Timothy Adams Wins Inaugural SHR Bowl Australia

Timothy Adams is the 2020 Super High Roller Bowl Australia champion, the first of his kind.

Canada’s Timothy Adams triumphed in the ninth edition of the Super High Roller Bowl, the first held in Australia. Adams victory, the 11th of his career and the third-largest score, takes his lifetime winnings past $20,500,000.

Super High Roller Bowl Australia Payouts

Place Player Country Prize (AUD) Prize (USD
1 Timothy Adams Canada $2,150,000 $1,444,831
2 Kahle Burns Australia $1,200,000 $802,684
3 Cary Katz United States $2,150,000 $428,168

The ninth edition of the Super High Roller Bowl took place at the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Buying into this event cost an eye-watering AU$250,000, a fee eventually paid by 12 unique players. Those players purchased four re-entries between them, thus, creating a AU$4,000,000 prize pool shared among the top three finishers.

Mikita Badziakouski was the first player to bust, doing so at the start of Level 2. Badziakouski played his open-ended straight draw aggressively and missed against Alex Foxen’s pocket kings.

Day 1s action ended with only five players needing to bag up chips. Elio Fox held the chip lead courtesy of his 1,337,000 stack.

Australian sensation Kahle Burns was Fox’s nearest rival with 951,000 chips. Burns put himself in a good position to win the Super High Roller Bowl Australia on home soil.

Adams was next in the chip counts with 793,000 chips. WPT champion Aaron Van Blarcum resumed play in fourth place with a 568,000 stack. PokerGO founder and Super High Roller Bowl regular Cary Katz finished Day 1 with 356,000 and was the shortest stack.

Burns Goes Fox Hunting

Fox was the first casualty of the final table despite going into it with a commanding chip lead. Fox attempted to bluff Burns by firing three barrels on a draw-heavy board, only for Burns to look him up with ace-high. Such is Burns’ hand reading skills right now, ace-high was good and Fox was in trouble.

Burns scooped the rest of Fox’s stack soon after to bust him in fifth-place and claim the chip lead.

Van Blarcum found himself in an awful spot being short-stacked on the money bubble. He jammed with ace-three for 10 big blinds and lost to the nines in Burns’ hand.

That hand burst the bubble and guaranteed A$640,000 for the surviving trio of players. Katz won the Super High Roller Bowl London but had to make do with third-place in Australia.

Katz’s demise was complete when Adams set him all-in from the small blind. The PokerGO founder called off 11 big blinds with king-deuce; Adams showed ten-eight. Adams binked a ten on the flop, Katz didn’t catch up, and heads-up was set.

Super High Roller Bowl Australia Enters Heads-Up

Burns held a 2,900,000 to 1,100,000 chip lead over Adams but Adams immediately fought back. Adams soared into a huge lead of his own when Burns tried to extract value with top pair only to discover Adams turned a flush.

This left Burns with less than 10 big blinds, but he staged his own comeback. Adams destroyed any hopes of an epic revival when his ace-high hand flopped an ace and turned two pair against burns’ queen-jack.

Previous Super High Roller Bowl Results

Edition Buy-In Entries Champion Top Prize
I $500,000 43 Brian Rast $7,525,000
II $300,000 49 Rainer Kempe $5,000,000
III $300,000 56 Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000
Macau HK$2.1M 75 Justin Bonomo HK$37.83M (~$4.8M)
IV $300,000 48 Justin Bonomo $5,000,000
V $300,000 36 Isaac Haxton $3,672,000
London £250,000 12 Cary Katz £2,100,000 (~$2.6M)
Bahamas $250,000 51 Daniel Dvoress $4,080,000
Australia AU$250,000 16 Timothy Adams AU$2,160,000

The Super High Roller Bowl is a fantastic spectacle but it simply doesn’t work outside of the United States. Super High Roller Bowl was the second-smallest tournament held, with only the hugely disappointing London leg attracting fewer entries.

Not many people can afford to buy into these events, with most entrants selling some of their action. Having to travel outside of the U.S., particularly to the United Kingdom or Australia, is very expensive on top of a quarter-of-a-million dollar buy-in.

Macau and The Bahamas are the only exceptions to this trend. Macau already has a super high roller scene, while hundreds of high rollers were in The Bahamas already in November. Furthermore, there’s a ton of nosebleed stakes action running around the clock in Macau.

We won’t be surprised if Poker Central announce future Super High Roller Bowl events will only take place in the U.S.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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