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German poker pro Dominik Nitsche is at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas representing his new sponsor 888poker but he says he can't wait to compete in WSOP Europe on his home turf later this year. Nitsche is a three-time WSOP bracelet winner and a WPT champion with more than $4.4 million in total live tournament earnings and this fall he'll have the opportunity to compete at the first-ever WSOP Europe held in Berlin. In this video interview from Las Vegas Nitsche explains how excited he is to finally have a sponsorship deal, and how committed he is to continuing to run deep in poker tournaments and be present at live events and on 888poker.com. Nitsche will be trying his hardest to win a fourth bracelet this October in Berlin but he says that while the hometown support will be great, he's not putting any extra pressure on himself because winning a WSOP bracelet is always special, regardless of where it happens.
Obviously I'm happy to have a sponsorship finally. It's something I've always wanted to accomplish for years and now it's finally worked out.
I know all the guys behind 888 and I've known them for years and they're all great people so I'm happy to be working with them. It's nice that I know them on a personal level.
It's been a great ride so far. We've only been together for a month but we were talking for a few months before. I've already made one final table in one of my first tournaments playing for 888. If I can make a run for them in the Main Event that would be great.
For me as a player I do play on 888 quite a lot because they have the WSOP satellites. They were the only site running them and they were great. $1,000 buy-in gets you a shot at the Main Event which is fantastic.
And for me as a pro there are a lot of weaker players there so there is some money for me to pick up. They've improved their tournament schedule as well so there's not just that satellite. There are two or three bigger tournaments every week which are fantastic.
So quite a lot of my play is on 888, not just tournaments, I play cash there as well and I look forward to playing more when I get back home. Obviously I had to earn my sponsorship deal because I've been playing so long and I've won quite a lot of stuff so I probably had to earn it harder more than most people. I think it's fair that I got it and hopefully I can give something back to 888 in return. I understand that to get a sponsorship deal these days you have to provide value to the site so I look forward to doing this by making lots of runs and being present on the site.
I do play every live tournament ever so they'll get plenty of coverage. Eventually I'll have to win something. (Laughs)
I'm super excited about the World Series coming to Berlin because we haven't had a major tournament there in years. We're a big country of 82 million people and a lot of those play poker. I'm just excited we get to go back to Germany. I don't live in Germany anymore so I only really go back there for Christmas.
There's a lot of buzz in the German community about the World Series coming to Berlin because we finally get a major tournament. Every tournament's going to be big. I think the Spielbank might be too small. It's going to be packed.
Obviously poker players always have a better time in big cities. A lot of the community is pretty young and they like going out and good nightlife.
Also poker players have money they enjoy going to great restaurants and great clubs. It's a big step up from Enghiens-les-Bains. I think everyone will agree that wasn't an ideal solution.
I'm looking forward to it and I think Berlin is a perfect choice.
If I could have chosen a city to put the World Series of Poker Europe for me it's between Vienna and Berlin but Berlin will be fantastic.
For me if I go to Berlin I get to play for a bracelet in my home country. It will be great. I'll have quite a lot of people cheering me on and have great support. I'll be there to chase it but bracelets are special no matter where you win them.
Whether it's in Australia, Paris of Berlin. It doesn't matter to me. A bracelet is special to me anywhere so I'm not putting any extra pressure on myself. I'll just be there to play my best and hopefully it can work out.