Thursday saw the final table of six players – all that remained from an original field of 34 – gather for the last day of the Party Poker Caribbean $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller Championship, with the chip lead held by German ace Steffen Sontheimer (28).
He was to dominate the action through to the finish to claim the main prize of $3,685,000 – his largest live tourney win yet, although he has three other seven-figure cashes on his resume.
The massive win brings Sontheimer’s career earnings to somewhere north of $12.5 million.
Facing six top international players at the Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas in the knowledge that just four would cash in the $250,000 buy-in event at the end of a long day’s action, showed how calm and disciplined the German ace can be.
The elimination of US poker pro David Peters at third for $1,420,000 ushered in the heads up stage, where Sontheimer faced the experienced US pro and high stakes player Sean Winter.
Whilst the large chip stacks held by both players suggested that the heads up could turn out to be a lengthy affair, it was in fact rather brief, revolving around two significant hands within the half-hour that enabled the German ace to send Winter packing with the runner up prize of $2,430,000.
Belarus pro Mikita Badziakouski finished fourth and cashed $710,000.