By Simon Young
Swede Andreas Jorbeck, who won the recent PartyPoker.com Late Night Poker 2008 event for $125,000, raced into the chip lead here on the last hand before the dinner break. He found himself getting the chips in on a flop that had two kings – he had 7-7, his opponent 10-10 and a 7 on the turn filled up his boat on, er, the boat.
That monster puts Jorbeck on over 100,000 and almost certainly the chip lead for this PartyPoker Million VI event. But several are chasing hard: Germany’s Alexander Jung and France’s Paul Testud both have approaching 80,000, while Swede Samir Shakhtoor also looks strong.
Jung won most of his chips with a classic case of poker overkill. His opponent held Q-Q and went all in – called by Jung with A-A. Not one, but TWO aces on the flop gave the German quads. “I think you are ahead,” his opponent said with a wry smile, as the turn and river were dealt.
At dinner, after four levels of play today, we are down to 60 players from the 171 who started yesterday. When they return with full stomachs we’ll be on level 10, where blinds will be 400-800 with a running 100 ante.
With 24 places getting paid, we are approaching the serious business.