The 2022 Super High Roller Series Europe festival kicked off at Merit Royal Hotel Casino & Spa in North Cyprus with a $25,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event. The tournament attracted a field of 40 entries, but there could be only one champion. That player was Tom Vogelsang, who earned $360,000 for the win. The Dutch player has now cashed for more than $1.75 million this week, having just finished second in the Triton Poker Cyprus $100,000 no-limit hold’em event for nearly $1.4 million a few days earlier. He now has more than $2.3 million in lifetime live earnings to his name.
Vogelsang’s two huge scores in Cyprus were enough to see him shoot up the standings in both the Card Player Player of the Year and PokerGO Tour points races. He now sits in 80th place in the former and 18th in the latter.
The second and final day of this event began with just six players remaining, all of whom were in the money after Chris Brewer was knocked out on the bubble at the conclusion of day 1. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Eelis Parssinen was the first to fall on day 2, with his double suited A-A-K-9 falling to the single-suited A-A-5-4 of Ali Imsirovic, who rivered a six-high straight to take down the pot. Parssinen earned $50,000 as the sixth-place finisher.
Imsirovic was ultimately the next player out despite winning that clash of pocket aces. He got the last of his stack in on a J64 flop after three-betting prefelop with AK75. Vogelsang quickly called with AJJ3 for top set. Imsirovic picked up a second straight draw after the 10 turn, but the board paired on the river to give Vogelsang a full house. Imsirovic (5th – $80,000), who is the reigning Card Player and PGT Player of the Year, had already overtaken the PGT top spot earlier this week thanks to a final-table finish in a Triton CPoker Cyprus event. With four titles, 14 final-table finishes and more than $2.3 million in year-to-date POY earnings, Imsirovic now once again sits atop the leaderboard in both points races as he looks to go back-to-back.
Raphael Schreiner’s run in this event came to an end when his pocket kings with 7-5 suited on the side lost an all-in against the double-suited A-Q-9-4 of Laszlo Bujtas, who made trip aces to secure the pot. Schreiner earned $110,000 as the fourth-place finisher.
Rok Gostisa got the last of his short stack in with QQ83 up against the AA54 of Bujtas. The pocket aces held up and Gostisa was sent home with $160,000 for his third-place showing. The World Poker Tour main event winner now has more than $3.2 million in recorded tournament earnings.
With that heads-up play began with Vogelsang holding roughly a 2:1 chip advantage over Bujtas, who had just finished runner-up in a $50,000 buy-in six-max event at the Triton Cyprus series days earlier for $770,000. Vogelsang was able to further extend his lead by the time the final hand was dealt. All of the chips got in preflop with Vogelsang four-bet shoving AKJ3. Bujtas called with KK72 after committing nearly halfof his stack with a three-bet. The board ran out AQ563 to lock up the pot and the title for Vogelsang. Bujtas earned $240,000 for his second runner-up finish in a week’s time. He now has nearly $4.2 million in career live cashes under his belt, including his second-place finish in the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe main event.
Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:
|Place||Player||Earnings (USD)||POY Points||PGT Points|
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