PokerStars Festival Bucharest: Nietrzebka leads at halfway point; Grafton and Shitrit still alive with bubble looming

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We're on the second break of the day here on Day 2 of the Main Event, and just 147 players now remain. Only 111 of them will make the money though, and secure a minimum return of at least €1,770 (you can check the full payout structure here).

That means it's almost bubble time. But before we get there, let's take a look at the movings and shakings of the first four levels.

The chip leader as it stands is Daniel Nietrzebka of Poland, who has amassed a stack worth around 440,000. He's followed by Romania's Marius Asanache (435,000), Israel's Kakoun Meir (435,000), and the end-of-Day-1B chipleader Stefan Fabian (410,000).

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Defending champ Avishai Shitrit

Meanwhile, the defending champ of this event, Avishai Shitrit of Israel, is putting up a strong title defence. He's sitting with around 150,000 currently, looking for only his second ever live cash. He's a cash game pro usually, and his only cash to date came from a win at last year's Eureka6 Bucharest event, good for €107,350.

Fan favourite Sam Grafton is also still alive in this one, but with a 90,000 stack and blinds going up to 2K/4K, he's got his work cut out for him. In case you missed it, we spoke to Grafton yesterday - check that interview here.


Klatt during his Monte Carlo run

One player who's no longer with us is the MonteDam Swing winner Andreas Klatt. The German had a remarkable month in May, winning the National Championship in Monte Carlo for €151,445, then following that up with a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Championship Main Event for €402,786, before then heading to Amsterdam and final table bubbling the WPT Main Event for €13,435. Alas, there will be no cash for Klatt in this one.

Stay tuned to the PokerStars Blog as we bring you more side event info (the Bucharest Cup and High Roller both kick off tonight), and all the gossip from the Main Event bubble.

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Jack Stanton
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