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Level 5 has ended and it is Talal Shakerchi is still in front. Igor Kurganov has mounted a charge up the leader board and currently finds himself in second place. Tony G is third. The blinds going into Level 6 are 8,000/16,000 with a running ante of 2,000.

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.

Talal Shakerchi – 606,000 (-87,000) 37.8 big blinds
Igor Kurganov – 479,000 (+11,000) 30 big blinds
Tony G – 449,000 (+268,000) 28 big blinds
Dan Shak –366,000 (+25,000) 23 big blinds
Tobias Reinkemeier – 256,000 (-168,000) 16 big blinds
Jason Mercier – 244,000 (-49,000) 15 big blinds

Good level for

Tony G – After doubling up with seven-deuce against the pocket eights of Tobias Reinkemeier there was no question who this level was good for.

Bad level for

Tobias Reinkemeier – See “good level for” to see why Tobias is having a bad time at the felt!

Hand of the level

Tony G comes down with “the Hammer” on Tobias Reinkemeier.

Reinkemeier opened the betting with his pocket eights and after Talal Shakerchi got out of the way, Tony G three-bet all in for 203,000 with the mighty, or not-so-mighty as the case may be, .

The flop saw Tony G pick up a flush draw but the turn was no hlp to him. The river was though, because it improved Tony G to a hand-winning flush!

View from the booth

“Don’t get into pots with him. Just value bet your good hands if you do, don’t bluff him. That’s a good strategy. Check some medium strength hands and let him bluff at you because he loves to play.” – Phil Laak about Talal Shakerchi

“I wish I’d said all in a little more today.” – Jennifer Tilly reflects on her play in today’s heat.

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