Ole Schemion Claims WPT European Championship Title for €218k

Ole Schemion Claims WPT European Championship Title for €218kAt the same time as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) was taking place in the Bahamas the WPT was hosting its very first Main Tour in Germany. The series subsequently took place at the Casino Spielbank in Berlin and during its run from January 5-15 featured 11 tournament with a combined guaranteed prize pool of €1.6 million.
Amongst the players who then managed to claim a title were such pros as Belgium’s Davidi Kitai and France’s Michel Leibgorin, with the latest player to add his name to the list being Germany’s very own Ole Schemion. The 25-year-old prodigy was part of a 339 player field to enter the €3,300 WPT European Championship event, with Schemion eventually managing to close out the competition, including Michal Mrakeš heads-up, to claim a first place prize of €218,435 ($260,858).
Schemion was just one of a number of notable pros to enter the tournament, and amongst those finishing in one of its 43 money places was Tony Dunst in 42nd (€6,125), Davidi Kitai in 19th (€10,370), Thomas Mühlöcker in 12th (€17,775), and Marvin Rettenmaier in 10th (€17,775).
At the final table, Schemion (A-10) then proceeded to eliminate Amjad Nader (K-Q) in 6th, before being dealt A-4 to send Patrice Brandt (J-9) to the rail in 3rd and usher in heads-up play against Michal Mrakes for the title.
Schemion started the final phase with a 2-1 chip lead over Mrakes, and 20 hands is all it would then take before the concluding hand was played. Following a preflop reraising war, Mrakes (7s-5s) decided to shove all-in on a Kh-Qs-9s flop with Schemion (Kc-7c) opting to call holding top pair. Unfortunately for Mrakes there was to be no more spades dealt on either turn or river, and so the Czech player had to settle for a runner-up finish worth €143,845.
Meanwhile, Schemion was crowned the champion, with the victory further consolidating his position at number three on Germany’s ‘All Time Money List’ with $13,801,445 in winnings. While there is a reasonable gap between himself and a fourth placed Rainer Kempe ($11,809,553), both Christoph Vogelsang ($15,446,599) and Fedor Holz ($26,701,373) will take some catching in first and second place, respectively.
Final Table Results
1: Ole Schemion €218,435
2: Michal Mrakes €143,845
3: Patrice Brandt €93,105
4: Michael Behnert €60,730
5: Han Kuo Yong €46,705
6: Amjad Nader €39,010


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