The WSOPE High Roller (Event #10 €25,600 NL) concluded tonight at Speilbank Berlin with six players retuning. Talk about an eclectic final six. Nice mixture of online grinders and denizens of the international circuit.
Two Germans cashed in the High Roller. Fedor Holz a.ka.a “CrownUpGuy” binked the 2014 WCOOP Main Event on PokerStars. Holz was the chip leader for a large portion of the event, but he finished in sixth place. Fellow German Christoph Vogelsang, who shipped $4.4M for a third place finish at the 2014 WSOP One Drop, cashed in fifth place.
Sam Chartier busted in fourth place. The WSOP Circuit champ from Canada was the toast of poker tabloids when he dated Trishelle from the “The Real World: Las Vegas.”
Mustapha Kanit is my new favorite player. Even without the fancy moustache, he still has the panache to win a Salvador Dali lookalike contest.
Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” Kanit won the 2015 SCOOP Main Event on PokerStars earlier this year. Heck, 2015 has been a banner year for Kanit who won High Roller events in Monte Carlo (in May) and Barcelona (in August). He also passed Max Pescatori as winningest player in the history of Italy. Saying Kanit is “en fuego” is an understatement.
In Italy, Kanit has become a religious cult figure. Vigils are held outside his residence where Catholic nuns roll up wheelchairs filled with blind grandmothers wrapped in shawls like tiny burritos eager to touch Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit in order to restore their eyesight.
Belgium's Davidi Kitai narrowly missed winning a fourth bracelet. Kitai won his first bracelet back in Las Vegas at the 2008 WSOP, but he has a special fondness for Berlin. In 2012, Kitai won the EPT Berlin to complete his Triple Crown (he also won the WPT Invitational).
Kitai is #1 on the Belgium All Time Money List. He has has won so much money that the Belgians stopped keeping track five years ago. According to Hollywood tabloid blogs, he's richer than both the King of Belgium and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Jonathan Duhamel added a third bracelet to his collection after taking down the WSOPE High Roller in Berlin. First place paid out €554,395. He previously won the 2010 WSOP Main Event and the 2015 WSOP One Drop High Roller.
WSOPE Berlin High Roller Money Winners:
- 1. Jonathan Duhamel (Canada) €554,395
- 2. Davidi Kitai (Belgium) €342,620
- 3. Mustapha Kanit (Italy) €227,145
- 4. Sam Chartier (Canada) €160,775
- 5. Christoph Vogelsang (Germany) €121,020
- 6. Fedor Holz (Germany) €96,625
- 7. Timothy Adams (Canada) €81,420