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Blinds: 15,000-30,000 (ante: 3,000)
3.58pm: Break time
Players go on a 15 minute break at the end of level 25.
3.55pm: Before the break
Thorson makes a pre-flop bet of 99,000. McDonald then raises to 300,000 before the action returns to the Swede. He thinks for several minutes but then folds as the level comes to comes to a close.
3.50pm: Naujoks getting involved
It’s a relatively quiet passage of play, with few flops and little action. Mike McDonald recently made it 80,000 to play and Sandra Naujoks reraised to 230,000. That was enough and McDonald folded. Naujoks stacked up about 650,000 total. The approximate counts at the moment are:
Holger Kanisch 489,000
William Thorson 1,057,000
Johan Storåkers 1,050,000
Mike McDonald 1,163,000
Sandra Naujoks 638,000
Luca Pagano 852,000
Marc Gork 1,380,000
3.45pm: Blinds backed up
You may have noticed the blinds are not following the standard structure. This is because the blinds were pegged back a level at the start of play, making the level 25 blinds currently 15,000-30,000 with a 3,000 ante.
3.40pm: Gork and Pagano at it
The action is folded to Luca Pagano on the button who makes it 95,000. Marc Gork in the small blind raises to 200,000. With no one else involved it was back to Pagano who put a stack of blue chips on stand by while he thought things through. He glanced over at Gork, only to see Gork staring back with a certain degree of cheek. Pagano called for a flop of [7S]-[9S]-[5S]. Gork immediately moved all-in without touching his chips. More thinking but Pagano passed.
3.30pm: Thorson loves blinds
William Thorson takes down two small pots back to back. The first is when he’s in the big blind and Holger Kanisch makes it up from the small, then both players check the [KD]-[JC]-[AD]-[7C]-[KC] board all the way, before Thorson bets on the end. Kanisch folds. The next hand, it’s folded all the way to Thorson’s small blind before he puts in a raise and pinches Johan Storåkers’ 40,000.
Incidentally, all incidences of this letter: ‘å’ on PokerStarsblog.com come courtesy of PokerStarsblog.nu, where there’s loads of that kind of thing. (And some squealing whenever a Swede wins a pot.)
3.22pm: Cengizcan Ulusu, Turkey, finishes eighth for €83,500
A three way all-in makes for the biggest hand of the day so far. Ulusu, who had been crippled in the McDonald hand, moved in with [JH]-[9H], being met there by Marc Gork with pocket jacks and Johan Storakers with pocket sixes. The flop was good for Gork, [JS]-[QS]-[3S], but crucially one of Storakers’s sixes was a spade, making Gork sweat. He needn’t have worried. The [4D] and [2D] did nothing to change things and Ulusu becomes the eighth place finisher.
3.17pm: Well, it’s unconventional; let’s say that
This is a bonkers hand. William Thorson limped from under-the-gun plus two, and Cengizcan Ulusu raised to 150,000. Mike McDonald had seen enough and shoved all in for 572,000. Thorson folded, but Ulusu then went through one of the most extraordinary routines seen at an EPT final table. The Turk seemed desperate to call, but then maybe thought better of it, but then decided to let the Gods determine his fate. He reached into his inside pocket and found a coin, tossed it, then announced: “Call.” What did he have? Well, he had [KD]-[2D]. McDonald had pocket kings. The flop brought a two, but the miracle outdraw did not come and McDonald doubled up. “He quite literally lost a coin flip,” said Stephen Bartley. McDonald doubles, Ulusu is crippled.
3.07pm: Storakers strikes
Johan Storakers consolidated his chip lead by three-betting William Thorson pre-flop and getting his countryman to lay it down. The latest approximate chip counts going into this level are:
Holger Kanisch 664, 000
William Thorson 1, 026, 000
Cengizcan Ulusu 644, 000
Johan Storåkers 1, 498, 000
Mike McDonald 629, 000
Sandra Naujoks 624, 000
Luca Pagano 1, 069, 000
Marc Gork 475, 000
3pm: First all-in
A bet of 85,000 by Pagano, raised by Kanisch who moves all-in for 510,000. Pagano thinks for a second but mucks.
2.55pm: Blinds up
Naujoks raises 50,000 pre-flop, good for the blinds and antes.