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Thor hammers into the money in Copenhagen
The 184 remaining players played down to the money as the Pokerstars.com event gathered momentum here in snowy Denmark today.
Day 2 was set to finish once the bubble had burst, and that watershed point was breached in quick-smart time as the aggressive, Scandinavian poker that has characterized this event continued.
Big names came and big names tumbled as the relentless pace took a heavy toll on the field, with just 40 surviving what was a brutally fast cull.
Annette Obrestad battled through to the latter stages of the day, but the young Norwegian was unable to add to her sparkling C.V. with another result here, crashing out just shy of the payout spots.
Joining Annette on the Casino Copenhagen rail were the combined talents of Trond Eidsvig, Isabelle Mercier, Arnaud Mattern and Luca Pagano, among others.
While these players were heading to the bar for a consolatory drink, 2007 William Hill Grand Prix winner Martin Wendt and two-time EPT final tablist Andrea Benelli were among the notables who battled through to the payout spots, Wendt making it through to Day 3 with a big stack as one of the chip leaders.
Thor Hansen was perhaps the surprise package of the tournament, the poker veteran rolling back the years to teach the younger Scandinavians a thing or two.
Thor guided his stack impressively through the day to make the final 40 and give himself a shot at EPT glory.
By the time the players bagged and tagged their chips, Norway's Anders Langset was left as the chip leader with $327k and the man best placed to secure EPT glory in Denmark.
Dane Rasmus Nielsen, who made fourth here last year, was left second in chips with $254k at the close of play and Ramzi Jelassi will also return tomorrow well-placed with $143k in his stack.
They'll have to fend off the combined thread posed by the big stacks of Peter Hedlund, Patrik Boberg and Jonas Klausen, to name a few, if they are to realize their dream of acceding to the EPT throne.
The remaining players will all be back tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time to play down to the final table.
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