Dominik Nitsche Wins WPT Johannesburg
The first World Poker Tour event to take place in South Africa has just concluded. The event, the World Poker Tour Johannesburg, was held at Emperors Palace Poker, and was a $3,600 buy in re-entry event. For such a new event, the turnout was quite impressive, with 230 players showing up, including several big name poker pros.
Among the entrants were Joe Cada, Liv Boeree, Chris Moneymaker, and Dominik Nitsche. It was Nitsche, the young German pro who made a name for himself earlier in the year when he won a World Series of Poker bracelet, that dominated this tournament, and took the first WPT Johannesburg title.
Nitsche played well from the moment he took to the felt, and entered the final table as the chip leader. He did briefly lose his lead when he entered heads-up play against Jerome Bradpiece, but he managed to keep his cool and battle on for another 90 minutes, eventually besting the Brit and taking the title. Nitsche walked away with a prize of $206,153, while Bradpiece took $121,477 for second place. In third place was William Ross, who earned $80,985.
Nitsche’s win earns him 576 Card Player Player of the Year points, which means that he now stands at number 34 in the overall rankings, ahead of Daniel Negreanu.