Monday October 29,2012 : GERMAN ACE TAKES DOWN INAUGURAL WPT SOUTH AFRICAN POKER TOURNEY
Dominik dominates in Johannesburg
German poker pro Dominik Nitsche boosted his bank balance this week with a $206,153 victory in the inaugural World Poker Tour South Africa main event at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa. His prize includes a $25,000 seat in the WPT Championships.
Nitsche (22) largely dominated the event, which attracted 230 players, including international aces like Liv Boeree, Melanie Weisner, McLean Karr, Felipe Ramos and two former World Series of Poker champions, Chris Moneymaker and Joe Cada.
By Day 4 the field was down to Nitsche holding a strong million-chip lead on a final table that comprised William Ross (1.285 million), Jason Strauss (1.27 million), Jerome Bradpiece (930,000), Wesley Weigand (455,000) and Andrew Anthony (365,000).
By the heads up stage it was British player Jerome Bradpiece facing Nitsche, who had a 3 to 1 advantage in chips.
The duo agreed a chop, and it was not long before the Brit player managed to wrestle the chip lead away from his German opponent. His ascendancy did not last long, however, as Nitsche pulled off an impressive come-back to take the lead and subsequently the game.
The chop agreed earlier enabled the British player to claim a runner up pay day worth $145,477.
The win takes Nitsche's live tourney career earnings in big events to over $2 million.