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Rainer Kempe Leads Final Table of 2016 $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl

Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel Among Final Seven Chasing $5 Million Top Prize


The final table is set in the $300,000 buy-in 2016 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria Resort & Casino. From a field of 49 entries now only seven players are left to battle it out for the title and the first-place prize of $5 million, and as you’d expect with such a prestigious event the final table is stacked with more than $74 million in combined live tournament earnings and 23 bracelets between them.

Day 3 concluded following the elimination of Dan Smith in eighth place. Smith was one of the chip leaders throughout day 3, but found himself left with only a handful of blinds after getting involved in a massive pot against Rainer Kempe.

Dan SmithWith blinds of 20,000 – 40,000 and an ante of 5,000 Kempe opened from the button with the 8Spade Suit8Club Suit and Smith called from the small blind with the 6Heart Suit6Club Suit. The flop brought the 10Heart Suit8Heart Suit6Spade Suit, giving both players a set. Kempe checked to Smith who bet 140,000. Smith then raised to 475,000 and called relatively quickly after Kempe announced that he was all in. Smith was left with only 175,000 after the board ran out AClub Suit on the turn and QHeart Suit on the river to double Kempe into the chip lead.

A few orbits later Smith was eliminated on the money bubble, setting the final table and guaranteeing that the remaining players all cashed for at least $600,000. Kempe ended the day with 5,545,000 in chips, more than double any other player’s stack. The 26-year-old German poker pro will have to contend with living legends of the game in Erik Seidel (1,120,000) and Phil Hellmuth (905,000), as well as some of the toughest young guns in the game including Fedor Holz (2,190,000), Bryn Kenney (1,085,000) and Matt Berkey (1,205,000). Self-professed amateur Dan Shak (1,650,000) is also in the mix, although with over $8 million in live tournament earnings he is far from inexperienced on the big stage.

The final seven will return at 3 PM local time to play down to a champion. The action will be broadcast on a 1 hour delay on CBS Sports Network with commentary from Ali Nejad and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Nick Schulman.

Here is a look at the final seven players chip stacks:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Rainer Kempe 5,545,000
2 Fedor Holz 2,190,000
3 Bryn Kenney 2,085,000
4 Dan Shak 1,650,000
5 Matt Berkey 1,205,000
6 Erik Seidel 1,120,000
7 Phil Hellmuth 905,000