High-stakes assassin Christoph Vogelsang has worked himself into pole position to add 1.5 million and another super high roller title to his list of poker accomplishments.
The silent, scarf-clad German has the chip lead with the streamed final table of six set in the 100K Super High Roller at 2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo?Casino EPT He holds a hair over 3 million in chips with blinds and antes at 10,000/25,000/25,000.
Vogelsang entered as one of the top stacks and stayed there for most of the day before taking a commanding advantage late when ace-king held against a massive three-bet shove from Mikita Badziakouski, who had a dominated ace-ten.
Vogelsang may have been due for success here as the former Super High Roller Bowl champ has come up mostly empty in the past in the PokerStars Monte Carlo high rollers with just one min-cash in a 25K.
The road forward is almost sure to be difficult, as he's facing some tough competition. Fellow superstars Sam Greenwood (2,065,000), Isaac Haxton (1,680,000), Ole Schemion (1,490,000), Justin Bonomo (1,045,000), and Iranian high roller Ali Reza Fatehi will join him in the quest for the top prize.
While observers will doubtless tag him the underdog, Fatehi has the chips — a solid stack of 1,840,000 — and has shown he can compete before when he had less experience than he does now.
"Of course [I'm excited]," he said. "Two years ago, in the very first tournament I played, I got third here."
Indeed, that cash was worth 828,500, still the best he's booked. He can do better than that on Saturday with a top-two placing. Fatehi also recently tasted victory at a high roller event in Cyprus, although this task will naturally be far taller, with the rewards far greater.
Fatehi was nearly cooked in one of the first big hands of the day when he got in there with sevens and had two direct outs against the kings of Timothy Adams. He found a seven in the window and the spin was on.
Later, Fatehi busted Julian Thomas with aces against ace-ten. He then found the call button with top pair and top kicker holding ace-jack when Badziakouski tried check-shoving the river with a total ace-king airball and Fatehi called off to double.
What looked like it could be an extended bubble — the average stack was 62 big blinds — burst when Fatehi stuck around with four-deuce of hearts and backdoored a flush when Jan Schwippert three-barreled. The German bet most of his stack on the river and sent his hand to the muck after calling off his last crumbs.
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Photos by Neil Stoddart and René Velli
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