Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Day 1A, level 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)
12.10am: Miha Staric leads the way
The overnight chip leader is Miha Staric. The Slovenian PokerStars qualifier takes 97,500 through to day two. A full wrap of the day's play to come and I've been promised full chip counts will be with me within an hour.
11.55pm: Play is done for the day
And Day 1A is done with around 45 of the 96 players who started advancing. Stay tuned for a full end of day wrap and news on who the chipleaders are.
11.40pm: Last four hands
The tournament clock has been paused and players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging. It looks as if Miha Staric from Slovenia will have the overnight chip lead as he now has 80,000.
11.25pm: Table talk
I joined the action to see the board reading 6♠7♠7♥2♦ and around 6,700 in the middle. Adrian Mihalache checked to Alijaz Petric who bet 5,000 only for Mihalache to check raise in for 11,850 in total.
This seemed to perplex Petric and although it was only a small amount to call he feared he was already drawing thin if not dead. Eventually he folded and said: "I folded an overpair," to which Mihalache said: "You show me an overpair, I'll show you my hand." Petric though refused to show which lead Mihalache to say: "You don't have an overpair," before showing his own hand - a pair of fives. Gutsy.
11.05pm: No dominate chip leader
As players enter the last 45 minutes of the day there does not appear to be a clear chip leader, infact every player who grasps it then seems to lose it and then some soon after. A case in point Pia Jeppesen is now down to around 44,000, the beneficiary appears to be her right hand neighbour Miha Staric who is up to 44,000. Gian Gatto who has 54,600 is making a charge but Goran Mandic who was chipleader at the beginning of level seven is down to around 42,000.
10.55pm: Last level of the day
The last level of the day has just started and 55 players are still in with a shot of reaching day two. Chief amongst those is Pia Jeppesen who leads the way with 63,000.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600, ante 75
10.45pm: All about the overcard
The 30% shots seem to have been getting there today. Tomas Narmontas opened to 1,050 from early position with A♣J♠ and then next to act Angelo Recchia moved all-in for 5,350 total with pocket queens.
It folded back round to Narmontas and he gave a look that suggested he didn't like it but he knew he had to call. The dealer wasted no time in bringing an ace though, arriving as it did on a flop of 7♥A♠6♠, the 4♦ turn and J♠ could not provide a re-suck for Recchia and he was sent to the rail.
10.35pm: Chip counts
Keep an eye on the chip counts page if you want to know who's got what. It doesn't include everyone who's left in but will have the notables, noteworthy and big stacks on it.
10.25pm: Carlo cooked
Carlo Parpajola has just been eliminated and he wasn't happy about it. He made it 1,200 to play before Oldrich Hanton then three-bet to 3,000 before Pia Jeppesen made a cold four-bet to 9,500. Back on Parpajola he moved all-in for around 24,500. This prompted a quick fold from Hanton but Jeppesen asked for a count before eventually calling. On their backs:
The flop was were the damage happened, coming as it did 9♠A♥[10h] and Parpajola rapped the table in frustration. The 5♠ turn and 8♦ river changed nothing and sent Parpajola to the rail and elevated Jeppesen to the chip lead as she now has around 63,000.
10pm: Chip leaders
During the break tournament staff did a count of the chip leader on each table. Currently leading the 65 remaining players is Goran Mandic who has 61,600, he's closely followed by Alain Medesan (55,500), Paolo Fantini (45,000) and Senadin Cosic (45,000).
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 200-400, ante 50
9.55pm: Back from the break
Players are back in their seats and cards are in the air for level seven.
With six levels completed it's time for the dinner break. See you in one hour.
8.53pm: Chip counts
We'll scour the chip stacks for the chip leaders during the dinner break but below are a few chip counts I've collected recently.
Dragos Ionut - 10,600
Senadin Cosic - 53,000
Jaroslav Urban - 31,600
Michal Maryska - 8,000
William Echols - 8,900
Gianni Bonetto - 16,800
Peter Zografov - 9,950
Pavel Berka - 15,800
Alain Medesan - 41,325
Cristina Pietricola - 31,400.
A total of 65 players remain from the 96 who started Day 1A.
8.45pm: Local hero sent home
Our aforementioned local hero Rosa Pancino is out, felted by Thomas Menon. All the chips (about 14k each) went in pre-flop with Pancino holding pocket tens and Menon pocket jacks. The flop of 7♠K♠J♣ was pretty decisive and although the 8♦ turn gave Pancino a gutshot it didn't arrive on the 2♦ river.
8.25pm: Mandic mauls Maryska
With around 4,700 in the pot and a board of 6♠[10h]9♣9♠ Michal Maryska checked the action to Goran Mandic who bet 2,600 a bet Maryska elected to cal. The 6♣ completed the board and Maryska checked again and this time Mandic took his time before overbetting the pot with a total bet of 11,200.
It was clear from Maryska's reaction that he didn't like this bet but he took his time considering his actions, so much so that the clock was called on him. On being told he had a minute to act he cut out the call and looked at his remaining stack (8,000). He did eventually slide in the call saying, "I think you bluff me," but Mandic turned over 6♥6♦ for quads and Maryska said, "Wow nice hand, you play good.
8.05pm: Tutev at the double
Anastasov Tutev has doubled through Chuc Burlan. Both players flopped top pair on the Q♦9♦6♣ flop with Tutev then moving in for 10,300 on the 5♣ turn and Burlan calling. Tutev's queen kicker though had him ahead of Burlan's jack kicker and the 9♠ river was harmless.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 150-300, ante 25
7.50pm: Piertricola showing some fizz
This is Cristina Piertricola and she's the chip leader on her table with a smidgen above 30,000. The Italian has got a little previous having cashed in three IPT events, including winning the ladies event in Malta in February.
7.40pm: A ruling
Tournament director Thomas Lamatsch just told me about a penalty he had to dish out in a hand involving Catalin Chivulescu and Athanasios Ialiotis. The latter had made an opening raise holding ace-king and then Chivulescu made a massive overbet by raising to 17,000 total. He then exposed his cards to reveal pocket nines before Ialiotis had made his decision.
The tournament director was then called and ruled that Chivulescu's cards were live but he would serve a one round penalty after the hand. After some thought Ialiotis decided to call the 17,000 leaving himself two thousand behind.
The flop was queen high and without looking at the board Ialiotis moved all-in and Chivulescu called. The turn brought an ace though and Ialiotis doubled through whilst Chivulescu was left with around 5,000 and was forced to sit out an orbit.
7.20pm: One level less
Players have just been told that instead of playing nine levels today they will in fact only play eight levels.
7pm: Chipleaders at start of level five
During the break the dealers counted the stack of the chip leader at each table. Their survey says that the current chip leader is Dragos Ionut, a PokerStars qualifier from Romania who has 39,300, just behind in second place is Senadin Cosic who has 36,200, rounding off the top three is Jaroslav Urban who has 35,500. The Czech PokerStars qualifier was the chip leader at the end of Day 1A in Prague, he's in good shape for a unique double.
PokerStars Blog reporting team at Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Nick Wright. Photos courtesy of Manuel Kovsca