Phil Ivey, Tony G Score Titles In Super High Roller Bowl Europe

The Super High Roller Bowl Eruope is underway in North Cyprus and some of the early event winners include Phil Ivey and Tony G.

The Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) is underway in North Cyprus and some big names are rising to the top. Some of the early event winners include Phil Ivey and Tony G in one of PokerGO’s premier events.

The series is attracting some of poker’s elite with nine events running Aug. 23-31 featuring buy-ins starting at $25,000. The $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl is the signature tournament and should build a massive prize pool. Here’s a look at some of the action so far.

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Event 1: $25,000 Short Deck

Phil Ivey came out on top in this game featuring a stripped-down deck. In Short Deck, deuces through fives are removed from the deck.

This makes for plenty of action and big hands. Because of the differing mathematics in the game, straights are worth more than flushes.

The Short Deck win earned Ivey $408,000 and continues a big run he’s been on since March. That included a runner-up finish in the fourth event in this series as well. Short Deck has been especially good to the 10-time World Series of Poker champion. Beyond the SHRB, here’s a look at his major scores since March:

  • 2nd,  partypoker LIVE Millions $51,000 Short Deck – $525,000
  • 1st – partypoker LIVE Millions $50,000 Short Deck – $856,050
  • 1st – WPT Heads-Up Championship – $400,000

The SHRB Short Deck event attracted 48 entries for a $1.2 million prize pool. High stakes regular Stephen Chidwick finished runner-up for $264,000.

Event 2: $25,000 No Limit Hold’em 

French player and popular Twitch poker streamer Johan Guilbert scored this title for a nice score of a half-million bucks. He topped a field of 81 entries for a top prize of $506,250.

Turkey’s Selahaddin Bedir finished runner-up for $364,500 and continued his huge run in the series by winning the fourth event. The event attracted 81 entries for a $2 million prize pool.

Guilbert has $2 million in live tournament winnings and has become a regular on the high roller scene. In May, he finished runner-up to Matas Cimbolas in a $10,000 Aria High Roller event for $108,000.

Some other big names cashing were Seth Davies (third, $243,000) and Ali Imsirovic (6th, $121,500).

Event 3: $25,000 Short Deck

The stripped-deck action returned and another familiar name rose to the top. Lithuania’s Tony G scored the title for $382,500.

The event attracted 45 entries for a $1.1 million prize pool. American Chris Brewer finished runner-up for $247,500.

A regular on the poker scene since running deep in multiple World Poker Tour events during the poker boom. For several years, the businessman and poker player (real last name Guoga) has also served as a member of the European and Lithuanian parliaments. 

Guoga now has $7.6 million in live tournament winnings. This win followed another Short Deck score in a $25,500 partypoker MILLIONS event in the game. He won that event in 2019 for $265,859.

Event 4: $50,000 NLHE

The battle for this title came down to two players who’ve already been heads-up in the first three events. Phil Ivey won the first event of the series and Selahaddin Bedir took runner-up in the second.

This time, Bedin came out on top for $832,000 in an event that attracted 52 players for a $2.6 million prize pool. For second place, Ivey earned another $546,000. Both players have had impressive runs in the series so far.

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More action ahead

The weekend brings some more high roller action, all available to stream live on PokerGO. Players can jump in $50,000 and $100,000 NLHE events on Friday and Sunday.

The Short Deck action returns on Saturday with a $50,000 event on tap. The final two events in the series play out next week and PokerScout will provide a recap of those events as well. Here’s a look at the events remaining on the schedule:

2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe

Start DateEventTournamentBuy-inRe-entry
Aug. 275Short Deck Hold’em$50,000Unlimited
Aug. 286No Limit Hold’em$100,000Unlimited
Aug. 297Short Deck Hold’em$100,000Unlimited
Aug. 30Main EventNo Limit Hold’em$250,000Single
Aug. 318No Limit Hold’em$50,000Unlimited