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Branislav Pajic

by Simon Young

This is PokerStars player Branislav Pajic, enjoying his first ever major event thanks to qualifying in a satellite paid for with his frequent player points.

Branislav, 24, who plays under the screen name BaneTheSaint, is a machine engineer from Canada, and is here with his brother who is cheering him on from the rail. This is his biggest poker moment and he's currently on about 7,000 - not bad considering he has only been playing for a year!

Not such good news for James Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen. The Danish film star, who played Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, had been slowly bleeding chips for a couple of hours, and then crashed out with 10-10 against A-K on a king-high flop.

Blinds are now up to 100-200, and 165 of the 215 starters remain. One of the room's big stacks is Dane Phillip Hilm, who finished fourth here last year. He is currently sitting on about 45,000.
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