PokerStars Festival Marbella: The bubble has burst and the big names are building

We're just a few hours away from play ending on Day 2, and the bubble has finally burst, a little later than expected.

During Level 16, 2,500/5,000, we were down to 136 players, meaning one more elimination guaranteed everyone remaining in the tournament a €1,795 payday. And for a moment there, it looked like it was going to be Team PokerStars Pro Fatima Moreira de Melo who played executioner.

On a 6♥7♦9♣2♥ board, Moreira de Melo was heads-up against Mario Navarro and she bet 30,000 into a pot of around 50,000. Navarro then jammed for 78,500 total, and this sent Moreira de Melo deep into the tank. "You must have ten-eight, right?" she asked to no reply. "Or six-seven?"

She thought for a good few minutes, meanwhile the soft bubble burst and the clock was paused. There was an all-in over on another table, but we stuck around long enough to see the former field hockey Olympic gold winner make the call.

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Moreira de Melo in the tank

It wasn't the outcome she was hoping for though. Navarro turned over the T♣8♣ for the nuts, while Moreira de Melo had the 2♣7♣ for a turned two pair. With that loss, she dropped down to 120,000.

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Fatima's still fighting

We then rushed over to the other all in and found Daniel Lukacs forced all in in the big blind, having a stack of just 4,500. A side pot then played out between Lena Lovas and Diogo Viera, who had both limped pre-flop.

The dealer spread a queen-six-jack flop, on which Lovas bet 10,000 and Viera called. The turn was then another jack, and the same action took place. Finally on the ten river, Lovas checked, Viera bet 70,000, and Lovas called. She'd flopped a set with her pocket sixes, and the jack on the turn gave her a full house. Unfortunately for Viera, it also gave him trip jacks. Lukacs had king-seven, and that meant he was out the door as the bubble boy.

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Daniel Lukacs, going...

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Expect to see plenty of bust-outs from here until the end of the day. Here are some of the biggest and more notable stacks left in the room, including two former Marbella winners:

Thomas De Rooij - 590,000
Romain Ferio'o - 550,000
Ludovic Geilich - 480,000 (2013 UKIPT Marbella champ)
Sebastian Malec - 245,000
Jonathan Schuman - 180,000 (2016 UKIPT Marbella champ)
Leo Margets - 125,000
Fatima Moreira de Melo - 120,000
Anton Wigg - 80,000
Daniel Stacey - 80,000

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De Rooij leads right now

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Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Jack Stanton
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