EPT Baden: Fallers and comebacks

ElkY back up to 12,000

We have lost Team PokerStars' Luca Pagano. Finding himself short of chips, the Italian made a stand with his A-J. Sadly, he found a caller with 10-10 and the board brought no help.

His table was broken soon after - we are now down to 90 players at then end of level 6 - and ElkY, who was also short on chips but had earlier grabbed some of Luca's, was moved to face new opponents. There are signs of life now, though, as he has clawed his way back to 13,000.

Perhaps the best comeback of the day belongs to Britain's Dave "El Blondie" Colclough. He was fighting to keep hold of his dwindling chips for hours. At one point down to 1,300, he has now soared to 23,000 thanks to a treble up and a double up.

Dave Colclough: Recovery position

On the same table, Ram Vaswani and Jeff Lissandra continue to present a real danger, though neither has pushed on to build a substantial stack.... yet.

Ram Vaswani, thinking or asleep?

Our PokerStars qualifiers are having a mixed day. We have lost Norwegian HeppHepp (Per Marki) after a good fight. This was his first tournament outside of Norway, where his son also plays. A call from Marki Jnr. before the start wished him well, but it was not enough.

HeppHepp imports garage doors from China for a living, and now must go back to the day job. But, as they say, as one door closes, another one opens.

Door shuts on HeppHepp's chances

Gone too is DanHartman from Michigan. You will remember he was the unfortunate soul who was so jet-lagged he almost slept through the start of the tournament. He woke up enough to fight for five hours before busting.

Better news for three PokerStars players. Whizzkid Dario Minieri from Italy is up to over 32,000, while Taktloss47 (Sebastian Ruthenberg from Germany) and Erdnase (Jan Heitmann from Germany) are battling on the same table. taktloss47 has the best of it at the moment with more than 30,000, while Erdnase is a more modest, but healthy, 14,000.

Super Dario: Minieri building fast

Sebastian "taktloss47" Ruthenberg

Jan "Erdnase" Heitmann
Simon Young
@MrSimonYoung in European Poker Tour