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Blinds: 2,500-5,000 (ante: 500)
1.07pm: What was and what now is
Joep van den Bijgaart bet 52,000 with the board already showing 9d-Js-7h-3h. But his life was about to get complicated by the all-in move of Arnaud Esquevin. Bijgaart got up, standing behind his chair staring back, trying to look into the future. Seeing nothing he got back into his chair, eventually calling with pocket kings and crying “Wow” when Esquevin turned over his 9s-7s for two pairs. The river didn’t help the Dutchman, his tournament all in the past now. I’ve the face of misery and right now it belongs to Joep van den Bijgaart.
1.05pm: Wrecking-ball Kranich continues carnage
Eric Newton’s chips are the latest to find their way into Moritz Kranich’s stack. The first anyone noticed of the coup going down on their table was when Newton slid his chair back, shook Kranich’s hand and headed to the payout table. They continue to fall at a spectacular rate.
12.55pm: Going… Koen… gone!
Koen Berendsen is out after moving all in for 67,000 from the button and finding David Ulliott lurking in the small blind with two red aces. Berendsen had Kc-Qc and although the flop gave some outside hope of an outdraw – 9d-2s-10s – the turn (7c) and river (2c) sent the Dutch player to the rail.
12.45pm: Kock blocked
Jean Claude Pietrotti is out. He moved in pre-flop with pocket eights and was called by Herbert Kock with pocket queens. The flop was kind to Pietrotti, giving him an eight. But the board giveth and the board taketh away, and a queen promptly landed on the river.
Elsewhere the man with the pink hair Alessio Isaia just doubled up through J B Bot, a less dramatic A-K over A-Q duel. And Mika Paasonen, who started today with a little more than 80,000, has added some, moving in several times but as of yet getting no takers.
Within the first half of the first level of the day, seven players have met their maker. The prizewinners page will be updated throughout the day with the identities of the bustouts.
12.32pm: Pole axed
The last Polish player Pawel Chmiel has just been eliminated, pushing in with A-T and called by the pocket fives of tearaway Bruno Launais. The flop was good to Launais, coming 6h-2h-3c; the turn was even better, a 5d. The river, the 5h, seemed to prove that God really likes Launais, who raised a finger in victory as if he’d planned quads all along.
12.22pm: Launais lands another
Bruno Launais made it 14,000 pre-flop. He got two callers, Toni Ojala in seat one and Tomas De Hoog in seat 6. The flop came Ac-Jc-2c and it was checked around to Launais who, with early fighting spirit, bet again to take another pot.
12.15pm: Devilfish deviled
First hand of the day and David Ulliott gets a taste of what he’s in for. The British player raises to 15,000 from early position and Arnaud Esquevin, one of the tournament big stacks, calls in the big blind. The flop comes 4c-6c-5d and Esquevin checks. Devilfish bets 20,000 and now Esquevin is interested, making it 30,000 more. Ulliott folds and says: “Ace king, you know. Ace king.” Esquevin is silent.