Canadian high stakes specialist Timothy Adams has topped an elite 16-man field to win the inaugural $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl Australia at The Star Gold Coast.
First launched in 2016, the Super High Roller Bowl is a regular series of high stakes poker tournaments held around the world, with this latest rendition being the ninth series since inception and first on Australian shores.
While the field was small, the quality was exceptional with Adams eventually overcoming local Kahle Burns ($1.2 million) – who was only last month inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame – for the title and $2.16 million first prize. Cary Katz rounded out the money with $640,000 for his efforts in a field that boasted the likes of Brian Rast, Rainer Kempe, Christoph Vogelsang, Isaac Haxton, Cary Katz, Daniel Dvoress and Justin Bonomo.
“This one feels really special,” Adams said of the win. “The buy-in is very big and the field is very tough. There were a lot of elite players in the field, and yeah it was a small field, but winning any tournament always feels great especially when you beat tough competition. It’s extra satisfying.”
This latest title takes Adams’ live career earnings to US$20.6 million – good for 26th on the all-time money list – and it’s fair to say that he is no stranger to success.
Long-time followers of Australian poker may well remember him as the man who pipped Aussie Brendon Rubie to the post to win the $2,500 WSOP 4-handed event in 2012, while other big scores include a first-place finish in the HK$2 million Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Jeju Main Event for HK$27,760,500 (US$3.54 million) and a third place finish in the 2017 Asia Championship of Poker Super High Roller for HK$7,768,960 (US$995,635).