Today was markedly different than the two Day 1 flights as we saw players slinging chips with reckless abandon and being sent to the rails as a result. There was certainly no shortage of action, something no tournament should be without, and more than a few sick beats to top it off.
The day began with online specialist Johnny Lodden leading the pack with $101k but it was a position he wouldn't be able to hold for long. Getting looked up on a few badly-timed bluffs, Lodden's stack was cut in half before the first level was done.
Mattias Andersson was ready and willing to take on the role of event-captain after chipping up quickly at the beginning of the day. It was actually Mattias who gave us the first bad beat of the afternoon when he got all-in with one of the short-stacks at the table with his A-Jo trailing his opponent's pocket queens. A jack on the flop and another on the turn gave him the trips he needed to send the all-in player packing, though, assimilating the other player's chips in the process.
Holding the chip lead for the first few levels, Andersson nevertheless relinquished it to Thierry Van den Berg for a short time. The rest of the day saw the lead changing hands repeatedly with Thierry, Andersson and Germany's own Sebastion Ruthenberg all taking their turns with the big stack.
More than a few people found themselves on the receiving end of some bad beats today, the first example coming with the elimination of Zachary Fritz. Fritz was all-in and way ahead of Brian Hansen with his bullets leading Brian's wired queens, until the river that is! A lovely lady made an appearance on fifth street and Fritzy was sent on his way.
Shortly after that debacle, Mattias made another comeback when he was all-in with pocket tens up against an opponent's A-K. An ace on the flop looked terrible for Andersson but the river swept him to safety by delivering one of the two remaining tens.
This breakneck speed continued unabated for most of the afternoon until we got to the bubble. Hand-for-hand play, combined with less than speedy dealing, contributed to a brutally long period of waiting to get in the money.
Another river-miracle manifested itself to keep the bubble going when Jesper Witved found himself all-in with A♣ J♦ against Philip Yeh's K♠ 8♥. The flop came K-9-Q, putting Yeh in the lead and leaving Witved hoping for either an ace or a ten to hit the board. The turn was a brick but the river didn't fail to deliver, putting a ten on the board and completing the Broadway straight for the much appreciative Witved.
The bubble did eventually burst, as bubbles are known to do, and after that the bustifications came fast and furious. We got down to the last few tables in a surprisingly short time.
The last bad beat of the night came with 18 players left, and it was Tommy Dender who found himself on the receiving end. France's Nicolas Levi put Tommy all-in and, after a bit of thought, Dender obliged. It was a race with Dender's pocket treys slightly ahead of Levi's J♦ Q♦. The flop came 3♣ K♣ 6♣, giving Tommy the set and a nice warm feeling, but the board finished out A-T, runner-runnering Levi the nut straight and eliminating Dender from the tournament.
Bad beats aside it was a productive day. Personally I didn't think we had any chance of making it from 118 players to eight but hey, what do I know? Finishing with 13 was an impressive result nonetheless, and it'll be interesting to see how long it takes to crown a champion tomorrow.
The chip counts have arrived as I'm writing this and it turns out that Jacob Rasmussen is the leader with $657,000. Also in great shape are Philip Yeh with $597k and Sebastion Ruthenberg with $537k. The full chip chart will be posted on the live update page here, so check it out at your leisure.
We're scheduled to get back underway tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time when we will play from 13 down to the one player who will be able to call himself the EPT3 German Open champ, not to mention take home the €672,000 first prize. As always, bring it on home to PokerListings.com for all the action live, as it happens, from the Hohenysburg Casino here in Dortmund!