Some players rocket up the PocketFives Rankings after a single score in a big event. Sometimes it’s a player taking a shot in a tournament out of their normal buy-in range or maybe it’s somebody riding a heater after winning their way in via satellite. More often than not, those players quickly fade into the distance of the PocketFives Rankings as similar results don’t follow.
Then there are players who continually put up strong results week in and week out and maintain their position in the upper echelon of the rankings. They use consistency as a means of maintaining their spot.
888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche could easily be the poster child for that group.
As expected, Nitsche turned in strong results in 2020 with a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker win, an European Poker Tour Online win, and managed to bank a six-figure score on his birthday on 888poker. All told, the four-time WSOP bracelet winner earned more than $1.34 million online in 2020.
Despite all of his career success, which includes more than $6.5 million in online earnings, Nitsche had never won a SCOOP title. That changed in May when he took down Event #87 High ($530 NLHE) to grab the title and $82,365 and 353.56. And it was no easy task, in the end, Nitsche had to beat Georgios ‘Geokarak’ Karakousis heads up to claim victory.
The 888poker Millions Superstorm Main Event in October had a $1 million guarantee and drew 3,196 entrants. After outlasting 3,192 of those players, Nitsche, who just happened to be celebrating his birthday that day, wound up chopping the tournament with the three other remaining players and banked $121,146 for coming out on top after the deal was made.
— Dominik Nitsche (@DominikNitsche) October 12, 2020
That wound up being the third largest win of his online career.
In November, Nitsche topped the 2,833-entry held in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Online Event #14 ($215 NLHE – EPT Online Cup) to take home $82,093 and add 752.73 PLB points to his total. That same day he also won a PokerStars High Roller Club event, beating 44 other players in the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $3,331.31.
The calendar turning to 2021 didn’t change much for Nitsche. To date he’s cashed 24 times with five of those adding to his PLB total. The highlight of that group was a win in a PokerStars Blowout Series Event #51 High ($530 Turbo NLHE) where he beat out 325 other runners to win $30,664.69 and 403.73 PLB points. Through just two weeks of the new year, Nitsche has already won $96,841.11 and added 1,092.47 PLB points to his total.
All of that has placed Nitsche in the #1 spot in the German rankings where he has a narrow lead over ‘nilsef’ who held the top spot for most of 2018 and 2019.
German Online Poker Rankings