Dario Sammartino ships SHR for over US$500K, Hat trick for Niklas Astedt, Chris Rudolph bags two; Asia games begin tonight – Somuchpoker

Online platform Natural8 completed another three days of GG Spring Festival 2021 games.
Among the many winners, several stood out, namely Dario Sammartino, Niklas Astedt, Christian Rudolph, Fabrizio Gonzalez, and “kazanova2020”. For Asia, China’s Wei Zhao missed his first series glory, however he did reach three final tables; the same for Taiwanese poker club owner David Tai who finished 3rd at one of the low tier events. On stats, three events reached their maximum 5000 entry capacity while five events witnessed overlays. We’ve got all those stories for you.

If you are just getting wind of GGSF 2021, it’s time to suit up and join the hunt. The festival boasts the biggest guarantee this season of US$ 150,000,000. Games opened on April 4 and will run until April 25 inclusive. Lined up are 337 tournaments across three tiers – Low, Medium, High – with buy ins from just US$ 5 to a pricey US$ 25,500. As always, all events advertise guarantees from US$ 5,000 to a jaw dropping US$ 10,000,000. The first six days paid out over US$ 43.2 million across 91 events. More games and bundles of cash are still up for grabs. For newcomers, make sure to sign up on Natural8 to avail of exclusive promos and freebies. You can read up on those perks at the bottom of the page.

Before we recap the action, we’d like to remind everyone that tonight’s schedule includes Asia time friendly tournaments – the Bounty Hunters Asia (1805 HKT) and the Asia Major (2005 HKT). Both offer one tournament per tier. Buy ins range from US$ 10.50 to US$ 525. Also on the virtual felt tonight is a special event, the US$ 10,000 GG Legends Bounty featuring Canadian DJ “deadmau5”. For a budget price of US$ 5.25, players have a chance at knocking out the famous deck man. Game begins on April 10 at 20:00 (GMT) / April 11 at 04:00 (HKT).

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And now, here are our top stories for GGSF Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6.

Hat trick for Niklas Astedt

Often seen playing the biggest tournaments online, Swedish player Niklas Astedt became the first player of the festival to ship three events for a combined take of US$ 279,247.37. Astedt’s first win was on Day 2 at the H-14: $1,050 PLO-NL Bounty for US$ 39,974.81; the next two were on Day 4 and Day 5, the H-19: $2,100 Bounty [ 6 Max ] for US$ 98,807.81 and the H-25: $5,250 PLO-NL Bounty for US$ 140,464.75.

Niklas Astedt
Niklas Astedt – Photo PokerStars

For those who don’t know Niklas Astedt, in January 2020, Astedt was recognized as the biggest MTT online winner in history with over US$ 21 million earned across multiple sites. Prior to his recent GGSF wins, he already boasted US$ 8.1 million in winnings on the GG network alone. His latest wins may pale in comparison to his largest career payouts however they displayed Astedt’s continued dominance on the virtual felt.

Niklas Astedt WIN
Niklas Astedt

Reviewing his festival wins, at the H-14: $1,050 PLO-NL Bounty, Astedt outlasted the 250 entry field, denying Kazakhstan’s Shyngis Satubayev at heads up.

H-14: $1,050 PLO-NL Bounty
Entries: 250
Prize pool: US$ 250,000
ITM: 35 places

At the H-19: $2,100 Bounty [ 6 Max ], it took three bullets to rise above the 298 entry field, retiring Cosmin “pawwowbam” Petrica in 2nd place.

H-19: $2,100 Bounty [ 6 Max ]
Entries: 298
Prize pool: US$ 596,000
ITM: 44 places

Then at the H-25: $5,250 PLO-NL Bounty, Astedt shipped it on his second bullet to earn the US$ 40,431.90 first prize plus an astounding US$ 100,214.85 in bounty rewards for a combined US$ 140,464.75 payout. He defeated Dario Sammartino at heads up.

H-25: $5,250 PLO-NL Bounty
Entries: 105
Prize pool: US$ 525,000
ITM: 15 places

Aside from wins, Astedt was also the first player to cash at the H-06: $25,500 Sunday Five Million pocketing US$ 48,576.89 for 27th place. With plenty of games ahead, it is highly likely we will see more deep runs from this Swedish ace.

Dario Sammartino wins the H-23: $25,500 Super High Roller for over US$500K

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Dario Sammartino – Photo WSOP.com

Emerging the richest of the past three days was Italian pro Dario Sammartino who triumphed at the H-23: $25,500 Super High Roller event for a massive score of US$ 508,447.84. To reach the top, Sammartino overcame a powerhouse lineup of 88 entries that included finalists Nick Petrangelo (6th), Mikita Badziakouski (7th), and Joao Vieira (9th). At four handed, Sammartino cracked Michael Watson’s aces (pictured below) then railed Anatoy Filatov (3rd) with pocket Nines over pocket Eights for a showdown against two time WSOP bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevski. A quick eight minutes in, Sammartino shoved with Kh7h, Dzivielevski risked it all with Ad2d, the cards landed KsKdQc4s9h for a winning three of a kind.

Aces Kracked Sammartino
Sammartino cracks ACES

Buy in: US$ 25,000
Entries: 88
Prize pool: US$ 2,200,000
ITM: 13 places

Running simultaneously was the H-25: $5,250 PLO-NL Bounty with Sammartino going head to head against Niklas Astedt. In the end, Sammartino had to settle for 2nd place and an additional US$ 48,928.06 in winnings. To date, Sammartino has reached ITM at 13 events.

Two wins for Christian Rudolph on Day 6

WSOP bracelet winner Christian Rudolph was another player having a tremendously fantastic run. The past two days were especially memorable. On Day 5, Rudolph finished 5th at the H-23: $25,500 Super High Roller for US$ 179,591.47 and 6th at the H-24: $10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty for US$ 70,832.40. On the following day, he joined the multi winners club after taking down two events, the H-27: $2,100 Bounty and the M-27: $210 Bounty for a combined take of US$ 78,155.96. These four events together gained him a hefty US$ 328,579.83.

Christian Rudolph Photo Partypoker
Christian Rudolph – Photo partypoker

Recapping Rudolph’s wins, at the high tier event, he was on his fourth bullet and had the lead at three handed. He nearly dropped to shortest stack when he was dominated all in with AhQc by Malaysia’s “TheWrigler” AdKs however, a queen landed on the turn to scoop it up and face Francisco “VaPaCooler” Benitez at heads up with a 5:1 chip advantage. On the third hand, it was over. Rudolph’s JdJh held against Kh10s that missed.

Christian Rudolph
Christian Rudolph

The medium tier event lasted a bit longer with Rudolph knocking out WH4ALEK1LLER to capture the back to back win. Heads up ran around twenty minutes with Rudolph initially ahead until WH4ALEK1LLER won a big pot to take point. WH4ALEK1LLER pulled away to a 4:1 advantage, Rudolph doubled up twice then dragged in the next six hands to reclaim the chip lead. The final hand soon arrived, on a board 9dQs2h5s, both were all in with Rudolph on a draw As{4} to WH4ALEK1LLER’s AcQd top pair. The river 3c was one of Rudolph’s out to land the straight and the win. (pictured above)

Asian players run deep

The past three days witnessed numerous players from Asia reach the money with going very deep. Listed below are champions and finalists flying under Asian flags:

Kristof “ultrafish” Segers – Taiwan – M-18: $250 PLO-NL – US$ 11,308.58
Jean Robert “pulsar83tw” Autran Cambodia – M-26: $125 Turbo – US$ 18,319.93
BIG HAI – China – H-29: $1,050 Bounty Turbo – US$ 33,440.21

Wei Zhao – China – M-23: $2,625 High Roller – 4th place for US$ 65,111.54, H-24: $10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty – 7th place for US$ 20,215.79, H-30: $525 Hyper [ 6 Max ] – 2nd for US$ 17,581.85
Pulkit Goyal – India – M-24: $1,050 Thursday Thriller Bounty [ 2 Day Event ] – 7th place for US$ 20,215.79, H-24: $10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty – 14th place for US$ 23,002.66, M-28: $250 Daily Main Event – 7th place for US$ 4,538.68
PieOMy – Vietnam – M28: $250 Daily Main Event – 3rd place for US$ 13,622.38
David Tai – Taiwan – 3rd place at L-29: $52.50 Bounty Turbo for US$ 2,451.62
The_Phoenix – India – L-28: $25 Mini Main Event – 4th place for US$ 4,693.36

Overlays and Maximums

While players have been filling up the tables, several events still witnessed overlays. The past three days saw five events added to the list making that 7 in total amounting to US$ 84,527.80

On capacity, three events reached capacity on Day 4 to bring the total to 9 events at 5000 maximum. However, the L-13: $5.25 Bounty event was able to break past the cap with 5,768 entries. To date, this is the largest festival field.

Multi event winners

The list of multi event winners has grown from just one – Lev “LevMeAlone” Gottlieb – to five players. At the moment, Niklas Astedt reigns with three victories.

Niklas Astedt – 3 wins
Lev “LevMeAlone” Gottlieb – 2 wins
Chris Rudolph – 2 wins
Fabrizio Gonzalez – 2 wins
Kazanova2020 – 2 wins

Featured events underway

In addition to the above mentioned events, the first two of seven featured events are underway, the GGSF Opening Act-L NLHE US$ 1 million guaranteed and the GGSF Opening Act-L PLO-NL US$ 500,000 guaranteed. Daily entry flights are ongoing leading up to Day 2 which takes place on April 12.

Open: GGSF Opening Act-L: US$ 80 NLHE, US$ 1,000,000 guaranteed
Dates: April 5 to 12
Cumulative entries: 11,868
Day 2 qualifiers: 1,714
Average stack: 171,595

GGSF Opening Act

Open: GGSF Opening Act-L: US$ 80 PLO-NL, US$ 500,000 guaranteed
Dates: April 5 to 12
Cumulative entries: 3,026
Day 2 qualifiers: 462
Average stack: 160,772

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Upcoming Featured Events

Dates: April 12 to 19
GGSF Headliner-M: US$ 400 NLHE, US$ 2,500,000 guaranteed
GGSF Headliner-M: US$ 400 PLO-NL, US$ 1,000,000 guaranteed
GGSF Super MILLION$ ME-H US$ 10,300, US$ 10,000,000 guaranteed

Dates: April 19 to 26
GGSF Main Event-H: US$ 1,500 NLHE, US$ 10,000,000 guaranteed
GGSF Main Event-H: US$ 1,500 PLO-NL, US$ 2,000,000 guaranteed

Event Promos

US$ 1,000,000 Series Leaderboard Update

As always, the festival is not complete without the Series Leaderboard. Players that money at any of the events will automatically earn points towards the Series Leaderboard. A combined 100 players per week earn a share of US$ 1 million in tournament credits. The race began on April 4. Prizes are awarded per tier.

Week 1: US$ 50,000 (L), US$ 100,000 (M, US$ 150,000 (H) = T$ 300,000 total
Week 2: US$ 50,000 (L), US$ 100,000 (M), US$ 150,000 (H) = T$ 300,000 total
Week 3: US$ 75,000 (L), US$ 125,000 (M), US$ 200,000 (H) = T$ 400,000 total

Week 1 update – Top 3 – High Tier

Niklas Astedt has now taken over the top spot with 943.41 points, Fabrizio Gonzalez dropped to 2nd rank with 924.05 points, and in 3rd rank is Andras Nemeth with 890.78 points. Top 20 in this tier win shares of T$ 150,000 credits with first place awarded T$ 25,000.

Week 1 update – Top 3 – Medium Tier

Fabrizio Gonzales continues to hold top rank in the medium tier with 1,149.40 points, two time winner Christian Rudolph has taken over 2nd rank with 797.22 points, and dropping down to 3rd rank is Tim “BeardOilGuy” Rutherford with 777.49 points. The top 30 win shares of T$ 100,000 credits with first place awarded T$ 15,000.

Week 1 update – Top 3 – Low Tier

In the low tier, Androm3da maintained the top spot with 785.34 points, TSK 121212 also held rank in 2nd position with 774.69 points, in 3rd rank is gidon_rul with 709.99 points. The top 50 win shares of T$ 50,000 credits with first place awarded T$ 10,000.

Exclusive Natural8 Promos

For players signed up on Natural8, expect plenty of GGSF freebies. Throughout the series, Natural8 will be giving away GGSF tickets via their hourly freerolls, VIP Club Freerolls, GG Masters Freerolls, and First Deposit Freerolls. For N8 players that participate in any of the GGSF 2021 events, you gain entry to exclusive Natural8 GGSF Flipouts with each entry beefing up your stack. Flipouts happen every Saturday on April 10, 17, & 24, with one flipout for each of the three tiers. Prizes per Flipout: US$ 10,000 (High) / US$ 5,000 (Medium) / US$ 2,000 (Low).

Another exclusive promo is the US$ 50,000 GGSF LiveX Sponsorship. In order to land this special promo, you’ll need to overcome a mountain of players and win the GGSF Main Event-H: US$ 1,500 NLHE, US$ 10 million guaranteed event. The sponsorship includes:

12 months LiveX Crew Sponsorship
US$ 15,000 Las Vegas Package ($10,000 to cover your buy-ins and $5,000 for expenses)
US$ 35,000 for live event sponsorships over 12 months

Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we continue to bring you recaps on the ongoing Natural8 – GGSF festival.

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