Playing poker nowadays can be a very lucrative business. Whether you’re starting out playing video poker with Lucky Nugget Casino or mixing it with other players at the local casino, there are big prizes available. However, for elite players, the potential earnings are insane, something Christoph Vogelsang realised when he scooped a $6m return for winning a major event last month.
The German poker pro had already established himself as a known player on the circuit, but that massive win has made him the second highest earning German player of all time! Here’s how he did it.
Vogelsang overcomes the odds to land prize
Vogelsang was playing in the Aria Casino 2017 Super High Roller Bowl Event in Vegas and the buy-in for the game was set at £300,000. All in all, 56 players entered the game, with many recognisable names from the poker world on show.
After a good start to the event, Vogelsang managed to make the final day, where there were only three players. However, American Jake Schindler was in pole position, boasting a chip lead that was more than double his German opponent. The final player on the table was Stefan Schillhabel, another German, although he was going to struggle with his chip deficit. It wasn’t long until Schillhabel was eliminated, but finishing third saw him secure a payout of $2.4m!
With it down to the last two, Schindler began to increase his chip count, and at one stage he held a three to one lead over Vogelsang and looked as if he would be crowned the winner. Yet, the German remained strong and began to turn that round until the game would be decided by one final hand.
Schindler tried to river-bluff Vogelsang, and as each player raised the stakes, the impact of this hand was growing. Eventually, the American moved all in, but his bluff was called by Vogelsang who had enough to win the hand with a two pair. That saw Schindler leave with $3.6m for his second-place finish, whereas Vogelsang took home the $6m first prize.
The right time to find form
For Vogelsang, the win was comfortably the biggest of his career and it resulted in the 31-year old almost doubling his entire earnings up to that point. As it stands, he has made over $13.7m from poker, meaning Fedor Holz is the only German player to have won more at the tables.
Yet, more importantly for Vogelsang was the timing of that win. With the World Series of Poker (WSOP) now underway, he will be confident that he can replicate the form to land one of the prestigious bracelets that will be up for grabs in the coming months. Having beaten off a stellar field in Vegas last month, there’s no reason he won’t be able to do it again. The Sassenberg born player has secured four money finishes in his time on the WSOP circuit.