Germans Pick Up Pace at 2012 World Series of Poker

After a slow start to the 2012 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, German poker players have picked up the pace in the last week with several good results.

Germans Pick Up Pace at 2012 World Series of Poker

Now just over the halfway point of the Series with 32 events completed, Max Lehmanski, Khiem Nguyen and Andreas Krause have turned things around quickly for the Germans with deep runs and big scores.

Krause Narrowly Misses Final Table with Ivey, Nguyen

One of the most accomplished players in German poker, Andreas Krause proved his mettle again with an impressive run in Event #24, $5k Pot-Limit Omaha.

Facing one of the toughest fields so far in the 2012 Series, Krause outlasted over 280 players to make it to the final 10 players.

It took eventual winner Joe Cassidy to knock Krause out in 10th place, just short of the eight-player final table that included poker icons Phil Ivey, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow and Scotty Nguyen.

Krause earned $21,020 for his finish. His career earnings sit well over $2.2 million and he holds down the seventh spot on the All Time Money List for German players.

Ismael Bojang from Hamburg, who has had an impressive series of his own so far with four in-the-money finishes, also held his own in the daunting field to place 18th overall and collect $13,031.

Khiem Nguyen, Max Lehmanski Just Miss Huge Scores

Rising poker stars Khiem Nguyen and Max Lehmanski earned the biggest German scores of the 2012 Series so far although just missed their first WSOP bracelets.

Nguyen started the week off on a good note with his fifth-place finish in Event 26, $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha.

With the event drawing a large and talented field, Nguyen outlasted over 580 players before being busted by eventual runner-up, American Brett Richey.

Nguyen, a friend of 2011 EPT Prague champion Martin Finger, collected $83,180.

Lehmanski showed his prowess in another large and demanding field in Event 31, $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em.

Drawing a massive 2,811 players, Lehmanski outlasted all but five of them to finish sixth overall for $113, 618.

It was Lehmanski third career cash at the WSOP but by far his largest and pushes his career earnings up over the $400,000 mark.

The rest of the top German performances this week below:

Event #21 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

25. Martin Gradl Odelzhausen, Germany $12,621

61. Daniela Salic, Germany $5,794

80. Florian Manz Aachen, Germany $4,182

110. Thomas Hans, Herbolzheinm, Germany $2,771

147. Mortiz Gross, Germany $2,469

194. Michiel Jan, Butzbach, Germany $2,217

206. Marius Pospiech, Trier, Germany $2,217

224. Torsten Thomas, Achim, Germany $2,015

237. Gunter Wagner Muelheim, Germnay $2,015

Event #24, $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8-or-Better

10. Andres Krause, Heilbronn, Germany, $21,020

18. Ismael Bojang, Hamburg, Germany, $13,031

Event #26, $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

5. Khiem Nguyen, Pommernstrabe, Germany, $83,180

43. Jan-Peter Jachtmann, Hamburg, Germany, $7,316

Event #27, $1,500 HORSE

79. Matthias Kurtz, Berlin, Germany, $2,904

Event #28, $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Four-Handed

20. Alexander Meidinger, Welden, Germany $10,510

36. Alexander Hering, Hamburg, Germany, $7,524

Event #29, $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship

73. Michael Mueller, Galberg, Germany $5,424

224. Konstantin Novoa, Wiesbaden, Germany $2,786

255. Axel Reese, Barriere, Germany $2,415

Event #31, $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

6. Max Lehmanski, Rosenheim, Germany, $113,618

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