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Selahaddin Bedir Wins 2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe $50,000 Buy-In Poker Tournament

The Turkish Poker Player Defeated Phil Ivey Heads-Up To Secure The $832,000 First-Place Prize


Selahaddin Bedir finished as the runner-up in the 2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe $25,000 no-limit hold’em event, earning a $364,500 payday but falling just short of his first live tournament title. Bedir only had to wait two days to get a second shot at his debut in the winner’s circle. He navigated his way through a field of 52 entries in the SHRB Europe $50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event, making it down to heads-up play. Bedir was up against one the toughest possible opponents in Poker Hall of Fame member and ten-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Phil Ivey, but he managed to convert his chip lead into a victory for $832,000.

This was Bedir’s largest career score, besting the previous personal record he had set just days earlier. Priot to his success in these two high-stakes events, Bedir’s largest cash came when he finished third in the 2019 Merit Poker Retro $5,300 main event for $190,010. He now has more than $1.9 million in career cashes to his name.

In addition to the title and the money, Bedir was also awarded 510 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his third final-table finish of the year, and it increased his POY earnings to more than $1.2 million. As a result, he climbed into 84th place in the 2021 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker. He also earned 499 PokerGO Tour rankings points. With this win and his runner-up finish days earlier, Bedir now sits in 17th place on that leaderboard.

The final table began with Bedir in the lead and Albert Daher in second chip position. Ivey was in the middle of the pack, but doubled up through Bedir with A-K against AClub SuitQClub Suit, resulting in the two swapping positions on the leaderboard.

WSOP bracelet winner Danny Tang was the first player to be eliminated. He got all-in with A-7 leading Bedir’s A-4, but a four on the turn left Tang in need of help. The river didn’t provide any and he was sent to the rail in seventh place ($130,000), extending a lead that Bedir had just regained before the hand.

A classic preflop race brought World Poker Tour main event winner Seth Davies’ run in this event to an end. His ASpade SuitJSpade Suit outflopped the 6Spade Suit6Club Suit of Jake Schindler, but the 6Diamond Suit on the river gave Schindler a winning set. Davies took home $156,000 for his sixth-place showing.

Albert Daher was the next to fall. He got all-in preflop with AHeart Suit10Spade Suit leading the ASpade Suit8Spade Suit of Bedir. The board came down AClub Suit6Spade Suit3Spade Suit2Diamond Suit8Club Suit to give Bedir two pair and the pot. Daher finished fifth for $208,000, while Bedir added to his lead.

Bedir added to his stack during four-handed play. In the next big clash it folded to him in the small blind. He shoved with pocket deuces and Jake Schindler called holding A-Q in the big blind. Bedir flopped a set and held from there to eliminate Schindler in fourth place ($260,000). The score increased his career earnings to just shy of $27.3 million.

Saman Nakhjavani got the last of his short stack in preflop with 9Heart Suit9Diamond Suit. That was well ahead of the the 7Diamond Suit5Club Suit that Bedir had shoved with, at least until the flop brought the ADiamond Suit7Spade Suit7Club Suit to give Bedir trips. Nakhjavani found no help on the turn or river and was knocked out in third place ($364,000).

Phil IveyWith that Bedir took more than a 5:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Ivey, who had won the kickoff event of this series just three days earlier for $408,000. It didn’t take very long for Bedir to convert that chip advantage into the title. In the final hand, he moved all-in from the button with AClub Suit2Spade Suitand Ivey called off his last 830,000 with KHeart SuitJClub Suit. The 9Spade Suit6Diamond Suit2Heart Suit8Spade SuitQSpade Suit runout kept Bedir in the lead throughout.

Ivey earned $546,000 as the runner-up finisher, increasing his career earnings to just shy of $31.8 million. With his recent success in the early events at the SHRB Europe Ivey has surpassed Steve O’Dwyer to move into 11th place on poker’s all-time money list. The 328 PokerGO Tour points he earned in this event will move him within striking distance of the top 20 in that points race.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PokerGO
1 Selahaddin Bedir $832,000 510 499
2 Phil Ivey $546,000 425 328
3 Saman Nakhjavani $364,000 340 218
4 Jake Schindler $260,000 255 156
5 Albert Daher $208,000 213 125
6 Seth Davies $156,000 170 94
7 Danny Tang $130,000 128 78

Winner image credit: Merit Poker Facebook page.