Luca Pagano has just doubled up, moving up to around 40,000 and probably ruining his chances of playing in the PokerForLife.it charity event that is getting underway in the neighbouring room. That tournament is a €1,200 buy-in event from which the casino is waiving its registration fee (the odd €200) and donating it to the aid campaign for victims of the Abruzzo earthquake. PokerStars is also adding €300 per player to the appeal, and it looks like it is going to cost them about 140 times that as the players continue to flood in to do their bit.

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Luca Pagano

Pagano’s double up, incidentally, came through the PokerStars qualifier William Reynolds, who has rapidly become a fixture on the EPT this season. Reynolds has gone deep in several events and looks likely to do the same here. Even after giving Pagano about 20,000 (it was 10♥10♣ for Pagano against Reynolds’ A♥Q♦ on a dry board) Reynolds still has close to 100,000 and is more than comfortable.

Less comfortable is Dag Palovic, the Slovakian player who made the final table here last year. In fact, it’s all over for Palovic after Malte Strothmann made a brave call of the Slovak’s all in looking on a board of 6♥2♦4♣2♥K♦. Strothmann had 3♠5♦ for the rivered straight; Palovic had A♣6♦ and that was that.

Strothmann is up to around 60,000.

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