German Open Dortmund European Poker Tournaments

Dates

Season Four – 29 January – 2 February 2008

Venue

Casino Hohensyburg is Germany’s most sophisticated and by far the largest casino with 40 tables to choose from. It is situated very close to the city of Dortmund in the North-Rhine Westphalia region of Germany. Dortmund is the 7th largest city in Germany but it remains a favoured spot of the local inhabitants because of its woodlands, waterways and spacious parks.

Getting there

Getting to the casino could not be easier – there is a dedicated bus service from the main railway station at both Dortmund (Line 444) and Hagen (Line 544) which transports patrons to the casino. The service operates from 13h00 to 23h30 each day.

Contact Details

Casino Hohensyburg, Hohensyburg Strasse 200, 44265, Dortmund

Telephone – +49 (0) 231 7740 234

Fax – +49 (0) 231 7740 116

Email – ept.ho@westspiel.de

Structure

For the structure of EPT Dortmund please go to our ‘Structures of the European Poker Tour’ page.

Results

Canadian teenager Mike McDonald is on a roll – he became the youngest ever EPT champion when he claimed the €933 600 first prize for the EPT German Open. He can now add his coveted EPT title to 4 other stunning cashes in six weeks of play, including 3 Final Tables at the richest tournament south of the equator, the awesome Aussie Millions.

The young Canadian has tasted relative success on the EPT before – he came 14th in Season 3 of the EPT Prague so he is definitely no slouch with the cards. “I’m pretty happy with the way it’s all worked out. Obviously I start all tournaments thinking I could win them or I wouldn’t play them! Today was good though – when I had big hands, they gave me their chips, “he said.

McDonald took up poker on the advice of his chess teacher at college, and hasn’t looked back since. His heads-up match against German, Andreas Gulunay, was quickly decided when the KJ7 flop gave him a pair of kings – he had been holding AK against his opponent’s T7.

McDonald had to contend with 411 other players, 96 of them online qualifiers, all vying for the same title, but his patience and skill paid off and he took home the lion’s share of the €3 164 700 prize pool. He now faces a much tougher challenge when he heads for the Grand Final in Monte Carlo in April 2008.

Final Table

  1. Mike McDonald (Canada) – €933 600
  2. Andreas Gulunay (Germany) – €528 500
  3. Torsten Haase (Germany) – €307 000
  4. Diego Perez Marco (Spain) – €234 200
  5. Claudio Rinaldi (Switzerland) – €193 000
  6. Johannes Strassmann (Germany) – €152 000
  7. Thibault Durand (France) –€120 200
  8. Christian Harder (USA) – €85 500