Most poker players would be content with winning a single GG Spring Festival event. Lev “LevMeAlone” Gottlieb is not one of those players. Gottlieb not only won the $10,300 Super MILLION$ event for $586,074, he took down the $10,300 Super Tuesday for $320,729 on the same day!
The 312-strong Super MILLION$ crowd were whittled to the final table of nine on April 3, with those nine players returning to the action at GGPoker on April 6. Gottlieb held the chip lead as the final table shuffled up and dealt, but he still had a lot of work ahead of him to take the tournament down.
Aliaksei Boika fell in ninth-place at the hands of Matthias “ILUCKuHARD” Lipp before Andrea Datobusted in eighth-place and collected the final five-figure prize of the tournament. Argentina’s Damian Salas 10 big blind three-bet all-in with pocket nines did not go to plan because Pedro Garagnani looked him up with the superior pocket tens. Game over for Salas.
The final table became a little less shark-infested when the dangerous Christian Rudolph ran his ace-six into the dominating ace-queen held by Juan Pardo Dominguez. Rudolph’s Spanish executioner could not put those chips to good use because he was the next player out of the door.
Each of the remaining four players locked up a quarter of a million dollars and were only three bust outs away from more than $580,000.
Jordan “PiePie” Cristos bowed out with pocket sevens against Gottlieb’s nines, and heads-up was set almost immediately after when Lipp ran a triple barrel bluff against Garagnani only to discover his opponent had turned a straight.
The chip stacks were quite even going into heads-up, but Gottlieb won the key hands and soared into the lead. The final hand took place at the 175,000/350,000/45,000a level, and saw Garagnani open-shove for 3,267,450 with queen-jack. Gottlieb woke up with aces, and made the easiest call of his career. Garagnani improved to trips by the river, but Gottlieb’s aces turned into a full house. Victory number one was secured.
|1||Lev “LevMeAlone” Gottlieb||Mexico||$586,074|
|3||Matthias “ILUCkuHARD” Lipp||Austria||$348,482|
|4||Jordan “PiePie” Cristos||United States||$268,717|
|5||Juan Pardo Dominguez||Spain||$207,209|