The Germans are on an absolute tear in the world of tournament poker over the past few years and even more so at the World Series of Poker APAC, where they are looking to come out on top in the two premier events of the tournament series. With his countryman Benny Spindler leading the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific (WSOP APAC) Main Event, Philipp Gruissem has already given Germany a major victory, winning the $50k buy-in High-Roller tournament after a heads-up battle with poker pro Joe Cheong –the High-Roller was the only non-bracelet event at the WSOP APAC.
Gruissem and Cheong battled back and forth until a key hand took shape, giving Gruissem a huge chip-lead after he hit one of his 18 outs on the river to make a flush (Gruissem also had three straight outs for a chop) and take a 3-1 chip-lead according to the WSOP Live Reporting. Soon thereafter he would finish off Cheong when his QJ outraced Cheong’s Pocket 7’s. Join the elite club of online poker players and get maximum promotions only at Club Titan Poker.
The $50k High-roller saw a total of 37 players register for the tournament and with seven of those players reentering the tournament the prize-pool easily surpassed $2 million, ensuring the winner of the tournament would be in for one of the biggest paydays of the WSOP APAC series, which ended up being $825,000.
The tournament saw the biggest names in poker battling it out with a number of Asia Pacific high-rollers like Paul Phua, Richard Yong, Elton Tsang, and Tom Hall, but in the end it came down to two of poker’s young guns battling for the title, Philipp Gruissem and Joe Cheong. Gruissem and Cheong were the final two poker pros remaining from a starting field that included names such as Phil Ivey, Marvin Rettenmaier, Sam Trickett, John Juanda, Jean-Robert Bellande (who was staked of course), Erik Seidel, Dan Shak, and Andrew Robl.
- Philipp Gruissem — $825,000
- Joseph Cheong — $511,000
- Paul Phua — $325,000
- Lo Shing Fung — $225,000
- Elton Tsang — $155,000
- Tom Hall — $115,000
Gruissem has fared extremely well in high-roller tournaments over the years, coming in 2nd in the 2013 Aussie Millions $25k High-Roller, 5th in the $100k Super-High-Roller at the 2013 PCA, 4th in the $50k buy-in at the 2012 WSOP Europe, 10th in the $250k Super-High-Roller at the Macau High Stakes Challenge in 2012, 3rd in the EPT Grand Final $25k High-Roller in 2012, and 1st in the 2011 EPT London High-Roller tournament.
Joe Cheong has been equally impressive since his 3rd place finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, having accumulated eight cashes of over $90,000, but surprisingly, despite career earnings approaching $7 million Cheong has yet to win a major tournament.
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