PokerStars Festival Hamburg: Action's in the Open after Nack wins Poker Cup for €20K

When we hear that a PokerStars Festival Cup event has come to an end, we usually assume that Sander van Wesemael has won it. After all, the young Dutchman took down three consecutive events (the Marbella Poker Cup, Lille Poker Cup, and Barcelona Poker Cup) throughout June, July and August in 2017.

But seeing as Van Wesemael let someone else have a chance in Dublin (Ankit Ahuja took that one down), it wasn't too surprising to discover we had a first-time winner here in Hamburg too.

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Poker Cup winner Reinhard Nack

That man is local player Reinhard Nack, who outlasted a field comprised of 400 entries (373 unique players + 27 re-entries) to win the €330 Hamburg Poker Cup and grab the lion's share of the €120,000 prizepool.

His first-place prize of €20,000 brings the 71-year-old's lifetime cashes up to €65,000. He's no stranger to Hamburg's Casino Schenefeld, having taken down other events in this very poker room over the years.

"I'm very happy," Nack said after his win began to sink in. "I'm a regular at this casino and this is my best cash ever.

"I [realised] I could win when I called a bluff from Van Son Le with pocket sevens. In this hand I won more than a million chips."

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He's got a Nack for poker

Nack would eventually defeat 58-year-old Alexander Bachmann heads up after making a deal, forcing him to settle for second and a consolation prize of €16,800. Bachmann now has more than €100K in cashes for his career, although poker is just a hobby for him. He's actually a businessman involved in the growing world of crypto-currencies and bitcoin technology.

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Local football legend Barbarez

One player who grabbed attention in that event was Sergej Barbarez, a legend from local football club Hamburger SV. He made it all the way to the final table before busting in ninth for €2,120. That small cash brings his total live earnings to more than €150,000.

Dates: November 17-19, 2017
Buy-in: €330

1Reinhard Nack€22,600€20,000
2Alexander Bachmann€14,200€16,800
3Van Son Le€10,190 
4Marcel Kirst€8,090 
5Niklas Reszewski€6,340 
6Christos Katis€4,970 
7Bart Timmer€3,740 
8Clemens Michaelis€2,650 
9Sergej Barbarez€2,120

When that event finished, another popular low-buy-in event kicked off. The PokerStars Open came with a €220 buy-in, and after three sold-out starting flights just 12 of 450 players remain at the time of writing.

We'll bring you an update of how that tournament played out tomorrow. For now, here's a look at what the final 12 are battling for:

DATES: November 19-21, 2017
BUY-IN: €220


Day 1 of the €2,200 High Roller is also underway having kicked off at 4pm. For a reminder of past winners here in Hamburg, click here.

Check back in with us over the next week for all of the latest developments. If you'd rather follow along with the action as it happens, check in with our friends at PokerNews.

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Jack Stanton
@J_W_Stanton in Live Poker