Eureka Croatia: Day 3, levels 24 updates (blinds 12,000-24,000)
9.25pm: Richard Bodis wins Eureka Croatia (€47,298)
From the small blind Richard Bodis made it 50,000 to go, Carsten Luxig made it 110,000 total from the big blind and Bodis called.
The flop of [10s]K♣2♦ was checked by both players before Luxig fired out a bet of 130,000 on the 5♠ turn. After a few seconds contemplation Bodis raised to 300,000 total and almost instantly Luxig moved all-in for 1,030,000 more.
Bodis now went deep into the tank, not even requesting a count until he had thought for a couple of minutes, eventually though after counting and re-counting his own stack he announced call and showed Q♥[10h], which was ahead of Luxig's 6♥5♣.
The German would need a five or a six on the river to double up but the 7♠ completed the board and Bodis was hugged by his fans on the rail as he celebrated his win. He takes home €47,298 for the win.
A full wrap of the day's play to come.
9.20pm: Carsten Luxig eliminated in second place (€30,150)
Well it didn't take long to find a winner, just a few hands infact. Details on the final hand coming right up.
9.10pm: Play is underway
Heads up play has begun.
8.05pm: Vasileios Chantzaras eliminated in third place (€16,950)
It folded to Vasileios Chantzaras in the small blind who limped, Carsten Luxig made it 70,000 total from the big blind, Chantzaras shoved all-in for roughly 500,000 and Luxig called.
The Greek was dominated and in trouble and the board of [10s]7♠4♦5♦9♣ means we are now heads up in Zagreb. There was just under ten minutes remaining in this level and the players have decided to take a one hour dinner break before commencing heads up play.
The chip counts are: Richard Bodis (2,290,000) and Carsten Luxig (1,410,000).
7.55pm: Chantzaras gets some back
Former chip leader Vasileios Chantzaras has made a recovery of sorts. First he moved all-in over the top of a 52,000 open from Richard Bodis and took it down. Then he made it 48,000 to go, got called in both spots but c-bet a 4♠A♦[10h] board to win the pot, back upto 500,000 now.
7.45pm: Chantzaras in trouble
Vasileios Chantzaras is down to just 360,000 after losing a pot to Carsten Luxig. With around 300,000 already in the pot he folded to Luxig's river shove on a board of Q♠A♠Q♦5♠6♣ Luxig showed 8♦5♦ as he took the pot, he's on around 1,100,000 now.
7.40pm: Jose Carlos Fibla Lopez eliminated in fourth place (€13,300)
In a whirlwind of betting we've just seen the biggest pot of the tournament so far and it''s gone to Richard Bodis.
Jose Carlos Fibla Lopez opened to 50,000, Bodis three-bet to 161,000, Lopez shoved for 800,000 and Bodis snap called with pocket tens, dominating Lopez's pocket fours.
A board of 2♠A♦3♣Q♣2♣ gave Lopez a sweat but we're now three handed and Bodis has about 2,400,000 of the 3,800,000 chips in play.
7.32pm: Bodis bluffs one
First to act Richard Bodis made it 53,000 to play and Carsten Luxig called from the small blind. The flop was Q♥9♣5♠ and Luxig check-raised Bodis's c-bet of 53,000 to 125,000, call from Bodis.
The turn was the 7♥ and Luxig slowed down, checking it to Bodis, who fired out 200,000 and after a reluctant fold from Luxig, the Hungarian turned over A♠8♠ for a stone cold bluff.
7.20pm: 'I'm having to do all the hard work'
So said Vasileios Chantzaras as he found himself faced with yet another tough decision. He had three-bet to 172,000 after Jose Carlos Fibla Lopez had raised to 75,000, the Spaniard had then four-bet all-in for around 650,000.
After tanking for a while the clock was called and Chantzaras eventually folded A♠4♥ face up. From being chip leader at the start of the day Chantzaras is now the short stack.
7.15pm: Final four
We're down to the final four in Croatia and it's fairly bunched. A reminder of the chip counts and seat draw:
Carsten Luxig, Germany, 1,200,000
Jose Carlos Fibla Lopez , Spain, 650,000
Richard Bodis Hungary, 1,050,000
Vasileios Chantzaras, Greece, PokerStars Qualifier, 900,000
And here's what they're playing for:
And of course the trophy.
PokerStars Blog reporting team at Eureka Poker Tour Croatia: Nick Wright. Photos courtesy of Manuel Kovsca