Seth Davies Wins $ 25,000 Online Buy-In High Roller Poker Tournament for $ 956,440
Seth Davies emerged victorious with the title in 2021 GGPoker Spring Festival $ 25,500 high roller event, overcoming a field of 172 total entries to win the top prize of $ 956,440. The regular player of the high-stakes U.S. tournament had a stacked final table to face, including the three highest-paying online poker players in PocketFives history: Joao Vieira (1st – $ 23.2 million ), Niklas Astedt (2nd – $ 22.2 million)) and Sami Kelopuro (3rd – $ 21 million).
The huge participation in this event created a prize pool of $ 4.3 million which was paid out among the top 23 finalists. By the time the final table of nine was established, Finnish poker pro Joni Jouhkimainen had climbed into the chip lead, Davies being the smallest stack with just 16 big blinds. Davies kicked off his comeback effort by doubling up three times at the start.
Artur Martirosian was the first fall, performing AQ Adapted in Astedt’s Adapted AK and failing to come from behind. The Russian won $ 95,644 as a ninth. Davies got his first knockout of the day in a similar fashion, calling the push to Super High Roller V Bowl champion Isaac Haxton with AK and finding themselves in a dominant position facing AQ. Davies flopped a king and held on from there to take out Haxton in eighth place ($ 127,543) and climb to second in the standings.
Joao Vieira won a Online Poker Spring Championship high roller event on April 15 for $ 469,987. the World Series of Poker Portugal’s race winner bracelet in this event ended when his pocket seven lost a race against the adapted QJ of Sami Kelopuro. He won $ 170,082 after Kelopuro pulled off a pair of winning jacks, adding to his lead in the all-time online tournament winning streak.
Joni Jouhkimainen ran a pocket eights in the pocket of the Kings of Astedt to hit the virtual rail in sixth place ($ 226,808). Astedt thus passed the lead, but he was quickly passed. Hungarian Andras Nemeth got his last chips ahead of AK against Davies’ QA, but the board brought in a queen to knock him out in fifth place ($ 302,453).
Niklas Astedt fell to the bottom of chip count in a four-way action, only to stage a furious comeback that saw him drop to second chip behind Davies. After that roller coaster ride, the two big stacks clashed in a massive pot that saw Astedt finish fourth ($ 403,327). Astedt had opened to 320,000 on the button with pocket tens and Davies called the minimum raise with A3 of the big blind. The J76 The flop saw Davies bet 240,000 with his flush draw. Astedt called and the 4 hitting the bend. Davies bet 640,000 and Astedt called. The 10 on the river completed Davies’ flush and he bet 5,168,000, enough to put Astedt all-in. Astedt was in a tough spot with his riparian set, but he finally made the call and got the bad news.
With the elimination of Astedt, Davies held a lead of more than 9: 1 on the next mat, belonging to Sami Kelopuro. Twice WSOP bracelet winner Elio Fox was the shortest stack. He moved all-in shortly thereafter with A3 and Davies follows with Qten. Davies turned a pair of winning queens to send the American home with $ 537,846 for his third place finish.
It didn’t take long for Davies to convert his 10: 1 heads-up lead to victory. Seth Davies limped from the button of the first hand dealt, and Sami Kelopuro pushed for about 10 big blinds with 95. Davies called with J8 and the table ran out 8635J to give Davies two pair, the pot and the title. Kelopuro earned $ 717,228 as a runner-up, helping him close the gap over Viera in the aforementioned online winning race.
Here is an overview of the winnings awarded to the final table:
|1||Seth davies||$ 956,440|
|2||Sami Kelopuro||$ 717,228|
|3||Elio fox||$ 537,846|
|4||Niklas Astedt||$ 403,327|
|5||Andras Nemeth||$ 302,453|
|6||Joni Jouhkimainen||$ 226,808|
|7||Joao Vieira||$ 170,082|
|8||Isaac haxton||$ 127,543|
|9||Artur Martirosian||$ 95,644|