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The Masters of the Playing Cards

by Rebecca McAdam |  Published: Sep 01, 2009

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Germany in Mid-Bloom Gambling and poker have deep roots in Germany, but the product of these roots, a wave of green shoots reaching for the sky, are only now truly starting to bloom. Recent results by German poker players are difficult to ignore, and the potential for more is abundant, and indeed, exciting. The recent European Poker Tour highlighted a growing number of young and highly skilled German newcomers, as well as, consistently good, familiar players, which in the past perhaps blended into the poker community as a minority. People like Katja Thater, Jan Heitmann, and Michael Keiner have been around the green felted block a few times over, and somewhere along the way were met by a younger generation of now recognisable faces such as Benjamin Kang and Florian Langmann. Nowadays, they’ve formed an even bigger gang with the likes of the baby-faced assassin Johannes Strassmann, and worldwide champion ...


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