Saturday August 11, 2012 : HISTORICAL VICTORY FOR GERMAN POKER ACE
 
World Poker Tour Cyprus falls to Rettenmaier.
 
German ace Marvin Rettenmaier entered the World Poker Tour record books Thursday when he took the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic honours in his second major WPT victory this year. In May the young German banked a massive $1,196,858 by winning the 2012 WPT Championship at the Bellagio.
 
His win in Cyprus – $287,784 – was hardly in the same financial league but is still substantial, and it was well earned as Rettenmaier stormed his way through the final table after four days of poker, personally eliminating five of the final table survivors.
 
329 players entered for the tournament, with the final table distilled to just six survivors: Rettenmaier, Marvin Rettenmaier, Artur Voskanyan, Ran Azor, Victor Paraschiv, Joseph El Khoury and Kiryl Radzivonau.
 
Although he entered final table action midway down the pack in terms of chip count, the German ace fought his way into the lead and then demolished the competition in an impressive display of controlled aggression and skill.
 
By the time the table reached the heads up stage, Rettenmaier had ten times the chip counts of his remaining opponent, Artur Voskanyan, and he wasted no time in sending the Russian to the cashier to collect a second placing check for $184,020.
 
The win brings Rettenmaier's career earnings to well over over $3 million.