Simon Mattsson‘s decision to stay at home and grind high-stakes online poker tournaments instead of heading out to Las Vegas for the 2022 World Series of Poker seems to have been vindicated by him taking down the latest installment of the GGPoker Super MILLON$.
Mattsson claimed his first Super MILLION$ title in March 2022, topping a 163-strong field and banking $331,315. He bested 112 opponents this time around and turned his $10,300 investment into $245,554.
Season 2 Episode 46 Super MILLIONS Final Table Results
|6||Chunlei Zhou||Hong Kong||$71,332|
Death By Quads!
Five-time Super MILLIONS champion Niklas Astedt sat down at the staked final table fifth in chips yet he was the first player out of the door. Artur Martirosian, another player who has won this tournament five times, min-raised under the gun to 70,000 with pocket eights, and the action folded to Astedt in the cutoff and he three-bet all-in for 472,489 with ace-king of diamond. Martirosian called and flopped quad eights to send a disappointed Astedt out in ninth.
Wiktor Malinowski bowed out in eighth at the hands of Mark Radoja. A few hands earlier, Malinowski got tricky with pocket kings against Martirosian, who held ace-six, and lost all but four big blinds when that ace-six became trip aces. Malinowski doubled through Bruno Volkmann but his stack dwindled once more. Malinowski busted when he opened to 180,000 at the 20,000/40,000/5,000a level with jack-ten before calling off the 19,632 he had behind when Radoja shoved on the button. Radoja showed ace-jack.
Volkmann Goes From Hero To Zero
Start of the day chip leader Volkmann was the next player to head for the showers. Mattsson min-raised with ace-jack to 80,000 in middle position, Volkmann jammed for 464,854 with ace-king on the button, only for Martirosian to wake up with pocket kings in the small blind; Martirosian mae it 880,000 to go. Mattsson ducked out, and Martirosian pulled in the pot courtesy of a nine-high board.
The final six became five when Hong Kong’s Chunlei Zhou fell by the wayside after a battle of the blinds against Mattsson. From the small blind, Mattsson moved all-in with king-four, and Zhou called off a shade over 12 big blinds with queen-jack. A four on the flop proved more than enough to end Zhou’s participation.
Liechtenstein’s Marco Streda crashed out in fifth and won the tournament’s last five-figure prize. Isaac Haxton min-raised to 100,000 under the gun with ace-four of hearts, Mattsson three-bet to 278,000 with king-nine suited from the next seat along, and Streda four-bet to 485,000 with ace-king suited, leaving less than a small blind behind. Haxton had seen enough and he got out of the way. Mattsson set Streda all-in, and was called. Mattsson flopped a nine then backed into a spade flush, sending Streda to the rail.
Radoja’s Super MILLION$ Wait Continues
Fourth place went to Radoja, who open-shoved for 991,844 from the button during the 25,000/50,000/6,000a level, doing so with pocket sixed. Haxton called in the small blind with ace-jack, and it was off to the races. Haxton flopped a jack but Radoja could spike a six or a heart to double. Neither appeared and Radoja’s wait for a Super MILLION$ continues.
The penultimate elimination was that of Haxton. The blinds increased to 30,000/60,000/7,500a, and Haxton made it 150,000 to go from the button with suited queen-jack. Mattsson three-bet to 558,000 in the small blind with suited ace-queen and called when Haxton decided to rip it in for 2,986,502. An ace on the turn won the hand for Mattsson.
Mattsson went into heads-up with a 7,758,532 to 3,541,468 chip lead over Martirosian and he never relinquished that lead. The final hand occurred during the 35,000/70,000/8,500a level. Martirosian made it 154,000 to go with ace-seven, and Mattsson raised to 558,000 with ace-eight, and Martirosian called. The eight-six-nine flop gave Mattsson a pair and Martirosian an open-ended straight draw. Mattsson checked, Martirosian fired a 560,000 bet, and Mattsson called. A four landed on the turn, and Mattsson checked again. Martirosian moved all-in for 1,682,666, and Mattsson called. A brick on the river sent Martirosian home one place shy of a record sixth Super MILLION$ title, and Mattsson captured his second such victory.