Chip Counts

Level 2 has ended and it is Talal Shakerchi who leads the way with 651,000 chips. Tobias Reinkemeir is hot on his heels with 535,000. The blinds going into Level 3 are 3,000/6,000 with a running ante of 1,000.

The players are now drinking double rums so expect the action to loosen up soon!

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.

Talal Shakerchi – 651,000 (+279,000) 108.5 big blinds
Tobias Reinkemeier – 535,000 (+180,000) 89 big blinds
Jason Mercier – 322,000 (-12,000) 53 big blinds
Dan Shak – 282,000 (-14,000) 47 big blinds
Tony G – 273,000 (-49,000) 45.5 big blinds
Igor Kurganov – 208,000 (-41,000) 34.6 big blinds
Jennifer Tilly – 126,000 (-87,000) 21 big blinds

Good level for

Talal Shakerchi – The hedge fund manager eliminated Phil laak and saw his stack swell to 651,000 and he is now in a great position to finish in one of the high points scoring positions.

Bad level for

Phil Laak – “The Unabomber” busted out in eighth place and picked up no points. Laak now only has seven points going into the final heat, which will be played tomorrow.

Jennifer Tilly – The actress lost 87,000 chips for the second level in a row.

Hand of the level

Tobias Reinkemeier opened with and he was called in three spots. First, Talal Shakerchi called with , Phil Laak called with and Dan Shak called with .

The quartet saw the flop come down and the action checked to Shakerchi who led for 20,000. Laak raised to 60,000 and this raise folded everyone out, except Shakerchi. After a brief pause, Shakerchi moved all in and Laak snap-called.

The kept Laak ahead but he needed to dodge a seven or a diamond to stay alive and avoid picking up the dreaded bagel. The river was the , improving Shakerchi to trips and resigning Laak to eighth place.

View from the booth

“Tony G can be a hard boss!” – Jesse May discussing Tony G and his persona in business.

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