EPT9 Grand Final Day 5: Textbook Lodden slips to short stack

Are the wheels now falling off the Johnny Lodden apple-cart? From the last hand of last night to the end of the second level of play today, things have turned against the Norwegian after the best part of two days as the chip leader.

Andrew Pantling took Lodden's chips late last night, while Steve O'Dwyer took more of them in the most recent level.

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Johnny Lodden (left) with Steve O'Dwyer

It came in a hand against Steve O'Dwyer, detailed in our live coverage, with Lodden check-calling his way to a showdown, at which O'Dwyer's rivered flush prompted Lodden to muck, leaving the American with more than 3,000,000 chips, good for the chip lead

Never one to accept defeat, Lodden rallied at the close of level 23, shoving with ace-five against pocket threes, winning blinds twice. "Good last 3 min!" he tweeted, echoing his exclamations with the chip lead earlier in the week.

For all of Lodden's obvious talent, his knack for being "swingy" is popular legend.

As long ago as 2008 we talked up PokerStars Lodden-o-Meter™, which tracked the ups and downs of a typical Lodden day.

Then earlier this season, Lodden finished 13th at EPT Prague, breaking the Lodden-o-Meter™ in the process. Luckily we tracked it using state of the art Kids Zone, Learning with NCES 'Create a Graph'" software, as shown at the following link. And /en/blog/ept/2012/ept9-prague-slow-grind-free-fall-and-bac-125112.html.

Today has been a similar story, best shown in the following high tech chart.

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The Lodden Graph

As you can see, it's textbook Lodden. But as things stand he's still among the remaining 11 players.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.

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