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Vogelsang Derails Dominant Schindler to Win 2017 SHRB for $6m
German Christoph Vogelsang finally found a chink in the armor of Jake Schindler at the last possible moment in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl.
Vogelsang posted an impressive heads-up comeback to finally land the knockout blow against the seemingly-unbeatable Schindler and claim this year’s $6m first-place prize as his own.
Schindler entered heads-up against Vogelsang with a nearly 2-1 chip advantage but the German managed to river a flush in all-important double hand.
It was a particularly impressive victory for Vogelsang considering Schindler cut his teeth playing heads-up Sit & Go's back in the day.
Despite finishing one position short of the ultimate goal, Schindler still locked up an impressive $3.6 million for second place.
The contest came to a stunning conclusion when Schindler made a massive all-in bluff with J♥ 8♥ on a T♣ 3♥ 2♦ 7♥ 2♣ board. Vogelsang had expended all his time bank chips so he only had 30 seconds but eventually made the call with T♠ 7♣ to instantly win the tournament.
Schillhabel Settles for Third Place
The final day of the Super High Roller Bowl began with just three players and Stefan Schillhabel was expected to go first as he was fighting from the extreme short stack with just 885,000 chips.
Schillhabel actually started to grind his way up from the floor but the comeback was stopped cold when he shoved with A-J and fellow German Vogelsang woke up with pocket queens.
A jack spiked on the flop but that’s as close as Schillhabel would come as the turn and the river bricked.
Schillhabel picked up $2.4 million for coming third, which nearly doubles his lifetime live tournament earnings to $4.8m.
Meanwhile Vogelsang rocked up the all-time charts from 82nd place all the way to 22nd with $13.7 million. Vogelsang just passed Canadian Mike McDonald who currently sits at $13.2 million.
Meanwhile Schindler moved to 25th place thanks to his $3.6 million score for finishing runner-up.
Vogelsang Tops Previous Big One for One Drop Score
All of the players in 2017 SHRB final three posted their biggest score ever, which is impressive considering Vogelsang scored $4.4 million for coming in third place in the 2014 WSOP $1m Big One for One Drop.
King’s Casino founder Leon Tsoukernik, Byron Kaverman, Pratyush Buddiga and Justin Bonomo were also amongst the players who got paid in this year’s SHRB.
Jason Koon was the unfortunate bubble boy of the contest, missing out on $600,000 by coming in eighth place.
Here’s a complete look at the payouts for the 2017 SHRB:
1. Christoph Vogelsang — $6,000,000
2. Jake Schindler — $3,600,000
3. Stefan Schillhabel — $2,400,000
4. Leon Tsoukernik — $1,800,000
5. Byron Kaverman — $1,400,000
6. Pratyush Buddiga — $1,000,000
7. Justin Bonomo — $600,000