Jacek Ladny is out, quashing any hope Poland had of a first EPT winner. William Thorson saw him safely to the rail, his pocket tens bettering Ladny's A♥-J♠ on a Q♥-4♦-5♣-8♦-3♦ board.
Ladny's elimination was sandwiched by those of Alessandro Meoni (A-10 v the A-K of Cengizcan Ulusu on the EPT Live featured table) and Umberto Vitagliono. It's been another fine showing from the Italians here in Dortmund, and although a few of them have already fallen today, the Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano remains.
We're now down to three eight-handed tables, meaning 24 players are left. There are 15 minutes left in this level and then we will be in the first break of the day. That pause will allow us to conduct a full chip count and catch our breath.