PokerStars Festival Hamburg: After a double KO and chip leader change, it's final table time

After four and a half hours of play here on Day 3, we're now down to the official final table of eight players in the PokerStars Festival Hamburg Main Event. Here's how we got there.

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Ulrich Pauls

When driving to the Casino Schenefeld earlier today, the Blog team were chatting about then chip leader Ulrich Pauls' double elimination at the end of last night's action, ultimately predicting that it would happen again today.

I don't want to toot our own horn but, y'know...beep beep. With 13 players left, Pauls would indeed bust both Daniel Stacey and Peter Jaksland in one foul swoop to take us down to 11.

From early position and with blinds at 15K/30K/5K, Stacey jammed his last 520,000 in the middle and Jaksland called all in for his 480,000 stack. Over to Pauls in the small blind, the German made the call to put them both at risk.

Jaksland had the A♠K♣, Stacey held the K♥J♥, and Pauls was in front with the 8♠8♣. The board ran out 7♦3♣2♣4♠8♦ to ultimately give Pauls top set, eliminating Jaksland in 13th and Stacey in 12th, both for €6,490.

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Jaksland falls

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As does Stacey

Shortly after that De Han Kim was felted in 11th. He was down to just 133,000 and stuck it in from the small blind with the T♥4♦, which Alaettin Keles called from the big with the K♦8♠. Kim made a pair on the turn of the J♠5♦2♣4♠ board, but the 8♦ river gave Keles a better one.

It's been a great week of poker from Kim. He finished second in the €2,200 High Roller earlier this week for a €32,210 payday, and now he's banked an extra €7,640 in this Main Event.

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Another good result for Kim

Ten handed play lasted for a while, with Pauls holding around 30% of all chips in play. Michal Lubas managed to crack Jan Sigel's pocket aces after his pocket tens flopped a set, while Marcin Horecki's stack dipped after losing a few small pots.

Eventually though, Alaettin Keles would fall in 10th to bring them round one table. Karolis Domarkas had shoved all in from the hijack, before Keles did the same in the cutoff. Keles' K♦J♣ was dominated by the A♦J♥, and a low board kept the ace high in front. Keles also won €7,640.

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Keles says goodbye

Rudolf Köster came into the unofficial final table with just five big blinds, while Paul's 4.8 million was in front with 96 bigs. It wasn't surprising to see Köster shoving, and after splitting his first all in against Behzad Zarnegar (both had ace-ten off), Köster would bust in ninth.

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Koster's gone

He shoved for 165,000 with the A♥Q♥ and was isolated by Michal Lubas with the T♠T♣. A ten on the flop ended up sealing Köster's fate, for which he'll earn €9,290.

That win put Lubas up into the chip lead, as Pauls doubled up Sweden's Bo Rundström when his A♠4♣ lost to A♣K♥.

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Lubas is in the lead

Here are the chip counts at the start of the official final table:

1Michal Lubas4,550,000
2Ulrich Pauls4,260,000
3Behzad Zarnegar2,190,000
4Jan Sigel2,100,000
5Bo Rundström1,825,000
6Andrei Nodea845,000
7Marcin Horecki655,000
8Karolis Domarkas555,000

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Jack Stanton
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