James Chen Wins WSOP Europe €250K Super High Roller

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James Chen
James Chen wins the WSOP Europe €250K Super High Roller (photo: WSOP)

James Chen returned to the final table of the World Series of Poker Europe €250K Super High Roller with the shortest stack among the seven remaining players on Friday while Dominik Nitsche stood alone atop the chip counts. Over 6.5 hours of play, Chen overcame his short stack to go on to win his first career bracelet and a €2.8 million score while Nitsche suffered through an almost unimaginable turn of events.

Nitsche, who won the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop event at WSOP Europe 2017, couldn’t have had more go wrong for him just after cards were in the air. Christoph Vogelsang and Chen each doubled through the German poker pro in the opening hands of play and then an hour later, Nitsche became the first player to hit the rail.

Down to just under 15 big blinds, Nitsche moved all in from middle position with AdKs and Chin Wei Lim looked down at QcQd on the button moved all in over the top. The QsTc2d flop left Nitsche drawing to one of four jacks for Broadway. The 2h turn gave Lim a full house and Nitsche was out one spot before the bubble. The river was the 6d.

Tony G considers poker his hobby, but for a brief time on Friday, he was the Table Captain of this event and he seemed to enjoy throwing Ryan Riess overboard on the bubble. Riess moved all in from the cutoff with AhJc and G moved all in behind with AdQh. The board ran out 9c9s8s9hTh and despite picking up a sweat along the way, Riess was eliminated in sixth place leaving the remaining five players all in the money.

G continued to run things and 45 minutes after busting Riess, he found another victim. From the hijack, G raised to 3,500,000 and Cary Katz called from the big blind. After the JsJd9h flop, Katz moved all in for 5,300,000 and G called. Katz showed KcQs for top pair with a straight draw which put him ahead of Katz’s Jh6h. Neither the 7c turn or 2c river improved either player’s hand and Katz was eliminated in fifth place.

G’s time as the Table Captain was relatively short-lived though. Just 40 minutes after busting Katz, G tangled with Chen and ended up walking the plank. Chen raised to 3,200,000 from the cutoff and G called from the big blind. After the AdTc8c flop, G checked and allowed Chen to bet 3,000,000. G check-raised all in for 27,900,000 before Chen called. G showed Jh9c for an open-ended straight draw while Chen showed AsTd for top two pair. The 8h turn was no help for G and neither was the Kc river, sending him home in fourth place.

Three-handed play lasted just 45 minutes before Lim sent another player to the rail. Lim raised to 6,000,000 from the button with AcTc and Vogelsang called all in with 5h5s. The Ts9s7h flop moved Lim ahead and Vogelsang was unable to find help on the 8h turn or 8c river and was out in third place.

Heads-up play began with Chen holding 63% of the chips in play and over the course of two hours, Lim only briefly held the chip lead before Chen was able to close the deal on his first career WSOP bracelet.

Chen moved all in from the button with Ad4d and Lim called all for his last eight big blinds with Ah5c. The AcJh9s flop gave Lim hope of winning the pot outright. The 3d turn was a safe one for Lim but the 4c river gave Chen two pair and eliminated Lim in second place to give Chen a bracelet and a €2,844,215 score.

Final Table Payouts

  1. James Chen – €2,844,215
  2. Chin Wei Lim – €1,757,857
  3. Christoph Vogelsang – €1,185,161
  4. Tony G – €799,045
  5. Cary Katz – €538,722