Tom Vogelsang Wins Opening Event of SHRS Europe; Can Ivey Win Again in Short Deck?

Tom Vogelsang Wins Opening Event of SHRS Europe; Can Ivey Win Again in Short Deck?

Tom Vogelsang

Tom Vogelsang defeated Laszlo Bujtas in heads-up play to win Event #1: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha and claim the $360,000 top prize as well as the first title of the 2022 Super High Roller Series Europe (SHRS).

The SHRS has returned to Europe to the Merit Crystal Cove Resort and Casino in North Cyprus for 10 tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $25,000 to the $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl Main Event.

The Nederlander finally took one down after a near-miss in the $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em event during the Triton Poker Special Edition Series that preceded the SHRS Europe. Hungarian runner-up Butjas grabbed $240,000 for falling to Vogelsang in second, while Rok Gostisa won $160,000 for third.

Raphael Schreiner, Ali Imsirovic, and Eelis Parssinen rounded out the top-six paying spots, and Imsirovic added a few points to his lead on the PokerGO Tour leaderboard with another high roller finish in the money.

SHRS Europe Event #1: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table Results

Place
Player
Country
Prize

1
Tom Vogelsang
Netherlands
$360,000

2
Laszlo Bujtas
Hungary
$240,000

3
Rok Gostisa
Slovenia
$160,000

4
Raphael Schreiner
Austria
$110,000

5
Ali Imsirovic
Bosnia and Herzegovina
$80,000

6
Eelis Parssinen
Finland
$50,000

With the win, Vogelsang jumped to fifth on the overall SHRS Europe leaderboard, currently led by Phil Ivey. The overall leaderboard will track the number of PokerGo Tour points earned throughout the series and the top finisher will win the SHRS Championship and a $25,000 bonus.

SHRS Europe Championship Standings

Rank
Player
Country
Points

1
Phil Ivey
United States
1,039

2
Andras Nemeth
Hungary
700

3
Winfred Yu
Hong Kong
700

4
Elton Tsang
Hong Kong
653

5
Tom Vogelsang
Netherlands
616

6
Laszlo Bujtas
Hungary
606

7
Ivan Leow
Malaysia
537

8
Mike Watson
Canada
528

9
Wai Kiat Lee
United States
504

10
Teun Mulder
Netherlands
450

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Event #2 Gets Underway

The $50,000 Short Deck tournament kicked off on the second day of the series and drew 42 entries to generate a prize pool of $2.1 million. Each of the returning players is guaranteed at least $105,000, with the winner taking home the top prize of $756,000.

Mikita Badziakouski holds a commanding chip lead over the rest of the final table, with more than double that of Jason Koon in the second position. Koon is looking to finish strong and pass Ivey, who sits at the top of the overall SHRS leaderboard thanks to securing his fourth cash of the series in the Short Deck event.

Ivey is followed by Wai Kiat Lee in fourth and Stephen Chidwick in fifth. Lun Loon rounds out the remaining six players that will return on Saturday for their shot at the title.

SHRS Europe Event #2: $50,000 Short Deck Final Table Seat Draw

Seat
Name
Country
Chip Count

1
Wai Kiat Lee
Malaysia
1,215,000

2
Stephen Chidwick
United Kingdom
1,110,000

3
Lun Loon
Malaysia
515,000

4
Jason Koon
United States
2,620,000

5
Mikita Badziakouski
Belarus
5,660,000

6
Phil Ivey
United States
1,480,000

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Where to Watch the Final Table?

The final six players of Event #2 will return at 1 p.m. EEST on Saturday, April 9 and the final table will air with David Tuchman and Brent Hanks doing the commentary on the PokerGO YouTube channel at 7 a.m ET and 4 a.m. PT.

*Images courtesy of Merit Poker

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Matt Hansen

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