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Brits Denies Nitsche Back-to-Back at WPT South Africa
Coming into the final table at the WPT Emperors Classic in Johannesburg local hope Daniel Brits had two major obstacles in his path.
One was massive chip leader Eugene Du Plessis, who came into play with 46% of the chips and a major leg up in the title race.
The other was German tournament crusher Dominik Nitsche, one of the top players in the world eyeing back-to-back titles at WPT South Africa.
In the end Brits conquered them both to earn the $132,128 first-place prize and by far the biggest cash of his poker career.
Nitsche Out Fourth, Du Plessis Folds Heads-Up
Despite a major chip disadvantage coming in to the final six the odds-on favorite to take the title home was Nitsche. Not only one of the most dominant players on the global circuit over the past couple of years Nitsche had a clear comfort zone having won the title here last year.
It wasn't meant to be today though as an early hand with Nitsche's trip 10s getting crushed by Rob Fenner's boat crippled him.
Chip leader Du Plessis also saw his edge disappear by heads-up play and a three-hour match with Brits never went his way. He settled for $92,708 as runner-up.
With just two very small live cashes to his credit worth barely $1,700 total, Brits radically altered his poker CV with his first big title and payday.
The official final six and payouts:
- 1. Daniel Brits $132,128
- 2. Eugene du Plessis $92,708
- 3. Rob Fenner $59,634
- 4. Dominik Nitsche $44,136
- 5. Wesley Wiegand $33,130
- 6. Ronit Chamani $26,504
For a full recap of all the action check the WPT Live Updates.