Joakim Andersson earns $1.5 million score in GGPoker Spring Festival

Jon Sofen
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Posted on 04/21/2021

Joakim Andersson had quite the profitable day at the GGPoker Spring Festival, as he took down a high roller for over $1.5 million. The Swedish online poker pro beat a massive field of 1,089 players in the $10,300 buy-in Super Millions Main Event, a $10 million guaranteed tournament.

As for that guarantee, GGPoker had no problem avoiding overlay. In total, the prize pool reached $10,890,000, ensuring the poker site wouldn’t be on the hook for part of the pot.

No one benefited from the huge prize pool more than Andersson, a regular in GGPoker’s high roller events. But he wasn’t the only player who scored big in this difficult tournament, nor was he the only skilled pro to run deep.

On Tuesday, the Swedish pro entered the session with quite a sizable chip advantage. He was the only player to begin play with over 100 big blinds, and he proved that he knows how to maneuver a big stack. Andersson cruised to victory at the final table with few issues.

Early on at the final table, he won a race to bust one of the top players in the game, Alex Foxen (8th place for $249,253). Foxen was the 2018 and 2019 Global Poker Index Player of the Year and is a regular in the live poker high roller events.

With Foxen out of the way and Andersson holding a big chip lead, he began to coast to victory. Roman Emelyanov from Russia went out in 7th place ($323,242), and was then followed by the Hungarian Gergely Kulcsar in 6th place ($419,193). A player only identified by his GGPoker screen name — “level29” — took 5th place, earning $543,626.

Joakim Andersson puts on a clinic

Down to four players, the money was really getting serious, and heavy pay jumps were soon on the way. Australia’s Stevan Chew busted in 4th place, good for $704,996. Darrell Goh of Austria would soon go out in 3rd place ($914,266), setting up a heads-up match between Joakim Andersson of Sweden and Julian Stuer from Austria.

Both players were guaranteed a seven-figure payday, but the difference between 1st and 2nd place was still huge — nearly $400,000. So, there was still reason to battle it out for the title.

The problem for Stuer was, he was in such a deep hole. Andersson had completely dominated the opposition at the final table and built up a massive stack. Stuer was unable to ever cut into his lead and was eventually eliminated in 2nd place for $1,185,655. That is life-changing money for most, although it doesn’t beat the $1,537,605 won by the champion, Joakim Andersson.

Anderson added to his already strong resume on the GGPoker site. He now has over $5.3 million in cashes on there, but this was his largest score ever. As a live tournament player, the recent champion has just $196,423 in recorded cashes.

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