Germany has long been known for producing excellent poker players, particularly over recent years with the emergence of the likes of Fedor Holz and Ole Schemion. They have made millions thanks to their skill, confidence and patience at the tables. And, Christian Christner is the latest German to land a big win after he secured over $1.45m at a recent event in Vegas, that was dominated by the Germans.
Christner holds his nerve for poker prize
Playing at the Aria Resort & Casino in the heart of the gambling capital of the world, Vegas, 54 players paid the $100,000 buy-in for the Super High Roller event. And, it included some star-studded names. With over $5m generated through the buy-ins, the top eight players would leave with a prize and the game begun.
Daniel Negreanu, the man who has won more money at the tables than anybody else, finished in 8th place, collecting over $200,000. That demonstrated the calibre of opposition on the table for Christner and the German players.
Spanish player Adrian Mateos took 7th place, landing over a quarter of a million dollars in the process. Another big name was to bow out in 6th, with Erik Siedel earning $317,520. In 5th place, was the lowest ranking German of the top eight, with Christoph Vogelsong leaving with a very nice $370,000. While, American David Peters won over $420,000 for coming 4th.
That left the final three players on the table and two Germans. Steffan Sontheimer and US poker pro Benjamin Tollerene had lasted until the end. After all the other players had been eliminated, the trio decided to split what remained of the prize pool into uneven portions based on their chip counts, although all would leave with seven figures.
That meant that Tollerene earned just over a million, Sontheimer took $1.2m and Christner walked away as the winner with $1.4m!
The start of big summer events
A pleasing aspect for the players that landed some of the prize pool is that they are hitting form at the right time, with a big summer of major events lined up. For some, this event was a warm-up ahead of the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl that is currently underway in Vegas. It boasts a prize fund that is expected to exceed $6m.
As well as that, there are many more dates set aside for major events over the summer, with Vegas once again playing host to the biggest tournaments in the world. That includes countless World Series of Poker events and, if the German players can maintain this form, we might have one leave with a prestigious bracelet!