Rainer Kempe Wins WPT Five Diamond $25k High Roller

Rainer Kempe Wins WPT Five Diamond $25k High RollerA week ago, Rainer Kempe won the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party $1,100 MILLIONS Open event for $200,000, but not one to rest on his laurels for too long, the German pro has gone and picked up yet another title, this time at the WPT Five Diamond $25,000 High Roller in Vegas for $351,000.
As a result, Kempe now boasts an incredible $11,596,463 in career earnings, with his latest victory helping to propel him past Dominik Nitsche ($11,357,341) to number four on Germany’s All Time Money List. Kempe will now have the other players placed atop the country’s honors list in his sight, namely Ole Schemion ($13,535,871), and Christoph Vogelsang ($15,021,464), although Fedor Holz ($26,633,873) will undoubtedly take some catching.
The WPT Five Diamond $25,000 High Roller was held at the Bellagio, with the one-day tournament attracting 39 entries to create a prize pool of $975,000. Only the top six players would receive a share of the money, though, which in order of elimination was Dan Smith in 6th ($58,500), Brian Green in 5th ($78,000), Justin Bonomo in 4th ($97,500), and Adrian Mateos in 3rd ($156,000).
The heads-up phase then saw Rainer Kempe take on Ben Tollerene for the title, with the German eventually managing to overcome his US opponent to claim the win. Meanwhile, Tollerene collected $234,000 for his runner-up finish, and now boasts almost $5 million in career earnings, to go with the $2,591,686 he has won playing tournaments online under the screen name Bttech86.
Final Table Results:
1: Rainer Kempe $351,000
2: Benjamin Tollerene $234,000
3: Adrian Mateos $156,000
4: Justin Bonomo $97,500
5: Brian Green $78,000
6: Dan Smith $58,500
Also taking down an event at the Season XVI WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic festival was Jared Jaffee. The US pro was part of a 187 player field to enter the $1,620 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em event, with Jaffee eventually triumphing over his competitors, including Spain’s Lander Lijo heads-up, to capture a first place prize worth $84,348.
Top 10 Finishes:
1: Jared Jaffee $84,348
2: Lander Bereciartua $48,975
3: Sterling Savill $31,290
4: Rok Gostisa $22,039
5: Ryan Tosoc $17,005
6: Chris Moorman $12,924
7: Greg Jennings $10,067
8: Timothy Reilly $7,482
9: Jacob Powers $5,306
10: Paulis Plausinaitis $4,217

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