The first event of 2022 Super High Roller Series Europe is in the books, with Tom Vogelsang emerging victorious to take home the $360,000 top prize in Event #1: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. Vogelsang topped the 40-entry field to get the win.

Vogelsang now has two big results from this trip to North Cyprus. He finished second in Event #2 of Triton Poker Cyprus for $1,390,000. The two scores now have Vogelsang 18th on the 2022 PokerGO Tour (PGT) leaderboard with 616 points.

“It kind of feels like a breakthrough,” Vogelsang. “Because I’ve always been doing well online, but I didn’t really have the recognition that comes after winning something like this.”

Vogelsang’s recent results in North Cyprus can certainly be considered a breakout. The two scores he’s earned became the largest of his live tournament career to date, with this $360,000 victory his largest-ever live tournament victory. Entering Triton Poker Cyprus and Super High Roller Series Europe, Vogelsang had $630,895 in live tournament earnings, according to HendonMob.com.

“I was planning to play everything, but if you brick everything, you feel like, ‘Oh, I shouldn’t play the rest,” Vogelsang said. “But this, it gives me a lot of extra motivation for sure.”

Vogelsang defeated Laszlo Bujtas in heads-up play, with current PGT leaderboard frontrunner Ali Imsirovic taking fifth.

2022 Super High Roller Series Europe Event #1 Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Tom Vogelsang Netherlands $360,000
2nd Laszlo Bujtas Hungary $240,000
3rd Rok Gostisa Slovenia $160,000
4th Raphael Schreiner Austria $110,000
5th Ali Imsirovic Bosnia and Herzegovina $80,000
6th Eelis Parssinen Finland $50,000

Event #1 of Super High Roller Series Europe took place at Merit Royal Hotel Casino & Spa in North Cyprus. The final table was live streamed on PokerGO’s YouTube channel. The tournament had a $25,000 buy-in and drew 40 entries, generating a prize pool of $1,000,000. The top six finishes reached the money, with all players to cash earning PGT leaderboard points in addition to their cash prize.

Vogelsang’s Road To Victory in Event #1

Tom Vogelsang came into Friday’s final table tied for third place on the leaderboard with six players remaining, trailing chip leader Laszlo Bujtas and Ali Imsirovic and tied with Eelis Parssinen.

Parssinen was the first player to bust, falling to Imsirovic in sixth place. He got all in with two aces in his hand and Imsirovic had the other two aces, but Imsirovic went on to make a six-high straight with his other two cards to score the knockout punch.

Imsirovic was next to bust. He got the last of his chips in on a jack-six-four flop holding ace-king-seven-five against the ace-jack-jack-three of Vogelsang. No help came for Imsirovic and he was eliminated in fifth place.

Busting in fourth place was Raphael Schreiner, going out to Bujtas and taking home a $110,000 payday. Then it was Rok Gostisa going out in third place for $160,000. Gostisa also busted to Bujtas.

The final two players were Vogelsang and Bujtas, and it was Vogelsang with the chip lead to start heads-up play. Vogelsang had 3,370,000 in chips to Bujtas’ 1,630,000.

On the final hand, Bujtas got the last of his chips in with king-king-seven-two against Vogelsang’s ace-king-jack-three double suited. An ace-queen-five-six-three run out gave Vogelsang his largest live tournament victory to date.

2022 Super High Roller Series Europe Leaderboard Top 10

Tom Vogelsang moved to fifth place on the 2022 Super High Roller Series Europe leaderboard, sitting with 616 points after this victory. The leaderboard does include the Triton Poker Cyprus tournament series that took place right before Super High Roller Series Europe, and Phil Ivey is on top with 1,039 points.

The player that accumulates the most PGT leaderboard points throughout all events will win the Super High Roller Series Championship and a $25,000 championship bonus.

Rank Player Country Points
1 Phil Ivey United States 1,039
2 Andras Nemeth Hungary 700
3 Winfred Yu Hong Kong 700
4 Elton Tsang Hong Kong 653
5 Tom Vogelsang Netherlands 616
6 Laszlo Bujtas Hungary 606
7 Ivan Leow Malaysia 537
8 Mike Watson Canada 528
9 Lee Wai Kiat United States 504
10 Teun Mulder Netherlands 450

Imsirovic Extends Lead Atop PGT Leaderboard

With a fifth-place finish in Super High Roller Series Europe Event #1: $25,000 PLO, Ali Imsirovic picked up 48 PGT leaderboard points. That allows Imsirovic to extend his first-place position and he now has 1,493 points on the season. Imsirovic took the top spot on the leaderboard with an eighth-place finish in the Triton Poker Cyprus $100,000 NL Hold’em.

Alex Foxen isn’t in North Cyprus, but he is competing in South Florida at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He placed second to Andrew Lichtenberger in the series’ $50,000 Super High Roller for $515,587 and jumped into third on the 2022 PGT leaderboard.

2022 PokerGO Tour Leaderboard

Rank Name Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1st Ali Imsirovic 1,493 4 14 $2,303,700
2nd Isaac Kempton 1,375 0 3 $1,297,464
3rd Alex Foxen 1,295 2 12 $1,629,002
4th Tony Sinishtaj 1,250 1 1 $1,655,952
5th Sean Winter 1,217 2 10 $1,855,100
6th Sean Perry 1,147 2 11 $1,615,508
7th Nick Petrangelo 1,119 3 5 $2,189,800
8th Jeremy Ausmus 1,049 2 9 $1,216,100
9th Phil Ivey 1,039 1 3 $1,736,100
10th Alex Livingston 886 0 5 $917,599

Note: PokerGO Tour leaderboard accurate at the date of this article.

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