Chip Counts

The level has ended and the blinds increased to 15,000/30,000/4,000a. Tobias Reinkemeier had another good level, thanks to pushing Dan Shak around on more than one occasion and had Shak not four-bet shoved on the last hand Reinkemeier would hold a more substantial lead.

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.

Dan Shak – 935,000 (-193,000) 47 big blinds
Tobias Reinkemeier -1,099,000 (+222,000) 36.5 big blinds
Talal Shakerchi – 354,000 (-21,000) 15.6 big blinds

Good level for

Tobias Reinkemeier – The talented German added 222,0000 chips to his stack but he aso won a mental victory over Dan Shak. On several occasions Reinkemeier three-bet Shak preflop and pushed him off hands post flop.

Bad level for

Talal Shakerchi – Although Shakerchi essentially stayed at the same stack size, he needed to chip up. He’s not really had the hands to make any moves with yet, but he realises time is running out and he can’t wait for solid hands for much longer.

Hand of the level

Tobias Reinkemeier open-limped the button with , Talal Shakerchi called in the small blind with pocket sixes and Dan Shak checked in the big blind with . The flop saw all players check.

The turn was the straight-completing, for Reinkemeier anyway, and Shakerchi led for 38,000 only to see Shak raise to 100,000. Reinkemeier clicked it back and made it 200,000 to play and both of Reinkemeier’s opponents folded.

Reinkemeier climbed to 893,000 after that hand.

View from the booth

“I never have the hand I tell you I have when I play. I have to lie,” said Phil Laak when talking about Tobias Reinkemeier’s reluctance to tell Dan Shak about his holding in a hand they played.

“He wins at life,” said Toby Lewis about Dan Shak and his success away from the felt.

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