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Rainer Kempe Wins The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl For $5 Million!

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Posted on 03 June 2016 by "T".

German Rainer Kempe's 2015 was definitely a breakout year considering he's a newcomer poker player, but still not a lot of people knew his name in the world of pro poker gaming. Now, thanks to his colossal $5 million win in the $300K buy-in 2016 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria Resort & Casino early Thursday, Kempe absolutely earned an unforgettable place in poker's history records.

The 26-year-old Kempe had overcome a tough field of 49 of poker's stars to ensnare the championship ring, the title, and the first-place prize of $5 million dollars. The four-day long, no-limit hold'em event showcased a buy-in worth $300,000, considered the most expensive of any tournament this summer, and attracted 49 entrants. The CBS Sports Network covered the live tournament on TV.

Kempe beat fellow German Fedor Holz in a heads-up match that went on for almost four hours and the spectators saw many lead changes right before the conclusion at just about 1 a.m. on Thursday. The final hand showed Kempe's pocket eights, which clearly defeated Holz's pocket twos.

Fedor Holz, who earned $3.5 million for second place, is known as a rising star in poker tournaments. Last December, he collected the first-place prize of $1,589,219 at the WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas. Less than a month later, he took home $3,463,500 in the first-ever WPT National Philippines $200K Triton Super High Roller event.

The final table included Poker Hall of Fame members Erik Seidel and Phil Hellmuth. All of the seven players, when combined, have over $74 million in career live tournament winnings and 23 WSOP gold bracelets. Kempe has the chip lead when he entered the final table, and he's also responsible for the final four eliminations.

Place, Player, Country, Prize
1 Rainer Kempe Germany $5,000,000
2 Fedor Holz Germany $3,500,000
3 Erik Seidel USA $2,400,000
4 Phil Hellmuth USA $1,600,000
5 Matt Berkey USA $1,100,000
6 Bryn Kenney USA $800,000
7 Dan Shak USA $600,000

Seidel ended up in third place ($2.4 million), while Hellmuth settled in fourth ($1.6 million).

This poker tourney in Aria was the second major title in recent months for Rainer Kempe, who in December 2015 won over $591,000 at a European Poker Tour's High Roller event. The first-place prize of $5 million dollars is his career's best cash to date.


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6 comments on "Rainer Kempe Wins The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl For $5 Million! "

 cwdignus03/06/2016 15:32:48 GMT
congrats kempe you wrote your name in poker history with ink gold , and a lot of courage on your confidence to make a bet that amount
 DaCapo7103/06/2016 16:59:27 GMT
Wow what an unbelievable cash winning! I never heard something about this player, but normally he mustn´t play no another game in his live with this 5$ millions. And he was a verry Young guy and can enjoy his live in luxury Blink
 3pokeronly04/06/2016 03:49:42 GMT
I have to disagree with you DaCapo, he certainly needs to secure his future, but to never play again? seems to be a good player and an avocation, so he "must" play again, assuming (prob bad assumption) he had 100% of his own action, he could invest 4 mil, sorting out a house etc for around 750k, leaving 250k to play WSOP and with his now reputation, he can bankroll as much as he wants to reduce the risk profile.
Good luck all mobsters
 pochui04/06/2016 06:26:20 GMT
well 5 millions paycheck in definitely a great one, considering the fact that he didn't have to dig a million of holes or clean a million of toilets... just spend 4 days chit chatting with fellow poker pro's and 5 millions are there for the taking. happy days... i want 5 millions too, can someone stake me into wsop?
 Tony_MON7ANA06/06/2016 09:00:33 GMT
A huge congratulations to Rainer Kempe for winning 2016 Super High Roller Bowl!
A heads-up match lasted over 4 hours? Rainer Kempe and his fellow German Fedor Holz must have been exhausted when the tournament finally ended after midnight.
 doubletop77707/06/2016 07:59:03 GMT
What a final table this was and many congrats to Rainer Kempe in coming out on top. The German players always seem to do very well in these Super High Roller tournaments

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