A whole host of stellar names helped themselves to massive prizes at GGPoker on August 23 but one name in particular, that of Ali Imsirovic, stood out from the crowd.
Imsirovic is already regarded as one of he best poker players of his generation but he wrote himself into poker’s history books last week when he won the largest-ever No-Limit Hold’em cash game pot. He won a pot, courtesy of a runner-runner flush, that weighed in at an incredible $974,631.
Not content with winning almost $1 million from cash games, Imsirovic bought into a slew of high stakes tournaments this weekend. As luck would have it, he walked away with a major title and another $86,346 prize.
Fifty-players bought into the High Rollers Blade Closer $5K and created a $237,500 prize pool. Pascal Lefrancois bubble the tournament, falling in seventh place.
Stephen Chidwick and Darren Elias were the first casualties to receive a slice of the prize pool, the latter’s fifth-place finish netting him $16,911. Jon Van Fleet and Alex Foxen were the next player who fell by the wayside, which left Isaac Haxton and Imsirovic to fight it out heads-up for the title.
The pair struck a deal before Imsirovic got his hands on Haxton’s chips. This deal resulted in Haxton banking $60,221 and Imsirovic walkin away with $86,346.
|4||Jon Van Fleet||Canada||$25,177|
*reflects a heads-up deal
Imsirovic wins a $975K cash game pot!
Another tournament that saw a heads-up deal was the High Rollers Blade Mulligan $5k. A more substantial crowd of 125 players bought in and created a $593,750 prize pool.
The final table was a star-studded affair, but it was Mexico’s Bert “ILOVECATS” Stevens who won the largest sum. Stevens secured a $124,491 payday after he and Viacheslav Buldygin struck a deal. Buldygin netted $104,647 for his impressive second-place finish.
|1||Bert “ILOVECATS” Stevens||Mexico||$124,491|
Check out some of the other highlights from GGPoker’s biggest buy-in tournaments.
- Laurynas Levinskas – first-place in the Bryn High Rollers $25K for $171,500
- Rudi Ratlos – first-place in the High Rollers Blade Prime $5K for $140,795
- Rainer Kempe – first-place in the WSOP Side Event: BIG 500 for $126,875
- “RegDeBehrein” – first-place in the WSOP Side Event: $1,260 Bounty Six Shooter for $106,393*
- “RaiseVoice” – first-place in the High Rollers Short Deck $10K for $97,152
- Borys Turitsa – first-place in the High Rollers Short Deck $10K for $83,368
- Dario Sammartino – first-place in the WSOP Side Event: $2,100 Super Turbo Bounty 6-Handed for $81,878*
- Gabriel “gtavares10” Tavares – first-place in the WSOP Side Event: $300 Marathon for $80,087
- Ronny Kaiser – first-place in the High Rollers Blade PLO $5K for $73,845
- Adrian Mateos – first-place in the Bryn High Rollers $10K for $73,104
- Justin “RockyRagoo” Park – first-place in the High Rollers Main Event $1K for $66,112
- “lifeisgood” – first-place in the Sunday monster Stack $200 for $50,365
- “meliYunqi” – first-place in the High Rollers Battle Royale $525 for $48,627*
- Benny Glaser – first-place in the Sunday main Event $200 for $44,260
- Mustapha Kanit – first-place in the High Rollers Big Game Bunter $1,050 for $33,193*
- Chris Klodnicki – first-place in the WSOP Side Event: $210 Super Turbo Bounty 6-Handed for $30,634*
- Anmol “bemyfriend” Srivats – first-place in the High Rollers PLO Main Event $1K for $27,174
- “pablodel12” – first-place in the Bounty Hunters Sunday Special $105 for $24,940*
- Tommaso “Not_TodayBRO” Briotti – first-place in the WSOP Side Event: $140 Forty Stack for $21,557
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Haxton Wins Another Super High Roller
Over at partypoker, Isaac Haxton won his second $25,500 Super High Roller event in the space of a week. Only 21 players turned out for this tournament, the same as last week’s entries, and Haxton came out on top.
The top three finishers won a share of the $525,000 prize pool, so share a thought for Sergi Reixach who fell in fourth and burst the bubble. Jake Schindler bagged $105,000 for finishing in third, before Haxton defeated Artur Martirosian to secure a $262,500 payday and leave his Russian heads-up opponent to scoop $157,500.
There was also a $5,200 High Roller victory for Timothy Adams, although he finished on top after a deal with Schindler when heads-up. Adams banked $61,506 with Schindler netting $43,618. Jon Van Fleet (3rd – $25,375) and Elio Fox (4th – $14,500) were the other two players who cashed.
Some of the other partypoker results on August 23 included:
- Alberto Meran – first-place in the $1,050 WPT Mix-Max Warm Up for $89,578
- Kahle Burns – first-place in the $10,300 WPT High Roller for $85,000
- Stephen Chidwick – first-place in the $5,200 WPT High Roller for $39,000
- Arnaud Enselme – first-place in the $1,050 WPT Knockout Turbo for $34,725*
- Victor Begara – first-place in the $109 WPT Mini Mix-Max Warm Up for $23,780
- Marc Macdonnell – first-place in the $215 WPT Mini Knockout Turbo for $14,257*
- “sickernie21” – first-place in the $215 Bounty Hunter for $9,128*
- “Coke_Hero” – first-place in the $215 Big Bounty Hunter for $7,701*
Christopher “StrbxGrndr” Zeng was 888poker’s biggest winner this weekend courtesy of taking down the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep. This saw his $109 turn into $18,750. The othr two players who finished in the top three places also won five-figure prizes.
“rantzi” of Finland was the tournament’s runner-up and they reeled in a $13,500 catch. “Corky3991” finished third and won $10,000.
Nick Maimone Wins First WSOP bracelet
Over to PokerStars now where Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson won the $1,050 Sunday Supersonic. The super-talented Swede won $20,634 in less than one-hour 20-minutes, which is pretty incredible when you think about it.
Mattsson sent Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani of Brazil home in second-place, a finish worth $15,842.
|1||Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson||Sweden||$20,634|
|2||Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani||Brazil||$15,842|
|4||Joris “BillLewinsky” Ruijs||Netherlands||$9,338|
Brazil’s Fellipe “FellipeD” Drapichinski was another big PokerStars winner thanks to finishing on top of the $109 Bounty Builder. Victory in this event, which saw 2,929 entries, was worth $18,146 plus a massive bounty payment of $12,911 for a combined prize worth $31,057.
The Brazilian defeated “Sanderssi” of Finland heads-up, which resigned the Finn to a combined consolation prize of $22,042.
|1||Fellipe “FellipeD” Drapichinski||Brazil||$18,146||$12,911||$31,057|
|7||Mitch “sirkingmitch” Johnson||United Kingdom||$2,657||$2,096||$4,753|
These are some of the other big results enjoyed at PokerStars this weekend:
- “ttt_anysek” – first-place in the $215 Bounty Builder for $35,279*
- Andrey “Kot_Spartac” Kotelnikov – first-place in the $1,050 Sunday Cooldown for $22,441*
- “labrujaconi” – first-place in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $19,159
- Joao “XxJoaoFeraxX” Otavio – first-place in the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $19,129
- Renato “Faaaarst” Ribeiro – first-place in the Bigger $109 for $13,354
- “turnmea4h” – first-place in the Hotter $109 for $12,199
- “acesdesigner” – first-place in the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $11,251
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