Super High Roller: Dietrich Fast Outlasts Tough Field

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 15
$50,000 Super High Roller
Entries: 28
Prize Pool: $1,380,400
March 29 – 30, 2017

Dietrich Fast, Super Higher Roller Champion

The biggest buy-in tournament on the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown schedule drew some of the top players in the game. Each entrant in the Super High Roller put up a $50,000 buy-in and the 28 entries created a prize pool worth nearly $1.4 million. After a day and a half of action, WSOP bracelet winner and High Roller specialist Dietrich Fast was the last player standing and earned $483,693 for the title.

Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, Byron Kaverman, Scott Seiver, Tom Marchese, Steven Chidwick, Dan Colman, and Bryn Kenney were some of the big names taking part in the Super High Roller but none were able to make it into the money and advance to Day 2.

Five players made the money late on the first day and returned for Day 2 with two Germans, two Americans, and Spanish Adrian Mateos leading the way. Jason Koon suffered a bad early beat at the end of Rainer Kempe to exit in fifth followed by Day 2 short stack David Peters.

Kempe held the chip lead late but fell behind both Fast and Mateos once they were three-handed. He quickly lost ground and went out in third place when his flopped two pair was no good against Fast’s flopped trip nines.

Fast held better than a two-to-one chip lead at the start of heads up play against Mateos and the two quickly agreed to an ICM chop of the remaining prize pool. Mateos earned $413,567 for his part while Fast banked $483,693 along with the SHRP trophy and custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of IMPDI.

On a side note and entry in the “who loves it more” category, both Fast and Mateos immediately moved into the ballroom to late register for the $2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em Freeze-Out.

Super High Roller payouts:

1st: Dietrick Fast – $483,693*
2nd: Adrian Mateos – $413,567*
3rd: Rainer Kempe – $220,864
4th: David Peters – $151,844
5th: Jason Koon – $110,432
* – denotes heads up deal

Super High Roller: Dietrich Fast Wins SHR Title in Heads Up Deal

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 Ante

Dietrich Fast

After Rainer Kempe’s elimination, Dietrich Fast and Adrian Mateos quickly came to terms on an agreement to chop up the remaining prize pool based on their counts.

Dietrich Fast – 2,342,000 (146 bb)
Adrian Mateos – 1,157,000 (72 bb)

The math was run, they shook hands, and the Super High Roller was complete with Fast taking the title and a nice payout.

No sooner had they signed for their money, Fast and Mateos sped off to the registration desk so they could late reg the $2,200 No Limit Hold’em Freeze-out at the last minute.

1st: Dietrick Fast – $483,693
2nd: Adrian Mateos – $413,567

Adrian Mateos

Super High Roller: Rainer Kempe – 3rd Place ($220,864)

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 28

Rainer Kempe and Dietrich Fast were heads up in the blinds to the Jc9c9d flop. Kempe bet 19,000 and Fast raised it up to 55,000 to get a call from Kempe. This time Kempe checked the 5h turn and called after Fast bet 120,000.

One last check from Kempe after the 6s river and Fast pushed in a barrel of blue chips, enough to cover Kempe’s ~200,000. Kempe took his time to work it out and called at risk after a good five minute think.

Fast quickly tabled his flopped trip nines Th9h to best the AdJh of Kempe to send him out in third place.

Dietrich Fast – 2,342,000 (146 bb)
Adrian Mateos – 1,157,000 (72 bb)
Rainer Kempe – Eliminated in 3rd place ($220,864)

Super High Roller: Mateos Versus Kempe

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 28

Adrian Mateos limped his small blind and called a big blind raise to 46,000 from Rainer Kempe. Mateos checked the 9c5s2d flop and called a 59,000 bet from Kempe. Mateos checked again on the 4s river, Kempe fired another 142,000 and Mateos called.

One more check from Mateos after the Kd river and Kempe checked behind. Mateos tabled 9d7d and Kempe mucked to send more chips to Mateos.

Seat 2: Rainer Kempe – 322,000 (20 bb)
Seat 3: Dietrich Fast – 1,800,000 (113 bb)
Seat 5: Adrian Mateos – 1,400,000 (88 bb)