PokerStars Festival Bucharest: Record-breaking Romanian event now down to four after frantic final table start

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Welcome back to Bucharest for the final day of the PokerStars Festival Main Event. This €1,100 tournament smashed all Romanian records in terms of field sizes (736) and prize pools (a massive €706,560!), and in just a few hands the final table of seven is now down to just four after a crazy opening level.

Here's a reminder of how they started the day, chip wise:

Anil Ozdemir9,350,000
Sam Grafton6,690,000
Mustafov Fahredin2,300,000
Daniel Nietrzebka2,255,000
Johann Eclapier875,000
Patrick Bueno835,000
Traian Bostan735,000

In the second hand of today's action, we lost Romania's very own Traian Bostan. He open-shoved for around 725,000 (with blinds at 30K/60K) and was called by Sam Grafton in big blind with the K♥9♣. Bostan held the T♥8♦ and would need to hit, but found nothing on the 5♦5♣7♠A♠6♠ runout. Bostan picked up €18,720 for seventh.

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Bostan says bye bye

And then, in the very next hand, France's Johann Eclapier was felted. This time it was Eclapier who open-jammed with the K♦Q♦ and was called by Patrick Bueno with the A♣K♥. There would be no queen and not enough diamonds on the 4♣7♥6♣9♠6♦ board to save him, and Eclapier went to collect his €26,091 for sixth.

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Eclapier makes an exit

A little later, following a Daniel Nietrzebka double up through Anil Ozdemir, we lost Patrick Bueno in fifth courtesy of a cruel ace on the river. He was all in with pocket tens against Nietrzebka's ace-king, and the Barry Greenstein delivered the KO to Bueno, who will collect €34,400.

After such a flurry of early action, here's how the chip stacks stand four-handed:

Anil Olgun Ozdemir6,800,000
Daniel Nietrzebka6,700,000
Sam Grafton6,400,000
Fahredin Mustafov2,000,000

The top three are very deep, so we could be in for some serious poker from here on. Stay tuned to the PokerStars Blog for regular updates.

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Jack Stanton
@J_W_Stanton in Live Poker