Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dominik Nitsche Dodges a Spray of Bullets, Takes Home WSOP Event #21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

As heads-up continued and the night wore on, Dominik Nitsche dodged more bullets against Dave D'Alesandro than Keanu Reeves in the Matrix––getting the much needed double-ups just when he was running on empty. Five times he went all in preflop with coin flip hands and five times he won. In a key late hand, Nitsche was all in A-9 with one heart and hit a heart flush on the river against D'Alesandro’s pocket fours. 

Fourth time's a charm. A heart on the river finally gives Nitsche the lead after starting heads-up short stacked.

On the penultimate hand, with D'Alesandro finally the at-risk stack, he called D'Alesandro’s Q-7  button shove with K-6. A heaven-sent K-6 flop sealed his victory, his second major WSOP bracelet taken home in the course of a single month. 

Erm... you don't want to celebrate with me? Awkward.

Nitsche hugs his buddy as D'Alesandro walks away dejected, with one last glance at an unforgiving board.

Speaking with press after the $335,659 win, a clearly elated Dominik Nitsche said that playing against some of the best cash game players in the world online (with mad Vanessa Selbst-like skillz) had given him the knowledge to make deep runs in major events. Also helping him was the fact that “on the weekend the amateurs come out.” Having received a table draw with inexperienced players who would fold to min raises, Nitsche rapidly built a sizable stack in the early stages. As for final table play, Nitsche was relieved to see Bob Bounahra finally bust out third, as he was a player who “put me in a lot of tricky spots.” Heads up, running like God, Nitsche had a moment when he chipped up past 2 million and thought “maybe I have a shot at this.” When he hit his miracle river heart flush and took the lead he thought “this is it, I’ve got it.”

"It feels nice to win tournament with friends around, gives me extra motivation.. luckily I was able to win some all-ins and take it down."

                                                Happy.. yawn... how many more posed pictures?

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