Eureka2 Bulgaria: Day 2, Level 18 - 19 updates (blinds 4,000-8,000 ante 500)
2.20am: End of day chip counts and seat draw
After the 10 allotted levels of play were completed 13 players remain, here's their overnight chipcounts by table draw, a wrap of the day's play will follow. It's Sweden's Daniel Karlson who leads the way with 521,500. Play resumes at 2pm local time.
Nagy Barnabas, Hungary, PokerStars qualifier, 300,000
Slaven Popov, Bulgaria, 286,000
Andrzej Kozikowski, Poland, PokerStars qualifier, 272,000
Dennis Schaefer, Germany, PokerStars player, 317,500
Petar Zografov, Bulgaria, PokerStars qualifier, 350,000
Daniel Karlson, Sweden, 521,500
Michael Alnahas, Bulgaria, PokerStars qualifier, 152,500
Saveikis Algirdas, Lithuania, 202,500
Andrejus Jakovlevas, Latvia, 263,500
Ted Stolzenbach, Netherlands, PokerStars qualifier, 127,000
Deyan Stanev, Bulgaria, 300,500
Michal Misterek, Poland, PokerStars qualifier, 55,000
Tobias Schwecht, Germany, PokerStars player, 419,000
2.10am: Play is done for the day
And play is done for the day, two significant pieces of action during the last few hands. First Dragomir Ion was eliminated in 14th place, no details I'm afraid.
And on the penultimate hand Daniel Karlson doubled up Nagy Barnabas. The Swede opened to 16,000 from the button with Q♥J♥, Barnabas moved in for 145,000 with A♦3♠ and Karlson called. The board ran 5♠7♦8♠2♣[10s].
A full wrap of the day's play, chip counts and table draw is on the way.
1.55am: Last four hands
The tournament clock has been paused and a card drawn which means there are four more hand until the end of the day.
1.50am: Andrei One done in 15th place (€3,350)
A short time ago Krasimir Stoyanov was eliminated in 16th place and Andrei One has just followed him to the rail.
From middle position Deyan Stanev raised to 16,000, One shoved from the button for 132,000 and Stanev snap called.
Althouhg One flopped a gutshot with it coming K♣J♦4♠ he didn't spike on the 2♦ turn or 3♥ river, after that hand Stanev is up to 330,000.
1.40am: Stoyan Nalsazov eliminated in 17th place (€ 2,850)
When you've got less than ten big blinds picking up pocket queens is always welcome, running them into pocket aces less so. Stoyan Nalsazov moved all-in for 57,500 with the ladies only for Saveikis Algirdas to find aces in the big blind.
The board of 5♠4♥5♣3♦A♥ only strengthened the Lithuanian's position and now 16 players remain.
1.25am: Two double ups on table two
A couple of double ups to report.
Double number one: Michael Alnahas doubled through Tobias Schwecht, A♣Q♣ against pocket threes. The Bulgarian flopped a flush draw and then turned an ace. He's up to 186,000 whilst Schwecht is on 370,000.
Double number two: Andrei One opened to 16,000 and then called after Andrejus Jakovlevas moved all-in for 114,000. On their backs:
The flop of K♠J♦K♣ gave Jakovlevas the lead and he stayed there on the Q♣ turn and A♦ river, he's up to 235,000 whilst One slips to 160,000.
1.10am: Last level underway
The start of level 19 marks the beginning of the last level of the night,
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 4,000-8,000 ante 500
1.05am: Karlson piling on the pressure
Throughout the day Daniel Karlson has shown the ability to change gears and really put the pressure on other players. It's an aggressive style and the other players don't really seem to have a good read on him.
In a recent hand I only caught the river action but the complete board was Q♣7♥3♥5♥Q♦ there was roughly 140,000 in the pot and Karlson bet 310,000, which was enough to set his opponent Nagy Barnabas - who had about 155,000 left - all-in.
'I think I know your hand,' said Nagy.
'For you I will show,' replied Karlson
After taking a while over what action to take Nagy had the clock called on him, as the last few seconds ran down he said: 'This is so sick,' he mucked his hand face-up and exposed K♥K♠. "It's totally up to you if you want to see my hand," said Karlson. After Nagy replied in the affirmative Karlson showed A♣9♥. The Swede is now the chipleader with around 590,000.
Elsewhere Peter Zografov is down to 310,000, Dennis Schaefer looks to have got some of his chips as he's up to 310,000, Day 1A chipleader Ted Stolzenbach is on 162,500 but despite quintupling up, Desislav Velikov couldn't mount a heroic comeback as he is out.
12.55am: Final two tables
Ioannis Triantafyllakis is out in 19th place meaning that we're down to the final two tables here in Bulgaria.
There's 70 minutes left to play here today, so it's looking unlikely that we're going to reach the final table.
12.45am: Quintuple up!
Desislav Velikov has just scored what i think is the first quintuple up I've ever seen! He was down to 8,000 at the start of the hand and had 3,000 invested in the small blind. There was a raise to 12,500 from early position from Petar Zografov and there were four callers (including Velikov).
The flop of 4♣9♠4♦ as checkd to Nagy Barnabas on the button, he bet 15,000 which was enough to force out the others and win the side pot. He showed A♦[10c] but the shortstacked Velikov had flopped a full house with 9♥4♠, the turn and river were blanks and he is now up to around 43,000.
12.25am: In the money
Below is a list of the players who have finished in the money so far, there were two players tied for 27th because they both went out on the same hand during hand for hand play on the bubble.
20th. Dimitar Yosifov, Bulgaria, €2,400
21st. Avshalom Grama, Israel, PokerStars player, €2,400
22nd. Flippov Yuriy, Russian Federation, PokerStars qualifier, €2,150
23rd. Stelyan Georgiev, Bulgaria, €2,150
24th. Goran Mandic, Croatia, PokerStars qualifier, €2,150
25th. Matej Marinovic, Croatia, PokerStars sponsored player, €2,000
26th. Roman Kagan, Israel, PokerStars qualifier, €2,000
=27th. Kiril Kochov, Bulgaria, PokerStars qualifier, €1,000
=27th. Sergey Mikhaylov, Russian Federation, PokerStars qualifier, €1,000
You can see the entire payout structure by clicking here, the page will be updated when players bust out.
12.05am: Chip counts
I've flowed the counts into the blog and they can be viewed here. The top five, as it stands are as below. The top two stacks are sat side by side with Karlson having position on Zografov.
Petar Zografov ,Bulgaria, PokerStars qualifier, 561,000
Daniel Karlson, Sweden, 451,000
Tobias Schwecht, Germany, PokerStars player, 320,000
Michal Misterek, Poland, PokerStars qualifier, 278,000
Nagy Barnabas, Hungary, PokerStars qualifier, 275,000
11.45pm: Off we go again
After a period of inaction the popping of the bubble has seen a flurry of action and as we head into level 18 just 19 players remain in contention for the first prize of €61,170. Everyone left in is guaranteed at least € 2,400 and that includes Daniel Karlson from Sweden who is one of the chipleaders.
Tournament staff are just doing a comprehensive chip count and I'll also bring you confirmation of who has busted in the money so far very shortly.
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Bulgaria:Nick Wright. Photos by Thomas Stacha.