Eureka3 Croatia: Day 3, level 19-22 updates 10,000 - 20,000 ante 3,000

5.35pm: Break time
The players are now on a 15 minute break, you'll find level 23 updates in a new post.

5.25pm: Double elimination!
After the lull in play we were well and truly woken from our slumber by a double knockout!

From the cut off Marek Uharcek raised to 40,000, it passed to Theodoros Aidonopoulos in the small blind he moved all-in for around 430,000, from the big blind Georges Yazbeck flat called and Uharcek called all-in for around 330,000 total.

Uharcek: A♦K♠
Aidonopoulos: A♣Q♥
Yazbeck: J♠J♦

The 7♥2♣7♠6♦4♣ board stayed low and as Yazbeck had them both covered both Uharcek and Aidonopoulos were eliminated. By virtue of having more chips Aidonopoulos finishes sixth (€11,400), whilst Uharcek gets seventh (€8,900).

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Sixth for Aidonopoulos...

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Seventh for Uharcek

5pm: Couple of shoves, no action
Not much to report as there's been little in the way of action these past 20 minutes. The closest we got was when Marek Uharcek moved all-in from under-the-gun+1, to his immediate left Zoltan Gonczo asked for a count but 304,000 was too rich for him.

Theodoros Aidonopoulos has also open shoved once, he did it from the button and both blinds swiftly folded.

4.45pm: Chip counts
Here are rough 'eyes on' chip counts from the start of level 22.

Achilles Bozso, Hungary, PokerStars Player, 1,300,000
Marek Uharcek, Slovakia, 300,000
Zoltan Gonczo, Hungary, 1,125,000
Theodoros Aidonopoulos, Greece, 450,000
Georges Yazbeck, Lebanon, 975,000
Alberto Fiorilla, Italy, 420,000
Boris Kuzmanovic, Croatia, PokerStars Qualifier, 930,000

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PokerStars Qualifier Achilles Bozso leads the final seven

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4.30pm: Chip leader on the slide
Start of final table chip leader Theodoros Aidonopoulos has been spiralling downwards since the final table began. Thing is, he's not doubled anyone up, nor has he lost any massive pots. He's just lost a succession of small and medium sized pots and is now down to around 500,000 from a start of final table 1.1m.

In the latest in the string of pots he lost he folded on the river of a 7♠J♠5♣4♦Q♣ board after Georges Yazbeck had bet 104,000 into a pot of roughly 225,000.

4.20pm: Fiorilla folds to five-bet
Zoltan Gonczo just reached deep into his bag of tricks and pulled out a five-bet.

From under-the-gun Alberto Fiorilla opened to 32,000 from a stack of around 600,000, it folded to Gonczo on the button and he re-raised to 66,000. When the action got back to Fiorilla he made it 119,000 total to go. This sent Gonczo into the tank, he riffled some chips before quietly announcing raise and sliding out a bet of 191,000. Back on Fiorilla he got a count of the raise and then decided to muck his hand.

Action continues seven-handed here in Dubrovnik.

4pm: More for Marek
Marek Uharcek just added 33% to his stack and he didn't even have to go to showdown to do it. He did have to move all-in though.

Action was started by Zoltan Gonczo, he raised to 32,000 from under-the-gun, next to act Theodoros Aidonopoulos re-raised to 75,000 total, when it folded to Uharcek in the big blind he moved all-in for 298,000. That prompted a swift fold from Gonczo and Aidonopoulos took a little longer before he too mucked his hand.

3.45pm: Marek Uharcek doubles through Zoltan Gonczo
Action! It folded to Marek Uharcek in the small blind, he moved all-in for 148,000 with 7♥5♦ and Zoltan Gonczo snap called with A♦J♦. The 7♦4♥A♣ flop hit both, but hit Gonczo harder, the 8♣ turn was a blank, but the 7♣ river kept Uharcek in it and he doubled to put a dent in Gonczo.

3.30pm: Chip counts
These are the rough chip counts that were done during the break

Achilles Bozso, Hungary, PokerStars Player, 1,124,000
Marek Uharcek, Slovakia, 174,000
Zoltan Gonczo, Hungary, 1,253,000
Theodoros Aidonopoulos, Greece, 854,000
Georges Yazbeck, Lebanon, 803,000
Alberto Fiorilla, Italy, 619,000
Boris Kuzmanovic, Croatia, PokerStars Qualifier, 744,000

It's now Zoltan Gonczo who leads, Achilles Bozso has also broken the million chip mark whilst former chip leader Theodoros Aidonopoulos has slipped to third.

3.15pm: Robert Dobai eliminated in eighth place (€6,500)
Just before the end of level 20 a player was knocked out and Robert Dobai has become the first casualty of the final table.

From utg+2 Alberto Fiorilla min raised with ace-king, Dobai moved all-in for just under 300,000 with ace-queen and Fiorilla made the call. No queen or miracle straight arrived for Dobai and he was out in eighth winning €6,500.

The remaining players are now on a 15 minute break.

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Dobai's day is done

3pm: Local lad loses some
It's not been a great opening 90 minutes at the final table for Boris Kuzmanovic, the local lad is the only Croatian still in the field but he doesn't look like keeping the trophy on home soil at the moment.

In the latest setback he opened to 31,000 from the small blind and Achilles Bozso defended his big blind. On the 2♣J♥2♠ flop Kuzmanovic fired 35,000 and Bozso made the call.

The K♠ rolled off on the turn, Kuzmanovic bet again, this time 58,000, another call from Bozso. The 8♠ fell on fifth street, Kuzmanovic slowed down, but Bozso didn't. He fired a chunky 175,000 chip bet and Kuzmanovic folded his hand.

2.40pm: A showdown!
It took almost an hour but there's finally been a showdown at this final table (well at least the first one I've seen anyway). The pot started in the same vein as many do, there was a min-raise by Achilles Bozso from mid-position and then a flat call from Marek Uharacek in the hijack. Next to act was Zoltan Gonczo, he re-raised to 66,000 and Uharacek was the only caller.

The flop fell 2♠9♣J♥ and Uharacek check-called a bet of 51,000. The T♥ turn was checked through and the 5♣ fell on the river. It was once again checked to Gonczo, he bet 81,000, Uharacek tank-called but mucked when Gonczo rolled over K♣K♥. The Hungarian has been the big mover so far at the final table, I'd estimate he's up to around 1,050,000 and has the chip lead as Theodoros Aidonopoulos has lost a few. Whilst Uharacek has dropped to around 350,000 after that hand.

2.25pm: First four-bet
What comes after the three-bet? The four-bet of course and I've just seen the first one of this final table.

The action was started by Marek Uharcek, the Slovakian made it 20,000 from the cut-off, from the small blind Theodoros Aidonopoulos three-bet to 51,000. When the action came back to Uharcek he cut out raising chips and made it 115,000 total, a few chip riffles later Aidonopoulos cards were in the muck.

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2.05pm: Two three-bets and a river
If the final table continues in the way it should be fun. The first two hands were three-bet, Zoltan Gonczo taking Marek Uharacek off a hand and then Robert Dobai did the same to Achilles Bozso.

The third went all the way the to river although ultimately ended without showdown. It was raised in middle positon to 20,000 by Gonczo and both Alberto Fiorilla (small blind) and Boris Kuzmanovic (big blind) made the call.

On the 4♦A♦4♣ flop Kuzmanovic led for 28,000 and Gonczo was the only caller. They both checked the A♠ turn before Gonczo fired 57,000 when he was checked to on the 8♣ river, after a brief tank Kuzmanovic folded his hand.

1.50pm: Shuffle up and deal
The players have just been introduced to the crowd one by one and these are the current chip counts as the final gets underway. It's pretty deep for a final table, the shortest stack has 24 big blinds and the average is 70. The biggest cheer as the players was introduced was saved for last when local player Boris Kuzmanovic took to the stage.

Achilles Bozso*, Hungary, PokerStars Player, 994,000
Marek Uharcek, Slovakia, 400,000
Zoltan Gonczo, Hungary, 776,000
Robert Dobai, Hungary, 241,000
Theodoros Aidonopoulos, Greece, 1,116,000
Georges Yazbeck, Lebanon, 888,000
Alberto Fiorilla, Italy, 455,000
Boris Kuzmanovic, Croatia, PokerStars Qualifier, 643,000

*We've been calling him Bozso Achilles for the entire tournament - due to how his name was written on his end of day chip bag - but it's definitely Achilles Bozso.

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The elite eight are introduced

1.30pm: Still a little way from starting
There's been a delay to the final table whilst players are interviewed and have their photos taken. They now seem to be gathering for a group photo (although one player is missing) so it could be a little while until the final table starts.

12.55pm: Paul Knebel eliminated in ninth place (€5,100)
It took less than an orbit of nine handed play to set the official final table.

From the button Bozso Achilles min-raised to 20,000, Paul Knebel re-raised all-in for roughly 160,000 and Achilles snap called.

Knebel: K♥Q♣
Achilles: A♣9♦

The 6♣8♦9♣A♦3♥ board meant the hand was over after the turn. They're now moving the players to a raised stage area where the final table will take place.

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Nein Nein, the German really didn't want to finish ninth

12.45pm: Final table re-draw
Here's how the final nine are arranged around the table, they'll stay in this seat order for the rest of the tournament. Chip counts are approximate.

Bozso Achilles, Hungary, PokerStars Player, 728,000
Marek Uharcek, Slovakia, 329,500
Paul Knebel, Germany,160,500
Zoltan Gonczo, Hungary, 802,000
Robert Dobai, Hungary, 315,000
Theodoros Aidonopoulos, Greece, 1,118,000
Georges Yazbeck, Lebanon, 805,000
Alberto Fiorilla, Italy, 424,000
Boris Kuzmanovic, Croatia, PokerStars Qualifier, 560,000

12.30pm: Marko Mikovic eliminated in 10th place (€5,100)
With the elimination of Daniel Ebersold in 11th, Marko Mikovic was moved to his seat to balance the tables, but he didn't even have time to get settled before his was knocked out.

It folded to him on the button and he shoved for 144,000 with J♦9♣, Boris Kuzmanovic was the big blind and he made the call with A♠T♣. The board ran 8♦A♦3♥5♦7♥ and the best hand held up.

There will now be a short break whilst the players re-draw for the unofficial final table of nine.

12.20pm: Daniel Ebersold eliminated in 11th place (€4,215)
Day 1A chip leader Daniel Ebersold has just gone in 11th place. He defended his big blind with [10][6] to a raise from Boris Kuzmanovic and then check-raised all-in on a [Q][8][6] flop. Unfortunately for him Kuzmanovic had [A][Q], he called and his hand held up to eliminate the German. Ebersold actually started today with more chips than Kuzmanovic but must've lost some in an earlier hand.

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Ebersold - made a move that went wrong

12.10pm: Final two tables in seat order
Here's how the final two tables shape up in seat order:

Table 1:
Marko Mikovic, Serbia, PokerStars Player, 188,500
Theodoros Aidonopoulos, Greece, 1,118,000
Alberto Fiorilla, Italy, 424,000
Bozso Achilles, Hungary, PokerStars Player, 728,000
Zoltan Gonczo, Hungary, 802,000
Paul Knebel, Germany,160,500

Table 2:
Robert Dobai, Hungary, 315,000
Marek Uharcek, Slovakia, 329,500
Daniel Ebersold, Germany, 383,500
Georges Yazbeck, Lebanon, 805,000
Boris Kuzmanovic, Croatia, PokerStars Qualifier, 275,000

12.05pm: Jurij Kolesnikov eliminated in 12th place (€4,215)
It didn't take long to lose the first player today, less than five minutes in fact. Jurij Kolesnikov was all-in pre-flop for around 25 big blinds with pocket nines, but in bad shape against Georges Yazbeck's pocket tens. No help for him on the board and that was that, whilst Yazbeck may well be in second place after that elimination.

12.05pm: Final day in Dubrovnik
Hello and welcome to Day 3 and the final day of the Eureka3 Croatia main event. Just a dozen poker players remain in the hunt for the €64,000 first prize. Leading the way is Theodoros Aidonopoulos, the player from Greece was the only players to break the million chip mark, he bagged up 1,118,000 late last night.

The full list of chip counts is as below, with nine players left they'll combine around one table and with one further elimination the final table of eight will be set. With a late elimination yesterday there were seven on one table and five on another so they'll have been some balancing done, I'll bring you the seat assignments momentarily.

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Aidonopoulos leads the final dozen

Chip counts:

Theodoros Aidonopoulos, Greece, 1,118,000
Zoltan Gonczo, Hungary, 802,000
Bozso Achilles, Hungary, PokerStars Player, 728,000
Georges Yazbeck, Lebanon, 538,000
Alberto Fiorilla, Italy, 424,000
Daniel Ebersold, Germany, 383,500
Marek Uharcek, Slovakia, 329,500
Robert Dobai, Hungary, 315,000
Boris Kuzmanovic, Croatia PokerStars Qualifier, 275,000
Jurij Kolesnikov, Lithuania, 264,000
Marko Mikovic, Serbia, PokerStars Player, 188,500
Paul Knebel, Germany,160,500

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Croatia: Nick Wright. Photos by Ivan Dabac.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in Eureka Poker Tour