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Blinds: 6,000-12,000 (ante: 1,000)
5.50pm: Fitzgerald’s charge continues
“I don’t even think I’m playing that well, I’m just running good.” So said Alex Fitzgerald, who has now rocketed close to a million in chips thanks to another huge pot against Sami Kelopuro, just before the redraw break. Fitzgerald had pocket tens, Kelopuro had K-Q and the pocket pair held up.
5.45pm: Legros out
Alexander “Assassinato” Fitzgerald has just busted Julien Legros with Q♣J♣, which made a flush. And then right after…
5.40pm: Monster pot to Kelopuro
A huge, three-way battle on one of the outer tables featuring Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro, Stefan Raffay and Pierre Neuville. Kelopuro and Raffay are all in on a board of A♠7♦8♣8♦5♦ and Neuville ponders whether to call all in himself. In the end, he decides against it, and he’s shown two flushes: Kelopuro has A♦9♦ and Raffay has K♦Q♦. Kelopuro almost triples up; Raffay is down to less than 100,000 and Neuville is also short.
5.30pm: Enter the Dragan
Dragan Galic has lost his chip lead today, but is still very comfortably placed with about 850,000. He spoke to the video bloggers earlier:
5.22pm: Trifoglio is the next to leave
Massimiliano Trifoglio moves all-in holding A♠8♦. Only Constant Rijkenberg calls, showing K♦7♦ adding a bit more gamble to his life. The flop keeps it interesting, 4♦A♦9♥. The ace helps the Italian but Rijkenberg now had a flush draw. The 7♣ on the turn changed nothing but the 10♦ on the river made the flush and sent Trifoglio out in 20th place.
5.12pm: Another one gone
Dennis Bejedal is the next player to bust. He leaves in 21st place. Jacks against tens, which held for Guiseppe Argento.
5.05pm: Double ups
Julien Legros just pushed in for close to 140,000 holding A♣J♣. Dennis Bejedal, who had made it 40,000 before hand, called, showing Q♥10♥. The board ran out 2♠5♠5♦9♦J♥, giving Legros a much needed double up. Elsewhere Alex Fitzgerald just managed the same.
5pm: Constant chatter
Here’s a chat with Constant Rijkenberg, who talked to the video blog team earlier today:
4.55pm: Strothman becomes latest victim of Rijkenberg
Malte Strothman is no more. The popular World Cup winner from Germany open shoved his short stack of about 297,000 and Constant Rijkenberg called, explaining that he thought the all in seemed pre-meditated and that his K♠Q♠ was good. He was right: Strothman had J♠10♦ and was in trouble. He picked up an open-ended straight draw when Rijkenberg made two pair on the turn. But he missed and out he went.
4.50pm: Tourgman toast
Doron Tourgman’s tournament is over. Malte Strothman opened from early position, but must have wondered what he’d started when Gustav Sundell and Tourgman got their whole stacks in the middle. Strothman let them fight it out and it was two black jacks for Tourgman and two black queens for Sundell. The board was dry.
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