Ivan Luca denies Wiktor Malinowski his third Super MILLION$ title

Ivan Luca

Ivan Luca spoiled Wiktor Malinowskiback by beating the Polish high-stakes gambling guru in a heads-up in the GGPoker Super MILLION$. Malinowski went from seventh place at the start of the final table to heads-up, but the night belonged to Luca, who won his first Super MILLION $ title in his first such final table.

Super MILLION$ Season 2 Episode 47 Final Table Results

Square Player Country Price
1 Ivan Luca Russia $247,727
2 Wiktor Malinowski Macau $193,464
3 Chunlei Zhou hong kong $151,088
4 Constantin Maslak Russia $117,993
5 Vlad Martynenko Ukraine $92,148
6 Yen-Liang “yao_poker” Yao Taiwan $71,963
seven Michael Addamo hong kong $56,200
8 Marcus Prinz Austria $43,890
ten Lucio “Wizard of Az” Lima Brazil $34,276

Lucio “Wizard of Az” Lima sat at the final table with the shortest stack and was the first of nine finalists to retire. Lima’s tournament ended when he moved all in for 360,748 chips from the small blind, and Malinowski called 10.5 big blinds all in from the big blind. Lima showed an ace-five, Malinowski the queen-jack, and the latter turned a straight to reduce the number of players by one. Ninth place weighed in at $34,276.

Eighth place was decided soon after and it was Malinowski who claimed the scalp. Malinowski min-raised to 70,000 under the gun with pocket jacks, Marcus Prinz re-raise to 175,000 from the next seat, doing so with bottom pair tens in the hole. Malinowski re-raised enough to put Prinz on his final 272,745, and Prinz called. An ace-high board sent Prinz down the rail with $43,890 to reward his efforts.

Michael Addamo
Michael Addamo in happier times

Michael Addamo, a five-time Super MILLION$ winner, was the next player eliminated. The aggressive Aussie has almost his stack when Constantin Maslak opened from middle position with pocket kings for 73,500, Addamo re-raised to 192,500 with pocket jacks, then called when Maslak snatched it for 1,162,442. is found with a stack of 204,059 with the blinds at 17,500/35,000/4,500a. Those chips went to the middle of the next hand with a pair of sevens, which lost to the pocket queens of another short stack. Vlad Martynenko. Addamo retired in seventh place for $56,200.

Sixth place and $71,963 went to Taiwan Yen-Liang “yao_poker” Yao. Malinowski went for a minimum raise to 100,000 with the humble ten-two of spades, and only Yao called from the big blind with the king-jack. A flop nine jack-queen saw Yao check-call a continuation bet of 182,700 from his Polish opponent. The turn was king, improving Yao to two pair but Malinowski to a straight. Yao checked first but then checked all-in for 724,210 when Malinowski tested the waters with a bet of 160,000. Malinowski immediately called, his hand outstretched, and Yao fell by the wayside.

The bottom five became four with the elimination of Martynenko; the Ukrainian banked $92,148 for that deep run. Martynenko re-raised to 100,000 with ace-queen under the gun, only for Luca to re-raise to 250,000 on the button with pocket kings in the hole. Martynenko moved all in for 1,059,335 and Luca made one of the easiest calls of his career. The board ran out at nine and Martynenko was gone.

Constantin Maslak
Constantin Maslak

Maslak took fourth place and collected $117,993. The Russian was down to around 12 big blinds when his internet connection went down, and it wasn’t the first time. Malinowski asked his table mates to wait a bit, but Maslak never reconnected. He eventually went all-in from the small blind with seven-six and lost to Luca’s ace-ten.

The three-way game lasted over 90 minutes and ended when Chunlei Zhou open-shoved for 20 big blinds from the small blind with ace-trey. Malinowski, never one to turn down a coinflip, called with a pair of fours. The ovens stood on a king-high tray, and Zhou walked to the cashier’s desk to collect $151,088.

Malinowski took a 7,762,232 to 3,637,768 chip lead in the head-to-head battle against Luca. The stacks leveled before Luca claimed the chip lead for himself after Malinowski made a dashing little bluff and then missed a draw. Luca never looked back from that point.

The final hand saw Malinowski limp on the button with eight-four, and Luca check with the jack-five of hearts. A queen-six-ace flop with two hearts saw Luca check-call a continuation bet of 250,000. Luca checked again when an off-suit nine landed on the turn. Malinowski, who was out of time at this point, bet 1,050,000 into the 1,060,000 pot with nothing but air. Lucas called. A five on the river was met by another check from Luca. Malinowski cleared the clip and shoved all-in for 2,161,444, only for Luca to call with his pair of fives, beating Malinowski into second place for $193,464 and claiming the top prize of $247,727 for himself.