Sunday February 23, 2020 at 9:56 pm

Christopher Puetz outlasted a field of 510 players to win the 2020 WPT Germany at the King's Casino in Rozvadov. Puetz banked €270,000 (or approximately $293K USD) for the win and he faded a final six that included Josef Gulas, Laszlo Papai, Joep van den Bijgaart, Gianluca Speranza, and Farukh Tach. The 2019 WSOP Main Event champion, Hossein Ensan, finished in seventh place.


Boat over boat. Sometimes you see a sick cooler that you cannot believe actually happened. In this instance, the final hand at the 2020 WPT Germany at the swanky King's Casino in RozVegas had fireworks between Laszlo Papai and Christopher Puetz. One player flopped bottom set, while the other flopped top-two pair. And you would not believe what happened next!

Sometimes those sets get sucked out by a bigger boat and there's nothing you can expect rap your knuckles on the table and shrug off the ugly beat. That's poker, right? But of course, if it happens to you at the final table of a tournament with a WPT title and over $100K in difference in pay jumps between first and second, the bad beat stings. Yikes.

Christopher Puetz had the poker and gambling gods shinning their grace and glory upon thee today. He turned a full house and knocked out Laszlo Papai heads-up to win the WPT Germany.

This year's version of the WPT Germany played out just over the border in Rozvadov. RozVegas, which it's been known by gamblers, has become a popular spot for high-stakes action and tournament series. There's been plenty of local and global action at the King's Casino between the WSOP Europe, Triton High Roller series, partypoker MILLIONS, and of course... the World Poker Tour.

This year's Main Event at the WPT Germany had a €1.5 million guaranteed prize pool. The top 73 places were paid out of the 510-entrant pool. Most of the cheesecake was set aside to the final three players. The champion would walk away with $293K, which is a sick score for a modest €3,300 buy-in affair.

Hossein Ensan busted in seventh place and missed out on a chance to secure a WPT title to go along with a WSOP bracelet. The German WSOP world champion banked $35K.

The final six included Farukh Tach, Gianluca Speranza, Josef Gulas, Joep van den Bijgaart, Laszlo Papai, and Chris Puetz.

So the hand in question... it was the 106th hand at the final table. Papai got it all-in for his tournament life with two red fours. He found out he was racing with Carte 4 de cœurCarte 4 de carreau against Puetz's Queen-nine. Ah, the old "computer hand" because the early fish on partypoker LOVED any Queen with mid-rag like Queen-seven, Queen-eight, or Queen-nine.

Puetz called with Carte Dame de carreauCarte 9 de trèfle and it was time to flip coins for the WPT Germany title. The flop was Carte Dame de piqueCarte 9 de cœurCarte 4 de trèfle. Ouch. If they didn't already get it all-in preflop, they woulda went broke on this flop. Puetz trailed with top two pair while Papai flopped bottom set.

What could possibly go wrong?

The Carte Dame de cœur spiked on the turn. Puetz seized the lead with a full house (Queens over nines) against Papai's smaller house. Ouch. Boat versus boat is an ugly way to hit the rail. Papai had an out... the case four. He needed the Carte 4 de pique to materialize on the river to stay alive and rip the heart out of Puetz.

Alas, the Carte 7 de cœur fell on the river. Papai's hopes and dreams ended with a boat-over-boat murking. Puetz shipped the pot and the tournament by knocking out Papai in a crazy race.

Puetz won €270,000 for binking the WPT Germany. Papai banked €174,500 for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh?

Notables who cased included Renato Nowak, Rifat Gegic, Artan Dedusha, Hoang Pham, Siamak Tooran, Besim Hot, Han Kuo, Tiziano Di Romualdo, Gio Skhulukhiia, Anton Morgenstern, Mario Ripepi, Marian Dumitrache, Sascha Minerva, Konstantinos Nanos, Amir Pahlawani Sarughieh, Adam Krol, Julian Menhardt, Michal Lubas, Piotr Karini, Markus Yskandolis, Mykial Memo, Dan Smiljokic, Aleksandr Chernikov, Peter Jaksland, Yehuda Cohen, Martin Kabrhel, Oleh Okhtskyi, Max Panyak, Christian Bauer, Jack Sinclair, James Ankenhead, Pasquale Braco, Rob Bickley, Jessica Pilkington, Emrah Yildiz, Taras Khilko, Ryan Riess, Mike O'Sullivan, Dragoljub Martinovic, Zhong Chen, Ben Jones, Tom Hall, Nico Obert, Stefan Schillhabel, ROberto Mascaro, ROman Timergazin, Abdelhakim Zoufri, Oleg Vasylchenko, Giuseppe Zarbo, Kristoffer Rasmussen, Artur Rudenkov, Michael Hasenberg Claudio Di Giacomo, Nisad Muratovic, Tomasz Cybulski, Ivan Volodko, Mykola Kostyrko, Karim Feddag, Lukasz Golczyk, Guilip Mascolo, Frank Doblinger, Markus Prinz, Marco Damico, Leonny Maue, Anh Do, Hendra Adiputra Choandri, and Francesco Delfoco.

2020 WPT Germany

Buy-in: €3,300

Entrants: 510

Prize Pool: €1.5 million

Payouts: 73


Final Table Results:

1. Christopher Puetz $292,802

2. Laszlo Papai $189,237

3. Joep van den Bijgaart $135,556

4. Josef Gulas $98,685

5. Gianluca Speranza $73,743

6. Farukh Tach $56,391

7. Hossein Ensan $43,378

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