Eureka Poker Tour Bulgaria: Day 1A level 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 updates (blinds 400-800, ante 100)
2.15am: From Russia with shove - Anna Davydova leads Day 1A field
A total of 131 players took to the felt for Day 1A of Eureka Poker Tour and on a day when no man seemed able to hold onto the chip lead it was a woman who showed them how it's done.
Bagging up the most chips overnight is Anna Davydova from Russia who has 124,500. She had an up and down day but mostly up. She more than doubled her stack to 32,000 by the end of level four, but just one level later she was down to 12,800. She nursed those chips back to above average and then got the crucial boost she needed when she found pocket kings at the same time as opponent's had ace-king and pocket jacks to triple up.
The only other player to breach the six-figure mark was Pitic Radu who finished on 115,200. Others who'll be happy with their days work are Tomasz Skrzyniarz (94,600), Marcel Balint (87,100) and Paul-Adrian Covaciu (83,200) they round out the top five.
Some of the notables who've all got big match game and will be back for day two are Dan Murariu (16,300), Mick Graydon (16,500) and Jacek Ladny (58,000). The latter held the chip lead during the middle portion of the day.
To catch up on all the action from today click on the link below and in the style of a bad Dolly Parton cover in this post you'll find the coverage of levels five through nine.
We'll be back again tomorrow to do it all again when Day 1B starts at 2pm here at the Grand Casino International in Varna. Amongst those playing will be Eureka Slovenia champion Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez. For a re-cap of his victory in Slovenia click here.
Full chip counts of the 50 players who made it through to Day 2 will be available before Day 1B play starts. Until tomorrow it's
good night лека нощ from Bulgaria. -- NW
1.05am: Play is done for the day
Players are bagging and tagging their chips, approximately 50 players made it through to day two. A wrap of the day's play will follow in this post shortly. -- NW
12.45am: Last six hands, new chip leader
With 15 minutes left to play, tournament director Thomas Lamatsch paused the clock and asked one of the players (Anna Davydova) to pick a card to determine how many hands would be played, she pulled a six. That's good news for the Russian who is currently chip leader with 121,000 and probably doesn't want the day to end. I missed the hand but my spies tell me she got kings in against jacks and ace-king to propel her over the six figure mark. -- NW
12.35am: Late night exits
Those who bust just short of making Day 2 include: Sergei Serafimov, Niste Mihai Gabriel, Anastas Ivanov and Jurgis Ragauskas. -- NW
12.25am: Chip counts page
slacking updating the chip counts page for the last 10 minutes so click here or let my work go to waste. -- NW
12.20am: New chip leader
Tomasz Skrzyniarz has taken the chip lead after his pocket queens held against the A♣K♣ of Piotr Makarejczuk and the pocket eights of Zdravko Petrov, the Pole is up to around 95,000 now. -- NW
12.10am: Chip leaders
As the last level of play starts here are the chip leaders: Evegeni Nikolov Sterev (81,000), Tomasz Skrzyniarz (77,575), Balint Ovidiu (77,500) and Jacek Ladny (66,500). -- NW
12.00am: Back from the break
The remaining 68 players are back in their seats for one more level of Day 1A play. -- NW
11.45pm: End of the level
There's now a 15 minute break whilst tournament staff race off the 25 denomination chips. -- NW
11.38pm: Chip leaders clash, avoid carange
Two of the chip leaders Pitic Radu (63,000) and Evegeni Nikolov Sterev (85,000) just tangled in a pot but perhaps their stacks and the board texture stopped it from spiraling.
They both put in 3,000 each pre-flop to see the first three community cards fall 4♦4♠8♥, Radu checked to Sterev who bet 3.500, call from Radu. But that was the end of the betting as they both shut down on the K♥[10d] turn and river with Radu showing pocket sixes to best Sterev's A♣J♦. Despite that setback Sterev with around 81,500 leads the way. -- NW