Former WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino wins GGPoker Super High Roller

Jon Sofen
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Posted on 04/09/2021

Dario Sammartino, the 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up, took down the $25,000 buy-in GGPoker Super High Roller for $508,448. The Italian poker pro dominated a field of 88 of the best poker players in the world.

Sammartino is quietly one of the top high rollers in the game, and arguably the best dressed poker pro in the world. We don’t know what he was wearing during his play on Thursday as it took place online at GGPoker. But when he competes in live, televised events, he always shows up dressed to the nines, decked out in a slick suit and tie.

Maybe it’s the clothes, or perhaps a mixture of dressing well and studying hard, but one way or another he continually performs at a high level. “Super Dario” has over $14.5 million in live tournament cashes, including the $6 million score for his 2019 Main Event 2nd place finish. Last summer during the WSOP Online Bracelet Series, also on GGPoker, he cashed in 12 events, and has crushed numerous other online poker events over the past couple of years.

No one can stop Dario Sammartino

On Thursday, he did it again, this time earning one of his biggest scores ever in a tough Super High Roller. The $25,000 buy-in event attracted some great players, including Sammartino, David Peters, Stephen Chidwick, Nick Petrangelo, Mikita Badziakouski, and others. Basically, it was a who’s who of modern poker stars.

The tournament generated a prize pool of $2.2 million, and 13 of the 88 players cashed. Peters, one of the top U.S. players, was out in 13th place for $43,864. Chidwick, arguably the best overall no-limit hold’em tournament player in the world, busted in 12th place for $43,864. They weren’t the only superstars who couldn’t outclass Dario Sammartino during the Super High Roller. Adrian Mateos, the Spaniard, took 10th place, good for $48,903.

At the nine-player final table, Sammartino had to beat out a few outstanding pros, including Badziakouski, maybe the best player under 30 in the game today. “Badz” was out fairly early at the final table in 7th place and earned $106,736. Petrangelo was felted shortly after in 6th place, which paid $138,435. Christian Rudolph, one of the most underrated German pros, was next to hit the virtual exits in 5th place, good for $179,591.

When heads-up play began against Yuri Dzivielevski, Sammartino held a 3-1 chip advantage. He never relinquished that lead, and Dzivielevski, a Brazilian pro, received $391,973 for 2nd place. Sammartino, the champion, earned $508,448 for his impressive performance.

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