WSOP 2011 International Best Bets: Germany

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Zee Germans are coming!

Every year we get ready for the World Series of Poker by introducing you to our top picks for players to watch in Las Vegas.

This year we’ve drawn on our vast network of international poker writers to give us a few inside picks from countries around the world.

Today: Germany!

Germany is no slouch when it comes to winning bracelets at the World Series of Poker.

In 2007 Katja Thater and Michael Keiner both took down bracelets for the Germany. In 2008 that number jumped to three with Sebastian Ruthenberg, Jens Voertmann and Martin Kläser all doing their country proud.

The following year, Carsten Joh and Jörg Peisert saved the day by winning bracelets right before the Main Event.

2010 didn’t go so well for the Germans, however, as not a single bracelet found its way back to their homeland.

Here are the top six German poker pros looking to change that at the 2011 WSOP.

Tobias Reinkemeier
Tobias Reinkemeier

Tobias Reinkemeier

Tobias Reinkemeier is generally accepted as the best poker tournament player in Germany and he’s been posting big results since 2007.

Reinkemeier found online poker early in his career and quickly made his mark. Playing as pokernoob999 he won the Sunday $500, a SCOOP title and at least five more MTTs with prizes in excess of $45,000.

To date his online earnings across all sites are estimated at $1.38 million.

Reinkemeier is even more dangerous live. He’s racked up $2.21 million in winnings since 2007 highlighted by a big EPT High Roller win in Monte Carlo for $1.2 million.

Reinkemeier doesn’t plan to play a full 2011 WSOP schedule but he will be a force in whatever events he does enter. You can also catch him at the WPT Bellagio Cup in July

Biggest cashes in the last 12 months:

March, 2011

€9,600 High Roller WPT Vienna



January, 2011

$10,000 AUD Aussie Millions


$70,000 AUD

September, 2011    

€7,750 Partouche Poker Tour Cannes      



April, 2010

€25,000 EPT Monte Carlo High Roller



Thorsten Schafer

Thorsten Schäfer

There’s only one German we know of who has committed to playing every single No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2011 WSOP, Thorsten Schäfer.

Born in Heidelberg, this German pro now resides in London.

In 2009 Schäfer made his first WSOP final table, but his real breakthrough came the following year when he cashed in three out of his four first majors (EPT Vilamoura, English Poker Open, WSOPE NLHE 6-max).

A few weeks ago he won the High Roller tournament at EPT San Remo for €220.000.

Look out for Schäfer at final tables this summer in Las Vegas.

Biggest cashes in the last 12 months:

May, 2011       

€10,000 EPT San Remo High Roller      



April, 2011

€5,000 EPT Berlin



July, 2011

$1,000 Bellagio Cup VI



Giuseppe Pantaleo

Giuseppe Pantaleo

After seeing his name it should come as no surprise that Guiseppe Pantaleo has roots in Italy.

Pantaleo was raised in Germany, however, and enjoys dual citizenship.

Successful as he may be, don’t listen to Pantaleo when it comes to bankroll management.

He spent half of his €10.000 bankroll to register for EPT Berlin last year.

He just made the money and went on to play as many EPT events as possible.

In April 2010 he also won the Sunday Warm-up on PokerStars.

At EPT Barcelona in 2010, he went into the final table of the main event as chip leader but ended up bowing out in fifth place.

Since then the ultra-aggressive German-Italian has had several more cashes and we expect big things from him in Las Vegas.

Biggest cashes in the last 12 months:

April, 2011

€2,000 EPT San Remo Turbo Bounty      



April, 2011

€5,000 EPT Berlin main event



November, 2010      

€5,000 EPT Barcelona main event



Julian Herold

Julian Herold

Julian Herold has been known in the German community for two things: He headed up the Donkr-Community and he won the European Rankings in 2010.

To give you an idea of his results, Herold has 20 entries on his Hendon Mob page for 2010 alone.

The fact that he’s a cash-game specialist only makes his tournament success more impressive.

Recently, he signed with poker770, so you can bet he’ll be playing a ton of tournaments at the 2011 WSOP.

Biggest cashes this year:

April, 2011

€3,200 Irish Open



November, 2010       

€1,000 EPT Barcelona Bounty       



July, 2010

€600 CAPT Velden Open



Max Heinzelmann

Max Heinzelmann

Southerner Max Heinzelmann has been a hot topic so far in 2011 after accomplishing something quite unique.

He finished second in the EPT Berlin main event, went home, changed, flew down to San Remo and came second again in an even bigger main event.

Online he won the Sunday 500 early in 2009 and came 2nd in an FTOPS event. In 2010 he briefly made it into the top 100 in PocketFives' global online rankings.

For his outstanding performance in two consecutive EPT events he was awarded the EPT Achievement of the Year award as well as the Players’ Choice Award.

Biggest cashes in the last 12 months:

April, 2011         

€5,000 EPT San Remo main event



April, 2011

€5,000 EPT Berlin main event               



Marvin Rettenmaier

Marvin Rettenmaier

Marvin Rettenmaier skyrocketed to notoriety in 2010 with no less than 18 tournament cashes.

Rettenmaier earned his biggest score to date by winning a €1,800 buy-in event on the France Poker Tour this year for €244k.

He also pocketed €111,000 when he won the €3k Spanish Poker Tour Grand Final in 2010.

Rettenmaier is sponsored by Titan Poker and his total career earnings exceed $1 million.

Biggest cashes in the last 12 months:

February, 2011       

€1,800 France Poker Series, Paris



January, 2011

€1,000 EPT Deauville



November, 2010

€3,000 Spanish Poker Tour, Lloret de Mar      


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