As the first flight heads for the buffet play is split between one end of the tournament room and the other, with three solitary tables playing in between. Whether or not you ever get to cash in your meal ticket doesn’t necessarily depend on staying in, but it would help the digestion. One player showed his relief at surviving an all-in by dramatically slamming down his hand in front of the folder. He’d made his straight and was showing the good fold. The relief was everywhere.

Others making headway include Englishman Ben Grundy and local hero Max Pescatori. On the flip side Maria Maceiras is now confined to the rail. And while Dario Minieri and Katja Thater are on break Lee Nelson and Isabelle Mercier fly the Team PokerStars Pro flag, sitting with 15,000 and 10,000 respectfully.

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