PokerStars Festival Hamburg: Three EPT champs return seeking High Roller victory
Cards are now in the air on the second and final day of the PokerStars Festival Hamburg €2,200 High Roller. Just 28 players returned to battle it out, and three of the biggest stacks belong to familiar faces at Blog HQ.
For you see, left in the field we have three former EPT champions. While we don't have much to report for the day's action thus far (play only got going at 5pm, but you'll find chip counts and a recap of yesterday's action here), we thought we'd take a closer look at those champs, and what they've been up to since becoming EPT victors.
Start of Day 2 chip count: 178,200 (74 big blinds)
Start of Day 2 ranking: 5th biggest stack
Sitting third on Denmarks all-time money list, Frederik Jensen had already enjoyed several big scores before he took down EPT8 Madrid back in 2012 for €495,000.
Jensen's breakout cash came down under, when he finished second in the Aussie Millions Main Event for a gigantic $1,015,257 score in 2010. He then enjoyed success in a side event at the EPT6 Grand Final, finishing third for €102,900, before making his first EPT Main Event final table at EPT7 Vilamoura (6th for €74,496).
The following year, 2011, was comparatively quiet, but 2012 would prove far more fruitful. The EPT8 Madrid win came in March, giving Jensen his first major live title. He'd pick up another one in 2014 when he won a big event in Copenhagen for $116,168, followed by another massive score and third EPT Main final table in 2015.
Jensen would find himself on the EPT6 Barcelona Main Event final table alongside John Juanda, Steve Warburton, and Rainer Kempe. While close to his second EPT title, he'd eventually fall in third leaving Warburton and Juanda to battle heads up (Juanda took it down).
All in all, Jensen has enjoyed a fantastic career with $3.8 million in live earnings to date. A PokerStars Festival High Roller title would be a nice string to add to his bow.
Thang Duc Nguyen
Start of Day 2 chip count: 180,300 (75 big blinds)
Start of Day 2 ranking: 4th biggest stack
Hamburg's own Thang Duc Nguyen doesn't have the extensive list of results that Jensen has, but then again he rarely plays. When you take that into consideration, his almost $900,000 in career earnings is very impressive.
Nguyen had already final tabled a WPT event in Paris for €50,990 before he had his breakout result, winning the EPT3 Baden Main Event for €487,397, defeating a final table that included Dario Minieri.
Since his win, Nguyen has enjoyed a deep run at EPT San Remo (18th for €30,000) and EPT9 Berlin (23rd - €27,000).
Start of Day 2 chip count: 78,200 (32 big blinds)
Start of Day 2 ranking: 12th biggest stack
The less well-known of our EPT champs is Germany's Michael Schulze. He may only have three recorded cashes, but his EPT win? That was a big one.
When he took down EPT4 Warsaw back in 2008, Schulze secured a massive payday worth $926,220. Since then he has two small cashes, but that could all change here today.
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