Phillip "philbort" Gruissem is a 30 year old German poker pro, entrepreneur, and philanthropist from Kredfeld, Germany.
Gruissem started playing poker in high school and continued playing online whilst studying mechanical engineering in University in Aachen, Germany. Figuring he could only really be good at either studying for his degree or at poker he quit University to concentrate full time on poker.
Soon after he fell in with a bunch of other up and coming German poker players, including Russian born but German raised Igor Kurganov, Max "altiFC" Altergott, Fabian Quoss, and Tobias "PokerNoob999" Reinkemeier and soon after started to travel the live tournament circuit, as well as crushing tournaments online.
At first he had more success online, winning several hundred thousand dollars in 2009-2010 compared to just $37k in live cashes in the same period. Gruissem's breakout year was 2011 where he won close to $1.6m, including winning €10k and £20k EPT events in Germany and London for a combined $1.04m. He proceeded to enjoy live seven-figure success in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Gruissem won over $4.6m in 2013 alone including back to back WPT Alpha8 super high roller victories in London and St Kitts in October and November for $1.38m and $1.1m respectively. He enjoyed another seven-figure payday just 5 months later when he took down the €25k High Roller at the EPT Grand Final in Monaco. As of February 2017, Gruissem's live tournament cashes stand at $10,135,306. His online tourney cashes are over $3.063m.
Since 2014 Gruissem has spent much of his time involved with the charity he launched with Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree, R.E.G (Raising for Effective Giving), and he is a keen believer in what is known as effective altruism (using money you make to make a positive and effective contribution to the world) Gruissem also appeared in Peter Singer’s book: The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically.
Poker's charitable organisation aiming for $3.4m in 2017 February 10, 2017
Bluff Europe Catch Up With High Roller Newey, and the 2003 WSOP Main Event Winner December 15, 2014
After losing $288k to taktloss47 at the $2k/$4k 2-7 Triple Draw tables on Wednesday, Full Tilt pro Gus Hansen ended up with a $283.8k win yesterday after beating taktloss for over $320k at TD tables. February 28, 2014
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