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January has witnessed non-stop action Down Under and the action spilled over to February as well. It all started with the Aussie Millions with the Australian Poker Open kicking off immediately afterward. Following these back-to-back stops at The Star Gold Coast in Queensland came the first-ever running of the Super High Roller Bowl Australia. The A$250K buy-in tournament was the ninth edition of the Super High Roller Bowl and was hosted in partnership with the World Poker Tour (WPT).
A total of 16 entrants registered to play and rising to the top of the field after the two-day run of the tournament was Canada’s Timothy Adams (cover image).
Adams has been stationed in Australia for some time and was seen making a deep run in the Aussie Millions 100K Challenge. His run was cut short in seventh place, with local pro Kahle Burns taking down the title. He subsequently went on to win the A$25,000 NLHE later at the Australian Poker Open. At the Super High Roller Bowl Australia, it was Burns with whom Adams clashed heads-up. After a hard-fought battle that lasted close to three hours, it was Adams who had all the chips in play!
Along with pocketing an A$2,150,000 payday for his efforts, Adams has joined an elite club of Super High Roller Bowl champions that boasts of poker superstars like Rainer Kempe, Christoph Vogelsang, Cary Katz, Isaac Haxton, Brian Rast, Daniel Dvoress and Justin Bonomo.
“There is a ton of prestige to winning a tournament like this. It makes it extra nice and I’m really pleased right now,” Adams said in his post-event interview.
Adams’s poker resume is dotted with significant victories in high roller tournaments like the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Jeju and even other popular series like the WSOP, where he has won a bracelet in the $2,500 Four-Handed in 2012. Taking his latest winnings into account, his lifetime winnings stand tall at an astronomical $20.6 Million.
“This one feels really special,” Adams said. “The buy-in is very big and the field is very tough. There were a lot of elite players in the field, and yeah it was a small field, but winning any tournament always feels great especially when you beat tough competition. It’s extra satisfying.”
The modest entry-field made this the second-smallest event in the tournament’s history, after the 2019 Super High Roller Bowl London that had 12 runners.
Day 1 of the event played down to the final five contenders, with Elio Fox emerging as the chip leader with a dominating stack of 1,337,000 that was approximately one-third of the chips in play. Kahle Burns (951,000) and Timothy Adams (793,000) rounded out the top three stacks.
Final Table Recap
The final table began at 2 PM (AEST) on February 2. Despite bringing the biggest stack to the day, Elio Fox had a disastrous run on Day 2 and was the first to hit the rail in fifth place. Only the final three players would earn a payout, and hence the 2019 GPI POY winner was unable to make it on the money list.
The last player to fall out empty-handed was the recent WPT Legends of Poker champion, Aaron Van Blarcum, who jammed from the small blind with his last 10 big blinds, but Kahle Burns woke up pocket nines behind him. Blarcum failed to connect to the board and hit the rail in fourth place.
Each of the remaining three players was guaranteed at least A$640,000.
The last remaining American on the final table, Cary Katz, would become the first in-the-money finisher. In a battle of the blinds, Katz, who was in the small blind, called Adams’ all-in move from the big blind. Adams showed ten-eight versus Katz’ king-deuce. A ten on the window propelled Adams ahead, and with Katz finding no help from the board, he went out in third place.
The heads-up play between Kahle Burns and Adams began with Burns firmly ahead with 2.9 Million in chips as against Adams’ 1.1 Million. Adams closed the gap quickly. Burns, however, proved resilient, and the to and fro went on for nearly three hours before Adams finally dealt the final blow. The hand saw Adams making a raise on the button with , and Burns responded with a shove with for his last 28 big blinds. Adams called. An ace on the flop saw Adams surge ahead, and he picked up two-pair on the turn to become the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl Australia champion!
Final Results (AUD)
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