Ship it to Germany! Just when you thought the Germans were falling behind the curve, Steffen Sontheimer won a Super High Roller to remind everyone that the Germans are still the big dogs when it comes to big-buy-in events. The Baha Mar Resort has been the locale for some of the biggest poker action of the planet. partypoker gave it a shot as an alternative to the craptacular Atlantis Resort & Casino (Disclaimer: I've been there multiple times and it's as swanky and awful in the same breath) for a poker holiday in the Bahamas.
partypoker threw a bad ass poker party in the Bahamas and called it the 2018 Caribbean Poker Party. For over two weeks, players from all over the world converged on the tiny chain of islands for fun in the sun during the days and poker action the rest of the time. The fiesta of poker included multiple high balla affairs and the marquee event, the $5,300 buy-in Main Event, which is still underway. And there's the $10K High Roller, which heads into the second day of action.
The 2018 Caribbean Poker Party also hosted the $250,000 Super High Roller Championships. This SHR attracted the usual cast of characters. Some sharks live for these stakes and the pressure. while some of the best players of all time shy away from these events. It's not for everyone, but if you can hold your own in these SHR, you truly earned a badge of courage for being able to swim with sharks without getting your head chomped off.
This year's Super High Roller Championships attracted 34 players and a price pool worth $7.5 million. Only the top four places paid out with a min-cash worth a mere $700,000. The top three places won seven figures with third place earning a heady $1,420,000. The runner up share was in excess of $2.4M, while the winner walked away with nearly $3.7 million... or almost half of the total prize pool. Okay, we know the math is off and it's really 48.6% of the prize pool. But that's a sick score any way you cut it.
The final six headed into the final day of action wondering if Steffen Sontheimer would go wire-to-wire for the win. The German came into the finale with the big stack worth 11M. There were four Americans still left in the hunt along with the Belarussian Badzman. The closest other stack to SS was David Peters with 9M. It seemed like those two would end up in a heads-up battle and everyone else was playing for third place.
Ike Haxton was one of the short stacks coming into the final day and he was the first player to hit the bricks. Haxton bounced in sixth place. Fellow American pro Nick Petrangelo bubbled in fifth place. Ouch. Rough going for Nicky P.
Mikita Badziakouski is one of the hottest players in the universe. He didn't have enough firepower to compete at this final table, but he still managed a min-cash. 2018 was very very very very kind to the Badzman from Belarus. How many super high rollers did he bink? I lost count after he destroyed the field at the Triton Super High Roller.
David Peters was picked off in third place, which set up the finale between Sean Winter and Steffen Sontheimer.
Steffen Sontheimer edged out the American to win the Super High Roller Championships and $3,685,000 in cash. The young German has is closing in on $13 million in career earnings.
Chalk up another bridesmaid day for Winter. He was the runner up in the $59K couple days earlier. Winter binked $550K for that second-place finish. With his $2.4M score for this one, he's won nearly $3 million for a week of work. Not too shabby, eh?
In case you missed it, Giuseppe Iadisernia from Venezula shipped the $50K Super High Roller and Roger Teska binked the $25K MILLIONS LIVE. Iadisernia won $845,000 for the $50K SHR and American cash-game specialist Teska took down the $25K for a $2 million score, after that even narrowly missed the guarantee.