Eureka3 Bulgaria: Tane Tanevski leads the elite eight in Bulgaria

In a quick fire day the last 35 players in the Eureka3 Bulgaria Main Event were reduced to the final table of eight in a little over five levels. If Day 3 was a dance it would've been the foxtrot for it was a quick, slow, quick kind of day in which 15 players exited in the first two hours, only seven in the next two, then the final five hit the rail in a little over 80 minutes.

It's quite fitting that the chip leader when the final table begins tomorrow had an up, down and then ultimately up day. That man is Tane Tanevski from Macedonia. The 27-year-old who's been playing poker for 10 years eliminated George Vranas and Goran Mandic early on to become the first man to break the million chip mark.

But he then spiralled downwards. At his low point he was all-in for 370,000 (18.5 big blinds) with K♥4♥ against Bogdan Kovacevic's pocket nines. He turned a king to survive and then built and built, eliminating three players along the way to finish on 1,840,000.

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Tane Tanevski - foxtrotted his way to the top

Whilst the Macedonian was the first player to breach the million chip mark he wasn't the only player to end with seven figures. Second in chips when play begins tomorrow will be Stefan Ivanov. One of two Bulgarians at the final table Ivanov bagged up 1,493,000. He was another to hold the chip lead during the day and made an excellent call with A♠9♥ against Alon Mor's K♦Q♦ in a blind on blind battle to win 1.1m chip pot.

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Ivanov - Bulgaria's best hope of a home win

For much of the day though it looked as if Liran Machluf would take the chip lead to the final table, third place and 1,140,000 is a good day's work though, likewise Alexander Moiseev (1,043,000) will be pleased with how his Day 3 went. He got above the million chip mark for the first time on the last hand of the day. Day 2 chip leader Richard Pfeffer shoved from the small blind with A♦4♠, Moiseev found A♣Q♥ and his hand held to set the final table.

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Machulf will start the final in third place

So that's the half of the final table with above a million chips - the average is 1,017,000 - so what about those who are the wrong side of the 'gain line'. Three of those players are bunched close together and one decent pot away from the seven figure club. Michal Vojtisek (838,000), Papantoniou Stylianos (775,000) and Ivo Donev (768,000) are all there or there abouts. Whilst with just 214,000 Georgios Phiniotis has some work to do to get back to a workable stack.

By far the most experienced campaigner at the final table is Ivo Donev, the Bulgarian/Austrain has a WSOP bracelet from 2000 when he won a $1,500 limit Omaha event and despite never cashing for six figures in a single event has lifetime winnings of over $1,400,000.

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Ivo Donev - the most relaxed man in the room

Of course to reach the final table of eight that meant 27 players had to be eliminated. One of the possible storylines at the start of the day was that defending champion Petar Zografov was still in. His run ended in 18th place, whilst the last standing Full Tilt Qualifier was Vlad Lache, he finished 22nd for €3,030 and a package to Eureka Prague. To see who's cashed for what so far click here.

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Zografov put up a great defence of his title

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Vlad Lache - one very happy poker player

To catch up with all of today's action click here and here. When players return tomorrow they'll be 37 minutes left at 12,000 - 24,000 ante 3,000. This is how they'll line up and you can also see what they're playing for. I'll be back tomorrow from noon as we crown the Eureka3 Bulgaria Main Event champion.

Seat 1:Michal Vojtisek, Czech Republic, PokerStars Qualifier, 838,000
Seat 2: Georgios Phiniotis, Cyprus, 218,000
Seat 4: Alexander Moiseev, Russia, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,043,000
Seat 5: Tane Tanevski, Macedonia, 1,840,000
Seat 6: Papantoniou Stylianos, Cyprus, 775,000
Seat 7: Liran Machluf, Israel, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,140,000
Seat 8: Ivo Donev, Bulgaria/Austria, 768,000
Seat 9: Stefan Ivanov, Bulgaria, 1,493,000

1st. €93,000
2nd. €62,500
3rd. €38,400
4th. €29,800
5th. €22,750
6th. €16,180
7th. €12,160
8th. €9,200

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It's all about the money trophy

All photos are copyright of Tomas Stacha

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in Eureka Poker Tour