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Blinds: 25,000-50,000 (ante: 5,000)
7.25pm: Naujoks back to the action
Sandra Naujoks came back from the dinner break and moved all in on the first hand. It worked and she picked up the blinds and antes. The second hand back, she did exactly the same thing and again she got it through. There are only two minutes left on this level and we’re entering our 28th hour of play.
7pm: Getting to like this place
Mike McDonald is no stranger to Dortmund. The defending champion spoke to the video blog team earlier today…
See you in an hour.
6.16pm: Luca Pagano, Italy, out in sixth place, earning €153,000
Pagano is done. He had been short-stacked for a while, had moved up to about 800,000 through a series of all in pre-flop shoves, but has now busted in sixth. He moved in again from the button and Marc Gork called from the small blind. They had similar stacks, but Gork just had Pagano covered. They showed their hands: pocket sevens for Pagano, A-9 for Gork. A race. The flop came [10S]-[KD]-[4S], but the turn was the killer, the [9H]. A seven did not appear on the river and the Team PokerStars Pro was knocked out.
6.10pm: Closed for business
There’s a pattern developing of all-in moves. Luca Pagano did it, no takers, then McDonald did the same, no takers.
6pm: Pagano pounces
Luca Pagano moves all-in. It’s folded round to Mike McDonald who doesn’t immediately pass. Instead he counts Pagano’s stack. That’s all though. He mucks.
5.55pm: A flop!
McDonald all in, folded all round. Pagano all in, folded all round. McDonald all in, folded all round. Etc., etc., etc. But then, wow, all kinds of nothing breaks out. Sandra Najouks calls pre-flop, Pagano folds, then the two blinds — Kanisch and Gork — go to the flop. It comes [5D]-[8D]-[8C] and it’s checked all round. Then the turn is [8S] and Kanisch bets 99,000 and everyone folds. That’s that.
5.40pm: All in again
Sandra Naujoks is the latest to move all-in, giving McDonald a rest. Only Luca Pagano ponders a call but after a few minutes the Team PokerStars Pro folds.
5.35pm: McDonald blitz
Mike McDonald is bossing this table now, even though he still doesn’t necessarily have the biggest stack. He’s realised that all in every single hand is the way to go and is doing precisely that, winning blinds and antes over and over again. He adds about 10 percent to his stack every time he does it, and even more when someone else tries to get involved.
5.21pm: Gork needs whoppa but McDonald gets supersized
Mike McDonald moves all-in with [AC]-[QD] for 326,000 and is called by Marc Gork holding [8S]-[7S]. Both players stand to watch the flop, [8D]-[4D]-[AH]. McDonald is ahead and the turn card [JD] gives the Canadian a flush draw which he makes on the [AD] river.
5.20pm: New level
The blinds are up.