All eyes were on Dominik Nitsche as the final table of the €100,000 Super High Roller got underway Sunday evening at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe. The German was going for back-to-back Super High Roller WSOPE titles against a tough field that included four other WSOP bracelet winners. Nitsche ultimately fell short of the win as Czech pro Martin Kabrhel rallied from a 3.5-1 heads-up chip deficit to win his second career bracelet.
Nitsche actually started the final table with the chip lead and put them to good use early. Nitsche raised to 1,000,000 from the cutoff with before Michael Addamo, who won the €25,600 High Roller earlier this week, move all in for 10,700,000 with . Nitsche called instantly. The flop gave Addamo top pair but gave Nitsche middle set. Neither the turn or river was able to save Addamo and he was eliminated in eighth place.
Just over 40 minutes later, another bracelet winner was sent packing. Julian Thomas raised to 1,200,000 from the hijack with and Adrian Mateos moved all in for 4,775,000 from the small blind with . Thomas called to see the dealer put out the flop to give Mateos a flush draw. The turn gave Mateos even more outs but the river was not one of them and he was out in seventh.
Kabrhel’s chip stack enjoyed a major upswing after eliminating two opponents in a single hand. Jan-Eric Schwippert moved all in for 10,700,000 from the cutoff with , Kabrhel looked down at on the button and moved all in for 23,800,000 before Nitsche called all in for 15,500,000 from the big blind with . The board ran out to eliminate Schwippert in sixth and Nitsche in fifth.
That hand more than doubled Kabrhel’s stack to 51,500,000 and 10 minutes later he was adding even more to it. Kabrhel called from UTG with , before Mikita Badziakouski raised to 7,700,000 from the small blind with . David Peters defended the big blind with and Kabrhel called behind. The flop got all three players to check. Badziakouski and Peters both checked the turn but Kabrhel bet 6,000,000.
Badziakouski called all in and Peters folded. The river was no help for Badziakouski and he was out in fourth.
It took almost two hours to go from three-handed action to heads up. Kabrhel min-raised to 2,400,000 from the button with , Thomas raised to 26,200,000 from the small blind with and Peters moved all in over the top with . Kabrhel folded. The flop changed nothing for Thomas and neither did the turn or river.
Heads up play began with Peters holding 147,800,000 of the 190,000,000 chips in play. Over the course of the next hour, however, Kabrhel refused to budge and after chipping his way up, eventually found himself dead even with Peters before eliminating the American. Kabrhel opened to 5,500,000 from the button with before Peters made it 22,000,000 with . Peters then checked the flop and Kabrhel bet 14,900,000. Peters announced he was all in for 71,400,000 and Kabrhel called. The turn officially left Peters drawing dead and the river meant Peters was out in second place.
This is Kabrhel’s second career bracelet. He won the €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo BOUNTY last year also at King’s Casino. He has 4 WSOP Circuit rings which also all came at King’s.
Final Table Payouts
- Martin Kabrhel – €2,624,340
- David Peters – €1,621,960
- Julian Thomas – €1,116,308
- Mikita Badziakouski – €789,612
- Dominik Nitsche – €574,466
- Jan-Eric Schwippert – €430,218
- Adrian Mateos – €331,943
- Michael Addamo – €264,110