The dynamic duo of Rainer Kempe and Maria Ho has done it again with the couple taking down $25,000 High Roller events at the LAPC in The Commerce Casino, Los Angeles.
I like Rainer Kempe’s strategy.
With the world’s greatest players bouncing on the Triton Poker Series Jeju trampoline the German star has remained in Los Angeles to pick up yet more titles.
The 2018 Global Poker Index (GPI), Player of the Year of Germany, has beaten Josh Gordon, heads-up, to bank the $270,905 first prize in a $25,500 High Roller as part of the LAPC in Commerce Casino.
It’s not a Hendon Mob hallucination, Kempe has now won four titles this year, including the $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em and a $10,000 Turbo at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), and the AUD 25,000 Challenge at the Aussie Millions.
Kempe’s latest victory takes his live tournament earnings to $19.8m, and he could overtake David Peters as the GPI World #3 depending on how the American performs in Jeju.
The win is the 16th of Kempe’s career, and he currently sits second in the GPI 2019 Player of the Year race behind Sean Winter.
There’s a whole lot of love in the air at Commerce.
The second $25,000 High Roller of the LAPC attracted 28-entrants, and facing each other heads-up were the GPI #1 & 2 Female players Maria Ho and Kristen Bicknell, girlfriends of Kempe and Sir Alex Foxen, and Ho took the title on her birthday no less.
It’s the second time Ho and Kempe have won titles at the same event after Ho won the WPTDeepStacks Main Event in Johannesburg, and Kempe won the High Roller.
Ho’s LAPC win was her fourth live tournament victory, and she picked up $276,000 for her troubles.
In other LAPC news, Anthony Spinella topped an 87-entrant field, including beating Andrew Lichtenberger, heads-up, to bank the $108,005 first prize in the $5,250 No-Limit Hold’em event with Bicknell finishing seventh. Cord Garcia conquered a 98-entrant field, including a final table that housed Dylan Linde, Sorel Mizzi and Ari Engel to win the $49,050 first prize in the $2,140 No-Limit Hold’em. And Mohsin Charania vanquished an 85-entrant field to win the $22,005 first prize in a $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em event.
The $10,000 WPT LAPC Main Event attracted 546-entrants, and David ‘ODB’ Baker leads the final 12-players including the four-time WPT Champion, Darren Elias, WPT Champions Club members James Carroll, Tony Tran and Matas Cimbolas and the former WPT Player of the Year, Andy Frankenberger.