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Dominik Nitsche Wins 2017 World Series of Poker Europe $111,111 One Drop High Roller

German Poker Pro Wins $4,049,782 and His Fourth Bracelet After Defeating 132-Entry Field

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Dominik Nitsche has won the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe €111,111 buy-in One Drop High Roller event, defeating a field of 132 total entries to secure the massive €3,487,463 ($4,049,782 USD) first-place prize and his fourth WSOP gold bracelet. The 27-year-old poker pro is now tied with George Danzer atop the German WSOP bracelet leaderboard.

“It’s not about the bracelets for me, mostly. It’s about playing really well. I’m more proud of how I played rather than that I won," Nitsche told WSOP reporters after coming out on top. "The bracelets are nice, but the bracelets show me that my hard work pays off. I’m not the kind of guy to go trophy chasing. I’m more the kind of guy to play in a high roller because I love competing against the best.”

With this huge win, Nitsche increased his career live tournament earnings to more than $11.1 million, enough to move him into 42nd place on the worldwide all-time money list.

This event kicked off on Friday, November 3. The tournament featured a €10,000,000 guaranteed prize pool, which was easily surpassed when 88 unique players turned out and also put up an additional 44 re-entries, bringing the final prize pool to €12,980,000 ($15,072,343 USD). The strong turnout for this event even outpaced the most recent running of the WSOP $111,111 One Drop High Roller in Las Vegas, which drew 130 total entries.

In addition generating a massive prize pool, this event also raised €977,768 for One Drop, a charitable organization that the WSOP has partnered with, whose mission is to provide sustainable access to clean water in impoverished communities around the globe. Since first teaming up in 2012 the WSOP’s events One Drop events have raised more than $20 million for the charity. That number is only going to continue to grow, as it was announced during this tournament that the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament will return to the 2018 WSOP in Las Vegas.

Only the top 20 players made the money in this event, which means that Vladimir Troyanovskiy was eliminated on a €157,652 money bubble. Plenty of big names made the money but failed to advance to the final table, including current 2017 Card Player Player of the Year leader Bryn Kenney (17th – €157,652), Eugene Katchalov (13th -
€205,263), Nick Petrangelo (12th – €243,169), Koray Aldemir (11th – €243,169) and Kenny Hallaert (10th – €295,131).

Nitsche entered the unofficial final table of nine tied for fourth place on the leaderboard with Thomas Muehloecker holding the chip lead. Nitsche won a few pots early and then busted recent WSOPE bracelet winner Martin Kabrhel in eighth place (€366,762) and jump into the lead.

Nitsche extended his advantage by knocking out Ahadpur Khangah in seventh place (€466,421), only to have Mikita Badziakouski and Andreas Eiler close the gap somewhat by scoring eliminations of their own. Nitsche responded by sending Thomas Muehloecker to the rail in fourth place (€1,096,206) to surpass the 100 million chip mark.

Andreas Eiler eliminated Badziakouski in third place (€1,521,312) to enter heads-up play with roughly 152 million to Nitsche’s 111 million. The two battled it out for 56 hands, with Nitsche quickly overtaking the lead and then steadily wearing down his opponent. Eiler found a few double ups along the way to keep hope alive, but by the time the final hand arose he was more than a 6.5-to-1 underdog in the chip counts. Eiler got his final chips in with the KClub Suit9Club Suit up against Nitsche’s QDiamond Suit10Heart Suit. The board ran out 10Spade Suit8Spade Suit3Heart Suit5Diamond Suit10Diamond Suit to give Nitsche trip tens, earning him the pot and the title. Eiler earned €2,155,418 ($2,502,958 USD) for his runner-up showing.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Dominik Nitsche $4,049,782 1320
2 Andreas Eiler $2,502,958 1100
3 Mikita Badziakouski $1,766,608 880
4 Thomas Muehloecker $1,282,561 660
5 Steffen Sontheimer $943,907 550
6 Christoph Vogelsang $709,832 440
7 Ahadpur Khangah $545,713 330
8 Martin Kabrhel $429,112 220
9 Charlie Carrel $345,303 110