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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)

Super High Roller: David Peters – 4th Place ($151,844)

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 16: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 28

David Peters

Dietrich Fast opened to 30,000 and David Peters moved all-in from the button for 264,000. The blind released and Fast called after looking at the clock and other stacks.

Fast: kcqd
Peters: 6h6d

It was another pre-flop race with the short stack ahead, but again the bigger stack hit. Fast took the lead on the qs5s3h flop and nothing changed on the 8h turn or tc river to send Peters out in fourth place.

Dietrich Fast – 2,075,000 (173 bb)
David Peters – Eliminated in 4th place ($151,844)

Super High Roller: Fast Extends Lead

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 16: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 28

Adrian Mateos opened to 28,000 from the button and Dietrich Fast called in the big blind to the qdts7d flop. Both players checked  and Fast checked the 5d turn. Mateos bet 42,000 and Fast called to see the kd river.

Fast checked one more time, Mateos bet 125,000 and Fast pulled a check/raise to 275,000. After a few minutes, Mateos called and Fast tabled the nut flush adtd to get a muck from Mateos.

Dietrich Fast – 1,785,000 (149 bb)
Adrian Mateos – 1,080,000 (90 bb)

Super High Roller: Kempe Slides Some More

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 16: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 28

David Peters opened to 27,000 and Adrian Mateos called from the button. Rainer Kempe three-bet to 116,000 from the small blind and only Mateos joined him to the 8c5d4h flop.

Kempe bet 85,000 and Mateos raised to 240,000 after a few minutes considerations. After a couple more minutes of his own, Kempe released the pot to Mateos.

Adrian Mateos – 1,150,000 (96 bb)
Rainer Kempe – 560,000 (47 bb)

Super High Roller: Updated Counts

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 16: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 28

There was no major action after Dietrich Fast took over the lead, plenty of smaller pots without the previous fireworks.

Seat 2: Rainer Kempe – 760,000 (63 bb)
Seat 3: Dietrich Fast – 1,320,000 (110 bb)
Seat 4: David Peters – 600,000 (50 bb)
Seat 5: Adrian Mateos – 820,000 (68 bb)

Super High Roller: Fast Takes From Kempe

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 16: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 28

Action folded to Rainer Kempe and he completed his small blind before Dietrich Fast raised to 42,000 from the big blind. Fast checked the ts5h3c flop, Fast bet 30,000 and Kempe check/raised to 105,000.

Fast called and Kempe bet another 140,000 after the 7d turn. Fast called after a short think and both checked the 4c river. Fast tabled kdkc and Kempe flashed top pair td8x before mucking the lead to Fast.

Dietrich Fast – 1,200,000 (100 bb)
Rainer Kempe – 720,000 (60 bb)

Super High Roller: Break Time Counts

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 16: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 28

The four remaining players went on their first break of the day. David Peters was the most active at the restart but Rainer Kempe made the most of the first level back, going from one of the short stacks to the chip leader.

Seat 2: Rainer Kempe – 1,014,000 (85 bb)
Seat 3: Dietrich Fast – 904,000 (75 bb)
Seat 4: David Peters – 630,000 (53 bb)
Seat 5: Adrian Mateos – 952,000 (79 bb)

Super High Roller: Jason Koon – 5th Place ($110,432)

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 28

Jason Koon

Jason Koon was able to pull a few chips back from Rainer Kempe then made another move to really get back in the game.

Adrian Mateos opened to 22,000 and Koon moved all-in from the button for 309,000. Kempe moved all-in over the top from the small blind to get heads up.

“Please have AK,” Koon said.

Kempe: adkh
Koon: 6c6h

Koon was ahead and racing to stay in the game but Kempe hit immediately on the kdjd9c flop. The kc turn left Koon with two river outs but he blanked the ts river to exit in fifth place.

Rainer Kempe – 1,200,000 (120 bb)
Jason Koon – Eliminated in 5th place ($110,432)

Super High Roller: Kempe Doubles Through Koon

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 28

Jason Koon opened to 23,000 from the button and Rainer Kempe called heads up a js5c4s flop. Kempe bet 29,000 and Koon raised it up to 115,000. After a few moments, Kempe announced all-in and Koon quickly called.

Kempe: adjh
Koon: qcqh

Kempe’s top pair was behind Koon’s overpair until the ah turn gave Kempe the lead. No love for Koon on the 3c river and Kempe picked up a big double.

Rainer Kempe – 970,000 (97 bb)
Jason Koon – 210,000 (21 bb)

Super High Roller: Kempe Shoves on Fast

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 28

Rainer Kempe and David Peters each took a shot with a pre-flop shove, neither which were called, and Kempe built a bigger pot with Dietrich Fast.

Fast opened to 25,000 from under the gun and Kempe called to the khqh8c flop. Kempe checked, Fast bet 20,000 and Kempe check/raised to 70,000. Fast thought for a bit before calling to the ts turn.

After a few minutes to ponder, Kempe moved all-in for 183,000 and it was Fast’s turn to think. He released his hand and Kempe built up his stack.

Seat 1: Jason Koon – 623,000 (62 bb)
Seat 2: Rainer Kempe – 480,000 (48 bb)
Seat 3: Dietrich Fast – 900,000 (90 bb)
Seat 4: David Peters – 417,000 (42 bb)
Seat 5: Adrian Mateos – 1,080,000 (108 bb)

Super High Roller: Updated Counts

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 28

After 30 minutes, David Peters was the most aggressive, Adrian Mateos built on his lead, and Jason Koon dropped a bit.

Seat 1: Jason Koon – 590,000 (59 bb)
Seat 2: Rainer Kempe – 282,000 (28 bb)
Seat 3: Dietrich Fast – 960,000 (96 bb)
Seat 4: David Peters – 430,000 (43 bb)
Seat 5: Adrian Mateos – 1,240,000 (124 bb)

Super High Roller: Five Return for the Title

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 28

Adrian Mateos leads the Super High Roller

It’s not often that a 28-entry field can create a prize pool over $1.4 million, but the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Super High Roller pulled it off. The tournament drew some of the best players in the game to compete against each other for big money.

Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, Byron Kaverman, Scott Seiver, Tom Marchese, Steven Chidwick, Dan Colman, and Bryn Kenney were a handful of the players to show up but fall short of the money. Five players were set to get paid and we have five players returning today.

EPT Champion Adrian Mateos leads the way with Dietrich Fast not far behind and not far removed from a $25K High Roller Turbo victory at LAPC. Fast’s fellow German Rainer Kempe won a $25K Aria High Roller earlier this month and returns with the “shortest” stack along with WSOP bracelet winner David Peters. Right in the middle of the pack, we have 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Champion, Jason Koon.

These five players have combined for more than $41.7 million in career earnings along with their bracelets, trophies, and accolades.

With 90-minute levels and deep stacks, this will be a long, tough game for the eventual Super High Roller winner.

Cards go back in the air at noon and we’ll have all the action.

Seat 1: Jason Koon – 640,000 (64 bb)
Seat 2: Rainer Kempe – 354,000 (35 bb)
Seat 3: Dietrich Fast – 984,000 (98 bb)
Seat 4: David Peters – 364,000 (36 bb)
Seat 5: Adrian Mateos – 1,158,000 (116 bb)

1st: $552,160
2nd: $345,100
3rd: $220,864
4th: $151,844
5th: $110,432

Dietrich Fast
Jason Koon
David Peters
Rainer Kempe

Showdown Day 15 Schedule

Main Event Schedule

12PM: Event 15 Day 2 – $50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)

12PM: Event 18 – $2,200 Eight-Handed NLH (Freeze-Out)

  • $200,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 18 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 76 – $130 WPT Finale Turbo Step Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $1,050 WPT Finale Satellite
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Satellite will be held in The Poker Room
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 76 Structure Sheet

11AM: Event 77 – $390 Showdown Championship Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 25 seats guaranteed into $2M GTD WPT Showdown Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 77 Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 78 – $200 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-20)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $2M GTD WPT Showdown Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 78 Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 79 – $390 Showdown Championship Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 10 seats guaranteed into $2M GTD WPT Showdown Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 79 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 80 – $390 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 5 seats guaranteed into $2M GTD WPT Showdown Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 80 Structure Sheet

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Property Update

Preparations are underway for the development of an iconic hotel tower and resort:

  • Parking – Poker players are encouraged to park in Winner’s Way Garage to access both the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown tournament space and The Poker Room
  • The Poker Room – Players may access the poker room by entering through the main lobby or via the exterior entrance on the opposite end of Winner’s Way Garage.
  • Inside hotel – Services and amenities inside the hotel will remain open along with regularly scheduled events and entertainment.

For additional construction updates, please visit TheNewHardRock.com

Super High Roller: Jason Koon Among Final Five; Adrian Mateos Leads

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 28

Jason Koon

A familiar cast of characters turned up at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood for the series’ most expensive event, the $50,000 Super High Roller.

There were a total of 28 entries, creating a prizepool close to $1.4 million. The final five players share that money, and that’s where they ended for the night after play was suspended at the end of Level 14.

Here’s who’s left:

Seat 1: Jason Koon – 640,000 (64 bb)
Seat 2: Rainer Kempe – 354,000 (35 bb)
Seat 3: Dietrich Fast – 984,000 (98 bb)
Seat 4: David Peters – 364,000 (36 bb)
Seat 5: Adrian Mateos – 1,158,000 (116 bb)

South Florida hero Jason Mercier is foremost among those who are not still left; he came and went before the dinner break, opting to enter just once.

Jason Mercier

Stephen Chidwick and Justin Bonomo both battled with short stacks for a long while before succumbing shortly after dinner, and they were soon followed out by Scott Seiver, Stefan SchillhabelTom Marchese, and Jake Schindler. Schindler twice, in fact, but he wasn’t alone in that category, by any means. David Cohen, Kathy Lehne, and Erik Seidel also tried more than once, unsuccessfully.

The day was particularly unkind to Byron Kaverman, though.

Byron Kaverman

Kaverman ran premium hands into opponents’ pocket kings twice within the span of 90 minutes or so — once with ace-king and once with pocket queens. Jason Koon eliminated him the first time, Bryn Kenney the second, and Kaverman fired one more bullet before deciding to take the rest of the night off. Kenny was eliminated in eighth place later in the day, incidentally.

Adrian Mateos, on the other hand, won two of the largest pots of the day, and he more or less rode those two hands to his end-of-day chip lead.

Adrian Mateos (left) and Sean Winter (right)

It was a set-flopping sort of day for the Spaniard. Mateos flopped a set of queens against Sean Winter’s ace-eight, and Winter ended up trapped in a big pot with a two-pair hand that he couldn’t get away from. Then in the last level of the night, Mateos flopped a set of nines to crack Kathy Lehne’s pocket aces, eliminating her in seventh place and giving him the tournament’s first seven-figure stack.

Erik Seidel

That elimination also put the field on the money bubble, and Erik Seidel was bleeding chips. Down to just a few big blinds, Seidel actually had a chance to sneak into the money as he sat on the sidelines of an enormous pot that was brewing between Jason Koon and Dietrich Fast.

Fast had four-bet shoved for something like 85 big blinds effective against Koon, who squirmed in his seat for several minutes before surrendering with ace-king. The pot fizzled out preflop much to Seidel’s chagrin, and he was eliminated a few hands later.

The final five players finished out the level and called it a night. All’s well that ends well for Koon and Fast, who both have playable stacks heading into tomorrow’s action.

Dietrich Fast

Fast and his fellow German superstar Rainer Kempe were two of the very last entries into the field, joining during the dinner break in the minutes prior to the close of registration. Kempe also advanced to Day 2, virtually tied in chips with the fifth member of the table, David Peters.

It’s a deep battle right now, with an average stack of 70 big blinds and 90-minute levels that should allow for plenty of play at the start of Day 2. Cards go in the air at 12 p.m.

Here’s what they’re playing for:

1st: $552,160
2nd: $345,100
3rd: $220,864
4th: $151,844
5th: $110,432

Super High Roller: Day 1 Concludes With Adrian Mateos Leading the Final Five

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
End of Level 14: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 28

Adrian Mateos

Level 14 concluded, and play was suspended for the night with five players remaining. Here’s the Day 2 lineup:

Seat 1: Jason Koon – 640,000 (64 bb)
Seat 2: Rainer Kempe – 354,000 (35 bb)
Seat 3: Dietrich Fast – 984,000 (98 bb)
Seat 4: David Peters – 364,000 (36 bb)
Seat 5: Adrian Mateos – 1,158,000 (116 bb)

And here’s what they’re playing for:

1st: $552,160
2nd: $345,100
3rd: $220,864
4th: $151,844
5th: $110,432

Blinds will be 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante when play resumes, putting the average stack at 70 big blinds. Levels will be 90 minutes apiece on Day 2, so it figures to be a relatively long day.

Cards go in the air at 12 p.m.