Player Profile: Thomas Bihl

Thomas BihlThomas Bihl is a professional poker player and although you may not know his name he is greatly respected. Thomas plays poker online as a pro at Full Tilt. Bihl first started playing the game in 2004, and immediately found himself in love with the competition. He quickly took the game seriously and found himself having good results. Thomas Bihl was born in Germany and has quickly become one of the best players from his country. Bihl gained recognition when he was the first player to capture a World Series’ of Poker bracelet outside of Las Vegas. The World Series of Poker Europe win is the biggest of his career to date, but I don’t think it was a fluke. He had been building his career and I know we will see more from Bihl in the future.

Thomas Bihl started off as a No Limit Holdem player, who found success early on his career. His first big time cash came in November of 2004 when he made the final table at the Master Classics of Poker & Lido International Main Event. He finished 8th in that event and took home more then $24 000. A couple of months later in February of 2005 Bihl had a couple more big showings at the Euro Finals of Poker and Bregenz Open. He finished 4th in both of those tournaments and as it turned out it was just the start of the year he needed. In May of that year he made his first World Series of Poker cash at a circuit event in New Orleans. He continued his good run with two good results in summer tournaments in Lithuania, 1st place in Omaha and 2nd in Holdem. As 2005 was coming to an end, Thomas had more good showing at the European Poker Tours 7 – Card Stud Championship and the Caribbean Poker Classic. Heading into 2006 Bihl had a ton of expectation, but he didn’t find the results. He didn’t end up with any great finishes in tournaments in 2006, but he had a lot to look forward to in 2007. At the European Poker Tours’ Grand Final Thomas Bihl was back making a deep run ultimately finishing 51st. He followed that up with a cash at the World Series in a No Limit Holdem event.

In September of 2007 the World Series of Poker brand headed across the pond to Europe. Until that point in history the World Series was played primarily in Las Vegas, Nevada. The poker world responded by showing up in London with force. The first event that would be played outside of the United Sates would be H.O.R.S.E. Too win a H.O.R.S.E. event you need to be a well-rounded poker player and only the best usually make it to the final table. This tournament was no different, as the final table started legendary players like Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Joe Beevers, Kirk Morrison and Jennifer Harmon were at the table. Joining those great crowd favorites was Thomas Bihl and at the end of the day he had proven his poker greatness. Thomas took home the first World Series’ of Poker Europe bracelet, besting Jennifer Harmon heads up. It was a crushing defeat to Jennifer, but Thomas hopes it will just be a starting point of what will be a great career. The victory made Bihl more then 70 000 Euros and gave him world wide recognition. Winning a H.O.R.S.E. event is as tough as any poker event can be, it takes great patience and knowledge of the game. The best players in the world were entered in this tournament and at the end of those three days Thomas Bihl was on top of the poker world.

Since his break through win Thomas Bihl hasn’t had the success, he hoped he would. He did manage too win a 7 – Card Stud European Poker Tour event and added $22 000 into his bank account. Thomas’ total live tournament earnings had reached to more then $285 000. To this day you can still find Thomas Bihl playing poker at Full Tilt Poker and entering live tournaments’ world wide.

No matter what happens from this point forward, Thomas Bihl has put his name in the record books. He won the first bracelet in Europe and he did it by besting a great field. Winning a big money H.O.R.S.E. event cannot be over looked and is a great accomplishment on its own. Playing H.O.R.S.E. requires you to be an above average player in five different games, and out lasting that field would have taken a lot more then that. I’m not sure whether or not Thomas Bihl will ever be considered a great player, but he has proven that in flashes he is just that. Bihl is one of the best German born players in the world, and there is no doubt he will work his hardest to become a better player. Bihl is still very young in this game, only playing for a few years. In my opinion more experience will equal more success for this player. I am not ready to crown Bihl as one of the top players in the world, but you cannot take his World Series’ of Poker Europe bracelet away from him. No matter what happens from here, the name of Thomas Bihl will always have its place in the poker records. Over his career Thomas has had great showings in H.O.R.S.E., 7 – Card Stud, Omaha and Holdem events. Bihl is a well rounded professional poker player, who deserves his spot in the poker record books.


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