WSOP Paradise: Mullur wins GGMillion$ High Roller for $2.7m

Mo Afdhal
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Posted on: December 8, 2023 10:53 pm EST

The World Series of Poker Paradise continues to impress in terms of turnout and meeting prize pool guarantees.

Event #2: $25,000 GGMillion$ High Roller Championship was no exception to the trend. Across Day 1A and Day 1B starting flights, coupled with an online starting flight on GGPoker, the event garnered a field of 533 entrants to create a prize pool of $13,325,000, smashing the $10,000,000 guarantee. The lion’s share of the payouts went to Samuel Mullur, of Austria, who took home $2,726,300 and the gold bracelet for his first place finish.

The eight-figure guarantee drew the interest of many of poker’s best tournament players and the field quickly swelled with crushers. Day 2 action saw 80 of those entrants return to play, having made the minimum cash of $40,000, with Jason Koon holding the chip lead to start. Other notables in the bracelet hunt on Day 2 included Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Justin Bonomo, Sam Greenwood, and Jason Mercier.

It was early Friday morning when Day 2 play concluded with the field whittled down to just eight hopefuls remaining. Germany’s Daniel Smiljkovic led the pack with a sizable chip lead. It was an international affair, with seven countries represented at the final table. Frank Brannan, Samuel Mullur, Adrian Mateos, Klemens Roiter, Arunas Sapitavicus, Damian Salas, and Matthew Stumpf filled out the rest of the final table.

The WSOP Paradise final table sits empty, waiting for players

Mullur and Brannan duke it out

The final table action was streamed free of charge thanks to GGPoker and the replay remains available to watch on their YouTube channel. Stumpf made his exit just as the live stream began, finishing in eighth place, and Mateos followed soon after in seventh. From there, the eliminations came fast and furious, taking the action to the heads-up stage between Samuel Mullur and Frank Brannan.

Mullur’s performance throughout the final table saw him score several eliminations and, as a result, his chip lead over Brannan was significant to start heads-up play. Brannan, however, had come ready to battle and refused to go down quietly. The Brooklyn native took the fight to the poker streets and the two traded blows for the better part of three hours.

Eventually, Mullur scooped a massive pot with pocket kings against Brannan’s inferior top pair and the end seemed at hand. Indeed, it was just a few hands later that Mullur picked up pocket kings again, getting all the chips in against the now-short-stracked Brannan, who held Q-T suited. The K-8-8 flop left no outs for Brannan and the hours-long battle came to a dramatic close.

PlacePlayerPrize (USD)
1Samuel Mullur (Austria)$2,726,300
2Frank Brannan (USA) $1,684,500
3Daniel Smiljkovic (Germany)$1,192,300
4Damian Salas (Argentina)$856,800
5Arunas Sapitavicus (Lithuania)$625,400
6Klemens Roiter (Austria)$463,700
7Adrian Mateos (Spain)$349,400
8Matthew Stumpf (Canada)$267,500

Featured Image Courtesy of World Series of Poker