Eureka5 Hamburg: Holke leads final 28 as Heitmann bubbles
What a busy, fast-paced, action-filled Day 2 that was on the Eureka Poker Tour! The remaining 173 players returned to the Spielbank Schenefeld Casino with two main aims: to make the money first of all and to make Day 3 after the first aim was achieved.
A total of 28 players achieved both and will return tomorrow with a new aim: to make the final table. The race to lead the way at the end of the day was very close , but it was Tom Holke who satched it after he bagged up 1,150,000. Kadir Uzunoglu finished just behind with 1,132,000 and seems to only knows one place finish at the end of a day's play - near the top of the counts!
He was on the right side of a couple of big pots, the most significant being versus Ioan Mihai Taisz. He three-bet with aces before Taisz cold four-bet all in for large amount with big-slick. The original raiser folded but Uzunoglu called and went on to win the biggest pot of the tournament.
Day 3 will feature three players who have done very well on the EPT in the past. Mortiz Kranich won EPT Deauville back in Season 5 and with 265,000, he must be one of the favourites for this event even if short. Soren Jensen lost an epic heads-up battle versus Tim Vance at EPT Copenhagen back in Season 4, and despite saying he was exhausted through the last couple of levels, made tomorrow with 377,000. Finally there is Malte Monning who, just over a year ago, won a massive € 547,000 when he came third at the EPT10 Grand Final and bagged up 190,000.
Some players who made the money but won't be seen tomorrow were: Steven Abbey (76th), Anton Morgenstern (55th), Oscar Peleg (51st), Ali Sameeian(50th), Jonas Lauck (49th), Alon Lang (47th), Marco Mattes (42nd) and Niko Koop (40th).
The tournament bubble only took fewer than five levels to burst and the unlucky last player to leave without a Euro was the only Team PokerStars Pro in the field. Jan Heitmann three-bet all in for 62,800 after Bijan Sahebkan opened to 12,800 with 8♣8♠. Heitmann opened J♥J♠ and was crushed on the 8♦A♥6♠2♥7♥ board.
Other players who left with nothing but pride to show were Tobias Peters, Timo Schneider, David Lappin and Jennifer Sabuel.
Play will resume at tomorrow at 2pm CET time and will continue until eight more levels have passed or six players remaining is reached. We're all off to the party hoping all the famous German beer hasn't all been drunk!