Bulgarian PokerStars qualifier leads sweet sixteen into final day
A total of 92 players sat down at the start of Day 2 of the Eureka Poker Tour, Nova Gorica main event. All with the hope of reaching the money (top 24) and then the final table (top eight). As it was play would end bang in the middle of these two goals.
Although there was the obligatory start of Day 2 fireworks play slowed down considerably after wards. So much so that even after 10 levels of play 16 players are still in with a chance of winning the €40,100 first prize.
Leading the last 16 into action tomorrow is Viliyan Petleshkov, a PokerStars qualifier from Plodiv in Bulgaria. The pro who has been playing poker for four years bagged up 495,000. He's a bit of a jack of all trades saying he plays tournaments, sit and gos, five-card draw and lately heads-up cash games.
He's part of a four strong Bulgarian contingent who're still in, the other three all share the same surname - Todorov - although only two of them are related.
Sitting in second place overnight is Tadeas Kozdon (355,000), a PokerStars qualifier from the Czech Republic, he eliminated Igor Loncar on the last hand of the night. That hand meant he leapfrogged Alain Medesan (303,000) who sits third. The Romanian kept the crowd entertained during a prolonged bubble period by building a fort out of his chipstack.
The bubble period lasted for around 70 minutes and the only all-in and call was the one that burst it. A micro stacked Zjelko Adzaga got his stack in with A♥[10d] but Igor Loncar had pocket aces.
Among those to make the money is Spaniard Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez, the runner-up at Eureka Poker Tour Prague. He looks set to take over at the top of the Eureka Poker Tour leaderboard and put himself in pole position to win a year's worth of entries to the Sunday Million. First he'll be hoping to go one better than last time, he returns in fifth place with 258,000 and a good chance at making back to back final tables.
It was a day of contrasting fortunes for the respective chip leaders of Day 1A and Day 1B. Despite starting the day as chip leader with 109,300 Bogdan Nicolae lasted just over three levels and bluffed his chips off with queen high. Meanwhile Day 1A chipleader Miha Staric, from Slovenia kept an even keel all day and returns in sixth place with 237,000.
If you want to take a look back at today's action, see the current chip counts or see who's won what so far then click the links below.
Play resumes at 2pm tomorrow as we play down to a winner.
PokerStars Blog reporting team at Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Nick Wright. Photos courtesy of Manuel Kovsca