PokerStars Festival Hamburg: Action-packed start to Main Event finale
You'd expect some butterflies in stomachs on the final day of a big Main Event, but here in Hamburg none of the remaining players seem to have any jitters.
The action on this third and final day of the €1,100 Main Event started off thick and fast, with 15 players returning to blind levels of 12K/24K/4K.
Overnight chip leader Ulrich Pauls started right where he left off last night, pulling off big bluffs and extending his lead even further. In a pot against Denmark's Peter Jaksland, Pauls three-bet a 56,000 open to 116,000 and after a call the two saw an A♣4♣4♥ flop. Pauls continued for 160,000 after Jaksland checked. Call.
The turn came the 9♣ and after surveying Jaksland's stack Pauls fired huge for 500,000 - almost enough to cover Jaksland's entire chips. The Dane took his time but eventually folded, letting Pauls reveal his holding: the Q♦T♦ for air. That brings Pauls up to around 3.3 million.
Meanwhile, it's been an up-and-down start to proceedings for the UK's Dan Stacey. The UKIPT5 Isle of Man champ kicked things off by winning a huge pot in one of the day's first hands.
Action folded to Stacey in the small blind and he popped it up to 62,000, which PokerStars Team Pro Marcin Horecki called from the big blind. They saw a 6♥5♠5♣ flop on which Stacey continued for 70,000. The Pole made the call.
That brought the 6♠ on the turn, double pairing the board. Both players opted for a check, leading to the 3♥ river. This felt like a board that would hit some blind hand ranges, so it wasn't too surprising when Stacey fired again for 75,000. Horecki then came in for a raise to 250,000 though.
Back to the Brit, he wasn't done betting. Stacey then raised again to 625,000, and Horecki insta-called by tossing in a single chip. He'd muck though when Stacey revealed the A♣6♦ for a full house.
That brought Stacey up to 1.9 million and Horecki down to 1 million, but Stacey has since lost a few pots - including doubling up Rudolf Köster when his pocket nines lost a flip against A♦Q♥ - to drop back down to 900,000.
Team Pro's Horecki has managed to recover though, eliminating the first player of the day.
Igor Rybak had shoved from early position for 202,000, which Behzad Zarnegar called. It folded to Horecki in the big blind, and after some calculations he decided to shove over the top, forcing Zarnegar to make a reluctant fold.
With him out of the way, the cards were flipped and it was the A♥Q♦ for Horecki up against the K♣T♣ of Rybak. The board ran out 4♦5♦9♠3♠A♦, giving Horecki the pot and sending Rybak to the cage to collect 15th place money (€5,660).
Next up we lost Dimitri Steinfeuer in 14th. He called a 230,000 three-bet from Michal Lubas to see a 7♦8♥J♦ flop, and then shoved over a 230,000 c-bet for 708,000. Lubas called with the A♠A♥, but Steinfeuer had a huge draw with the K♦Q♦. He couldn't find help on the 9♠ turn or 3♥ river though, and will also take home €5,660 for his efforts.
We're down to 13, and here's how they stack up:
|De Han Kim||284,000|
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