PokerStars Festival Bucharest: The magical MegaStack champ, and more side event action

Take a close look at the photo below.

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That's Romania's Alexandry Anghel, who on Thursday night here at the JW Marriott Hotel in Bucharest took down the €170 MegaStack event for €15,440.

Was it through magic that he won it? And was it through magic that he somehow managed to make his spadie trophy hover in mid air as he posed for his winner's photo?

Who knows. What we do know is that he outlasted a field of 563 entries, including 193 re-entries. That created a massive €108,864 prize pool for such an affordable buy-in, and created a first place prize of €20,230.

However, when Anghel found himself three-handed and up against fellow countryman Alexandru Pavel and Frenchman Patrick Bueno, the three decided to cut a deal. Bueno would eventually come third for €13,000, and Pavel second for the same €13,000.

But Anghel banked the lion's share, booking the win and the magical trophy. For his efforts over the past three days, he's now €15,440 richer.

PokerStars Festival Bucharest 2017
€170 PokerStars MegaStack
Buy-in: €150 + €20
Dates: July 31 - August 3
Players: 563
Re-entries: 193
Prize pool: €108,864

1Alexandru George AnghelRomania €20,230€15,440
2Alexandru Daniel PavelRomania €12,430€13,000
3Patrick BuenoFrance €8,780€13,000
4Yehuda AlgrassyIsrael €6,630 
5Samuel Viorel GojeRomania €5,300 
6Antsel TzudikIsrael €4,020 
7Nicolae Aurel ArmasaruRomania €2,990 
8Tareq AhmadGermany €1,970

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That's not the only other side event so far this festival. There was also a €275 PL Omaha - Double Chance tournament, which ended with Greece's Georgios Grimpylakos taking down the trophy and €3,880 after a heads-up chop against Germany's Tony Ranis.

PokerStars Festival Bucharest 2017
€275 PL Omaha - Double Chance
Buy-in: €250 + €25
Dates: August 2
Players: 59
Prize pool: €14,160

1Georgios GrimpylakosGreece €3,880
2Tony RanisGermany €3,380
3Silviu Petrica ToguiRomania €1,950
4Radoslaw JedynakPoland €1,470
5Kars BartelNetherlands €1,140
6Cristian Sorin DobrinRomania €875
7Gilad YizhakIsrael €690
8Stanislav IvanovBulgaria €535
9Alexandru Silviu MoraruRomania €240

The €2,200 High Roller kicks off tonight at 8pm, and the €330 Bucharest Cup begins at 6pm, so stay tuned to the PokerStars Blog for some more side event action.

Check out the full PokerStars Festival Bucharest schedule here.

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Jack Stanton
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