Jason Wheeler wins the World Poker Tour Amsterdam High Roller, after beating the British pro, Jack Salter, in heads-up action, to take the first prize of €125,000.
Jason Wheeler has won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Amsterdam High Roller, parlaying a €6,000 investment into a €125,000 score, after beating a field of 52 entries in the Holland Casino.
Interestingly, Wheeler shouldn’t have even been playing in the event. As described on Facebook a few hours before he sat down to play heads-up for the title.
“What a bizarre world we live in. I prepare myself mentally for two months, and physically for the last two weeks, to play SCOOP’s online. Then I see a great High Roller tournament in the Holland Casino, and I love playing there, so I hop in after three hours sleep, and end up skipping the entire online Sunday I had prepared so long for and instead tomorrow I play heads-up for the trophy and 140 usd.”
Wheeler’s heads-up opponent was Jack Salter. The young Brit was a revelation in 2014 winning the Global Poker Index (GPI) European Poker Award (EPA) for Breakout Player of the Year. Salter Twitter profile refers to himself as a ‘repeat silver medalist’ in jest towards his runner-up finishes European Poker Tour (EPT) Season 10 Grand Final, and the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP-APAC) Main Event.
Unfortunately, it was a case of déja vu for Salter. He started the day with a 2.4m-v 1.3m-chip advantage, but nothing seemed to go his way. Wheeler won every significant pot and flopped a set of treys in the final hand to hand him the second largest live score of his career.
Wheeler is more known for his online heroism where he has won over $6.4m sticking it to some of the greatest players in the world. But, if you stick the Wheeler in the Dam, the man is going to feel so good, he is bound to make some money. He didn’t disappoint.
After a few hours sleep, Wheeler jumped into Day 1A of the WPT Amsterdam Main Event, and finished towards the top end of the chips counts. He was last seen leaving the casino at 1.30am playing SCOOP on his iPad.
What a legend.
Final Table Results
1st. Jason Wheeler – €125,000
2nd. Jack Salter – €90,000
3rd. Misel Draganic – €56,700
4th. Yingui Li – €42,000
5th. Atanas Kavrakov – €31,500
6th. Jean-Noel Thorel – €25,200
7th. Simon Higgins – €21,000
8th. Ad Schaap – €16,200
9th. Ramin Hajivev – €12,604