EPT Deauville: Never write off the Germans

January 22, 2009

It’s true these days that seemingly every poker player you ever meet claims to be “big online”. My German colleague Robin Scherr at PokerStarsblog.de sometimes wears a T-shirt that reads: “I swear I win all the time online”. But that knowing irony didn’t stop Scherr describing Moritz Kranich as a “big online player” when asked for some quick information about the young German dominating here in Deauville.

But it’s true. All of it. Kranich is currently in the top five online MTT players in Germany. And he is currently sitting with a stack of 280,000 chips in this live event.

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Moritz Kranich

Kranich, 28, from Hamburg, got his day off to a fine start when he flopped a set of threes, got his entire overnight stack of about 40,000 in the middle, and ended up rivering quads. He then cracked aces with fours – flopping another set – and this game is very easy with that kind of form.

Kranich is a friend of the PokerStars ShootingStar Sebastian Ruthenberg, and also had a decent score at the recent PCA, taking 12th in the $5,000 side event, where his countryman Florian Langmann came second to Peter Eastgate.

The Dutch and French might be prospering, but never write off the Germans.

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Tournament update: With only 66 players remaining, we are approaching the money bubble. We need to lose two more and then everyone is in the money.

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