Little known Max Altergott has upset some of the biggest names in Poker to win the 2013 European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller.
Altergott took home €1,746,400 for the victory, which was incredibly his first ever cash in a live tournament event.
The German has made a living play high stakes heads-up cash games but has only recently started playing live tournaments and his decision to enter this tournament was made at the last minute.
“I wasn’t able to put up €100,000 myself so I had to find some people that wanted to buy a share as well,” Altergott said.
“I was really looking forward to going to Vancouver for a Spring Championship of Online Poker event so I wasn’t sure about this event but at the last minute I decided to take a shot.”
Altergott was quick to pay credit to the other players at the final table and didn’t believe his high-stakes experience gave him an edge in the pressure stages of the tournament.
“I wouldn’t say I handled the pressure better than other players,” Altergott said.
“All the other players have been pros themselves and they are very, very good.”
Altergott went into heads-up with only a narrow advantage over Team Pokerstars pro Jason Mercier but wasted little time claiming his first live tournament victory.
“It was a very short heads-up battle so I can’t really say too much about it,” the German said.
“I was so happy to win the final hand on the river, my heart was beating like crazy.”
Even though he wasn’t able to win the tournament a second place finish was enough to see Mercier climb to the top of the Global Poker Index top 300 tournament poker players in the world list – ending the reign of Marvin Rettenmaier.
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