Eureka6 Bucharest: Beteringhe bests them all to top huge Day 1A field

Kid Poker. Hall of Famers. Movie premiers. This day had it all.

Day 1A of Eureka6 Bucharest is now in the books, and it was a busy day indeed. A total of 253 players sat down to play today, which smashes the 219-strong field who played on Day 1A of Eureka6 Rozvadov back in March.

After 10 45-minute levels, just 98 players remained to bag up chips they'll take through to Day 2 on Friday. The player who had the best day of all was Emanuel Victor Beteringhe who finished with a massive stack of 202,425.


Emanuel Victor Beteringhe leads the pack

Beteringhe is a 34-year-old teacher and recreational player from Bucharest who qualified for this tournament in a live satellite last night. He told us afterwards that had he not qualified, he wouldn't even have played! Well, he'll be glad he did as he'll be among the chip leaders when all the Day 1 fields combine.

He had an around average stack at the beginning of the last level, and as he had some meetings scheduled for Friday, he started playing aggressively with a "go big or go home" mentality. It worked. He told us he's not used to playing a big stack, so we'll see how he gets on Friday.

The other biggest stacks belong to Mihai Ciorteanu (191,600), Adrian Ionescu (162,300), Fahredin Mustafov (161,800), Bogdan Ioan Agica (155,000) and Alexandru Matti Armand (144,500).

There was a buzz in the room right from the get go as Daniel Negreanu was taking photos with fans and players before play even started.


Negreanu charms the crowd (in this instance, Thomas Lamatsch)

He didn't play today, but he was up early for a press conference about 'Kid Poker' - the documentary about his life which had its Romanian premier in the tournament venue this evening. He'll be in the action tomorrow for Day 1B.

There were plenty of people there to watch the film, mainly due to the amount of eliminations we had today. Players who exited before the chip bags came out include Australian Poker Hall of Fame member Jason Gray, Ireland's David Lappin, online beasts Stefan 'Agentul' Dan and Slaven 'suarez_BG' Popov, and Eureka4 Vienna winner Zoltan Gal.

Day 1B kicks off tomorrow at 12pm, and it's sure to be even bigger that today. They'll play 10 levels, and then at 9pm tomorrow there's a turbo Day 1C - a last-chance saloon for anyone who busted the A or B flight. Please note that if you didn't already play, you can't register for Day 1C.

You can check out all of the end of Day1A chip counts here, and simply scroll down for all the day's coverage.

Until then, Bună seara! That means goodnight, by the way. Go get some sleep and we'll see you tomorrow.

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10:10pm: All done for the day
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

Play is over on Day 1A and the players are bagging their chips. We'll be back with the biggest stacks, a full recap of the day, and a link to all of the end of day chip counts shortly.

9:57pm: Who will be chip leader?
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

Fahredin Mustafov has the biggest stack right now, with 157,000 in front of him. But with 20 minutes left to play, anything could happen. Make sure you stick around for the big stacks and a full wrap at the end of the day.

9:45pm: Stringing yourself along
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

You don't see too many string bets at this level of poker, and if you do it's almost always due to sticky chips. That's what happened to Ionut Dragos just now, and it ended costing him a little

He opened to 2,500 and got one caller - Karakolev Nedelcho to his direct left. The two saw a 7♣T♦J♥ flop, and both checked, taking us to the 7♥ turn. Dragos counted a bet of 3,400 and went to put them in the middle, but a single yellow 1K chip slipped off the pile, while the others stayed stuck together in his hand. He asked if he could still put the other 2,400 in, but the 1,000 bet stood (this hand happened before the level went up, y'see).

Being something of a good sport, Nedelcho then put 4,000 in himself; technically raising, but really just near-enough matching what Dragos wanted to bet in the first place. Dragos called.

The river was the 4♠ and both checked. Dragos showed the 8♣T♣ for a second pair, but that was no good against Nedelcho's Q♣J♣ who took it down. He only lost another 600, but Dragos will be more careful in future.

9:35pm: We've reached the final level
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

There's just 45 minutes of play left on Day 1A before the bags are tagged.


9:25pm: They're falling fast...
Level 9 - Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

There's less than an hour left to play today and the bust-outs are coming thick and fast. David Lappin is gone, as is Jason Gray.

Joining them on the rail are these chaps:

Marian Strachinescu, Bogdan Mocanu, Gheorghe Handra, Alexandru Farcasanu , Avi Cohen, Jonathan Samuel, Marius Vik Enebakk, Yonatan Koko, Cristi Florian Grecu, Cosmin Daniel Nedelea, Savvas Omirou, Marius Alexandru Gicovanu, Catalin Luca, Cristinel Sandu, Alessandro Nicola Benazzo, Borislav Yosifov, Laurentiu Mihail Steici, Stergios Alexandrakis, Moshe Eliyahu, Ion Silviu Scobai, Gheorghe Miron Nascutzy, Dragos Cristian Milica, Ionut Decher, Costin Bajdan, Alexandru Cristian Bobu, Daniel Paunescu, Ran Shahar, Florin Gaman, Todorov Simeon, Marius Agica, Eitan Habra, Gheorghe Caplescu, Iury Wolf, Vlad Alexandru Lazariciu, Robert Cezarescu, Nicolae Alexandru Preda, Silviu Dobre, Nicolae Adrian Mischiu Pana, Cristian Mihai Rajala, Eduard Paraschiv, Boaz Kolenbrener , Amanatidis Stylianos, Neculai Macovei, Avihai Ben Tovim, Aleks Dimitrov, Marius Catalin Culescu, Lukacs Bulcsu, Calin Bogdan Radan , Niculae Eremia , Vlad Lepinzan, Stefan Hurjui, Catalin Pop, Andrei Gabriel Roscan, and Radu Ungureanu.

9:12pm: All the fours
Level 9 - Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

We hadn't caught up with Bulgarian pro Fahredin Mustafov for a while, so we went over to see how he was getting on. Very well it turned out.

Five players still had cards in front of them when the J♦4♦2♥ flop fell, and after Oren Platoni checked Marius Gicovanu moved all-in for 14,100. Mustafov asked for a count, and then flat-called.

Everyone else gave it up and the cards were on their backs: 4♠4♥ for the Bulgarian - a set of fours - against 3♥5♣ of Gicovanu - an up-and-down straight draw. The turn and river bricked for Gicovanu and Mustafov raked in the chips, bringing his stack up to around 70,000.

So, on Table 4, sitting in Seat 4, with a set of fours, Mustafov took it down.

9pm: Keeping it friendly
Level 9 - Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

Ionel Pruna opened to 2,500 from under the gun plus one, and Raoul Iancovici made the call to his immediate left. Andrei Stoenescu made the call from the big blind and it was three players to the 9♥Q♦9♦ flop.

Both Stoenescu and Pruna checked it, so Iancovici saw an opportunity to take it down. He put out a bet of 3,700 and it did indeed get the job done.

He didn't have to, but he then showed the Q♣, which got table taps from the other players.

Isn't it friendly here in Romania?


8:40pm: Last break of the day

We'll be back shortly when the players get back from break. We'll then play two more levels before the chips are bagged.

150 players remain here on Day 1A.

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8:35pm: Kid Poker
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

On the 21st floor of the InterContinental Hotel - the location of Eureka6 Bucharest - you'll find a gathering of people. They're not playing poker though; they're here to watch a movie.

OK - so it is a poker movie, but still. The Romanian premier of 'Kid Poker', a documentary about Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu's life, is taking place tonight, with a cocktail ceremony to boot.


Daniel Negreanu at a 'Kid Poker' press conference this morning

Negreanu will be playing Day 1B of the main event tomorrow, so make sure you come back then to see how he gets on.

8:25pm: Costea's cost leaves Saether seething
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

It folded around to Cristian Costea in the cut-off and he made it 2,500 to go. Only Daniel Saether from the big blind made the call, and the two saw a 3♣3♠4♥ flop fall. Both checked, just as they would on the A♦ turn.

When the 4♦ hit the river, Saether led for 2,500. Costea then announced "raise" and threw in a 5,000 chip, making to 5K to play. Saether didn't hear though as thought it was a call. He almost turned his hand over before the dealer said "raise" a bit louder. 

Saether then when into the tank for a couple of minutes before tablemate Savvas Omirou called the clock. Saether quickly gave it up.

8:10pm: Chiva takes a turn for the better
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

Peters Tobias made it 1,900 from under the gun and that fetched a call from Eugen Chiva. It folded to Andrei Acatincai and he made it 5,500 to go, and only Chiva came along to see a flop.

The dealer fanned the 7♠K♦5♣ and Chiva check-called a continuation bet of 7,000. The turn came the 3♦ and Chiva decided to jam for 10,700 and Acatincai snap-called, only to get the bad news.

He'd called with the K♠K♣ but had been out-turned by the 5♥3♥ of Chiva, who had two pair. The river was the A♥ and Chiva doubled, while Acatincai dropped to 12,500.

Still, with a beard that just about rivals Daniel Negreanu's, we're sure Acatincai will recover.


Acatincai's beard


7:50pm: Recent eliminations
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

There are 181 players remaining from the 253 who entered on Day 1A. With just a few seconds left of entry time, here are the latest eliminations: 

George Damian, Constantin Grecu, Peled Tzach, Valentin Ghioca, Lawrence Lazar, Slaven Popov, Dan Iulian Dinu, Mihai Emil Isar, Marius Nicolae Farcas, Vladimir Doncea, Olivier Pierru, Benjamin Michel Barkay, Raul Sebastian Daniliuc, Andreas Chalkiadakis , Eusebiu Nicolae Jalba, Andrei Costin Grimberg, Stefan Dumitru Necsanu, Florin Octavian Minea, Gabriel Moisa, Markis Stavros, Dumitru Adrian Pora, George Cosmin Dumitrascu, Marian Lucian Miron, Zhiping Zeng, Iosif Benc, Pavel Velicu, Alexandru Arnautu, Christos Xanthopoulos, Ozerau Yury, Adrian Constantin Toader, Aviv Bueno, Nagy Barnabas, Razvan Nicolae Spanache, Gheorghita Liviu Goncea, Eduard Norel, Gheorghe Costache, Petrica Constantin, Marius Marcov, Aurelian Chirieci, Robert Vaduva , and Robert Stefan Mihai.


The price of poker keeps going up

7:39pm: Big blow to Lappin as Platoni has the goods
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

David Lappin got off to a great start this afternoon, but one big hand has just cost him a big chunk of his chips.

Cosmin Calea kicked off the pot with a 1,600 open, which Lappin just called. Oren Platoni then made it 3,600 on the button, which Calea called. Lappin gestured for Platoni to raise his arm so he could see how many chips he was playing, and when he was satisfied he raised again to 12,000.

"All-in," Platoni said instantly. Calea got out of the way quickly, and Lappin threw in a single chip to call the 26,075 shove, albeit with a bit of a sigh.

He felt he was in trouble with his Q♥Q♠ and he was: Platoni had the A♦A♠

The board ran out J♥8♥K♠J♦3♠ and Lappin is now down to 14,000.

7:22pm: The price was right, but the decision wasn't
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

Silviu Togui opened to 1,500 and Catalin Luca made the call from the cut-off. Here's where Gabriel Cuza raised it from the big blind to 4,000, which only Luca called.

The flop came the 7♣3♥7♠ and Cuza checked, which let Luca take control of the betting with a stab of 5,000. It turned out to be a check raise though, and Cuza moved all-in for 13,250. Luca thought about it, counted out how much it would cost him to call, and figured he was priced in. He called.

It would be a bad call with the K♣Q♥ though, as he'd need running cards to beat Cuza's A♠A♥. It came the 5♦ and 2♦ to complete the board and Cuza got the double up.

7:12pm: Chip counts
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

Here are the biggest stacks in the room from the end of Level 6:

Marian Toader98600
Marian Virlanuta96500
Alexandru Lupu96100
Ionut Dragos90000
Petrica Lombada85000
Mihai Ciorteanu77500
Armand Alexandru Matti77000
Adrian Eugen Constantin75000
Davide Suriano73275
Andrei Stoenescu70000

7:07pm: Last level for entry
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

We've now moved into Level 7, which means there's just 45 minutes left for players to enter Day 1A. If you want to play but aren't going to make it in time, fear not; Day 1B starts at 12pm tomorrow.


6:52pm: Take a break

Players have gone on a 15-minute break.

6:46pm: An orbit with Jason Gray
Level 6 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

My colleague Tomas Stacha took some great photos of the Australian Hall of Famer Jason Gray (see our 3:54pm post), so I needed to catch a hand with him in it in order to use the snap.

Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold.

It's as if he knows I need him to play a hand, and he's being stubborn.

Fold. Fold.

Ohhhhhhh to heck with it - enjoy.


Australian Poker Hall of Famer Jason Gray

6:30pm: Nascutzy gets cutesy
Level 6 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

After Petrica Lombada limped in middle position, Mihai Gheonu bumped up the price of poker to 1,500. Both the blinds called - Gheorghe Nascutzy and Hristodorescu Daniel - and Lombada was prized in to come along.

The flop was the Q♣8♦K♦ and it checked back to the initial raiser. Gheonu made it 3,500, only for Nascutzy to check-raise all-in for around 22,000. Everyone folded and Nascutzy turned over the J♠T♥ for just an up-and-down straight draw. 

6:25pm: Hunger strikes
Level 6 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

There are plenty of stomachs grumbling around the room as I keep hearing players asking if we're having a dinner break. As play stops around 10:15pm, the decision is to plough on through, so there'll be no supper until after that.

6:15pm: The departed
Level 6 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

These players have had their day cut short and won't be able to play again until Day 1C, tomorrow at 9pm.

Dany Parlafes, Corneliu George Tara, Alexandru Gabriel Curelea, Furdui Calin, Ciprian Virgil Munteanu, Radu Mocanu, George Iulian Ilinca, Oana Penescu, Levente Pal, Ferenc Csaba Pal, Mitesh Anjaria, Virgil Dorel Marculescu, Iani Tulica, Florin Bogdan Pirvan, Bogdan Stelian Ciornia, Daniel Ghionoiu, Sebastian Horea Pop, Laurentiu Dumitru, Andrei Mihai Dimitriu, Vladas Burneikis, Gal Zoltan, Dan Petrea, Daniel Alexandru Stere, Alexandru Marius Ghetu, Constantin Erhan, Ciprian Cirstea, Ion Stoian, Tudor Cristian Bartha Lazar, Iulian Cuza, Dorin Rauta, and Narcis Nedelcu.

221 players remain.


6pm: Korochensky making moves
Level 5 - Blinds 150/300 (25 ante)

I've been told to keep an eye on Anatoly Korochensky - a Russian player who is known to have no fear in splashing some chips. PokerStars Blog photographer Tomas Stacha has seen him around on plenty of stops and filled me in.


Anatoly Korochensky

I just caught him taking down a pot, picking up the action on a T♦4♥7♦ flop. Korochensky led for 1,000 and got a call from Nicolae Pana, taking us to the K♥ turn. It went check check and the 6♥ hit the felt on the river. Korochensky checked and Pana fired for 1,400. However, after Korochensky called he was forced to show the J♥9♣ for nothing but a busted gutshot, while Korochensky took it down with his Q♣4♣ for bottom pair.

5:40pm: Habra Cadabra and chips disappear
Level 5 - Blinds 150/300 (25 ante)

Niculae Eremia opened to 800, which led to Alexandru Florea calling from the cut-off and Orhan Rakipov calling from the button. The action didn't stop there though as Eitan Habra then put in a squeeze to 3,400, which only Rakipov called.

The pair saw the 2♥J♠K♣ flop and Habra instantly led out for 5,000 by throwing in a white 5K chip. Rakipov made a quick call.

The dealer burned and turned the Q♦ and Habra jammed. It was for 11,600, but Rakipov was the player at risk with 9,000 behind. He made the call with the K♦7♦ and was ahead of Habra's A♣Q♠. The river was the 4♦ and Rakipov doubled, while Habra is crippled, down to just 2,600.

5:30pm: Once you flop, you can't stop
Level 5 - Blinds 150/300 (25 ante)

They sure love to see flops here in Bucharest. We're seeing plenty of pots with four or five players seeing the first three community cards, and it's creating an interesting dynamic.

Vlad Mocanu limped, then Lukacs Bulcsu made it 900 on the button. Florin Popescu called from the small blind, Petrica Constantin called from the big, and Mocanu came along too.

It came the 2♣K♠4♥ and it checked around, taking us to the Q♣ turn. Popescu decided to lead out for 1,600 and it was a good decision - everyone folded and he raked in the chips.


5:21pm: When push comes to shove
Level 4 - Blinds 100/200 (25 ante)

A pre-flop raising war saw Orhan Rakipov, Eitan Habra, and Dan Murariu all invest 1,700 into the pot to see the Q♣K♣9♣ flop land. Everyone checked.

That took us to the 9♥ turn. Rakipov checked, letting Habra take the betting lead with a 2,000 stab, which both called. Finally the 8♥ completed the board and it checked to Murariu. He counted out some chips and opted to fire 4,000 into the pot. Then out of nowhere Rakipov jammed for around 13,000. Habra got out of the way, and Murariu folded too, throwing in a tap on table for his opponent.

5:05pm: Action all round and everyone's welcome
Level 4 - Blinds 100/200 (25 ante)

We almost had a family pot over on Table 19. First Alexandru Boicea limped from early position, then Catalin Moraru made it 650 from Boicea's immediate left. Alexandru Arnautu called, as did Catalin Luca on the button, Marius Farcas from the small blind, and Radu Mocanu in the big blind. Boicea made the call too.

That made it six to the flop, and it came the K♥9♣3♣. It checked to the pre-flop raiser, Moraru, who continued for 1,600 and got both the blinds to call (Farcas and Mocanu).

The J♥ turn landed and it checked to Moraru again, who fired 2,500. Only Mocanu made the call to see the 4♠ river. Mocanu insta-checked and Moraru didn't waste time in checking either.

Catalin Moraru: A♣K♦
Radu Mocanu: J♣Q♦

The King beat the Jack and the juicy pot slid to Moraru.

4:55pm: Easy game, eh Piturca?
Level 4 - Blinds 100/200 (25 ante)

If only poker was as easy as Victorio Piturca just made it look.

First Vasile Zagon opened to 600, which Nicolae Pana, Piturca, and Marian Tiuntiuc all called. The flop came the K♠4♥T♠ and it checked around, leading to the 5♦ on the turn. Once again, there was no action and the river was the A♣. It checked to Piturca, he put out a bet of 2,100, and everyone folded.

Yep - easy game.

4:45pm: Chip counts at the break
Level 4 - Blinds 100/200 (25 ante)

The ten biggest stacks in the room after the first three levels belong to:

Alexandru Lupu67000
Dan Murariu64025
Adrian Eugen Constantin60000
Moshe Eliyahu52300
Cristian Vornicu48000
Ionel Anton44800
Vasile Paul Plastoi44350
Yordan Yordanov Mitrentsov43500
Andrei Erohin43000
Ivo Dimitrov42000


Alexandru Lupu

To view the counts for all players, click here. We'll be updating them at every break throughout the day.


4:25pm: Break time

Players are taking a 10-minute break.

4:15pm: Biggest pot so far
Level 3 - Blinds 75/150

Sometimes in this line of work it's all about being in the right place at the right time. I just happened to be hovering around Table 18 when I saw this massive pot play out.

It started with an open to 400 from Stergios Alexandrakis, which was then three-bet to 1,350 by Mihai Ciprian Hanu. Vasile Paul Plastoi made the call, and the action was on Gheorghe Buciulica in the big blind when Alexandrakis, the original raiser, called out of turn. 

He apologised, before Buciulica four-bet to 4,650. Alexandrakis then took his call back and folded, as did Hanu, while Plastoi made the call.

The remaining duo saw the J♥8♥6♥ flop and Buciulica continued for 7,200. Plastoi called.

The turn was the 6♣, which both checked, leading us to the 5♥ river. There were now four hearts on board, and Buciulica opted to check. Plastoi, who had shown no aggression in the hand thus far, then put out a bet of 11,000. It was essentially for Buciulica's entire tournament as he had little more than 11,000 left behind. 

Eventually he made the fold, and Plastoi blasted his way up to a stack of 49,300. That might be good for the chip lead - we'll let you know after the break.

3:54pm: Hall of famer
Level 3 - Blinds 75/150

Australian Poker Hall of Fame inductee Jason Gray is here playing on Day 1A. With more than $1.3 million in live winnings and cashes that stretch back to 1992, Gray - who is also a talented high stakes cash player - was officially inducted in 2012. We look forward to seeing how he gets on here in Bucharest.

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3:44pm: Lappin up the chips
Level 3 - Blinds 75/150

What is it they say...the luck of the Irish? David Lappin might have just shown us a good example. 

We picked up the action on a 4♦2♠4♥ flop, and the pot size indicated there had been a bit of action pre-flop. Iulian Azoicai led, but Lappin three-bet to 1,600 and was called.

The turn was the Q♠, which both checked, and the river another lady - the Q♥. Azoicai checked and Lappin put out a pot-sized bet of 6,025. Azoicai called but looked a little disgusted when Lappin turned over the A♥Q♣ for a runner-runner boat! We never saw Azoicai's hand as he folded, but if we had to guess he was probably ahead on the flop.

Azoicai's down to 15,950, while Lappin has climbed to 35,800.


Cracking start for Lappin

3:34pm: No showdown for Koko
Level 3 - Blinds 75/150

Israel's Yonatan Koko took down a big tournament here in Bucharest in December 2015 for $74,597, and he's off to a good start here today, building his stack above the 30,000 mark.

In his latest hand, he opened to 325 from middle position and got two callers in Robert Vaduva (button) and Christos Xanthopoulos (big blind). A 7♦2♠A♣ flop hit the felt and it checked to Koko who continued for 525. Only Vaduva made the call.

The 9♣ landed on the turn, but play slowed down with both players checking. The J♥ river saw Koko spring back to action with a 775 bet, and that was enough to take it down.


3:20pm: Cagey play
Level 2 - Blinds 50/100

Players started with a stack worth 500 big blinds, so it's not strange to see some hands being played a little cagier than you might normally expect. You can't win a tournament early on, after all.

In one hand, Cosmin Daniel Nedelea opened to 300 on the button and met a three-bet of 850 from Alexandru Cristian Florea in the small blind. Nedelea made the call and the flop came the 7♣A♠K♣. There'd be no betting though; both checked and saw the 4♥ turn, which they'd also check on. Finally the J♦ arrived on the river and this time it was a double-palmed check from Florea, which Nedelea checked back again.

You might expect some smaller hands but it turned out Florea had the T♥T♣ which was beat by Nedelea's K♦8♦ for pair of Kings. 

We've had no eliminations yet, but as the blinds grow so will the pots. There are 226 players in the action right now.

3pm: Lazar beams, while Anghel loses his wings
Level 2 - Blinds 50/100

Gheorghe Handra made it 350 to go from middle position and got three callers: Lida Doron Zvi on the button, Victor Catalin Anghel from the small blind, and Lawrence Lazar from the big.

The four saw a T♠8♠9♦ flop fall and it checked to Anghel who made it 1,275. Only Lazar came along to see the 5♥ turn, and he checked again. Anghel fired a second bullet of 2,625 which was called, and the dealer put out the 4♦ on the river. A third and final bullet of 3,150 came from Anghel after it checked to him again, but Lazar announced a call very quickly.

Anghel looked deflated and didn't want to show his cards, but eventually turned over the A♠Q♥ for Ace-high. Lazar was happy to take down the pot with his T♣T♦ for a flopped set.

2:48pm: Agentul giant
Level 2 - Blinds 50/100

While Romanian player Stefan Dan might not have the beefiest live poker resume, his online CV is absolutely stacked. He has more than $887,000 in tournament winnings playing under the screen name 'Agentul', thanks to three Super Tuesday final tables, two WCOOP final tables, and wins in the Big $109 and Big $55, just to name a few. 

He's playing today chasing his first big live score.


Stefan 'Agentul' Dan on Day 1A


2:35pm: Nice start for Turculeanu
Level 1 - Blinds 25/50

It's always great to get off and running in a tournament; winning a pot early can settle any nerves.

After a player opened to 150, Mihai Sorin Turculeanu made the call from the cut-off, as did George Cosmin Dumitrascu from the big blind. The flop came the 4♦K♠8♥ and it checked to Turculeanu, who put out a bet of 325. Only Dumitrascu called.

The turn was the 9♣ and Dumitrascu checked, allowing Turculeanu to continue for 600. He was called again and we saw the Q♥ land on the river. After another check Turculeanu put out a bet of 2,100 and got a quick call. He flipped over the 4♠4♥ for a flopped set, and Dumitrascu mucked.

2:20pm: Who's in the field?
Level 1 - Blinds 25/50

Thanks to Media Coordinator Jan Kores, here's a few of the notable names who have sat down so far:

Slaven Popov - a Bulgarian pro who has made two EPT final tables, not to mention a Eureka Bulgaria final table. He goes by the name suarez_BG on PokerStars, where he has more than $1.3 million in earnings.

Another Bulgarian, Fahredin Mustafov, is also among the field here on Day 1A. The talented player has more than $200,000 in live earnings and more than $550,000 in online winnings.


Fahredin Mustafov

Italian pro Davide Suriano and Ireland's David Lappin are in the mix, as is Zoltan Gal - winner of Eureka4 Vienna. Romanian player and EPT11 Deauville runner-up Dany Parlafes also has chips in front of him.

2:10pm: Here's how it works
Level 1 - Blinds 25/50

PokerStars Tournament Director Thomas Lamatsch has explained to the players just how these starting Day 1s will work. If you bust here on Day 1A, you can't re-enter today, so it's essentially a freezeout. The same goes tomorrow on Day 1B.

However, players who bust Day 1A or Day 1B can buy into Day 1C, which starts at 9pm tomorrow night. Only players who have already played in one of the two starting days are eligible to enter.

2:05pm: All eyes on Negreanu
Level 1 - Blinds 25/50


While Daniel Negreanu hasn't sat down to play, he was the first person we saw when entering the tournament room. It's hard not to notice when there are more than a dozen people lining up to take photos with the Team PokerStars Pro!

Like we said, it's likely Negreanu will play tomorrow as the Romanian premier of the 'Kid Poker' documentary takes place tonight. Even so, Kid Poker was on the floor greeting players, looking sharp in the suit he wore to a press conference earlier today. 


2pm: Cards are in the air
Level 1 - Blinds 25/50

Players have taken their seats, each starting with 25,000 in chips. Let's go!

1:30pm: A look around the city

If you've never been to Bucharest, you really owe it to yourself to check it out. With its incredible history and stunning Old Town, the Romanian capital is a great place to visit, and maybe even play a little poker.


It's Day 1A today but if you're not here yet don't worry; there's Day 1B tomorrow at 12pm local time, so head on over to Bucharest and bring your A-game. 


Play starts in 30 minutes.

12:30pm: Day 1A set to begin!

Welcome to beautiful Bucharest for the first ever Romanian stop of the Eureka Poker Tour! We're here at the fantastic InterContinental Hotel in the city centre, where Day 1A of the €1,000+€100 Main Event will soon be kicking off.

This is the second leg of Eureka Poker Tour Season 6, following on from a great event in Rozvadov in March, in which Ivan Luca got heads-up with his girlfriend Maria Constanza Lampropulos before taking down the title. Will we see a similarly intriguing storyline play out here over the next five days of play? You'll have to stick around and see!

You certainly won't want to miss any of the action, for Team PokerStars Pro and all-round poker icon Daniel Negreanu has made the journey back to his homeland and will be playing throughout the festival. It's likely he'll play on Day 1B, as tonight there's the little matter of the Romanian premier of the 'Kid Poker' documentary.


Negreanu arrives at Eureka6 Bucharest

Play kicks off at 2pm local time (12pm WET), and today the players will play 10 45-minute levels. Then there's Day 1B tomorrow, and a turbo Day 1C tomorrow night. This is a re-entry event, so anyone who busts today, or even during Day 1B, can still take another shot on Day 1C.

Players are now arriving so don't go anywhere!

Key Eureka6 Bucharest Facts:

- 25,000 starting stack
- Blinds starting at 25/50 for 500 big blinds
- Levels are 45 minutes on Day 1 and they'll be 10 of them. On Day 2 from level 15 onwards levels increase to 60 minutes.
- Late registration is open until the start of level seven.
- Day 1A is today, Day 1B takes place tomorrow and there's also a special Turbo Day 1C tomorrow evening at 9pm local time. That's only open to players who have busted either Day 1A or 1B. The field will then combine for the first time on Friday. Players will reach the money on Day 2 and then play down to a final table on Day 3. The final table will play out on Sunday.
- Full Eureka6 Bucharest schedule here.

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at Eureka6 Bucharest: Jack Stanton. Photos by Tomas Stacha. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog

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Jack Stanton
@J_W_Stanton in Bucharest