Daniel Dvoress finally has a “major-ish” poker title to his name. The high-stakes pro outlasted 51 players at the Baha Mar Resort and Casino to win the $250,000 buy-in, Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas for a career-best cash of $4,080,000.
Dvoress isn’t a household name, at least to the casual poker fan. His accolades may not quite be on par with pros such as Stephen Chidwick and Justin Bonomo, but he’s a respected player with an impressive resume boasting more than $15 million in cashes.
Dvoress Dominates Brutal Final Table
Dvoress earned his victory on Monday. To win the Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas title, he had to defeat a final table that included a Poker Hall of Famer (Erik Seidel), the second winningest tournament player in history (Justin Bonomo), and at least two other players who appear destined to one day enter the Poker Hall of Fame (Jason Koon and Steve O’Dwyer).
Seth Davies, another skilled high roller, held the chip lead by a slim margin over Koon when play began on Monday. He lost his grip on the lead early in the session when his set of 10’s ran into Seidel’s flopped straight, costing him a massive pot, and likely, the tournament.
Davies was eliminated in fifth place ($1,020,000), right after O’Dwyer (sixth place for $765,000). Koon and Bonomo were the first two to go at the final table. Seidel then busted in fourth place for $1,275,000. He now has more than $37 million in career cashes, trailing only Bryn Kenney, Bonomo, and Daniel Negreanu.
Kathy Lehne, the first woman to cash in a Super High Roller Bowl, suffered one of the most brutal beats of the tournament. In a five-million chip pot, she called an all-in with pocket aces against Wei Lin Chan, who held pocket sixes.
The flop and turn looked good for Lehne, coming K-K-Q-7. A soul-crushing river 6 sent her home in third place. On the flip side, she took home $1,785,000. Lehne’s elimination put Chan heads-up against Dvoress, who hit a lucky card to stay alive earlier in the tournament.
Dvoress led when heads-up play began. In one critical hand, Dvoress looked ready to put the tournament out of reach, after flopping trip deuces on a board of 2-3-2, and getting Chan to call all in with pocket 10s. Chan avoided elimination, however, when a 10 on the turn gave him the winning full house.
The tournament ended when Chan put the last of his chips into play with J-7 versus Dvoress’ A-9 suited. Chan couldn’t improve, and took home $2,677,500 for second place. Dvoress pocketed $4,080,000 for the win.