The world of poker has taken a great turn for the better with the introduction of online poker. This form of the game has introduced many players into the poker arena, which has not only made the competition more interesting, but has also forced people to take poker as a career option much more seriously. The prize money associated with poker has gone up drastically and this has led to many professional poker players flourishing in their chosen profession. Possibly one of the newest players to achieve fame and fortune by playing poker is Tobias Reinkemeier.
Tobias Reinkemeier is a German player, who comes from Cuxhaven. He is very young, having turned 21 only in 2008. This however, has not stopped him from making over a million dollars in cash and prizes in his few short years as a professional poker players. This German player plays at PokerStars with the screen name PokerNoob999.
Reinkemeier began his poker career in the year 2007. He started out not winning much money, with his first big tournament win being at the 2007 EPT Hohensyburg Open. In the $500 buy in No Limit Hold’em tournament held on the 11th of March 2007, he managed to beat all his opponents and come in first place, rising from the table with $30,500 lining his pockets. This however, was only the beginning of his professional live poker playing career, with him going on to win the 2008 Spring Poker Festival in the $1500 buy in No Limit Hold'em event almost exactly a year later.
So far, Reinkenmeier has played a number of EPT tournaments, having participated for four years running now. He won $28,000 in the London edition, by getting to the 11th place. Apart from this, until 2009, Tobias Reinkemeier had career earnings of over $360,000 in live tournaments. So far, he has six cashes in the European Poker Tour and three in the WPT and NAPT together. In the online scene, he has done very well for himself, by winning the Sunday Second Chance at PokerStars and Full Tilt’s Sunda Mulligan as well as the Party Poker’s $300k guaranteed jackpot for Sunday. This means that his total earnings from known sources is over $630,000, however there are a number of online tournaments that have not been accounted for.
Tobias made news recently by cashing in at the Monte Carlo edition of the EPT this year. This event is held in the Monte Carlo Sporting d’ete at the Salle des Etoiles. In the high roller event with the €25,000 buy-in, Tobias proved his mettle by sticking on till the final table despite the odds, beating players like Michael Friedrich, Tom Marchese and Sorel Mizzi. Against the 11 finalists, Olivier Busquet from America and Tobias competed for the ultimate prize. Reinkemeier then proceeded to with the tournament walking away with €965,000, which is tipped his total earnings to over $1,000,000.
Despite his victories, Tobias has not yet won a WSOP main event and this will be his aim in this year’s summer edition of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.