Weekend Hit and Run: Puetz Wins WPT Germany, Mid-Stakes Day 2 Action, and Phil Galfond Reflects

The weekend saw plenty of tournament action with Christopher Puetz winning the WPT Germany for almost $300k. Meanwhile several mid-stakes poker tours played down to their final tables Sunday, and Phil Galfond does a hand review of his Galfond Challenge. We have all those stories and more in this – the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.


Christopher Puetz Wins WPT Germany

Puetz gets the win! At an intense final table that featured reigning main event champion Hossein Ensan, Puetz was able to manage the chip lead en route to his first WPT title and $292,802 in cash.

A total of 510 players began this one and over the course of four days only 7 were left including the reigning Main Event champion Hossein Ensan. Ensan eventually couldn’t run down AK suited and bowed out in 7th for 40k Euros.

Here are the final table results courtesy of the WPT website. Congrats to all the big winners whose names I cannot pronounce:


Mid-Stakes Tournament Action Everywhere!

Holy Toledo, look at all this mid-stakes action! Tournament poker is alive and well, my friends. And we here at PartTimePoker have all the latest on who’s making deep runs and playing for six figures.

-The MidStakes Poker Tour made its way to Canterbury Park this weekend for another of their $1,100 dollar events. The event once again saw big success with 485 players entering the fray. And at the time of this writing only 17 are left! Aaron Johnson leads the way with 1.5 million in chips, but Blake Bohn is hot on his heels in 2nd. First place in this bad mama-jamma is 100k. Who will win? Come back here tomorrow to find out. (But it will probably be Blake Bohn).

-Meanwhile the Kings of Tallinn €1,100 Main Event just finished! Ermo Kosk finished runner-up for 105k. He’ll no doubt be disappointed, but at least he has a new six figure score and at least his name is Ermo. Your champion in this one is Johan Karlsson. The pro is taking down €126,900 for his score. Congrats to all the big winners!

-Another RunGood Main Event is back and running good. The $575 Main Event traveled to the Jamul Casino this weekend and 294 entries took their shot at RGPS glory. Right now we’re down to just 32. Joe Walters leads the way with a commanding chip lead. All players will have their eyes on that $32,000 first place prize.

-The HPT St. Louis Main Event is also well underway. 392 players ponied up the mula for the $1650 Main Event and now only 19 remain. Austin Tjaden leads the way with Kyle Cartwright hot on his heels. First in this one is a solid $131,184. Nice.

-And finally the Parx Big Stax event is onto their Day Two as well. This $1100 event got 629 entries and now only 50 remain. Big names atop the leaderboard include Ryan Eriquezzo, Michael Marder, and Brandon Lulov. First is $125k! Who will triumph!?


Quick Hitters

-Steve Albini may not be a household name, but you’ve almost certainly listened to some of the albums he’s worked on. The famed music producer is also now a WSOP bracelet holder and Paul Seaton has a nice write-up on the multi-talented musician over at

-Over at, the team has the latest on the Pennsylvania’s online poker revenue. Per Anthony Cicali’s article, “PokerStars was the first company to launch online poker in Pennsylvania in early November with much anticipation. December numbers showed promise with an uptick in revenue, but that declined in January.” Read the full story here.

-Meanwhile over at, James Guill is back talking about mixed games. Mixed games don’t get enough love in the poker world, and in his article James outlines “Four Skills H.O.R.S.E. Players Should Possess.” Memory, patience, stamina – James tells you what you need to know.

-And at the OG CardPlayer, Steve Schult has the latest on the brand new Sahara Casino opening up their brand new poker room. The Grand Opening of the room was Friday and already there are multiple tables running for the small room. Per Steve’s article, “The Sahara originally opened in October 1952 and was a staple of the Strip for several decades until closing in 2011. In 2013, the property rebranded as the SLS, opening in 2014. In 2019, the property reverted back to its original name.”

-And finally, take a trip down memory lane with me won’t you? Journey back to 2012 where amateur poker player Sean Jazayeri had the run of a lifetime en route to wining the LAPC and over $1.3 million. The WPT caught up with him on their site to relive his incredible victory.

Best Poker Videos on the Internet

-Sarah Herring is still on maternity leave, so Jeff Platt and Chad Holloway are bringing you all the action on the PokerNews podcast – also streamed on YouTube. In this episode, the duo talk Phil Ivey, Brett Hanks, and Survivor:


-Just because the Galfond Challenge is on hiatus doesn’t mean we don’t have more Galfond videos. And in this Run It Once video, Galfond reviews his own sessions in the challenge and points out some mistakes:


-And finally, are you ready for more Solve for Why action? Well, then check out the live stream of Poker Out Loud, and watch some of your favorite pros discuss their hands as they play!


That’s all for this week! Keep coming back every day to PartTimePoker for your daily updates on all the action in the poker world.


Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker.


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