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The penultimate event at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), the €100,000 Super High Roller attracted a field of 95 entries that resulted in a massive €9,025,000 prize pool. Crushing the competition was Czech pro Martin Kabrhel (cover image) who won his second gold bracelet and posted his career-best live score of €2,624,340!
A little more than a year after Kabrhel won his career-first bracelet in the €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo BOUNTY at the 2017 WSOPE for €53,557, he followed it up with yet another dazzling performance at the €100,000 Super High Roller. With his latest win his WSOP earnings have reached $1,067,258, while his total live winnings now stand at an impressive $7,038,252.
Talking about his victory in the post-event interview, Kabrhel said, “The greatest victory, I’m very happy. I’m only satisfied when I win it, so I don’t really care too much about the players that are in it.”
“You can be the best player in the world and run like shit,” Kabrhel added. “But you can’t do anything about that sometimes.”
Discussing about his future plans for the series, the champion said, “Hopefully I can win two bracelets [this year]; If I’m unlucky in the Main Event I’ll just have to win one! But that’s poker. I hope I’m one of the favourites for the Main like every other tournament!”
Day 2 Recap
33 players returned to the felts on Day 2 and the registration and re-entry period remained open for the first two levels of the day.
A quick succession of eliminations and re-entries boosted the field up to 95 entries and that generated a massive prize pool of €9,025,000.
New additions to the field included such familiar names as Tony G, Ben Lamb, James Romero, Alex Foxen and Benjamin Pollak. With the top 15 places assured payouts, Tobias Ziegler ended up as the tournament bubble boy.
The players who finished in the money included Christoph Vogelsang (10th for €216,908), Orpen Kisacikoglu (11th for €184,073), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (12th for €184,073), Steve O’Dwyer (13th for €161,587), Richard Yong (14th for €161,587) and Steffen Sontheimer (15th for €146,907).
Day 1 chip leader Timothy Adams (9th for €216,908) bubbled the final table.
Final Day Recap
The final day began with four-time WSOP bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche leading the eight-player final table which consisted of four other multiple bracelet winners including Martin Kabrhel, David Peters, Michael Addamo and Adrian Mateos.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Dominik Nitsche – 53,125,000
2. Mikita Badziakouski – 32,200,000
3. Martin Kabrhel – 24,675,000
4. Jan-Eric Schwippert – 23,100,000
5. Julian Thomas – 19,925,000
6. David Peters – 15,275,000
7. Michael Addamo – 12,450,000
8. Adrian Mateos – 10,225,000
Final Table Recap
The eight-handed final table boasted of five WSOP bracelet winners and the first of them to depart was winner of the €25K High Roller, Michael Addamo. Early into the final day, Dominik Nitsche opened from the cutoff to 1,000,000 with and Addamo 3-bet all-in from the button holding . Nitsche called and the board revealed . While Addamo flopped a pair of aces, Nitsche bettered his hand to three-of-a-kind kings, resulting in Addamo’s eighth place elimination.
An hour later, Julian Thomas opened to 1,200,000 from the hijack and Adrian Mateos 3-bet all-in for 4,775,000. Thomas called and both players tabled their cards.
Mateos flopped a flush draw on , but and completed the board and were of no help to the three-time WSOP bracelet winner who had to move on to collect the seventh-place prize money.
In an incredible hand played during level 22, Martin Kabrhel orchestrated the double elimination of Dominik Nitsche and Jan-Eric Schwippert. When Schwippert open-shoved for 10,700,000 from the cutoff, Kabrhel moved all in from the button for 23,800,000 and Nitsche called all in for 15,500,000 from the big blind. Schwippert held , Kabrhel turned over and Nitsche showed . The runout missed all three players but Kabrhel kept the lead, leading to Nitsche’s fifth-place finish and Schwippert’s sixth-place exit.
In the very next hand, Kabrhel limped under-the-gun and Mikita Badziakouski 3-bet to 7,700,000 from the small blind. David Peters called from the big blind, along with Kabrhel. The flop fell and all three players checked to see the turn . Action checked to Kabrhel who tanked for two minutes before betting 6,000,000 with . Badziakouski put his remaining 500,000 in the middle holding and Peters folded his . The on the river completed the board and Badziakouski was knocked out of the event in fourth place.
Down to three-handed play, holding Kabrhel opened from the button to 2,400,000 and Julian Thomas 3-bet all-in from small blind with . Peters moved all in from the big blind with and Kabrhel folded. The community cards fanned out and Peters higher pair held on, as Thomas was railed in third place.
The heads-up confrontation between American pro David Peters (147,800,000) and Czech Republic’s Martin Kabrhel (42,200,000) began with the former in a commanding lead over the latter. Over the next few levels, Kabrhel managed to chip up and just before the final hand played out, both runners were exactly even in chips.
On the final hand of the event, Kabrhel raised to 5,500,000 from the button with and Peters 3-bet to 22,000,000 from the big blind holding . The flop came and Peters checked. Kabrhel meticulously counted his chips for 3:40 minutes, after which he put in a bet of 14,900,000. Peters jammed for 71,400,000 and Kabrhel snap-called. The turn and river were of no help to Peters who finished his run in the runner-up spot, as Kabrhel took home his second WSOP gold bracelet, along with a handsome payday of €2,624,340.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Martin Kabrhel – €2,624,340
2. David Peters – €1,621,960
3. Julian Thomas – €1,116,308
4. Mikita Badziakouski – €789,612
5. Dominik Nitsche – €574,406
6. Jan-Eric Schwippert – €430,218
7. Adrian Mateos – €331,943
8. Michael Addamo – €264,110
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