Jake Schindler is the 2022 Super High Roller Bowl Europe champion. On Friday, Schindler played his way to a $3,200,000 victory, winning his first-ever Super High Roller Bowl title.
“It’s sweet to get a title in one of these,” Schindler said in victory.
Schindler outlasted the field of 32 players to win the title, including outlasting Christoph Vogelsang. Vogelsang finished third in this event, battling with Schindler at the final table. Vogelsang beat Schindler heads up in Super High Roller Bowl III when he won his SHRB title.
“I came up short against Christoph ,” Schindler said. “I made a joke to him earlier when we were walking around, like, ‘Let’s get heads up again.’ It almost happened.”
This result pushes Schindler to more than $30,000,000 in career live tournament earnings, according to HendonMob.com, and it’s his second score worth more than $3,000,000 (the other being the time he finished second to Vogelsang). The score also moved Schindler from 14th to 11th on poker’s all-time money list.
“This has to be the biggest win,” Schindler said of where this victory ranks among all of his other accomplishments in the game.
Schindler’s live tournament cashes go back until 2009, and he’s come quite a long way from playing in tournaments with buy-ins of just a couple hundred dollars. Now, Schindler is a regular at the highest stakes and a regular on the PokerGO Tour (PGT) where he’s competing against the best players in the world in events like this Super High Roller Bowl Europe. Although Schindler isn’t known for showing the most emotion at the table, he’s very happy with how successful he’s become in his poker career.
“It depends when you’d ask me, I guess,” Schindler said of looking back and thinking he’d become this successful in the game. But back at the beginning? No way, you know. Just playing a small WSOP event would have been cool when I was like 15 or 16. So being able to level up is a pretty cool feeling. It feels good.”
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There were 32 entries in this year’s $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl Europe, generating a prize pool of $8,000,000. The event was aired on PokerGO’s YouTube channel. All players to make the money in the event earned PGT leaderboard points in addition to their cash prize.
Jake Schindler returned for the third and final day of Super High Roller Bowl Europe with the chip lead. Seven players remained, and Schindler’s stack of 1,525,000 was in pole position. Only the top five places would make the money, meaning two players had to go home empty-handed.
Michael Addamo was the first player eliminated on the day. He first three-bet an open from Ali Imsirovic and then called when Imsirovic shoved. Addamo had the best of it with ace-queen against ace-ten, but Imsirovic spiked a ten on the river to find a lucky double through the Super High Roller Bowl VI champion. Addamo then lost with ace-king against Timothy Adams’ pocket queens. Adams and Addamo were exactly even in chips, sending Addamo out the door in seventh place.
Play on the stone bubble lasted for more than three hours before sixth place was realized, and it took a cooler of a hand to get the field into the money. Adams looked down to find two aces in the hole and raised. Imsirovic found two kings and reraised to more than half of his stack. Adams put Imsirovic all in, and Imsirovic called it off before he saw the bad news. The board ran out clean for Adams, leaving Imsirovic as the Super High Roller Bowl Europe “bubble boy” for the second year in a row. With Imsirovic’s elimination, the remaining five players locked up $560,000 in prize money.
Teun Mulder then busted first in the money, hitting the rail in fifth place. His ace-queen could not survive against Jake Schindler’s king-jack. The money went in preflop, Schindler flopped a jack, and the pair of jacks held from there. Mulder scooped a $560,000 prize in what was his first career Super High Roller Bowl cash.
Four-handed play lasted for a bit and it included a one-hour dinner break. When the players returned, Adams was the first to bust. He got his chips in with ace-jack and ran into Paul Phua’s ace-queen. For Adams, it was his fourth consecutive Super High Roller Bowl cash, with this one being worth $880,000.
Christoph Vogelsang fell next. On the short stack of five big blinds, he raised to 500,000 from the button with queen-nine, leaving himself with 25,000 behind should something wild happen between Schindler and Phua. Schindler reraised all in with pocket sixes, Phua folded jack-ten of clubs, and Vogelsang called off his last 25,000. An ace-eight-four-ace-five board gave Schindler the win and knocked out Vogelsang in third place for $1,280,000.
Heads-up play began with Schindler in the lead. He had 5,700,000 in chips to Phua’s 2,300,000.
Schindler began picking Phua apart immediately, with Phua quickly down to fewer than 1,500,000 in chips. Another big bluff from Schindler knocked Phua below 1,000,000 in chips and then the final hand came up.
Phua was all in with queen-four and against Schindler’s queen-jack. Schindler was in a dominating position and was able to close it out with a king-eight-three-two-six board to become Super High Roller Bowl Europe champion.
“I just tried to play each hand at the time and play my best, think about each situation as they came along,” Schindler said.
Schindler went on to say that he hopes to continue to sharpen his skills in order to keep competing at a high level. He also mentioned wanting to dive into the short deck hold’em realm. Even though he’s never played a short deck event, Schindler said it looks fun and recognized that players get to be more active in the game.
Photo courtesy of Merit Poker.