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Maximilian Klostermeier Wins 2019 WSOP $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty Event

The 23-Year-Old Poker Pro Overcame A Field of 1,130 To Win His First Bracelet


During a frantic Friday at the 2019 World Series of Poker that saw a total of 10 events playing simultaneously, Maximilian Klostermeier emerged victorious in the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha bounty event to secure his first bracelet and the top prize of $177,823.

Klostermeier overcame a field of 1,30 entries in this event, winning the first WSOP tournament that he ever cashed in. He earned 960 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion. The 2019 POY race is sponsored by Global Poker.

“I have only played poker professionally for about a year, so to win a bracelet this soon is amazing. This is the only PLO game I have played," said Klostermeier after coming out on top. "I have only played a couple of online tournaments, 25 at the most. PLO is not my main game, I play Hold’em.”

The 23-year-old resident of Copenhagen, Denmark began the final day as the chip leader, with nearly twice as many chips as his nearest competition. WSOP bracelet winner Bryce Yockey scored the first two knockouts of the final table. He sent Scott Sharpe (7th – $22,391) and Timothy Seidensticker (6th – $29,987 to the rail to climb into second place.

Klostermeier kept his hold on the lead by eliminating Jason Stockfish in fifth place ($40,691), but Yockey continued to accumulate. He made eights full of sevens to best the pocket aces of Ryan Lenaghan in the next major all-in confrontation. Lenaghan took home $55,939 as the fourth-place finisher.

Yockey ended up clashing with Klostermeier in a massive pot during three-handed play. All of the chips went in on a AClub Suit3Heart Suit2Spade Suit9Club Suit board. Yockey held the ASpade SuitADiamond Suit7Heart Suit6Heart Suit for top set. Klostermeier has AHeart SuitQHeart Suit6Club Suit5Club Suit for top pair, a flush draw and a gutshot. It was the flush draw that ultimately came in. The 4Club Suit on the river locked up the pot for Klostermeier. Yockey was awarded $77,893 as the third-place finisher.

Klostermeier took a solid lead into heads-up play against David Callaghan, and he quickly extended his advantage by winning a massive pot with the second-nut flush. Callaghan was left with less than two big blinds. The next hand he got all-in and was eliminated when he couldn’t beat the rivered pair of jacks held by Klostermeier. Callaghan took home $109,844 as the runner-up.

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

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Maximilian Klostermeier $177,823 960
2 David Callaghan $109,844 800
3 Bryce Yockey $77,893 640
4 Ryan Lenaghan $55,939 480
5 Jason Stockfish $40,691 400
6 Timothy Seidensticker $29,987 320
7 Scott Sharpe $22,391 240
8 Heng Zhang $16,944 160
9 JOSEPH LIBERTA $12,996 80

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.