Poker pro wins German version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Poker pro wins German version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Thursday, 14 March 2013

What does it take to scoop the jackpot on a TV quiz show like Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? A brain full of useless knowledge is a given as are nerves of steel given the potentially life-changing sums of money involved. How about being able to read tells from the presenter?

Poker pro Sebastian Langrock did just that on the German version of the show and ended up winning the €1m jackpot. Langrock told The Times that his poker skills came into play when facing the question for €64,000. “It was a real advantage that I could read (host) Guenther Jauch’s face.” Rather than use one of his jokers, the 36-year-old picked up a tell from the presenter and went with his original answer.

Langrock eventually claimed the €1m first prize after correctly answering that the 20 after four position would be familiar to a waiter.

And how else did his poker background help? "If you play in a poker tournament, where there are a lot of cameras around and a lot of money is involved then you learn to deal with the pressure, and make decisions for really a lot of money," Langrock told German tabloid Bild.

Langrock will be investing some of his winnings with a trip to Vegas for the WSOP.

Tags: Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, Sebastian Langrock