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Blinds: 15,000-30,000 (3,000 ante)
3.57pm: Sahamies doubles
Ilari Sahamies moves all in pre-flop for his last 200,000 and Leo Fernandez insta-calls, which can only be bad news for Ziigmund. So it seems: Sahamies has A♦3♥ and Fernandez has 8♦8♠. The A♣ on the flop though is great for Sahamies and he’s now got something to play with.
3.56pm: Cajelais all in
And no one calls.
3.55pm: Katchalov takes chip lead
Erik Cajelais and Eugene Katchalov get it all in pre-flop in another “classic race situation”. Cajelais has A♥Q♠ and Katchalov has 10♣10♥ and on the board of 2♣2♦2♠5♦3♣, Katchalov wins the 900,000-odd pot.
Cajelais is down to about 200,000.
This is entering crap-shoot territory with the blinds eating through these stacks:
Leo Fernandez: 854,000
Adolfo Vaeza: 784,000
Matt Glantz: 726,500
Erik Cajelais: 706,500
Eugene Katchalov: 498,500
Ilari Sahamies: 195,000
3.45pm: All in. No call.
It’s all about all ins at the moment with the blinds gobbling up even the big stacks. Eugene Katchalov raises 85,000 pre-flop and Matt Glantz re-raises all in for 335,000 more. Ilari Sahamies looks like he’s about to come along, but folds, and Katchalov also gets out the way.
3.40pm: I go to the bathroom
I’m sorry, but I did. Nothing notable happened at the poker table in my absence, I am reliably informed, and we continue on.
3.30pm: Fernandez fires
Erik Cajelais raises pre-flop to 70,000 and Leo Fernandez moves all in for 609,000. That seems to confuse Cajelais and he thinks for a long time before folding. But it he felt confused then, heaven knows what he thought when Fernandez flashed him a 3♦. Hmmm.
3.25pm: Ace high good
In an unraised pot, Matt Glantz and Ilari Sahamies check it all the way on a board of K♣10♠8♣J♥4♦. Glantz’s ace high wins it.
3.20pm: Sahamies all in
Ilari Sahamies moves all in from first position pre-flop. It’s about 240,000 and he has five others to get through. You know what? He does.
3.13pm: Phillips runs into Fernandez; busts
Dennis Phillips, USA, out in sixth, earning £60,000
The Team PokerStars Pro Dennis Phillips has just run headlong into his colleague Leo Fernandez and is out of this tournament. Phillips shoved pre-flop for his last 240,000-odd and Fernandez took a good while to call, but made it.
Phillips had A♣3♥ and Fernandez had J♥10♦. The flop brought something for both: 3♠8♣9♦ and although the 5♠ was a blank, the Q♥ on the river filled Fernandez’s straight. Phillips is no more.
Matt Glantz has been one of the less active players and has, as a result, consolidated a pretty good stack. Just recently he put in a pre-flop raise from the button — to 80,000 — and it was good.
Players have returned to level 20. They’re sitting behind these stacks:
Adolfo Vaeza: 832,000
Eugene Katchalov: 740,500
Erik Cajelais: 740,500
Matt Glantz: 443,500
Leo Fernandez: 429,000
Ilari Sahamies: 318,000
Dennis Phillips: 261,000