The $25,500 High Roller at the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) crowned its champion late Tuesday evening at the Hard Rock Live arena in South Florida. Germany's Marvin Rettenmaier defeated a field of 105 players and a very tough final table to win the title and the top prize of $787,497.
Final Table Results
Rettenmaier, aged 29-years old, previously won three other high roller events including his biggest win in the World Poker Tour $25,500 World Championship at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for $1,196,858 back in 2012.
The German shared with SHRPO officials that he "[...] ran very well on the final table,” before adding, "Three-handed I get queens to jacks and aces to kings.”
The two-day event kicked off on Monday with players starting with 100,000 chips and 40 minute blind levels. Unlimited reentries were permitted until the end of level 13.
The 105 entrants generated a $2,625,000 prize pool, both easily eclipsing the $1,000,000 guarantee and the $2,075,000 prize pool created in the 2015 SHRPO High Roller, a tournament won by Jason Mercier for $517,000.
The final day of play began with nine players remaining with blinds at 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante. Ray Qartomy began play as the final table chip leader with 2,335,000 with Rettenmaier sitting in sixth place with 860,000. Andjelko Andrejevic started with just a single big blind.
Final Table Chip Counts
The final table kicked off at a fast pace with three players eliminated within an hour with the first two at the hands of Qartomy. First to go was Francisco Picasso in ninth place when his was unable to improve against Quartomy's .
Andjelko Andrejevic was the next player eliminated when he got his last big blind in with . Quatomy called from the small-blind and Dan Colman checked the action from the big blind. Both Quatomy and Colman checked the action on a flop. Colman folded to Quatomy's bet when the appeared on the turn and Quatomy turned over . The completed the board eliminating Andrejevic in eighth place.
About 10 minutes later, Rainer Kempe was the next player to go when he shoved his remaining six big blinds with and was unable to improve against Nick Petrangelo's .
Another hour ticked by before the next player was eliminated. With blinds at 30,000/60,000 and a 10,000 ante, Barry Hutter three-bet shoved all-in for 1,290,000 with . Qatomy called with . Hutter was ahead until the river, when the spiked to end Hutter's day in sixth place.
Just a couple of minutes later, Daniel Strelitz was eliminated in fifth place when his was unable to hold against the of Dan Colman. Colman nailed a straight on the river on a board of and send Strelitz packing.
Petrangelo's stack was crippled down to four big blinds when his was unable to hold after calling an all-in from Colman who held . On the next hand, Petrangelo got his remaining stack in with and was eliminated in fourth place after being unable to improve against Quatomy's .
Chips shuffled back and forth for three hours before Qatomi was eliminated in third place on a huge cooler when his was no good after calling a four-bet shove from Rettenmaier who held
With 5,960,000 chips, Colman began heads-up play with a slight advantage against Rettenmaier's stack of 4,560,000. Less than an hour later, Rettenmaier found himself with a 4:1 chip advantage, before Colman was able to take the lead again an hour after that.
Rettenmaier was able to regain the advantage and on the final hand of play shoved all-in with , which Colman called from the big blind with . Colman was almost drawing dead when Rettenmaier nailed a flush on the flop. The turn left Colman drawing dead, and he was officially eliminated in second place after the was run out on the river.
*Lead photo, quotes, and data courtesy of SHRPO.