Rainer Kempe Wins Super High Roller Bowl for $5M
The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl tournament has been won by Rainer Kempe for $5,000,000 after defeating Fedor Holz in a heads-up showdown. The young German player has remained under the radar on the poker scene for quite a while, so this victory could be his breakout opportunity.
The ARIA Casino in Las Vegas was the setting for the exciting high stakes tournament recently. The final day of play began with seven players remaining from the original field of 49-players. Everyone there was guaranteed a cash prize finish worth at least $600,000 after Dan Smith crashed out on in eighth-place.
During the final, the first player to go was Dan Shak in seventh place, knocked out by Fedor Holz. Next up to fall was Bryn Kenney, also thanks to Holz, who left the table with a prize of $800,000. Fifth place was awarded to Matt Berkey, who scored $1.1 million.
Kempe’s powerful lead in the game table was steadily increasing at this point. He took a slight dip back during a period of four-handed play, but thanks to knocking back Phil Hellmuth, Kempe moved back to 9.3 million chips. Hellmuth acheived a fourth-place result, having entered the final day at the bottom of the pack with low expectations, so it was a decent result for him. He was able to turn his run into a fourth-place finish worth $1.6 million, though. Eric Seidel, another legendary poker player, finished the game with a massive payday of $2.4 million. For both Seidel and Hellmuth, these scores are officially the second largest of their live poker careers. Both players effectively moved up the poker all-time money list for live tournament earnings thanks to their respective cashouts.
Heads-up play at the very end was decidedly an all-German affair, with Kempe against Holz. Kempe began the heads up by improving his lead, but Holz doubled up before working his way into the lead temporarily. It was then turn for Kempe to double back in front before a couple more lead changes occurred. Kempe eventually worked Holz down and was able to finish the deal just before 1 a.m. local time in Las Vegas. The $3.5 million earned by Holz for second place should certainly keep him happy.
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