Twenty-two players now remain as we head into level 15. Three of those are PokerStars qualifiers: Markus Gonsalves, Anina Staunbo Gundesen and Adam Nilson.
The chip leader is still Marc Naalden, who has hardly relinquished that position all day, despite close attention from Christer Johansson earlier. Christer has dropped back slightly, while Xuyen “Bad Girl” Pham continues to prosper. After knocking out Luca Pagano, she is sitting with about 180,000.
Mads Andersen is also surely worth a mention at this point. He started well, before beginning to haemorrhage chips late yesterday until it looked as though he was heading back to Sweden. But he’s climbed back near the summit and is probably second at the moment, with 222,000.
The continued use of “probably” is not, by the way, a reference to Carlsberg, the Danish beer (although some of it has been in evidence, I confess). It’s more to do with the fact that the players are currently sitting with several vast towers of chips, making accurate counts all but impossible.
But, good to the last, we’ll be here bringing you our trademark approximate estimations until the very last card is dealt.