The biggest buy-in event of the WPT World Online Championships took place on September 5, the $25,500 Super High Roller Championship. Some 48 players bought into the event, ensuring the $1 million guarantee was beaten by some 20%.
It took just under 7.5 hours for the tournament to conclude, and Ole Schemion was the man who had all 4,800,000 chips in his possession, thus becoming the tournament’s champion, an accolade that came with a monster-sized $388,708 prize.
WPT #12 Super High Roller Championship Final Table Results
|4||Adria Diaz Dalmau||United Kingdom||$107,949|
|7||Pablo Brito Silva||Brazil||$57,628|
The compact field meant only the top nine finishers won a slice of the $1,200,000 prize pool; nobody wanted to finish in tenth place and burst what was a very expensive money bubble. Unfortunately, someone always has to burst the money bubble, and Sam Greenwood was that man this time around. While Greenwood went home empty-handed, everyone else locked up at least $52,200 for their efforts.
Finnish duo Eelis Parssinen and Sami Kelopuro were the first two players to bust inside the money places, the latter’s exit setting the official seven-handed final table.
Former MILLIONS South America and 2020 Irish Open Main Event champion Pablo Brito Silva was the first finalist out of the door. Silva lost all but a mere 353 chips when his failed to stay ahead of Justin Bonomo‘s . Silva busted on the very next hand.
Sixth place went to Russian high-stakes guru Artur Martirosian. Jason Koon min-raised to 50,000 with before calling Martirosian’s 614,710 shove from the small blind. Martirosian turned over . Koon flopped a full house on the board to send Martirosian home earlier than the Russian would have liked.
Martirosian’s fellow countryman, Vyacheslav Buldygin saw his tournament end abruptly in fifth place. Again, it was Koon who did the damage. Blinds were 15,000/30,000/3,750a when Koon open-shoved from the cutoff with . Buldygin called off his 104,820 stack with . The board read by the river, and Buldygin headed into the night.
The tournament’s first six-figure payout ($107,949) went to Adria Diaz Dalmau. Schemion opened to 75,000 from the small blind with , and Dalmau called with . The flop saw Schemion fire a 41,250 bet, only for Dalmau to raise all-in for 316,222. Schemion called and won the hand when the turn and river fell and .
Third place and $155,695 went to Bonomo. Schemion completed from the small blind with , Bonomo raised it up to 122,500 with , and Schemion called. Schemion check-called a 77,437 bet on the flop, leading to the landing on the turn. There was similar action on the turn with Schemion check-calling a 330,399 bet.
The completed the board and Schemion checked again. Bonomo bet 1,050,000 into the 1,073,797 pot, and Schemion snap-called to leave Bonomo with only 15,829 chips at the 17,500/35,000 level.
Bonomo busted on the next hand, his losing to Schemion’s courtesy of a queen on the turn.
That hand gifted Schemion a 3,554,383 to 1,245,617 chip lead over Koon going into heads-up, and an epic heads-up battle followed.
The final hand was a real cooler that Koon could not get away from. Koon limped in for 40,000 with , Schemion raised to 160,000 with , and Koon called. The flop saw Schemion check-raise Koon’s 165,000 bet to 515,000. Koon called. The turn gave both players a diamond flush, but Koon was soon to learn his flush was a very expensive second-best hand.
Schemion tested the waters with a small 320,000 bet into the 1,360,000 pot, and Koon called. The river was greeted with a shove from Schemion, which Koon called only to be shown the bad news. Koon’s runner-up finish netted him $238,734 while Schemion locked in yet another major title and a cool $388,708 in prize money.
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