The latest Super MILLION$ $10,300 buy-in no-limit hold’em event held online at GGPoker attracted a field 202 total entries, building a prize pool of $2,020,000. In the end, the lion’s share of that money was awarded to Sami Kelopuro, who defeated a stacked final table to emerge with the title and the top prize of $408,406.
The Finnish poker pro is known online as ‘LarsLuzak’, and has been a frequent online high-stakes cash game participant for years now. His largest recorded live tournament score came when he finished second in the 2011 World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha championship for $503,173.
The final day of this tournament began with nine players remaining and Bert Stevens, known to many as ‘girafganger7’ online, in the chip lead. Canada’s Guillaume Nolet was ultimately the first to be eliminated when his A-Q offsuit failed to hold up against the A-9 suited of Stevens in a preflop all-in showdown. Nolet earned $51,050 as the ninth-place finisher, while Stevens regained the lead which he had briefly given up to 2020 WSOP $10,000 main event winner Damian Salas.
Darren Elias is one of only three players to win this tournament twice but the hat-trick must wait because he fell in third-place. Elias pinned his hopes, and his last 13 big blinds, on pocket fours from the button. Salas called with ace-nine, turned an ace, and Elias was gone.
Salas went into heads-up against Kelopuro holding an 11,153,280 to 9,046,720 chip advantage but one-on-one is Kelopuro’s specialty.
Kelopuro won a huge pot when his ten-nine turned a straight at the same time Salas turned a set of eights. Salas’ last hand saw Kelopuro min-raise to 320,000 with king-jack and Salas call with king-eight. Both players flopped a king, but Kelopuro also flopped a jack to go with his. Salas checked, Kelopuro bet 160,000, Salas clicked it back to 320,000 and was called.
A ten on the turn saw Salas bet 275,600 and Kelopuro jam all-in. Salas called off the 1,520,460 chips he had behind only to discover he was drawing dead.