final table so should be delighted with getting this far. His tournament ended when the action folded to him in the small blind and he ripped in his last ten big blinds with king-eight. Gierse beat him into the pot with a call thanks to holding the dominating ace-king. Ace-high was good enough to send Schemion to the showers.
The remaining three players were relatively even in terms of chips, but Zeiter pulled ahead over the next 30-minutes of play, mostly at Malinowski’s expense. Indeed, it was Malinowski who was the next player eliminated. Gierse opened to 1,500,000 from the button with the big blind set at 600,000. Zeiter folded, but Malinowski moved all-in for 5,402,636 in total. It was ace-eight of hearts for Malinowski and king-nine of spades for Gierse. The latter flopped two pair, and Malinowski headed for the exits with $738,610 in tow.
Zeiter held a 20 big blind advantage over Gierse going into heads-up, which he extended in the early confrontations, but then Gierse put his foot firmly on the gas. The lead exchanged hands several times in an exciting spectacle of a one-on-one battle, but it was Gierse who eventually came out on top.
With blinds at 400,000/800,000/100,000a, Zeiter limped in with nine-six, and Gierse checked with eight-four. A four-eight-nine flop gave Zeiter top pair but Gierse flopped two pair. Gierse check-raised Zeiter’s 800,000 continuation bet to 3,200,000 and was called. The turn was the deuce of clubs, and Gierse moved all-in for 13,877,834 effective with the pot weighing in at 8,200,000. Zeiter made the call and failed to connect with the river. Zeiter padded his bankroll with a career-best $957,859, leaving Gierse to walk away with the title of champion and a most impressive $1,242,190.