Arthur Conan Stages Epic Comeback in SHRPS Super High Roller

Arthur Conan won the $50,000 Super High Roller event at the Seminole SHRPS

Arthur Conan doubled his live poker tournament winnings after staging an epic comeback in a $50,000 buy-in Super High Roller. Conan won the $733,320 top prize in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown event, taking his winnings to $1,485,996.

Winning a tournament of this magnitude is no mean feat, but Conan’s victory is all the more special. The Frenchman found himself down to a single 25,000 chip with four players remaining, yet managed to turn his fortunes around to become the tournament’s champion.

Forty-two players bought into the $50,000 Super High Roller, with seven reach the money places. Ilyas Muradi, who won the $3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in January for $620,000, finished seventh here for $81,480. Muradi’s elimination set the official final table at the end of Day 1.

Conan sat down at the final table armed with a short stack of nine big blinds. Surrounded by some of the game’s superstars, the outlook did not look bright for the Frenchman. He laddered up a payout place when Jeremy Ausmus fell in sixth when his Qh-Th proved no match for Christopher Brewer’s Ah-Qd. Ausmus locked up the $112,035 sixth-place prize, the 17th six-figure prize of his career.

Sean Winter’s $142,590 fifth-place prize pushed his winnings through the $16 million barrier. Winter was down to 35,000 chips during the 10,000/20,000/20,000a level. That tiny stack went into the middle with 5d-4c against Seth Davies7s-7d. The Ah-Qs-3h-6h-Ad board busted Winter.

Conan Writes His Own Chip and a Chair Story

It looked as if Conan was dead and buried after an ill-timed bluff against Davies. Conan made a move with only nine-high, only for Davies to look him up with two-pair. Davies climbed to 102 big blinds, but Conan was sat with only a single 25,000 chip, enough for one big blind.

The Frenchman staged an epic chip and a chair comeback, reminiscent of Jack Straus’ amazing WSOP Main Event story. Conan’s 4d-2s came from behind to beat the Kd-Qh of Brewer. His Ah-7h prevailed against Sam Soverel’s Ac-6d before his 2d-2h beat Brewer’s Ac-9s. Those hands pushed Conan’s stack to a more manageable 17 big blinds, but he still had plenty of work ahead of him.

Conan doubled through Davies and became the chip leader before sending Davies to the showers in fourth place. Davies held As-8c on an Ac-Kc-2c-4d-Ah board, but Conan held Ad-Kh for a full house. Davies fell in fourth and scooped $203,700.

Third place and $295,365 went to Brewer, who busted at the hands of the seemingly unstoppable Conan. Brewer three-bet all-in with Ah-Th, Conan called with 7d-7c, and the five community cards fell 9d-4c-3c-Jc-Ac.

Frenchman Holds Huge Chip Lead Going Into Heads-Up

Soverel only had 15 big blinds to Conan’s 117 big blind stack going into heads-up. It was game over a couple of hands into the one-on-one encounter.

Conan moved all-in with 5s-5c, and Soverel called off his stack with Kh-9h. The 8h-5h-3h flop gifted Conan a set, but Soverel had outs to a flush. The Js turn and 8d river failed to rescue Soverel, and he busted in second place for $468,510. Conan banked $733,320 and wrote himself an incredible comeback story that will take some beating.

$50,000 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Arthur Conan France $733,320
2 Sam Soverel United States $468,510
3 Christopher Brewer United States $295,365
4 Seth Davies United States $203,700
5 Sean Winter United States $142,590
6 Jeremy Ausmus United States $112,035
7 Ilyas Muradi United States $81,480

The $733,320 Conan won is by far the largest prize of his poker career. $83,918 was his previous largest score, his reward for winning a WPT DeepStacks event in Morocco. He rode his luck in this tournament, that is for sure, but there is no doubting we will see Conan again in many more high-stakes events.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

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