More dramatics from various directions. Max Pescatori, complete with a bandana in the colours of his native Italy, just sent another player to the rail, little mercy shown as he stacks up 90,000 worth of chips.

A burst of anticipation must have ripped through the veins of Marius Targowski when he moved all-in on a flop of Q-8-8. Tobias Reinkemeier had come with him this far but was now visibly uncomfortable with the decision he had to make. Little did he know it was about to get worse. He called, turning over his once proud aces, only for Targowski to turn over Q-8. “Nice flop” he admitted, with casual understatement.

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Max Pescatori

There are several dangerous looking tables, one of which features George Danzer, Sebastian Zink, Rolf Slotboom and Joao Barbosa. Of the lot Barbosa, the Warsaw champion, was about to make changes to his current circumstances.

Ukranian Miykola Chornyi made it 2,600 from under-the-gun which Martin Nielsen called on the button. The action went through Slotboom on the small blind to Barbosa on the big. He slid his stack of nearly 22,000 into the middle, rested his folded arms on the edge of the table and waited.

Contrary to what has been heard from others in the tournament room today Barbosa has none of the vocals of some players. While this hand plays out at least two players stood from their tables shouting “Ja! Ja! Ja!” in temporary victory. Barbosa’s thing is to do the opposite, remaining calm and composed from start to finish.

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Joao Barbosa

Chornyi took a few minutes to make his decision but announced “fold”, not mucking his cards but holding on to them for an unofficial showdown later. Nielsen took half the time to make his mind up, announcing “call” and effectively putting himself all-in. Barbosa turned over his [AD]-[KC], ahead of Nielsen’s [KH]-[QD]. The board ran blank, sending the chips to the Portuguese. Barbosa looked to shake hands but Nielsen was gone too soon.

100 players eliminated in two levels.

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