This star German poker player is evidence of the fact that you just never know where life will take you. As a trainee pilot he could have gained his qualifications in his native country. A chance move to Arizona opened up some very interesting new avenues though, and over his years around the card table since then he’s become the most accomplished player to come out of Germany. He’s won two WSOP bracelets, and he’s gained a reputation for being one of the best players in the world.
Scharf arrived in the U.S. with a view to learning how to fly massive jumbo jets. He probably would have gone on to become a long-term professional pilot on passenger flights if he hadn’t taken some weekend trips to Las Vegas. With the flip of a coin, he turned to poker instead of flying, and he’s soared to unimaginable heights in the game since then. Maybe it was his destiny to reach the top of the game, instead of the real skies above the casinos.
Limit Omaha is Scharf’s game, and it’s that that brought him his two WSOP bracelets. His first bracelet win came back in 2001, when he won the $1.5K Limit Omaha event to take home $83,810. His second bracelet win came in the Limit Omaha event in 2003, when he won the prestigious bracelet and $63,600. His cashes at the WSOP account for $613,460 of his $1.1Million in live tournament winnings. He’s now a top player online, playing for Full Tilt Poker and accruing a healthy wage for his endeavors.
Scharf played consistently in Europe while his focus was still on his career and his family. Eventually he stopped trying to balance being a pilot with playing cards. His first bracelet win turned him irrevocably towards professional poker and he’s not looked back.