– General Introduction –
Christoph Vogelsang is a German professional poker player. He was born on July 26, 1985 in Sassenberg, Germany.
He is one of the most successful members of the German “golden generation” with over $25 million in live tournament earnings. His live tournament accolades include an Aria Super High Roller Bowl victory from 2017, a runner-up finish in the €100K EPT High Roller in Monte Carlo from 2018, as well as a 3rd place finish in the $1,000,000 WSOP One Drop high roller from 2014.
As for online poker, he’s played under the screen names “Tight-Man1” on the now defunct poker site Full Tilt and “26071985” on PokerStars. On FT, he’s up $2.050 million in high stakes cash games. Meanwhile, on PokerStars, he has hundreds of thousands of dollars in MTT cashes, as well as a WCOOP title.
Vogelsang is one of the few religious professional poker players out there – he is a Christian.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2010: He starts playing low stakes cash games online and rockets to the high stakes cash tables within weeks.
- 2010: He wins his first WCOOP title after finishing first in the $320 NLHE [6-Max], $300K Guaranteed event for $92,469 on PokerStars.
- 2014: He finishes 3rd in the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop high roller at the WSOP for $4.480 million.
- 2017: He wins the $300,000 Aria Super High Roller Bowl for $6 million. That is the biggest single live tournament cash of his career to date.
– Christoph Vogelsang’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Vogelsang studied economics at Witten/Herdecke University in Witten, Germany; then at the London School of Economics in the UK.
He found poker success in a lightning fast way. In 2010, at the age of 25, he deposited a mere $10 to an online poker site. Within four weeks, he was playing $25/$50 NLHE cash games… Here’s how Vogelsang recalled his meteoric rise in stakes in a 2014 interview with Pokerlisting.com:
“In the beginning, I just got really lucky. For the first couple of months, I didn’t realize how big swings could be. I don’t think I would have kept playing if I hadn’t been that lucky. I really enjoyed my studies and playing poker was not my planned career.
I think I got luckier than 99% of all players. I deposited $10 a couple of times and after four weeks, I was already playing NL5k cash games. To improve my game, I used to talk to my friends about poker a lot. That was very motivating for me and helped me study poker theory and identify my mistakes.”
→ Live Tournaments ←
Christoph Vogelsang has $25.527 million in live tournament cashes, according to his Hendon page. That sum is the product of ITM finishes in 61 different live events over the course of 8 years. As of the time of writing this, he’s ranked 19th on the all time money list and 2nd on the German all time money list (only behind Fedor Holz).
The first recorded cash on his profile is from October 2013. By that time, he was already a successful online pro, so he was able to buy into large live events without having to grind through small buy-in tourneys in the beginning. He came in 3rd in the £50,000 Super High Roller at EPT London for £383,200. The next year, in April 2014, he finished 25th in the EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final Main Event for €36,700. Later in the summer, he collected his first 7-figure cash at the 2014 WSOP in Vegas – more on that later.
In January 2015, he finished 5th in the $100,000 NLHE Super High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. He pocketed no less than $512,160 for that performance. In August 2015, he took 3rd place in the €50,000 EPT Super High Roller in Barcelona for €551,485.
In May 2017, he took down the $300,000 NLHE Aria Super High Roller for a staggering $6 million – that is his biggest live tournament score to date. He beat the American Jake Schindler heads-up for the title.
The next year, in May 2018, Vogelsang returned to the same event for another final table finish, this time taking 5th place for $1.2 million. In March 2020, he made a runner-up finish in the $250,000 No Limit Hold’em – Super High Roller Bowl at partypoker LIVE in Sochi. He won $2.4 million, this time losing to Timothy Adams from Canada heads-up for the title.
→ World Series of Poker ←
Christoph Vogelsang is yet to win his first WSOP gold bracelet.
However, that doesn’t mean he didn’t have some massive scores from World Series events. He reached the final table in the star-studded field of the $1,000,000 The Big One for One Drop high roller in 2014. He eventually busted in 3rd place, behind Daniel Negreanu and the eventual winner Dan Colman, which earned him $4.480 million.
Vogelsang also came in 3rd in the €250,000 Super High Roller No Limit Hold’em event for €1.185 million; and 4th in the €100,000 Diamond High Roller NLHE event for €633,336 at the 2019 WSOP Europe in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Two years earlier, at the 2017 WSOPE in the same venue, he took 6th place in the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop NLHE event for €606,694.
On top of all that, he managed to make it into the money in two WSOP Main Events. In 2017, he finished 444th out of 7,221 players for $27,743; and in 2021, he finished 604th out of 6,650 players, winning $20,000.
Overall, Vogelsang has cashed in 15 World Series events for a total of $8.781 million combined.
→ Live Cash Games ←
As we wrote above, Vogelsang started off as an online cash game player. However, when he started playing live, he also started to focus on tournaments alone. Therefore, he has never appeared on any TV shows or live streams where he played live cash games publicly.
→ Online Poker ←
Vogelsang has played under the screen name “Tight-Man1” on the now defunct poker site Full Tilt and the cryptic screen name “26071985” on PokerStars.
The online high stakes cash game database has 51,357 hands tracked on his Full Tilt account. In that sample, he’s up an impressive $2.056 million. His most common game was the classic No Limit Hold’em; while his highest stakes were $400/$800. The biggest recorded pot he ever won was $311,788.
His PocketFives profile, alas, is no longer available. However, through online reports, we do know some of Vogelsang’s biggest online MTT scores.
In December 2010, he beat a large field of 2,621 players in the $240 NLHE Sunday Brawl for $106,413 on Full Tilt. The next month, in January 2011, he took down a $100 buy-in NLHE tourney also on FT for $8,675.
Vogelsang has won one WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) title so far. In September 2010, he managed to top a field of 1,957 runners in the $320 WCOOP NLHE [6-Max], $300K Guaranteed event for $92,469 on Stars.