Rettenmaier wins Back to Back World Poker Tour Titles

by | Published: Monday, August 13th, 2012

Marvin Rettenmaier has taken out the World Poker Tour Merit Cyprus Classic to become the first ever played to win back to back World Poker Tour titles.

Rettenmaier dominated the final table of the event, eliminating all five of his opponents on his way to a $287,784 payday.

The win capped off a remarkable comeback by Rettenmaier who, heading into day four of the tournament, was the short stack with only 212,000 in chips.

Rettenmaier eliminated Kiryl Radzivonau early in the final day, which gave him a huge chip lead.

From that point on he was able to dominate the table, eliminating Joseph El Khoury, Victor Paraschiv and Ran Azor to put himself into heads-up competition with Artur Voskanyan.

The heads-up battle only lasted two hands with Rettenmaiers Jack-Nine hitting on the flop to defeat Voskanyan’s Ace-Ten.

Despite heading into day four of the tournament with only twenty big blinds remaining Rettenmaier was always confident he would be able to come back and win the tournament.

“Going into day four I only had twenty big blinds but I really felt like something was going to happen. I really wanted to give myself the best shot possible so I skipped the big party that night,” Rettenmaier said.

Rettenmaier appeared overwhelmed by becoming the first person in the eleven seasons of the World Poker Tour to win back to back titles.

“I feel amazing obviously, it is quite an achievement, I’m basically speechless,” Rettenmaier said.

The win is likely to propel Rettenmaier into the top three in the poker world ranking system- The Global Poker Index.

Rettenmaier now sits behind only Jason Mercier and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier as the best tournament poker player in the world.

Rettenmaier will be looking to become a back to back to back World Poker Tour winner Parx Open Poker Classic which begins today in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

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