German poker player wins WPT Germany Main Event

Christopher Puetz

The Main Event with a buy-in of €3 300 ($3 560) and a guarantee of €1 500 000 ($1 622 100) has ended at the WPT Germany. The tournament collected 510 entries, which helped to beat the claimed guarantee by €183 000 ($197 900).

The tournament winner was Christopher Puetz, a poker player from Germany, whose payout for the first place amounted to €270 750 ($292 800). In addition to the prize money, the German was also awarded with a ticket to the WPT Championship tournament worth $15 000.

Hungarian player Laszlo Papai turned out to be the runner-up of the event, earning $189 200 for the 2nd place. The WSOP ME 2019 champion Hossein Ensan was also able to reach the final table, but could get no higher than the 7th place, having received €40 100 ($43 370) in prize money.

WPT Germany ME 2020: top 10 payouts

PlacePlayerCountryPayouts in eurosPayouts in dollars
1Christopher PuetzGermany270 000$292 800
2 Laszlo PapaiHungary174 500$189 200
3Joep van den Bijgaar
Netherlands125 000$135 550
4Josef Gulas
Czech Republic91 000$98 680
5Gianluca SperanzaItaly68 000$73 740
6Farukh Tach
Netherlands52 000$56 390
7Hossein Ensan
Germany40 100$43 370
8Renato Nowak
Germany31 000$33 600
9Rifat Gegic
Germany24 000$26 000
10Artan Dedusha
UK24 000$26 000

In total, there were 73 players who got in the money. The minimal payout in the amount of €6 500 was given to poker player from Italy Francesco Delfoco. It was expected that the heads-up would be a "fierce" fight, since the given prize money had been to become the largest for both poker players.   

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However, the heads-up lasted only a few hands. Laszlo Papai raised to 500 000 chips from the button with A-10s, and Christopher Puetz 3-bet to 2 million with A-Jo.

Papai shoved and got an instant call from the opponent. Their stacks were approximately equal, so that this hand could be called a battle for the championship. None of the players hit the board, and Puetz eventually won the decisive hand according to the kicker.

WPT Germany Main Event 2020

After such a serious loss, Papai went all-in with pocket fours, and Puetz decided to call with Q-9o.

The flop came as 4-9-Q rainbow, giving the Hungarian player little hope to make a comeback, but the turn showed Q, which meant that the German completed a full house. Laszlo wasn’t able to improve his set to quads on the river, and Christopher finally secured his victory in this tournament.

Throughout his poker career, Christopher Puetz has earned over $305 000 in live tournaments. The prize money he received in the WPT Germany Main Event 2020 is his largest payout. Before this victory, his best result was $7 000 for the 25th place at the WSOPC ME 2019 with $1 830 buy-in.

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