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Steffen Sontheimer Claims partypoker CPP $250,000 Super High Roller Championships Title

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Steffen Sontheimer Claims partypoker CPP $250,000 Super High Roller Championships Title

Sontheimer beats a field of 34 seasoned high rollers to win his largest career cash

A little over a year after claiming the inaugural Poker Masters title, German player Steffen Sontheimer has climbed another tournament poker peak. The player emerged victorious in the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party $250,000 Super High Roller Championships last night to capture his largest career cash of $3,685,000 and a shiny partypoker trophy.

The player’s hike to victory was not an easy one. He had to outwit 34 of the world’s best high rollers over three days of play. Sontheimer surged into the chip lead on the second day of action after winning a key pot against Nick Petrangelo. The German kept his advantage into Day 3 and throughout that final day.

The third day of action kicked off with six survivors who represented the event’s official final table. While Sontheimer was the chip leader at the beginning of Day 3, it was Petrangelo who was the short stack. And it was Petrangelo who kicked off the action-packed finale at Baha Mar Casino in Nassau.

The player put some pressure on his opponents to improve his stack shortly after cards were thrown in the air to mark the beginning of the day. Petrangelo managed to stay alive for a while, but his momentum proved short-lived. Poker pro Isaac Haxton was the first player to bust out of the final table only to be followed by Petrangelo. The latter became the unfortunate bubble boy or the last player to leave the tournament without a payout.

Four-Handed Play

Each of the final four players was guaranteed a minimum payout of $710,000. But given the fact that they were all accomplished high rollers, they were certainly eying the first-place prize of over $3.6 million. Aside from Sontheimer, the group of final four also included Mikita Badziakouski from Belarus and US players David Peters and Sean Winter.

It took four hours of action before another player left the race. It was Badziakouski who busted in fourth place, good for the minimum cash. David Peters was the next to go for $1.42 million, leaving it to Winter and Sontheimer to determine the champion.

It should be said that it was namely the final two players who dominated action throughout the final day. While the young German was still the chip leader at the beginning of heads-up, Winter himself was pretty deep. With nearly 200 big blinds in play, everyone expected a lengthy duel. However, it was sealed within 15 minutes of play.

On what turned out to be the final hand of the $250,000 buy-in tournament, Winter limped the button, while Sontheimer raised to 700,000. Winter then three-bet to 2 million and Sontheimer shoved with [Ah][Kh]. Winter snap-called with [Ac][Qh]. The board ran out [10s][5d][3h][4s][9h], forcing Winter out in second place. Although the player could not win the title, he left with not a bad payout of $2.43 million.

Including his latest cash, Sontheimer now has more than $12.5 million in live tournament earnings and has moved up in the all-time money list to become one of the world’s top 50 winningest players.

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