I always thought the Germans were the best at everything.
Not an ingrowing toenail amongst them.
And then things began to change.
The German national football team failed to get out of the group stages in the World Cup.
Angela Merkel plans to invest €3 billion to boost its artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities over the next six years, because “Germany cannot claim to be among the world leaders in artificial intelligence.”
And in poker, German dominance of the high roller stratum began to wane. The stench of burning high roller meat, no longer stirring up the olfactory senses of the Holzs, Schillabels, and Kempes of this world.
As my dad said during the 1990 World Cup Semi-Final, “You should never write the Germans off.”
Sontheimer Takes it Down
The $250,000 High Roller at the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party (CPP) attracted 34-entrants, and by the time the office closed on the penultimate day, there were six people left with only four places on the rostrum.
Starting Chip Counts
1. Steffen Sontheimer – 10,610,000
2. David Peters – 7,875,000
3. Sean Winter – 7,450,000
4. Mikita Badziakouski – 3,155,000
5. Nick Petrangelo – 2,680,000
6. Isaac Haxton – 2,630,000
The first player to feel the decaying tooth like pain of an exit so close to the money in a $250,000 buy-in event was Ike Haxton. The partypoker ambassador defended the big blind with JTdd against a Sontheimer open holding AJo. Haxton nailed a beautiful flop, hitting top pair and a flush draw, but he was behind to Sontheimer’s kicker.
The turn gave Haxton a straight draw to go with his many other outs, and it was enough to see the American pay the piper so he could hear the tune of the final card. It was the As – a complete whiff for Haxton – and it gave Sontheimer a two pair hand. The German put Haxton all-in, and the man in the specs made the unfortunate call.
That led us to the money bubble, and they don’t get much bigger than a $250,000 bubble.
The man left holding nothing but the pin was Nick Petrangelo when he got it in with David Peters AK<JJ, and the deck gave him a paint free board.
After Petrangelo left, the final four players played tag for quite a while before two of them had to go home for tea. Mikita Badziakouski’s KJo fell on the sword of Sean Winter’s AQo, and David Peters ran KQ into the AK of Sontheimer.
Those two executions set up a heads-up encounter between Sontheimer and Winter, with the former holding close to 2:1 lead, and the pair didn’t trade too many punches.
Sontheimer found AK.
Winter found AQ.
There was no need for a scriptwriter.
Things worked out the way they should.
It was the most significant score of Sontheimer’s career, and comes a year after he won the 2017 Poker Masters.
You don’t have to shed too many tears for the other three.
Sean Winter also finished runner-up to Giuseppe Iadisernia for $550,000 in the $50,000 High Roller a few days ago, and second to Ben Yu in the $50,000 High Roller at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) for a million bucks. Winter has now won more than $5m this year, easily his best, and he doesn’t even count tournaments as his speciality.
And what can you say about David Peters.
Peters picked up $1.4m for his third place spot, a few days shy of winning $1.1m in the $100,000 in the ARIA’s Fall Madness. Peters has now won $10.4m in 2018, and overtakes Daniel Colman as the fifth ranked All-Time Live Tournament Money earner.
Mikita Badziakouski picked up a $500,000 profit.
The Belarusian has now won $14.5m in 2018.
But it was the German who conquered.
God help us all, when their AI is top notch.
1. Steffen Sontheimer – $3,685,000
2. Sean Winter – $2,430,000
3. David Peters – $1,420,000
4. Mikita Badziakouski – $710,000