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Dominik Nitsche Wins WPT South Africa

German poker pro Dominik Nitsche is now just a European Poker Tour (EPT) win away from becoming the latest Triple Crown winner in poker after the rising star won the World Poker Tour (WPT) South Africa Main Event at the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino. Nitsche, defeated the 222 player field that included a number of top tournament pros like Liv Boeree, Melanie Weisner, Joe Cada, Chris Moneymaker, and McLean Karr.

Nitshce entered the final day of the tournament as the chip-leader, holding a sizable lead over the rest of the field, and carried that momentum to the title, defeating Jerome Bradpiece in heads-up play for the title. Bradpiece managed to overtake Nitsche for the chip-lead during the heads-up match, but his run was short-lived as Nitsche came marching back after flopping Top-Pair Top-Kicker with AK; the match ended shortly thereafter with Nitshce’s A4s holding up against Bradpiece’s JTs of the same suit.

Here is a look at the payouts from the final table of the WPT South Africa Main Event:

  1. Dominik Nitsche — $206,153
  2. Jerome Bradpiece — $121,477
  3. William Ross — $80,985
  4. Wesley Weigand — $56,321
  5. Jason Strauss — $41,965
  6. Andrew Anthony — $32,394

The win is the second major tournament victory for Nitsche this year –Nitsche won a $1,000 WSOP event this past summer, collecting over $650k in prize-money—to go along with his Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) victory back in 2009. Nitsche now has over $2.2 million in career tournament earnings.

The World Poker Tour will now return state-side for the Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble, which will take place just after the presidential election, as the Main Event is scheduled for November 9th through the 13th.

Weisner wins $1k tournament in South Africa

Melanie Weisner also picked-up a win during the tournament series, capturing her first live-tournament victory in a $1k side event. Weisner bested a field of 133 players in the 6-Max NLHE tournament, adding over $40,000 to her career tournament winnings.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from that event:

  1. Melanie Weisner — $41,289
  2. Lucien Cohen — $23,866
  3. Edward Pastoll — $15,481
  4. Eric Brand — $10,643
  5. Bennie Lengenfelder — $8,192
  6. Jarred Solomon — $6,385

Weisner has been considered one of the young stars in poker for the past few years, but her struggles at live events has prevented her from really breaking through (Melanie has made many deep runs but seems to always get unlucky with just two or three tables left), hopefully her recent win will get the monkey off her back and we’ll see her at more final tables in the future. Get to know the latest promo on online poker at Titan Poker Promotion page.

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