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Goose is Loose: Steffen Sontheimer Wins Another $1.5M and Purple Jacket at Poker Masters Finale

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Goose is Loose: Steffen Sontheimer Wins Another $1.5M and Purple Jacket at Poker Masters Finale

Steffen Sontheimer was the runaway train of the first Poker Masters.

He made every final table. He took cash at four events. He won two of them. He won the $100,000 buy-in series finale. Goose took home the purple jacket, which is awarded to the biggest winner of the tournament. He accumulated over $2.7 million.

Play persisted for over five hours, then the first player busted. Stefan Schillhabel got punked at sixth place with $180,000 in cabbage. After that players fell one after the other.

Justin Bonomo was beaten but took fifth place with a cool $216,000. Seth Davies was next with $324,000.

Fellow German, Christner, was the chip leader at this point, but Sontheimer took him out. The third German, Holz, could have taken home the big prize, conditional only on Sontheimer being eliminated from the final three, but that didn’t happen.

Holz ended in 3rd place with $504,000. Then came the heads-up play. Christner extended his lead, but then the Goose took two pots, shortly thereafter he flipped the situation and became the dominant player by the number of chips.

Goose had 6.7 million chips to Christner’s 405,000. The battle raged on. It flipped again with Goose having less chips.

Finally, some 41 hands into the game, Sontheimer closed it off and won his purple jacket.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.