German poker players Pius Heinz and Dietrich Fast hit a nice run of form that sees them take down the Eureka Super High Roller and World Poker Tour L.A Poker Classic Main Event respectively.
Dietrich Fast is the latest poker player to capture a seven-figure top prize after winning the World Poker Tour (WPT) L.A Poker Classic at Commerce Casino.
Fast was the only non-American to take a seat at the final table. He started the action 5/6 in chips. Anthony Spinella was the chip leader. The two clashed early in a hand that saw Fast turn a set of aces, overpowering the flopped two pair of Spinella who ended up exiting in sixth place.
The German’s victory prevented Mike Shariati from winning his second WPT Main Event title of the season. Shariati took down the WPT Legends of Poker for a $675,942 score. His $656,540 consolation prize was his third six-figure score in the past 12-months. He defeated 4,554 players to win the $275,000 first prize in the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) event at the Bike in LA. Shariati holds pole position in the WPT Hublot Player of the Year race.
Shariati isn’t the only player to hit a rich vein of form in the past 12-months. Fast is also flying high. He has now won two of the three major’s after winning a WSOP bracelet in the €550 No-Limit Hold’em The Oktoberfest. He had to beat 2,144 entrants to take that down including a final table housing John Gale, Steve O’Dwyer and Adrian Apmann.
WPT L.A Poker Classic Final Table Results
1. Dietrich Fast – $1,000,800
2. Mike Shariati – $656,540
3. Alex Keating – $423,890
4. Sam Soverel – $316,440
5. Farid Jatten – $238,070
6. Anthony Spinella – $191,250
Pius Heinz With a Rare Win
Life after a WSOP Main Event victory can take many directions. Some like Jonathan Duhamel go on to much greater things, some like Jerry Yang lose the lot, and others like Pius Heinz decide to take a chill pill.
The young German plays so rarely on the live tournament circuit that his recent win in the Eureka Super High Roller in Rozvadov was only his 11th recorded cash of his career.
Heinz was one of 22 entrants (16 unique and 6 re-entries) who entered the €5,300 buy-in event. Only four players cashed. Heinz finished on top for the fourth highest score of his career.
The €1,100 Eureka Poker Tour Main Event is currently underway at the King’s Casino.
Eureka Poker Tour SHR Payouts
1st. Pius Heinz – €44,814
2nd. Martin Kabrhel – €29,876
3rd. Ivan Luca – €19,206
4th. Ognjen Sekularac – €12,804