Several other quality MILLIONS Online events took place while the Main Event was busy whittling down its field. Two High Rollers and a Super High Roller were the highlights, and two of those tournaments crowned their champions with Ali Imsirovic and Niklas Astedt getting their hands on titles.
Ali Imsirovic Shines in the $5,200 High Roller Turbo
Sixty-five players bought into the MILLIONS Online #21 High Roller Turbo for $5,200 and created a $325,000 prize pool. The top 11 finishers won a slice of this ample pie, a min-cash weighing in at just over $11,000.
The in-form David Coleman was the first player to see a return on his investment. Coleman busted in 11th place for $11,016 after Pascal Lefrancois burst the money bubble.
Brazilian superstar Yuri Martins was the next star out of the door before Christopher Brewer fell in eighth and set the final table.
Ivan Zufic and Christoph Vogelsang were the first pair of stellar names to crash out of the final table. The high stakes gurus walked away with $14,073 and $16,823 respectively.
The final table waters became slightly less shark-infested when Italy’s Dario Sammartino fell by the wayside. Sammartino’s sixth-place finish weighed in at $21,327. Andras Nemeth and Daniel Dvoress, the latter reaching the MILLIONS Online Main Event in second-place, were the next casualties.
Dvoress’ exit left Wiktor Malinowski heads-up against Imsirovic. Malinowksi may be a heads-up specialist but he could not get the job done this time around and had to settle for the $60,815 runner-up prize. His demise left Imsirovic as the last player standing and Imsirovic banked the $97,516 top prize.
MILLIONS Online #21 High Roller Turbo Final Table Results
|6||Christoph Vogelsang||United Kingdom||$16,823|
Niklas Astedt Bags PLO Knockout Title
Niklas Astedt is one of the best online poker tournament players of all-time, but most know the Swede for his No-Limit Hold’em prowess. Astedt showed what a class act he is by swapping two hole cards for four in the MILLIONS Online #19 Omaha Knockout and bulldozing his way to victory.
Eighty-nine players bought in for $2,100 which meant $178,000 was about to be won. Half went into the main prize pool where the top 14 finishers bagged a slice, with the remaining 50% going on each player’s head.
Those bounties grew so large that Astedt’s bounty payment was larger than his first-place prize. Victory saw Astedt bank $23,442 from the main prize pool plus an additional $31,375 from the bounty prize pool. A significant chunk of that bounty sum stemmed from eliminating Ami Barer in second place; Barer netted $13,000 worth of scalps on his way to his second-place finish.
MILLIONS Online #19 Omaha Knockout Final Table Results
|3||Joshua McCully||New Zealand||$10,414||$3,250||$13,664|
Other MILLIONS Online Results
- Luigi Shehadeh – first-place in the $530 MILLIONS Online Mini High Roller Turbo for $13,863
- Kristoffer Jakobsson – first-place in the $215 MILLIONS Online Mini Omaha Knockout for $8,131
*includes bounty payments
Lefrancois Leads the Super High Roller
The $25,500 Super High Roller had a $1 million guarantee on its prize pool, but $1,750,000 is up for grabs thanks to 70 players buying in on Day 1.
Day 1 ended when Joao Vieira busted in 12th place, popping the money bubble and locking up $59,321 for those players with chips in front of them.
It wasn’t a great day for either Isaac Haxton or Mikita Badziakouski because they fired two bullets and still fell short of the money places. Joni Jouhkimainen and Patrick Leonard also failed in their quest to at least make it to Day 2.
Their teammate Jason Koon, however, punched his Day 2 ticket and did so with 7,284,497 chips, enough to occupy fourth-place when play resumes at 19:05 GMT on March 3. Koon now has a realistic shot at the $525,089 first-place prize, although he’s a few elite grinders to get past first.
Chip leader Pascal Lefrancois is one of those top players. The Canadian finished with 13,328,688 chips and is the only player in the field with an eight-figure stack right now.
Also in the mix are the likes of Matthias Eibinger, Joakim Andersson, Ami Barer, Daniel Dvoress, and German legend Ole Schemion.
MILLIONS Online #20 Super High Roller Turbo End of Day 1 Chip Counts
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