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Philipp Gruissem Wins $50,000 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific High Roller

German Pro Continues High Roller Hot Streak With AUD $825,000 Score


Philipp GruissemAt this point, you can officially say that Philipp Gruissem is High Roller shark. The German pro won his third title at his ninth High Roller final table, banking AUD $825,000 for taking down the AUD $50,000 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific event at the Crown Casino in Australia.

Gruissem, who now has nearly $5 million in live tournament earnings, defeated American pro Joseph Cheong heads-up for the title. When asked why he has been so successful in High Roller events, Gruissem downplayed any skill advantage he may have.

“There’s not much magic involved,” he told “Except hitting every flop, every turn, and every river. I’ve got some things right, but this time there was a lot of luck involved.”

With the 510 Card Player Player of the Year points he earned, Gruissem now has 1,110 points on the year, putting him in 32nd place overall.

There were a total of 44 entries in the field, with the top six spots making the money and at least AUD $115,000. Notables who finished just outside the money included Joe Hachem, Marvin Rettenmaier and Jonathan Duhamel.

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

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Philipp Gruissem AUD $825,000 510
2 Joseph Cheong AUD $511,000 425
3 Paul Phua AUD $325,000 340
4 Lo Shing Fung AUD $225,000 255
5 Elton Tsang AUD $155,000 212
6 Tom Hall AUD $115,000 170