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Blinds: 15,000-30,000 (ante: 3,000)
William Thorson has just taken the first sizeable pot of the final table so far. It was a battle of the blinds, with Holger Kanisch making up Thorson’s 30,000 big blind. Thorson checked. The flop came [QC]-[JH]-[9D] and both players checked. The turn was the [4C] and Kanisch bets 25,000. Thorson bumped it up to 75,000, and Kanisch called. The river was the [AC] and Kanisch checked again. Thorson bet 105,000, which was half the pot, and Kanisch called. Thorson showed 9-4 for bottom two, and Kanisch mucked.
2.50pm: Luca’s loot
Mike McDonald bet 22,000 pre-flop. Luca Pagano re-raised to 220,000, enough to take the pot.
2.40pm: Early action
McDonald and Naujoks see a flop. [AC]-[10H]-[9D] both check but when McDonald checks the [7S] turn Naujoks makes it 40,000, enough for the Canadian to pass.
2.30pm: Cards in the air
On the very stroke of half an hour late, play gets underway. Luca Pagano raises to 140,000 pre-flop and takes the blinds and antes. We still have about 20 minutes of level 24 to play.