The PokerListings crew was in Monte Carlo for the entire Grand Final but we hit the bricks one day before the High Roller Event finished. Germany's Tobias Reinkemeier took it down, which leads us to believe he might be good at poker.
It wasn't just this victory that made his being good at poker a real possibility. We've had our eye on this young German online player for some time.
He's only been playing live a short time but already he's making a name for himself.
We'll take a look at his record in a moment but first a story, the reason we first stood up and took notice.
Besides having a name that reminded us of Arrested Development, Tobias pulled off a sick half-angle shot, half brilliant move in last year's EPT Barcelona main event.
We were table-side when it happened and a member of the German media managed to get it on tape. Watch it now and we'll recap it after.
So the Coles Notes version is that Reinkemeier called a very substantial river-bet holding queen-high, not because he thought queen-high was best but because he knew Roland was so weak he would muck without showing his hand.
It took a bit of angling to get both Roland's cards in the muck but the German got it done. The second Roland's cards touch the muck Tobias slams his queen-high down.
Ethical? No, definitely not. Pretty cool? Undeniably.
Since his first cash in a €500 event in 2007 Reinkemeier has stacked over $1.75 million in total earnings. While the vast majority of that came from his $1.27 million Monte Carlo High Roller victory he was already quietly putting together an impressive tournament record.
He's had six cashes on the EPT, one on the WPT and two on the newly-launched NAPT. Online he's won the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance, two $109 rebuys, the Sunday 500, Full Tilt's Sunday Mulligan, Party Poker's Sunday $300k guarantee and most recently the $1,500 SCOOP Heads-Up event.
Those victories alone were worth over $630,000 but there's no telling his total online profits.
The WSOP proved troublesome for the German last year. According to his blog he played ten No-Limit events. His record is devoid of WSOP cashes.
We'll be on the ground in Las Vegas for the entire 2010 WSOP and we're going to be keeping an eye on young Mr. Reinkemeier.
Keep an eye on our 2010 WSOP Live Coverage page for all the action!
Also check out the official news story we posted on his recent EPT Grand Final High Roller win.