Ukrainian superstar Andrii Novak helped himself to a $91,016 prize at GGPoker this weekend, his reward for coming out on top of a 1,981-strong field in the $525 Bounty Hunters HR Main Event.
Half the $1 million prize pool went onto the heads of all the entrants in the form of a progressive bounty. The remaining 50% was shared among the top 278 finishers.
All nine finalists locked up five-figure prizes when bounties were included. “JustaMortal” was the first of those nine finalists to fall by the wayside. “Fangio”, Aleks Trofimov, and “JoaoSymon” followed that early casualty to the rail.
Polish sensation Dominik Panka ran out of steam in fifth-place, a finish worth $23,800 in total. Possible Breaking Bad fan “HEIZENBERG_G” was the fourth-place finisher and banked $35,975.
Heads-up was set when “BocaRosa” fell in third for $32,726. This left Novak heads-up against “Bcb20” of Turkey. Novak brushed aside his opponent and saw a massive $91,016 head to his GGPoker account, thanks to the near $50,000 bounty payment. The runner-up walked away with $59,415 reasons to be proud of their performance.
Bounty Hunters HR Main Event Final Table Results
David Coleman Comes Out On Top in the Sunday 500 High Rollers
David Coleman spends most of his time crushing US-facing online poker site but he headed to Canada so he could play at GGPoker. It proved to be a fantastic decision because he won the Sunday 500 High Rollers and helped himself to a $125,383 reward.
It was a compact field of 108 entrants but a field that contained some of the biggest names from the poker world. Plenty of those names navigated their way to the final table, including Anatoly Filatov (9th – $14,176), Fedor Holz (8th – $18,616), Joaquim Andersson (7th – $24,447), and David Yan (6th – $32,105).
Mexico’s “TheRayGuy” (5th – $42,160) and Estonia’s “bungakat” (4th – $55,365) were the next to fall, which left Coleman to contest with Jason Koon and Nick Petrangelo three-handed, which isn’t the nicest spot to be in.
Coleman not only held his own but shone brightly, and emerged a worthy champion. Petrangelo crashed out in third fort $72,706, while Koon collected $95,478 for his exit in second. Coleman was the man of the event and we’re sure he’ll put the $125,383 prize to good use.
Sunday 500 High Rollers Final Table Results
|6||David Yan||New Zealand||$32,105|
Other notable victories from GGPoker on February 21
- Yellowbuddah – first-place in the $1,050 GGMasters High Rollers for $123,331
- bungakat – first-place in the Global MILLION$ for $112,712
- Moominaba – first-place in the $150 GGMasters for $61,576
- Sam Greenwood – first-place in the $5,250 High Rollers Sunday Blade Opener for $50,412
- Marius Gierse – first-place in the $3,150 Sunday High Rollers Bounty King for $49,375*
- Pavlo Kolinkovskiy – first-place in the $2,625 High Rollers Blade Closer for $39,546
- Arsenii Malinov – first-place in the $2,625 High Rollers Blade Opener for $37,264
- szagos – first-place in the $315 Sunday Bounty King for $37,114*
- MyLastHand! – first-place in the $210 Bounty Hunters Sunday Special for $34,731*
- Walla1234 – first-place in the $200 Sunday Main Event for $33,225
- Connor Drinan – first-place in the $3,150 High Rollers Blade Bounty King PLO for $33,159*
- spera91 – first-place in the $840 Sunday Marathon for $32,467
- Bert Stevens – first-place in the $500 Sunday High Rollers Fifty Stack for $30,849
- playforfan – first-place in the $300 Sunday Marathon for $30,522
- Spyridon Valakos – first-place in the $1,050 Sunday High Rollers Deep Bounty Turbo for $29,842*
- Marcelo Asensio – first-place in the $400 Sunday Forty Stack for $29,256
- Vlad Martynenko – first-place in the $840 Sunday High Rollers Bounty Special for $27,468*
- Jonathan Proudfoot – first-place in the $1,050 High Rollers Sunday Cooldown for $14,601
- Rui Ferreira – first-place in the $525 Sunday High Rollers FAST for $12,190
*includes bounty payments
Aleksejs Ponakovs is the High Roller Big Game Champion
Aleksejs Ponakovs is the latest superstar to take down the High Roller Big Game at partypoker. This $2,600 buy-in event always attracts stellar names, and this week was no different. Just look at the nine finalists from the 128 starters.
Roberto Romanello finished in ninth for $8,827, which left the remaining players to book in a prize worth five-figures.
Bujtas Laszlo, Matthias Eibinger, and David Yan joined Romanello on the sidelines with Yan securing a $14,814 payout.
Ami Barer crashed and burned in fifth before Team partypoker pro Patrick Leonard busted in fourth for a $24,950 addition to his bankroll. Leonard’s fellow Brit Ashley Windsor exited in third for $35,286 to set up a mouth-watering one-on-one battle between Ponakovs and Elio Fox.
The heads-up match could have gone either way but it was Ponakovs who emerged victoriously once the dust settled. This resulted in Ponakovs collecting $79,925 and Fox the $51,428 runner-up prize.
High Roller Big Game Final Table Results
|3||Ashley Windsor||United Kingdom||$35,286|
|4||Patrick Leonard||United Kingdom||$24,950|
|6||David Yan||New Zealand||$14,814|
|9||Roberto Romanello||United Kingdom||$8,827|
Other notable results from partypoker on February 21
- bite_me – first-place in the $1,111 High Roller One Shot for $48,657*
- Majid Salimi Moghaddam – first-place in the $530 Big Game for $43,380
- p4tm0ng0 – first-place in the $320 The 300 for $36,092*
- Andre Alberto – first-place in the $55 Mini Big Game for $17,384
- Facebook – first-place in the $111 One Shot for $16,524*
- pokerplay506 – first-place in the $109 Weekender for $14,235*
- BugenHagen_ – first-place in the $215 Warrior for $14,058*
- PUNCH3R – first-place in the $55 Gladiator for $13,656*
*includes bounty payments
888poker Sunday Sale Proves a Major Hit
888poker ran its Sunday Sale promotion on February 21 resulting in a handful of the site’s most popular Sunday tournaments having their buy-ins slashed.
The $100,000 Sunday Sale Mega Deep was one such tournament. Some 2,092 players bought in for the bargain price of $55 to ensure those who finished in the money shared $104,600.
“MrSweden” finished at the top of the pile and turned their $55 into $17,666 after defeating Argentina’s “TheFreston” heads-up. The Argentinian collected $12,572, the tournament’s only other five-figure prize.
The $30,000 Sunday Sale Whale ended in a heads-up chop between “mylly8” of Finland and “cherrywine” of Pakistan. That deal saw the former scoop $8,016 and the latter $7,597 for their $215 investment.
Brazil’s “IneedDrinho” was the last player standing in the $30,000 Sunday Challenge PKO. They banked $7,595 for their impressive victory, which was made up of a $4,696 top prize and $2,898 worth of bounty payments.
Michel “FreeLancerZZ” Dattani Wins Turbo Series High Roller
Michel “FreeLancerZZ” Dattani won the Turbo Series 03: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max High Roller event and walked away with a massive $152,743 prize. Dattani’s haul would have been $15,000 more had he not struck a deal with Russia’s “CrazyLissy” when heads-up; CrazyLissy banked $144,863.
The rest of the final table read like a who’s who of the poker world, as you’d expect for a $5,200 buy-in.
Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira and Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo were the final table’s first casualties before Yuri “theNERDguy” Dzivielevski and David “MissOracle” Yan ran out of steam, the latter locking up $61,471.
Joni “bustoville” Jouhkimainen dusted his stack off in fourth, which netted him the tournament’s last five-figure prize, namely $78,959.
Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet busted in third-place for $101,421, before Dattani and CrazyLissy struck the aforementioned deal to conclude the event.
Turbo Series 03: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max High Roller Final Table Results
|1||Michel “FreeLancerZZ” Dattani||Malta||$152,743*|
|3||Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet||Canada||$101,421|
|4||Joni “bustoville” Jouhkimainen||Finland||$78,959|
|5||David “MissOracle” Yan||New Zealand||$61,471|
|6||Yuri “theNERDguy” Dzivielevski||Brazil||$47,857|
|7||Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo||United Kingdom||$37,258|
|8||Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira||Brazil||$29,006|
Other notable PokerStars results from February 21
- Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph – first-place n the Turbo Series 04: $215 NLHE for $79,274
- AxelwOw~ – first-place in the Turbo Series 08: $530 NLHE 6-Max Hyper for $68,932
- Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov – first-place in the Sunday High Roller for $59,071
- BalticMoose – first-place in the $215 Bounty Builder for $33,305*
- PalomoBuchon – first-place in the $109 Bounty Builder for $32,786*
- Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot – first-place in the $1,050 Sunday Cooldown for $30,692*
- vladulaNko – first-place in the $109 Sunday Cooldown for $28,793*
- Marton “noirduck” Czuczor – first-place in the $215 Bounty Builder for $27,171*
- Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph – first-place in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $19,356
- Askim32 – first-place in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $17,000
- CipiV – first-place in the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $15,833
- Patrick “pads1161” Leonard – first-place in the $530 Sunday Marathon for $8,680
*includes bounty payments