At the final table of GG Spring Festival Main Event-H: $1,500 PLO-NL, a favorite and a longshot met at the end to chop up all the money.
Joachim "jochee" Haraldstad began the final table with the biggest stack and completely dominated from start to finish, wrecking fellow leader Markus "Lenbert1" Schottes and just generally rampaging to what looked like an insurmountable lead.
Meanwhile, "Majki365," the shortest stack by far and the only player open from the start about wanting to deal, managed to ladder past all the other players at the seven-handed table. They double up heads up, and after a few more hands of play, Haraldstad agreed to deal and they each secured more than $200K for their efforts in the 1,412-entry field.
Official Final Table Results
|1||Joachim "jochee" Haraldstad||Norway||$249,926|
|4||Markus "Lenbert1" Schottes||Germany||$110,705|
|7||Jens "Tankanza" Lakemeier||Austria||$46,539|
For Haraldstad, the key hand came up with three tables left. He flopped top set of aces versus second set of kings held by Bernard Larabi, who had the chip lead and opted to check-shove the turn. After missing the one-outer, he crashed back to the pack while Haraldstad rocketed to the chip lead with more than 100 big blinds.
Some heavy bubble pressure saw Haraldstad take 43 million out of about 140 million total chips to the final table.
Only Schottes was close behind with 40 million but nothing went right for him at the final table besides an early bust of Jens "Tankanza" Lakemeier. He dropped three pretty big pots to Haraldstad to fall to a short stack and ended up going out in fourth.
In the mean time, Majki365 pretty much sat on the sidelines as Haraldstad played all of the pots and busted just about everyone. Every time they got all the chips in, they had the best of it and held up. All the while, their offers for a deal went unrequited.
When Haraldstad busted Larabi in third on a zero-sweat hand, a deal still seemed pretty unlikely as Haraldstad was up about 6-to-1 in chips.
Majki365 finally got it in behind but they managed a double, and not too long after that, Haraldstad decided to end things early and not risk any miracle comeback, giving up about $14K from the first-place prize money.