Ulrich Pauls Wins PSFEST Hamburg for €106kNovember 29, 2017 12:47 pm
The PokerStars Festival Hamburg took place at the Casino Schenefeld in Germany from November 17-26, during which time 2,609 players from around the world managed to secure a share of its €1,170,138 ($1,394,629) prize pool.
Needless to say, the €1,100 PokerStars Hamburg Main Event proved to be one of its most popular tournaments, with 567 players entering the five-day event. One of those players was local man Ulrich Pauls, who despite the stiff competition, managed to stay ahead of the field and ultimately secure the title worth an impressive €105,850 ($124,221).
Ulrich Pauls didn’t have the best start at the PokerStars Festival Hamburg, though, and said that he had failed to cash at a number of side vents, including the Hamburg Cup, and PokerStars Open. He also lost money at the cash game tables, too, and said that he was about to call it a series when a friend of his persuaded him to enter Day 1D of the Main Event.
Ulrich Pauls’ fateful and fortuitous decision ultimately resulted in a huge payday for the 36-year-old businessman, and commenting on his approach during the tournament, explained:
“I like to play following my feeling. If I feel something I pay and today this strategy worked really well.”
Among the notable players finishing in a money spot was Jesper Hansen in 67th ($2,382), Walid Ali in 47th ($2,641), Daniel Niemitz in 27th($3,931), and Igor Rybak in 15th ($6,642), and De-Han Kim in 11th (€7,640).
At the final table, Ulrich Pauls then eliminated Marcin Horecki in 8th, before being dealt A-10 and sending Karolis Domarkas (K-Q) to the rail in 7th. Pauls followed up by taking care of Bo Rundström in 5th and Behzad Zarnegar in 4th, and after Michal Lubas knocked Jan Sigel out in 3rd, the final showdown was set between Ulrich Pauls and Michal Lubas for the title.
The final hand of the Main Event subsequently saw Lubas (7-7) re-reraising all-in on a 7-5-4 flop, and receiving a call from Pauls with 4-3. The 2 on the turn improved Pauls odds slightly, but the ace on the river completed an unlikely straight for the Hamburg man to secure him a famous victory.
Final table Results:
1: Ulrich Pauls €105,850
2: Michal Lubas €66,220
3: Jan Sigel €47,410
4: Behzad Zarnegar €36,960
5: Bo Rundström €28,980
6: Andrei Nodea €22,770
7: Karolis Domarkas €16,990
8: Marcin Horecki €11,770