Christoph Vogelsang Wins 2017 Super High Roller Bowl

Christoph Vogelsang

The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl has been won by German pro Christoph “Tight-Man1” Vogelsang who will take away a cool $6,000,000 for winning the biggest tournament of the year.

Play on the final day was between just three players, each guaranteed at least $2,400,000. To win the title Vogelsang had to beat fellow German Stefan Schillhabel and the big chip leader, US pro Jake Schindler.

It was always going to be a tough ask for Schillhabel to make a run for the title as he started the day with fewer than 15 big blinds (885k) as compared to Vogelsang’s 5.245m and Schindler’s 10.67m. The short stack did manage to almost double up in the early stages of play, with his stack reaching 1.6m at one point. It wasn’t to be for the young German, however, and it was Vogelsang who sealed his countryman’s fate when Schillhabel’s A J couldn’t outdraw Vogelsang’s pocket Queens.

Heads-up play was a to-and-fro affair which lasted over four and a half hours, during which time the lead exchanged hands on more than one occasion. Schindler started play with a 2-1 chip lead and almost finished Vogelsang off after the German had committed nearly all his chips by the turn chasing a flush to Schindler’s top pair. The flush got there on the river, however, and after nearly busting Vogelsang was soon back in contention.

After this near-death experience Vogelsang took the upper hand, establishing a 2-1 chip lead of his own. Schindler wasn’t done just yet and he managed to turn the tables one again and sailed over 14m chips to Vogelsang’s 2.7m.

Schindler held the lead for some time before Vogelsang got yet another very lucky river. Schindler raised preflop with {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}. and would have been delighted to see the {3-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop. Despite Schindler betting both the flop and the {Q-Hearts} turn, Vogelsang continued to call with just {A-Hearts}{5-Spades}. When the {4-Diamonds} hit the river, Schindler was not expecting his opponent to have made a gutshot straight draw for the wheel and snap-called Vogelsang’s all in for 3.2m.

This put Vogelsang back in the lead and soon after he was celebrating an epic victory when he made a good call after Schindler bluffed all in for 6.2m after missing his straight and flush draws. Up to the river Vogelsang was looking good after turning top two pairs on a {3-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} board with {10-Spades}{7-Clubs}. The river of {2-Clubs} paired the board, weakinging Vogelsang’s holding somewhat, but after some consideration he called Schindler’s bluff to see his opponent turn over {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts}. Schindler took home $3.6m for his runners-up finish, while Vogelsang kept the title in German hands, following in 2016’s winner Rainer Kempe’s footsteps.

Final Table Payouts

1. Christoph Vogelsang – $6,000,000
2. Jake Schindler – $3,600,000
3. Stefan Schillhabel – $2,400,000
4. Leon Tsoukernik – $1,800,000
5. Byron Kaverman – $1,400,000
6. Pratyush Buddiga – $1,000,000
7. Justin Bonomo – $600,000
8. Jason Koon – $60,000

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