Dietrich Fast Wins ACOP Super High Roller for $2.1 Million
Dietrich Fast became the latest German high roller to conquer a big final table, topping a field of 79 entries in the PokerStars Asia Championship of Poker HK$800,000 Super High Roller to win HK$16,690,000 — about $2.1 million.
The win came on the heels of his fifth-place finish in the Triton Super High Roller Series Macau HK$1M Main Event for HK$4,607,000. It's his biggest career cash, surpassing his win in last year's WPT L.A. Poker Classic for $1 million.
"It's nice to have results and this is an accomplishment," he told tournament reporters. "But this will not stop me working even harder for the future."
Official Final Table Results
The event paid out 11 places total, with Christian Christner and JC Alvarado making it into the money on the penultimate day but falling short of the final table.
According to the live updates, Fast went into final-table play as one of the larger stacks with just under 50 big blinds, while everyone was looking way up at Timothy Adams, who had a sizable lead over second-place Bryn Kenney.
Paul Newey snuck into the final table with just six big blinds and busted within 10 minutes when he jammed and ran into Kenney's . Shan Huang also had less than 10 big blinds and followed Newey out when he also failed to overtake Kenney's ace-high with king-high in a preflop all in.
Fast's first victim was Jason Koon, as the American shoved about 10 big blinds over a Fast open, with the German thinking and then calling with . He had to be pleased to be flipping against , and a jack on the flop spelt doom for Koon.
Fast's momentum slowed when Kenney prevailed with jacks against his kings all in preflop, but Fast came back strong in a hand he opened by limping the button with at 1,200,000/2,400,000/300,000. Kenney made it 11.2 million in the small blind and Fast called. Both checked the flop and Kenney bet 11.7 million on the turn and then shoved river on a board of . Fast called for his 47.2 million and forced Kenney to muck his .
Left with nine big blinds after the level went up, Kenney busted when his failed to overtake Adams' nines.
Steve O'Dwyer put a nasty beat on Felix Bleiker when he got in against in a battle of the blinds for 97 million. No clubs appeared on the flop, but the river gave O'Dwyer a Broadway straight to leave Bleiker with crumbs, which he lost in short order.
Daniel Dvoress got his last 20 big blinds in from the small blind and received a call from friend and fellow Canadian Adams. Dvoress had live cards with against but failed to find enough help on the board.
Adams had the lead going three-handed but lost it to Fast in a pot that began with Adams raising to 8 million at 1,500,000/3,000,000/500,000. Fast defended his big blind and check-called 15 million on a flop. He check-called 42 million on the turn and then his remaining 83 million on the river. Adams revealed for trips but Fast had gotten lucky with to make a straight.
O'Dwyer lost a huge pot to Fast when the German flopped trip eights against O'Dwyer's bottom pair, and all looked lost for O'Dwyer as he had just a few blinds left. However, he tripled up and then doubled up to give himself a fighting chance with just over 10 big blinds.
Fast then did him the courtesy of a ladder past Adams as Fast put the pressure on with an all-in shove for about 20 big blinds from the small blind. Adams called it off with pocket eights and had an edge against Fast's . Four safe cards fell for Adams, but a river nine sent him out in third.
Down 5-1 in chips, O'Dwyer found an early double when Fast barreled off after missing straight and flush draws with on a board of . O'Dwyer found the call button with to close the gap. Fast, though, was fortunate enough to make higher two pair than O'Dwyer with against on a board of .
When O'Dwyer shoved the river and Fast called, it marked the end of the tournament and a rare second-place for O'Dwyer, who settled for his second score of at least $1 million in Macau this year after winning a previous PokerStars high roller in April.
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