WSOP 2014 Beware: The Germans Are ComingMay 26, 2014 2:22 pm
Although the 2014 World Series of Poker doesn’t officially kick off until Tues, May 27th, Germany’s Dominik Nitsche has technically speaking won the first recognized WSOP bracelet of the year after taking down the WSOP Circuit’s National Championship in Atlantic City over the weekend. In so doing, the 23 year-old German pro not only picked up his second career WSOP bracelet and a $352,800 payday, but also became the first non-USA player ever to win the tournament.
Increasingly, German professional poker players have steadily begun dominating the poker scene and in 2013 the country’s top five players called “Team Germany”, namely, Philipp Gruissem ($4,605,401), Niklas Heinecker ($4,546,619), Igor Kurganov ($3,362,109), Tobias Reinkemeier ($3,231,707), and Fabian Quoss ($1,344,883) won a combined $17,090,719 in live tournament winnings. Ole Schemion ($1,652,680), Dominik Nitsche ($798,729), and a number of other German pros also enjoyed great success last year, resulting in an outstanding year in which Germans player exerted considerable influence over both the live and online games.
Back in 2011, Germany also hailed its first ever WSOP Main Event champion when Pius Heinz triumphed at the $10k event for $8,715,638. After two years of US pros having claimed the prestigious ME title, the competitive German’s will once again be hoping to make a deep run at the WSOP starting tomorrow and dominate their opponents in the 65 bracelet tournament series.
Another advantage Germany seem to enjoy is that “Team Germany” pool their finances and regularly swap pieces of each other’s action, meaning they not only cushion themselves from the effects of variance, but also benefit from profit sharing. This is of particular importance when entering large buy-in events, such as the Big One for ONE DROP, highlighted by the fact that even poker superstar Daniel Negreanu commenting on the $1 million tournament, said that he only wanted to put in $400k of his own money, prompting Byron Kaverman to reply:
“The Germans will buy up the rest of your action.”
Of course USA players will be able to field an incredible array of talent at WSOP 2014 and in larger numbers than any of the other participating countries, while countries such as Canada, England, and France will continue showcasing their skills and winning bracelets each year in Las Vegas. Nevertheless, there will be many poker enthusiasts keeping a keen eye on German players at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, and there’s no telling what they will accomplish over the next seven weeks.
To see how individual countries have fared in the past at the WSOP check here.