Earlier this week, German poker pro Ole Schemion won the first-ever World Poker Tour European Championship Main Event for to secure his first WPT title, €218,435 in prize money and a $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions ticket.
The tournament was played at Casino Spielbank in Berlin, Germany and drew a field of 339 players, who battled for a share of the massive €1,000,100 prize pool!
Schemion started the final table tied at the top of the chip counts with Han Kuo. Things didn't go so well for Kuo though, as he was sent packing already in 5th place. Schemion, on the other hand, was responsible for 2 eliminations leading up to heads-up against Czech Republic poker star Michal Mrakes, who has more than $1 million in cashes since last year.
Schemion started the battle with a 2-1 lead and managed to get the job done in just 20 hands! In the final hand, Mrakes shoved with a flush draw on the flop and Schemion called with a top pair of kings. The turn and river cards didn't help Mrakes improve his hand and he was eliminated in second place for a €143,845.
Schemion, 25, now sits third on Germany's all-time tournament money list with an incredible $13.8 million in total earnings! His biggest cash occurred in 2016 when he took down the EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 buy-in event for almost €1.6 million!
Season XVI WPT European Championship Final Table Results
1st: Ole Schemion - €218,435 ($255,352)*
2nd: Michal Mrakes - €143,845 ($178,892)
3rd: Patrice Brandt - €93,105 ($115,077)
4th: Michael Behnert - €60,730 ($74,088)
5th: Han Kuo Yong - €46,705 ($57,118)
6th: Amjad Nader - €39,010 ($47,323)
*First-prize amount includes a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.