Ole Schemion wins inaugural WPT European Championship

25-year-old German wins his first ever World Poker Tour title for $255,352 after seeing off 339 others in his native Berlin.

Ole Schemion

Ole Schemion last night claimed his first ever World Poker Tour title for $255,352 after seeing off 339 rivals in the WPT European Championship event in Germany. The prize includes a $15,000 seat into the WPT Tournament of Champions due to take place in May in Las Vegas.

Taking place at the Spielbank Berlin, this was also the first WPT Main Tour event in Europe in five years to be televised and was part of the first-ever WPT European Championship. The €3,300 buy-in tournament boasted a €1,000,000 prizepool, the biggest slice of which went to Schemion, himself from the city.

Schemion began the final day as chip leader on the six-handed final table and before long was the sole owner of almost half the chips on the table. Staring out heads-up play with twice as chips than his opponent, the event was won after the 25-year-old German defeated Czech poker pro Michal Mrakes in 20 hands.

WPT champion

For Schemion, while the result doesn’t feature on his list of top ten cashes, it does mean that he is able to list himself a WPT champion, something that has eluded some of the game’s most high-profile names.

Here, not only did he score his first cash in a WPT Main Tour Event, the tournament also marked his first WPT Main Tour event first final table appearance.

His biggest score to date remains the $1,807,078 collected for his EPT Grand Final win in Monte Carlo 20-months ago, making it the largest contributor to his live career earnings of $13,801,444.

Pos. Player Prize
1 Ole Schemion  $255,352
2 Michal Mrakes $178,892
3 Patrice Brandt $115,077
4 Michael Behnert $74,088
5 Han Kuo Yong $57,118
6 Amjad Nader $47,323

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  • balapoker2


    Nice play from start to finish. I saw just final table, but good play form Michal :)