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Christoph Vogelsang Wins 2017 Super High Roller Bowl $300,000 Buy-In

German Poker Pro Defeats 56-Player Field To Win $6 Million


Christoph Vogelsang has won the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl, topping a field of 56 entrants in the $300,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event to win the title and the first-place prize of $6,000,000. Incredibly this was the German high stakes cash game player’s very first live tournament title, despite the fact that he now has more than $13.7 million in lifetime earnings in live events. Over $10 million of those earnings come from this win and his third-place showing in the 2014 World Series of Poker Big One For One Drop $1,000,000 buy-in event.

“It’s great, I feel good,” Vogelsang said after it was all over. “It’s such a great tournament – it’s got the best structure ever and the Aria is doing such an amazing job and I hope I can play here again.”

Vogelsang entered the final day of the tournament in second chip position with three players remaining. American high stakes pro Jake Schindler came into the final three with a dominating chip lead, holding 10.6 million of the roughly 16.8 million chips in play. Schindler took the lead in one of the most pivotal hands of the tournament, doubling through then chip leader Pratyush Buddiga when his flopped set of eights turned into eights full by the river and Buddiga was unable to get away from pocket aces. Schindler took down the pot to soar past the 8 million chip mark with seven players remaining, more than four times larger than the next biggest stack.

While Schindler seemed to be running away with the tournament, Vogelsang was the player who managed to score the most knockouts after the money bubble burst. He eliminated Justin Bonomo in sixth place ($600,000), Leon Tsoukernik in fourth place ($1,800,000) and Stefan Schillhabel in third place ($2,400,000).

Despite Vogelsang notching all of the knockouts, Schindler still took just under a 2-to-1 chip advantage into the final heads-up showdown. The one-on-one battle saw long periods of slower, deliberate action broken up by a few massive hands. Vogelsang overtook the lead when he rivered a flush against Schindler’s top pair, top kicker. He was able to find a full double up on the river and opened up a sizable lead of his own. Schindler quickly began to chip away at that advantage, and it was not long before he was once again in the ascendancy. By the time the next major hand arose Schindler held 12 million in chips to Vogelsang’s 4.8 million.

Vogelsang limped in from the button with blinds of 50,000-100,000. Schindler made it 500,000 to go from the big blind with the 8Spade Suit8Heart Suit and Vogelsang made the call with his ASpade Suit. The flop brought the 8Club Suit3Club Suit2Heart Suit and Schindler bet 275,000 with his flopped set of eights. Vogelsang made the call and the turn brought the QHeart Suit. Schindler bet 900,000 and Vogelsang made the call once again with ace-high and his gutshot straight draw. The 4Club Suit on the river completed the German’s straight. Schindler elected to check and Vogelsang announced that he was all-in. Schindler quickly called, only to have his shoulders slump when he saw that he had run into a straight.

That hand propelled Vogelsang into the lead again. The final hand of the tournament began with Schindler flat calling from the button with the JHeart Suit8Heart Suit. Vogelsang checked his option with the 10Spade Suit7Club Suit and the flop brought the 10Club Suit3Heart Suit2Diamond Suit. Schindler bet 100,000 and Vogelsang just called with his flopped top pair. The 7Heart Suit on the turn gave Schindler a flush draw and an inside straight draw. Vogelsang checked and Schindler bet 400,000. Vogelsang now sprang to life with his two pair, raising to 1.5 million. Schindler made the call and the river brought the 2Club Suit, a complete blank. Vogelsang cut out a bet of 2.3 million. Schindler elected to turn his missed draws into a bluff, announcing that he was all-in for 6.2 million total. Vogelsang made the call with his two pair, which was good enough to secure him the pot and the title. Schindler was eliminated as the runner-up, earning $3,600,000 for his impressive showing in this event.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000 600
2 Jake Schindler $3,600,000 500
3 Stefan Schillhabel $2,400,000 400
4 Leon Tsoukernik $1,800,000 300
5 Byron Kaverman $1,400,000 250
6 Pratyush Buddiga $1,000,000 200
7 Justin Bonomo $600,000 150

Winner photo courtesy of Joe Giron / Poker Central.