Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Day 2, level 17 & 18 updates (blinds 3,000-6,000, ante 500)
2.50am: Chip counts
Here's the chipcounts of the remaining players:
Visraeliyan Petleshkov, Bulgaria, PokerStars qualifier, 495,000
Tadeas Kozdon, Czech Republic, PokerStars qualifier, 355,000
Alain Medesan , Romania, 303,000
Senadin Cosic Bosnia Herzegovina, 270,000
Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez, Spain, 258,000
Miha Staric, Slovenia, PokerStars qualifier, 237,000
Plamen Todorov, Bulgaria, 208,000
Libor Behro, Czech Republic, PokerStars qualifier, 179,000
Mauro Palazzo, Italy, 165,000
Simeon Todorov, Bulgaria, PokerStars qualifier, 159,000
Aleksandar Kaludercic, Bosnia Herzegovina, 112,000
Jure Vodeb, Slovenia, 105,000
Franco Recchia, Italy, 105,000
Simon Andrei, Romania, 93,000
Dorde Jovanovic, Serbia, 75,000
Daniel Todorov, Bulgaria, 60,000
Play will resume at 2pm tomorrow and will play down to a winner. A wrap of today's play is on the way.
2.25am: Play is done for the day
Players will bag their chips just as soon as the tournament staff have coloured up the 500 denomination chips. There's little point in bringing you the re-draw of the last two tables as a fresh re-draw will happen before play starts tomorrow. It looks like Viliyan Petleshkov will take the chip lead into the final day with a stack of around 500,000 although Alain Medesan won't be far behind.
Full chipcounts and a wrap of the day's play to come.
2.20am: Two exits during the last six hands
Two players were knocked out during the last six hands. First a short stacked Maurizio Bacci shoved with 6♣5♣ and ran into Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez's pocket queens.
Then on the last hand of the night Tadeas Kozdon opened to 13,500 and Igor Loncar moved all-in for 75,000 in total with A♥[10h] and after a long, long time in the tank Kozdon called with A♣Q♣. The board of 4♦9♣2♦Q♠6♥ means 16 players will return tomorrow.
2am: Last six hands
With 15 minutes left in the last level of the day the clock has been paused and players will play six more hands. When play is over for the day I'll bring you the re-draw and the chip counts of the remaining players.
1.45am: Viliyan Petleshkov extends chip lead
The break lasted longer than five minutes, mainly because of a large pot between Viliyan Petleshkov and Daniel Todorov. I only caught the action on the river but with a board of Q♥K♣9♥6♣8♣ on the felt, Todorov had bet 50,000 into a pot of 130,000 and been raised all-in for another 110,000 by Petleshkov. With the clock paused he took his time but eventually folded, his hand.
There's 21 minutes left of the level.
1.35am: Luca Formisano eliminated in 19th place
From the button Tadeas Kozdon raised to 13,500 and then Luca Formisano moved all-in from the big blind for 70,000. After about 30 seconds tank time Kozdon, who had about 180,000 to start the hand, made the call and showed A♣[10c].
His hand was ahead as Formisano had Q♠J♦ and the board of 2♣3♠A♥3♦2♦ kept Kozdon in front.
With 18 players left there is now a re-draw and the players are on a five minute break.
1.30am: Medesan brings the pain
Alain Medesan is up to around 330,000 after doubling through Igor Loncar. The EPT Snowfest final tablist held pocket fives and Loncar had [A][K], Medesan flopped a set to ensure the double up.
1.25am: Libor Behro doubles through Maurizio Bacci
Just hands later these two were at it again, Libor Behro all-in for 88,500 with pocket queens, Maurizio Bacci looking to eliminate him with A♦K♦. However the board rolled out 3♥5♣7♦8♥Q♠ to double up Behro.
1.15am: Maurizio Bacci doubles through Libor Behro
And he made sure everyone knew about it, letting out a cry and banging his fist on the table in joy. It had all gone in pre-flop (about 65,000 each) with Bacci holding K♠Q♦ and Behro pocket eights. The flop of K♦[10c]2♥ vaulted Bacci from worst to first and the turn and river blanked, Behro is now down to around 60,000.
1.05am: Chip counts
I've just done a full update of the chip counts of the 19 remaining players. Click here to see them all, I can tell you the chip leader is still Viliyan Petleshkov of Bulgaria, he has 350,000.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 3,000-6,000, ante 500
0.45am: Mitch Johnson eliminated in 20th place
He opened with A♠Q♠ off a stack of 110,000 and called Simon Todorov's shove of 90,000, the latter's pocket threes held up. With just 20,000 left and in the big blind the next hand Johnson had little choice but to go with he  but lost out to [A].
0.40am: Plamen Todorov doubles up
He opened for 12,500 from middle position and then from the big blind Simon Andrei three-bet to 32,500, Todorov then moved all-in for 118,000 and Andrei called.
The flop of 3♠7♠5♠ had Andrei drawing semi-dead and although Andrei had some chop outs when the 4♦ turned, the river was the Q♥ and Todorov doubled, whilst Andrei slipped to 95,000.
0.35am: Chip leader
Viliyan Petleshkov is the current chip leader with around 360,000.
0.30am: Pots in brief
Action is pretty thin on the ground here's three hands one from each of the remaining tables to illustrate that:
Hand One: From under-the-gun Igor Loncar limped and next to act Mitch Johnson made it 17,500 to play. It folded back to Loncar who folded K♠J♥ face up.
Hand Two: Daniel Todorov made it 11,500 to go and was three-bet to 34,000 by Dorde Jovanovic. After a bit of Holywooding Todorov folded.
Hand Three: Tadeas Kozdon made it 11,500 to play and both blinds called. On a flop of 9♥K♥8♦ small blind Libor Behro led out for 23,000 and that was enough to win the pot.
0.15am: No knockouts just yet
There's been no eliminations in the opening 20 minutes of Level 17, in fact there hasn't even been an all-in, call and double up. Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez seems to be vying for the chip lead, as he's also on 260,000. That could mean valuable leaderboard points and ultimately a years worth of Sunday Million tickets.
11.55pm: 20 into eight won't go, or will it?
There are 20 players left currently and the plan for tonight is to play down to eight players. I've been told that play will stop after another two levels and it's going to be a close run thing as to whether the tournament reaches the final table tonight. Leading the way right now are Daniel Todorov and Dorde Jovanovic who both have around 260,000.
PokerStars Blog reporting team at Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Nick Wright. Photos courtesy of Manuel Kovsca.