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We weren’t sure exactly how Level 2 could be topped but Level 3 did just that. We saw Daniel Negreanu become the first player eliminated from this year’s Premier League when he was knocked out in eighth, his petulant reaction quite out of character. And then Marvin Rettenmaier followed him out of heat and the Premier League soon after. There’s no doubt that this is the best heat yet of this years Premier League. Blinds are now 4,000 – 8,000 ante 1,000

The players chip stacks are as below. The +/- figure in brackets is their profit/loss since the end of the last level and the big blind figure is how many they have for the current level.

Jungleman – 818,000 (-214,000) – 102 big blinds
Jonathan Duhamel – 759,000 (+483,000) – 95 big blinds
Scott Seiver – 236,000 (-19,000) – 29.5 big blinds
Sam Trickett – 206,000 (+35,000) – 25.75 big blinds
Antonio Esfandiari – 195,000 (-126,000) – 24 big blinds
Phil Hellmuth – 186,000 (-90,000) – 23 big blinds

Good level for

Scott Seiver This time last night Seiver’s continued presence in the Premier League looked in danger. But all he now has to do to guarantee a top five finish is to outlast one of Phil Hellmuth or Daniel Cates by at least three points. His destiny is in his own hands.

Bad level for

Daniel Negreanu – The Pokertars pro not only busted out and picked up the dreaded bagel (no points), but he also had a mini outburst that resulted in his former chips being strewn across the table and forcing the tournament to go on a break so the staff could figure out whose chips were whose.

Marvin Rettenmaier – Like Negreanu before him Rettenmaier’s exit from this heat also marks his exit from the Premier League as 16 points won’t be enough to see him qualify.

Hand of the level

It could only be the Daniel Negreanu exit hand, and what a hand it was!

Jungleman opened to 12,000 with and he was called by Daniel Negreanu with , Antonio Esfandiari with , Sam Trickett with and Scott Seiver with . Jonathan Duhamel shoved for 250,000 with . When Jungleman folded, Negreanu called and the other active players stepped out of the way.

Both Negreanu and Duhamel improved to a pair on the flop but Negreanu was way in front. It stayed that way as the landed on the turn. The river was the , improving Negreanu to trip fours and Negreanu inexplicably shoved his chips across the table not once but twice, causing massive disruption here in the Premier League.

View from the booth

“Until the next player gets knocked out Jonathan Duhamel can raise without looking at his cards and he should.” – Jesse May on the unique situation he finds himself in.

“Survival now is as high a priority as it’s ever been,” Phil Laak on how everyone bar Jonathan Duhamel needs to be playing right now.

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