Rettenmaier Storms Back to Make WPT Cyprus Final

Marvin Rettenmaier
Mad Marvin Rettenmaier.

The short stack with 18 players left, German pro Marvin Rettenmaier had his work cut out to simply stay alive on Day 4 at WPT Cyprus.

Knocked down even further to just 130,000 in chips early in the day, “Mad Marvin” did much better than stay alive though.

The Party Poker pro made an incredible comeback, mostly at the expense of Sam El Sayed, to not only make the final table but sit in third overall with a healthy stack of over 2 million.

Trailing chip leader Ran Azor by just 400k heading into the final table tomorrow, Rettenemaier not only guaranteed himself a $50k+ payday he now has a shot at back-to-back WPT titles and his second in just three months.

Back-to-Back Champ for First Time Ever?

With a win tomorrow Rettenmaier can become the first-ever back-to-back WPT champion.

Taking a break for the World Series of Poker, the last WPT event played was the WPT Championship at the Bellagio in May which Rettenmaier won for $1.2 million.

The only downside of Rettenmaier's comeback today?

Making the final table ruins his plans for making the trip to the States to play the opening day of the WPT Parx Event starting Friday:

Cajelais, El Sayed Fall Short

Erik Cajelais
Near miss for Cajelais.

Two players who looked like virtual locks to make the final table yesterday came up short today as Erik Cajelais and Sam El Sayed both couldn’t hold to their chip advantages.

El Sayed, who started off strong but lost a lot of his stack to Rettenmaier, eventually dropped out in 11th place for a $19,110 payday.

Cajelais, the chip leader heading into the day, took the slow bleed approach before eventually busting to Rettenmaier in seventh to fall just short of the final table.

Cajelais earned $43,690 for his seventh-place finish.

Robert Mizrachi, also up among the chip leaders yesterday, finished in 15th place.

Final Table Goes Tomorrow at Merit Cyprus

Final-table action is set to pick up from WPT Cyprus at 1 pm local time; follow along with the WPT live updates team here and catch the live stream with commentary from Jesse May, Michael Mizrachi and Dominik Nitsche.

Here’s the final six and chip counts:

  • 1. Ran Azor 2,405,000
  • 2. Artur Voskanyan 2,003,000
  • 3. Marvin Rettenmaier 2,002,000
  • 4. Kyril Radzivonau 1,865,000
  • 5. Victor Parashiv 1,115,000
  • 6. Joseph El Khoury 435,000
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