Checkmate! Grand chess master Ladva wins super million dollars
Ottomar Ladva sat on the first floor GGPoker Super MILLION $ season 2 final table as the chip leader and relied on his dominance to win the top prize of $ 325,957 for himself. Ladva is best known for his chess skills in his native Estonia, but he has racked up some superb poker results over the past few months. Maybe a career change is in sight?
Super MILLIONS Season 2 Event 1 Final Table Results
|1||Ottomar Ladva||Estonia||$ 325,957|
|2||Igor gofman||Russia||$ 254,559|
|3||Connor Drinan||Canada||$ 198,800|
|4||Juan Pardo Dominguez||Andorra||$ 155,254|
|5||Adrien mateos||Mexico||$ 121,247|
|8||Stoyan Obrechkov||North Macedonia||$ 57,750|
|9||Thomas Muehloecker||Austria||$ 45,100|
The final table lost its first player in the first hand. Ladva mined with a pair of eights in late position before calling when Thomas Muehloecker 3-bet all-in for less than 11 big blinds with a pair of sevens on the button. An ace-level table resigned Muehloecker to ninth place.
Stoyan Obrechkov was the next finalist heading for the showers. Obreshkov opened to 180,000 with a king-queen in the middle position, a raise that left him just 195,384 in chips. Ladva called from the big blind with an ace-eight of diamonds. Ladva put Obreshkov all-in on a nine flop and Obreshkov called. No king or queen appeared around the turn or the river, and the tournament was reduced to seven players despite being on the first level of the evening.
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These seven became six when “Romashka” crashed. Connor Drinan limped with a king-jack of diamonds before calling RRomashka’s six big blinds from the big blind, which he did with a pair of jacks. Drinan flopped a flush draw, but it was the king of spades on the river that won Drinan’s hand.
The last five-figure prize, $ 94,689, went to Uruguay “HaiFanFan.” Juan Pardo Dominguez had 154,000 to go in the 35,000 / 70,000 / 8,500a level, and HaiFanFan called from the big blind. An eighteen jacks flop saw HaiFanFan put 385,672 chips into the pot with what turned out to be king-queen, and Dominguez called with a king ten of clubs. Dominguez landed a flush draw on the turn, leaving HaiFanFan barely drawn. The Uruguayan missed the river and headed into the night.
Fifth place and $ 121,247 went to the dangerous Adrien mateos. The Spaniard didn’t have much of a place to build his stack and finally put his hopes on an ace-four of clubs. A raise to 560,000 left Mateos with 512,765 in chips behind, and they entered the middle of the table when Dominguez over-rejected enough to put Mateos all-in, and Mateos called. The five community cards gently ran out for Dominguez’s pocket nines, and Mateos withdrew.
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Dominguez couldn’t make good use of Mateos’ chips as he was the next player to come out. Igor gofman opened to 176,000 with a pair of Kings on the button, and Dominguez put the extra 96,000 in the big blind with eight-three of diamonds. Dominguez checked a 305.600 bet on a six-high flop after pairing his three. The round was the two of clubs, putting three clubs on the board. Dominguez bet 208,000 and was called. Dominguez checked the seven on the river before calling his stack of 1,974,689 when Gofman pulled it off! Game over for Dominguez.
The heads-up was started when Drinan ran out of steam in third place, worth $ 198,800. Drinan bust after limping from the small blind for 100,000 with King-Queen. Gofman put in 350,000 to go with ace-nine of spades from the big blind, and Drinan responded with a stack of 3,019.969 in the middle. Gofman called, an ace on the flop and a nine on the nine on the turn knocking Drinan down.
This hand propelled Gofman’s stack to over 12 million chips, far more than Ladva’s 2.4 million stack. Ladva found himself in the race before forging a lead.
The final hand took place at the 70,000 / 140,000 / 17.500a level. Ladva limped with a jack of clubs before calling Gofman’s 560,000 raise from ace-king. Two jacks and a queen on the flop put the ball firmly in Ladva’s court. Gofman bet 308,500 and got called. A harmless three on the turn saw Gofman check-call a bet of 582,648 from his Estonian opponent. The river was a six and Gofman had 2,688,667 chips with 2,930,896 in the pot. Gofman checks, Ladva pushes his opponent all-in and is called. Gofman clinched second place for $ 254,559, leaving Ladva with $ 325,957 and the league title.