PokerStars Festival Hamburg: As smooth as Silz

When we arrived at Maximilian Silz's table, things weren't looking good for the young German. His 9♥9♦ was trailing Armin Eckl's all-in with the J♦8♥ on a flop that brought a jack. He found no help on the turn or river, and Eckl doubled up.

OK, so I should mention that Eckl's all in was for just 1,000 (he'd lost almost his entire stack in a previous hand). And bear in mind, at this stage (6,000/12,000/2,000), that's just half an ante. So it was a hit that Silz could comfortably take.


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Silz surges up the counts

That tiny bit of bad luck might have been the catalyst for some Silz run good over the next few hands though. But first it was time for Eckl to double up again.

Philipp Lütkemeier opened with the A♠J♣ and action folded to Eckl in the big blind. He took a peek at his hand and snap-called with the A♣K♣, which ended up holding up by making a flush.

However, Eckl's miraculous comeback from a single 1K chip to around 50,000 would soon end at the hands of Silz.

First Silz open-jammed and got no callers, picking up the blinds and antes. Then in the next hand, there was a massive open shove by Klaus Hornschuch for around 331,000. Silz just flatted to his left, before Eckl called all in as well.

Hornschuch - A♥Q♥
Silz - A♠A♣
Eckl - 6♣6♠

Silz had picked up the best starting hand in Hold'em at the perfect time. And those aces held up after the K♦2♦J♠5♠8♦ board, eliminating both Hornschuch and Eckl.

Silz has surged up to 1.1 million now, good for the third biggest stack in the room.


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Jaksland leads

The biggest stack belongs to Peter Jaksland, who won a monster pot after Karim Rebei bluffed off all his chips. Rebei opened to 35,000 and Jaksland was his only caller, taking them to a 6♦5♦5♣ flop. Rebei put out a 52,000 c-bet which was called, before overbet shoving the 8♥ turn. Jaksland snapped it off, as he'd turned a straight with his 9♠7♠. Rebei was drawing dead with the A♣T♥, and made a frustrated exit.

Here are the full top 10 chip counts with 31 remaining and just two 60-minute levels left on the day:

PositionNameChips
1Peter Jaksland1,300,000
2Jan Sigel1,200,000
3Ulrich Pauls1,100,000
4Maximilian Silz1,100,000
5Karolis Domarkas1,060,000
6Dimitri Steinfeuer1,010,000
7Alaettin Keles975,000
8Markus Meekma785,000
9Daniel Stacey670,000
10Rudolf Koster650,000

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Jack Stanton
@J_W_Stanton in Live Poker