After a little more than 17 levels of play, the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl at ARIA has reached the money bubble at the close of Day 3. The next player eliminated will receive nothing, and everyone after that will be guaranteed to at least double their investment.
The strong showing by amateurs through the first two days of the tournament did not carry over, as it's a pro-heavy group that will make up the unofficial final table when play resumes for Day 4.
Jake Schindler is tops among the remaining eight with 4,080,000. He's followed by Christoph Vogelsang (2,650,000), Byron Kaverman (2,200,000), Stefan Schillhabel (1,890,000), Leon Tsoukernik (1,780,000), Pratyush Buddiga (1,780,000), Justin Bonomo (1,735,000) and Jason Koon (685,000).
Tsoukernik is the only remaining amateur in contention, though he's showed he can compete before by winning the EPT Prague $50K High Roller in December.
Schindler has essentially made a living in ARIA high roller events, with 12 six-figure cashes to his credit in the venue. The biggest of those was a share of a three-way chop in 2016 for over $835,000 in a $100K event. He went on a late heater to end the night on top of this one.
First, Schindler doubled through Dan Shak at 8,000/16,000/16,000. Shak raised to 50,000 in the small blind, Schindler repopped to 150,000, and Shak immediately jammed for 1.2 million. Schindler used a time extension but ultimately decided he couldn't let two queens go, and he was happy to see he had Shak's jacks crushed. The board ran clean to push Schindler past 2.4 million.
Schindler then won two flips. First, he held with threes against the ace-jack of Bill Klein, who jammed about 25 big blinds preflop. Then, he finished off Shak with ace-king against jacks when a king hit the river, leaving Shak devastated and putting a close to the day with eight players left instead of the planned nine.
That was because defending champ Rainer Kempe finally went bust at the same time at the outer table after mounting a truly staggering comeback. Knocked down to about one blind, he stormed back to 500,000 after a series of doubles. However, he ran nines into the pocket tens of fellow German Schillhabel to end his repeat bid.
Other players eliminated on Day 3 included Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu and 2015 Super High Roller Bowl champ Brian Rast.
The remaining runners will return with about one hour left at 10,000/20,000/20,000 — the big blind pays the full ante in this structure. They'll have $6 million up top to fight for, but nobody will get their hands on it on Wednesday, as the plan is to play down to three competitors. Updates will be available throughout the day on PokerNews, with a live stream proved by PokerGo.