A new WPT “champion of champions” has been crowned! German high roller Ole Schemion triumphed in this year’s Baccarat Crystal World Poker Tour (WPT) Tournament of Champions after battling it out with 75 of the top poker players in the world at the state-of-the-art HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. His latest win brings his live earnings to more than $15.8 million.
Schemion was joined in the final table by Simon Lam from Orange County, California, poker pro and commentator Nick Schulman, American player Griffin Paul, Chicago’s Ryan Tosoc and high-stakes pro and WPT commentator Tony Dunst.
Schemion, who has 18 tournament wins, a high roller title, as well as three super high roller victories under his belt, admitted it was a tough final table at the TOC as there was some fantastic play between June 1-3 that must be highlighted.
Let’s take a look back on four of the most crucial hands during the battle of the champions which ultimately led to Schemion’s victory.
Nick Schulman’s Last Hand
Schulman entered the final table as the short stack with 30 big blinds and not long after, he found himself in a difficult situation. The award-winning poker commentator is someone who is not ashamed of showing his emotions even if it is in huge final table spots. Lam, who was also short-stacked, raised from the hijack, with Schulman calling from the cutoff with ace-jack.
Tosoc shoved from the big blind with a covering stack. Lam folded, and Schulman, after utilizing two time extension chips, made the call. Things initially went well for Schulman until a queen on the flop made him look really uncomfortable as his tournament life was on the line. Two cards later, Schulman had to accept the painful truth – he was the first to exit in sixth place for $63,890.
Tony Dunst Doubles Up With Back-Raise Shove
Tosoc raised to 30,000 first to act and Dunst called. Schemion three-bet to about five-times the original raise. For 50 big blinds, Dunst went for the back-raise all-in shove and Schemion called after using one time bank chip. The board gave both players a flush, and Dunst earned the big double.
Tosoc Almost Sends Schemion to the Rail
During a crucial hand, Schemion opened to 35,000 on the button. Tosoc three-bet to 125,000 from the small blind and Schemion called to see a flop of Js4h3c. Tosoc check-called Schemion’s bet of 65,000. The turn card was the 8s. Tosoc re-checked his ace-king high and Schemion moved all-in. After burning through two time bank chips, Tosoc called and saw he was ahead, only to get pushed back by Qs which landed on the river throwing Schemion a lifeline. If the Qs did not duly arrive on the river for Schemion, Tosoc would have eliminated him.
The Winning Flop
Schemion was the chip leader going into heads-up play against Dunst. He opened to 60,000 on the button with Dunst three-betting to 250,000; Schemion called and the flop was KhJhTs, giving Dunst top pair. Dunst check-called a 200,000 bet from Schemion and then check-shoved the 4s turn. The latter snap-called, leaving his opponent drawing dead to the river. Dunst earned $250,265 for his runner-up victory
The 2019 Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions awarded a total of $1,290,000 shared by ten players. The tournament added $100,000 to the prize pool, with an extra $50,000 going to the winner.
Second Big Win In 2019 For Schemion
Schemion joins Farid Yachou (Season XIV winner, 64 entrants), Daniel Weinman (Season XV, 66 entrants) and Matt Waxman (Season XVI, 80 entrants) on the limited roster of WPT champion of champions.
He started out being the chip leader but then lost a huge portion of it. With the right amount of passion and determination, he was able to build up a good stack again, stayed in contention and ultimately captured his second major victory of the year. During his post-win interview, Schemion said he was pretty satisfied with how things turned out and was happy to go home with his winnings of $440,395.
Back in January, Schemion won Event #17 – $1,100 No Limit Hold’em PCA National at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas for $148,220.
Along with the first-place money amounting to $440,395, Schemion won a special-edition Hublot watch, a custom-made BBO poker table, a handcrafted Baccarat Crystal Tornado Vase and other exciting perks.

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