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Blinds: 12,000-24,000 (ante: 3,000)
9.15pm: Big pots and penalties
Danilo D’Ettoris, Dragan Galic and Ovidiu Mihai Balaj get to a flop. D’Ettoris had raised to 62,000 from the cut-off, Galic called on the button, as did Balaj from the big blind. The flop came 8♥4♦10♣ and Balaj bet 80,000, which was called by Galic. Balaj then wanted to fold, but before he did so, he showed his hand to Gianni Giaroni in the small blind, who chuckled loudly. The floor-person was called to rule on whether Balaj had transgressed, but they played out the hand anyway. The 9♦ came on the turn and D’Ettoris checked. Galic bet 102,000. Called. The river was the 5♠ and D’Ettoris checked again, then Galic bet 200,000. D’Ettoris went into the tank, but was shaken out of his contemplation by Galic saying: “I hit the five.” “You hit a set of fives?” asked D’Ettoris. “I hit the five,” said Galic. Eventually that was enough for D’Ettoris to make the call. Galic showed pocket fives for that set and D’Ettoris mucked angrily. “I told you I hit the five,” Galic said, as the Croatian moved back into the chip lead.
9.10pm: Rijkenberg on a roll
On a flop of J♠4♠10♥ Argento and Rijkenberg are at it again. Argento checks to Rijkenberg who makes it 64,000. It’s called. The turn card is 7♠. Argento checks again and Rijkenberg makes a bet with blues, over 100,000. No time to count it before Argento folds. With the cheek of youth Rijkenberg shows his Q♣8♦.
9pm: Time to shove
A bet by Gustav Sundell is followed by Giuseppe Argento’s move all-in. It’s a total of 395,000 which Constant Rijkenberg calls as Sundell gets out of the way. Argento shows A♥10♥ to Rijkenberg’s A♦Q♦. The flop helps the Italian. 7♦J♥4♥ which gives him a flush draw. The turn 6♠ is a blank but the river, 3♥ is greeted by cheers on the rail. Argento first lifts his arms and then offers his hand to Rijkenberg. He’s having none of it. Argento up to 880,000.
8.50pm: LarsLuzak’s luck runs out
Sami Kelopuro was never going to hang around with less than five big blinds. He shoved with K♦9♦ and Dragan Galic called with A♥3♥. Everyone else got out of the way and the board ran out 8♣7♠10♠4♥10♥ which was enough to Galic to add a major scalp to his record and sent Kelopuro, aka LarsLuzak, back to the nosebleed cash games.
8.42pm: Relentless Rijkenberg
Once more Rijkenberg uses the all-in move to dissuade a player from playing a pot. On a flop of 3♠8♦2♦ Argento had bet but stood aside as a thundering 1.8m raise came back at him. Brushing himself off Argento looked like he wanted to call but didn’t. Another hand goes the way of the Dutch boy, who showed an eight.
8.40pm: “Whoooooooo hoooooo!”
Sami Kelopuro just lost a massive pot, possibly tournament ending for him, in a battle of the blinds against Danilo D’Ettoris. Kelopuro raised from the small blind to 70,000. D’Ettoris reraised to 250,000 and Kelopuro thought for a long long time before shoving, for about 500,000 more. D’Ettoris called. D’Ettoris tabled pocket queens, dominating Kelopuro’s A-Q and when another queen flopped, that was pretty much that. Kelopuro is left with only about 150,000. D’Ettoris’s celebration provided the headline for this mini-update.
8.32pm: Try try again
Argento moves all-in for a second time for roughly 700,000, but again he gets no takers.
8.21pm: Rasmus Åkerblom done
It didn’t take long for us to lose our first player. It was the short-stacked Rasmus Åkerblom, who moved all in with K-J and was called by Dragan Galic’s pocket tens. There was no help for the Swede and he finishes in 13th. Four to go.
8.20pm: Post prandial
The dinner break is over and the final 13 have returned to play down to the last eight.