A game of ‘hide and seek’ with Felix Schulze winning the World Poker Tour DeepStacks Main Event in Amsterdam, and Vincent Chauve taking down the World Poker Tour Main Event in Vietnam.
If you want to keep your live tournament results private then it becomes a royal pain in the arse when you start winning, because then people like me, who have nothing better to do with their time than write things like this, start shadow boxing with the scraps.
Felix Schulze is known an ‘unknown player’ on The Hendon Mob website; one of many players, mainly stemming from Austria and Germany, who has instructed the live tournament data giants to be more library than pop concert about his poker exploits.
Then he goes and wins three tournaments in one event.
How do you keep that schtum?
Schulze took down two side events at the WPTDeepStacks (WPTDS) festival in Amsterdam before taking his seat in the Main Event. Victories like these don’t come along often, so when you do win one, you dive into the bog to slap on some lipstick ready for the big photo.
That lipstick never saw a lens.
The Austrian spoke to the Tournament Director about the mishap and told him not to worry because he was going to win the Main Event, and the photographer would have his or her shot at redemption. Onto the treadmill stepped Schulze, and by the time he got off, he had indeed won the Main Event and bulbs crackled.
Schulze defeated 507-entrants to win the €1,200 buy-in WPTDS Main Event, after coming into the final day with the chip lead, and only 15-players on which he had to drop a few anvils.
I would love to tell you how the win ranks in Schulze’s career, but that’s no longer possible.
What I can tell you is that Schulze overcame a final table that contained the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, Joey Weissman, whose excellent run finished in third place.
Schulze began heads-up play versus Emrah Cakmak with a 4:1 chip lead. Cakmak doubled once, but Schulze finished things winning a race with pocket tens versus Big Slick.
Final Table Results
1. Felix Schulze – €104,304
2. Emrah Cakmak – €69,525
3. Joey Weissman – €51,285
4. Micha Hoedemaker – €38,245
5. Mark Wiegerinck – €28,835
6. Enrico Camosci – €21,985
7. James Thody – €16,950
8. Menduh Kalmaz – €13,220
9. Carlos Manuel Da Costa Dias – €10,430
Three other stars who rang the final table doorbell but got no answer were Grosvenor Poker Pro Andy Hils (17th), WSOP bracelet winner Marcel Vonk (23rd) and the two-time Unibet Open winner, Mateusz Moolhuizen (46th).
Vincent Chauve Wins WPT Vietnam
It’s not only Felix Schulze that’s playing hide and seek this week: WPT Vietnam has also done a mighty fine job of hiding from public view.
WPT Vietnam ran from March 14 to 24 operating 15-events from the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City, but unless I am blind (I am going deaf), the WPT seem to have deliberately wiped this one off the radar with no sign of the results on the website or social media.
Thank goodness for SoMuchPoker who tell us that a Thai based Frenchman called Vincent Chauve beat 686-entrants to win the largest-ever prize pool in Vietnamese poker history ($1,815,000), beating the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam Kickoff that took place at the turn of the year.
It’s the second tournament that Chauve has competed in where he has been the last person with a butt cheek on a crucial seat. Three years ago, Chauve won a 24-entrant $220 side event at APT Cambodia, so one suspects his latest haul was quite a big deal.
Don’t worry Vincent, I have your back.
Or would you rather I looked the other way?
Final Table Results
1. Vincent Chauve – $99,028
2. Jeonggyu Cho – $79,653
3. Tuan Pro – $78,576
4. Jin Yong – $39,607
5. Thien Phu – $30,284
6. Kwok Chun Yip – $24,169