Vogelsang Tops the Battle of the German Highrollers in 2020

The year 2020 may have made a joke of predictions in poker and every other walk of life, but if there was going to be one certainty it would be a $multi-million winning year for one or other of the top highstakes German pros – and this year’s best of the bunch award goes to Christoph Vogelsang!

Becoming top dog in a country such as Germany is no easy task when you are up against the likes of former wunderkind and already semi-retired Fedor Holz, and online beasts such as DTO guru Dominik Nitsche, and the poker wizardry of Ole ‘wizowizo’ Schemion.

That’s not to mention last year’s WSOP Main Event winner Hossein Ensan, or the victorious 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion, Rainer Kempe.

For those in the race who prefer live poker, getting off to a 2020 flyer turned out to be super-important, but only three of those named managed a live cash this year.

Kempe bagged $164,000 for a 7th spot in Melbourne at the Aussie Masters 50k, and followed it up with a couple of cashes at the partypoker Millions in Uruguay, but that was it before everything moved online.

Ensan was looking for a similar payday when he reached the WPT Germany Main Event final table at Kings Casino in Rozvadov, but he also had to settle for a 7th spot, this one worth $43k.

With Holz, Schemion, and Nitsche all failing to trouble the live tournament scorers, it was Vogelsang who hit the big time, pocketing $2.4million at the Super High Roller Bowl in Sochi.

That runner-up spot to Timothy Adams stretched his lead in the number 2 lifetime spot in Germany and almost guaranteed him the 2020 German moneywinner spot.

Fedor Holz popped up for the online WSOP and promptly took down just over $1million in the $25k HeadsUp bracelet event, but with just two weeks of the year left to go and tournaments running out, he’d have to win really big at deutsches-casino-online.de to overtake his countryman!

Nitsche showed some decent form online this year, two $80k+ cashes at the SCOOP and EPT Online respectively, along with numerous other 5-figure payouts. For a player who took down five straight 7-figure years in the live pokersphere, though, it has certainly been a more muted 12 months.

For Schemion, you have to go back even further to find a year where he won less than $1million in live tournaments, 2011 to be exact, but this year he did add another two SCOOP titles to his resume, along with a truckload of online cash.

The year isn’t over quite yet, with the WSOP final tables being played this month, but despite the $1.5million or so up top, there are no Germans left in either online event to suddenly leapfrog Vogelsang.

Interestingly, Vogelsang’s 2020 haul is only enough for 6th spot in the current global yearly rankings. That list is led Timothy Adams with more than $5,85million, the Canadian being Vogelsang’s conqueror in the SHRB.

Second spot is held by Australia’s Kahle Burns while 3rd place goes to Mikita Badziakouski.


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