The Daily SCOOP – GG Online Championship The Wrap Up


After an exhilarating 27 days, GGPoker’s GG Online Championship is finally completed. After what can only be described as one of the most intense and exciting online poker tournament series ever hosted unfortunately is completed. And while we are all saddened by the ending of this incredible series, knowing that whatever comes next will be miniature in comparison. After taking the necessary time to decompress, we have some impressive numbers to share with you, highlighting how big this series really was.

May 5th marked the launch of the inaugural GG Online Championship held exclusively at GGPoker. The tournament series which guaranteed $150 Million had over 130 scheduled events at various buy-ins for a total of 872 individual tournaments including a slew of Million dollar plus guaranteed events. When the last tournament of the series finally played its last hand, the GG Online Championship had well surpassed the guarantee and had seen players win $178,148,382.

As if the size of the total prize pools wasn’t amazing enough, there were a total of 977,493 total entries into the tournaments, an average of just over 1,120 per tournament. 

Biggest Field

The lead up and the size of some of these tournaments was quite impressive. While some of the Super High buy-in events had fields with less than 50 players, the biggest event of the series was Event #113-L. The smallest buy-in for this Mystery Bounty tournament, which was set at just $25, finished as the GG Online Championship event with the largest field. When late registration closed on this $1 Million guaranteed event, there were 43,443 players creating a total prize pool, including the bounties, of $1,086,075. When the last hand was completed, it was ‘LaPataDonald’ who stood out as the victor, having earned $35,257,70 for his efforts and $25 entry. While ‘LaPataDonald’ took home the victory, he was not the big winner of the tournament. Finishing in 4,173rd, barely in the money, it was ‘PRISt323’ who walked away with the biggest share of the prize pool with $100,061.60. Quite the reward for such a tiny entry.

As expected with so much money being guaranteed, even with as many tournaments as were run, GG Online Championship had 7 players win over $1,000,000 in prizes. These 7 players played well and ran well to finish atop the money leaderboard in this tournament series and should be applauded for their efforts.

Ole Schemion – $2,064,271.91
Simon Mattsson – $1,662,716.22
Rui Ferreira – $1,454,063.24
A Martirosian – $1,354,534.06
Arsenii Malinox – $1,141,689.59
Samuel Vousden – $1,094875.71
Andras Nemeth – $1,041,806.93

A hearty congratulations to these 7 who ended this tournament series at least a little bit wealthier than at the start.

Author: Paula Allen