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Benitez Leads Star-Studded Final Table Line-Up in Event #11: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller
One of the highly anticipated high-stakes showdowns of the 2021 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events got underway earlier today and promised some of the biggest names in the world of poker. Event #11: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller came with a guarantee of $5 million and that was easily surpassed thanks to 624 total entries, which created a prize pool of $6,052,800.
Not only did the money bubble burst during the long online poker session but the field was eventually whittled down the nine-handed final table. Uruguayan High Roller regular Francisco Benitez claimed the top spot during the final stages of the day and finished atop the leaderboard with a stack of 9,669,040. He is followed by Thomas Muehloecker (8,273,656) and Joachim Haraldstad (7,993,045).
Six players are within ten big blinds and that also includes eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel, who sits in seventh place with 6,801,823. Claiming one pot would push the old school poker pro ahead of Claas Segebrecht (7,341,830), Shyngis Satubayev (7,267,536), and Isaac Baron (6,968,298).
The two shortest stacks belong to Chin-Wei "davidchien88" Chien and Rui Ferreira, who will return with 34 and 16 big blinds respectively.
Final Table 2021 GGPoker WSOP Online Event #11: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller
|Position||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|6||Isaac Baron||United States||6,968,298||44|
|7||Erik Seidel||United States||6,801,823||43|
|8||Chin-Wei "davidchien88" Chien||Taiwan||5,475,850||34|
The for the final table will be rolled back to 80,000/160,000 with a running ante of 20,000 in order to ensure an average stack of at least 40 big blinds. Unlike all levels on Day 1 which lasted 15 minutes each, the final table will play a fixed number of hands for each blind level until a winner has been crowned. The final showdown will be broadcasted with cards-up coverage and commentary on the GGPoker Twitch channel on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.
The Action of the Day
When the first online cards were dealt, the tournament was already halfway to meeting the lofty goal. A steady influx of fresh entries and plenty of re-entries ensured that the $5 million guarantee was surpassed with plenty of time to spare during the registration period. Ultimately, a prize pool of more than $6 million emerged and the top 60 spots were poised to see a return on their investment.
Plenty of GGPoker ambassadors and streamers were in the mix such as Hristivoje "ALLinPav" Pavlovic, Kevin Martin,
Michiel "Easterdamnz" Van Elsacker, Fedor Holz, Anatoly Filatov, Felipe Ramos, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu was also involved in the action from the get-go and built an above-average stack early on. However, his tournament came to an end soon after the registration had closed after a clash with Mark Radoja. Grospellier was the last ambassador in contention and lost a flip to come up shy of the payouts.
Hand-for-hand mode three spots away from the money bubble was seemingly the only time during which the tournament really slowed down but it didn't take long for it to burst. South Africa's Jean-Pierre "Kunkuwap" Van Der Spuy five-bet jammed more than 25 big blinds with ace-nine into the pocket kings of Michael Addamo even though Brazil's Eder "BlueMoon" Campana was down to 0.2 big blinds.
What followed was mayhem on all tables as the eliminations in the money kept pouring in at an incredibly rapid pace. Among those to fall during that frantic period were notables such as Davidi Kitai, Kenny Hallaert, Daniel Dvoress, Mikita Badziakouski, and Georgios Sotiropoulos to name all but a few. It didn't take long to reach the final three tables with WSOP bracelet winners Anson Tsang and Adrian Mateos among the next batch of casualties.
With other big names out of the way including Isaac Haxton, Matthias Eibinger, Aleksejs Ponakovs, Galen Hall, and David Coleman on the final three and two tables respectively, it looked as if Michael Addamo would once more dominate the action in one of his trademark tournaments. However, the Aussie went from big stack to 12th place finisher within a few orbits. Addamo eventually lost a flip with ace-queen suited against the pocket eights of Erik Seidel. From there on, it only took another ten minutes to reach the final table and conclude the action for the night.
The remaining nine contenders have $129,410 locked up for their efforts but the winner can look forward to a payday of $977,842. Stay tuned for the conclusion of this event on August 17, as the PokerNews live reporting team will be back to provide all the key hands until the latest WSOP gold bracelet winner has been crowned.
End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (Completo)
Wenjie "RaiseRorever" Huang Eliminated in 10th Place ($100,504)
Wenjie "RaiseRorever" Huang was able to double his short stack through Thomas Muehloecker when held versus button versus big blind. In the very next hand, Huang open-shoved from the cutoff and Claas Segebrecht beat him into the pot out of the big blind.
Wenjie "RaiseRorever" Huang:
The flop propelled Segebrecht into the lead while Huang had to hope for a trey or running cards to a wheel. Only two outs remained after the turn and they never came on the river. Just like that, the final table bubble has burst and the nine remaining players are done for tonight.
The full chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.
Seidel Loses Some to Haraldstad
Joachim Haraldstad min-raided to 600,000 in the cutoff, which was called only by Erik Seidel in the big blind.
The flop was checked through and Seidel then led the turn for 1,143,750 into 1,525,000. Haraldstad called and opted to check behind the river. Seidel revealed for a busted flush draw and Haraldstad claimed the pot with the .
Kosei Ichinose Eliminated in 11th Place ($73,252)
Thomas Muehloecker raised it up to 600,000 in the hijack. Kosei Ichinose in the small blind opted for a three-bet to 3 million and left himself 292,460 behind. Once the action was back on Muehloecker, he reraised to 5.4 million and Ichinose called it off.
Ichinose was on the verge of another double up after flopping best on . However, his hopes of a final table appearance vanished into thin air as soon as the fell on the turn. The river further improved Muehloecker to a full house and the remaining 10 players are now playing hand-for-hand on the final table bubble.
A Double and More for Satubayev
Joachim Haraldstad pushed into the big blind of Shyngis Satubayev and was called by the Kazakh.
Haraldstad was marginally ahead with the ace but that all changed on the flop. Satubayev locked up the double on the turn, the river was too little too late for Haraldstad,
Satubayev won the next two pots which included a four-bet jam against Chin-Wei "davidchien88" Chien. He then raised the first hand of the new level to 600,000 and Isaac Baron three-bet to 5.1 million in order to force a fold.
Benitez Doubles Into the Lead
Wenjie "RaiseRorever" Huang limped the small blind and Francisco Benitez checked his option to see the flop for free. Huang led for 258,400 and called a raise to 653,344, which led them to the turn. Huang now slowed down and check-called Benitez's bet worth 811,215.
The fell on the river and Huang checked once more. Benitez emptied the clip and jammed for 3,534,961, which represented a big slice of Huang's stack. However, the call followed without using the time bank and Huang flashed the for turned trips that rivered the nut low flush.
Benitez locked up the double with the for a full house.
Michael Addamo Eliminated in 12th Place ($73,252)
Erik Seidel pushed all-in for 5,400,232 in the cutoff and forced two folds. Michael Addamo in the big blind activated his time bank and eventually called for the 3,522,841 he had behind.
The flop kept the hopes of Addamo alive but the turn left him with no out whatsoever. As the cherry on top, Seidel even made quads on the river. Addamo's tournament ends in 12th place for $73,252.