The high roller event of the European Poker Tour London is being dominated by Germans

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Tobias Rainkemier and Martin Finger battle it out for the pile of money

A major live poker tournament is once again being dominated by German players, with the 23-year-old Martin Finger taking down the Super High Roller event of the European Poker Tour London with a buy-in of GBP 50,000 after a two hour competition with Tobias Reinkemier, his fellow countryman.

The test of endurance and stress was worth it. The first prize cash prize Finger took home stood at GBP 821,000. It brought the winning of his live tournament poker career to a little over USD 3.7 million, and the second place of Reinkemeier earned him the reward of GBP 593,900.

Finger was satisfied for being able to become the first player to win both the EPT Super High roller competitions and the EPT main event (EPT Prague). He also claimed 2 expensive Shamballa jewellery bracelets for winners.

For the young German the year turned out to be very successful. In the $1,100 event of the 2013 Aussie Million he came second for the prize of A$168,912. In the WSOP One Drop High Roller event he finished 14th for $251,549. He also won the $3,000 NL event of the WSOP for the prize of $506,764.

Reinkemeier also has a reason to brag. Winning Season 8 of the EPT Grand Final High Roller, he won EUR 1.064,000.

With a buy-in of GBP 50,000, the Super High Roller turned out to have a very small entry field consisting of only 57 players, among them aces such as Mike McDonald, Steve ODwyer, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Betrand ElkY Grospellier and Jonathan Duhamel. Those who registered for the event generated a prize pool of GBP 2,736,855.

After a tough competition action spanning over three days the final table was reduced to Reinkemier, Finger, Bill Perkins from the USA, Christoph Vogelsang (Germany), Timothy Adams (Canada), Johannes Strassmann (Germany), Finland’s Patrik Antonius and David Benefield (USA).

When Christoph Vogelsang from Germany had to leave the competition with the third place prize of GBP 383,200, it set the scene for the heads up struggle between his fellow German players Reinkemeier and Finger, with the latter holding a large lead in chips.

The heads up struggle turned out to be a grueling spectacle nevertheless. The affair lasted for two hours before Finger succeeded in eliminating the last one of his opponents in order to claim the ultimate prize.