Sam Greenwood Calls Out the German High-Rolling “Vultures”

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Sam Greenwood Calls Out the German High-Rolling “Vultures”
30 Jan

He may have just walked off with top spot in the Aussie Millions $50K ANTON Challenge yesterday in Melbourne, but Canadian Sam Greenwood woke up like a bear with a sore head – first tweeting some hate for Annie Duke and then attacking the poker world’s high-rolling German ‘vultures’, describing some of their actions as “predatory and cowardly” in a series of tweets initially relating to the dismal 4-player field which assembled in the Crown Casino.

He was, it transpires, talking about the likes of Dietrich Fast, who was spotted hanging about the ANTON Challenge table – singular – as early-registrating Greenwood had to wait 2 hours before they finally got the tournament underway – Alex Foxen, Jan-Eric Schwippert being joined after the first level by Koji Fujimoto. The German flag included in Greenwood’s next tweet was the giveaway, if one were needed…

Predatory and cowardly vultures?

It’s a well-known ‘phenomenon’ in the highest stratosphere of poker: ‘the Germans’ are a dominant force, the last few years seeing the likes of Fedor Holz, Rainer Kempe, Stefan Schillhabel and Steffen Sontheimer running riot in the biggest buy-in events.

Claiming that it’s not just the paltry field in Melbourne which has raised his ire, Greenwood continued his attack in even stronger terms…

The Germans fight Back

Naturally the Teutonic contingent weren’t going to take this assault lying down, Fast the first with the self-deprecating and perfectly reasonable response…

….while the contender for modern GOAT Fedor Holz issued only the diplomatic…

Steffen Sontheimer, on the other hand, was less conciliatory in firing back at the Canadian’s grumblings, the winner of over $2.7million in last year’s Poker Masters with an incredible run of four event including 2 victories in the massive buy-in festival, tweeting back…

Koray Aldemir was also less than impressed with Greenwood’s ‘vultures’ accusation, entering the fray with a fiery…

With the $100K Challenge at the Aussie Millions still to take place, it could turn out to be a lonely affair for Greenwood, although with $tens of millions in high-roller earnings between them it would be quite a sight to see ‘Team Germany’s’ charter flight landing in Melbourne …just saying!

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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