If Party Poker was worried that there signing of German poker pro Marvin “Mad Marvin” Rettenmaier wouldn’t pay off in the long-run –considering the young German had never won a major tournament when signed by the site—that is no longer an issue, as Rettenamier has already overproduced for Party Poker basically within a couple days of the site announcing him as a sponsored pro.
Rettenamier was announced as the latest Party Poker Pro back in May during Day 1 of the $25k World Poker Tour Championship at the Bellagio, and just a week later Rettenmaier won the tournament, one of the most prestigious in all of poker. Now Rettenmaier has won yet another WPT tournament, the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic, making him the first person in WPT history to win back-to-back WPT tournaments.
“This is totally mad,” said Rettenmaier. “Now I am heading to Philadelphia to see if I can make it a triple at the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic – I have to keep going when things are going this well. I think I need to rebook my flight though [since I’ll miss Day 1A].”
The Merit Cyprus Classic Main Event featured a $4,400 buy-in and attracted a total of 329 players thanks to the two starting days and reentry format the tournament implemented. Among the players that made the trip to the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus were some of the biggest names in poker including former WPT Champions Lukas Berglund, David “Chino” Rheem, Sam El Sayed, Tommy Vedes, and Michael Mizrachi. The Main Event also saw the likes of Erik Cajelais, Daniel “Jungleman” Cates, Tuan Lee, Chris Moorman, and Dominik Nitsche, as well as the other three Brothers Mizrachi, Eric, Robert and Donny.
Rettenamier ran-over the final table, eliminating all five of his opponents and taking a 4-to-1 chip advantage into heads-up play against Russian tournament director Artur Voskanyan
Here is a look at the final table payouts from the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic:
- Marvin Rettenmaier — $287,784
- Artur Voskanyan — $184,020
- Ran Azor — $118,360
- Victor Parashiv — $87,610
- Joseph El Khoury — $65,770
- Kiryl Radzivonau — $52,590
Rettenmaier is now one of the winningest players in German history, with close to $3.3 million in lifetime live tournament earnings, placing him in 4th place on the All-time list of German money winners. In between his two WPT victories, Mad Marvin managed to cash six-times in the 2012 WSOP including a 5th place finish in the $5k Mix-Max NLHE event.
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