Eureka4 Prague: PokerStars qualifier Atanas Malinov leads into the final day
There were still 57 players left on Day 3 of the biggest ever Eureka event, taking place here at the Hilton Hotel in Prague. But after eight levels, the actual composition of the final table remains unresolved until tomorrow, for ten players will return when the blinds restart at 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante).
The chip leader is PokerStars qualifier Atanas Malinov. The Bulgarian had a real rush over the second half of the day, eliminating several players and generally causing trouble for the other players with three-bets a regularity.
Malinov has 6,675,000 in total - over two and a half million more than his nearest rival, PokerStars player Jonas Mackoff.
While Malinov dominated the second half of the day, it was the Canadian Mackoff who controlled the first four levels. After doubling up through Day 2 chip leader Antonin Duda, Mackoff took the chip lead when he eliminated Olli Vahala, Magnus Nordmark, Duda and Tomasz Kowalski in quick succession. Mackoff ended with day with 4,030,000.
The full list of chip counts is as follows:
Atanas Malinov, Bulgaria, PokerStars qualifier, 6,675,000
Jonas Mackoff, Canada, PokerStars player, 4,030,000
Vladimir Velikov, Bulgaria, 3,810,000
Endre Sagstuen, Norway, PokerStars player, 3,610,000
Lucas Blanco, Spain, 3,380,000
Ayman Zbib, Lebanon, 2,945,000
Athanasios Xenodochidis, Greece, 2,610,000
Periklis Charmpilas, Greece, PokerStars player, 2,555,000
Balasz Botond, Hungary, PokerStars player, 2,460,000
David Novak, Czech Republic, 2,325,000
With no player too short, it might yet be a while before a final table is reached. However, most players are just one double-up from taking the chip lead. To say the final day will be "tight" could be an understatement.
Of course, there's still the fact of the money prizes that they're all chasing. Every single player is guaranteed a minimum payout of €19,200 but a record €280,000 is available for the winner:
1 € 280,000
2 € 163,000
3 € 114,750
4 € 81,100
5 € 65,440
6 € 52,050
7 € 39,500
8 € 28,100
9 € 22,200
10 € 19,200
Play will begin tomorrow at 12.30pm CET when this tournament will recommence. In the meantime you can check out the live updates of the day's proceedings here and here, or check out who finished where with the full up-to-date prizepool details. Make sure you're back reading tomorrow as the biggest ever Eureka event draws to a conclusion! In the meantime, you can always follow all the action that is going on in the Super-High Roller event.