This is the poker world champion from Berlin
Thanks to Koray Aldemir, Germany is world champion. Poker world champions, to be precise. But the Berliner has been a millionaire for years.
The best poker face in the world has been coming from Berlin since Thursday night (November 18th). With an inconspicuous 10 and 7 in diamonds as the final starting hand, Koray Aldemir (31) won the world title at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. But that’s not all: He has also had a prize money of eight million dollars and the winning bracelet – a bracelet hung with diamonds worth 500,000 dollars – since then. There is no question that the native of Berlin has reached the high point of his career so far. Thanks to the card game, he has been a millionaire since his mid-twenties.
Like many others, Aldemir caught the poker fever a few years after the turn of the millennium. In contrast to most hobby bluffers, however, he made his profession out of it at an early age. He earned his first official prize money of just over 6,000 dollars when he was in his early 20s in 2012, and a year later it was almost ten times as much. He became a millionaire in 2016.
In the “High Roller for One Drop” tournament, for which you have to shell out over $ 100,000 to be allowed to play, he landed in third place. Given the high participation fee That made him over two million dollars. By the way, another German took first place and around five million dollars: Fedor Holz (28). Further tournament wins over the next three years saw Aldemir’s poker revenues grow by more than $ 11 million.
Not the first world champion from Germany
With the bonus now won, Aldemir has already won over $ 20 million through his poker face. Although it is not publicly known how much of it he gambled away again – befitting of his standing, one or the other million is quickly wasted with these orders of magnitude.
Koray Aldemir is not the first German to prevail against thousands of players from all over the world at the World Series of Poker. Exactly ten years ago, Pius Heinz (32) from North Rhine-Westphalia was crowned the first German poker world champion. This triumph made him richer by $ 8.7 million. And only two years ago, the German-Iranian Hossein Ensan (57) followed, who even cashed ten million dollars for it.