Day 3 of the PokerStars Kings Cup over in Rozvadov was played out yesterday as the final twelve players had to be reduced to just the one player that won the title. That man was Phillip Hartmann after he turned his start of day chip lead into the chip stack that contained every chip in the tournament.
Hartmann managed to outlast 551 entries in the tournament, an amount that completely smashed the guaranteed prize pool of €200,000, and finish up as the tournaments deserved winner.
He scooped €45,000 for his efforts after he and two others agreed to a chop of the prize pool when it was three handed. He was already leading when that chop was agreed meaning that he locked up €40,000 whilst Daniel Effendy and Pavel Novotny locked up €29,856 each, leaving just €5,000 and the title to play for.
This event allowed players to fire as many as five bullets in total with two allowed on Day 1a and Day 1b and just one on the turbo format of Day 1c/ Whilst many players used a number of bullets and failed to succeed, Hartmann simply fired just the one bullet on Day 1 before gradually increasing his stack day by day and becoming the chip leader for the start of Day3.
As we know, that chip lead eventually turned into victory after he saw off Daniel Effendy in second place to secure the title.
He actually started the day as he finished the last by eliminating the first player in Georgios Sotiropoulos when his pocket tens were too good for his opponents pocket nines. That elimination would not be added to by Hartmann until there were just three players left.
First he eliminated Pavel Novotny by making a brilliant call to reveal the bluff of Novotny and then defeated Effendy after a 45 minute heads up session when he made a straight to seal the fate of his opponent.
That brought the title to Hartmann who without doubt deserved his achievement and looks like a player we might be seeing a lot more of in the future.
The Final Standings
1st) Philipp Hartmann – €45,000 (d)
2nd) Daniel Effendy – €29,856 (d)
3rd) Pavel Novotny – €29,856 (d)
4th) Lena Remenschneider – €17,958
5th) Petr Targa – €14,083
6th) Jens Steuber – €11,064
7th) Damir Vasiljevic – €8,258
8th) Radek Stockner – €5,719
That concludes the PokerStars Kings Cup for its second outing and due to its obvious popularity, we heavily expect a third to be announced in the future. Until then we have the European Poker Tour to look forward to in Prague next month.