After a swift final day, it was the Canadian player Timothy Adams who topped the 16-strong A$250,000-entry Super High Roller Bowl Australia field and by doing so, won over $2 million in Australian dollars at The Star Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
With the very special event taking place for the first time, only three players of the five who reached the final table would make the money, and that meant for poker of the highest order, with millions on the line and PokerGO fans around the world gripped by the action.
The event took place hot on the heels of Michael Addamo’s win in the Australian Poker Open Main Event, a final table at which Stephen Chidwick cemented his overall Championship win. The final five last night, however, were different players and it would take a three-hour heads-up duel to decide the eventual winner.
Before that happened, of course, three men had to bust and the first of the two players not to win money would turn out to be Elio Fox, who had come into play with a big lead. However, after losing a big early pot to Australian high roller boss Kahle Burns, Fox then busted to him. When he turned a set of sevens, Fox must have thought he was ahead, and he called Burns’ river shove after the use of five time extension chips. But it was the wrong call; Burns had made the nut straight, and would go on a tear-up.
It would be Burns who busted the bubble boy, Aaron Van Blarcum, albeit in more vanilla circumstances. He moved his last 10 big blinds into the middle with two overs to Burns’ pocket nines. Van Blarcum couldn’t find any help and was the last player to bust without getting a payout for their efforts.
Three-handed play saw Cary Katz going into the action as the overwhelming short stack and it would be Katz who departed the party next, all-in with king-deuce and up against Timothy Adams’ eight-ten in a blind-vs-blind battle. A ten on the flop would do the deed, Katz gaining a gutshot but being unable to fill that gap to create another one at the table.
To the epic heads-up, then, and while Burns went into it with the lead, holding 2.9 million of the 4 million in play, he would be overtaken by Adams’ persistence and at times patience over a tight, tense battle.
A big double-up for Adams came when his ace-ten made money against Burns’ king-queen when the former turned into a flush that was up against Burns’ top pair and the eventual winner would use that momentum to plough on to the title.
Kahle Burns moved all-in over Adams’s button raise, with the antipodean warrior showing queen-jack. But while they were suited, Adams held ace-nine in the same suit and when he made two pair on the turn, a blank river merely confirmed that Adams was the champion, collecting a cool AU$2,160,000.
After the event, Timothy Adams spoke to Poker Central about his victory and was clearly very proud of his latest poker achievement.
“There is a ton of prestige to winning a tournament like this,” he said, “I’m really pleased right now. I’m happy to make as much as I can, and then at the same time move up leaderboards. My main focus is to make money.”
Once again, Timothy Adams has proved that there are few players who have ever played poker that are better than him at doing exactly that.
Super High Roller Bowl Australia final table places:
|3rd||Cary Katz||United States||A$640,000|
|4th||Aaron Van Blarcum||United States||n/a|
|5th||Elio Fox||United States||n/a|