James Chen Wins €250,000 WSOPE Super High Roller

James Chen wins his first bracelet at the 2019 WSOP Europe festival

The biggest buy-in event of the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe has crowned its champion. James Chen won the massive €2,844,215 top prize, Chen’s second seven-figure prize in the space of four months.

Event #4: €250,000 Super High Roller Result: Chen Wins

Place Player Country Prize (EUR) Prize (USD)
1 James Chen Taiwan €2,844,215 $3,157,079
2 Chin Wei Lim Malaysia €1,757,857 $1,951,221
3 Christoph Vogelsang Germany €1,185,161 $1,315,529
4 Antanas Guoga Lithuania €799,045 $886,940
5 Cary Katz United States €538,722 $597,981

Day 1 saw 24 player part company with a bankroll-busting €250,000 buy-in and only 16 of those starters survived. James Chen topped the end of day chip counts, but the victory was still a long way off. Some of the world’s elite poker tournament players also progressed from the opening flight. Alex Foxen, Rainer Kempe, Timothy Adams, Ryan Riess, Dominik Nitsche and Mikita Badziakouski among them.

Late registration remained open on Day 2 and another six players bought in. This took the total prize pool to €7,125,000 but only the top five finishers secured a slice of the pie. Day 2 concluded with only seven players in the hunt for the massive top prize and a coveted gold bracelet.

Chen Doubles Through Nitsche

Dominik Nitsche led the final seven back into battle on the third and final day. It did not go to plan for the talented German running into pocket kings twice in quick succession. Christoph Vogelsang was the first beneficiary of Nitsche’s chips with Chen also doubling through him.

Nitsche’s dreadful day ended when he moved all-in for 14 big blinds with ace-king. Chin Wei Lim re-shoved from the button with pocket queens and everyone else folded. Lim flopped a set before turning a full house to send Nitsche to the rail.

Riess Bursts the Bubble

Former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess burst the money bubble. Riess had less than 10 big blinds and committed his short stack with ace-jack. Antanas “Tony G” Guoga looked up Riess with the dominating ace-queen. Neither player paired their hole cards and Guoga’s queen-kicker played on a board showing trip nines.

Riess’ exit locked up at least €538,722 for the surviving five players. Cary Katz, winner of the recent £250,000 Super High Roller in London, collected this sum. Katz’s demise came at the hands of Guoga. Guoga raised to 3,500,000 from the hijack with king-queen and Katz called in the big blind with jack-six. Katz paired his jack on the flop and moved all-in for 5,300,000 and Guoga snap-called having paired his king. No further helped arrived for Katz and he crashed out in fifth place.

From Hero to Zero

Guoga was flying high but went from hero to zero in next to no time. First, he lost a big coinflip with pocket nines against Lim’s queen-jack. He then played an open-ended straight draw aggressively, but Chen had flopped top two pair, which held. Game over for Guoga who collected his largest live score.

Stacks grew shallow and all-in bets increased in frequency. Vogelsang busted an hour after Guoga hit the rail. Lim raised three-times the big blind to 6,000,000 and Vogelsang responded with an all-in three-bet of 15,400,000. Lim called with ace-ten and Vogelsang was flipping with pocket fives. A ten on the flop gave Lim the lead and he stayed in front to bust his dangerous Germany opponent.

Chen Crowned Super High Roller Champion

Chen held a 94,200,000 to 55,800,000 lead over Lim, a lead he extended early in the one-on-one battle. Lim evened matters before Chen put his foot on the gas and ran out a worthy champion. The final hand saw Chen open-shove from the button with ace-four and Lim called his last eight big blinds off with ace-five.

Both players caught an ace on the flop, with Chen pairing his four on the river to bust Lim in second-place. Lim collected a career-best €1,757,857 for his runner-up finish with Chen banking €2,844,215.

Victory tasted even sweeter for Chen because he narrowly missed out on a WSOP bracelet this summer. British star Stephen Chidwick won his first bracelet in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event; Chen crashed in second-place.

It may have only been recently Chen began playing super high roller events, but the big buy-ins are not new. The Taiwanese pro plays in comes of the biggest cash games Macau and Asia have to offer.

“I think this may be the highest buy-in I played, but I have played the 2 Million HKD Triton Main Event, so I played similar stakes before and in cash I have played bigger before and am used to the stakes.” He went on to reveal he prefers cash games over tournaments due to the former playing deep stacked.

“That’s why I prefer to play cash because it is generally deeper stacked and you get to play a lot more. You don’t need to get it in as light. Most of the time you get to play post-flop, turn, and river. Tournaments are a different kind of fun. In tournaments, there are different stack sizes and people tend to change strategies.”

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

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