As part of the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic, a $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller tournament was played over the weekend at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. A massive $3,724,000 prize pool was generated thanks to 38 entries, though, only the 6 finalists received a share of it.
Austria's Jan-Eric Scwippert started heads-up holding a near 5 to 1 chip advantage and quickly won a decent size hand to grind down USA's Tom Marchese to less than 10 big blinds. Marchese then shoved with A4 of hearts and Scwippert called with Ax2x. The board delivered a 4x on the turn and Tom Marchese doubled up to about 900,000 in chips.
It didn't take long after this hand before the two pros decided to stop and chop the tournament. Scwippert was awarded with $1,439,274 while Marchese received $1,018,566. It was Scwippert's biggest live tournament cash to date and "just another" seven-figure payday for Marchese, who now is in 10th place on USA's all time money list with $15.6 million in earnings!
Jan-Eric Scwippert $1,439,274
Tom Marchese $1,018,566
Talal Shakerchi $521,360
Erik Seidel $335,160
Christian Christner $223,440
Ankush Mondavia $186,200