Eureka4 Prague: Level 29-33 updates (120,000/240,000/30,000)

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7.05pm: Break time
Players are on a 15-minute break.

6.59pm: Zbib doubles up once more
According to the floor, Ayman Zbib had called a 600,000 raise preflop from Balasz Botond before leading out for 1.5 million on the 7♦J♣Q♥ flop. Botond made the call and Zbib shoved for 9.7 million on the 5♥ turn. Botond tanked for a minute before making the call.

Zbib: K♣Q♠
Botond: J♥9♣

Inexplicably, Zbib called for a nine but the river was the 7♥ and he let out the almight fist-pump. Zbib has about 24 million to Botond's 10 million.

6.51pm: Athanasios Xenodochidis eliminated in 3rd place (€186,881)
Balasz Botond raised to 500,000, Athanasios Xenodochidis moved all in for 875,000. Ayman Zbib called,as did Botond.

The flop was K♥3♣3♥ and Zbib quickly folded to a 500,000 bet from the Hungarian. Botond turned over K♠9♦ and Xenodochidis flipped 5♦5♠ and exclaimed, "Wow, I had a real hand!"

The T♣ turn and 8♣ were the cards Xenodochidis needed and he was knocked out in third place.


Athanasios Xenodochidis - 3rd

6.47pm: Zbib doubles up
A blind-on-blind confrontation saw Athanasios Xenodochidis four-bet all in against Ayman Zbib and the latter quickly called.

Xenodochidis: A♠3♣
Zbib: A♥9♠

The board came T♠5♥6♣J♦J♠ and Zbib's nine-kicker played. He's doubled to about 13 million while the Greek player has been crippled.

6.40pm: Huge pot for Botond
Balasz Botond and Athanasios Xenodochidis got into a massive raising war preflop which eventually ended up with both players putting all their chips in the middle.

Botond: J♥J♠
Xenodochidis: A♦9♥

The 7♥8♦4♦ flop was good for the Hungarian player but the A♠ on the turn sent the Greek chorus crazy. Xenodochidis only had to avoid a jack on the river and he would have a substantial chip lead and be heads-up for the title. The river was the J♦ and the Hungarians were the ones celebrating while the Greek supporters were stunned into silence. Botond is up to about 18 million in chips while Xenodochidis has about 5.5 million remaining.

6.31pm: Xenodochidis bluffs Botond
Balasz Botond raised to 500,000 preflop and Athanasios Xenodochidis made it 1,115,000 in the small blind. Botond called to see a 2♥7♥4♦ flop and Xenodochidis continued with a 1,225,000 bet. Botond called to see the A♠ on the turn.

This time Xenodochidis led out for 1,500,000 and Botond thought for about 30 seconds then folded, tapping the table as he did so. The Greek player showed him Q♠T♠.


Balasz Botond

6.19pm: Deal made
The three remaining players have agreed upon a deal.

Athanasios Xenodochidis - €186,881
Balasz Botond - €186,948
Ayman Zbib - €163,921

They've left €20,000 for the winner.

6.09pm: Numbers, please
The players are having another look at a deal.
Seat 4: Athanasios Xenodochidis - 13,855,000
Seat 5: Ayman Zbib - 8,350,000
Seat 7: Balasz Botond - 12,415,000

6.07pm: Botond takes a chunk out of Xenodochidis
Athanasios Xenodochidis raised to 500,000 from the button and Balasz Botond called in the big blind. The flop was 8♦Q♠K♠ and Botond check-called a further 525,000 on the flop as well as 955,000 on the 6♦ turn.

The river was the K♥ and Botond now led out for 2.2 million. Xenodochidis made the call and Botond showed K♣3♣ to win a huge pot.

Botond - 12 million
Xenodchidis - 15 million

6.01pm: No deal
The players can't agree on deal, play on.
Seat 4: Athanasios Xenodochidis - 19,020,000
Seat 5: Ayman Zbib - 7,875,000
Seat 7: Balasz Botond - 7,670,000

5.54pm: Pause the clock
The players are pausing the clock to discuss a potential deal.

5.41pm: Level 33 - 120,000/240,000 (30,000)
And that's the end of level 32. That was exhausting and I was only watching it.

5.39pm: Jonas Mackoff eliminated in 4th place (€81,100)
Did someone put something in the water? The action just won't stop here. Jonas Mackoff shoved over the top of an Athanasios Xenodochidis raise and the Greek player, who has been running white-hot recently, made the call once more.

Mackoff: 3♦3♥
Xenodochidis: A♣9♦

The board came A♦7♠2♥K♦K♥ and there are now just three players left. Xenodochidis has blitzed this tournament in the last ten minutes.


Jonas Mackoff - 4th

5.34pm: Vladimir Velikov eliminated in 5th place (€65,440)
As the popular beat combo Kiss sang, "These are crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy nights." There's been yet another exit as the dam hasn't just broken, it's been completely shattered. Vladimir Velikov shoved from the button and Athanasios Xenodochidis made the call in the small blind.

Velikov: A♦3♣
Xenodochidis: Q♣Q♦

The board came T♠6♠9♣4♦2♣ and Xenodochidis' huge chip leader just got even bigger.


Vladimir Velikov - 5th

5.30pm: Rough chip counts
Seat 4: Athanasios Xenodochidis - 13,000,000
Seat 5: Ayman Zbib - 8,500,000
Seat 6: Jonas Mackoff - 3,000,000
Seat 7: Balasz Botond - 6,500,000
Seat 8: Vladimir Velikov - 3,000,000

5.25pm: Atanas Malinov eliminated in 6th place (€52,050)
Atanas Malinov moved in yet again for about 1.8 million and it was passed to Ayman Zbib who made the call. Everyone else folded.

Malinov: K♠T♦
Zbib: J♥J♦

The board came 4♥6♥7♥2♠A♦ and Malinov was unable to find that elusive king to secure his status on this final table. Five players remain.


Atanas Malinov - 6th

5.20pm: Velikov doubles up
Jonas Mackoff raised to 400,000 preflop and Vladimir Velikov moved all in for 1.6 million in total. Mackoff got a count and made a reluctant call.

Velikov: K♠Q♣
Mackoff: Q♥T♥

The board came 4♦5♣7♠3♦4♣ and the Bulgarian doubled back over 3 million, Mackoff dropped down to 3.4 million.

5.16pm: Just keep shoving
Atanas Malinov isn't hanging around. He has just pushed all in three times in a row and managed to win each hand.

5.02pm: Lucas Blanco eliminated in 7th place (€39,500)
Lucas Blanco's new chips lasted barely more than a few seconds. A flurry of action saw him get all his chips in again, this time against Athanasios Xenodochidis.

Blanco: A♥K♣
Xenodochidis: Q♣Q♦


Lucas Blanco - 7th

The board came 4♦A♦2♦3♣ but the 3♦ made Xenodochidis a flush on the river. Blanco looked completely depressed but came back to shake his opponent's hand. Xenodochidis now has close to 12 million in chips. He was the shortest stack when the final table began.

5.00pm: Endre Sagstuen eliminated in 8th place (€28,100)
Endre Sagstuen shoved all in from the button and Lucas Blanco reshoved in the small blind.

Sagstuen: 9♦8♣
Blanco: K♥Q♣

The board came K♠Q♣7♥3♠8♥ and the Norwegian player went out in 8th place.


Endre Sagstuen - 8th

4.55pm: Another chop
Atanas Malinov moved all in preflop and Endre Sagstuen made the call.

Malinov: A♠Q♠
Sagstuen: A♦Q♣

The board bricked out and the pair chopped the pot.

4.41pm: Level 32 100,000/200,000 (30,000)
Level 32 is underway.

4.40pm: Chip counts
Seat 1: Endre Sagstuen - 1,700,000
Seat 2: Lucas Blanco - 3,400,000
Seat 3: Atanas Malinov - 2,130,000
Seat 4: Athanasios Xenodochidis - 5,800,000
Seat 5: Ayman Zbib - 6,200,000
Seat 6: Jonas Mackoff - 5,780,000
Seat 7: Balasz Botond - 6,880,000
Seat 8: Vladimir Velikov - 2,460,000


Ayman Zbib, two double ups in two minutes

4.26pm: Break time
Players are now on a 15-minute break.

4.25pm: Zbib doubles again
With the board reading J♥5♠6♠ Ayman Zbib check-called a bet of 285,000 from Atanas Malinov before leading out for 400,000 on the Q♠ turn. Malinov tanked for two minutes before moving all in and Zbib called instantly.

Zbib: T♠3♠
Malinov: 6♦5♣

The river was the 4♦ and the Lebanese pop star celebrated loudly, doubling up to over 5 million.

4.16pm: Zbib doubles up
Endre Sagstuen opened to 350,000 preflop and Ayman Zbib moved all in for 1,375,000. Sagstuen made a quick call.

Sagstuen: 9♦9♣
Zbib: A♦J♦

The flop came 7♠5♠2♣ but the A♣ on the turn had Zbib celebrating. The 6♠ river changed nothing and Zbib celebrated once more. He has about 2.7 million now while the Norwegian is down to 2.15 million.

4.07pm: Good pot for Mackoff
Jonas Mackoff raised to 320,000 preflop and Atanas Malinov called in the big blind. Both players checked the 7♠3♦4♦ flop before Malinov led for 570,000 on the 3♠ turn. Mackoff called to see the 7♣ on the river. Both players checked and Malinov tabled T♦6♣. Mackoff took the pot with A♦9♦.

Mackoff - 5.9 million
Malinov - 5.7 million


Jonas Mackoff has picked up several pots recently

3.54pm: Chop it up
Athanasios Xenodochidis opened to 325,000 and Jonas Mackoff made 775,000 from the button. Xenodochidis moved in and Mackoff called instantly.

Xenodochidis: A♣K♥
Mackoff: A♥K♣

Not even a hint of drama occurred on the 7♠5♦9♥2♥J♣ board and the two players chopped the pot.

3.45pm: Folding to a shove
A lot of the players are now into "three-bet shove" mode. First Lucas Blanco made it 325,000 but folded when Endre Sagstuen moved all in the big blind.

Jonas Mackoff moved in for about 3.6 million over the top of Athanasios Xenodochidis' initial 325,000 raise, eliciting a fold from the Greek player.

Then Balasz Botond raised to 350,000 from middle position but he folded when Blanco moved in for 2,270,000. A showdown between two players is imminent, but which two will it be?

3.27pm: Level 31 - 80,000/160,000 (20,000)
There is no break since the players had one previously when the final table was reached.

3.22pm: Small pot for Malinov; Velikov shoving
Atanas Malinov opened to 280,000 from under-the-gun and Lucas Blanco called in the big blinds but the Spaniard quickly check-folded to a 250,000 bet on the 7♠2♣8♦ flop.

The next hand saw Vladimir Velikov shove for 1,440,000 from middle position. Malinov asked for a count but decided to fold.

3.13pm: Xenodochidis doubles up
Athanasios Xenodochidis raised to 250,000 preflop from the cutoff before Ayman Zbib three-bet on the button. Xenodochidis moved in and Zbib called instantly.

Xenodochidis: T♥T♦
Zbib: A♦K♠

The board came 3♠6♦Q♥9♥Q♦ and Xenodochidis doubled up to around 4 million in chips, Zbib dropped down to 3 million.


Athanasios Xenodochidis is all thumbs up after a double-up.

3.10pm: Botond snaps off a bluff
With the board reading 2♣J♠5♠2♥K♥ in a three-bet pot between Balasz Botond and Vladimir Velikov, the former checked and Velikov bet 600,000. It didn't take long for Botond to announce a call and Velikov showed a missed 8♠7♠. Botond scooped the pot with 7♣5♣.

3.03pm: Restart
There are 30 minutes left of level 30.

3.00pm: Getting ready
The players are just taking some final table shots before the tournament restarts.

2.34pm: Seat draw and chip counts

Seat 1: Endre Sagstuen - 4,090,0000
Seat 2: Lucas Blanco - 2,790,000
Seat 3: Atanas Malinov - 6,365,000
Seat 4: Athanasios Xenodochidis - 1,940,000
Seat 5: Ayman Zbib - 5,135,000
Seat 6: Jonas Mackoff - 4,340,000
Seat 7: Balasz Botond - 6,365,000
Seat 8: Vladimir Velikov - 3,560,000

2.22pm: David Novak eliminated in 9th place (€22,200)
Ayman Zbib limped under-the-gun and David Novak moved all in for 1,175,000 behind him. It was passed to Atanas Malinov who made the call from the blinds. Zbib quickly folded.

Novak: Q♦J♦
Malinov: K♦K♣

The board came T♠4♦9♠7♠3♣ and the final table was reached. The tournament is now on a 20-minute break as a chip count and player profiles are made.


David Novak - 9th

2.10pm: Malinov wins three-way pot
A board of 9♣T♦4♦Q♦2♣ was checked to the river where Lucas Blanco checked again, Atanas Malinov bet 660,000 and Balasz Botond made the call. Blanco folded and Malinov showed K♥Q♠ to win the pot.

:2.03pm: Xenodochidis still shoving
There's been little in the way of flops in the last few minutes. Athanasisos Xenodochidis moved all in over the top of Vladimir Velikov's initial 275,000 raise but the Bulgarian folded.

1.45pm: Level 30 - 60,000/120,000 (20,000)
The unofficial final table is now playing the second level of the day.

1.36pm: Xenodochidis moves in
Athanasios Xenodochidis pushed all in for his last 1,590,000 over the top of a Balasz Botond raise. The Hungarian player got a count but, upon hearing how much it was, opted to fold.

1.29pm: Blanco's big four-bet
Ayman Zbib raised to 230,000 preflop before Jonas Mackoff made it 480,000 before Lucas Blanco four-bet to 1,090,000 from the blinds. Zbib folded quickly and Mackoff also gave it up without much fight.


The unofficial final table

1.15pm: Botond cracks aces; feels happy
David Novak raised to 200,000 reflop from early position before Balasz Botond made it 475,000 a couple of seats behind. It was passed to Atanas Malinov in the small blind who four-bet to 750,000. Novak quickly folded and Botond thought for about a minute before moving all in. Malinov called instantly.

Botond: K♠K♦
Malinov: A♥A♠

Botond rolled his eyes and got out of his seat but the door card was a king and the board came T♠6♥K♥T♣6♣ and the Hungarian managed a huge double up. Botond has 6.1 million and Malinov dropped to 3.9 million.

1.00pm: Unofficial final table
Seat 1: Endre Sagstuen
Seat 2: Lucas Blanco
Seat 3: Atanas Malinov
Seat 4: Athanasios Xenodochidis
Seat 5: Ayman Zbib
Seat 6: David Novak
Seat 7: Jonas Mackoff
Seat 8: Balasz Botond
Seat 9: Vladimir Velikov


Periklis Charmpilas goes out in 10th place

12.50pm: Periklis Charmpilas eliminated in 10th place (€19,200)
Periklis Charmpilas limped in the small blind and Jonas Mackoff made it 280,000 in the big blind. Charmpilas responded by moving all in.

Mackoff rechecked his cards and let out a slight laugh. He thought for several minutes, apologised twice and even said, "I'm sorry if I nitroll you." Finally, the clock was called on Mackoff.

With around 30 seconds left he made the call.

Mackoff: A♥Q♠
Charmpilas: 2♥2♣

The board came K♣Q♥6♣7♣7♠ and Mackoff flopped a queen and faded a turned flush draw to knock out his Greek opponent. The pot put him almost equal with chip leader Atanas Malinov.

12.40pm: Seat draw
Table Seat Name Chips
1 1 Atanas Malinov 6,675,000
1 3 Periklis Charmpilas 2,555,000
1 4 Jonas Mackoff 4,030,000
1 5 Lucas Blanco 3,380,000
1 7 Endre Sagstuen 3,610,000

2 2 Ayman Zbib 2,945,000
2 3 Balasz Botond 2,460,000
2 4 Athanasios Xenodochidis 2,610,000
2 5 David Novak 2,325,000
2 8 Vladimir Velikov 3,810,000

12.35pm: Level 29 - 50,000/100,000 (10,000)
The final ten players are just getting underway now.


Chip leader and PokerStars qualifier Atanas Malinov

Chris Hall
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