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Rettenmaier Holds On for WPT Championship Title
German Marvin Rettenmaier held on despite a furious rally from Phillipe Ktorza to claim the 2012 $25k WPT Championship last night.
The chip leader for most of the tournament and holding a commanding edge coming into the final table, Rettenmaier seemed destined for an easy win.
That wasn't how it played out, however, as a stacked lineup incuding Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Nick Schulman, Steve O'Dwyer and Phillipe Ktorza put him to the test.
Eight hours, 200 hands, one massive chip lead lost and one massive chip deficit overcome, though, and Rettenmaier claimed his first WTP title and $1.2 million first-place prize.
With the win Rettenmaier boosts his career live tournament earnings up to $2.7 million.
Unheralded Ktorza Makes Amazing Run
With all that talent at the table, Rettenmaier's surprising heads-up opponent turned out to be Frenchman Phillipe Ktorza.
A poker veteran with dozens of cashes in France and over $300k in career earnings, Ktorza was still the underdog coming in as the short stack.
At one point in the tournament he was even down to just five big blinds, but his perserverance paid off.
Picking up timely double ups early on, Ktorza not only made it to heads-up play with Rettenmaier but even took a commanding chip lead only to fade to Rettenmaier's steady play.
Ktorza claimed $805,310 for his runner-up finish - by far his largest career cash.
Mizrachi, Schulmam, O'Dwyer Fall Short
If a contender was to materialize to threaten Rettenmaier's 3-1 chip lead coming in to the final table, most expected it would come from the trio of Mizrachi, Schulman and O'Dwyer.
Mizrachi even briefly grabbed the chip lead after a big three-way all-in knocked out O'Dwyer and dented Rettenamaier's stack, but he couldn't sustain the momentum.
Schulmam also crept up the leader board and peaked at around 4 million in chips but ultimately dropped out in fourth.
Knocking Schulman out also gave Rettenmaier a massive lead three-handed and Mizrachi was soon to go in third to set up the heads-up match.
Final-table results and payouts below:
1. Marvin Rettenmaier - $1,196,858
2. Philippe Ktorza - $805,310
3. Michael Mizrachi - $424,618
4. Nick Schulman - $256,235
5. Steve O'Dwyer - $192,176
6. Trevor Pope - $155,571
For a full recounting of all the action, check the WPT Live Updates.