Steffen Sontheimer dominates the inaugural Poker Masters winning two events, over $2m in prize money, and the Purple Jacket.
It’s safe to say that Steffen Sontheimer is in his breakout year.
His brilliance is known to those closest to him, and now, thanks to his victory at the Poker Masters, so does the rest of the poker community.
Sontheimer didn’t just win the Poker Masters.
By the time he had finished poker players were missing limbs, nursing bandaged heads, it was utter carnage, like the young man was airborne in an old Fokker barreling the shit out of everyone beneath him.
And he was on top.
There is no doubt about that.
The inaugural Poker Masters consisted of 4 x $50k buy-ins, and a $100k buy-in finale.
Coming into the final event, Sontheimer was the favourite to win the Purple Jacket. The young German star finished fourth in Event #1 for $204,000. He won Event #2 for $900,000, and finished fifth in Event #5 for $117,000. The only event, Sontheimer didn’t cash in was Event #4, and he still managed to bubble the final table finishing in eighth.
And yet despite his consistent and dominating performance, the math was such that anybody who won the final event of the series could have walked away as the champion.
It’s good for poker, and the future of the Poker Masters that Sontheimer didn’t allow that to happen. It would have been as anti-climactic as silk stockings without the high heels.
The final event attracted 36 entrants, and the Germans swarmed the final table like ground troops belonging to the World #1 Risk player with four of the final six coming from that neck of the woods.
Stefan Schillhabel fell in sixth, Justin Bonomo in fifth, and Seth Davies hit the rail in fourth. That left Sontheimer, Christian Christner, and Fedor Holz to battle it out for the $100k title, with only Holz able to catch Sontheimer and claim the Purple Jacket.
But Holz won’t need to add another coat hanger to his Ikea Pax. Christner eliminated the young genius in a flip that sent Christner into a heads-up confrontation with Sontheimer, and a slight chip lead in tow.
Christner didn’t win that heads-up battle.
Sontheimer came from behind to take it.
But he was humble in defeat, claiming that Sontheimer was the better heads-up player who, “Took it down like a true champion.”
Sontheimer has now won close to $6m in 2017 alone.
Outside of his excellent Poker Masters performances he recently won the Poker EM High Roller in Austria for $501,183, finished sixth in the €100k High Roller at the PokerStars Championship in Monte Carlo for $415,348, and finished second in a $100k Aria High Roller for $1.2m.
Who defeated him on that day?
Revenge is sweet.
$100k Final Table Results
1. Steffen Sontheimer – $1,512,000
2. Christian Christner – $864,000
3. Fedor Holz – $504,000
4. Seth Davies – $324,000
5. Justin Bonomo – $216,000
6. Stefan Schillhabel – $180,000
Overall Poker Masters Standings