The Super High Roller Bowl has wrapped up in Las Vegas after five days of action that saw some of the best players in the world battle for the $6 million top prize.
When the latest incarnation of the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl got underway on May 28, the Aria Casino welcomed the great and the good of the poker world.
From Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth to international stars such as Fedor Holz and Dominik Nitsche, the field was awash with talent.
Hart Raises a Smile or Two
Also joining the high stakes event that was streamed online via Poker Central’s PokerGo, Twitch Facebook and YouTube was a number of businessmen, wealthy amateurs and celebrities.
Leading the way in terms of star power was Hollywood star and stand-up comedian Kevin Hart.
Despite being something of a novice compared to the pros at the table, Hart has been a fan of poker for a while and often plays in high stakes home games with the likes of Dan Bilzerian.
Hoping to add a bit of fun to proceedings, Hart made it through the opening day and even eliminated Phil Hellmuth before hitting the rail in 24th place (from a starting field of 54).
Also proving that a keen amateur can hang with the big boys was Kings Casino CEO Leon Tsoukernik. The man behind the Czech Republic’s largest poker room finished the first day second on the leaderboard behind Byron Kaverman and continued to push the top five before being eliminated in fourth place for $1.8 million.
When Tsoukernik hit the rail on Day 4 it left Jake Schindler, Christoph Vogelsang and Stefan Schillhabel with a place in Day 5. With Schindler holding almost 50 percent of the chips in play it looked as though the US pro would easily oust his two German opponents.
Germans Upset Home Advantage
However, as the action got underway and Vogelsang took out his countryman Schillhabel, the tide soon turned. Despite Schindler having Vogelsang on the ropes multiple times heads-up, the German found a fortunate four on the river to land a crucial pot.
With the board showing 3c 2h 8c Qh 4d, Schindler made his fourth bet of the hand with pocket eights. Without hesitation, Vogelsang called with Ah 5s to beat his opponent’s set of eights and take the lead.
A short while later it was all over after a failed bluff by Schindler allowed Vogelsang to scoop the remaining chips in play and pick up his first live tournament win. As well as banking $6 million, the German picked up an extra $2,000 from eight of his countrymen as part of a last longer bet plus a $13,500 WSOP Main Event package courtesy of 888Poker.
With the Super High Roller Bowl done for another year, it was over to the Rio for the start of the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The $565 Casino Employees event got things underway with Bryan Hollis outlasting 650 players to take home the $68,817 top prize.
Following Hollis’ win, the first open event of the Series, the $10,000 Tag Team Championship, welcomed 102 entrants on June 1. For more WSOP stories, make sure you check out PokerSites.com this summer.
Super High Roller Bowl 2017 Result
1. Christoph Vogelsang – $6,000,000
2. Jake Schindler – $3,600,000
3. Stefan Schillhabel – $2,400,000
4. Leon Tsoukernik – $1,800,000
5. Byron Kaverman – $1,400,000
6. Pratyush Buddiga – $1,000,000
7. Justin Bonomo – $600,000