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Blinds: 15,000-30,000 (ante: 5,000)
10.45pm: Level ends
That ends the level. Players take a 15 minute break.
10.38pm: Balaj gets involved
Balaj bets 90,000 pre-flop which Reynolds re-rasies to 237,000. The hand goes no further.
10.27pm: All in time
Kalle Niemi manages to navigate through his all-in, doubling up with ace-queen against Galic’s ace-deuce.
10.20pm: D’Ettoris all-in
Danilo D’Ettoris moves in now, 603,000 in total. Galic thinks about it but there are no takers. D’Ettoris shows pocket queens.
10.15pm: Neuville, your time is now
Finally, Pierre Neuville moved all-in. He had little choice, his stack of 164,000 would not last much longer. It was now or never. Galic made the call with A♣2♠ but was behind the Belgian who showed A♠7♥. Not that it was straight forward. The flop 3♠4♣9♣ gave Galic outs with a straight draw. The J♣ then gave him a flush draw. But Neuville’s day is not over yet. The J♠ doubled him up to 370,000. Now Niemi is the short stack, but he’s not out of the woods.
10.10pm: More big hands
Another pot is played out by two players not in immediate danger. On a flop of 9♣2♠6♠ Reynolds makes it 125,000 and Fitzgerald calls. The turn card A♠ prompts Reynolds to make it 192,000. Again Fitzgerald calls for a J♣ river. Now Reynolds moves all-in. Fitzgerald visibly exhales. He knows the hand is out of reach, 1,351,000 to call. He folds.
10.05pm: A “what the..?” hand
An incredible hand that might just change the shape of the final. With Pierre Neuville sat with just a few blinds left in his meagre stack, the two big stacks go at each other in furious fashion.
Rijkenberg starts by raising pre-flop which Galic called. The flop come 6♦Q♦10♥. Now Rijkenberg bets’ 300,000 seemingly without thinking. Galic calls fast. On the 2♥ turn Galic checks to Rijkenberg who sends another 400,000 flying into the middle. Not only that but Galic calls in a flash. The river 6♣ and another half a million from Rijkenberg. As Galic thinks it over the young Dutchman looks up at Galic, who looks back. It’s half a million to win a pot worth 2million. He calls, shows Q♥8♥. Rijkenberg doesn’t even show. It’s a massive pot which takes Galic up to nearly 4million. Rijkenberg says nothing.
9.55pm: Big stacks clash
We saw no cards but it was a big hand nonetheless. Galic made it 90,000 pre-flop which Sundell re-raised to 230,000. Undeterred Galic called to see the 7♣5♦2♠ flop. Sundell immediately made it 300,000 more. Galic paused, but then folded.
9.50pm: Play re-starts
After a twenty minute ten minute break, play resumes on the feature table.
9.25pm: Gianni Giaroni is out
It’s the end of a remarkable run but the Italian has fallen, busted by Dragan Galic, ace-queen against Giaroni’s ace-deuce. That means nine left, seated around one table. They’ll be a ten minute break as chips are rearranged.
9.20pm: Drama at the end of the level
A new level starts but the last hand of the last level was a dramatic one. There’s another flop and that means Giuseppe Argento is involved. 2♠4♦7♣. William Reynolds bets 76,000 which Argento calls. The turn 6♥. Again Argento checks and Reynolds makes it 145,000. Argento thinks for a while and then announces all-in. When Reynolds turns over his K♦K♠ Argento turns away and scratches his head. He shows 3♠3♥ which will need to improve. A 9♥ hits the river though. Giuseppe Argento is out in 11th place.