Live Events 1
€550 Main Event, €125,000 GTD
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in €550
Prize Pool €120,175
Players 253

Level Info

Level 29
Blinds 75,000 / 150,000
Ante 150,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 9

Highlights

Highlights

€550 Main Event, €125,000 GTD
Day 3 completed

Maximilian Silz Wins the Pokercode Festival Bratislava Main Event (€23,169)

Jaxon • Level 29: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante
Maximilian Silz
Maximilian Silz

Germany's Maximilian Silz won the €125,000 guaranteed Pokercode Festival Bratislava €550 Main Event for €23,169 after agreeing to a heads-up deal with his friend Tim Van Loo and then coming from behind to win the festival's inaugural Main Event trophy.

Silz more than doubled his live tournament earnings with the win but this does not mean he wasn't a very experienced player.

"I’m usually not playing live, I am playing mostly cash games online," Silz shared with PokerNews. "I have played some tournaments in Germany but this is my biggest cash by far. It was great to get heads-up against my friend Tim (Van Loo) and to ship the event. It was an amazing finish to a special festival and it was a great trip.”

2021 Pokercode Bratislava Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Maximilian SilzGermany€23,169*
2Tim Van LooGermany€19,395*
3Alexander BaierGermany€11,950
4Fabian BernhauserAustria€9,735
5Leonard HermannGermany€7,270
6Isuf HoxhaCzech Republic€6,010
7Filip JurgaGermany€4,805
8Konstantin HammermuellerAustria€3,785
9Vladimir BednarSlovakia€3,005

*Reflects heads-up deal.

Silz didn't necessarily come out to Banco Casino Bratislava to play poker. For him, it was more about having a great experience after he was invited to come by some of the Pokercode crew.

“I am friends with Steffen Sontheimer, Fedor Holz, and Rainer Kempe," Silz explained. "They asked me to join and I just wanted to come out and have a fun weekend. Poker wasn’t a priority for this trip but the cash games were great."

Nearly every poker player PokerNews chatted with during the festival had a common message about how friendly the atmosphere was. Pokercode made the festival as fun as possible for the Pokercode community and others visiting with not only an amazing tournament schedule but also many side activities including a pub quiz, a party, and a football competition. Silz shared this sentiment as well.

"The festival was great because the focus wasn’t on the poker side of things but the community and the hanging out," Silz said. "I think more festivals should have this focus to give players a fun poker holiday and a break from the grind."

Maximilian Silz
Maximilian Silz and Fedor Holz

Final Table Action

The Pokercode Festival Bratislava Main Event attracted 253 entries. The final table of nine players began on Sunday after Pokercode cash game coach Steffen Sontheimer hit the rail in 10th place.

Alexander Baier began the final table with the chip lead. Baier had an interesting path to even come to the event. First, Baier won a three-month subscription at Pokercode during Sontheimer's cash promo. As if this wasn't enough, Baier won a package for Bratislava through an MTT promo hosted in the Pokercode community Slack channel hosted by Pokercode tournament coach Simon Rønnow.

The chip lead bounced around early on between Baier, Van Loo, and Leonard Hermann during which time Isuf Hoxha, Filip Jurga, Konstantin Hammermueller, and Vladimir Bednar all hit the rail.

Silz got his first taste of the lead during five-handed action. Van Loo was back with the chip lead during three-handed play after both Fabian Bernhauser and Hermann hit the rail.

Baier continued to hang on but eventually, time ran out for the German student after he got it in with top pair holding jack-eight only to have kicker issues against Van Loo with queen-jack.

While Baier didn't win, the third-place prize of €11,950 certainly will make life easier for him as he is a self-described broke student. He was even worried about how to pay for his parking ticket in Bratislava.

Heads-Up Action

Van Loo entered heads-up play with a nearly 3:1 chip advantage against Silz. Almost immediately after heads-up action began, Silz was able to get two big bluffs through successfully to even up the stacks with his friend Van Loo.

The duo asked the tournament director to pause the clock as they discussed a deal. They eventually agreed to a deal awarding €19,395 for Van Loo and €18,913 for Silz with €4,256 and the trophy left to play for.

Silz held a 2:1 chip advantage against Van Loo when the final hand took place.

Tim Van Loo limped from the small blind and Maximilian Silz checked back from the big blind.

Both players checked the {4-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop before pandemonium broke loose on the {9-Clubs} turn. Silz check-raised from 200,000 to 1,000,000. Van Loo jammed for 4,000,000 and Silz called.

Tim Van Loo: {q-Clubs}{7-Clubs}
Maximilian Silz: {8-Clubs}{2-Clubs}

Van Loo had the better flush draw but Silz paired up his deuce. The {j-Diamonds} river completed the board and Maximilian Silz won the inaugural Pokercode Festival Main Event.

This brings an end to the PokerNews coverage of the Pokercode Festival Bratislava Main Event. Be sure to come back to PokerNews as we follow the biggest poker action around the world.

Pokercode Bratislava 2021 FT
Pokercode Bratislava 2021 Final Table

Tags: Alexander BaierFabian BernhauserFedor HolzFilip JurgaIsuf HoxhaLeonard HermannMaximilian SilzPokercodeRainer KempeSteffen SontheimerTim Van LooVladimir Bednar

Final Table Payouts

Jaxon • Level 29: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante
PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Maximilian SilzGermany€23,169*
2Tim Van LooGermany€19,395*
3Alexander BaierGermany€11,950
4Fabian BernhauserAustria€9,735
5Leonard HermannGermany€7,270
6Isuf HoxhaCzech Republic€6,010
7Filip JurgaGermany€4,805
8Konstantin HammermuellerAustria€3,785
9Vladimir BednarSlovakia€3,005

*Reflects heads-up deal.

Tim Van Loo Eliminated in 2nd Place (€19,395)

Jaxon • Level 29: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante
Tim Van Loo
Tim Van Loo

Tim Van Loo limped from the small blind and Maximilian Silz checked back from the big blind.

Both players checked the {4-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop before pandemonium broke loose on the {9-Clubs} turn. Silz check-raised from 200,000 to 1,000,000. Van Loo jammed for 4,000,000 and Silz called.

Tim Van Loo: {q-Clubs}{7-Clubs}
Maximilian Silz: {8-Clubs}{2-Clubs}

Van Loo had the better flush draw but Silz paired up his deuce. The {j-Diamonds} river completed the board and Maximilian Silz won the inaugural Pokercode Festival Main Event for €23,651 thanks to the heads-up deal, while Van Loo banked €19,395 for finishing runner-up.

Stay tuned at PokerNews for the recap of the Pokercode Festival Bratislava Main Event.

Maximilian Silz de
Maximilian Silz
de 12,700,000 4,200,000
Tim Van Loo de
Tim Van Loo
de Busted

Tags: Maximilian SilzTim Van Loo

Silz Back on Top

Jaxon • Level 29: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante

Maximilian Silz opened the button with {a-Spades}{7-Spades} and was called by Tim Van Loo with {j-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} from the big blind.

Both players checked the {6-Clubs}{4-Spades}{9-Hearts} flop before Van Loo fired out for 550,000 on the {10-Spades} turn. Silz called and the {k-Clubs} river completed the board.

Van Loo bet three-quarters of the pot for 1,500,000. Silz jammed for 5,000,000 and retook the chip lead after Van Loo folded.

Maximilian Silz de
Maximilian Silz
de 8,500,000 2,565,000
Tim Van Loo de
Tim Van Loo
de 4,200,000 -2,530,000

Heads-Up Deal Agreed

Jaxon • Level 29: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante
Tim Van Loo Maximilian Silz
Tim Van Loo Maximilian Silz

Players just paused the action to agree on the following heads-up deal with €4,256 and the trophy to play for.

PlayerChipsDeal Amount
Tim Van Loo6,730,000€19,395
Maximilian Silz5,935,000€18,913
Tim Van Loo de
Tim Van Loo
de 6,730,000 430,000
Maximilian Silz de
Maximilian Silz
de 5,935,000 -465,000

Tags: Tim Van LooMaximilian Silz

Silz Takes the Lead

Jaxon • Level 29: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante

Maximilian Silz just took the lead as follows.

Tim Van Loo opened for 350,000 from the button with {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and Silz defended his big blind with {k-Clubs}{2-Spades}. Both players checked the {8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{k-Spades} flop before Silz check-called for 350,000 on the {j-Clubs} turn. Both players checked the {q-Diamonds} river and Silz took the chip lead after winning the hand.

Maximilian Silz de
Maximilian Silz
de 6,400,000 300,000
Tim Van Loo de
Tim Van Loo
de 6,300,000 -300,000

Silz Steals Another From Van Loo

Jaxon • Level 29: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante
Maximilian Silz
Maximilian Silz

Tim Van Loo opened the button for 350,000 with {a-Spades}{10-Spades} and Maximilian Silz called from the big blind with {7-Diamonds}{6-Spades}.

Silz check-raised the {a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} flop from 200,000 to 700,000 and Van Loo called. Silz continued his aggression with a bet of 700,000 on the {3-Diamonds} turn and Van Loo called again.

The {k-Hearts} river completed the board and Silz jammed for 2,400,000. It could have been all over if Van Loo was able to find a call. But Van Loo folded the best hand and the stacks were close to even after the hand.

Tim Van Loo de
Tim Van Loo
de 6,600,000 -2,400,000
Maximilian Silz de
Maximilian Silz
de 6,100,000 2,400,000

Silz Chips Up

Jaxon • Level 29: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante

Maximilian Silz limped from the button with {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds} and Tim Van Loo checked back his option from the big blind with {10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}.

Van Loo check-called a bet by Silz for 150,000 on the {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}{7-Clubs} flop before he checked again on the {3-Spades} turn. Silz fired out a pot-sized bet of 750,000 and got Van Loo to fold the best hand.

Tim Van Loo de
Tim Van Loo
de 9,000,000 -500,000
Maximilian Silz de
Maximilian Silz
de 3,700,000 500,000

Tags: Maximilian SilzTim Van Loo

Alexander Baier Eliminated in 3rd Place (€11,950)

Jaxon • Level 29: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante
Alexander Baier
Alexander Baier

Tim Van Loo opened the button for 300,000 and Alexander Baier defended his big blind.

Van Loo bet 275,000 on the {3-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop. Baier jammed for 2,500,000 and Van Loo called.

Alexander Baier: {j-Spades}{8-Diamonds}
Tim Van Loo: {q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

Both players flopped top pair but Baier had some kicker issues to resolve in order to stay alive. Baier was drawing dead after Van Loo improved to top two pair on the {q-Diamonds} turn and was officially eliminated in third place for €11,950.

Van Loo will begin heads-up play with a nearly 3:1 chip advantage against Maximilian Silz.

The final two went on a short break after the hand.

Tim Van Loo de
Tim Van Loo
de 9,500,000 2,700,000
Maximilian Silz de
Maximilian Silz
de 3,200,000
Alexander Baier DE
Alexander Baier
DE Busted

Tags: Alexander BaierMaximilian SilzTim Van Loo