Up until recently, Jens VÃ¶rtmann wasn't exactly what you would call a household name in poker, but since his win of Event #22 at the World Series of Poker, everyone wants to know more about this Full Tilt Poker Pro.
The perfect time to write a portrait â€“ Germany has won their first Bracelet at this year's WSOP. The winner is Jens VÃ¶rtmann! Most of you might be asking yourself "Jens, WHO?" No, VÃ¶rtmann is no newcomer to the poker scene. This player, originally from Dortmund, has been known for quite a while as an exceptional cash game player. He's not had a lot of tournament experience yet and is still very selective about the events he plays. None the less, he has been a part of Team Full Tilt since 2007 â€“ a clear indication of the potential of this inconspicuous player.
The 27 year old has played poker since 2003 and prefers playing Stud over the other games. VÃ¶rtmann used to be a financial expert in the stock market â€“ a good precondition for a life full of risk at the felt. Every bet is like buying stock, every move is studied with precision.
Talking about studying â€“ VÃ¶rtmann worked on improving his game by watching other players and reading various poker books. And although he's not a very experienced tourney player yet, he has had a couple of good results in the past, including a number of substantial cashes.
In 2005 at the Bregenz Poker Open, he finished first, and went on to reach a respectable 218th place at the 2005 WSOP Main Event. That may not sound too impressive, but at the end of the day he took home $33,000 in one of his first tournaments ever played. None too shabby if you ask me.
Then in 2007 he played the EPT Event in his hometown Dortmund, where he ended up on place 17, again winning over â‚¬17,000.
Since 2008 he's become more active in the poker tournament scene and has so far managed two 5th place finishes at the CAPT in Bregenz and Salzburg, once in Pot Limit Omaha, once in No Limit Hold'em.
And that already brings us back to the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E Event of the WSOP. Jens VÃ¶rtmann managed to survive in a field filled with the best players in the world, eliminating players like Jennifer Harman, Marcel Luske and Todd Brunson along the way. A great success for the German. Congratulations!