Marvelous Martirosian makes it five Super MILLION$ titles

Arthur Martirosian

the GGPoker Super MILLION$ is widely regarded as the toughest weekly online poker tournament, but it looks like the Russian superstar Arthur Martirosian did not receive this particular memo.

Martirosian came out of the GG Online Championship edition of the Super MILLION$, a result that ended with an impressive $557,636. Amazingly, despite the ridiculously stacked fields this tournament creates, this was the fifth time Martirosian left all of his opponents in his wake. Winning five Super MILLION$ events ties Martirosian to poker royalty Niklas Astedt and Michael Addamo in terms of events won. We wouldn’t give Martirosian a sixth title based on this performance.

Super MILLION$ Final Table Results

Place Player Country Price
1 Arthur Martirosian Russia $557,636
2 Fedor Holz Austria $429,996
3 Alex Ponakovs Latvia $331,572
4 Christian Rodolphe Austria $255,677
5 Andrii Novak Ukraine $197,154
6 Gab Yong “GabD” Kim hong kong $152,026
7 Christophe Puetz Austria $117,228
8 LUCKY88889999 Singapore $90,395
9 Wiktor Malinowski Macau $69,704*

* indicates player was eliminated on Day 1

The final table opened with only eight players instead of nine because “Zangezund” and Wiktor Malinowski crashed during the same hand at the end of day 1 on May 8. These eight became seven when “LUCKY88889999” burst at level 40,000/80,000/10,000a. LUCKY88889999 min-raise to 160,000 under the gun with pocket aces, Gab Yong “GabD” Kim 3-bet all-in for 1,103,996 in the hijack with a pair of 10s, and LUCKY88889999 snap-call. Kim was a huge underdog before the flop but took the lead on a flop of a set of tens. The turn and the river weren’t dramatic, and LUCKY88889999 blew himself up in eighth place for $90,395.

Christophe Puetz
Christophe Puetz

Christophe Puetz joined LUCKY88889999 on the sidelines after being knocked out in seventh place, finishing with $117,228, the first six-figure gain of the night. Puetz clinched after losing a coinflip to Martirosian. A min-raise from Martirosian to 240,000 was 3-bet to 1,440,000 by Puetz; this raise left only 7.8 big blinds behind. Martirosian puts Puetz all-in and Puetz calls. It was pocket tens for the Martirosian and an ace-jack for the all-in player. The ten held, Puetz headed for the showers and Martirosian reinforced his stack.

Sixth place and $152,026 went to Kim despite double Alex Ponakovs in a battle of the blinds. Kim’s stack dwindled to a shadow in seven big blinds, so it was no surprise to see him re-raise all-in with a pair of nines after Ponakovs min-raised to 320,000 with the king. -queen. The action folds to Martirosian in the small blind, and he wakes up with ace-king. Martirosian re-shoves, and active players fold. An ace on the flop sealed the deal for Martirosian.

Ukraine Andrii Novak was the next player eliminated, his fifth place coming with a payout of $197,194. Again, it was Martirosian who delivered the final blow. Fedor Holz folded under the gun and Martirosian moved all in for over 12 million chips as the biggest active stack was under 2.2 million and the blinds were 80,000/160,000/20,000a. Novak canceled his stack of 2,093,528 in the big blind with pocket jacks in the hole, but a three on the flop prematurely ended Novak’s impressive run.

Christian Rodolphe
Christian Rodolphe

The Super MILLION$ became the Martirosian and Holz show because the talented duo held over 24.5 million chips between them with the other two finalists holding a total of 3.9 million.

Holz claimed the tournament life of Christian Rodolphe when Rudolph opened to 1,000,000 at the 100,000/200,000/25,000a level, and canceled the 791,746 chips he had behind when Holz 3-bet from the big blind. It was ace-seven for Rudolph but ace-king for Holz. The king-kicker in Holz’s hand proved more than enough to reduce the player count by one.

Unsurprisingly, Ponakovs took third place to send the tournament into the heads-up phase. Ponakovs snatched his last six big blinds from the small blind with an ace try after Martirosian opened on the button. Martirosian called with ace-king and the rest is history.

This hand gave Martirosian a 17,534,969 edge to 11,065,031 over GGPoker’s Global Ambassador Holz. Almost immediately, Holz asked to talk about a deal, but then withdrew his request during the first heads-up hand.

Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz

A cooler hand where Martirosian made a queen flush against Holz’s jack-high flush on a four-flush board put the ball firmly in the Russian’s court. The final hand followed a similar path. Holz limped with eight-seven and Martirosian checked with jack-seven, each player having a club. The flop comes nine-eight aces with two clubs, and Martirosian check-calls a continuation bet of 300,000. The king of clubs saw both players check, leading to the nine of clubs on the river, which gave both players a flush but Martirosian had the best flush. Martirosian moved all-in for effectively twice the pot size. Holz gassed up for 30 seconds before calling and seeing the bad news.

Holz finished in second place and saw $429,996 go to his account balance, leaving Martirosian walking away with his record fifth Super MILLION $ title and $557,636 in cash.