Dominik Nitsche Wins $1,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold'em (Event #59)
Las Vegas, NV (July 8,2012) -- Dominik Nitsche, a 21-year-old professional poker player from Minden, Germany, won the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament, which was completed tonight at the Rio in Las Vegas in front of a cheering mob of international supporters.
The four-day competition attracted a whopping 4,620 players -- which was the largest field of the year. Only the WSOP Main Event, which coincidentally began today, will attract a bigger number for 2012.
The winner Nitsche collected $654,797 in prize money for his first WSOP victory. He enjoyed a surprisingly easy victory at the final table, which was completed in a relatively quick four-hour period. The runner up was Jonathan Hilton, from Chattanooga, Tennessee.
This was Germany's second gold bracelet victory at this year's WSOP. Jan-Peter Jachtmann, from Hamburg, won the Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship, held two weeks ago. This marked Nitsche's fourth time to cash, in what was his first year to attend the WSOP. His previous in-the-money finishes included 230th, 116th, 44th, and now 1st. Interestingly, Nitsche improved on each cash, leaving one to wonder how the German poker player will top this incredible night.
Perhaps moving up alongside reigning world champion and fellow countryman Pius Heinz would be the next step in what has been a steady progression towards poker excellence.
Note: A full report of Nitsche's impressive victory will be posted shortly.
-- by Nolan Dalla