PokerStars Festival Bucharest: Moneymaker and Papazian felted from High Roller; prize pool is announced

There's barely an empty seat in the house of the poker room here at the JW Marriott Grand Hotel in Bucharest. Not only is the Main Event winding down in one end, but the ever-popular Bucharest Cup is running a very busy Day 1B also.

And then there's the €2,200 High Roller, which started last night with 111 runners and is now down to just 39. Only 15 of them will make the money though - scroll down for prize pool information.

Two of the bigger names in the line-up - Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker and Romania's all-time money earner and only WSOP bracelet winner Alex Papazian - have both fallen by the wayside in this last level.

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Romania's #1 - Papazian

Papazian exited first after a bluff gone bad. He limped in with [Jx][Tx] in the hijack, sitting with 26,000 and a blinds at 500/1,000. Hans Wenzelburger then called from the small blind, and the two went to an [Ax][Qx][5x] flop, with two spades. Papazian opted to lead out for 2,000 which was called, before firing 6,000 on the [8x] turn. Again, Wenzelburger called.

The [7x] completed the board, and Papazian loaded the gun and fired his third bullet. He jammed, and Wenzelburger made the call with the A♣6♣, and that was good for the knockout.

Papazian, the EPT12 Monte Carlo €25,000 High Roller winner and recent bracelet winner, spoke with us earlier this week about his summer and plans for the future. Check out that interview here.

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No cash for Moneymaker

Meanwhile, Team Pro Chris Moneymaker lasted only a little bit longer:

Moneymaker always shares his tournament runs with the fans. After all, it was the fans who helped him decide to re-enter last night:

Here's a look at what the remaining 37 are playing for:


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Jack Stanton
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