PokerStars Festival Hamburg: Brutal beats and bust-outs so far on Day 1B

Registration is now closed here on Day 1B of the Main Event, and the numbers are in. We had a total of 201 entries, and at the time of writing 160 of them remain in the hunt for a chip bag come the end of Level 12.

The player out in front right now is Johannes Wassmuth, who has become the first of the day to reach six-figures with his 100,000 stack. Wassmuth is no newbie to live tournament poker, having notched up almost $90,000 in career cashes in just a couple of years, including a third-place finish in an Austrian event for €59,000.

A lot of the familiar faces out in the field belong to those we saw deep in last night's €2,200 High Roller. Although a few of them - including the winner - have now busted.

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High Roller champ Haneberg

Last night was a good one for Andre Haneberg, as at around 3:30am he won that event for a nice score of €46,380. However, he didn't have much luck here today, busting when his A♣J♠ couldn't hit against Fanos Zachariou's Q♥Q♠. GG.

Two other players who were still up late last night include De Han Kim (who finished second for €32,210), and Vitaly Karayvan (11th for €3,750). The two clashed in a massive pot here today in the Main Event which saw one of them bust the other.

Picking up the action on a A♣T♣3♠2♣ board, Kim led for 8,000 from the small blind only for Karayvan to jam all in. Kim made the call, and as both had near-identical stacks this would mean someone was all but out.

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Crazy beat for Karayvan

Karayvan tabled the A♦T♦ for top two pair, which was way ahead of Kim's A♠3♥ for a worse two pair. However, funny things can happen in this game. The 3♣ hit the river, filling up Kim and sending Karayvan outta here.

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Nice catch for Kim

That hand gave Kim a top ten stack. That list right now looks like this:

1Johannes Wassmuth100,000
2Jan Bloch85,000
3Tim Becker80,000
4Jesper Hansen75,000
5Benjamin Streber75,000
6De Han Kim71,000
7Patrick Lorenz70,000
8Johannes Schulze66,000
9Walid Abdi Ali65,000
10Adrian Apmann60,000

Of course, others haven't been so fortunate. So far today we've lost Andre Haneberg, Vitaly Karayvan, Bahadir Kilickeser, Christian Stranz, Jay Tse, Mick Graydon, Peter Rininisland, Fredrik Andersson, Jan Timo Jobmann, Florian Fuchs, and Carlos Spoddig to name a few.

The surviving players will be going on a 60-minute dinner break after Level 9, and then they'll return for three more 40-minute levels.

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Jack Stanton
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