Christoph Vogelsang is the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl champion, and $6m richer, after beating Jake Schindler in a five-hour heads-up marathon.
That all changed dramatically after the German pro, overcame a 2:1 chip deficit (twice) to defeat the overwhelming favourite Jake Schindler in heads-up action to bank the $6m first prize, and his first live tournament title, in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB).
Schindler will need some time to get over this one. The American had Vogelsang out on his feet on two separate occasions only for the river to come flooding in and drown him each time.
56 players entered the event, and at the start of the final day, only three began.
Here is the round up of action before today:
Starting Chip Counts
- Jake Schinlder – 10,670,000 (178 BB)
- Christoph Vogelsang – 5,245,000 (87 BB)
- Stefan Schillhabel – 885,000 (15 BB)
The day began, rather predictably, with Stefan Schillhabel moving his 15bb stack into the middle of the purple baize at every opportunity he could get.
After chipping up to 1.4m, Schillhabel got it in with Ajo and found a caller in the shape of Vogelsang holding QQ. Schillhabel flopped a Jack but there was no more aid on either the turn nor the river, and he was out earning $2.4m.
Christoph Vogelsang would take on Jake Schindler for the title.
Heads Up Chips
- Jake Schindler – 10,915,000
- Christoph Vogelsang – 5,885,000
At one point in the five-hour battle, Schindler extended his chip lead to 12,900,000 v 3,900,000, but Vogelsang turned it around in the next hand.
Schindler limped into the pot holding Ako, Vogelsang raised to 400k holding KJdd, Schindler re-raised to 1.2m, and Vogelsang called. The flop was the Ac to give Schindler top pair, Vogelsang checked, Schindler bet 1.4m and Vogelsang called. The river was the 9d giving Vogelsang the flush; Schindler moved all-in, and Vogelsang called to double up.
Schindler then fought back to take the chip lead 14,100,000 v 2,700,000 after winning a series of hefty pots, and the American must have thought that the $6m and the title was his, but Vogelsang once again found that lucky river card when he needed it most.
Vogelsang limped the button holding A5o; Schindler raised to 500,000 holding pocket eights, and Vogelsang called. The German then called bets of 275,000 and 900,000 when the flop and turn fell 8c3c2hQh, and then moved all-in, and was called, at the sight of the 4d river making him a wheel to beat Schindler’s set.
The final hand saw Schindler limp into the pot with J8hh, and Vogelsang check with Ts7c. The flop was Tc3h2d to give Vogelsang top pair, and he checked. Schindler bet 100,000, and Vogelsang called. The turn was the 7h to give Schindler a flush draw. Schindler bet 400,000, Vogelsang raised to 1.5m and Schindler called. The river was the 2c, Vogelsang bet 2.3m, Schindler moved all-in for 6.2m with nothing but air, and Vogelsang called to take the $6m and title of 2017 SHRB back to Germany for the second successive year.
2017 Super High Roller Bowl ITM Finishers
- Christoph Vogelsang – $6,000,000
- Jake Schindler – $3,600,000
- Stefan Schillhabel – $2,400,000
- Leon Tsoukernik – $1,800,000
- Byron Kaverman – $1,400,000
- Pratyush Buddiga – $1,000,000
- Justin Bonomo – $600,000
Previous Super High Roller Bowl Winners
2017 – Christoph Vogelsang – $6,000,000
2016 – Rainer Kempe – $5,000,000
2015 Brian Rast – $7,525,000