Jake Schindler fell just short of winning the Super High Roller Bowl in 2017, finishing as the runner-up in what was then a $300,000 buy-in event. Nearly five years later the 32-year-old American poker pro managed to make it back to heads-up play with a SHRB ring on the line. This time around, Schindler came out on top with the hardware. He defeated a field of 32 total entries in the 2022 SHRB Europe $250,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event to earn his 30th career tournament title and the top prize of $3,200,000.
The 2018 Card Player Player of the Year award winner now has $33,886,886 in lifetime tournament earnings, the 13th most of any player in poker history. With eight final-table finishes, three titles and more than $4.8 million in year-to-date POY earnings, Schindler has shot up the standings and into eighth place in the 2022 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.
Schindler also earned 600 PokerGO Tour points as the champion of this event. With 1,472 total PGT points, he now sits in third place on that leaderboard.
It took two full days to narrow the field from 32 entries down to the final seven contenders, only five of whom would cash in this high0stakes event. Four-time bracelet winner and 2021 Super High Roller Bowl champion Michael Addamo began as the short stack, and was ultimately the first to be eliminated when his AK failed to outrun the QQ of Timothy Adams, who began the hand with the exact same stack as Addamo.
With that Ali Imsirovic was left as the short stack on the $560,000 money bubble. Six-handed play continued for more than 3.5 hours before the bubble finally burst, with it taking a brutal preflop cooler to finally narrow the field to five. Imsirovic, who bubbled this same event in 2021, picked up pocket kings in the cutoff facing a raise from Timothy Adams out of the hijack. Imsirovic three-bet to commit the majority of his stack and then called all-in when Adams shoved. Adams revealed pocket aces for a classic cooler. The board improved neither player and Imsirovic was sent home empty-handed while the remaining players all locked up more than half of a million dollars. Although he didn’t cash in this event, Imsirovic has already made 16 final tables and won 4 titles in 2022. With nearly $2.9 million in year-to-date POY earnings, he leads both the Card Player and PGT Player of the Year races.
Teun Mulder was the first to fall inside the money. He opened with AQ from the under-the-gun, only to have Schindler three-bet shove holding KJ from the big blind. Mulder made the call for his tournament life and the board ran out J845J to give Schindler trip jacks and the pot. Mulder, who recently won the Triton Poker Cyprus $100,000 no-limit hold’em event for more than $1.9 million, earned $560,000 for his fifth-place showing. The Dutch player now has more than $5 million in recorded scores to his name.
Bracelet winner and two-time Super High Roller Bowl ring winner Timothy Adams’ run came to an end when he got the last of his short stack in with AJ trailing the AQ of Paul Phua in a battle of the blinds. Phua hit a queen on the flop and held from there to send Adams home with $880,000. The Canadian poker pro now has more than $29 million in lifetime earnings.
2017 Super High Roller Bowl champion Christoph Vogelsang started the final day in third chip position, but went on to nurse a short stack for much of the day, Vogelsang survived to three-handed action before picking up his final hand of the event. Vogelsang committed his last handful of big blinds with Q9 on the button and found himself at risk against the 66 of Schindler from the small blind. Neither player improved through the river and Vogelsang was knocked out in third place ($1,280,000). The German now has more than $27.5 million in career cashes.
Heads-up play began with Schindler holding 5,700,000 (57 big blinds) to Phua’s 2,300,000 (23 big blinds). Schindler was able to further extend that advantage in the early going.
In the penultimate hand, Schindler bet enough to put Phua all-in on the river with 98 for a bluff and got his opponent to lay down Q5 on the Q4346 board.
On the next deal Phua shoved for nine big blinds with Q4 from the button and Schindler called with QJ. The K8326 runout secured the pot and the title for Schindler. Phua took home $2,080,000 to grow his career earnings to just shy of $22 million.
Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:
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