It was a history making weekend for poker star Connor Dinan, as he concluded the GGSF Headliner-M: $400 PLO NL event as the unlikely winner after coming back from far back in the field. There were a remarkable number of players involved in the event, with 2,671 entries in total throughout the event.
The number of players involved meant that the prize fund for the event stood at over $1 million. The second day of the event got underway with still 451 players left standing in the competition. However, it was to be Drinan that came out on top in the end, despite the fact that he was down to just a solitary big blind during the three-hand play.
Unlikely Comeback Win For Drinan
The win for the Canadian star looked extremely unlucky for long stretches down the final rounds of the real-money competition. However, after just under nine hours of play, he was the player that was crowned the outright winner of the event. The success saw him walkaway from the event with prize money of $127,453. He would have taken more pride from the way that he fought back after looking on the brink of elimination just ten minutes before the competition ended. Mads Amot was the player to finish in second, and he would have been shell-shocked by the comeback effort from Drinan.
The Norwegian player finished in second spot in the competition, which saw him still leave the event with $92,150 in returns for his performance. He would have felt that he was in the best possible position going into the closing stages, but he had no answer for the comeback made by the Canadian in the final ten minutes of the event. Still, a second place finish doesn’t mean the end of the world for Amot.
Remaining Players On Final Table
Rui Ferreira narrowly missed out on the final heads-up challenge, as he finished back in third position. Still, he picked up prize money of $66,626 for his excellent showing at the event. Kosei Ichinose and Ami Barer both also finished in the top seven of the event. Ichinose finished in fourth place in the standings, and walked away from the event with $48,172. Meanwhile, Barer finished a place further back in the standings, but still walked away from the event with $34,830 in prize funds.
The final two players on the leaderboard on the final table of the event were Jin Su and Mark Berente. Su claimed sixth place overall, and returned prize money of $25,182. Meanwhile, Berente was the first player knocked out on the final table, as he finished the event in seventh place overall. Berente claimed returns of $18,207. It was good news for all players that managed to finish in the top 300 places on the leaderboard, as they all claimed their share of the prize fund. Among the notable prize winners were Niklas Astedt, Patrick Leonard and Joao Simao.