Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1A: Slow going in the opening levels

Ok so with 20,000 chips and blinds of 25-50 for the first hour and then 50-100 for the second level you don't expect the same level of action as you get in a hyper-turbo. That being said you wonder if the players have been tricked into a collective slumber by the seaside location and sunny weather. Because it's one of the slowest openings to a Eureka Poker Tour event that I can remember.

The board is showing 185 entries so far for Day 1A, which is pretty good given that the pre-tournament projection was for around 320 players. I mean everyone knows Day 1B always draws the larger field, so this tournament may top out at around 400 runners. Time will tell but for today late registration is over.

Of those 185 runners 178 are still in contention to make Day 2, I've not caught any exits first hand, but thanks to the player ID system I can tell you that from first exit to the most recent exit that: Antoine Degiorgio, Gejza Takacs, Dmitriy Chikunov, Sinel Andon, Dominik Schulze, Dino Marsani and Andrey Markov have all been eliminated.

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The bustling poker room

As for the well known players in the field today a quick update on their progress thus far. Defending champion Petar Zografov has slipped a little to 16,700, Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Robert Cezarescu is off to a flyer as he's increased his stack to 26,800, although Dean Clay, has him pipped with 27,000. The Brit is a serial qualifier to PokerStars events around the world and is off to a good start on his first visit to Varna.

The same can't be said of Viliyan Petleshkov who has slipped to 18,300. Meanwhile, Eurkea2 Prague final tablist Ioannis Triantafyllidis is up to 22,000, Eureka3 Croatia runner-up Boris Kuzmanovic, who's at the same table as Cezarescu, is up to 26,500, Alberto Florilla has slipped to 13,400 and Simeon Todorov has increased his starting stack to 22,600.

Level three is now underway blinds are 75-150.

All photos are copyright of Tomas Stacha

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in Eureka Poker Tour