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Marius Gierse Wins Super High Roller Series Europe $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event

German Defeats Field of 64 Entries To Win $432,000


Germany’s Marius Gierse went from worst to first on the final day of the 2022 Super High Roller Series Euorope $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event, going from the short stack at the start of the day to the last player standing. Gierse earned a career-best payday of $432,000 for his comeback victory, increasing his career live earnings to more than $2 million in the process.

This was Gierse’s first live score of 2022. He earned 504 Card Player Player of the Year points and 259 PokerGO Tour points for defeating the field of 64 entries in the third event of the SHRSE festival.

The top ten finishers made the money in this event, with Sirzat Hissou’s ($10th – $48,000) elimination at the end of day 1 leaving just nine players in contention. While Gierse was the short stack to start, he began day 2 with more than 16 big blinds. He managed to hang around while several of the other short stacks dwindled closer to the bottom. Nine-handed play lasted roughly two hours, but Sinan Unlu was eventually the first to hit the rail. He shoved from the button with A-5 suited and received a call from Andras Nemeth, who held A-6 in the big blind. Both players paired their kicker on the flop and Nemeth held from there. Unlu took home $64,000 as the ninth-place finisher.

Nemeth lost a chunk of his stack with his pocket fives losing a preflop clash against the pocket jacks of Gierse. Nemeth then got that last of his stack in with pocket eights, only to have Jason Koon call with pocket tens. Nemeth, who won the kickoff event of the Triton Poker Cyprus event for $1,082,000 less than a week before making this final table, was unable to come from behind in this hand and finished eighth for $64,000.

World Series of Poker bracelet winner Daniel Dvoreess three-bet all-in over Danny Tang’s opening raise with pocket sixes. Tang called with A-Q to set up a classic race. Tang paired his queen on the flop and then avoided a backdoor straight draw for Dvoress to take down to the pot. Dvoress earned $80,000 as the seventh-place finisher, increasing his career earnings to more than $19.3 million.

Recent Triton $50,000 turbo event winner Matthias Eibinger’s run in this event came to an end when his A-7 butted up against the pocket queens of Ali Imsirovic. in a battle of the blinds. The pocket pair held up for Imsirovic and Eibininger was knocked out in sixth place ($96,000).

Liviu Ignat lost a healthy portion of his stack with pocket aces against the turned flush of Danny Tang, even with a savvy fold on the river when facing a small value bet from Tang. He eventually got all-in with Q-5 offsuit from the button and Koon called with pocket deuces from the big blind. The small pair remained best by the end and Ignat was eliminated in fifth place, earning $128,000 for his deep run in this event.

Ali ImsirovicImsirovic, who was at his 15th POY-qualified final table of the year, shoved from the small blind with 4Spade Suit4Heart Suit and Tang called with AHeart Suit4Diamond Suit from the big blind. Tang spiked an ace and held from there to bust Imsirovic in fourth place ($160,000).

With four titles, the aforementioned plethora of final-table finishes, and nearly $2.5 million in year-to-date earnings, Imsirovic has extended his lead in both the Card Player and PokerGO Tour points races thanks to this score. The 27-year-old won both of those POY awards in 2021, and is now in pole position as he looks to become the first player to ever go back-to-back in either points race.

Koon slipped to the bottom of the leaderboard as play continued. He eventually got all-in with K-Q facing the A-9 of Tang. Tang made a pair of nines on the turn and faded overcards and a gutshot draw for Koon on the river to send the American home with $208,000. The score increased his lifetime total to just shy of $36.4 million. This was Koon’s fourth final-table finish in the last week, bringing his total in Cyprus to more than $1.1 million. He now sits in 16th place in the PGT standings and 54th in the Card Player POY race.

Heads-up play began with Gierse in the lead. He was able to extend his advantage even further before the final hand was dealt. Gierse shoved from the button with ADiamond SuitKClub Suit and Tang called all-in with AClub Suit2Spade Suit from the big blind. The board came down 9Spade Suit7Spade Suit4Spade Suit7Diamond Suit10Club Suit and Gierse’s two large cards played to earn him the title. Tang secured $320,000 as the runner-up finisher. The bracelet winner from Hong Kong now has more than $9.8 million in lifetime earnings.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points PGT Points
1 Marius Gierse $432,000 504 259
2 Danny Tang $320,000 420 192
3 Jason Koon $208,000 336 125
4 Ali Imsirovic $160,000 252 96
5 Liviu Ignat $128,000 210 77
6 Matthias Eibinger $96,000 168 58
7 Daniel Dvoress $80,000 126 48
8 Andras Nemeth $64,000 84 38
9 Sinan Unlu $64,000 42 38

Photo credits: Merit Poker.