H-84: $25,500 Super High Roller

Event Info

Вход $25,500
Награден фонд $2,475,000
Players 99


Ниво 32
Блайндове 40,000 / 80,000
Анте 10,000
H-84: $25,500 Super High Roller
Ден 1 Приключил

Sami Kelopuro Wins GG Spring Festival H-84: $25,500 Super High Roller ($574,878)

[user249920] • Ниво 32: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Another high roller has ended in the GG Spring Festival, and it's no surprise that another top pro has emerged as champion. This time, it was longtime nosebleed player Sami Kelopuro who topped the field of 99 entries to add $574,878 to his bankroll in H-84: $25,500 Super High Roller.

Kelopuro was simply on fire from the bubble onward. Even a final table with the likes of Mike Watsonwho struck gold in a different GGSF event --, Isaac Haxton, Nick Petrangelo, and Benjamin Rolle couldn't stop him from taking over near the end as he amassed a stack that dwarfed all the other players combined by the time it got short-handed.

From there, it was a matter of who could ladder to second — it turned out to be Wei Zhao — as long as Kelopuro could fade anything completely crazy happening.

Official Final Table Results

1Sami KelopuroFinland$574,878
2Wei ZhaoChina$440,696
3Isaac HaxtonU.S.A.$339,952
4Nick PetrangeloU.S.A.$262,076
5Matthias EibingerAustria$202,040
6Benjamin RolleGermany$155,575
7Thomas MuehloeckerAustria$120,076
8Zhuang RuanJapan$92,569
9Mike WatsonCanada$71,363

While Kelopuro had the chip lead heading to the final table after Joao Vieira and Stephen Chidwick were among the few to make the money but fall before the final nine, it wasn't a prohibitive one. And it wasn't a knockout that would propel to take command.

Instead, an unusual hand developed where Kelopuro three-bet preflop and faced a four-bet from Haxton. Kelopuro peeled with the two players starting about 50 blinds deep. On the jack-high flop, Haxton went for a check-min-raise only to get shoved on and wind up tank-folding.

Armed with the lead again, Kelopuro ramped up the pressure and soon had more than half of the chips in play. He proceeded to bust Rolle and Matthias Eibinger to take 80 percent of the chips four-handed.

That sort of lead is tough to contend with, so while Zhao got the next two knockouts to give himself a fighting chance, it didn't take long before his thin value-shove with top pair ran into a rivered Kelopuro straight to end it.

Wei Zhao Eliminated in 2nd Place ($440,969)

[user249920] • Ниво 32: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

With the board reading {6-Clubs}{j-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, Wei Zhao shoved all in on the river and Sami Kelopuro called since he had {q-Clubs}{10-Hearts} for the nuts. Zhao had been looking for value with {k-Clubs}{7-Hearts} and had to settle for a second-place payout.

Sami Kelopuro fi
Sami Kelopuro
fi 9,900,000 1,966,000
Wei Zhao cn
Wei Zhao
cn Отпаднал

Benjamin Rolle Eliminated in 6th Place ($155,757

[user249920] • Ниво 31: 35,000-70,000, 8,500 ante
Benjamin Rolle
Benjamin Rolle

Benjamin Rolle shoved in the cutoff covering everyone behind him. Wei Zhao called in the big blind for about 500,000.

Rolle: {a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}
Zhao: {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}

The {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}{j-Hearts} flop pulled Zhao ahead. The {k-Diamonds} turn meant Rolle could win with an ace or a ten but the river was the {3-Diamonds}.

Left with a little under 600K, Rolle got it in next hand with {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} against big blind Sami Kelopuro and his {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. The board ran {k-Hearts}{q-Spades}{10-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades} to leave the nines beaten.

Sami Kelopuro fi
Sami Kelopuro
fi 6,910,584 4,068,510
Wei Zhao cn
Wei Zhao
cn 1,121,356 563,178
Benjamin Rolle de
Benjamin Rolle
de Отпаднал

Petrangelo Doubles Through Zhao

[user249920] • Ниво 30: 30,000-60,000, 7,500 ante

Nick Petrangelo raised to 450K and called the last 142K when Wei Zhao put him all in from the small blind.

Zhao: {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Petrangelo: {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}

Petrangelo got an easy double as he flopped two more kings.

Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 1,289,806 -596,097
Wei Zhao cn
Wei Zhao
cn 558,178 -409,903