Eureka3 Croatia: Day 3, level 23-25 updates (20,000 - 40,000 ante 5,000)
10pm: Achilles Bozso wins Eureka3 Croatia (€59,100); Boris Kuzmanovic second (€48,200)
There was simply no way back for Boris Kuzmanovic, something had to give and finally it did.
He moved all-in for 480,000 with 9♣7♣ and Achilles Bozso snap called with pocket queens. The Q♣6♠Q♠ flop gave Bozso an unbreakable lock on the hand and the tournament. The meaningless 6♣ and 5♠ completed the board and both players shook hands as applause rang out.
That's the end of the main event here in Croatia and the tour now moves onto Golden Sands in Varna, Bulgaria from July 22nd-28th. A full wrap of today's play is on the way.
9.50pm: Achilles still clipping away
Although no big pots have taken place in the last 15 minutes more small pots have gone the way of Achilles Bozso and he continues to grind Boris Kuzmanovic down. The Croatian has just 650,000 now.
9.35pm: Achilles Bozso stretches his lead
The title looks to be on its way to Hungary after Achilles Bozso just took a nice pot from Boris Kuzmanovic. With a full board of A♦J♠3♦6♠3♠ on the felt Kuzmanovic bet 275,000 on the river and Bozso sigh called. But the sigh was misplaced as Kuzmanovic showed A♣T♦ which was inferior to Bozso's A♥Q♠.
After that hand Kuzmanovic is down to around 1,000,000.
9.15pm: As you were
There's been no discernable chip movement in the last 20 minutes of heads-up play and no big pots of any note.
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8.55pm: Boris Kuzmanovic doubles through Achilles Bozso
It was only for a moment but you could see Achilles Bozso's head drop after he saw victory snatched away from him on the river of the following hand.
He raised to 60,000, Boris Kuzmanovic re-raised to 150,000, Bozso shoved all-in and Kuzmanovic called all-in for 1,102,000 total.
The board ran T♣T♦2♠3♦A♠ and the Croatian hit the river to stay in it. He's now up to 2,204,000 whilst Bozso slips to 3,307,000.
8.45pm: Achilles digging his heels in
The opening skirmishes of heads-up play have gone Achilles Bozso's way and he's stretched his lead out even more.
Only one pot has gone to showdown thus far and it went his way. Pre-flop he made it 60,000 on the button and Boris Kuzmanovic made the call. On the 8♠6♠8♦ flop Bozso c-bet 60,000 and Kuzmanovic made the call. The 3♠ turn and J♠ river were both checked through and Bozso showed 6♠5♦ to win the pot.
8.35pm: Deal done!
The players have done a deal and this is what's happend. The original payouts for first and second was €64,000 and €43,300 respectively.
They've decided to chop that up and leave some to play for. So Achilles Bozso has locked up €54,100 and Boris Kuzmanovic €48,200 with €5,000 left to play for.
The chip stacks as play gets underway are 3,809,000 to Bozso and 1,702,000 to Kuzmanovic.
8.10pm: Georges Yazbeck eliminated in third place (€26,900)
On the button Achilles Bozso (who's yet to stack all the chips he won from Georges Yazbeck) raised to 60,000, Yazbeck moved all-in for just under 700,000, Boris Kuzmanovic moved all-in over the top and Bozso folded. On their backs:
The dominating had stayed in front on the 2♥A♦2♦4♣T♠ board and the chance of a home win is still on, although Kuzmanovic will start heads-up play with something like a 1,650,000 to 3,900,000 chip deficit. There's now a short break whilst they re-position the chip stacks for heads-up play. The players have also walked off to do a deal of some kind, I think they were looking at smoothening the payouts rather than an out and out chop of any kind.
8.05pm: Boris back in business
Could this be the first chink in Achilles Bozso's newly acquired armour?
Down to just 408,000 Boris Kuzmanovic moved all-in from the button, Achilles Bozso moved all-in behind to isolate and Georges Yazbeck folded.
The 9♥9♣5♦T♥J♠ board ruled decisively in the Croat's favour and he's now back up to around 875,000.
7.55pm: Achilles Bozso wins a massive pot
Huge pot? Definitely. Tournament defining pot? Almost certainly.
Achilles Bozso now has roughly 4,000,000 of the 5,500,000 chips in play after winning a gargantuan pot against Georges Yazbeck. "How lucky are you?" were the words of Boris Kuzmanovic at the end of this pot.
Which completes a nice circle as it was Kuzmanovic who started the action by min-raising to 60,000 on the button, both Bozso and Yazbeck called from the blinds.
The K♦J♥Q♦ flop was checked through and the 7♦ fell on the turn. First to speak Bozso led for 125,000 and Yazbeck was the only caller. The A♥ completed the board and this is where the action really took off, Bozso led for 150,000, Yazbeck raised it to 500,000, Bozso tanked then moved in for 1,830,000 and Yazbeck snap called.
Bozso: A♦3♦ - the nuts
Yazbeck: J♦T♥ - broadway straight.
Kuzmanovic was in disbelief that Yazbeck had not only called, but called so quickly and said as much to Bozso as the dealers and floor staff counted down his stack to see exactly how much Yazbeck owed. After that hand he's down to around 690,000 and is now the shortest stack.
7.40pm: Back from the break
The three remaining players are back in their seats, cards are in the air and these are their stacks.
Achilles Bozso, Hungary, PokerStars Player, 1,950,000
Georges Yazbeck, Lebanon, 2,790,000
Boris Kuzmanovic, Croatia, PokerStars Qualifier, 780,000
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6.55pm: Dinner break chip counts
The players have just been sent on a 45 minute dinner break. Rough chip counts of three handed play are as follows, during the break staff will do a comprehensive count. Play will resume around 7.35pm local time.
Achilles Bozso, Hungary, PokerStars Player, 2,200,000
Georges Yazbeck, Lebanon, 2,400,000
Boris Kuzmanovic, Croatia, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,000,000
6.45pm: Yazbeck not hanging around
There's been no settling in, feeling each other out period to three handed play, just some big bold poker.
From under-the-gun Achilles Bozso raised to 50,000, Georges Yazbeck three-bet to 117,000 from the small blind, only for Boris Kuzmanovic to cold four-bet to 250,000. There was then a swift fold from Bozso and after a few momnets Yazbeck announced he was all-in, Kuzmanovic at around 1,000,000 was the effective stack and after a few seconds he mucked his hand.
6.25pm: Zoltan Gonczo eliminated in fourth place (€19,700)
Four handed, two premium hands it's all going in.
And so it proved Zoltan Gonczo was all-in for 650,000 with A♦Q♥ and up against Achilles Bozso who had pocket jacks. The pair held up on a 9♠4♣2♥9♥8♦ board and Bozso collects €19,700 for his efforts this week.
6.10pm: Alberto Fiorilla eliminated in fifth place (€15,100)
Not long after his double up Alberto Fiorilla found himself all-in again, this time he three-bet all-in with pocket tens for around 500,000 and got a call from Georges Yazbeck who held A♣J♣. The [J][J] board connected rather better with Yazbeck's hand and the chip leader now has even more, whilst a disconsolate Fiorilla headed to the pay out desk.
6pm: Alberto Fiorilla doubles through Zoltan Gonczo
Poor old Zoltan Gonczo, he's made two good calls so far against all-in players at this final table and come out on the rough side of it twice.
This time Alberto Fiorilla raised all-in under-the-gun for 270,000 with A♥4♠, Gonczo made the call with A♦Q♣ but was outdrawn on a 5♦9♠3♠4♣9♣ flop.
5.50pm: Chip counts
So with the exciting double elimination at the end of level 22 just five players are still in the Eureka3 Croatia main event. They've all locked up a minimum of €15,100 but will be looking upwards to the first prize of €64,000. At the moment the man looking most likely to take first prize is Georges Yazbeck, he leads with a stack of 1,676,000. Full counts are as below.
Achilles Bozso, Hungary, PokerStars Player, 1,167,000
Zoltan Gonczo, Hungary, 922,000
Georges Yazbeck, Lebanon, 1,676,000
Alberto Fiorilla, Italy, 243,000
Boris Kuzmanovic, Croatia, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,503,000
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Croatia: Nick Wright. Photos by Ivan Dabac.