PokerStars Festival Hamburg: Andre Haneberg forges a comeback to take down High Roller for €46,380

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Haneberg's the High Roller champ

While the Main Event was kicking off on one side of the room and cash games were running in the corner, a couple of tables slap bang in the centre of Casino Schenefeld were designated for a select few.

Just 28 of the 90 High Rollers returned this afternoon and an overnight break, each of them looking to take down this PokerStars Festival Hamburg €2,200 High Roller, and bank the €46,380 first-place prize that came with the trophy.

We had three former EPT winners and a whole host of other talented players still in contention. But after a long session that went into the early morning hours, there was just one player with all the chips in front of them: Andre Haneberg.

The 30-year-old German, who lives in Oldenbhad and works in insurance, had $90,000 in live earnings before this event; his biggest score (€39,000) coming earlier this year in July. Well, now I should say his former biggest score. He's beaten that here tonight.

And it was in part thanks to both him and his heads-up opponent, Kim De Han, being unable to come to a deal arrangement, for when they got to heads up, De Han held a more than 2:1 chip lead. But we'll get to that later.

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A busy poker room in Hamburg

Action got underway in this event at 4pm on Tuesday, attracting 80 unique players and 10 re-entries until registration closed. That created a prize pool of €174,600, which would see just 13 players make the money.

Only 28 players survived the end of Day 1, and as play went on we saw one of the former EPT winners, Thang Duc Nguyen, bust just shy of the cash in 18th. He was eliminated by another EPT champ, Frederik Jensen, when Jensen's pocket nines held up against Nguyen's pocket sixes.

And when we got down to 14 and the stone bubble, we lost EPT8 Warsaw winner Michael Schulze. The German bet flop and turn with top pair before jamming on the river, only to discover that Vitaly Karayvan had turned the nut straight. For that, Schulze became this event's bubble boy.

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Schulze out on the bubble

A few quick eliminations later and we were down to the final table, with Jensen still in contention. Here's a look at how stacks and seat draw looked then:

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Adnan DizdarevicDenmark105,00013
2Jamila von PergerGermany150,00019
3Frederik JensenDenmark64,0008
4Grzegorz DerkowskiGermany95,00012
5Martin WendtDenmark510,00064
6Toni VardjavandGermany430,00054
7Eric HenningGermany269,00034
8Andre HanebergGermany550,00069
9Kim De HanGermany500,00063

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Final table line-up

Grzegorz Derkowski was the first to fall from the final table. He jammed his just-under four big-blind stack from late position with the A♠8♦, only for Eric Henning to wake up with A♣K♦ on the button and shove over the top. The blinds folded before the J♠7♠4♠ flop gave Derkowski plenty of help. Any spade or eight would keep him in it, but the A♦ turn and 3♦ river secured the pot for Henning. Derkoswki picked up €4,890 for ninth.

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Derkowski first to leave

The sole remaining former EPT champ Frederik Jensen, who had been nursing a very short stack for a while, would make an exit in eighth. Action folded to Jamila von Perger in the small blind and she put 60,000 in the middle which covered Jensen in the big blind. He took a peek at the 8♣3♣ and made the call, up against von Perger's K♠9♣. Jensen took the lead on the A♥8♦2♥ flop, but the 9♥ turn gave von Perger a bigger pair and the Dane couldn't catch up. For his efforts, Jensen banked €6,460.

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Another cash for Jensen's resume

Kim De Han then won a few pots to take the chip lead for the first time this tournament. Meanwhile, the man who had been chip leader for so much of it - Toni Vardjavand - was about to reach his demise.

He opened to 30,000 (with blinds at 6,000/12,000) only for Andre Haneberg to three-bet to 81,000 on the button. Back to start-of-day chip leader, he jammed for 235,000 total which got a quick call. The bad news for Vardjavand was that his pocket tens were in bad shape against Haneberg's pocket jacks, and the bigger pair held up when all was said and done. He'll be disappointed, but Vardjavand still collected a nice consolation prize of €8,290 for seventh place.

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Vardjavand vanquished

Shortly after that we very nearly lost Adnan Dizdarevic. He jammed over an open from Kim De Han with the K♦J♦ was called by A♥Q♠. However, he took the lead instantly on a king-high flop and ended up with a straight by the river.

Alas, after a long stretch of six-handed play, Dizdarevic would indeed be the next casualty. With less than ten big blinds he moved all in holding the A♠8♠, which got a call from Jamila von Perger holding pocket nines. Dizdarevic couldn't find any help on any street, and went to collect his €10,480 for sixth.

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Dizdarevic defeated

Five-handed play went on for just as long, with Kim De Han's chip lead increasing while the other stack-sizes switched around. Eventually it would be Eric Henning who fell in fifth, after opening to 125,000 leaving himself just 32,000 behind (the big blind was 24,000 at this point). De Han just called on the button, and after the K♣T♥3♠ flop was dealt Henning put the rest in.

De Han called with the A♣4♠ for ace-high, which was good against Henning's J♠8♥. The 6♦ turn changed nothing, and the A♦ river secured another pot for De Han as Henning went to the cage for his €13,440 prize money.

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Henning settled for fifth

De Han's grip on this one seemed pretty strong four-handed, as his 1.5 million stack was three times that of the next largest, belonging to Andre Haneberg. After a few shoves and no calls, we then lost Jamila von Perger in fourth. She shoved from the big blind for 337,000 over the top of a button raise from Haneberg, who made the call. He turned over the A♥4♥, while she had the K♥J♥. The A♠6♣3♥ flop cruel to her, and she got no help on the turn or river forcing her to relinquish her final table seat. Still, she picked up €16,670, so it's not all bad.

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Von Perger hit the rail

The shortest stack now belonged to Martin Wendt, so it wasn't too surprising to see him exit in third. The last remaining Danish player found himself on a limped flop of 8♣6♠2♥ holding the T♣8♠, and he led out for 50,000. De Han called to see the K♣ turn, on which he shoved. Wendt made the call for his last 220,000, only to discover that De Han's slow-played A♦K♦ had taken the lead on the turn, and remained there after the 6♠ river. GG for Wendt, who won €21,300.

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Wendt spent but went

With De Han now heads up with Haneberg, a German player was sure to win. De Han held roughly 2 million while Haneberg had 760,000, enough for the two to pause and check the numbers. However, no deal was made.

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De Han Kim in action

A few hands later and De Han may have regretted it. Haneberg took the lead over course of three hands, and with a 2 million to 700,000 chip lead he even showed a bluff before the clock was paused a second time. Deal talks recommenced, this time with Haneberg in the commanding position, but again nothing could be decided.

THAT would end up being a good decision by Haneberg, who took it down not long after. In the final hand, he put De Han all in with the A♥7♥ and that was called by the K♠J♠. The board ran out 8♦6♠3♦2♣6♥, and this tournament was over. For his runner up finish, De Han picked up €32,210.

All our focus will now turn to the Main Event, which moves into Day 1B tomorrow. But of course, check back in with us this week for more interviews and stories from PokerStars Festival Hamburg.

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Dates: 21-22 November 2017
Buy-in: €2,200
Entrants: 90 (80 unique and 10 re-entries)

1Andre HanebergGermany€46,380
2De Han KimGermany€32,210
3Martin WendtDenmark€21,300
4 Jamila von PergerGermany€16,670
5Eric HenningGermany€13,440
6Adnan DizdarevicDenmark€10,480
7Toni VardjavandGermany€8,290
8Frederik JensenDenmark€6,460
9Grzegorz DerkowskiGermany€4,890
10Daniel BelovEstonia€3,750
11Vitaly KarayvanRussia€3,750
12Jakob MadsenDenmark€3,490
13Vytis PaskeviciusLithuania€3,490

Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Photos by Manuel Kovsca.

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