Eureka5 Hamburg High Roller: Peters shows class to win title & €37,548

The €2,200 High Roller two-day event was halted at 3:30am CET yesterday with five players remaining and all were asked to return today to continue it from 4pm. It was hoped that it would be wrapped up in a couple of hours but it ended up taking another 5.5 hours and 120 hands to complete.

Tobias Peters, the overnight chip leader, defeated Timo Schneider heads-up to claim the title and first-place prize of €37,548.

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Tobias Peters - winner!

When the players returned today the stacks were:

Tobias Peters - 838,000
Steven Abbey - 553,000
Fabian Petersen - 308,000
Ali Sameeian - 179,000
Timo Schneider - 147,000

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Ali Sameeian - 5th place

For the first 40 hands of play the short stacks just seemed to trade chips, each hoping one of the others would go first. Eventually something had to give and on hand 41, with the big blind at 20,000, Ali Sameeian moved all in for 121,000 from the button with K♥2♠. Timo Schneider made the call from the small blind with A♠T♣ and the board ran J♣7♠4♠Q♥3♦.

It only took another seven hands before the next exit. Fabian Petersen, who survived longs periods as the short stack on the bubble yesterday, moved his short stack all in from under the gun and was called by Steven Abbey on the button.

Petersen: Q♣T♠
Abbey: A♠A♣

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Fabian Petersen - 4th place

The board ran 5♥K♣4♣2♥K♥ to send Petersen on his way. He said it was a, "Good result" considering the predicament he was in yesterday. Abbey tripled-up with aces post-bubble yesterday and today they helped his secure a top-three spot.

The three remaining players decided to pause the clock and look the numbers. They came to ICM deal and left €6,000 to play for; €2,000 extra for the runner-up and €4,000 for the winner. They were guaranteed:

Peters €33,548
Schneider €27,419
Abbey €27,073

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Thomas Lamatsch deal making with the final three players

Three-handed play was a real ding-dong battle with chips passing between the players. Peters was best at keeping out of trouble, securing his chip lead as the other two traded blows.

Schneider was the first player to put himself at risk. With the big blind at 24,000, he raised to 48,000 with 7♥7♠ from the button before Abbey three-bet to 200,000 with A♥K♥ from the big blind. Schneider shoved for 403,000 and Abbey called. The board ran a Schneider-flavoured T♥7♣5♦8♦A♦ to make him a set.

Abbey managed to double back up with A♥K♠ versus the A♠5♣ of Peters, but was crippled soon after when the biggest pot of the tournament played out between himself and Schneider. The two took to a 4♥5♥7♦ flop before the chips went in.

Schneider: Q♥J♥ for overs and a flush draw.
Abbey: 9♥6♠ for an opened-ended straight draw.

The board ran out A♦7♣ meaning the near million-chip pot went the way of Schneider who held just queen high!

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Steven Abbey - 3rd place

Abbey only had just over four big blinds when he shoved from the button with K♦4♣. Peters didn't like it but called with 9♠7♦ and hit on the T♥Q♦5♠6♣7♠ board.

Schneider had a slight advantage as the two remaining players entered their heads battle and for the first 20 hands, Schneider had the best of it and moved clear until a decisive hand gave Peters the initiative back.


Let heads up battle commence

He limped in for 30,000 and called after Schneider raised to 75,000 from the big blind. The flop fanned 2♦T♣8♦ and Peters led out for 87,000. Call. On the 3♥ turn, Peters jammed for his last 395,000 and after a few minutes Schneider called with A♥K♦. Peters opened Q♥8♠ and improved to trips on the 8♣ river.

It was the boost that Peters needed as he went on a bit of a tear from then on and opened up a good lead before the final hand played out. He raised min raised to 80,000 and called after Schneider three-bet all in for around 500,000.

Peters: A♣7♦
Schneider: A♥4♣

The flop fell Q♥7♥3♥ to give Peters a pair but it also offered flush out for his opponent. It wasn't to be for Schneider though as the K♠Q♦ turn and river handed the title to Peters.

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Timo Schneider - 2nd place

Here's a reminder of how much every got paid:

1Tobias PetersNetherlands € 37;548,00
2Timo SchneiderGermany € 29;419,00
3Steven AbbeyGermany € 27;073,00
4Fabian PetersenGermany € 15;480,00
5Ali SameeianGermany € 12;260,00
6Rudolf KosterGermany € 9;590,00
7Milan RabszPoland € 7;540,00
8Sven ReichardtGermany € 5;890,00
9Rudolf FainingerGermany € 4;480,00
10Max KruseGermany € 3;930,00
11Viktor WaalGermany € 3;930,00

Marc Convey
@The_Conv in Eureka Poker Tour