Timothy Adams has won his second Super High Roller Bowl ring and $3,600,000 in the $250,000 Main Event in Sochi, seeing off a 40-strong field replete with players at the top of their game. His last opponent, Christoph Vogelsang, was also gunning to become a two-time SHRB champion, but after nearly ten hours of play had to settle for the $2,400,000 second place payout. In total $10,000,000 was awarded today on the final table.
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The story of the final day begins before the money. Returning today were seven players facing a bubble worth $600,000. The last player to leave cashless ended up being British phenom Steven Chidwick, who returned with the shortest stack and was eliminated by Vogelsang within the first level of the day. Vogelsang went on to bust Ivan Leow in 6th place, setting himself up for a deep run – and a period of sitting back from major action. It was Adrian Mateos who rocketed up the chip counts early on, doubling through Adams (his pair of queens holding against Adams’ overcard and flush draw, all in on an explosive blind on blind flop). This transfer from Adams was soon to be returned – with interest – as Mateos lost three big all-in preflop flips in a row to end up on the rail in 5th ($800,000).
After the shock rise and fall of the accomplished young Spaniard (already a triple WSOP bracelet holder, EPT winner and GPI 2017 Player of the Year) Adams made good use of his new stack to challenge start of day chip leader Ben Heath. Heath had been responsible for sending Mateos to the rail (in another blind on blind confrontation that pitted his deuces against Mateos’ ace-queen) and in spite of doubling the dangerous Mikita Badziakouski, had kept his stack on or near the top of the counts with aplomb.
Four-handed, however, it became anyone’s game. All four remaining finalists took a turn in the chip lead and it remained too close to call for over three hours, the wealth of experience, patience and aggression on display the reason that multiple millions in winnings had already been banked by every one of them.
It was Heath who broke the deadlock, losing a big pot to Vogelsang to leave him short enough to jam queen-six suited from the small blind; big blind Adams picked him off with ace-deuce to send him to the rail to collect $1,000,000, the 27 year old’s first cash in a Super High Roller Bowl event.
Badziakouski, having imaginatively played his way from a short stack to the chip lead at one point, finished in 3rd place, his eliminator Adams who put pressure on the short stack blind on blind with jack-three offsuit, was called all-in with ace-queen, and spiked two pair to send the partypoker Team Pro to the rail to collect $1,600,000.
Though Adams whittled Vogelsang’s stack down early on heads up, the top of the German all-time money list showed livestream viewers how he’s made over $22 million in live tournaments at the highest level, doubling to challenge the Canadian all the way to his eventual exit as the blinds grew heavy, all in preflop with an out-kicked ace. Vogelsang won $2,400,000, while Adams received $3,600,000 and his second title – back to back following his win in Super High Roller Bowl Australia.
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