Once again the big winner from a super high roller poker tournament hails from Germany as Stefan Schillhabel triumped over a field of 87 entries to claim first place in the Triton Super High Roller Series Macau HK$250,000 6max and the HK$5,874,400 ($752k US) first place prize money.
Schillhabel took the tournament down yesterday morning after overcoming an unsurprisingly packed final table which also included the likes of Isaac Haxton, Steve O’Dwyer, Dan Smith, Mike “SirWatts” Watts, and the reigning Triton Super High Roller HK$1m Main Event Champion (and fellow German) Manig Loeser.
Day 2 started with 50 players remaining, and through the first level another 17 entries were added (some new, and a fair few rebuys). Only twelve places could pay, however, and the unlucky bubble boy was Italy’s Dario Sammartino who shoved his last 5 big blinds with and was picked off by Watson who woke up with . Sammartino did hit his ace on the river but having flopped a set Watson had already secured the scalp by that point.
Those who made the money but who failed to make the final table were; Daniel Dvoress, Christoph “Tight-Man1” Vogelsang, David Peters, Stanley Choi, and Furkat Rakhimov.
The first man out from the 7 man final table was Hong Kong’s Yat Wai Cheng who fell to a terrible bad beat at the hands of Watson. The short-stacked Cheng was all in preflop with against Watson’s and looked to have comfortably secured the double on the flop making top two pairs. However, a sick run-out of made Watson a highly unlikely straight and Cheng was out in 7th, good for a HK$737k ($94.4k US) payday.
Haxton was next to fall with Mike Watson once again the executioner. Having recently lost a big pot to Loeser, Haxton needed to win a flip with his going up against Watson’s . An ace on the flop, however, was enough to seal Haxton’s fate and he fell in 6th, taking home HK $900,000 ($115k US)
Five handed play continued for over two hours, with the chip lead changing hands several times between Smith, Shillhabel, and Loeser before O’Dwyer eventually became the third casualty of the final table. After falling short O’Dwyer happily got his last chips in with against Dan Smith’s . As with Sammartino, O’Dwyer hit his ace, but Smith had already flopped a set dumping O’Dwyer out in 5th place, good for HK $1,207,000 ($154.6k US) prize money.
Despite taking the chip lead after eliminating O’Dwyer, Smith was the next out. Having lost a few pots and seen his stack shrink from 1.9m to 1m he called off all his chips on a board after Schillhabel had shoved on the river. Schillhabel wasn’t bluffing as he turned over for a straight and Smith was sent to the rail, earning HK$1,821,000 ($233.2k US) for his troubles.
After playing the short-stack for a while Manig Loeser was the next to go shortly after he had doubled up against Watson when he committed his last 750k with against Schillhabel’s dominating . The board bricked and Loeser fell in 3rd, earning HK$2,660,000 ($340.6k US)
Schillhabel started heads-up with a huge 5:1 chip advantage (3.635m to 715k), and with less than 12bb’s Watson decided to take a stand straight away jamming from the button with . Schillhabel looked down at and made the call. The board ran out to end Waton’s hopes in second. Watson won HK$4,297,000 ($550k US) for finishing runner-up, while Schillhabel took the title and the HK$5,874,400 ($752k US) first place prize money.
|1||Stefan Schillhabel||Germany||HK $5,874,400|
|2||Mike Watson||Canada||HK $4,297,000|
|3||Manig Loeser||Germany||HK $2,660,000|
|4||Dan Smith||USA||HK $1,821,000|
|5||Steve O’Dwyer||Ireland||HK $1,207,000|
|6||Isaac Haxton||USA||HK $900,000|
|7||Yat Wai Cheng||Hong Kong||HK $737,000|
The HK $1m main event will play down to a final table today. The overnight chip leader was the UK’s Stephen Chidwick, closely followed by Canada’s Timothy Adams, with US pro Justin Bonomo in 3rd.