Germany’s Pascal Hartmann entered Tuesday’s GGPoker Super MILLION$ final table near the very bottom of the chip counts but after chipping up and eliminating each of his final five opponents, the high-stakes superstar emerged as this week’s winner and took home the $454,907 first-place prize.
Hartmann has been a consistent presence in the $10K Super MILLION$ field having participated in 31 of the 32 times the tournament has been run. This was his tenth in-the-money finish and fourth final table, the result of which has sent him into the tournament series top 10 money earners.
At the start of the day, Hartmann was in eighth place with roughly 25 big blinds and facing off against another talent-packed final table that included online poker legend Isaac Baron, Ami Barer, and 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino. Despite the hurdles in front of him, Hartmann managed to continually pick up big hands in key spots which lifted him to victory.
Even though the chips were flying in the first ninety minutes of the final table, it was slow going in terms of players hitting the rail. Finally, a short-stacked Aliakesei Boika shipped his final nine big blinds in with and ran into Russia’s ‘RRomashka’s . Dominated by the pair as well as both suits, the board ran out provided a little drama as Boika had both straight and straight flush outs headed into the river. But the pocket tens held and Boika fell in ninth place for $56,864.
Ami Barer exited in eighth place when his failed to hold against Argentina’s ‘OnTheFlow’s in a preflop clash. The board ran out and Barer added $73,743 to his bankroll.
Then, roughly thirty minutes later, Kyle Menard hit the rail in painful fashion. A short-stacked Sammartino moved all in under the gun with . Looking to double up his own short stack, Menard called with his tournament on the line holding . The gave Menard middle set, but the turn turned the tide to Sammartino, hitting his gutshot straight draw. The river was no help to Menard who exited in seventh place for $95,633.
Soon after the second break, Hartmann and Baron clashed for the chip lead. Under the gun, Baron raised with . It folded back to Hartmann in the big blind who three-bet with . Baron quickly shoved the rest of his 30 big blind stack and Hartmann made the call. The board was clean for the pocket queens and Baron, who had won his previous Super MILLION$ final table appearance, settled for sixth place and $124,020.
Two hands later Hartmann was back in action, this time against Sammartino. The fortunes had reversed for these two players as Sammartino entered the final table as the chip leader but with five left was sitting on fewer than 10 big blinds. From the hijack, Sammartino put in a big raise with , leaving himself with less than one big blind behind. On the button, Hartmann made the call with . The flop came and Sammartino committed the rest of his chips, which Hartmann quickly called. Sammartino spiked the on the turn and was in a perfect position to double up. But Hartmann spiked one of his two outs with the river, sending Sammartino out in fifth for $160,834.
Hartmann’s heater continued when ‘RRomashka’ shoved all-in with and Hartmann woke up with . Hartmann spikes a set on the turn leaving ‘RRomashka’ drawing dead to the river. The Russian finished in fourth place for $208,576, nearly doubling the amount of their previous earnings in the Super MILLION$.
‘OnTheFlow’ was the next to go. Now, the overwhelming chip leader, Hartmann shoved from the small blind with and ‘OnTheFlow’, with 13 big blinds, made his stand by calling all-in from the big blind with . The flop came pairing Hartmann, but changing nothing. The turn was the , giving ‘OnTheFlow’ additional straight outs. But the river came the and ‘OnTheFlow’ was out in third place for $270,490.
Hartmann entered heads-up play against Ireland’s ‘Pluto The Doggo’ with a nearly 6-1 chip advantage. That grew to nearly 10-1 at one point but ‘Pluto The Doggo’, who was at their second Super MILLION$ final table in as many weeks, clawed their way back into the match by picking up a key pot or two and scoring a crucial double up. However, as it was demonstrated throughout the final table, it was Hartmann’s day.
On the final hand, Hartmann called on the button with . ‘Pluto The Doggo’ put in a three-bet with and Hartmann came along. The flop came and ‘Pluto The Doggo’ led out, Hartmann with the flush draw made the call. The turn was the and ‘Pluto The Doggo’ stayed aggressive, leading again. Hartmann made the call. The river came the , pairing ‘Pluto The Doggo’ but giving Hartmann his flush. ‘Pluto The Doggo’ then checked and Hartmann shipped all-in. After taking some time, ‘Pluto The Doggo’ called off which sent him home as the runner-up. ‘Pluto The Doggo’ collected $350,782 for second place and brought his career Super MILLION$ total to just over $487,000.
Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (1/19)
1. Pascal Hartmann – $454,908
2. ‘Plutto The Doggo’ – $350,782
3. ‘OnTheFlow’ – $270,490
4. ‘RRomashka’ – $208,576
5. Dario Sammartino – $160,834
6. Isaac Baron – $124,020
7. Kyle Menard – $95,633
8. Ami Barer – $73,743
9. Aliaksei Boika – $56,864