Eureka3 Bulgaria: Richard Pfeffer leads final 35
In four day tournaments Day 2 is always moving day, 147 of the 182 players who began today have been unceremoniously removed from this tournament and only 13 of those have anything to show for their efforts. They were unlucky and lucky at the same time.
Over nine action packed levels chips were traded back and forth as if they were hot potatoes as numerous players took turns to take the chip lead. When all was said and done though Hungary's Richard Pfeffer bagged up 478,500 to claim top spot. He had a running battle for much of the day with Papantoniou Stylianos. The Cypriot also had the chip lead at one point during the day, but Pfeffer made a flush and won a 360,000 chip pot near the end of the day against Stylianos. It ultimately put him in pole position going into Day 3.
But it's a slender lead as the chasing pack is close, as in just a few big blinds back close. Bulgaria's best hope of a home win at this stage is Milen Ivanov, he's got 470,000 heading into Day 3, Piotr Sowinski (464,500) and Ital Levy (458,000) are others who could so easily have ended up top of the pile. In fact it seemed like the chip lead would definitely beling to Sowinski when, with just 25 minutes left in the day he won a 615,000 chip pot. He lost some back though in the closing minutes to sit third overnight.
There's plenty of talent left a bit further back ready to strike should they get the chance to. Ivo Donev has 205,000, defending champion Petar Zografov is still in with 131,000 and talented Goran Mandic, another who held the chip lead at one point today, will be coming back with 314,000. He's a real danger, no doubt about it.
Indeed it was Mandic who took care of Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki. The Pole was short on chips and three-bet all-in on the flop with a flush draw only to run into Mandic's trip jacks. The two-time Micro Millions leader board winner was lucky still to be in though as in an earlier hand he had the nut flush against Mandic's disguised full house. On another day all the chips would've been in Mandic's stack already.
By that stage PokerStars Team Online's Dale Philip had already been sent to the rail. The Scot described his Day 1 as 'meh' and although he came back with 29 big blinds his Day 2 didn't get any better. Full Tilt Ambassador Robert Cezarescu and Day 1 chip leader Denys Chufarin were another two players who fell short of the money.
Busted after 45 minutes. 4 bet shoved 26bb with AQs, called by AKo. Flop was Q75 two spades, turn spade, river Q spades giving him flush. gg— Dale Philip (@Daleroxxu) July 26, 2013
Still at least they were spared the pain that befell the last remaining female in the tournament, for the bubble boy was in fact a bubble girl. Iulia Frolova was the shortest stack when hand for hand play began and she finally made her stand with just over two and a half big blinds left. She moved all-in from under-the-gun with A♥3♦ but ran into Alon Mor's A♦Q♠. She had a chance to chop 48th place money though as there was an all-in on another table but Ferdi-Hakan Ciorabai survived his all-in.
The 35 remaining players will return at noon tomorrow to play down to the final table of eight and I'll be right here to bring you all the action. You can see who's cashed for what so far right here and keep an eye on the top right of the blog for the overnight chip counts and seat draw. But until tomorrow it's good night from Varna.
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