Eureka3 Bulgaria: Day 3, level 23-24 (blinds 12,000 - 24,000 ante 3,000

6.35pm: Richard Pfeffer eliminated in 9th place (€6,600)
It didn't take long for the official final table to be set, about six minutes in fact. It folded to a short stacked Richard Pfeffer in the small blind and he moved all-in with A♦4♠, Alexander Moiseev looked down at A♣Q♥ and made the call. The board ran 9♣J♣9♥2♣T♠ and with that we're down to the final table of eight. I'll bring you overnight chip counts and a wrap up of today's action shortly.

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Pfeffer - out in ninth

6.30pm: Unofficial final table redraw
Here's how the final nine line-up.

Seat 1:Michal Vojtisek, Czech Republic, PokerStars Qualifier
Seat 2: Georgios Phiniotis, Cyprus,
Seat 3: Richard Pfeffer, Hungary
Seat 4: Alexander Moiseev, Russia, PokerStars Qualifier
Seat 5: Tane Tanevski, Macedonia
Seat 6: Papantoniou Stylianos, Cyprus
Seat 7: Liran Machluf, Israel, PokerStars Qualifier
Seat 8: Ivo Donev, Bulgaria/Austria
Seat 9: Stefan Ivanov, Bulgaria

6.15pm: Marjan Milanovic eliminated in 10th place (€6,600)
From under-the-gun Tane Tanevski opened to 50,000 with pocket sixes, next to act Marjan Milanovic moved all-in for 380,000 with [A][9] and when it got back to Tanevski he made the call.

The board stayed low coming [8][8][4][7][3] and Milanovic was eliminated in 10th place. There will now be a short delay whilst there's a seat draw for the final table of nine.

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Marjan Milanovic

6pm: Alon Mor eliminated in 11th place (€5,560)
From the small blind Stefan Ivanov opened to 55,000 and Alon Mor responded by moving all-in from the big blind for 540,000 total, around 22 big blinds. After getting a count Ivanov dwelled and then announced call! On their backs:

Mor: K♦Q♦
Ivanov: A♠9♥

The 8♦2♦7♠ flop made Mor a favourite but he couldn't connect with the 4♣ turn or J♣ river and Ivanov thumped the table in delight at his hand holding. With that victory he may well now be chip leader of the final 10.

With one more elimination the final nine will re-draw for the unofficial final table and when we lose one more player the final table of eight will be set.

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Alon Mor

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 12,000-24,000 ante 3,000

5.50pm: Richard Larsen eliminated in 12th place (€5,560)
It was a good effort by Richard Larsen but his battle is over, but at least he can say he got it in good.

The pot was opened to 40,000 from Tane Tanevski, it folded to Larsen in the small blind and he moved all-in for 248,000 total and Tanevski made the call.

Larsen: A♣4♠
Tanevski: J♣[10c]

The board ran [10h]9♥7♥2♠5♥ and Larsen is our 12th place finisher.

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Richard Larsen

5.45pm: Bogdan Kovacevic eliminated in 13th place (€4,550)
We're down to the final dozen here in Bulgaria...

From under-the-gun Tane Tanevski opened to 40,000 with pocket jacks, next to act Bogdan Kovacevic moved all-in for 290,000 with pocket tens and when it got back to Tanevski made the call.

Just for good measure he flopped a jack and there was no way back for Kovacevic, with that elimination it means that Tanevski has reclaimed the chip lead as he's up to 1,075,000.

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Bogdan is bust

5.35pm: Georgios Phiniotis gives some back to the chip leader
The running battle between Georgios Phiniotis and Liran Machluf continues apace and this time it was Machluf who came out on top.

Pre-flop Richard Pfeffer opened to 40,000, call from Machluf and then a three-bet to 100,000 from Phiniotis. After Pfeffer folded Machluf made the call.

The flop was a tasty 9♥[10d]J♠, it was checked to Phiniotis, he bet 76,000 and Machluf made the call. That was all the betting though as the two of them checked down the 3♠ turn and 2♦ river, Phiniotis showed A♣K♥ but Machluf had K♣[10c] and won the hand.

5.25pm: Georgios Phiniotis takes some from the chip leader
Pre-flop Liran Machluf opened to 45,000 from the cut-off and Georgios Phiniotis smooth called on the button. On the 8♦A♣4♦ flop Machluf checked it over to Phiniotis, he bet 78,000, call from Machluf. The 3♦ fell on the turn and Machluf check-called a bet of 95,000.

The [10h] fell on the river and when he was checked to Phiniotis moved all-in for 200,000. After taking his time Machluf said, "well played, I think you made a flush," and he folded his hand.

5.10pm: Tane Tanevski doubles through Bogdan Kovacevic
Poker's a funny old game...

Stefan Ivanov opened to 45,000 from middle position, it then folded to Tane Tanevski in the small blind and he moved all-in for around 370,000. Next to act Bogdan Kovacevic moved all-in over the top and Ivanov folded.

Kovacevic: 9♠9♥
Tanevski: K♠4♥

The 5♥8♥J♦K♦2♣ board saw Tanevski turn a king to keep him in this tournament. He's now up to around 800,000 whilst Kovacevic is down to 200,000.

4.55pm: Chip counts
As level 23 gets underway here are the chip counts by table. With 1,030,000 it's Liran Machluf who leads.

Table 1:
Richard Pfeffer Hungary 583,000
Liran Machluf Israel PokerStars Qualifier 1,030,000
Georgios Phiniotis Cyprus 307,000
Alexander Moiseev Russia PokerStars Qualifier 490,000
Michal Vojtisek Czech Republic PokerStars Qualifier 565,000

Papantoniou Stylianos Cyprus 690,000

Table two
Stefan Ivanov Bulgaria 898,000
Alon Mor Israel PokerStars Qualifier 475,000
Ivo Donev Bulgaria/Austria 890,000
Tane Tanevski Macedonia 385,000
Bogdan Kovacevic Serbia PokerStars Player 590,000
Marjan Milanovic Serbia PokerStars Qualifier 560,000

Richard Larsen Norway PokerStars Qualifier 355,000

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Machluf is the only player over one million

All photos are copyright of Tomas Stacha

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in Eureka Poker Tour