Home favourite: Sebastian Ruthenberg
by Simon Young
PokerStars player Dilba Demirbag is out, after running her A-Q, and remaining 50,000 chips, into big-stack Sebastian Ruthenberg’s Q-Q. The board failed to bring the magical ace, and the Swedish singer/songwriter’s excellent run in Dortmund is over. German Ruthenberg, another of our qualifiers, is now on nearly 350,000.
Blinds are now starting to get huge – at 2,000-4,000 and 400 running ante – and shorter stacks are making a move. Some 63 players remain, but with the bubble approaching soon, expect play to tighten a little. Recent movers include Johnny Lodden, back up to 120,000 or so, Japan’s Hiroshi Shamimura, on 105,000, and Andreas Hagen, up to 240,000.
You’re joking: Hiroshi Shamimura and Ben Grundy
Mattias Andersson, from Sweden, is still on about 250,000, but capable of anything at the moment.
Aggressive: Mattias Andersson