Baden is a sleepy little spa town near to the eastern edge of Austria, close to the borders with Hungary and Slovakia. The permanent residents and tourists alike hike up mountains, eat lavish pastries or relax in the spas.
The bombardment of poker players that occurs once a year must be quite a shock to the system, and when the money pulls into view – as it has during day three – the action becomes even more hectic.
From a starting field of 40, we’re already down to fewer than 30. I’m not naming a specific number because it’s sure to be out of date by the time this appears online.
Among those to fall are Roman Yitzhaki, who was the victim of some PokerStars players cannibalism. He was busted with ace-king against David Sonelin’s kings; the PokerStars qualifier from Sweden continuing the form that lifted him up the leaderboard late last night.
And Sonelin’s ascendency has continued right the way to the top of the pile. He also knocked out Thor Hansen, whose aces weren’t good enough to beat the young Swede’s jacks, when they made a flush.
Soraya Homam has also gone, joining Harald Poeschl, Johann Fest, Matt Tyler and Surinder Sunar on the rail.
Pictures (c) Neil Stoddart