by Simon Young
The blinds have just gone up to 1,500-3,000 with a 300 running ante, and only 78 players have survived a couple of hours of carnage. Top of the tree still seems to be Mattias Andersson from Sweden, with 230,000.
PokerStars qualifier Sebastian Ruthenberg is up to 190,000 while Jepser Witved, who qualified here in a 400 FPP satellite is up to 55,000.
I warned earlier how Johnny Lodden, overnight chip leader, could blow up early. Well he’s still in the hunt, but is down to 50,000, under half his starting stack.
Down but not out: Johnny Lodden
Don’t forget EPTlive.com is up and running, showing live streaming of the feature table here in Dortmund. On the table right now is Brit David Barnes. His son Thomas – a good player himself – has let us know he’s enjoying watching it all from his home in the UK – seeing his dad pushing his chips around!