PokerStars Festival Hamburg: Lubas' big stack brings back painful memories
Two levels are down on this Day 2, and a name very familiar to this particular PokerStars Blog writer has risen near the top of the chip counts.
We wouldn't expect you casual poker followers to know the name Michal Lubas, but when you once wrote about a person for 18 hours straight, their name tends to stick in your memory.
Let me explain.
On a cold windy night back in March 2017, the Blog were at the always lovely King's Casino in Rozvadov covering the PokerStars Festival - only the second European stop of the tour.
It had been a great event, with the likes of Jaime Staples and Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier in attendance. After several days of play, we reached the final day, and when action kicked off at 12pm there were still 37 players in contention.
It wasn't until 12am that they reached a final table!
Lubas was one of the finalists, and after a further six-hour slog on a final table that felt like it was never going to end, we had ourselves a champ come 6am...
Yep, unfortunately for Lubas he had to settle for second place in that event, collecting a nice consolation prize of €91,000 for his efforts. Meanwhile, this writer was rushing to the airport to try and catch his flight!
While he's seemingly very good at marathon poker sessions, Lubas is working fast here so far on Day 2, having started the day with the fourth largest stack (222,000).
First he eliminated the UK's Neil Rawnsley when his ace-king won a flip against the Brit's pocket jacks. That gained Lubas an extra 48,000.
Not long after that and he'd felted another victim. Carsten Heidemann shoved for his last 14,000 with the A♠5♠, but Lubas woke up with A♥K♥ and made an easy call. The 3♥2♠Q♦ flop gave Heidemann some straight hope, but the J♣ turn and 8♠ river couldn't save him.
The Pole is now sitting with 290,000, good for the second largest stack in the room (Francois Mittertreiner also has 290,000).
However, the chip boss right now is the start-of-day chip leader Rudolf Koster, who has managed to increase his lead by busting two players. He's up to a massive 420,000 now.
Just 136 players remain here on Day 2. When play wraps up around 1am tonight, most players still with chips will probably be exhausted.
But not Lubas. He's used to far longer sessions.
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