(9.11.2017) Dan Shak Wins Super High Roller Tournament at WSOPE


2017 World Series of Poker Europe €25,000 Super High Roller — small battlefield with some big names

Dan Shak win in super high roller tournament at WSOPE

This tournament has no bracelets offered, but the publicity it gains and the cash are good enough reasons to fight for the win. 21 players were registered,heads-up and took home the prize of 210 112 5 added later, including Dan Shak, who won over Mikita “fish2013” Badziakouski in the heads-up and got his prize of € 210,112.

First four places guaranteed the share of the prize fund of € 492,765. Ivan “Negriin” Luca was left without it, while Steffen Sontheimer took his € 67,555. Unstoppable Bryn Kenney finished the third with € 85,238. Shak was in command when heads-up started so three hands – all it took to have a win.

“This was a small but tough field and I was the only amateur there. Me and Jean-Noel (Thorel),” – he told after the final table. “We like the game,” – added admired Shak and he left the tournament one with a big smile on his face. The american plays at high stakes on international level all over the world. and his total winning, including King’s casino in Rozvadov exceeded 9 million dollars.

Mikita “fish2013” Badziakouski who have already won two tournaments in 2017 finished the second and thirds one time each, added another page to his resume and additional 129,860 euro to his bankroll. Now his total winnings, including the third place in the event €111,111 High Roller for One Drop, exceed $5,6 million

Final Result €25,000 Super High Roller

Place Winner Country Prize (EUR)
1 Dan Shak United States €210,112
2 Mikita Badziakouski Belarus €129,860
3 Bryn Kenney United States €85,238
4 Steffen Sontheimer Germany €67,555

Action of the Day

The day started with an alteration of the tournament structure to ensure the event would be finished in just one day and among those very vocal about the changes was Martin Kabrhel. The Czech master of speech play took part right from the start and was also the first player to re-enter and get eliminated for the second time. His first bullet went to Max Altergott and attempt number two saw Kabrhel miss out on a straight and flush draw against the bottom two pair of Jean-Noel Thorel.

Among the early casualties were Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Ali Reza Fatehi while four-time WSOP bracelet winner and 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche also headed to the rail empty-handed. He shoved with ace-nine suited and Timothy Adams reshoved with pocket aces. Martin Jacobson called for less with pocket kings in the big blind and busted in the same hand.

The rise and fall of Thorel, as well as Adams, took place before the unofficial final table was set and the all-in showdowns continued to take place minutes apart from each other. Adrian Mateos lost a flip with ace-ten against the pocket eights of Mikita Badziakouski while Felipe Ramos was left drawing dead on the turn with ace-queen against the pocket tens of Dan Shak.

Right after, Bryn Kenney doubled through Ole Schemion and also took the chips of Max Altergott a few hands later. Schemion himself was aiming for back-to-back double ups but fell short when his jack-nine suited failed to beat Badziakouski’s ace-king. That left the event on the money bubble and Ivan Luca‘s aces were cracked by the pocket sevens of Kenney to reduce the field to the last four.

Shak doubled right away with kings versus sixes, and cracked the pocket aces and top set of Steffen Sontheimer with five-seven suited when another spade hit on the turn. Down to the last three, Shak held a dominating chip lead and Kenney doubled through Badziakouski once before his ace-three stood no chance against Shak’s sevens. Heads-up play itself lasted all but three hands and Shak got it in with king-jack suited against the king-queen of Badziakouski, spiking a jack in the window to seal the victory.


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