Germany – The New Superpower Of Live Poker Tournaments

The world of live poker tournaments has a new superpower.


It has not been a rarity over the past several years to see German poker pros dominating the action at the poker tables. Their success has been particularly noticeable in, high roller tournaments around the world.

Since 2015, when the high roller series was introduced, Aria Casino in Las Vegas has had three such festivals conducted within its premises. And two of all three Super High Roller Bowls were laid claim to by German players. Rainer Kempe was victorious in getting the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl title, emerging as the victor from a field of 49 other high roller specialists. The player took home $5 million for his performance. Here it is particularly noteworthy that the event saw an all-German finale last year, with Fedor Holz is playing heads-up against the eventual champion.

A quick look at the German section of the Hendon Mob reveals a long-list of successful players. With over $23.9 million, it is not a surprise that Holz is the topmost on that list.

However, there are five more players to have gained eight-figure sums from live poker tournaments. And a better look at each of them would tell us that a good amount of their winnings has come from high roller tournaments.

Vogelsang’s Super High Roller Bowl victory from this summer propelled him into second position with over $14.2 million. Ole Schemion, who was particularly successful in 2014, 2015, and 2016, ranks third with live tournament winnings of nearly $13.3 million. Tobias Reinkemeier with $11.1 million, Philipp Gruissem with $10.9 million, and Rainer Kempe with $10.5 million are the rest of the players to comprise the list of the winners who have bagged through their winnings an eight-figure sum.