The GGPoker Spring Festival (GGSF) H-38: $5,250 Bounty is in the book after 10 1/2 hours of play with Dawid "INSERTC0IN" Smolka coming out on top with the win for $293,549 ($110,697 + $182,852 bounties).
Smolka collected nearly double that of his heads-up competitor Andrii Derzhypilskiy who banked $158,800 ($110,519 + $48,281 in bounties) for second place thanks to winning some big bounties including his own at the very end.
The victory nearly doubled Smolka's winnings at GGPoker which stand at $691,657 after his epic victory against a very tough field.
The GGSF H-38: $5,250 Bounty was yet another massive success for GGPoker with 357 entrants generating a $1,785,000 prize pool to smash the $1.5 million guarantee.
2021 GGPoker Spring Festival H-38: $5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event Final Table Results
|1||Dawid "INSERTC0IN" Smolka||Poland||$110,697||$182,852||$293,549|
|9||Kartik "Mandovi" Ved||India||$16,471||$28,750||$45,221|
Action of the Day
The field blossomed to 357 entrants by the time the 280-minute late registration window was closed. There were 89 players remaining with 53 guaranteed at least a min-cash of $6,675 in addition to any bounties collected along the way.
GGPoker Ambassador Anatoly Filatov was off to a hot start but didn't make it until late registration was closed. Others such as Joakim Andersson, Wiktor Malinowski, and Daniel Dvoress made it past late-registration closing only to hit the rail before reaching the money.
The final 53 players were in the money after Nick Maimone was eliminated in a three-way pot holding big slick. David Peters was also eliminated in that hand with big slick but had more chips than Maimone to score a min-cash. Kartik "Mandovi" Ved held jacks and beat them both to not only collect two bounties but to also take the chip lead.
Meanwhile, GGPoker Ambassador Fedor Holz managed a bit better than Filatov by making it all the way to 14th place for $23,290 including $12,813 in bounties.
Final Table Action
The final table began after Benjamin Chalot hit the rail in 10th place for $35,048 including bounties when his king-queen suited didn't get their against the ace-jack held by Eelis Parssinen.
Smolka began the final table with the chip lead but it wasn't all smooth sailing as it gave it up several times along the route to victory.
Derzhypilskiy ousted Ved in ninth place for $45,221 including bounties after getting paid on the river with a full house to take the chip lead.
Smolka then pushed Dennys Ramos out in eighth place for $41,153 including bounties when his ace-eight was good against ace-four. Very quickly after, Rodrigo Selouan ousted "QuantumKey" in seventh place for $55,413 including bounties when his ace-jack won a flip against pocket snowmen.
"Diamond Hands" was the next one out the door in sixth place for $58,310 including bounties when his pocket fives didn't win a flip against Smolka's ace-jack.
Smolka then regained the chip lead soon after and extended it to nearly half the chips in play after Rodrigo Selouan (fifth - $89,684) ran his ace-jack into Smolka's pocket rockets.
Two hands later, Parssinen hit the showers on a huge cooler to take fourth place for $84,661 including bounties when he got it in with jacks only to run up against the cowboys held by Derzhypilskiy.
The lead went back and forth a few times between Smolka and Derzhypilskiy during three-handed play. Smolka had the lead back when he eliminated Preben Stokkan in third place for $89,888 including bounties when his ace-queen suited won a flip against pocket fives.
Smolka began heads-up play with a 1.5 chip advantage against Derzhypilskiy. However, Derzhypilskiy gained the lead at one point before giving it back to Smolka.
The final hand was one where both players had two pair. Smolka was betting on all three streets after flopping top two pair with ten-seven. The board paired on the turn to give Derzhypilskiy a lesser two pair with ten-nine suited and he called off his stack on the river to hit the rail in second place.
Congrats are in order to Dawid "INSERTC0IN" Smolka for winning the GGSF H-38: $5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event for $293,549.
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