Eureka Poker Tour Bulgaria: Day 1B level 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 updates (blinds 400-800, ante 100)

eureka-poker-tour-thumb.jpg2.05am: Ciprian stays cool to lead Day 1B field:

The winner of the Eureka Poker Tour Bulgaria will pocket €55,145 after a total of 177 players entered Day 1B. Add these to the 131 who started Day 1A and the 308 players created a prize pool of €224,840. Of the 308 only 36 players will be paid with a min-cash worth €1,200. Click here to see the full payouts page.

Looking most likely to pocket the lion's share is Ciprian Daniel Cohal, the Romanian bagged up a heaving 175,300 overnight, some 50,000 more than Day 1A chip leader Anna Davydova. To put that in perspective the gap between first and second is larger than what the average stack is at the moment (40,500).

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Ciprian Daniel Cohal

Like a long distance runner with a world-class kick Cohal left his charge late but finished well clear of second place Iani Tulica (106,200). He told me about his key hands from today: "I won a 40,000 pot with aces against queens and also won a big pot with J♥[10h] against king-queen and [K][10] on a [K][Q][9] flop." Anyone else just get a bit chilly, for it was a couple of coolers that propelled Cohal to the top of the chip charts.

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Joseph Iani and his technicolour dreamcoat shirt

Along with Tulica others who were left trailing but will be looking to grace the podium are: Andrei Taranu (89,200), Milen Bakardjiev (86,500) and Damian Porebski (79,900). All three of them were near the top of the tree all day.

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Taranu - well above average going into Day 2

In a random twist of fate the winner and runner-up from Eureka Poker Tour Slovenia were drawn at the same table. We lost Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez during level seven but Plamen Todorov made it through to day two albeit with 15,600, just 600 over the starting stack.

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Todorov has work to do tomorrow

He along with 64 others made it through today, they'll combine with the 50 Day 1A survivors tomorrow as we play down to a final table of nine. That'll take about 10 levels according to tournament director Thomas Lamatsch. Join me for all the action from 2pm (12pm BST) whilst you can get a re-cap of today's action by clicking the link below and by scrolling to the bottom of this post.

Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4

Full chip counts of the players who made it through to Day 2 will be available before play starts, join me from 2pm. -- NW

1am: Play done for the day
Most of the tables have now completed their final four hands and are counting their remaining chips. A late casualty on Day 1B is Senadin Cosic. A wrap of the day's play to follow. -- NW

12.48am: New chip leader
Ciprian Daniel Cohal is up to 155,000 and looks to have taken the chip lead, very late in the day. He's being pursued by Iani Tulica who has around 110,000. -- NW

12.45am: Last four hands
The tournament clock has been paused and the players will play four more hands before bagging their chips up. -- NW

12.40am: Chip counts
I've been busy updating the chip counts page, click here to see selected chip counts. -- NW

12.25am: Exits
Recent exits include Daniel Todorov (Plamen's brother, 11th Eureka Slovenia) and Stavros Kalfas. -- NW

12.10am: Chip leaders
Whilst tournament staff where performing the colour up they also did a chip count of the chip leaders at the remaining tables so heading into the last 60 minutes these players lead the way: Cristian Bleanda (80,000), Mpallas Dimitrios (79,000), Bogdan Nicolae (70,100), David Vondráček (69,700), Igor Golubovic (67,000), Dionysios Georgios (66,900), Damian Porebski (64,000), Iani Tulica (61,300) and Milen Bakardjiev (60,500). -- NW

12am: Another level
The remaining players are back in their seats for the final level of Day 1B, also known as level nine. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 400-800, ante 100

11.45pm: Break time
The 80 remaining players are on their last 15 minute break of the day whilst tournament staff colour up the 25 denomination chips. -- NW

11.35pm: New chip leader
Top billing at the moment goes to Romanian Bogdan Nicolae who has 75,000. He was chip leader going into Day 2 of Eureka Slovenia but bust short of the money. He's got a hyper-aggressive style and Romanian blogger tells me that he is 'playing every hand,' -- NW

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Can Bogdan avoid a blow up?

11.20pm: Chip counts
Here are some chip counts of some of the notables and big stacks left in the field: Damian Porebski (65,000), Idan Greenberg (55,400), Cristian Penchev (55,400), Petr Kralicek (19,800), Plamen Todorov (13,000), Nikolai Dotzev (49,000), Damian Korodi (32,000) and Viliyan Petleshkov (38,000). -- NW

11.10pm: Plamen Todorov doubles up
From under-the-gun+1 Gediminas Ivoska made it 1,600 to play, next to act Plamen Todorov moved all-in for 5,100. It folded to Radu Lungu in the big blind and he moved all-in for 20,600 and Ivoska got out the way. On their backs:

Todorov: A♥A♦
Lungu: A♠K♥

The board of J♠6♠2♥3♣[10d] meant the Eureka Slovenia runner-up remained a presence in this tournament. -- NW

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Plamen Todorov

10.55pm: A bit of breathing space
Tournament director Thomas Lamatsch just announced that play will be nine handed from now on, one player who won't get to enjoy nine handed play is Tadeas Kozdon who has just been eliminated, 94 players remain. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600, ante 50

10.35pm: Chip leaders split up
Table six which contained the two chip leaders (Andrei Taranu and Iani Tulica) has now been split and Taranu has been moved to the same table as Plamen Todorov and Petr Kralicek. -- NW

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Andrei Taranu

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Iani Tulica

10.25pm: Damn internet
The blog or the internet has been down for the past 45 minutes meaning that it's been impossible to post any updates however all those updates have now been copy and pasted into the blog below for your reading pleasure. -- NW

10.15pm: Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez eliminated
I missed the hand but the tournament staff just handed me Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez's player I.D card which means he out of the tournament and free to go to the Eureka party that has started at a nearby nightclub. -- NW

10pm: Top five chip counts
As level seven begins here are the top five chip counts, the top two are both at the same table and could create one uber stack should they clash: Andrei Taranu (75,000), Iani Tulica (73,000), Milen Bakardjiev (65,600), Bogdan Nicolae (62,000) and Senadin Cosic (56,500). -- NW

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Senadin Cosic

9.55pm: Prizepool
If you want to know who'll win what here at Eureka Bulgaria then the one stop shop is the payouts page, click here to see it. You know you want to. -- NW

9.45pm: Cards back in the air
The players are back from the dinner break and level seven is underway. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 200-400, ante 50

8.45pm: Dinner Break
The players are now on a one hour dinner break. -- NW

8.30pm: Crazy? Just a Tad
Tadeus Kozdon from the Czech Republic finished ninth in Eureka Slovenia and was very entertaining to watch. Some would call his style of play crazy, some would just call it LAG. He is down to around 8,000 at the moment and you can bet he won't be hanging around in an attempt to score a double up. -- NW

8.20pm: Exits
117 players remain from the 177 who started Day 1B amongst the 20 exits in the past hour are Dorde Jovanovic (4th Eureka Slovenia). -- NW

8.05pm: Chip counts
Here are a few selected chip counts encompassing notables and big stacks: Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez (11,800), Plamen Todorov (9,075), Petr Kralicek (22,800), Dalibor Korodi (27,000), Nikolai Dotzev (39,000), Viliyan Petleshkov (11,000). -- NW

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Eureka Slovenia winner Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez

7.50pm: Pole-axed
Michal Kadziela is out he had pocket kings and called all the way down on a [10h]8♥6♠8♣J♦ board but Christian Penchev had flopped a set with pocket sixes and then turned a full house, he's up to around 53,000 now. -- NW

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Michal Kadziela

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 150-300, ante 25

7.35pm: More technical issues
The internet is behaving like a petulant teenager today and it's been intermittent at best for most of the last hour. -- NW

7.25pm: Life begins ends at 40
Exactly 40 players have been eliminated so far today, Jozsef Iuhos is the latest to be sent to the rail. -- NW

7.10pm: Greek tragedy
Ioannis Gemidopoulos who at one point had 31,000 is now down to 17,000 after losing a 10k pot to Dan-Alexandru Balauru. I only saw the river (in) action as both players checked with the board reading Q♠J♥8♥2♥2♣, Balauru showed A♦Q♦, Gemidopoulos [10h][10c]. -- NW

6.55pm: Chip leaders
During the break the dealers did a chip count of the chip leader at their table that tells me that these players are the current chip leaders: Milen Bakardjiev (57,300), Bogdan Nicolae (52,150), Andrei Taranu (51,000), Idan Greenberg (44,000) and Senadin Cosic (43,500). -- NW

6.45pm: Players back, prize pool and numbers
As the players were called back to their seats tournament director Thomas Lamatsch gave them some important information. There was a total of 308 entrants to the tournament (177 today) and that means the winner will take home €55,145. In total 36 places will be paid with a min-cash worth €1,200.

One of those who's going well at the moment is Damian Porebski who has 40,500. -- NW

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Damian Porebski

PokerStars Blog reporting team at Eureka Poker Tour Bulgaria: Nick Wright. Photos courtesy of Tomas Stacha.

Nick Wright
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