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Pennsylvania Poker Pro Earns $3.6 Million As Super High Roller Bowl Runner Up


A Pennsylvania poker pro earned a whopping $3.6 million after finishing second at the the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas this week.

Jake Schindler, a 27-year-old professional poker player from Bryn Mawr, PA, finished runner up to Germany’s Christoph Vogelsang in the prestigious $300,000 buy-in event. The $3.6 million Schindler collected marked the largest score of his budding poker career. It also vaulted his gross career live tournament earnings up to $12,852,036.

Pennsylvania’s top poker players

Schindler now sits second on the Pennsylvania poker all-time money list.

North Wales, PA’s Joseph McKeehen sits on top of that list with $13,260,356. The majority of McKeehen’s earnings come from his 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event win. McKeehen took home $7,683,346 with that victory.

Schindler’s first seven-figure poker score came at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. It was there he won $1,192,624 for finishing first in a $25,000 High Roller event. He has also booked numerous high six-figure scores in high roller events, particularly at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas over the past few years.

Schindler’s online poker history

Schindler enjoyed a successful history as an online poker player under the screen name CaLLitARUSH on PokerStars before shifting his focus to live events and particularly high rollers. He won a PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker event in 2013.

However, his PokerStars account and a more than $250,000 balance was frozen in 2014 amid speculation he used a VPN to play from a location inside the United States.

It has been against PokerStars’ terms of service to play from most of the United States since the US Department of Justice unsealed an indictment and civil complaint against PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker on April 15, 2011.

This move effectively shut down online poker in America. PokerStars has since settled the case and began operating in New Jersey’s legal and regulated online poker market in 2016.

Vogelsang finds victory in the Super High Roller Bowl

Vogelsang won $6 million with his victory over Schindler in the Super High Roller Bowl. The event began with 56 players paying the massive $300,000 buy-in. Among the other entries was American actor and comedian Kevin Hart, who recently inked an endorsement deal with PokerStars.

Schindler entered the event’s final three players with a healthy chip lead. But after he and Vogelsang went heads up for the title, that lead dissipated. First, Vogelsang doubled through Schindler to take the lead making a straight on the river against Schindler’s set of eights.

The event’s final hand then saw Vogelsang pick off a huge river bluff from Schindler for all the marbles.

Schindler showed no fear pushing all in on the river with a missed flush draw, but he was ultimately called down by Vogelsang and his two pair.

German players dominate

Vogelsang became the second German player in a row to win the Super High Roller Bowl after fellow German Rainer Kempe managed the feat last year. American Brian Rast won the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl in 2015 when the event carried a $500,000 buy-in.

The event was streamed live in its entirety on a new subscription service called PokerGO from fledgling poker content provider Poker Central.

Below are the final payouts for the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl:

  • 1st: Germany – Christoph Vogelsang – $6,000,000
  • 2nd: United States – Jake Schindler – $3,600,000
  • 3rd: Germany – Stefan Schillhabel – $2,400,000
  • 4th: Czech Republic – Leon Tsoukernik – $1,800,000
  • 5th: United States – Byron Kaverman – $1,400,000
  • 6th: United States – Pratyush Buddiga – $1,000,000
  • 7th: United States – Justin Bonomo – $600,000
  • 8th: United States – Jason Koon – $60,000

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Martin Derbyshire has more than ten years of experience reporting on the poker, online gambling, and land-based casino industries for a variety of publications including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He has traveled extensively, attending tournaments and interviewing major players in the gambling world.