2019 World Series of Poker

$250,000 Super High Roller Championships

Level Info

Level 21
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 160,000

Players Info

Prize Pool $7,517,500
$250,000 Super High Roller Championships
Day 3 Completed

Steffen Sontheimer Wins $250,000 Super High Roller Championships for $3,685,000

ajlamers • Level 21: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Steffen Sontheimer champion
Steffen Sontheimer champion

It was another beautiful day at the Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas but it was bound to be extra special for one of six players in the Caribbean Poker Party $250,000 Super High Roller Championships. It didn't occur until after the sun went down, but Steffen Sontheimer rose to the top to claim the victory and a hefty payday of $3,685,000.

Sontheimer came into the day as the chip leader and he went wire to wire with a dominating performance against some of the best competition in the world. It was also impressive for Sean Winter to outlast everyone else for a second-place finish, but it was a cooler spot that ended the heads-up battle in a timely manner.

This will be recorded as Sontheimer's largest career cash and his third in the seven-figure range. His previous largest came at the 2017 Poker Masters where he won the entire event on the heels of a win in the $100,000 Main Event for over $1.5 million. The German high roller has now moved inside the top 100 on the all-time money list with over $12.5 million and he's only 28 years of age.

For Winter, it was just another day at the office as well, but maybe a different type of office than what he's used to. While the high-stakes American poker pro doesn't shy away from any of the big buy-in tournaments, his specialty certainly lies at the cash game table. Winter is often found playing in the nosebleed games at the Aria casino in Las Vegas and has transferred that skill into tournaments. While he didn't capture the glory, Winter will still be taking home a nice payday of $2,430,000.

CPP $250,000 Super High Roller Championships Official Results

1stSteffen SontheimerGermany$3,685,000
2ndSean WinterUnited States$2,430,000
3rdDavid PetersUnited States$1,420,000
4thMikita BadziakouskiBelarus$710,000

CPP $250,000 Super High Roller Championships Final Day Action

The day began with six players taking to the felt knowing that only four players would make the money. While Sontheimer had a clear chip advantage, the other five players were left scrambling for position. An early surge from Nick Petrangelo on the short stack made it anyone's game to get in the money.

The last partypoker pro Isaac Haxton had a rough go at things until he eventually found a board that he liked. Holding jack-ten of diamonds, Haxton flopped top pair with a flush draw and turned a straight but it wasn't good enough to beat Sontheimer's two pair. Haxton was the first player to hit the rail in the second level of play, being eliminated in sixth place.

Isaac Haxton
Isaac Haxton

Petrangelo started on the short stack but his hot start didn't last for long. He eventually found himself back to on a 20 big blind stack and moved it in with ace-king suited. David Peters woke up with pocket jacks on his left and the two players were off to the races on the money bubble. The board ran out ten-high and Petrangelo was eliminated on the money bubble.

The final four players were guaranteed at least $710,000 but the significant pay jumps played a huge role. Mikita Badziakouski and Peters were both short-stacked while Sontheimer and Winter continued to strengthen their lead. It was all small-ball poker for nearly four hours until Badziakouski was left with just 11 big blinds. Winter's ace-queen held up against Badziakouski's king-jack leaving just three players at the table.

It wouldn't take long for heads-up play to begin as Peters was forced to make something happen with his stack of 16 big blinds. Sontheimer opened on the button with ace-king and Peters ripped it with king-queen in the small blind. It was a no-brainer call for Sontheimer who held to eliminate Peters in third place.

David Peters
David Peters

And so, the two big stacks made it to heads-up and with nearly 200 big blinds in play, it was expected to be a grueling battle. However, two premium hands after about 15 minutes got everyone out of their seats. It would be a four-bet shove from Sontheimer with ace-king and a call from Winter with ace-queen and the German was on his way to another big win. The board ran out clean for Sontheimer as he made short-work of Winter heads-up.

That concludes the coverage for the last Super High Roller but there is still plenty of action taking place over the next couple of days. The $5,300 Main Event is entering its final stages and the $10,000 High Roller also kicked off today and will be running over the next couple of days. Be sure to stay with PokerNews as we continue to bring you coverage from here in the Bahamas.

Tags: David PetersIsaac HaxtonMikita BadziakouskiNick PetrangeloSean WinterSteffen Sontheimer

Sean Winter Forced to Settle for Second Place

ajlamers • Level 21: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Sean Winter
Sean Winter

Steffen Sontheimer and Sean Winter entered heads-up play with extremely deep stacks and most people were just starting to settle into what could be a long battle. However, two premium hands and it becomes quite easy to get all of the chips in the middle.

That is exactly what happened when Winter limped the button with {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}. Sontheimer looked down at {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} in the big blind and raised it up to 700,000. Winter three-bet to 2,000,000 and Sontheimer moved all in. Winter quickly called off his stack of 10,295,000 but was disappointed when the cards were tabled.

Sontheimer held a dominating lead and the flop of {10-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} changed nothing. The {4-Spades} on the turn provided some chop outs but the {9-Hearts} on the river locked things up. Winter was forced to settle for second place but will still take home $2,430,000 for his efforts.

Steffen Sontheimer de 34,000,000 12,095,000
Sean Winter us Busted

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Badziakouski and Peters Eliminated in Quick Succession

ajlamers • Level 20: 70,000-140,000, 140,000 ante
David Peters
David Peters

Sean Winter shipped all in from the small blind with {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} and Mikita Badziakouski called off his stack of 1,650,000 with {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} in the big blind. The flop came {a-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{2-Hearts} to give Winter full control with a pair of aces. The turn was the {k-Hearts} to give Badziakouski some outs but the {3-Diamonds} on the river bricked off as Badziakouski was eliminated in fourth place.

Just a few hands later, Steffen Sontheimer raised to 400,000 on the button with {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs} and David Peters moved all in for 1,995,000 with {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs} in the small blind. Winter folded his big blind and Sontheimer quickly called with a dominating hand.

The flop came {9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} as Sontheimer stayed in the lead with his ace-high. The {k-Diamonds} on the turn provided some chop outs but the {6-Spades} on the river sent Peters to the payout desk in third place.

The final two players are taking a short break to prepare for heads-up play where the blinds will be reduced to 30 minutes.

Steffen Sontheimer de 21,905,000 3,545,000
Sean Winter us 12,095,000 350,000
David Peters us Busted
Mikita Badziakouski by Busted

Tags: Steffen SontheimerSean WinterMikita BadziakouskiDavid Peters

Winter Cuts Into the Lead

ajlamers • Level 20: 70,000-140,000, 140,000 ante

There are two stacks on the table at around 20 big blinds but it was the two big stacks that got involved in a pot that could've been detrimental. Steffen Sontheimer raised it up to 300,000 with {k-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and Sean Winter just called in the small blind with {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}.

The flop came {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{3-Spades} and Winter checked to Sontheimer who bet 300,000 after making two pair. Winter called and the {5-Diamonds} landed on the turn. Winter checked again and Sontheimer stuck in a large bet of 2,000,000. Winter called again and the {5-Hearts} paired the board on the river.

Winter checked one more time and Sontheimer quickly checked back after being counterfeit. Winter was awarded the pot with the better two pair to cut into Sontheimer's lead.

Steffen Sontheimer de 18,360,000 -1,445,000
Sean Winter us 11,745,000 3,245,000
David Peters us 2,525,000 55,000
Mikita Badziakouski by 1,300,000 -1,925,000

Tags: Steffen SontheimerSean Winter


Sontheimer Extends His Lead

ajlamers • Level 19: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

David Peters raised it up to 240,000 in the cutoff with {q-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} and was called by Sean Winter on the button with {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts} and Steffen Sontheimer in the big blind with {5-Hearts}{4-Clubs}. The flop of {8-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Hearts} favored Sontheimer in the big blind and the action checked to Winter who bet 550,000. Sontheimer called and Peters quickly mucked his cards.

The turn brought the {2-Hearts} to give both players a draw to a better hand. The action went check-check and the {j-Clubs} completed the board. Two more checks and Sontheimer pulled in yet another pot to increase his lead.

The players are about to head on another 15-minute break and Peters will return on the short stack with just under 18 big blinds.

Steffen Sontheimer de 19,805,000 5,305,000
Sean Winter us 8,500,000 -965,000
Mikita Badziakouski by 3,225,000 -2,205,000
David Peters us 2,470,000 -2,135,000

Tags: Steffen SontheimerSean WinterDavid Peters


Sontheimer and Winter Distance Themselves

ajlamers • Level 18: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante
Steffen Sontheimer
Steffen Sontheimer

Steffen Sontheimer has been the most active of the four remaining players as he should be with a healthy chip lead. However, he opened to 250,000 with {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} and Sean Winter three-bet to 950,000 in the small blind with {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}. Sontheimer called and the flop came {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{2-Spades}.

Winter led out for 1,400,000 and Sontheimer chose to peel one off to see the {8-Hearts} on the turn. Winter shipped all in for around 3,300,000 and Sontheimer laid his hand down.

Just a couple of hands later, Sontheimer made it 400,000 in the small blind with {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts}. David Peters defended in the big blind with {5-Spades}{5-Hearts} and the flop came {q-Spades}{4-Spades}{4-Clubs}. Sontheimer flopped trips and led out for 225,000 which Peters called.

The turn was the {2-Hearts} and Sontheimer fired another bet of 1,000,000. Peters still called and the {9-Spades} completed the board. Sontheimer stuck in a bet of 1,850,000 and Peters finally let his hand go. Sontheimer and Winter have started to pull away from the other two players, looking to make this a two-horse race.

Steffen Sontheimer de 14,500,000 -2,200,000
Sean Winter us 9,465,000 3,860,000
Mikita Badziakouski by 5,430,000 -150,000
David Peters us 4,605,000 -1,360,000

Tags: David PetersSean WinterSteffen Sontheimer