Dan Shak Victorious Over Small Field in WSOPE €25K Super High Roller

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Dan Shak Victorious Over Small Field in WSOPE €25K Super High Roller
09 Nov

(Photo: WSOP.com)

With no gold bracelet reserved for the winner and an entry fee of €25,000, only 21 players and five re-entries battled it out in the WSOPE Super High Roller at King's Casino in Rozvadov where Dan Shak claimed the title and €210,112 ($243,817).

Poker's best amateur player passed the $9 million mark in live earnings with the victory, grabbing the lion's share of the €492,765 ($571,812) prize pool. Four players earned a payday, with Belarus' top player, Mikita Badziakouski, finishing as runner-up for €129,860 ($150,692).

Badziakouski is enjoying the 2017 WSOPE thanks to his 3rd place finish in the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop that was accompanied by €1,521,312 ($1,772,822) in prize money, the largest cash of his career. Mikita tops the Belarus career winnings list by more than double his nearest pursuer.     

Cracked Aces For Bubble Boy

Falling short of cashing was bubble boy Ivan Luca, who watched helplessly as his pocket bullets got tripped up by the pocket sevens of Bryn Kenney. A seven on the river sealed Luca's fate, a cruel ending that cost him at least 4th place prize money of €67,555 ($78,392).

That min-cash went to Steffen Sontheimer, one of many talented poker pros from Germany who have been crushing live action. Sontheimer won the Poker Masters purple jacket in September, along with $1.5 million. His stay in Rozvadov includes 5th place in the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop and €806,758 ($940,135).

While pocket sevens were good to Kenney versus Luca, that hand proved to be his demise in this event. Shak turned the tables on Bryn when his 7-7 connected for a set on the turn, downing Kenney's ace-rag.

Three hands into heads-up action was all she wrote for Badziakouski despite being slightly ahead pre-flop with K-Q in the tournament's final hand. Shak held K-J and a jack landed on the flop. Fourth and fifth streets drew blanks for Mikita and Shak was declared the winner.

"It was a small but stacked field, I was probably the only non pro," Shak told WSOP reporters.

A non-pro with more than $9,000,000 in cashes.

WSOPE - €25,000 Super High Roller - Final Results

1Dan Shak
2Mikita Badziakouski
3Bryn Kenney
4Steffen Sontheimer

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