William Thorson is our likely chip leader here in Dortmund after he took down a pot of about 95,000 with aces holding up against ace-king. He now has about 140,000, which has probably taken him past the overnight leader Marco Noll. There is still, of course, an awful lot of play in this tournament, and Thorson is always one to make the most of it. Prepare for swings.

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William Thorson

There have been numerous big hands going up against one another in the opening couple of levels, and we’re already down to 170 players as a result of this carnage. Sebastian Ruthenburg got his final nine big blinds all in pre-flop from the small blind, only to run into the big blind’s pocket jacks. The man affectionately known as “Luckbox” almost pulled off his old trick when two aces flopped, but the jack turned and the EPT Barcelona champion made his way to the rail.

There he will have found his fellow ShootingStar Johannes Strassmann, who couldn’t get pocket tens to stand up against an A-K. Jan Heitmann, however, has staged a bit of a recovery from the kings versus aces accident against Matthew Sharkey, and he now has more than 50,000.

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