Monday June 25, 2012 :  2012 WSOP Event 39

The German poker magazine publisher and amateur pokerhead, Jan-Peter Jachtmann, can take pride in beating the respected poker pro Andrew Brown in the heads up of event 39 – $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha championship after outlasting a field of 293 entrants for the event, many of them very recognisable names in the game.
 
He will also be pleased to put on his first WSOP bracelet and collect a hefty first prize check for $661,000 for his outstanding poker achievement…and he did it in style, completing the final table and heads up in just three hours.
 
Jachtmann said he had flown over from Germany specifically for the event because POL was his favourite game, and one that he played in cash games back home on a regular basis.
 
Among the entrants that Jachtmann survived in the event were Ville Wahlbeck, Jason Mercier and Sammy Farha, and his final table looked like this:
 
Andrew Brown
Steven Silverman
Micah Smith
Andy Seth
Benjamin Sage
Nikolai Yakovenko
Jason Mercier
Joe Kushner
 
It all came down to a heads up against Andrew Brown, a tough 30-year-old New York internet and tournament pro with impressive career earnings and a talent for PLO.
 
Jachtmann had the chip advantage, but both players had large stacks, and it looked as if a prolonged struggle was inevitable. It wasn't.
 
In two huge hands with some close calls for the two fearless and aggressive players – one of them an all-in with $1.7 million at stake – Jachtmann managed to pull off a spectacular win against a very worthy opponent, sending him home with the runner up prize – still his biggest career win yet – of $408,393.