Christoph Vogelsang, sensational gains and strength of character

Thursday, 11 January 2018

The 32-year-old German player has managed in just 5 years of live poker to beat a few cashing records, without winning any WSOP, WPT or EPT. He plays very well in high-roller tournaments and has managed to achieve several sensational results and gains in the last few years.

Born in Sassenberg, Münster, he studied economics at Witten / Herdecke University and the London School of Economics. He is residing in the capital of the United Kingdom at the moment.


Vogelsang first began playing poker online in 2010 and had two aliases on the two famous sites: 26071985 on PokerStars and “Tight-Man1” on FullTilt Poker. On FullTilt he actually won $ 2 million playing in the tournaments with the highest online stakes.

His climb to the top was quick and with only a few $ 10 deposits he managed to make history in the world of online poker. In an interview on Pokerlisting in 2014 he said he was a very lucky player, “even luckier than the other 99% of the players.”

In 2013, Vogelsang was one of the top players who regularly participated in several Full Tilt poker tournaments called “the MalACEsia games” where the ante was $ 400 / $ 800, and among the other players invited was the extremely wealthy Malaysian businessman and amateur poker player named Paul Phua.

In 2 tournament days, the German won $ 1.2 million. And in one of the hands won the biggest online pot in history against Doug “WCGRider” Polk, $ 311,000.


How did he get to be, according to, after  second to Fedor Holz in the all-time ranking of the biggest winnings of German players, in just 5 years of live poker (2013-2017)? He won more than $ 15 million from live tournaments. Impressive. Other major players do that in 20 years. He is in the Top 25 players with the world’s greatest wins in history!

To describe Christoph’s results in retrospective, I can tell you that it all started in the UKIPT season 4 in the £ 48,500 + 1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament – a Super High Roller, where he finished third after Martin Finger and Tobias Reinkemeier, out of 41 high-rollers and earned £ 383,200.

In 2014, he played in the biggest high roller tournament of that year – $ 1,000,000 No Limit Hold’em – The Big One for One Drop (Event # 57) – at the 45th WSOP edition. He finished third and earned $ 4,480,001. Daniel Colman and Daniel Negreanu finished first and second.

In 2015 he played in 8 live tournaments, where he had remarkable results in the 48,500 € + 1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Super High Roller 8Max # 19, the 12th EPT season in Barcelona. He finished third out of 85 players, and increased his bankroll by $ 622,570.

In 2016 he played in 8 tournaments again, but the results were not as impressive. Except maybe for the $ 24,000 + 1,000 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller, where he finished third again and made $ 216,550.

The year 2017 seems to be the best of his career, at least in terms of his participation in live tournaments! Vogelsang won no less than $ 7,665,247 this year before this material was made!

It all began in May at the No Limit Hold’em tournament at the Aria Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas with a buy-in of $ 300,000, where he won $ 6,000,000 and defeated 65 players. We had grown tired of him always finishing third…

In August he finished 7th at the $ 25,500 No Limit Hold’em # 31 PokerStars Championship in Barcelona, and in early November at the WSOPE, at the tournament organized in Leon Tsoukernik’s casino in Rozvadov, in the Czech Republic, he finished 6th in the 111,111 € No Limit Hold’em – High Roller for One Drop (Event # 10) and earned $ 706,995.

One interesting thing about him is that he describes himself as a practicing Christian, and that has helped him to be an incurable optimist, a very good thing for a poker player.

We are sure that we’ll keep hearing about Christoph Vogelsang and his successes.

Author: Editor

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