Chip Counts

Surprise, surprise, Tobias Reinkemeier leads the Premier League final table. The young German continues to show his class and is going to take some catching here at this final table.

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. Blinds are now 3,000/6,000/1,000a

Tobias Reinkemeier – 518,000 (+130,000) 86.3 big blinds
Jonathan Duhamel – 375,000 (-22,000) 62.5 big blinds
Dan Shak – 373,000 (-22,000) 62 big blinds
Sam Trickett – 368,000 (-68,000) 61.3 big blinds
Daniel “Jungleman” Cates – 307,000 (-13,000) 51 big blinds
Jennifer Tilly – 252,000 (+9,000) 42 big blinds
Talal Shakerchi – 232,000 (+25,000) 38 big blinds
Antonio Esfandiari –155,000 (-33,000) 25 big blinds

Good level for

Tobias Reinkemeier – The German is doing what he does best and that is accumulating chips quietly. Reinkemeier leads the final table going into Level 3.

Bad level for

<jonathan Duhamel – The former WSOP Main Event champion may be in second place but he was almost out of this tournament. Duhamel made an uncharacteristic mistake when he five-bet into Tobias Reinkemeier with a far inferior hand, but was rewarded with a split pot.

Can Duhamel recompose himself and get back to his flawless best?

Hand of the level

Tobias Reinkemeier opened to 9,000 with and Talal Shakerchi called with the lowly . Jonathan Duhamel found the in the hole and he squeezed to 34,000. The action passed back to Reinkemeier and he four-bet to 82,000. Shakerchi had seen enough and he instantly folded, but Duhamel was not going away, not in the slightest. Instead he five-bet all in for 372,000 and Reinkemeier snap-called.

After playing so amazingly well throughout the heats, Duhamel’s fate rested in the hands of the poker gods after making this ill-timed moved. The flop kept Reinkemeier’s hand in front, and the turn changed nothing. Just as it looked like Duhamel would be busted out, the fell n the river and the pot was split.

View from the booth

“Could Jonathan Duhamel be the greatest WSOP Main Event champion since Carlos Mortensen?” – Jesse May about Jonathan Duhmamel.

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