Thomas Hofmann Closes Out WPTDeepStacks Berlin for $150,825 Payday

Thomas Hofmann Closes Out WPTDeepStacks Berlin for $150,825 Payday

Thomas Hofmann

On Monday, the €1,200 buy-in WPTDeepStacks Berlin finished up at Casino Spielbank Berlin. The tournament drew 645 runners, which created a €688,215 prize pool, and saw Thomas Hofmann come out on top to win a €129,510 ($150,825) first-place prize.

It marked a career-high score for Hofmann, a telecommunication engineer from Switzerland, surpassing his previous best of $122,850 for finishing runner-up in the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe Little One for One Drop.

Prior to the win, Hofmann had $819,834 in career tournament earnings. Other highlights on his poker résumé include winning the 2009 CAPT Salzburg Open for $86,868, placing second in the 2012 CAPT European Poker Championship Baden for $71,198, and finishing second in the 2014 Poker Circle Swiss Open for $38,325.

WPTDeepStacks Berlin Final Table Results

Position Player Country Prize (€) Prize (USD)
1 Thomas Hofmann Switzerland €129,510 $150,825
2 Eldaras Rafijevas Lithuania €83,720 $96,016
3 Patrick Kubat Germany €61,700 $70,762
4 Sebastian Trisch Germany €45,985 $52,739
5 Alexandru Cinca Romania €34,660 $39,751
6 Andreas Mitsch   €26,425 $30,306
7 Wojciech Wyrebski Poland €20,380 $23,373
8 Thorsten Fleischhut Germany €15,905 $18,241
9 Brian Cornell Germany €12,560 $14,405

Others to cash the tournament were Vitali Zerf (12th – $11,509), Jonas Lechner (19tth – $6,319), Jakob Miegel (30th – $4,513), Christan Buse (38th – $3,888), Steve Dietrich (44th – $3,389), Orpen Kisacikoglu (54th – $2,999), and Rainer Ziermann (79th – $2,248).

Final Table Action

According to the live updates, Hofmann notched his first final table knock-out with six players remaining. That is when Hofmann raised to 180,000 and called a 1.6 million shove from Andreas Mitsch. Hofmann was ahead with pocket nines against his opponent’s king-jack, and he essentially locked it up by flopping a set. Mitsch took home €26,425 ($30,306) for his sixth-place finish.

Hoffman wouldn’t score another elimination until heads-up play. In Level 34 (150,000/300,000/300,000), Eldaras Rafjevas moved all in for 5 million holding the {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Hofmann called with the {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}. It was a flip but not after the flop came down {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}{5-Clubs} to pair Hofmann.

Neither the {4-Spades} turn nor {7-Hearts} river helped Rafijevas and he had to settle for runner-up and €83,720 ($96,016) in prize money.

Eldaras Rafijevas
Runner-up Eldaras Rafijevas.

After the win, Hofmann stated that he plans to attend the WPT Barcelona in March. In the meantime, the WPTDeepStacks will continue in February as it returns to Brussels and the Grand Casino Viage. It marks the tour’s third stop there in the past 12 months.

That festival will get underway on February 5 with Day 1A of the WPTDS €360+ €40 Opener, with the WPTDS Main Event running Feb. 7-10.

Photos courtesy of WPTDeepStacks.

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