Finnish superstar and fully-fledged member of Team partypoker, Joni Jouhkimainen, helped himself to the massive $77,720 top prize of The High Roller Big Game on January 24.
The High Roller Big Game Final Table Results
|2||Adrian Mateos||United Kingdom||$50,010|
|4||Benjamin McMenemy||United Kingdom||$24,262|
|6||Juan Pardo Dominguez||United Kingdom||$14,406|
|7||Simon Higgins||United Kingdom||$12,178|
Jouhkimainen was one of 126 players who exchanged $2,600 for one million chips and the chance to lock horns with some of the best poker players in the business.
Only the top 20 finishers received a slice of the $317,250 prize pool. Team partypoker’s Patrick Leonard came close to cashing but crashed out in 29th place. Francois Billard, the winner of the 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America Main Event, was the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble.
Team partypoker’s Isaac Haxton was the first player to receive some prize money, namely $5,615. The likes of Christian Rudolph, Pascal Hartmann, Sami Kelopuro, Jans Arends, and Christopher Frank joined Haxton on the rail.
Australian superstar Michael Addamo ran out of steam in 14th place before David Yan and Ali Imsirovic saw their tournaments come to an abrupt end. Two more players busted before the final table, Kahle Burns and Pavlo Kolinkovskyi being that duo.
The High Roller Big Game Reached
Luc Greenwood’s time at the final table was short-lived as he fell in ninth-place. Greenwood was the last player not to walk away with a five-figure haul.
$10,351 and eighth place went to Brazilian sensation Brunno Botteon before Simon Higgins joined him on the sidelines having fallen in seventh, a finish worth $12,178. Juan Pardo Dominguez and Finland’s Thomas Fyrqvist banked $14,406 and $18,003 respectively before Benjamin McMenemy’s impressive run ended in a fourth-place finish that weighed in at $24,262.
Any of the final three players would have made a worthy champion with all three being household names in the poker world. Those three became two when Steve O’Dwyer busted in third for $34,313, which left Jouhkimainen and Adrian Mateos to fight it out one-on-one for the title.
Jouhkimainen got the job done and padded his bankroll with the $77,720 top prize, leaving Mateos to scoop up the $50,010 runner-up prize.
— Joni Jouhkimainen (@Jouhkb) January 25, 2021
Vamos! Pedro Garagnani Takes Down The Big Game
Pedro Garagnani turned his $530 into $38,538 and the title of The Big Game champion. Garagnani outlasted 451 opponents, including Team Online brothers Matthew Staples (70th – $1,024) and Jaime Staples (23rd – $1,983).
Triple Crown winner Davidi Kitai was the final table’s first casualty and British star Scott Margereson followed suit soon after. Michael Wywrot and Artur Martirosian saw their tournaments end prematurely before Florian Lohnert bowed out in fifth.
Everyone else was now guaranteed a five-figure prize for their efforts. Manuel Fritz got his hands on the first of these, namely $12,296. Heads-up was set when Mitchell Halverson was eliminated in third for an $18,527 prize.
Garagnani and former EPT champion Robin Ylitalo were the heads-up duo and the former was the victor. First-place rewarded Garagnani with $38,538 leaving Ylitalo to collect $26,708.
The Big Game Final Table Results
|8||Scott Margereson||United Kingdom||$4,477|
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