Henrik Junker and Mads Wissing are playing out one of those personal scraps within a larger battle that sometimes develop at about this stage. Junker raised to 32,000 from the cut off and Wissing raised to 66,000 from the small blind. Junker showed the A♦ but folded.
On the next hand, Junker again raised to 27,000 from mid-position and again Wissing, this time with the button, made it 66,000. Junker dwelled a little while but soon announced he was all in, which persuaded Wissing out of it. Junker took back the chips he lost on the last pot.
It’s been a good morning for Junker, especially in PokerStars Blog land. We (and by “we”, I mean “I”) reported that he was out in the last hand of last night. But in fact that was Jens Sundberg – it was a case of mistaken identity – and Junker is still in. Apologies to all the friends and family of Junker. Reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated. — HS
2.55pm: And here’s a video
This is the video team’s take on the start of the day…
2.50pm: More from the outer tables
Paul Szyszko raised from second position and only picked up Henrik Junker on the button to go to a 9♣6♠3♥ flop. Szyszko continued his aggression with a 30,000 c-bet. Call. The turn came 4♣ where Szyszko’s aggression deserted him as he check-folded to a 55,000 bet from Junker. — MC
2.40pm: Stranger danger
The chips were going in long before the board read 2♠Q♠5♦2♥. Peter Eastgate, brow furrowed more than usual, and Damien Fouquet playing with the abandon of a man with nothing to prove, had each put hundreds into the middle.
Fouquet checked the turn and Eastgate bet 77,000. Fouquet raised this to 154,000 which Eastgate then called for a river card 4♦, making this pot worth 448,000. Now Fouquet bet big, 220,000. Eastgate called almost immediately, although we never got to see his cards. Fouquet showed 5♠5♣, taking the pot.
Eastgate may be no stranger to feature tables, deep into main events, but Fouquet certainly is. This is his first live event anywhere. Anders Beckman, famous in Sweden as the actor in the Yellow Pages commercial, who sat with him on day one, pointed out Fouquet’s amazing story, noting how on that first day Fouquet had been making the basic mistakes common among rookies. “Now he’s the chip leader,” said Beckman. “It’s amazing. — SB.
2.35pm: A view from the outside
Some early skirmishes from the outer tables.
On table Romanello, Morten Guldhammer has been the most active player, and has had the audacity to take on the chip leader. The confidence of qualifying for $1 can do that to you.
There was at least 100,000 in the pot and four cards exposed: 8♥3♠J♣10♦. Guldhammer bet 40,000 and Romanello called. The river was 5♦ and Guldhammer moved all in, for about 450,000.
Romanello asked for the count but when he was told, he mucked. “Good laydown,” Guldhammer said. “I had queen high.” He then tabled Q♠2♣ to general gasps.
This earned him a few chips back after he lost some earlier on when Henrik Junker had moved all in, forcing a fold.
On table Teng, it’s Ricky Fohrenbach calling the early shots, but with mixed fortunes. He raised to 29,000 pre-flop and was called by Anton Wigg. The flop came K♣3♥3♠ and both players checked. The turn was Q♥ and it looked like some chips went in – but it was right at the time Guldhammer was pulling off his bluff on the other table, and I was distracted. Sue me*.
Anyhow, they both went to a river of 6♦, where Fohrenbach bet 99,000. Wigg called and they showed their hands: Fohrenbach had K♠5♠ and Wigg had K♦J♦. That made the most important card that Q♥. It meant they chopped the pot. — HS
*Don’t sue me.
2.26pm: Level up
Play moves into level 20 proper now.
2.25pm: Early action
First blood on the feature table goes to Jesper Petersen with an innocent looking raise on a flop of 3♥Q♣3♠. He followed up that modest pot with a nice meaty one against Richard Loth, who opened for 27,000 pre-flop which Petersen called. On the flop of 5♥J♥A♦ Loth bet another 40,000 which Petersen called for a 3♥ on the turn.
Now Loth checked and Petersen maintained the pace, betting 50,000 which Loth eventually called. On the 8♣ river Loth checked again as Petersen threw out 85,000. Loth looked down at his cards again. “Eight-five?” he asked, and pushed the call over the line showing pocket kings. Petersen held ace-jack to take his second pot of the day. — SB.
2.20pm: We’re off
All the official announcements were made over the PA system before Thomas Kremser announced “Shuffle up and deal.”
1.50pm: A little administration
While we’re at it with the links, don’t forget you can keep track of all today’s chip counts on the cleverly named chip count page and do the same with the eliminations. Guess what we called the prizewinners page? — SB.
1.30pm: Welcome back
A good half hour until the start. When things do get under way we’ll play three minutes of level 19 at blinds of 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante before things turn up a notch to 6,000-12,000, 1,000 ante. No sign of the players yet so twiddle your thumbs while reading today’s introduction, which you can find here. — SB.
PokerStars Blog reporting team: Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.