PartyPoker New Boy Marvin Rettenmaier Wins WPT World Championship
After a gruelling seven days of deep-stacked tournament play, new PartyPoker sponsored pro Marvin Rettenmaier overcame one of the strongest line-ups in tournament poker to claim first place and a prize of $1,196,858.
The German pro eventually got the better of Philippe Ktorza heads-up after a pre-flop cooler pitted his pocket kings against the Frenchman’s pocket jacks, with a jack-free board ensuring that he lifted the title in his first live outing since leaving Titan Poker.
Ktorza, meanwhile, took home $805,301 as runner-up – which was a fantastic turnaround considering that he was the shortest stack in the room on just five big blinds as the bubble loomed – as well as the knowledge that he’d more than held his own against the best players in the world.
If any further proof were needed of the overall quality in the field, it came with the final table casualties that came before Rettenmaier and Ktorza’s heads-up battle, with Mike Mizrachi, Nick Schulman, Steve O’Dwyer and Trevor Pope all hitting the rail as the two marched toward the title.
As the more eagle-eyed of you will no doubt have observed there was no Moon Kim among the players in that list (the WPT Champions Club member busted in seventh), which meant that Joe Serock successfully held onto his lead as WPT Player of the Year and will soon be presented with the coveted trophy and receive several thousand dollars’ worth of tournament buy-ins for Season XI.