The first seven-figure payday of the 2021 GG Spring Festival has been granted and it was Guillaume Nolet opening the record-breaking series in style. He defeated Andras Nemeth in Event H-06: $25,500 Sunday Five Million to score the top prize of $1,084,892.
Nemeth had to settle for a consolation prize of $813,554 in the field of 198 entries.
The joint most expensive tournament of the festival came up short of the ambitious $5 million guarantee by just $50,000 and eight of the nine finalists earned six-figure prizes. With so much money on the line, it still only took fewer than 2 1/2 hours to determine a champion.
The other finalists were Francisco “VaPaCooler” Benitez, Raise Your Edge founder Benjamin Rolle, Pokercode co-founder Matthias Eibinger, Elio Fox, Yuri Dzivielevski, “FlowTao” and Juan Pardo Dominguez.
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Final Result GG Spring Festival Event H-06: $25,500 Sunday Five Million
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|3||Francisco “VaPaCooler” Benitez||Uruguay||$610,079|
|6||Elio Fox||United States||$257,268|
|9||Juan Pardo Dominguez||Spain||$108,489|
Action of the Final Day
Nemeth entered the final table with more than two times as many chips as his nearest follower, Nolet. The middle of the pack was quite crowded with several players separated by a few big blinds only. The cards were barely in the air when Pardo was sent to the rail.
Coming into the final table as the shortest stack, Pardo lost a flip with pocket sevens against the ace-queen of Eibinger. Another three contenders bowed out before the first break. Georgia’s “FlowTao” ran into the flopped trips of Nemeth and Dzivielevski also came up short against the Hungarian.
Nolet notched up his elimination when ace-four suited got there to beat the ace-queen of Fox. That vaulted the Canadian into second place.
Eibinger was never able to get much going on the final table and his run ended in fifth place. Nolet did the work once more, coming out on top of a flip with eights versus ace-queen.
Down to the final four players, the stacks were very balanced for a short period and Rolle even took over the lead for a few hands. However, Nolet vaulted into the top spot and knocked out the German poker coach when his ace-deuce made trips when facing pocket nines in a preflop contest.
That hand cemented the overwhelming lead for Nolet, who needed just another 15 minutes to close it out. First, he sent Benitez out in third place when turning a superior pair.
Nemeth was never able to close the gap despite one double up and ultimately fell short of victory when he called a river-jam with pocket tens on a paired king-high board. Nolet had flopped the superior pair with king-queen and emerged as the first player with a seven-figure score.
Plenty of other high-stakes contests will follow in the weeks to come, most notably another eight $25,500 High Rollers including two more Sunday Five Million editions. The PokerNews team will provide live updates from selected highlight events throughout the record-setting festival.