Super High Roller Bowl: Johan Guilbert Wins Event #2: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em For $506K

The French poker pro, Johan “YoH ViraL” Guilbert is the winner of the second trophy at the 2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe! He secured his career-best after taking down Event #2: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $506,250. The lone $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event on the eight-event schedule attracted a star-studded field of 81 entries, building a mammoth prize pool of $2,025,000.

This was the largest live tournament score of Guilbert’s career, surpassing the $128,042 that he earned as the runner-up in the $3,000 buy-in no-limit hold ’em shootout event at the 2019 World Series of Poker. The latest victory took his lifetime tournament earnings to a massive $1,382,560.

Guilbert defeated Selahaddin Bedir in a thrilling heads-up at the Merit Royal Hotel & Casino. The Turkish player also registered his biggest live cash, as he earned $364,500 for his runner-up finish.

2017 Super High Roller Bowl champion Christoph Vogelsang finished fourth for $202,500, while PokerGO Tour leader Ali Imsirovic got his SHRB Europe off to a great start, finishing sixth for $121,500.

Final Day Action

The final day action began with ten players remaining. Stephen Chidwick was the first to fall when his pocket fives could not hold up against the K-Q held by two separate opponents. Vladi Chaoulov finished ninth ($81,000) when his Ah 8h ran into Kh Kd of Guilbert. Guilbert took a sizable lead into the official eight-handed final table. He extended his lead further when he eliminated Ali Imsirovic in sixth place. Imsirovic’s pocket sevens could not hold up against pocket sixes of Guilbert who flopped a set to win the pot. Guilbert continued on his elimination spree by busting David Stamm in fifth place. Guilbert moved all-in from the small blind with J-10 and Stamm called from the big blind with A-6. Guilbert hit a pair of jacks on the river to take down the pot and eliminate Stamm in fifth place. Going out in the fourth place was Christoph Vogelsang whose K-Q lost to A-9 of Seth Davies.

Despite scoring that knockout, Davies was the next player to be eliminated. He got all-in with Kd Kh against Ad Js of Bedir, who flopped an ace and held from there to win the pot and bust Davies in third place. With that, Bedir entered the heads-up against Guilbert with stacks being almost even.

The two exchanged leads before Guilbert won a big pot with the top pair and remained ahead from there. On the final hand, Guilbert min-raised to 300k with As 7h, and Bedir defended his big blind with 10c 5c. The flop came Ad 7c 4c. Bedir check-called 225k with his flush draw and the turn brought the 6s, giving his additional outs to a straight. Bedir checked again and Guilbert bet 750k with his top two pair. Bedir finally check-raised all-in for 3.3 million and Guilbert called. The river was the 10s, which gave the pot and the title for Guilbert. Bedir settled for $364,500 as the runner-up.

SHRB Europe Event #2 Final Table

Final Table Payouts (USD)

  1. Johan Guilbert – $506,250
  2. Selahaddin Bedir – $364,500
  3. Seth Davies – $243,000
  4. Christoph Vogelsang – $202,500
  5. David Stamm – $162,000
  6. Ali Imsirovic – $121,500
  7. Saman Nakhjavani – $101,250
  8. Pascal Lefrancois – $81,000