Schreiner Conquers Snowfest at APPT Queenstown

Jonathan Karamalikis

He was off and running to the chip lead in his Day 1b heat.

He steamrolled a merged field for a massive chip lead on Day 2. 

He held his lead at the end of Day 3 and into the final table and now Germany’s Marcel Schreiner is the first-ever winner of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Snowfest, held last week in Queenstown, New Zealand.

All in all, it was a fairly dominating display for the 22-year-old from Berlin, Germany, who basically went wire-to-wire to take home NZD$94,300 for his first big live poker tournament win.

In the end, Schreiner defeated Queenstown native Matt Yates for the title heads-up.

Yates had been right on Schreiner's heels for the better part of the day, entering the final table second in chips and as really the only player in striking distance, but even after four hours of heads-up play Yates couldn't reel Schreiner in.

For a relatively small event, the final table was stacked with several tough players including Australians Tom Grigg and Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis.

Grigg has a a recent runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million and three APPT final tables to his name. Karamalikis has won millions of dollars in online poker, earned over $1.2 million in live tournaments and has an APPT Sydney title to his credit.

Neither could overcome the overwhelming chip advantages of Schreiner and Yates, however, with Karamilikis bowing out in 9th and Grigg finishing 6th.

A total of 127 players paid the NZD$2,700 buy-in to create a NZD$342,900 prize pool. Fifteen players got paid with a min-cash worth NZD$6,000.

Yates earned NZD$60,000 for his second-place finish.

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