Eureka6 Hamburg: Final table live updates


7:10pm: Dinesh Alt is Eureka Hamburg champion
Ercan Atmaca eliminated in second for €43,790

Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (10,000 ante)

It's all over, and Dinesh Alt is Eureka Hamburg champion.

A floor-man brought over the trophy to put it on the table between the two heads-up players and Ercan Atmaca turned it towards Alt saying, "This is yours." Alt shrugged, but it came to pass almost immediately.

Shortly before this moment, Alt had made a good call with ace-high to pick off Atmaca's bluff. And soon after, ace-high won again.

Atmaca, with 1.55 million in his stack, open shoved and Alt took a while, but then called. Atmaca showed J♥5♠ and Alt's A♣2♦ was in the lead.

It was never threatened through a board of 7♥K♥8♠3♣3♦ and they shook hands, with Alt the new champion. Read a full recap from the event now.

6:50pm: Alt tries to profit from tired Atmaca
Level 29 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Although he is still very much alive in this tournament, Ercan Atmaca seems to be either exhausted or distracted or both. He is frequently forgetting when it is his turn to act pre-flop, while also talking to his friends supporting him from the rail. By contrast, Dinesh Alt remains sitting bolt upright in his chair.


Ercan Atmaca: During more focused times

On a recent hand, Alt just called when he was first to act pre-flop and Atmaca raised to 300,000. Alt then said that he was all-in and Atmaca went into the tank. He counted his stack a few times--he had 2.85 million more--but then folded, leaving himself with that amount.

Not long afterwards, Alt again just completed pre-flop and Atmaca casually took a fistful of blue chips and plonked them over the line. Alt asked for a count, found out it was 475,000, and folded.

6:50pm: Atmaca chipping away
Level 29 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

This is shaping up to be a pretty interesting heads-up duel now with the measured approach of Dinesh Alt coming up against what, on the surface, appears to be a more devil-may-care attitude from Ercan Atmaca. Both of those impressions may be false, of course. But that's how it seems.

In a recent hand, Atmaca limped from the small blind and Alt raised to 350,000. Atmaca responded with a three-bet to 850,000 and Alt called.

The flop came J♠4♥4♦ and Alt checked. Atmaca, chuckling, bet 800,000 and Alt, stony-faced, folded.

6:35pm: Atmaca back in it with double up
Level 29 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Ercan Atmaca is back in the game after doubling up with K♠J♠ against Dinesh Alt's J♦T♥. Alt shoved pre-flop and Atmaca called for his last 1.715 million. The board bricked and Atmaca now has 3.5 million to play with.

6:25pm: Alt takes commanding lead after cooler
Level 29 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Dinesh Alt has seized control of this heads-up battle in the first significant pot they played. He made a better two pair than Ercan Atmaca and the latter did not slow down his betting.

Alt raised to 250,000 pre-flop and Atmaca min-three-bet to 500,000. Alt called. The flop came A♠3♣K♥ and Atmaca bet 350,000. Alt called.

The turn was the 4♣ and Atmaca now bet 700,000, which Alt called. And that took them to the 9♦ river. Atmaca bet 1.3 million and Alt called. Atmaca showed K♦4♠ but Alt had A♦4♦ and it was better.

Atmaca now has only 1.7 million and Alt has the rest.

6:10pm: Heads up dead heat
Level 29 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Although there has been a flurry of eliminations, it is far from certain to end soon. They are all but even going into heads up play:

Dinesh Alt: 4.6 million
Ercan Atmaca: 4.5 million

6:10pm: Abdi-Ali out in third; tournament heads up
Level 29 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

This flurry of eliminations has continued. On the third hand back from the break, Walid Abdi-Ali has bust to Ercan Atmaca.

Atmaca opened to 220,000 and Abdi-Ali, with about 11 big blinds, shoved. Atmaca called instantly with A♣J♠ and was ahead of Abdi-Ali's K♦4♣.

Abdi-Ali was delighted with the flop of K♠Q♠4♠ and the 5♦ turn was fine too. However the 9♠ on the river made Atmaca a straight and Abdi-Ali perished. He wins €31,650 for third.

They're now heads up to decide who takes €69,120 and who takes €43,790.

5:55pm: Break time chip-counts
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

The last three players are off on a 15-minute break. Here are the stacks they will return to:

Dinesh Alt: 5.18 million
Ercan Atmaca: 3.115 million
Walid Abdi-Ali: 1.250 million

5:50pm: Oral busts in fourth
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

And just like that, we're down to three with Dinesh Alt now the table captain. He has just made a really good call to send Ismet Oral out in fourth.

Alt raised the button, making it 175,000 to play. Oral shoved from the big blind, for 1.2 million. Alt took a long while over his decision, as he has at all critical moments in this tournament, and once again he made the right move. He called and was ahead with his A♣6♥ to Oral's K♣Q♦.

The board ran 7♦7♠8♣9♣A♦ and Oral, who had played his short stack efficiently today, is now €25,600 richer.


Ismet Oral busts

There is one minute left on the level and we'll get full three-handed chip-counts during the imminent 15-minute break.

5:45pm: Scheidt out in fifth
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

As predicted, it's all-in followed by all-in now at this final table. The latest has sent Erik Scheidt, the overnight leader, to the payouts table in fifth.

Ercan Atmaca opened his button, making it 200,000 to play. Scheidt pushed from the big blind with 9♦9♣ and Atmaca, with A♠J♦, called.

There was something for everyone on the flop of 8♦7♦6♦ but by the time the 3♦ came on the turn, Scheidt had two outs--for the straight flush--to keep him alive.

The A♥ on the river was not one of them, and he goes home in fifth. He takes €20,260 from the second Eureka final table of his career.

5:40pm: Oral all-in, doubles
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Sure enough, the action has picked up. Ismet Oral was all-in almost immediately after Schauenburg was eliminated. But Oral scored a double up through Erik Scheidt to leave the latter with only 850,000.

Oral's J♠T♥ made a straight on the board of 6♥8♥9♣4♥Q♣ to beat Scheidt's pocket fives. They got it in pre-flop.

Oral had 550,000, so is back over a million. Scheidt assumes short-stack status again.

5:30pm: Schauenburg busts in sixth; dam sure to open
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

After an improbably two-and-a-half hours of play, we have lost our first player with Marcel Schauenburg, the only man to play every day of this tournament, going out in sixth.

The hand that left him on life support came when Erik Scheidt raised all-in from the button for his last 750,000 and Schauenburg, in the small blind, called. He had only about 860,000 himself.

Scheidt: 2♦2♣
Schauenburg: A♣Q♣

So it was a straight race for Scheidt's life, and he had the smallest pair in the deck. However, to chants of "Hold!" from his rail, it did indeed hold as the board ran 8♥4♠9♣4♥J♣.

That was a big double up for Scheidt, the chip-leader at the start of the day, and left Schauenburg with only 115,000. He got that in two hands later and was called by both Ercan Atmaca, in the small blind, and Dinesh Alt, in the big blind.

Those two checked down a board of Q♦9♣6♦8♦3♠ and Alt's 8♣2♥ beat the A♣7♠ of Atmaca and, crucially, the J♦K♣ of Schauenburg.


Marcel Schauenburg busts

Schauenburg, who invested €3,000 plus fees into this one, takes €15,590 for sixth. So all's well that ends well.

With that, I wouldn't be surprised if we don't lose another couple very quickly.

5:20pm: Grind continues
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

This has become a bit of a weird final table with everyone so comparatively short-stacked. It means that one false step can put anyone in the danger zone: if the biggest stack doubled up the shortest, their positions would all but switch.

Walid Abdi-Ali open shoved for just short of 1.1 million and Ercan Atmaca, in the small blind, wanted a count. He folded and then I think told the table that he had folded jacks. The veracity of that depends on two things: firstly, the fact that he's a poker player. Secondly, my German isn't great, so that might not be what he said at all.

Here's something I do know: Dinesh Alt just won three pots on the bounce with pre-flop raises, picking up blinds and antes.

5pm: Abdi-Ali gets away from it
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Walid Abdi-Ali opened the button to 170,000 and Ercan Atmaca called from the big blind. They both checked the 6♦J♠8♣ flop and then Atmaca bet 250,000 after the 3♠ turn. Abdi-Ali showed the A♠ as he mucked and Atmaca showed the 8♦6♣ for flopped two pair that he didn't get paid.


Standing room only on the rail

4:50pm: No break
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

The scheduled break for the end of Level 27 did not materialise, so we're pushing on into Level 28. Here are the approximate stacks:

Dinesh Alt: 2.25 million
Ercan Atmaca: 1.9 million
Walid Abdi-Ali: 1.55 million
Marcel Schauenburg: 1.55 million
Erik Scheidt: 1.3 million
Ismel Oral: 860,000

4:45pm: Hero call from Abdi-Ali
Level 27 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

As Level 27 ticked to its end, Walid Abdi-Ali made a great call with king-high to boost his stack for the higher blinds. It started when action folded to Marcel Schauenburg in the small blind and he completed. Abdi-Ali checked his option.

The flop came T♠5♠9♣ and Schauenburg led for 70,000. Abdi-Ali called. The turn was the 2♣ and Schauenburg bet 135,000. Abdi-Ali called. The river was the 2♦ and Schauenburg tried again, this time for 280,000. Abdi-Ali called again.

Schauenburg forlornly turned over J♠7♠ and Abdi-Ali exposed his K♠8♠, pointing at the king triumphantly.

4:40pm: Atmaca makes some
Level 27 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

After a period of very little happening--all of Eric Scheidt, Marcel Schauenberg and Dinesh Alt raised pre-flop and took blinds and antes--Ercan Atmaca won a pot that got as far as the turn.

Ismet Oral, who was down to his last 700,000, raised to 120,000 from under the gun and Atmaca, one seat to his left, and Alt, one seat further around, called. The three of them went to a flop of 4♠7♣K♥ and Oral checked.

Atmaca bet 180,000 and only Alt called, taking them to the Q♦ on the turn. Atmaca bet 300,000 and Alt folded.

Approximate stacks:

Walid Abdi-Ali: 950,000
Ismet Oral: 550,000
Ercan Atmaca: 1,650,000
Dinesh Alt: 2,600,000
Erik Scheidt: 1,400,000
Marcel Schauenburg: 1,800,000

We'll make those a bit more accurate at the end of this level.

4:20pm: Two shoves
Level 27 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

Dinesh Alt opened two pots in a row, from cutoff then hijack. The first he got through, but the second resulted in a shove from Walid Abdi-Ali in the small blind, which forced Alt to fold.

On the next hand, action folded around to Ismet Oral in the small blind and he open shoved his 565,000. Ercan Atmaca folded his big blind.

Oral had been left short after a pot against Marcel Schauenburg where Schauenburg called Oral's bet of 145,000 on the turn, with the board reading 4♥A♣8♣J♥. There had clearly been some betting before this, with a pot of about 200,000 already amassed.

The river was the 4♣ and both players checked. Schauenburg's A♠2♣ was good as Oral mucked.

4:10pm: More for Alt
Level 27 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

Dinesh Alt now has about 2.7 million, while Walid Abdi-Ali has slumped to 850,000 after the Swiss player just won another pot from his favourite adversary.

Abdi-Ali opened to 140,000 and Alt called in the big blind. The flop came 3♠4♥4♦ and Alt check-called Abdi-Ali's bet of 140,000. They both checked the 2♥ turn and then Alt bet 250,000 after the Q♠ river. Abdi-Ali called but mucked when Alt showed his K♦Q♦.

4:05pm: Alt takes over the chip lead
Level 27 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

Dinesh Alt, who was the tournament short-stack when there were 22 players left, is now the chip leader of the final six. He has just doubled up through Walid Abdi-Ali to occupy top spot for the first time.

Alt opened to 120,000 from the cutoff and Abdi-Ali defended his big blind. It got immediately interesting on the flop, where Abdi-Ali checked the Q♠K♦6♠ board and Alt bet 140,000. Then Abdi-Ali raised to 295,000. Alt, with just shy of 800,000 behind, called.

The K♠ came on the turn, which was a clear action card. The flush draw got there, but king-queen was now a boat. Abdi-Ali instantly pushed all-in.

Alt now had a decision for his tournament. He had 645,000 behind and, after about three or four minutes in the tank, called. Abdi-Ali showed K♣J♥ and a relieved Alt showed his A♠2♠. "I thought you might have full house," Alt said.

The T♦ was a blank and Alt now has 2.15 million. Abdi-Ali has 1.5 million.

3:50pm: Jacks for Atmaca
Level 26 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

On what turned out to be the last hand of Level 26, Walid Abdi-Ali opened to 110,000 but then folded after Ercan Atmaca three-bet to 235,000 from the cutoff. Everyone else had also folded by that point, and Atmaca showed J♣J♥ by way of proof that he wasn't three-betting light.

The buzzer sounded for the end of Level 26 during that hand, so we're heading straight into Level 27 where blinds are 30,000/60,000 with a 5,000 ante. Still six handed.

3:40pm: Alt bounces back
Level 26 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Dinesh Alt has taken his stack back up to 1.25 million--about what he started with today--after taking a small sliver from Marcel Schauenburg.

Alt raised to 110,000 from the cutoff and picked up calls from both Schauenburg, in the small blind, and Walid Abdi-Ali, in the big. Both the blinds checked the 3♥T♠J♣ flop, and then only Schauenburg called when Alt bet 140,000.


Dinesh Alt bounces back

They then checked down both the 6♣ turn and 3♦ river and Schauenburg exposed his K♦Q♦, a straight draw that missed. Alt's 8♣6♣ made a pair on the turn and was good.

Schauenburg still has 1.7 million.

3:35pm: Scheidt wins one; Dinesh Alt in trouble
Level 26 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

The start of this final table hadn't gone according to plan for Erik Scheidt. He had been the most active player, as chip-leaders tend to be, but hadn't won anything during the opening couple of orbits.

Case in point: Scheidt made it 110,000 from the hijack and, in a repeat of the 3:20pm hand, Walid Abdi-Ali called from the button. But this time, when action made it to Ercan Atmaca in the big blind, he shoved for 950,000 and both Scheidt and Abdi-Ali folded.

But then Scheidt did win some chips. He opened again to 110,000 on the next hand and Dinesh Alt was the only called, in the big blind. They both checked the J♠4♣6♥ flop, but then Alt bet 135,000 on the 8♠ turn. Scheidt called.


Erik Scheidt: Overcame a rocky start

The 4♥ came on the river and both checked. Alt turned over A♣5♦ but Sheidt had him out-kicked with the A♠Q♠.

Alt is left with 740,000 now. Sheidt is back up to around 1.8 million.

3:20pm: Abdi-Ali surges ahead
Level 26 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

It seemed pretty unlikely that we could see any six-figure pots without somebody being all-in, but that has already been proven wrong. Walid Abdi-Ali has just added a big chunk to his stack when he came out best in the three-hander also involving Erik Schiedt and Ercan Atmaca.

Scheidt opened with a raise to 110,000 from the hijack and Abdi-Ali called on the button. Atmaca also came along from the big blind.

The flop brought the T♣4♦3♣ and Atmaca checked. Scheidt c-bet to 165,000 and both opponents called.

The A♠ came on the turn and Atmaca checked again. Scheidt bet 315,000 and this time only Abdi-Ali came along.

The 3♠ fell on the river and Scheidt was now first to act. He checked his stack numerous times--he had about 1.45 million back--but eventually checked. That allowed Abdi-Ali to check behind and turn over A♣2♣. He had a flush draw on the flop, top pair on the turn and two pair by the river.


Walid Abdi-Ali: Assumes the chip lead

Scheidt mucked. Abdi-Ali now has close to 3 million.

3:05pm: First blood to Abdi-Ali
Level 26 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Walid Abdi-Ali took the first pot of the final table after raising from the cutoff to 105,000 and getting a call from Dinesh Alt in the big blind. They both checked the 5♠7♦A♥ flop and then Alt also checked the Q♥ turn. Abdi-Ali bet 120,000 and Alt called.

The river was the 5♦ and Alt checked again. Abdi-Ali bet 170,000 and after looking his opponent up and down a few times, Alt folded.

The stacks are so tight that that will now make Alt the tournament short stack and will give Abdi-Ali the lead. But by the time you're reading this, that might easily have changed again.

3pm: Play due to begin
Level 26 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Players are now in their seats with their chip bags ripped open and action is about to begin.

2:30pm: The race to the title

Good afternoon all and welcome back, for the final time, to Hamburg for the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event. Over the course of the next five or six hours we will crown our latest champion. Six players remain in the hunt, and it is truly anyone's game. Only about 12 big blinds separates first and sixth in what is an even and shallow final table.

We begin in Level 26, with blinds at 25,000-50,000. Even Erik Scheidt, who is the chip-leader, can't really afford to be too tricky with his 39 BBs.

The stacks are as follows:

Erik ScheidtGermanyPokerStars qualifier1975000
Marcel SchauenburgGermany 1795000
Walid Abdi-AliGermany 1660000
Ercan AtmacaNetherlands 1265000
Dinesh AltSwitzerlandPokerStars player1260000
Ismet OralTurkey 1190000

Check out the payouts page to see who has earned what so far, and what's on offer to the last six.

Play begins at 3pm local time. Don't be late.


Howard Swains
@howardswains in Eureka Poker Tour