Eureka6 Hamburg: Scheidt leads shallow last six in Hamburg


Erik Scheidt: Chip leader

Day 3 of the Eureka Poker Tour Hamburg Main Event started with 22 players and all eyes on George Danzer. The Team PokerStars Pro was going for a remarkable double having already won the High Roller here this week.

But when they bagged up for the end of the night at 8:30pm, only six players remained and Danzer wasn't one of them. The apparently immortal man from Salzburg went out in ninth--a performance he will no doubt have taken at the beginning of the week, but that left him deflated by the end.

It was a tough day. All of the overnight top three were knocked out--David Yan and Andre Haneberg joining Danzer on the rail--but it was the man in fourth yesterday, Erik Scheidt, who prospered the most.

The German player, who is now at the second Eureka final of his career, was the biggest stack in the right from the earliest levels, but things evened out a lot at the end. Scheidt has 1,975,000 to go into the final day, but that's not quite 40 big blinds in what has become a very shallow tournament.

Marcel Schauenburg is second. He fired three bullets at this tournament and, having now progressed to its final, can say that he has played on every single day.

The full counts are over on the chip-count page and we should make special mention of Dinesh Alt.

The man known online as "NastyMinder" was the smallest of the 22 stacks coming back today, but played it superlatively. He had one come-from-behind double up to stay alive, but otherwise picked his spots to perfection to make his way to the final.

This is anyone's game. The average stack is 30 big blinds and the shortest stack is 24 BBs. There's going to be a lot of shoving when they restart at 3pm tomorrow.

Look back on all the action by scrolling through the post below. Then join us for the denouement tomorrow, unfortunately without Mr Danzer.


8:30pm: Final day stacks
Level 26 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Erik ScheidtGermanyPokerStars qualifier1975000
Marcel SchauenburgGermany 1795000
Walid Abdi-AliGermany 1660000
Ercan AtmacaNetherlands 1265000
Dinesh AltSwitzerlandPokerStars player1260000
Ismet OralTurkey 1190000

8:25pm: Hansen busts; down to six
Level 26 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

That's that for Johnny Hansen, and for Day 3 of the Eureka6 Hamburg Main Event. Hansen open-shoved for 470,000 with K♥9♥ and Marcel Schauenburg found Q♦Q♥ in the big blind and picked him off. There was nothing for Hansen on the flop, turn or river and that's the end of the day.

We'll have full chip counts and final day profiles with you very shortly.

8:20pm: Hansen in peril as blinds get big
Level 26 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Johnny Hansen is in the danger zone now, with only about seven big blinds, having lost a small pot to Erik Scheidt, but it still representing a good chunk of his stack.

Blinds went up to 25,000-50,000 and Hansen found himself in the small blind. Action folded to him and he completed, with Erik Scheidt checking behind. They saw a flop of K♣3♠2♦ and Hansen bet 55,000. Scheidt called.

The turn was the 8♦ and Hansen checked. Scheidt bet 100,000 and Hansen folded. He has about 350,000 left now.

7:55pm: Atmaca four-bet shoves
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Ercan Atmaca opened to 100,000 from the hijack and Erik Scheidt, in the small blind, wanted a count of Atmaca's stack. He happily revealed that he had around 850,000. Scheidt then counted out a three-bet, making it 255,000. Marcel Schauenburg folded his big blind, but then Atmaca shoved.

Scheidt, knowing already how much it was, was able to make a very quick fold.

7:55pm: No recovery for Van Den Wyngaert
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

And that is indeed it for Stephan Van Den Wyngaert. He did manage one double up, through Dinesh Alt, but on the next hand he got his stack of 195,000 in against Marcel Schauenburg, who had opened to 85,000, and Schauenburg's A♠J♠ won the race against Van Den Wyngaert's pocket fives. Schaunburg flopped two aces. We are down to seven. When one more player is knocked out, we will be done for the night.

7:50pm: Schauenburg leaves Van Den Wyngaert short
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

And that is indeed it for Stephan Van Den Wyngaert. He did manage one double up, through Dinesh Alt, but on the next hand he got his stack of 195,000 in against Marcel Schauenburg, who had opened to 85,000, and Schauenburg's A♠J♠ won the race against Van Den Wyngaert's pocket fives. Schaunburg flopped two aces. We are down to seven. When one more player is knocked out, we will be done for the night.

7:50pm: Schauenburg leaves Van Den Wyngaert short
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

It seems likely that Stephan Van Den Wyngaert will be putting on his sweater soon and heading into the night as he just lost a massive flip for all but 70,000 of his stack. Marcel Schauenburg was the man to profit, doubling up to around 1 million, when his A♣K♦ hit a king on the board of 2♦J♠K♣5♣5♥. Van Den Wyngaert had 8♥8♠ and they got it in pre-flop.


Stephan Van Den Wyngaert's sweater

7:50pm: Oral passes test
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

The first double-up of the final table has gone in favour of Ismet Oral, who made a bold call for his tournament life with one pair, but was right.

Oral opened from the hijack and Erik Scheidt defended his big blind, taking two players to the flop of 5♠K♠T♠. They both checked. The 2♣ came on the turn and Scheidt bet 110,000. Oral called. Then the 8♥ came on the river.

Scheidt said that he was all-in, but with the biggest stack in the room, it wasn't really him under threat. Oral had only 460,000 behind and was in danger.

But after double-checking his cards, Oral called and was rewarded when Scheidt turned over Q♠7♣. It meant that Oral's K♣J♠ was good. He now has a little less than a million to play with.

7:40pm: Official final table begins
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

After photographs and formalities, the official eight-handed final table is now under way. Erik Scheidt started as he no doubt intends to continue, raising back-to-back hands, making it 80,000 each time, and picking up blinds and antes on each occasion.

7:13pm: Danzer ist kaput
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Well, we can't say that George Danzer hasn't given us good value this week. He won the High Roller, he was chip leader at the end of Day 1 and Day 2. But now, schade, George ist kaput. He got his last chips in good, with A♥9♠ against Dinesh Alt's 7♠6♠. But there was a six on the flop and Alt made the crucial pair to do what so many others have failed to do recently, knock out George Danzer.


The decisive pot that left George Danzer with fumes

This has been a superlative summer again for the Team PokerStars Pro. But that's now the end of that. He gets €6,800 for ninth place.

7pm: Final table counts
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Here's how they line up as the final table now begins:

Seat 1 - Walid Abdi-Ali - 1,530,000
Seat 2 - Stephan Van Den Wyngaert - 655,000
Seat 3 - Ismet Oral - 725,000
Seat 4 - Ercan Atmaca - 895,000
Seat 5 - Dinesh Alt - 1,045,000
Seat 6 - George Danzer - 230,000
Seat 7 - Johnny Hansen - 1,030,000
Seat 8 - Erik Scheidt - 2,360,000
Seat 9 - Marcel Schauenburg - 475,000

6:51pm: Bloch busts in 10th
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Jan Bloch has missed out on back-to-back final tables by the narrowest of margins. He has gone broke in 10th, shoving with pocket fives for his last 400,000 but running into Johnny Hansen's kings. There was no miracle.

We'll have a redraw then a full chip count for the last nine with you very soon.

6:50pm: Still riding the three bullets
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Marcel Schauenburg still has the chance to play on every single day of this tournament as the man who fired three bullets has just doubled up to stay alive.

Dinesh Alt open-shoved his small blind with just Schauenburg, and a stack of 240,000, behind him. Schauenburg glimpsed at his cards and saw A♦K♦, clearly enough to make the call.

Alt had K♥T♠ and was dominated, but actually went ahead on the 5♦7♠T♣ flop. But then the J♥ on the turn and Q♦ river swung it back in favour of Schauenburg. We're still waiting for the man to go out in tenth that will take us to our final table.

6:35pm: Danzer damaged just before the break
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

George Danzer is the tournament short stack now after losing a big hand just before the break. He had pocket eights and flopped a set, but by the time the river was out, Ismet Oral's A♣T♦ had made a straight on the board of 9♣8♥5♥6♦7♦. It was a straightforward flip, however, as they got it all in pre-flop, with Danzer just covering Oral.

The Team PokerStars Pro has 110,000 going into Level 25. It's not even three big blinds.

6:20pm: Break
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

The last ten players are going on a break. We'll have their accurate chip-counts soon.

6:05pm: Danzer doubles
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

For the first time in about a week, George Danzer has been in need of a fillip. Sitting next to Erik Scheidt, albeit with position, has been tough for Danzer today. He had slumped to his last 375,000.

But, good news Danzer fans, he has just got a double up through Scheidt. Scheidt set Danzer all-in from the small blind, with his K♠9♠. Danzer called with A♥5♣ and Danzer's hand stayed best.

Scheidt still has about 2.1 million, but will now at least need to think a bit about Danzer, who has about 800,000 to his left.

5:50pm: "Flips gewinnt!"
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

"Flips gewinnt!" Walid Abdi-Ali said after, let us guess, winning a flip to knock out Andreas Majchrzak. Action folded to Majchrzak in the small blind and he raised to 70,000.

Abdi-Ali, in the big blind, moved all-in, covering Majchrzak, but Majchrzak called for his last 300,000 or so.

Abdi-Ali had the smallest pair of them all. He had 2♦2♠. But the pair stayed good against Majchrzak's A♠7♣ and, indeed, made a set when the 2♥ came on the river.

5:50pm: Elf!
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

We're down to 11 players as Gisle Olsen just lost a flip against Walid Abdi-Ali for his tournament life. Abdi-Ali opened to 65,000 and Olsen shipped for 267,000. Abdi-Ali called and took his 4♥4♣ up against Olsen's K♦9♥.


Gisle Olsen: Out in 12th

The 4♦ on the flop all but ended it and there was no miracle outdraw from there. Abdi-Ali now has about 1 million.

5:40pm: Forst forced out
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

There has been a disturbance in the Forst.

Jonn Forst, last season's sixth-placed finisher, is out in 13th this time, open shoving for about 370,000 from the button and getting a call from Ismet Oral in the big blind.

Forst had K♥5♥. Oral had A♠T♣ and the board ran A♣J♥4♥Q♠K♦. Oral had a slightly bigger stack and that was that.

Jan Bloch is now the only person who can go back-to-back final tables in this event.

5:30pm: Schuster shafted
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

This spate of doubling up couldn't last and it's Kai Schuster who has perished in 14th. He open shoved for 313,000 and found a call from Dinesh Alt, who had marginally more.

Schuster: K♠Q♦
Alt: 8♠8♦

There was no excitement on flop, turn or river and Schuster hits the payouts cage. Alt now has more than 650,000 and can finally play some poker after a long grind with a short stack.


Kai Schuster out

5:20pm: Oral doubles through Forst
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Jonn Forst's bid for back-to-back final tables just took a knock. He doubled up Ismet Oral, when Oral three-bet shoved from the big blind after Forst opened to 60,000 from the button.

Oral's shove was for 189,000 and Forst thought about it for quite a while. Eventually he decided that A♠6♣ was good enough, but he soon learnt it wasn't. He was up against Oral's A♣K♥ and the board bricked through.


Ismet Oral doubles through Jonn Forst

5:15pm: Alt doubles through Atmaca
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Dinesh Alt seemed tempted to shove his last 200,000 into the middle after Erik Scheidt opened to 50,000 from the button and he was in the big blind. But he folded, waiting for a better spot. That apparently came on the next hand, when action folded to Alt in the small blind.

He moved all in and gave Ercan Atmaca a decision for what was determined to be 204,000. Atmaca called.

Atmaca: K♠3♣
Alt: Q♥8♦

Alt is sticking around thanks to a board of A♣Q♦4♠8♥3♠.

5:10pm: Everyone shoving
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Only Erik Scheidt, George Danzer and Ercan Atmaca actually has enough chips to play with any degree of nuance here, leaving all the others to shove or fold. In the former category, all of Kai Schuster, Marcel Schauenburg and Gisle Arne Olsen all pushed in the past five minutes, but none of them got any callers. Olsen, however, made an additional 50,000 as his was a three-bet shove after Walid Abdi-Ali had opened.

5pm: Gorschewsky falls to Atmaca
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Robert Gorschewsky is out. He open-shoved for 260,000 and picked up two callers: George Danzer, on the button, and Ercan Atmaca, in the big blind.

There was betting on the side as the Q♥5♦7♠ came on the flop, but both active players checked. The T♥ came on the turn and Atmaca pushed out a bet. Danzer instantly folded, leaving Gorschewsky in dire straits with his A♦5♣ against Atmaca's T♣T♦.

In fact, he was drawing dead and the Q♦ on the river was irrelevant.

Gorschewsky takes €4,310 for 15th. Atmaca has 1.2 million in his bid for the €70,000 winner's cheque.

4:50pm: Oral close to gobbled by Scheidt
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Erik Scheidt is now up to 2.9 million, which is close to ten times the amount of his latest adversary, Ismet Oral. This was a blind-against-blind confrontation that proved costly for Oral.

Oral completed from the small blind and then called when Scheidt raised, adding another 65,000. They saw the A♦A♥8♣ fall on the flop and Oral checked.


Ismet Oral and Erik Scheidt

Scheidt bet 51,000 and Oral called, then the 9♦ came on the turn. Oral check-called Scheidt's bet of 85,000. And he check-called the 5♠ river as well when Shceidt bet 150,000.

Scheidt tabled A♣J♣ and Oral mucked.

4:45pm: Insta-shove from Abdi-Ali
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Walid Abdi-Ali said a moment ago that he hadn't been all-in at any time during this tournament so far. That may have been true, but he's just been all-in again.

He opened from the cutoff to 55,000 and Jan Bloch three-bet the small blind, making it 105,000. Johnny Hansen folded the big blind and no sooner were his cards in the muck than Abdi-Ali asked for the red triangle.

Bloch needed about 30 seconds before he let his hand go.

4:40pm: Double for Van den Wyngaert
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Stephan Van den Wyngaert has just survived another all-in situation, this time getting A♦K♠ to hold up against Walid Abdi-Ali's K♦T♦. Abdi-Ali opened from early position and Van den Wyngaert shoved for 169,000 from the big blind. Abdi-Ali called and the board ran 7♣7♦4♠9♠4♦.

Abdi-Ali said that was the first time he had been involved in an all-in all tournament.

4:30pm: Yan out in 16th
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

David Yan's tournament is over. As good as his day was yesterday, it was bad today and he couldn't get anything to hold up. Case in point: his elimination hand.

Jan Bloch open-shoved from the small blind with 9♠8♣ and Yan found A♣K♥ in the big blind, which was plenty good enough to call all-in for his last 310,000.

Bloch had equity, and he hit the 8♦ on the turn. That was the decisive card.

With Yan's elimination we now know that the Eureka Hamburg champion will be from Europe. You'd think that would be obvious, but neither the champion from Rozvadov (Ivan Luca - Argentina) nor Bucharest (Avishai Shitrit - Israel) was.

4:30pm: Shoving
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Both David Yan and Kai Schuster have about 270,000 and both open-shoved from under the gun on their respective tables. Both got folds all the way round.

4:25pm: Stacks
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Here are the stacks as Level 23 begins:

Erik ScheidtGermany2040000
George DanzerGermany1350000
Andreas MajchrzakGermany781000
Ercan AtmacaNetherlands680000
Ismet OralTurkey598000
Johnny HansenDenmark509000
Walid Abdi-AliGermany484000
Jan BlochGermany381000
Gisle Arne OlsenDenmark352000
Marcel SchauenburgGermany345000
Kai SchusterGermany320000
Stephan Van Den WyngaertBelgium290000
Dinesh AltSwitzerland270000
David Dong Ming YanNew Zealand248000
Jonn ForstAustria225000
Robert GorschewskyGermany209000

4:10pm: Chip leaders clash
Level 22 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Erik Scheidt and George Danzer are the two biggest stacks in the tournament and although they will probably be keen not to clash, they will of course play hands against each other as the situation demands.

Just as the clock ran into the first break of the day, such a moment arose. Scheidt raised to 45,000 from the cutoff and Danzer three-bet his small blind, making it 160,000 to play. They both checked the A♦K♣J♣ flop but then Danzer bet 140,000 at the 2♦ turn. Scheidt called.


Eric Scheidt and George Danzer tank into the break

The 8♠ came on the river and after some silent jousting (ie, two players sitting motionless and saying nothing) they both checked.

Danzer showed 3♥3♠ and Scheidt tabled his T♦T♣. "Nice call," Danzer said as the pot was pushed to Scheidt.

We'll have full chip counts for the remaining 16 players shortly as they head off for a 15-minute break.

3:50pm: Some oddness
Level 22 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

There are two tables in play, and here's a weird hand on each of them. They played out simultaneously, to add to the weirdness.

The first started with a raise to 50,000 under the gun from Stephan Van den Wyngaert. Andreas Majchrzak three-bet to 115,000 from a stack of 390,000.

Action folded to Johnny Hansen in the small blind and he seemed very interested indeed. He pondered his options, asked for all the relevant stack sizes, but then folded.

Van den Wyngaert then started some agonising of his own, but opted to call. He then checked in the dark and buried his head into his arms on the table, as if not wanting to see the flop at all.

The rest of us looked at the 5♦6♥8♠. Van den Wyngaert had already checked, so Majchrzak said that he was all in. Van den Wyngaert woke up and folded instantly.

On the other table, Kai Schuster opened to 45,000 under the gun and George Danzer called in the cutoff. Jonn Forst also called in the big blind and that took three players to a flop of T♦5♣7♦.

Forst led. He pushed 55,000 into the middle. Schuster folded, but Danzer called. Both remaining players checked the 5♠ turn and then the 5♦ came on the river.

Forst bet 85,000 and Danzer considered his options. He took a moment, but then called. Forst mucked without showing, allowing Danzer to slide his winning hand back to the dealer face down as well.

3:30pm: Redraw
Level 22 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Here's how the last 16 line up. We'll have chip counts at the break, but it looks like Erik Scheidy (1.7 million) and George Danzer (1.3 million) have clear air at the top of the charts at the moment, especially as David Yan just lost another chunk, doubling up Johnny Hansen.

11David Dong Ming Yan
12Johnny Hansen
13Stephan Van Den Wyngaert
14Marcel Schauenburg
15Andreas Majchrzak
16Walid Abdi-Ali
17Gisle Arne Olsen
18Jan Bloch
21Dinesh Alt
22Ercan Atmaca
23Jonn Forst
24Kai Schuster
25Ismet Oral
26Erik Scheidt
27Robert Gorschewsky
28George Danzer

3pm: Count them: five called all-ins, one elimination
Level 22 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

An absolutely mad few minutes here in Hamburg, with at least five called all-ins in a matter of minutes, but only one elimination. That takes them down to the last 16, a redraw, an a moment to catch up with the flurry.

First up, Jonn Forst open-shoved his button and Kai Schuster, with 255,000 in his stack, called from the big blind. "Oops," Forst said, and showed his J♣9♥, which was dominated and did not catch up against Schuster's A♣J♠. The board bricked.

It left Forst with 140,000 and he open-shoved on the next hand from the cutoff. Schuster, who was still assembling his chips from the previous hand, said that he would call, but then David Yan, in the big blind, wanted to know how much Schuster was playing before he made his move.

Yan re-shoved, covering Schuster, and Schuster folded. That meant it was Yan's J♠T♠ against Forst's K♣3♣ and the king ended up decisive on the board of 4♥9♣9♥5♦7♦.

That was all the action on that table, but it was all going on elsewhere too. Dinesh Alt shoved his stack of 133,000 from the button and Robert Gorschewsky called from the big blind. This was standard: Alt had K♠6♣ and Gorschewsky's A♦Q♦ was looking good to knock out Alt.

The flop of 7♦7♠J♣ was safe. So was the 4♣ on the turn. But the K♦ river earned Alt the double.

On the very next hand, Gorschewsky got what was now a short stack in with J♥J♣ and found a call from Ercan Atmaca and his A♣6♥. Gorschewsky probably feared the worst when the A♠ was in the window of the flop, but there was also the K♠ and the J♦. Then the turn 3♣ and the T♠ river kept him ahead.

So, those were the four double-up hands, but there was an elimination going on on George Danzer's table.

The one started with Danzer opening to 45,000 from early position and picking up calls from both players in the blinds: Erik Scheidt and Andre Haneberg. Those two checked the Q♥3♠4♠ flop, prompting a bet of 60,000 from Danzer.

Scheidt called but Haneberg moved all-in, for 267,000. Danzer called, Scheidt folded, and the two hands went on their backs:

Danzer: K♦Q♣
Haneberg: K♠2♠

Danzer doesn't lose in spots like this. And sure enough the 7♣ turn and T♦ river were good only for him. Haneberg, second in chips at the start of the day, is out in 17th.


Andre Haneberg

3pm: Two out from Table Danzer
Level 22 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Seung Hyun Kang was knocked out in 20th a little while ago, when he limped with pocket tens and then called Ismet Oral's bet to 47,000. Kang must have loved the ten on the flop, sandwiched between two queens, and checked. But he bet the eight on the turn, and Oral called. The river, though, was his killer. It was a third queen and little did he know, Oral was sitting with pocket kings, which now counterfeited Kang's flopped boat.

They got it all in there and Oral took it down.

Not long later, the short-stacked Frank Debus shoved his small blind with Q♠2♦. His 130,000 represented an easy call for George Danzer in the big blind, who had A♠T♦. There was a ten on the flop and that was the end of it for Debus.

The tournament clock has just ticked into Level 22, where blinds are now 10,000-20,000 (ante 3,000).

2:50pm: Hansen's double raid on Saric sends Serbian home
Level 22 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Miomir Saric is on his way back to Serbia after losing back-to-back pots to Johnny Hansen. The first accounted for all but 71,000 of his chips. The next got the rest.

They were in the blinds for the first of these encounters with Saric open shoving the small blind with K♦3♣. The short-stacked Hansen opted to call all-in with his A♣5♥ and the ace played on the board of J♣6♣9♦2♣6♠.

On the very next hand, action folded to Saric on the button and, with 71,000 now, which was four big blinds, he pushed again. Hansen did some calculations then re-shoved to isolate, persuading Jan Bloch to fold his big blind reluctantly.

Bloch was unhappy when he saw the hands. Saric had T♠2♠ and Hansen K♦5♣ and this time the king played when the board ran 7♦3♠J♣Q♠4♥.


Miomir Saric: Out

2:40pm: Double for Majchrzak
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Andreas Majchrzak is the latest player to double up, getting very fortunate in a blind-versus-blind coup against Robert Gorschewsky.

Ercan Atmaca poked the hornets nest with a raise to 35,000 from the hijack, and Gorschewsky shoved from the button. Majchrzak found A♦Q♣ and decided to call all-in for his last 181,000 and Atmaca left them to it.

Gorschewsky was a significant favourite with his A♠K♠ but the flop fell 3♠Q♦6♦ and the turn of T♣ and river of 7♠ kept Majchrzak alive.

2:30pm: Double for Van Den Wyngaert
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

The last Belgian player in the field, Stephan Van Den Wyngaert, has just earned the latest double up in this tournament, finding A♦K♠ in the big blind after Jan Bloch shoved the button, with 4♠4♥. The A♠ came on the flop and Bloch didn't catch up after that.

Van den Wyngaert's shove was for 178,000 and so he has the better side of 350,000 to play with now.

Action on each of the tables is pretty brisk, with a lot of opens from the big stacks, followed by shoves by the small/mediums, which have usually earned folds. If it continues like this, we could easily see a quick rash of eliminations.

2:10pm: Action on Table 1
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Robert Gorschewsky has now arrived, but maybe he will have preferred another few minutes in bed. He lost a big pot, doubling up the dangerous Dinesh Alt in the process.

Alt shoved from the small blind--he was the overnight short stack, with 118,000--and Gorschewsky called from the big. Alt's jack-ten was behind the ace-six of Gorschewsky, but by the time the board was all the way to the river, Alt had quad tens. That's good for a double.

Only a couple of hands later, there was another big hand on Table 1, this time ending the participation of Edgaras Kancaitis. In this hand, Ercan Atmaca opened to 35,000 and Kancaitis shoved for about 120,000 from the small blind.

Atmaca called with his J♠T♠ which was behind Kancaitis's A♠Q♥. But a flop of K♣9♦Q♣ soon swung it in Atmaca's favour, and the 2♠ turn and 4♠ river didn't change much.

Jack-ten appears to be unbeatable on that table at the moment.

2:10pm: Man down
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Nikolas Menke is our first elimination today. He shoved from the button for 114,000 after Marcel Schauenburg opened to 35,000 from the cutoff. Schauenburg called and was ahead with T♥T♣ against Menke's 8♠6♠.

The board brought little for the under-cards. It ran 2♣A♥6♥K♠2♦ and that was that for Menke. Schauenberg is up and running.


Nikolas Menke: Out

2:05pm: Two seats open
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Nope, not two bust-outs already, but two no shows. Neither Robert Gorschewsky nor Andreas Majchrzak have arrive to Casino Schenefeld to take their seat as yet. They're both healthy enough in chips, but no one can afford to blind away in what is quite a shallow tournament. Average stack is 26 big blinds at the moment.

2pm: Away they go
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

They're off.

1:30pm: Day 3 ready to begin

It's Day 3 of the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event and 22 players remain, looking for a place at the final table. Today, we switch to 60-minute levels to give players slightly more wiggle room, but it's still likely to be a quick day. There's every chance we will play to the last six players to give an even shorter day tomorrow.

George Danzer is leading. Isn't he always. But he'll be taking nothing for granted with the like of David Yan and Erik Scheidt, among others, in the close chasing pack. Both Jonn Forst and Jan Bloch made the final table of this event last year, and they are still involved too, so there's no room for complacency.


George Danzer: Chip-leader

Take a look at the chip-count page for the full line up, and the seat-draw page for their starting positions.

Play begins at 2pm.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in Eureka Poker Tour