Mad Marvin Takes Back-to-Back WPT Titles

Mad Marvin celebrates back-to-back WPT titles. (Photo: World Poker Tour)

For the first time in World Poker Tour history, a player has won back-to-back titles.

That player? Mad Marvin Rettenmaier, who took down the title at WPT Cyprus today to follow up his win at the WPT Championship at Bellagio in May.

For one of the most impressive feats in poker history, Party Poker pro Rettenmaier earned an extra $287,784 to go along with his $1.2 million from the Bellagio.

To cap it off Rettenmaier also did it in dominating fashion, coming into the final table third in chips but busting every single player left to stamp his name authoritatively into the history books.

Azor, Voskanyan Can't Fight the Madness

Ran Azor
Azor: Couldn't stem the Rettenmaier tide.

Chip leader coming into the day, Israeli pro Ran Azor looked to have a good shot at holding Rettenmaier off but it wasn't to be.

Making a valiant effort to hold his lead, Azor couldn’t stem the tide of Rettenmaier’s aggression and growing chip stack.

Once Rettenmaier took a chunk off him five-handed to take the chip lead, that spelled the beginning of the end for Azor’s hopes.

Knocked down to the short stack shortly after, Azor ultimately busted third with 77 to Rettenmaier's Q9 for $118,360.

Russian tournament director Artur Voskanyan, who started the day just ahead of Rettenmaier, met a similar fate.

Unable to match Rettenmaier's growing stack, Voskanyan held on long enough to make heads-up play but down 9-1 in chips fell in just two hands to finish second.

Voskanyan still took home a solid $184,020 and his biggest-ever cash for his runner-up finish.

The official final six and payouts:

  • 1. Marvin Rettenmaier $287,784
  • 2. Artur Voskanyan $184,020
  • 3. Ran Azor $118,360
  • 4. Victor Paraschiv $87, 610
  • 5. Joseph El Khoury $65,770
  • 6. Kiryl Radzivonau $52,590

Next Stop: Parx Open Poker Classic

Next stop for both the World Poker Tour and Rettenmaier is the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic at the Parx Casino outside Philadelphia.

The $3,500 mbuy-in main event starts tomorrow August 10 and runs until August 15.

Catch the live updates as always with the WPT live updates team here.

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Marvin 2012-08-10 06:52:12

"and by a German no less. Who would have thought." Well I thought a German would win, so letting u know I thought this.
I am called marvin not because winner is Marvin but because I am a fan of Hank, Hank Marvin that is.

Hank 2012-08-09 20:40:56

Tremendous accomplishment...and by a German no less. Who would have thought.