Though Marvin Rettenmaier made the final table in this WPT Merit Cyprus Classic, no one really expected him to be able to pull off what nobody else had achieved in 9 years of WPT tournament play. However, he has managed it; Marvin Rettenmaier is the first player to ever win two WPT titles…back to back.
Back in May of this year, Rettenmaier managed to win a big score in the $25,500 WPT World Championships, taking home an outstanding $1,196,858, well now he has added to that with a $287,784 payout from winning the first WPT tournament of the year.
The World Championship he won was the last date on the WPT last season, whilst this Cyprus event was the first of the new season; Rettenmaier has managed to win both.
In this particular event, Rettenmaier stood head and shoulders above everybody else in terms f quality, though the table was six handed, he managed to almost knock each of them out single handedly. The first one to go was Kiryl Radzivonau, who was short stacked and finally pushed his stack into the middle with J10 to run straight into Rettenmaier’s pocket Queens.
After that elimination, amazingly all of the remaining five players battled each other for well over five hours. After such a long stint, El Khoury was the next to go, running into Rettenmaiers AQ with an A2. After this elimination, the rest were rapid afterwards.
Rettenmaier continued his domination of the table when he took out the third payer in a row on the final table; Victor Paraschiv made a wrong move as he pushed all in preflop with K5 just to run into another powerful Rettenmaier hand of KK.
To bring his run to 4 knockouts from five on the final table, Rettenmaier managed to beat off one of the early tournament leaders, Ran Azor, Azor held pocket sevens whilst Rettenmaier held the Queen – nine and hit one of his over cards.
This set up a heads up clash with the Russian Artur Voskanyan; however it was never to last long, especially as Rettenmaier held a 4 to 1 lead with regards to the chip stacks. In fact it was just the second hand of this phase that elected Rettenmaier as the champion, he held a J (suited against Voskanyons A10, of course he got lucky and hit a 9 on the flop meaning he went home with the money and the title.
Could he make it three on the spin? He has already confirmed that he will be taking part in the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic in the coming week, if he does, well that really would be a record that be almost impossible to replicate, let alone beat.