For the first time in its history, the World Poker Tour headed to the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino in South Africa. The new stop on the tour saw the Main Event attract 230 players across two opening day flights, with a whole host of notable professional players taking part.
Dominik Nitsche was the player who came out on top to win the WPT title and the $206,153 winner’s cheque.
Day 1a saw 74 players take to the field with just 34 of them surviving into Day 2; Nitsche was already dominating the event at that point and ended the day as chip leader despite their being to WSOP Main Event winners in the field in Chris Moneymaker and Joe Cada.
Day 1b saw a much larger attendance which is usually the case with big events; there were 148 entrants this time. More big names were seen on Day 1b with Liv Boeree, McLean Karr and side event winner Melanie Weisner. 148 of these players joined the 34 from Day 1 to head into Day 2.
Day 2 saw that field whittled down to the 27 players to make the money, with Jacques Londt being the unfortunate play to finish as the bubble boy just one place from the pay. Day 2 again saw Dominik Nitsche amongst the top leaders, though it was Ryan Price who emerged as the chip leader.
Day 3 had those 27 players condensed down into the final six players to take their seats at the final table, this is where Nitsche completely stole the show having eliminated 10 of those players himself, by the end of the day he had a massive chip stack of 2,915 million with the closest rival of his holding just 1,285 million.
The Final Table!
The final table saw Andrew Anthony eliminated first, the short stack sent to the rail by the Brit Jason Bradpiece. He was quickly followed out of the door by Strauss and then Weigand to leave just the final three players.
It didn’t last long either as Ross went out in third when his Ad-10s could not improve enough to beat Bradpiece and his Qd-Qc.
As heads up began Nitsche held 4.05 million chips compared to the 2.8 million of Bradpiece. At one point though Bradpiece actually took the chip lead from his opponent, yet it wasn’t for long as Nitsche again found his dominating stride and stormed back in front. The final hand saw Nitsche push all pre-flop and Bradpiece called.
Bradpiece was holding the Jc-10c and Nitsche the Ac-4c, the community cards came down as 7h-6d-5h-6c-7s and Nitsche was crowned the deserved champion.
The Final Standings:
1 Dominik Nitsche $206,153
2 Jerome Bradpiece $121,477
3 William Ross $80,985
4 Wesley Weigand $56,321
5 Jason Strauss $41,965
6 Andrew Anthony $32,394