Christopher Puetz wins WPT Germany Main Event for €270,000

Germanys Christopher Puetz was crowned WPT Germany Main Event champion last night, lifting the title and €270,000 at Kings Casino in Rozvadov just two years after taking up the game…

By: Andrew Burnett

The Czech casino owned by multi-millionaire high stakes player Leon Tsoukernik played host to yet another big tournament series, in conjunction with partypoker LIVE.

WSOP champ Hossein Ensan was among the contenders as nine players returned for the 4th and final day’s play in the €3,300 buy-in tournament, a total of 510 entries meaning the total prizepool exceeded the €1.5million guarantee.

Only six could make the final table and perhaps surprisingly it was the hugely experienced Ensan who bubbled it, his start of the day second-biggest stack having dwindled drastically and Bijgaart taking what was left.

Italian pro Gianluca Speranza had already come very close to a major title in Kings, finishing 2nd in the 2017 WSOP Europe for a career-best €689,246 ($801,943) and yesterday he came up short again, falling in 5th for a €68,000 payout after starting the day as chip leader.

Czech player Josef Gulas hit the rail in 4th for €91,000, followed by Dutchman Joep van den Bijgaart, who had held a commanding lead as three-handed play began.

That left relative newbie Puetz to face Hungary’s Laszlo Papai for the title and a close to €100k difference between first and second, with a $15,000 seat to the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions also on the line.

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The heads-up battle didn’t last long, a big ace-against-ace clash all but deciding the title in Puetz’s favour…

Puetz: A♠ J♣
Papai: A♦ 10♦
Board: 5♠ K♠ 9♥ 2♥ 7♠

Left with less than one big blind, the very next hand saw Papai concede defeat, his runner-up payday of €174,500 almost six times his previous total tournament cashes.

For 23-year old Puetz, the reward was €270,000, the ToC seat and membership of the WPT Champions Club, telling reporters afterwards that he’d be returning to Austria where he now lives to celebrate with friends and family before deciding on his next poker steps.

Final Results

1 Christopher Puetz €270,000
2 Laszlo Papai €174,500
3 Joep van den Bijgaart €125,000
4 Josef Gulas €91,000
5 Gianluca Speranza €68,000
6 Farukh Tach €52,000



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