Jake Schindler has a commanding lead as Day 4 ends with only three players in contention for the $6m first prize in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl at Aria, Las Vegas.
This time last year, Aria regular Erik Seidel squared up against the might of Germany in the last three of the Super High Roller Bowl (SRHB). It didn’t end well for the New Yorker.
Flock forth to 2017, and we have a similar situation as Aria regular Jake Schindler tries to write a more favourable history for the Americans as he will take on German pros Christoph Vogelsang and Stefan Schillhabel on the last day of the greatest high stakes tournament in the world.
This is how they began, Day 4:
Seat 1: Leon Tsoukernik – 1,780,000
Seat 2: Jason Koon – 685,000
Seat 3: Jake Schindler – 4,080,000
Seat 4: Byron Kaverman – 2,200,000
Seat 5: Pratyush Buddiga – 1,780,000
Seat 6: Christoph Vogelsang – 2,650,000
Seat 7: Justin Bonomo – 1,735,000
Seat 8: Stefan Schillhabel – 1,890,000
Only seven people would end up in profit, and Jason Koon was aware that he was the short stack and most likely to end up with nothing but the iron rims of an old tatty pair of spectacles.
Koon began well, chipping up to a million, but eventually exited on the bubble after the following hand:
Jake Schindler opened to 90k from the first position, and Jason Koon called in the big blind. The flop came KcTs8d, Koon checked to Schindler who bet 75k and Koon moved all-in for 470k. Schindler, who was holding bottom set had an easy call; Koon showed 97hh for the open-ended straight draw and missed.
It has been a great week for Justin Bonomo after earning $900,000 in Aria High Rollers in the lead to the big one, but he had to settle with a min-cash in this one:
Christoph Vogelsang made up the difference in the small blind before calling a 175k raise from Justin Bonomo in the big blind. The flop was 9h2d2s, and Vogelsang check-called a 100k Bonomo bet. The turn was the Jc and both players checked. The river was the Qh; Vogelsang checked for the third time; Bonomo bet 700k; Vogelsang moved all-in for 2 million, and after using his time extension button, Bonomo made the call. Vogelsang showed KsTc for the straight and Bonomo showed 4s2h for trips, and then promptly went looking for a very high veranda so he could do a Greg Louganis.
Pratyush Buddiga hit the rail in the sixth spot after opening to 100k holding Ac9h, and Leon Tsoukernik called with AhQs in the big blind. The flop fell ace high, and the pair got it in. You can work the rest out while my fingers have a rest. Buddiga earned a million bucks for his sixth place finish, the first seven-figure score of his career, but I bet he doesn’t feel like celebrating.
Next, we lost the Day 1 Chip Leader in fifth when Jake Schindler’s pocket aces took care of the pocket eights of Byron Kaveman. And the day was brought to a close when the King’s Casino owner, Leon Tsoukernik’s brave run ended in fifth after the black aces of Christoph Vogelsang made the Czech millionaire’s ATdd look like an old relic.
When the players return for Day 5, there will be three prizes up for grabs, and something tells me they will finish in the order they begin. It’s the USA vs. Germany, and for once, I don’t think the Germans are going to finish first.
Updated Chip Counts
1. Jake Schindler – 10,670,000
2. Christoph Vogelsang – 5,245,000
3. Stefan Schillhabel – 885,000
4. Leon Tsoukernik – $1,800,000
5. Byron Kaverman – $1,400,000
6. Pratyush Buddiga – $1,000,000
7. Justin Bonomo – $600,000