It’s usually a rare occasion when a player who has battled up the levels in poker wins a Super High Roller Bowl. So, when Timothy Adams scaled that peak in early February this year, winning the Super High Roller Bowl Australia for $1,446,112, he could have been forgiven for thinking that sort of result might not happen again for a very long time.
Adams would have been as utterly wrong as he could be if he thought that, as he proved by winning the very next Super High Roller Bowl to be held, this time in Sochi, for a massive $3.6 million.
With a 40-player field, Adams took down the record-breaking title after a heads-up victory against German crusher Christoph Vogelsang, who himself would have become a two-time champion if he’d won the final duel. Before that, however, there was a money bubble to burst, as although six players would be paid, the final day began with seven still in the hunt.
The bubble boy would turn out to be British tournament king Stephen Chidwick, who busted when Vogelsang busted him, and it was the German who also eliminated Malaysian player Ivan Leow in sixth place for $600,000.
With five players remaining, the stacks went up and down in swingy fashion, and Adrian Mateos had put himself in pole position at one stage before falling right back down to Earth with a bump. It was a blind-on-blind battle, a coinflip where Ben Heath’s pocket deuces held against the Spaniard’s ace-queen, that sent Mateos packing, home and hosed for $800,000.
With only four players remaining, everyone pushed for the lead, taking their turn at the top of the leaderboard.
Eventually, the wheel of misfortune stopped on Ben Heath, as the British player ran short and jammed with queen-six and was called by the eventual winner, Timothy Adams, with ace-deuce. One consolation was the seven-figure score of $1,000,000 that Heath won, his first cash in a Super High Roller Bowl.
With three players remaining, Adams and Vogelsang still had plenty of work to do to make the heads-up battle, with the ever-dangerous Mikita Badziakouski, a man who has risen to the ranking of 16th place in the all-time money list, still in the race. The Belarussian would get his chips in good too, calling off his stack pre-flop with ace-queen against Adams’ move with jack-three. Both of Adams’ cards paired on the board, however, and that meant Badziakouski left in third place for $1.6 million.
Heads-up was looking like a one-sided affair early on, as Adams won some important pots against Vogelsang. The German fought back, however, and was grinding back to nearly level when he moved all-in, unfortunate to be dominated pre-flop and post-flop with an ace-high that wasn’t high enough.
While the always-impressive Vogelsang won $2.4 million, Timothy Adams took home $3.6 million for the victory and the title of Super High Roller Bowl Sochi champion.
Super High Roller Bowl Sochi final table results:
|4th||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||$1,000,000|