You might already have imagined what this post is about. Level nine, the first of day two, is a flurry of activity with the pulse of “seat open!” cries from all corners of the room. There’s no way to write this any other way from the many times it’s been done before, so here goes…

Frenchman Nicolas Levi fell first, leaving hat in hand when his last 7,500 was sucked up. He’d have company on the rail.

Elsewhere Achim Reiß felt horror and glory in the space of about two seconds. Calling an all-in with a pair of sevens he was up against Samuel Lehtonon’s A-K. A king and a seven hit the flop, giving Reiß a set but when the king hit the river he ignored his own full house and instead thought Lehtonon’s set of kings was good. “Nein!” he cried, only to be told the in comic fashion that the news was good. His relief was juxtaposed by Lehtonen’s silent and unacknowledged departure.

Vincent Wagner has doubled up through Yfiem Spivack, while a few tables along Cengizcan Ulusu did the same though Norbert Hofmann. As that hand played out Jonas Klausen was seen gathering his belongings and heading for the door. He was joined there by Davidi Kitai and ShootingStar Sebastian Ruthenberg and soon by Johannes Strassmann…

Strassmann called Vlado Sevo’s all-in, himself narrowly covered by Sevo, with pocket tens. Sevo showed A-K. The board ran out J-Q-A-3-T. The ten on the end was no good for Strassmann, making a straight for Sevo. After pausing for a confirmation count, Strassmann wished the others good luck and headed for the rail.

That was the first 15 minutes wrapped up. More would follow.

A three way all-in developed, featuring at least two players with a tendency to shout. Husam Salameh had shown pocket sevens, Kemal Sönmez A-K. The board ran out J-7-K-T-4. The flop had hit both, Sönmez in the stomach to be precise. “No!” cried Sönmez. “Yes! Cried Salameh. You know the rest.

But where there is bad luck and elimination, there is a flip side of good luck and success.
Right now it seems Richard Kellett has the monopoly control on that. A few moments ago he took out another player, admitting to having had aces four times in level nine alone – three of them in succession. Kellett may be the luckiest man alive right now.

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