Dominykas Mikolaitis scored his first GGPoker Super MILLION$ title this week for $428,624. (photo: Playground Poker Club)

Dominykas Mikolaitis entered the final table of this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$ with a hefty chip lead, one that he leveraged to take home his first career Super MILLION$ title and the $428,624 first-place prize.

Just because the grinder from Poland held a considerable chip advantage, it was by no means a sure thing that he’d make it to the end. In his way this week were a pair of former #1-ranked online pros in Yuri Dzivielevski and Andras Nemeth, the current #5 ranked player in the world in Dalton Hobold, and Stephen Chidwick, one of the most feared high rollers in the game today.

Thirty minutes into the final table, with the blinds at 30,000/60,000, Andras Nemeth opened the button to 132,000 holding the KsQc. In the small blind, China’s Weiran Pu three-bet shipped their final nine big blinds with the As6s. Nemeth made the quick call and the flop came QdJh6c, giving both a pair but putting Nemeth in the lead. The Kc turn gave Nemeth top two, and added a gutshot straight draw for Pu. However, the river was the 5c and Pu was the first player of the day to hit the rail, finishing in ninth place for $53,578.

It was one trip around the table before ‘Pandora-box’ opened from the hijack to 126,000 with the AcKc. Mikolaitis, on the button, put in a three-bet to 354,000 with his As4h. When the action folded back to ‘Pandora-box’ they decided to flat call leaving themselves 1.5 million behind. The flop came Kd8c3h giving ‘Pandora-box’ top pair. They checked it to Mikolaitis who put out a 150,000 bet. ‘Pandora-box’ called and the 2d arrived on the turn, offering Mikolaitis a gutshot straight draw. ‘Pandora-box’ checked again to the chip leader who fired 288,000 into the pot of 1.2 million. ‘Pandora-box’ just called yet again and the 5h appeared on the river, giving Mikolaitis his runner-runner straight. ‘Pandora-box’ checked a third time but this time, with the nuts, Mikolaitis went big and moved all-in. After a few moments, ‘Pandora-box’ called off their final million and was eliminated in eighth place, good for $69,482.

Just five hands later, former #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski raised the button to 120,000 with his AhKd. Nemeth folded the small blind and Mikolaitis defended his big blind holding the Ac7c. Mikolaitis outflopped Dzivielevski on the Qd7h4h flop, and the action checked thru. The turn was the As, hitting Dzivielevski but giving Mikolaitis two pair. Mikolaitis checked it over to the Brazilian who bet just over 240,000 with top pair. Mikolaitis put in a check-raise to 600,000 and Dzivielevski called, with just under 1.4 million behind. The river was the Js and once again Mikolaitis went for it all and moved all-in. Dzivielevski took nearly three minutes and eventually clicked the call button. Dzivielevski fell in seventh place and added $90,107 to his Super MILLION$ earnings.

Brazil’s Dalton ‘morgota’ Hobold had been hanging on to his short stack for most of the final table, but eventually, with the blinds at 35,000/70,000, picked up a hand he could fight with. After ‘OPPikachu’ opened from the cutoff to 189,000 with the Ac6d it folded to Hobold in the big blind with JhJs. Hobold moved all-in for 538,000 and ‘OPPikachu’ made the quick call putting the Brazilian at risk. The As7d4d flop put Hobold way behind and looking for one of the final two jacks in the deck. The turn was the Qd and the river came the 7s sending Hobold to collect his $116,854 sixth-place prize.

As Mikolaitis extended his chip lead, building his stack to over 12 million, Stephen Chidwick slipped to just under 10 big blinds. After Mikolaitis opened from under the gun to 140,000 with the Ad9c, Chidwick moved all-in for just over 640,000 holding Ac8h. Both blinds folded and Mikolaitis made the call, looking to take out the always dangerous Chidwick. The flop came 9h8c5c giving both players a pair. The turn was the Jc, adding nut flush outs for Chidwick. But the 7d was a brick for Chidwick and the all-world pro ended up in fifth place for $151,541.

With the blinds up to 40,000/80,000, ‘Memukul’ raised from the small blind to 200,000 with his 9c9h. Nemeth, in the big blind with just 10 bigs, moved all-in holding the Ac4c and was snapped off by ‘Memukul’ putting the two-time Super MILLION$ champ at risk. The board ran out 7c3s3h7d8c shipping the pot to ‘Memukul’ and, for the second week in a row, Nemeth finished just short of a third title. Nemeth earned $196,525 for his fourth-place run.

The three-handed battle took some time with both short stacks hanging around as Mikolaitis looked for a way to continue to add to his chip lead. Eventually, it was a clash between those two short stacks that got the tournament to heads up. With the blinds up to 70,000/140,000, ‘OPPikachu’ open-ripped his final 1.5 million from the small blind with the As3c. ‘Memukul’, in the big blind, took a moment but made the call holding the Kh5s. The flop came KcTc7d giving ‘Memukul’ in the lead in the hand. It was a lead they didn’t surrender as the turn came the 4d and the river came the 2d. ‘OPPikachu’ bowed out in third place, good for $254,861.

Mikolaitis started heads up with a better than 2:1 chip lead but it wasn’t long before ‘Memukul’ climbed into the chip lead. From there the pair traded the chip lead back and forth. Eventually, Mikolaitis grabbed the chip lead and didn’t let go. The blinds were at 100,000/200,000 when ‘Memukul’ limped the button holding AcJd and Mikolaitis ripped from the big blinds with the Ah5d. ‘Memukul’ made the call for it all. The flop came Td4h2h keeping ‘Memukul’ in the lead but offering Mikolaitis a gutshot straight draw and some backdoor options. When the 3h hit the turn, ‘Memukul’ was left with only chop outs. The Kc completed the board, and the tournament, as ‘Memukul’ – who started the day ninth in chips – finished in second place for $330,514 and Dominykas Mikolaitis took home his first Super MILLION$ title for $428,624

GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table Results

  1. Dominykas Mikolaitis – $428,624
  2. ‘Memukul’ – $330,514
  3. ‘OPPikachu’ – $254,861
  4. Andras Nemeth – $196,525
  5. Stephen Chidwick – $151,541
  6. Dalton ‘morgota’ Hobold – $116,854
  7. Yuri Dzivielevski – $90,107
  8. ‘Pandora-box’ – $69,482
  9. Weiran Pu – $53,578