We just caught the very end of the showdown; not sure what Sebastian Ruthenberg had been holding but it was insufficient against Melanie Weisner's by the end of the board, and he was glumly counting out the call when we got there. Weisner doubled to a very healthy 125,000. Ruthenberg meanwhile dropped down to less than his starting stack - just 25,000.
More than a third of our Day 1b players have already boarded what is now being called "the losers' bus" back to the hotels in town, and our remaining 243 players get a short break to work out their Level 9 strategy. Back shortly.
William Reynolds, having dwindled a bit, found himself making a big call on the river which could have seen him drift even further feltwards. He'd bet 2,000 on the turn with the board standing , been raised by his in-position opponent to 7,000 and made the call. The river brought the . Reynolds checked again, his opponent bet 12,000, and after a think he made the call once again. His was rewarded with a muck and his stack jumps over 45,000.
Ben Vinson has climbed over the six figure mark with the elimination of his neighbour, a shortish stack (c.25k) with a tough decision on a flop. Vinson had seen this flop out of the small blind vs. the button (not sure whether he three-bet pre but if I had to guess would say he had, a little) and led out for over 6,000. The button deliberated for a while before committing with the pair'n'draw . The two following deuces couldn't be brickier and Vinson is up over 110,000.
Kevin Stani was facing a 11,000 river bet from the newly chipped up Shander de Vries on a board of . He looked for a moment as though he would call this bet but decided to muck instead.
"You had a good read," said de Vries as Stani motioned to try and get the Dutchman to turn over his cards. Surprisingly, the latter did so showing for a rivered set.
Sebastian Ruthenberg raised on the button and Alex Wice moved all in from the small blind and the German instantly called.
The flop came and Wice did a little jokey dance, but after an turn, the river was the and Ruthenberg made a bigger straight and did his own little jokey dance to much amusement from the table.
The board was dealt as far as the turn by the time we go there and found Markus Lehmann checking from the small blind and then calling a bet from his under-the-gun opponent. They saw an on the river and this time Lehmann tanked for some time before betting out 11,200.
The under-the-gun gentleman grinned and took his turn in the tank - around three minutes. Eventually he emerged and folded, leaving Lehmann to collect the pot and up his stack to around 80,000.
Nenad Medic and Alex Kravchenko were looking at an flop when arrived; it looked as though Kravchenko had checked and Medic had bet. Kravchenko soon pushed all in, and after a minute or two in the tank Medic called.
Kravchenko: for two pair
Medic: for just a pair of aces
Kravchenko doubled to stay in the game on a respectable 50,000 or so. Medic meanwhile is still pretty comfortable on around 65,000.