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Germany's Kempe Crushes Super High Roller Bowl, Wins $5 Million

3 June 2016, By: compncards
Seven extraordinary poker players reached the final table of the 2015 $300k Aria Super High Roller Bowl with an eye on the top prize of $5 million.

By the time there were just two players standing, it's was down to just a pair of best friends.

After a two-way deal between Germany's Rainer Kempe and Fedor Holz, the two played an epic three hour heads-up match that with with Kempe declared the 2016 SHRB champion.

No details on the chop were revealed, so officially Kempe claimed the $5m winner's prize and Holz collected $3.5m for second.

Seidel, Hellmuth Carry Torch for Legends

After storming to the chip lead on Day 3 Kempe came into the final table with a substantial chip lead with 5.4m to Holz's 2.19 million.

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Never not in contention.

Poker legends Phil Hellmuth and Erik Seidel also came into the final-table with hopes of winning but with the shortest stacks had a tougher road to climb.

Despite an early surge from Hellmuth, who doubled up a couple of times, his infamous "white magic" couldn't carry him any further than fourth, where he busted for $1.6m.

Despite a 30-year career filled with poker cashes, the payday is still Hellmuth's second-biggest in his career.

Seidel, meanwhile, proved he also has the staying power to compete with the game's youngest talents, riding his hallmark clever play all the way to third.

Hedge fund boss Dan Shak was the first player eliminated from the final table for a min-cash of $600,000.

Poker pros Matt Berkey and Bryn Kenney finished sixth and fifth, respectively. Kenney earned $800,000 for sixth and Berkey $1.1m for fifth.

The four-day coverage, which appeared on both and CBS Sports Network was tremendously well-received, as were commentators Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman. Repeat airings will show on Poker Central.

Complete final results and payouts for the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl:

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

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