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Event #2: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em of the 2021 Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) Europe played down to a champion last night. French poker pro Johan Guilbert (cover image), aka “YoH ViraL” traversed the 81-entry field to claim the title and a $506,250 payday.
This was the most significant live tournament score of Guilbert’s career, blowing away the $128,042 he had earned as the runner-up in Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em Shootout at the 2019 World Series of Poker. This win has boosted his live tournament earnings close to $1.30 Million.
Guilbert was visibly emotional following his victory, and in the post-match interview, he said, “I’ve played poker as a career for eleven years, and I’ve never had the chance to win a big live tournament. I started out playing tournaments but switched to cash games and slowly built up my bankroll. I recently decided to return to live circuit where I felt like I had to challenge myself.”
In fact, the Frenchman made last-minute plans to play the SHRB Europe festival after his vacation plans fell through. The decision couldn’t have gone any better as he won the first event he entered.
“It’s a super day for me. I know I’ve got a lot of supporters out there who were cheering me on, so I feel really blessed. I want to continue to prove in this scene and learn from the best.”
“It’s not about winning one tournament specifically, but it’s about playing poker for as long as I can. Maybe till I die! I would say that. My plan is to play poker until I die, so people will see me around for many, many years to come,” he added.
With just the top 12 players slated to finish in the money, Shao Hua Zhan got the infamous “bubble boy” tag on Day 1. Sergio Aido was the first one to finish in the money and placed 12th for $40,500. Hing Yang Chow was the next to fall in 11th place for $60,750, bringing Day 1 proceeding to a halt.
The final day’s play resumed with ten players. After placing runner-up to Phil Ivey in Event #1: $25K Short Deck, Stephen Chidwick was chasing his second final table finish of the series but bubbled the FT in 10th place for $60,750.
Following Chidwick’s elimination, the nine-handed final table was formed.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Johan Guilbert – 1,920,000
2. Ali Imsirovic – 1,730,000
3. Vladi Chaoulov – 1,300,000
4. David Stamm – 1,215,000
5. Seth Davies – 1,100,000
6. Christoph Vogelsang – 1,090,000
7. Selahaddin Bedir – 805,000
8. Pascal Lefrancois – 590,000
9. Saman Nakhjavani – 375,000
Final Table Recap
Vladi Chaoulov was the first player to hit the rail in ninth place despite starting with the third biggest stack.
Less then 30 minutes later, Pascal Lefrancois’s deep run came to an end. His were pitted against Selahaddin Bedir’s . Bedir flopped a boat on the runout, eliminating Lefrancois in eighth place.
Finishing in seventh place was Saman Nakhjavani when his ran into Johan Guilbert’s .
The high-stakes specialist Ali Imsiriovic fell out in sixth place. His were cracked by Guilbert’s that flopped a set.
About 36 minutes later, David Stamm’s went head-to-head against Guilbert’s . The board ran and Guilbert rivered a pair to end Stamm’s dream run in fifth place.
Five minutes later, Christoph Vogelsang’s lost out to Seth Davies’s , which bettered to a pair of Aces.
Down to three-handed play, Seth Davies jammed with and found a caller in Bedir, who held . The community cards revealed , getting Bedir a flopped pair of Aces and eliminating Davies in third place.
Davies’ elimination set up the heads-up match between Johan Guilbert (5,110,000) and Selahaddin Bedir (5,015,000). The duo started nearly neck-to-neck in stacks, and Bedir managed to take the lead away from Guilbert early on. Throughout Level 19, Bedir maintained the lead. However, towards the next level’s start, Guilbert bounced back to whisk the chip lead from Bedir. The chip lead changed hands a few more times before Guilbert took down the title.
On the final hand, Guilbert made a raise of 300,000, and Bedir called to see the flop . Bedir checked, and Guilbert fired a bet of 225,000. Bedir called. The turn came , and Guilbert led out for 750,000. Bedir shoved with his remaining 3.3 Million. Guilbert tanked for some time before calling.
Guilbert was in the lead with his flopped two pairs. The on the river got Bedir a pair of tens, but it was too little too late.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Johan Guilbert – $506,250
2. Selahaddin Bedir – $364,500
3. Seth Davies – $243,000
4. Christoph Vogelsang – $202,500
5. David Stamm – $162,000
6. Ali Imsirovic – $121,500
7. Saman Nakhjavani – $101,250
8. Pascal Lefrancois – $81,000
9. Vladi Chaoulov – $81,000
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