Moritz Kranich took down the EPT Deauville for over $1million but is also a terrific MTT player online….
Moritz Kranich is not a house-hold name in tournament poker circles but after the EPT Deauville the German will be receiving a lot more plaudits for his poker talents.
The 28 year-old, from Hamburg, qualified for the EPT event on PokerStars and on January 24th was celebrating coming through the 645 strong field to take down an enormous first prize of $1,128,983. Certainly his wife of 6 months would appreciate the victory, as he plans to buy a new house with the winnings.
Not that Kranich has been struggling in his poker career – far from it, in fact, in recent months. He came here from the PCA where he finished 12th in the $4,800 NLH event for $19,100 but he is really an online specialist – and it shows in his recent results. His online alias is ‘Catenaccio’, a legendary Italian football tactic that revolves around defensive solidity & negativity, but there is nothing timid about his MTT performances. Kranich already has prizes of over $400,000 on Stars (and he qualified for the PCA & EPT via their satellites), including several huge scores in recent months. In September ’08 he final tabled a WCOOP Second Chance Event (3rd, $77,900) before taking down the $100 Re-Buys ($64,800) less than a month later. He also final tabled FTOPS Event #8 ($500 NLH), finishing 5th for $18,205, and also took down the $50k GTD ($32,361) as well as a 3rd in the Sunday Brawl ($31,451) on Full Tilt.
Kranich has been playing poker for 4 years, having started off playing sit and go’s (up to $100) before deciding to focus on MTTs in August 2006. He was certainly successful in his previous guise, Shark Scope showing him to be up over $11,000 from more than 3,000 sng’s on Stars.
In his post-tournament interview with Poker Listings, Kranich said that: “I want to buy a house, I’m going to play in the World Series, I have a Monte Carlo ticket so I will play there too.” So expect to see a lot more of ‘Catenaccio’ in 2009.