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Schillhabel Bursts into Spotlight at WPT Bay 101 with $1.3m Triumph
Yesterday, Stefan Schillhabel was just a German student/poker player with a 4th-place finish at EPT Malta his major claim to fame.
Today he's a WPT champion. And a WPT champion with an extra $1.3m in his bankroll, no less.
Schillhabel began the final table with a commanding chip lead and carried it all the way through to the finish, defeating a tough lineup that included Maria Ho and WPT champ Griffin Paul.
With WPT LAPC winner Dietrich Fast and mized-game crusher Ismael Bojang on his rail, Schillhabel's poker circle clearly matched that of some of the game's best. Now his resume does too.
The win is by far the the biggest score of his young career and skyrockets his career live earnings up to $1,762,188.
Schillhabel also earned a Hublot watch, Gold Monster 24K headphones and a $15,000 seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions to be held next month in Florida.
Ho Dream Ends Early
As mentioned the final six to start the day were an elite bunch, headed by Battle of Malta host and Bay 101 Shooting Star Maria Ho.
The last remaining bounty left in the tournament she had a chance to become the first bounty to claim Bay 100 in its history.
It wasn't meant to be, however, as Ho was the first to depart in sixth when she ran AK into aces.
Adam Geyer gave it a very good run himself, busting Ho first and then Paul and Andjelko Andrejevic in one shot when his A9 outran AQ and AK in a huge hand.
That gave Geyer the chiplead three-handed but when Schillhabel busted Bryan Piccioli in third they entered heads-up about even.
From there it was all Schillhabel as he dominated heads-up play and didn't look back until the title was his. Complete final-table results and payouts:
1. Stefan Schillhabel – $1,298,000
2. Adam Geyer – $752,800
3. Bryan Piccioli – $493,350
4. Andjelko Andrejevic – $334,500
5. Griffin Paul – $231,310
6. Maria Ho – $179,930
Read the full recap of the final-table action over in the WPT Live Updates.