It was a very welcome return to the poker table for Phil Ivey, as he was able to get his Super High Roller Bowl Europe campaign off to a winning start. The success came in the very first event of the series, and more success could yet follow over the coming months.
Ivey will be hoping that this is the start of a very lucrative spell, but that could be potentially challenging if the talent in the field for the event yesterday continues throughout the summer. It was a superstar attraction with some of the biggest names in the game playing, but it was all about Ivey and his dominance in the first event.
Ivey Tops Star-Studded Field
There are few bigger superstars in the world of poker than Phil Ivey. The American star sits at the top of the all-time money earners from New Jersey, while he is eleventh in the all-time money list of poker players. According to HendonMob, he is also the 2nd most popular player at the table, and is ranked first in the all time money list best rank. Finally, he is also the eighth highest earner in poker to reside in the United States.
There are no signs of the American slowing down this season though, as he claimed his first win in just over a year in the opening Super High Roller Bowl Europe event. Ivey was in excellent form throughout the competition, as he managed to hang on to top spot despite being put under pressure by another superstar- Stephen Chidwick. Ivey managed to get over the line after the heads-up challenge, which saw him claim returns of $408,000 in prize money. Chidwick’s bid came up just short in the European event, but the British star still won $264,000 for his efforts in the event this week.
Final Table Results
The $25,00 Short Deck event attracted a host of big names. While Ivey was able to get his third straight win in short deck events, there were still considerable prize winners in the remaining places on the final table. Belarusian player, Mikita Badziakouski just missed out on the heads-up challenge, as he finished in third place in the Super High Roller Bowl Europe event. That saw him walk away with returns of $180,000. Meanwhile, he just about outlasted Ihor Shkliaruk and Chris Brewer, who finished in respective positions of fourth and fifth in the final standings.
Chinese player Santi finished in sixth, and won $72,000, while the only other player to finish on the final table was Erik Seidel, but he was the first to depart. Seidel still won prize money of $48,000 for his efforts. Real money poker fans will be delighted to hear that there are more events in the Super High Roller Bowl Europe still to come, and they get underway on with the No Limit Hold’em. They continue with events over every day until the last day in August. The final event that will be taking place in the $50,00 No-Limit Hold’em.