On GGPoker, the last Super MILLION$ final table had the nine players return on Day 2. Canada’s Timothy Adams came into the game with a humongous 12,179,448 chip lead.
With that in mind, it’s not surprising that the Canadian won double-quick over Jans Arends of the Netherlands, who came into the game with a more modest 5,120,552 chips.
Adams claimed his first Super MILLION$ win and the $315,158 top prize after his third time reaching the final table. However, how Adams go there is a story well worth reading.
Timothy Adams Road to Super Million$
Adams came into the final table with a massive lead in the weekly $10,000-entry event. In the meantime, other players, such as Fabrice Touil of Brazil, were desperately holding onto a micro-stack. However, despite having a critical chip deficit, Touil would remain in the game for some time.
That said, it took little time for the first player to bow out from the nine-handed table. In the very first hand, Anatoly Filatov, a Russian Team partypoker Pro, went to the rail at the final table. Filatov, with pocket queens three-bet all-in, but the original bettor, Seth Davies, held pocket aces. At that point, it was an easy call to reduce the field in spite of a sweat on the turn.
Regardless of winning that initial hand, Filatov had been short-stacked. That meant Davies had not improved his chances of winning by much. Once the blinds went up, Davies hit the virtual rail, with his three-bet all-in with ace-king only putting his chips at risk with the best hand against Adams with ace-queen. In the end, the dominant hand flopped a queen bringing the table down to seven.
Down to Six at the Super Million$ Final Table
The final table was down to six when Laurynas Levinskas of Lithuania went bust, with his ace-king unable to hit against Touil’s pocket queens. However, despite that win, Touil left the table next, when his run from three big blinds and his all-in move with pocket kings was called by Adams with ace-queen. An ace on the flop hit Touil hard, but the Brazilian left the table with $110,335.
One of the brightest up and comers in the poker world, New Yorker Alex Papazian, found that his run was over as the last of his 1.8 million chips were called off, after using some to raise Jans Arends, the shover. At that point, Papazian had ace-king, but could not hit against Arends’ pocket nines, thus, cashing out in 5th place and taking home $136,106.
Only Four Super Million$ Players Left
With only four players left, high roller Artur Martirosyan of Russia left the table first when his final 12 bigs went into the middle. He had hoped his ace-queen could hit against fellow Russian, ‘MAMOHT_T’s pocket queens. Unfortunately for Martirosian, he didn’t hit and was out.
However, ‘MAMOHT_T’ dropped out next, when his king-trey was ahead. However, that hand couldn’t hold for nine big blinds against Adams, whose jack-ten did not hit the king-high flop but rather, was open-ended and turned the straight.
Amazingly, that straight gave Adams a robust lead going into heads-up play against Arends, with more than a 12 million chip lead, against Arends 5 million chips. Adams completed the job with 60 big blinds to 25, as Arends’ four-bet shove committed his entire stack with ace-queen. Sadly for Arends, that was quickly called by Adams with pocket queens.
The End of the Super Million$ Story
In the end, it took Timothy Adams twenty-four tries at the Super MILLION$, reaching three final tables, before he became the Super Million$ champion for a huge $315,158 win. It just goes to show, a champion never quits, but keeps playing to win, even when the chips are down.