Gruissem’s results in high-roller events are nothing short of remarkable. The young German has earned nearly $10 million primarily from $25k and higher buy-in events with wins coming on the WPT Alpha8, WSOP and EPT.
Final tables in high rollers are never easy and this time around Gruissem had to contend with the aforementioned Seiver as well as Davidi Kitai, John Juanda, Byron Kaverman, Martin Finger, Stephen Chidwick and Chenxiang Miao.
Once they got heads-up Seiver and Gruissem decided to chop the remaining prize money via ICM. They went all-in blind on the next hand and Gruissem had the fortune of pulling pocket queens against Seiver 3-2. The queens held to give Gruissem the final checkmark in the tournament.
Gruissem Sends Former Chip Leader Kitai Packing
Belgium’s Davidi Kitai had a great shot at winning the tournament as he entered the final table with the chip lead but ran out of steam in the latter stages.
Kitai finally made his move from the short stack with A♠ 5♠ and looked good against Gruissem’s Q♦ J♣ but Gruissem hit a queen on the river to eliminate Kitai.
Interestingly Gruissem passed Pius Heinz and moved into first-place overall on the all-time German tournament leaderboard thanks to the victory.
Gruissem spoke to PokerListings earlier this year about how he practices effective altruism to help motivate him for big tournaments.
After winning the tournament Gruissem said he plans to start his own charity foundation and is currently gathering investors.
The $25k might be finished but the final table of the Main Event continues to rage in the heart of Monte Carlo. Follow the EPT Grand Final livestream to see how it all plays out.
Here’s the complete final-table payouts from the $25k High Roller (*reflects a two-way deal):
- Philipp Gruissem - $993,963*
- Scott Seiver - $857,637*
- Davidi Kitai - $526,400
- John Juanda - $426,800
- Byron Kaverman - $337,650
- Martin Finger - $256,400
- Stephen Chidwick - $187,200
- Chenxiang Miao - $136,900