Eureka Prague: Day 4, Level 27-28 updates (blinds 30,000-60,000 ante 5,000)
6.50pm: Menikos Panagiotou wins Eureka Prague (€137,100); Robert Vukovic second (€75,000)
Robert Vukovic was always going to have to take a bit of a flyer to get back into this heads-up battle and unfortunately it didn't work out for him.
He raised on the button to 125,000 on the button, Menikos Panagiotou moved all-in and Vukovic called all-in for 1,400,000.
The board came A♦5♠6♣9♠3♦ and the Cypriot rail erupted as their man claimed the title and a first prize of €137,100. Whilst Vukovic had to settle for second and €75,000.
The Cypriot has absolutely demolished this final table, a full report on how he did that will be on its way shortly.
6.45pm: Softly softly
After a brief break to position the players at opposite ends of the table. heads-up play has begun.
The first few pots have just been raise and takes, there's yet to be a flop. Chip leader Menikos Panagiotou has vociferous support from friends on the rail and they've even draped a Cypriot flag on the rail.
6.25pm:Matias Knaapinen eliminated in third place (€75,000)
And just that we're heads-up here in Prague.
From the small blind Mattias Knaapinen limped, Menikos Panagiotou raised to 210,000, Knaapinen shoved for around 1,250,000 total and after asking if Knaapinen had a pair, Panagiotou made the call.
The Finn was in trouble as he was dominated, the board came out 6♠[10h]7♠5♥6♣ and Panagitou has around 8,000,000 to Robert Vukovic's 1,700,000.
6.15pm: A deal has now been done
After all the faffing surrounding the deal that never happend, once they were down to three, a deal was agreed too very quickly.
The top three payouts looked like this:
And with the deal they've agreed it looks like this:
Matias Knaapinen, Finland, €75,000
Menikos Panagiotou, Cyprus, PokerStars Player, €108,390
Robert Vukovic, Croatia, PokerStars Player, €75,000
As per tournament regulations they've left 10% - €28,710 to play for.
6.10pm: Ioannis Triantafyllakis eliminated in fourth place (€42,800)
And we're down to three here in Prague...
From the small blind Ioannis Triantafyllakis raised to 140,000, Menikos Panagiotou three-bet to 275,000 from the big blind, Triantafyllakis moved all-in for 1,735,000 and Panagiotou made the call.
The Q♦J♠6♥ flop gave Triantafyllakis some outs, but he missed them all on the 3♥ turn and 8♠ river.
6pm: No deal
After extensive negotiations a deal that satisfied everyone could not be reached. Play is now back underway.
The clock has been paused to discuss a deal. I peered over the shoulder of the tournament director as he counted the stacks and these are 100% accurate counts.
4.Matias Knaapinen, Finland, 1,235,000
5. Ioannis Triantafyllakis, Greece, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,740,000
6.Menikos Panagiotou, Cyprus, PokerStars Player, 5,080,000
7.Robert Vukovic, Croatia, PokerStars Player, 1,695,000
They're just working out an equity chop, nothing has been decided just yet though.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 30,000-60,000 ante 5,000
5.20pm: Chip counts
Rough chip counts of the remaining four players are...
4.Matias Knaapinen, Finland, 1,400,000
5. Ioannis Triantafyllakis, Greece, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,600,000
6.Menikos Panagiotou, Cyprus, PokerStars Player, 5,700,000
7.Robert Vukovic, Croatia, PokerStars Player, 1,000,000
5.10pm: Bernd Vogelhuber eliminated in fifth place (€31,700)
Menikos Panagiotou now has over half the chips in play after eliminating Bernd Vogelhuber.
It was Panagiotou who got the action started, raising to 105,000 from under-the-gun, Vogelhuber flat called, as did Ioannis Triantafyllakis from the big blind.
The flop fell 8♣[10h]6♥, it checked to Panagiotou who c-bet 150,000, Vogelhuber moved all-in for 925,000 total, Triantafyllakis folded, then Panagiotou made the call.
It was a made hand against a monster draw, the [10c] came on the turn and it was a good job it did as the 9♣ completed the board to give both two pair, but Panagiotou's was bigger and he now h as roughly 5,700,000.
5pm: Magnificent seven
No action of note in the last 20 minutes as for seven hands in a row a player has either got a walk or it's just been a raise and take.
Three pots have gone to Ioannis Triantafyllakis, two to Menikos Panagiotou and two to Matias Knaapinen. One of the pots that Knaapinen won was a walk, the Finn showing pocket kings as he took the pot.
4.40pm: More for Panagiotou
I joined the table to see a full board of [10c]K♠K♥6♣5♦ on the felt, the action was on Bernd Vogelhuber and he bet 375,000 into a pot of around 500,000 and Menikos Panagiotou made a swift call. The German showed A♥6♠, but Panagiotou showed K♦J♠ to win the pot.
After that pot Vogelhuber is down to 1,500,000, whilst Panagiotou is up to 4,100,000.
4.30pm: Mariusz Klosinski eliminated in sixth place (€22,100)
Down to just 500,000 Mariusz Klosinski moved all-in with pocket fours and Menikos Panagiotou made the call with A♣K♠. A king on the flop flip-flopped this flip the way of Panagiotou and the chip leader gets even richer whilst Klosinski takes home €22,100 for his efforts.
4.20pm: Chip counts
During the break tournament staff raced off the 1,000 denomination chips and also did a comprehensive chip count. The six remaining players are now back in their seats and their chip counts are as below.
2.Mariusz Klosinski, Poland, 510,000
4.Matias Knaapinen, Finland, 2,275,000
5. Ioannis Triantafyllakis, Greece, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,050,000
6.Menikos Panagiotou, Cyprus, PokerStars Player, 2,345,000
7.Robert Vukovic, Croatia, PokerStars Player, 1,480,000
8.Bernd Vogelhuber, Germany, 2,080,000
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Prague: Nick Wright. Photos by Tomas Stacha.