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Blinds: 10,000-20,000 (ante: 2,000)
12.05am: The chip leaders
Johan Storakers is the current chip leader on 1,239,000, followed by Luca Pagano on
1,036,000 and Mike McDonald on 952,000.
12am: Langmann almost finds a hand
Florian Langmann makes it 48,000 pre-flop. William Thorson re-raises to 170,000 from the small blind. Back on Langmann the ShootingStar takes his time but eventually folds.
11.50pm: The seat draw
Seat 1: Holger Kranisch – 865,000
Seat 2: William Thorson – 532,000
Seat 3: Cengizcan Ulusu – 833,000
Seat 4: Johan Storåkers – 1,243,000
Seat 5: Michael McDonald – 956,000
Seat 6: Sandra Naujoks – 493,000
Seat 7: Luca Pagano – 1,040,000
Seat 8: Marc Gork – 335,000
Seat 9: Florian Langmann – 307,000
11.45pm: We’re back
And we’re underway again.
11.30pm: Short break
There’s a short break in the action while the last nine players are wired up for the TV table and chips are moved into place. Play should resume in ten minutes or so.
11.25pm: The last table
Waldemar Kopyl moved all-in with [JC]-[3D]. Next to him was Holger Kanisch who called with [AS]-[6D]. It was showdown time close to the TV bubble. The board came [2H]-[6C]-[2S]-[5S]-[8C]. Kopyl was up from his chair shaking the hands of his table mates. He leaves in tenth place, leaving the last nine to play until one more player is eliminated.
11.20pm: Thorson on film
Still plugging away successfully is Team PokerStars Pro William Thorson. He spoke to the video blog team earlier today…
11.15pm: Mind games…
With just two more players to bust before the final it’s hardly surprising things are a little more cagey now. The only hand of note in the last quarter of an hour involved Marc Gort and Sandra Naujoks. Gork began by asking everyone at the table if any of them had aces and betting pre-flop. Naujoks called for a flop of A-Q-2. Naujoks checked and Gork asked her if she had aces. No, came the reply to which Gork said he would raise then. Naujoks folded. Gork showed his aces.
11pm: Confusion on table two
Sandra Naujoks just doubled up, but not without a degree of drama. The hand began with McDonald betting 200,000 from the small blind. Assuming that she was covered by that Naujoks said “call” and was about to turn over her cards when Johan Storakers urged, “No, no, no, no!” McDonalds bet didn’t cover Naujoks, who would have 20,000 left.
So, she called instead for a flop of [6S]-[JH]-[7H]. Being a good sport, McDonald bet a measly looking 20,000, allowing Naujoks to call and giving Thomas Kremser a chuckle. Naujoks showed A-T to McDonalds Q-6. He was ahead on the flop but not when an ace hit the turn, doubling up the ShootingStar.
10.50pm: Thorson, son of Thor
The Swedish Team PokerStars Pro William Thorson just put his tournament on the line in a pot against Matthias Kurschner on the feature table. Pah! Was it ever really on the line? Of course not. Sure, all his chips were in the middle on a board of T-6-5-K but Kurschner insta-mucked the minute Thorson shoved. It was a strange old hand. There was 122,000 in the middle pre-flop, then a check from Thorson on the flop, followed by a call of Kurschner’s 100,000 bet. Then that turn came – the king – and Thorson check-raised all in, after Kurschner bet 140,000. Kurschner only had about 230,000 behind when he made the instant fold, either a sign that he had been caught bluffing with air or a certain knowledge that Thorson had him beat. Either way, Thorson is now up to more than 700,000.
10.45pm: Champ change
Marc Gork made it 35,000 pre-flop. Next to act was Florian Langmann who made it 100,000 before Mike McDonald re-raised to 200,000. Gork folded but Langmann thunk it over. A bad call would leave him with little. He passed to live another day. McDonald up to around 850,000.
10.40pm: New level
Dadda-dad-da-da-dad-dadda-dad-da-da-da! That’s the sound of the level ending and the new one beginning. Sing it.