Marc Goschel wins WPTDeepStacks Germany; Sasa Lalos wins High Roller


The World Poker Tour DeepStacks Main Event in Germany created a final table of six different nationalities, with the German, Marc Goschel coming out on top. 

The World Poker Tour (WPT) put on two shows this week. The WPT Gardens Poker Festival in Los Angeles, and WPTDeepStacks Germany in the King’s Resort, Rozvadov. The Gardens Poker Festival is drawing to a close. WPTDeepStacks is nothing but a memory, so that’s where we will focus our attention for the next five minutes.

marc-goschel-wins-wptdeepstacks-germany-sasa-lalos-wins-the-high-rollerThe €1,500 WPTDeepStacks Germany Main Event attracted 371 entrants (81 re-entries), created a prize pool of €523,925 prize pool, and Germany’s Marc Goschel overcame a sturdy final table of six different nationalities to win a career-high €107,970.

Of the finalists, Omar Lakhdari finished runner-up to Jonathan Khalifa in the 2017 WPTDeepStacks Main Event in Cannes for €43,720, and Artur Rudziankov conquered a field of 1,763 entrants to win a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) for $395,918 two years after finishing runner-up to Ivan Luca in a 2,150-entrant $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event earning $219,976.

It was the vastly experienced Italian, Claudio Di Giacomo, who ruffled most of Goschel’s feathers, as the pair squared off, heads-up, for the title. Di Giacomo won the 2013 Italian Poker Tour (IPT) Main Event in Nova Gorica beating 715 entrants for €90,000. He also finished 4/4348 in last year’s European Poker Tour (EPT) National Barcelona earning €197,000 and finished runner-up to Rainer Kempe in the partypoker Carribean Poker Party MILLIONS Open in 2017 for $121,500.

But he couldn’t beat Goschel, despite giving it a good crack.

The pair were even in chips when with blinds at 40k/80k/80k, Di Giacomo opened shoved for 1.9m holding Qc9c, and Goschel made the call holding the superior Ac8c – superior until the Italian flopped a straight that was.

Goschel fought back to take the chip lead, and then with the blinds at 50k/100k/100k, Goschel opened to 225k, and Di Giacomo called in the big blind. The action checked through to the turn on a Ts6s6h4h board, and the pair got it in with Goschel holding a straight, and Di Giacomo holding the drawing hand. The draws bricked, and Goschel took the title.

It was Marc Goschel’s third live tournament win, and they’ve all been in WPT events, winning an 81-entrant €550 Win The Button event at WPT National Cyprus in 2015 for €11,405, and the 355-entrant Warm-Up event at the WPT National Montenegro for €43,300, his career-best until this win.

Final table results

1. Marc Goschel – €107,970
2. Claudio Di Giacomo – €74,070
3. Artur Rudziankov – €57,060
4. Vasile Sabou – €45,030
5. Tim Beyer – €36,430
6. David Hu – €19,920
7. Andrej Bogdanov – €15,390
8. Omar Lakhdari – €12,050

The best of the rest

Sasa Lalos topped the 39-entrant €3,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller, including beating the former WSOP Main Event Champion, Pius Heinz, heads-up for the title. Holland’s Tobias Peters finished fourth with four getting paid. Lalos picked up €34,922 for the win.

The former 888Live Mamaia Main Event winner, Marius-Alexandru Gicovanu, overcame a 783-entrant field in the €150 buy-in, €110,350 GTD No-Limit Hold’em Fiftystack event for €28,435.