Super High Roller: Stefan Schillhabel Defeats Talented Field for the Title

2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 12
$50,000 Super High Roller
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 25
Prize Pool: $1,232,500
January 17-18, 2018

The biggest buy-in tournament on the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open schedule brought out some top poker talent. The Super High Roller surpassed its $1,000,000 Guarantee and generated a lot of great poker action. After a long two days at the tables, Stefan Schillhabel defeated Adrian Mateos heads up for the Super High Roller title and $493,000.

The $50,000 buy-in tournament drew 25 entries to create a prize pool worth $1,232,500 and the last five players took home some of the money.

Day 1 played out over 13 hours and included Isaac Haxton, Rainer Kempe, Seth Davies, Sean Winter, and Stephen Chidwick along with Hall of Famer Erik Seidel among a list of top players. Alan Schein had the distinction of going out on the first hand of the tournament when Ben Tollerene’s turned straight was best.

The field slowly filled and the structure provided plenty of play. They moved along at a steady pace until the final table was formed and they began to approach the money bubble late on Day 1. Action slowed until the burst the money bubble. Tollerene was the beneficiary of the early double but he went out on in sixth place with five spots paying.

The clock was paused and the five remaining players returned on Thursday to play it out. Schillhabel and Mateos were joined by David Peters, Nick Petrangelo, and chip leader Justin Bonomo.

The stacks were deep at the start of Day 2 but it took only three hands to lose the first player. Peters moved in with a suited ace but Mateos woke up with a bigger ace to send the 2016 GPI Player of the Year out in fifth place.

Nick Petrangelo lost a flip with fives against Bonomo to exit in fourth but that was the end of the good times for Bonomo.  He began the day with the chip lead but fell out in third place after doubling up Schillhabel. He made a small comeback but was unable to finish it off.

Mateos began heads up play with the lead but it was exchanged several times during the long, two-hour match. Schillhabel took command late and Mateos was unable to pull back even in the match. The tournament ended with Schillhabel pairing his two live cards to win the Super High Roller title.

This is the third biggest cash for Schillhabel after his Super High Roller Bowl third-place finish in Las Vegas and his WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star title, both for more than $1,000,000.

Mateos earned more than $300,000 for his time at the tables and the Spanish pro booked his second SHRP Super High Roller runner-up finish, the first coming last spring to Dietrich Fast during the Showdown series.

Schillhabel conquered a tough field and talented final table.

“Pretty tough field. Like only two recreational players, and the rest were pros,” he commented. “The re-entries came mostly from the better players.”

“And that final table, I think it was the toughest final table I’ve ever played.”

“Just try to play my best against these guys,” Schillhabel answered about his strategy. “Not too loose. Playing tight. Take my spots against them.”

“Against these guys — it’s hard to exploit them. So you just have to play your best game and not be exploited yourself.”

It was another great Super High Roller. Congrats to Stefan and thank you to the entire field for a great two days of poker.

Super High Roller results:
1st: Stefan Schillhabel – $493,000 + trophy
2nd: Adrian Mateos – $308,125
3rd: Justin Bonomo – $197,200
4th: Nick Petrangelo – $135,575
5th: David Peters – $98,600

Super High Roller: Stefan Schillhabel Defeats Adrian Mateos to Win the Trophy ($493,000)

$50,000 Super High Roller
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante

Stefan Schillhabel

Stefan Schillhabel limped the button, and Adrian Mateos checked his option in the big blind.

The flop was 8d7s3d. Mateos checked, Schillhabel bet 60,000, and   Mateos check-raised to 200,000. Schillhabel called.

The turn was the Th, and Mateos moved all in for 565,000. Schillhabel called instantly to put him at risk.

Schillhabel: 3h7c
Mateos: Qs8h

Schillhabel’s two pair had him one card from the trophy, and Mateos could not catch up this time. The river was the blank 6d, giving Schillhabel the win.

He earned the trophy and the top prize of $493,000 for his efforts.

Adrian Mateos

Mateos was forced to settle for the runner-up consolation prize worth $308,125.

As the chips were tidied up for the winner’s photo, the staff asked Schillhabel if he was interested in jumping into the other event that’s running.

“Late reg the $2k?” one asked.

“No, I get drunk now,” Schillhabel smiled.

Super High Roller: Adrian Mateos Doubles Up

$50,000 Super High Roller
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 25

Adrian Mateos

Adrian Mateos moved all in for 435,000 on the button, and Stefan Schillhabel called to put him at risk.

Mateos: Qc3c
Schillhabel: Jh9d

The board ran out 8c8h5s3d8s, and Mateos doubled up with eights full of treys to extend the match.

Adrian Mateos – 880,000 (22 bb)
Stefan Schillhabel – 1,620,000 (41 bb)

Super High Roller: Stefan Schillhabel Within Reach

$50,000 Super High Roller
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 25

While that last hand was being published, the two finalists were playing one of the largest pots of the match.

Joining on the turn, the board showed 9s7c2dAc, and there was close to 400,000 in the pot already. Adrian Mateos checked from the big blind, and Stefan Schillhabel bet 205,000. Mateos called.

The river was the 9c, and Mateos checked again. Schillhabel pondered for a couple moments before pounding the felt with an open palm, checking behind.

“Seven,” Mateos announced.

Schillhabel quickly rolled over Ah2s, though, winning the pot with aces up. He has Mateos on the ropes now.

Stefan Schillhabel – 2,035,000 (51 bb)
Adrian Mateos – 465,000 (12 bb)

Super High Roller: Stefan Schillhabel Back in Front

$50,000 Super High Roller
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 25

Stefan Schillhabel

Stefan Schillhabel quickly wrestled the lead back from Adrian Mateos, but the two men continued to hover around even for a few orbits.

Mateos limped the button in the last hand, which may be the first time he’s done so in the heads-up match. Schillhabel checked his option.

The flop was Js9s5s. Schillhabel checked, Mateos bet 30,000, and Schillhabel called. They both checked through the Ad turn. The river was the 2d, and Schillhabel bet 95,000. Mateos had picked off a recent bluff on similar action, and he called this bet down, too.

Schillhabel showed Jd3d, though, winning the pot with a pair of jacks.

Stefan Schillhabel – 1,530,000 (51 bb)
Adrian Mateos – 970,000 (32 bb)