Although the high roller event wasn’t a bracelet event it always gets a large amount amount of attention, mainly due to the fact that it is an event with a small field, a huge buy in and a massive first prize. The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific high roller winner is Philipp Gruissem who beat a field of just 44 players to take home a first place prize of $825,000. The re-entry event saw Gruissem put in an immense performance in coming from behind against Joseph Cheong during heads up play. Gruissem did in fact re enter the tournament after busting out in day 1, and what a good decision that turned out to be! The German pro is beginning to like Australia as earlier this year he took second place in another high roller event down under in the Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge and making high roller final tables at other events like the WSOP Europe, the EPT London and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure sure hasn’t hurt his bankroll. His live tournament winnings now stand at a cool $4.8 million.

The Final Table

The bubble on this event was a huge $115,000 and with just 11 players heading into day 2 no-one wanted to lose out. With a six handed final table, there needed to be a few eliminations before that was set and some notable players were chopped including Joe Hachem, Marvin Rettenmaier, Jonathan Duhamel, Devan Tang and Kyle Cheong. Once the final six got underway it was soon to be 5 as Tom Hall walked into a bad beat when his A,Q was beat by a top pair by Lo Shing Fung. The players took a short break and soon after that we were down to 4 as Tsang went to the rails needing a full house on the river that never came. Just 20 minutes later a coin flip of a hand left Fung on the losing side against Gruissem and the German now had a strong chip lead. It was in fact Gruissem who got lucky again on yet another 50/50 hand and he eliminated Paul Phua in 3rd taking us to heads up play. Although going into heads up Gruissem had the lead, it didn’t last long as Cheong took a few sizable pots. That however didn’t last long and Gruissem battled back eventually winning on yet another lucky hand as his Q,J beat Cheong’s pair of 7’s and it was all Gruissem’s for the taking. The final standings looked like this.....

  1. Philipp Gruissem $825,000
  2. Joseph Cheong $511,000
  3. Paul Phua $325,000
  4. Lo Shing Fung $225,000
  5. Elton Tsang $155,000
  6. Tom Hall $115,000