Steffen Sontheimer Wins Poker Masters Event #2 for $900,000

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Steffen Sontheimer Wins Poker Masters Event #2 for $900,000
16 Sep

It was a German one-two at the high-roller Poker Masters series yesterday, with Steffen Sontheimer edging out compatriot Fedor Holz for the $900,000 first prize and launching himself into top spot in the leaderboard race which will see one player draped in the Purple Jacket as the inaugural Masters overall champion.

Sontheimer’s 4th place finish in the first of the four $50,000 buy-in events bode well for the German - $204,000 better off as he stepped into the fray again on day two which saw a field of 50 players battling it out for $2.5million in prizemoney.

Pretty much what you would expect to be going on before a 50k

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He was joined at his back-to-back final tables by Spain’s Adrian Mateos who managed to improve on his 7th spot by one place this time round, and also the likes of Phil Hellmuth and Dan Shak trying to fend off the inevitable German challenge.

Finding a way past the incredible Fedor Holz, however, is usually a thankless task, the wunderkind having a ridiculous run-good factor which has seen him become the most-feared opponent in the high stakes tournament community, despite his ‘semi-retirement’.

Poker fans at the Aria Resort and Casino, and those watching the livestream, were treated to delights such as the following hand reported by, which saw Tom Marchese hit the rail in 3rd spot…

‘Marchese was unlucky … as he managed to get it in good against Fedor Holz, flipping over pocket aces to Fedor's A♣ 10♣.  Fedor is known for running hot, however, and the 7♣ J♣ 9♣ gave him the nuts.’

Heads-up play saw Holz begin with a huge lead, almost 7:1 in chips against his fellow German, but Sontheimer found a way to fight back, helped by quad 6’s along the way – which he pretty much slow-rolled his compatriot with for a good 30 seconds!

When the end came it was a typical case of domination, Sontheimer’s AJ leaving Holz’s KJ struggling, and a few moments later Sontheimer had secured victory and a commanding position at the top of the leaderboard.

With two more $50K events to go over the weekend, followed by the $100K buy-in finale, the Poker Masters is far from over however – Sontheimer has the biggest names in the poker world snapping at his heels!

Event #2: $50,000 NLHE Final Results

1Steffen Sontheimer
2Fedor Holz
3Tom Marchese
4Phil Hellmuth
5Christian Christner
6Adrian Mateos
7Bryn Kenney
8Dan Shak

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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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