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The 2018 partypoker Caribbean Poker Party $250,000 Super High Roller Championships crowned a champion on Friday. German pro Steffan Sontheimer (cover image) topped a field of 34 entries to win the title and the massive $3,685,000 in prize money that came with it.
This is Sontheimer’s biggest career score till date. While the 28-year old has been playing poker for over four years now, Sontheimer broke into the high roller circuit just over a year ago and grabbed headlines when he won the $100,000 Main Event at the 2017 Poker Masters for $1.5 Million, right after winning the $50,000 NLHE for $900,000.Alongside the two titles, Sontheimer made a further two final table finishes at the series. His poker resume now boasts of an astronomical $9 Million in live career earnings.
The opening day at the event registered 31 entries and only 14 players among them advanced ahead towards Day 2. Since late registration was open until the start of Day 2, three more players i.e. Ben Tollerene, Cary Katz and Steve O’Dwyer jumped in late, taking the total field size to 34.
Only the top four players would return home with a payout and the six-handed final table was reached as Day 2 concluded, with Sontheimer holding the largest stack of 11,035,000. Sontheimer vaulted to the top after turning two pair against Nick Petrangelo’s rivered smaller two pair.
David Peters (9,310,000) and cash game specialist and a regular at the nosebleed games at the Aria in Las Vegas, Sean Winter (6,465,000) were the next big stacks coming into the final table.
1.Steffen Sontheimer – 11,035,000
2. David Peters – 9,310,000
3. Sean Winter – 6,465,000
4. Mikita Badziakouski – 3,760,000
5. Nick Petrangelo – 1,100,000
6. Isaac Haxton – 2,290,000
Isaan Haxton was the first player to hit the rail when the action resumed on the final table. Haxton held jack-ten of diamonds and flopped top pair with a flush draw and turned a straight, however, he couldn’t beat Sontheimer’s two pair and hit the rail in sixth place.
After starting the day on a short stack, Nick Petrangelo found himself chipping up. However, his run ended in fifth place when his ace-king suited were cracked by David Peters`s pocket jacks as the ten-high board did little to helpPetrangelo`s cause.
The final four players were in the money for a guaranteed $710,000 but all eyes were on the top-heavy first-place purse and the bragging honors of winning the title.
Play continued for nearly four hours before Mikita Badziakouski ran his king-jack intoSean Winter’s ace-queen and fell out in fourth place.
Sontheimer then knocked out David Peters in third place, with his ace-king holding up against Peters’ king-queen.
The heads-up play between Sontheimer and David Peters turned out to be a grueling battle. It all changed over two massive pots that saw the game swinging in Sontheimer’s direction. Sontheimer kept up the aggression and on the final hand, he4-bet moved all-in with ace-king and Winter`s made the call with ace-queen. The board ran out clean for Sontheimer, declaring him the champion!
1.Steffen Sontheimer – $3,685,000
2. Sean Winter – $2,430,000
3. David Peters – $1,420,000
4. Mikita Badziakouski – $710,000
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