Eureka6 Bucharest: Yasen Dichev carries Day 3 chip lead straight to final table

It took just five hours of play for us to take our 28 Day 3 players and turn them into a final table of eight. It's almost as if those players who busted wanted to go outside and enjoy the beautiful city of Bucharest or something weird like that.

This was Day 3 - the business end of the main event. The money was getting bigger, and players were dropping like flies. The thing is, play went so fast that instead of stopping play when we reached eight, the decision was made to play to six players instead.


That only took another hour.

It's Bulgaria's Yasen Dichev who started and ended Day 3 as chip leader, finishing with 3.9 million. He grinded solidly and was never lower than third in chips. The only player who really competed with him chip-wise was the same guy who finished second in chips to him last night: Israel's Moshe Eliyahu. He'd finish third tonight though with 2.69 million.


Yasen Dichev - final table chip leader

It was Jozsef Liszkovics who did the dirty work - eliminating two players on the final table to come back tomorrow second in chips with 2.75 million. The two players who reached the final table and yet won't be returning tomorrow are PokerStars qualifier Razvan Bordei (seventh for € 16,910) and Florin Ionut Pandilica (eighth for €11,630).

Joining Dichev, Eliyahu, and Liszkovics tomorrow will be Razvan Belea - who surged in chips when he eliminated two players in one hand (scroll down to 2:50pm to read that one); Israel's Avishai Shitrit; and one of only four females who entered this event - popular local player Carmen Zainescu.

Yasen DichevBulgaria 3900000
Jozsef LiszkovicsRomaniaPokerStars Player2750000
Moshe EliyahuIsrael 2690000
Razvan Costinel BeleaRomaniaPokerStars Player2450000
Avishai ShitritIsrael 1730000
Carmen ZainescuRomania 690000

Find out more about our final table players here.

Of course, before those guys there were 20 other eliminations. Toni Judet, who is sixth on Romania's all-time money list, would eventually bust in 12th adding €6,290 to his career earnings. Before him though, we lost the Netherlands' Tobias Peters (17th - €4,940), Romania's Alexandru Boicea (16th - €4,940), and Ireland's Gary Clarke (25th - €3,310) to name just a few.

Simply scroll down to read all of today's action as it happened. Once you feel you've caught up, you can take a look at all the prize pool and payouts here, and if you need a reminder of what I've literally just told you, you can view the final table chip counts here.

The magnificent six come back at 2pm tomorrow to play down to a champion. Find out will be crowned king (or queen) of Eureka6 Bucharest.

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7:15pm: We're done
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Play is over and players have bagged their chips. We'll be right back with a quick recap, plus the chip counts for tomorrow.

7:05pm: Razvan Bordei is our 7th place finisher (€16,910)
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

That's it! Play is over for the day as we're now down to six players.

When Jozsef Liszkovics min-opened from under the gun, Razvan Bordei moved all-in from his immediate left for 600,000. It folded back to Liszkovics, and he called to try and eliminate his second player from this final table.

He had the A♠Q♠, ahead of Bordei's Q♣K♣. Both paired their Queen on the Q♦7♥3♦ flop, but the 2♣ turn and 9♣ river couldn't save Bordei.


Bordei's day is done

6:47pm: Pandilica gone in 8th for €11,630
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Chip leader Yasen Dichev made it 85,000 to go and Jozsef Liszkovics called from the hijack. It folded around to Florin Ionut Pandilica on the button and he jammed for his last 400,000 which only Liszkovics would call.

Liszkovics: 8♥8♠
Pandilica: A♥K♦

They were racing, but Liszkovics ran faster and straight into a set on the 9♣6♣8♦ flop. The 5♠ turn brought some chopportunities, but the 6♥ filled up the set and Pandilica was gone.


Pandilica out in 8th

6:36pm: Back in business
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

We've had what will likely be the last level of the day. Two more eliminations before we stop for the day.

6:15pm: Break time

Players are taking a 20-minute break.

6:14pm: And Pandilica doubles too!
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Our two short stacks have both now doubled up, so a quick end to the day now seems unlikely! He moved all-in over Jozsef Liszkovics' open for 211,000 with the K♠9♦ and was called by the A♥4♣. The board came 5♦K♦6♥J♠Q♦ and he's up to 445,000 now.

5:53pm: Zainescu doubles through Liszkovics
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Well, that's one of our short stacks doubled up already. Yasen Dichev made it 60,000 only for Jozsef Liszkovics to three-bet to 14,000. It folded to Carmen Zainescu on the big blind and she moved all-in for 212,000. Dichev folded, but Liszkovics called.

Zainescu had the J♠J♥ against the A♠9♣, and the board ran out 9♦Q♥4♦5♥J♦. She's up to around 500,000 now.

5:45pm: Off we go!
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

After a 15 minute break play has restarted.

5:30pm: Final table chip counts/seat draw
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Yasen Dichev3490000
Moshe Eliyahu3070000
Razvan Costinel Belea2460000
Jozsef Liszkovics2250000
Avishai Shitrit1900000
Razvan Bordei700000
Florin Ionut Pandilica280000
Carmen Zainescu220000

And here's how the final eight are seated:

1. Moshe Eliyahu
2. Avishai Shitrit
3. Razvan Costinel Belea
4. Yasen Dichev
5. Jozsef Liszkovics
6. Razvan Bordei
7. Florin Ionut Pandilica
8. Carmen Zainescu

5:17pm: Official final table redraw
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

We're down to eight and that means the official final table!

We'll be playing down to six today.

5:12pm: Florian Rosa departs in 9th for €9,150
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

On a K♥Q♠4♣ flop, Florian Rosa checked it to his good buddy Jozsef Liszkovics (the two have been joking and buying each other drinks) who bet 130,000. Rosa then check-raised all-in for around 400,000 and was snap-called.

Rosa: K♠Q♦
Liszkovics: Q♥Q♣

It was dire straits for Rosa and terrible luck; the cooler didn't heat up for him on the 8♥ turn or 4♥ river and he was out. Rosa and Liszkovics gave each other a friendly hug before Rosa went to collect his winnings.

rosa_Jozsef Liszkovics_day3buch2.jpg

4:59pm: Unofficial final table seat draw
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

1. Moshe Eliyahu - 3,100,000
2. Avishai Shitrit - 1,850,000
3. Razvan Costinel Belea - 2,400,000
4. Yasen Dichev - 3,240,000
5. Florian Rosa - 800,000
6. Jozsef Liszkovics - 1,400,000
7. Razvan Bordei - 700,000
8. Florin Ionut Pandilica - 250,000
9. Carmen Zainescu - 210,000


4:55pm: Bostan busted in 10th (€7,530)
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Just as my colleague Jan Kores informed me that the plan was now to play down to six players, we had another elimination.

Traian Bostan was short and moved all-in for 260,000. It folded to trouble - sorry, I mean Razvan Belea in the big blind and he called with the A♦T♦, ahead of Bostan's A♥2♦. The 4♣3♣4♥7♣4♠ board brought no help and Belea's kicker played. He's up to 2.3 million, while Bostan collects €7,530.

We're now paused while they draw for one table seats.


Bostan's gone

4:42pm: Valentin Cristea says goodbye in 11th (€7,530)
Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

When you're short stacked, it's folded to you, and you look down at the Q♠J♠ on the button, that's a very pretty hand. You feel good about moving all-in with it, until you get snap called by the big blind of course.

Valentin Cristea was the player doing the shoving for 291,000, and Yasen Dichev called with the A♦K♥. The board ran out J♥2♥8♦5♣A♠ and Cristea was felted in 11th for €7,530. Meanwhile Dichev is up to 2.95 million.


4:28pm: Toni Judet out in 12th (€6,290)
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

He was easily the most accomplished player left in the field in terms of live poker winnings, but Toni Judet won't be able to add a Eureka6 Bucharest title to his resume.

He opened to 51,000 from the cut-off and was three-bet to 155,000 by Avishai Shitrit from the big blind. Judet counted out his chips, and when he saw he had around 350,000 he moved all-in and was called.

Judet: A♥Q♠
Shitrit: Q♦Q♥

The Romanian no.6 money winner needed an Ace or running cards to survive, but it ran out 9♣K♦3♠8♠4♣ and he hit the rail. GG Judet!


Toni Judet

4:15pm: Cosmin Petcu eliminated in 13th (€6,290)
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

We're four eliminations from ending play today, as Cosmin Petcu has just been felted. He moved all-in for 220,000 with the A♠9♦ and was called by Jozsef Liszkovics in the big blind with the K♠8♠. The board ran out 9♠4♣J♣K♥4♠, and the King on the turn was the nail in Petcu's coffin. He picked up €6,290 for 13th.

Liszkovics has 1.5 million now.

4:05pm: Nice call from Dichev
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Avishai Shitrit opened from utg+1 and it folded around to start of day 3 chip leader Yasen Dichev. He came along to see the 2♥4♣2♦ flop fall. After he checked, Shitrit continued for 80,000 and Dichev called again.

The turn was the 7♣ and the action was the same. Check, bet (this time 130,000), call.

The K♠ arrived on the river and after checking a final time Dichev called a 200,000 bet, turning over just the A♣3♠ for Ace-high.

It was good. Shitrit had only the J♥9♠ and dropped to 700,000, while Dichev moves up to 2.74 million.

3:50pm: Don't bluff him guys
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

The board showed the 2♣K♥7♦8♥ when chip leader Moshe Eliyahu checked to Razvan Bordei. There was a decent-sized pot in the middle already, and Bordei took a stab at it worth 120,000.

Eliyahu counted out the chips but took a moment of thought before calling. Bordei turned over the A♠4♠ for Ace-high, and Eliyahu showed his 7♣T♥ for a pair of sevens. 

"Don't bluff me guys!," he said. "I never fold!"

3:40pm: Eliyahu's lucky birthday
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Israel's Moshe Eliyahu is our chip leader right now, set to make the final table of eight tomorrow barring some unforeseen incident.

PokerStars Blog photographer Tomas Stacha found out something interesting about the leading man. Last year, Eliyahu took down a tournament in Prague on May 22nd. That was also his birthday.

Well, what do you know? Tomorrow is also May 22nd, and if Eliyahu wins Eureka6 Bucharest it'll be his second tournament win on consecutive birthdays, and by far his biggest score to date.


Can Moshe Eliyahu win back-to-back tournaments on his birthday?

3:35pm: Final 14 chip counts
Level 23 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Moshe Eliyahu2959000
Razvan Costinel Belea2360000
Yasen Dichev2010000
Jozsef Liszkovics1315000
Florian Rosa1133000
Avishai Shitrit1057000
Razvan Bordei1004000
Antoanell Cristian Judet780000
Valentin Marius Cristea510000
Cosmin Ionut Petcu364000
Traian Bostan330000
Carmen Zainescu269000
Ionut Aurelian Stoichita241000
Florin Ionut Pandilica199000

3:24pm: Break time

Players have gone on a 15 minute break.

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3:20pm: Down to two tables
Level 22 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

The bust-outs are coming thick and fast! The latest players to fall are:

15. Yordan Yordanov Mitrentsov - €5,500
16. Alexandru Boicea - €4,940
17. Peters Tobias - €4,940


Tobias (blue hoodie) is out

Here's how the last 14 players are seated:

Table 1:

1. Toni Judet
2. Yasen Dichev
3. Razvan Belea
4. Avishai Shitrit
5. Ionut Stoichita
6. Traian Bostan
7. empty
8. Valentin Cristea

Table 2:

1. Carmen Zainescu
2. Empty
3. Moshe Eliyahu
4. Florin Ionut Pandilica
5. Razvan Bordei
6. Cosmin Ionut Petcu.
7. Florian Rosa
8. Jozsef Liszkovics

3:05pm: More for Moshe!
Level 22 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Moshe Eliyahu was second in chips coming in to today, but he might very well have just taken the chip lead.

On a board of 4♣7♣9♠2♥8♣, Alexandru Boicea moved all-in and Eliyahu made the call with his 7♥7♠. "Vamos!" he shouted when he saw his set was ahead of Boicea's K♦K♥.

2:50pm: Here comes trouble! Belea enjoys double knockout
Level 22 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

I've just been informed that the name Belea in Romanian means 'trouble'. Well, here comes trouble as Razvan Belea has just eliminated two players in one hand and more than doubled his stack.


Razvan Belea - no trouble please

He opened to 44,000 from under the gun and got a call from Mihai Ciorteanu on the button. Adrian Popa then moved all-in for his last five big blinds - 111,000 in total - and Belea then re-raised to 200,000. 

The action was back on Ciorteanu and he took his time. After a couple of minutes he announced he was all-in, and that got a snap-call from Belea.

Belea: K♦K♠
Ciorteanu: A♠Q♣
Popa: 8♣8♥

The flop was absolute gin for Belea. It came the 9♦K♣9♥. "Nice...NICE!" he said, when full realisation kicked in. The turn and river came the 2♠ and 6♦ and he took Popa's chips and Ciorteanu's 796,000 stack too.

Belea's up to around 1.75 million now.

2:35pm: Staring contest
Level 22 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Peters Tobias and Avishai Shitrit are sat right next to each other and are developing a bit of a rivalry. I've caught them playing quite a few pots heads-up, staring at one another non-stop from close range. Here's the latest.

It folded to Tobias in the small blind and he made it 55,000 to play, which Shitrit called. They saw a K♥T♦3♥ flop and Peters, after some staring of course, continued for 57,000. Shitrit stared right back, and with their eyes locked and he re-raised to 150,000. That was too much for Peters and he gave it up.

Peters has 500,000, while Shitrit is up to 910,000.

2:25pm: Big double up for Ciorteanu
Level 22 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Razvan Belea kicked this one off with an under-the-gun-plus-one open to 44,000. Moshe Eliyahu came along to his left, and it folded around to Mihai Ciorteanu in the small blind. He then jammed for 391,000, and Belea had a decision on his hands. He tanked for about two minutes before eventually decided to re-shove himself.

His isolation play worked as Eliyahu gave his hand up, and the cards were flipped. 

Ciorteanu: A♠T♦
Belea: 9♦9♠

Ciorteanu would need to hit to survive, and it looked bleak on the 6♥3♠8♦ flop. Things soon brightened up for him though when the A♦ hit the turn. The Q♣ completed the board and sent around 800,000 in chips Ciorteanu's way.

2:25pm: Can someone call 999 for Catalin Moraru?
Level 22 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Romania's Catalin Moraru is our latest player to make his exit. He got his chips all-in pre-flop with the A♥J♥ against Yordan Mitrentsov's pocket nines, but a nine on the flop and no help on the turn or river sent the local home in 20th.


2:14pm: A big blind special busts Ionescu's Aces
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

In a blind v blind pot, Adrian Nicolae Ionescu and Alexandru Boicea saw a Q♥4♥4♠ flop fall. One thing led to another (OK - I arrived a little late to the party) and all of Ionescu's chips were in the middle.

He turned over the A♦A♠ for pocket rockets, but they were no good against Boicea's big blind special - the 8♣4♣. The turn was the 8♠ and the river the Q♠, and Boicea's full house busted our 21st place finisher. 

Ionescu takes home €3,820. All 20 remaining players are now guaranteed a min-payout of €4,380.

2:09pm: Bostan doubles through Judet
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Traian Bostan just moved all-in for 128,000 over Toni Judet's open, and the former professional billiards play made the call. He had Queen-Jack which trailed Bostan's Ace-Jack, and the board ran out pure for the at-risk player. With Ace-high he took down the pot and doubled up.

2:04pm: Two more gone
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Despite having just survived that sweat below, Mihai Manole didn't manage to survive much longer. He's been eliminated in 24th, while Ionut Dragos Munteanu is out in 23rd.

1:58pm: A hearty chop
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

There was a pretty sick sweat for Mihai Manole just now. It folded to him in the small blind and he moved all-in with A♦2♣, only to be called by Adrian Nicolae Ionescu in the big blind with the A♥2♥.

It looked destined to be a chop, until we saw the flop: K♥Q♦5♥. Any heart would eliminate Manole, but it came the K♦ and Q♠ and they did indeed split it. 

1:48pm: Turning straight down fourth street pays off for Rosa
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Florin Ionut Pandilica min-opened to 32,000 and got two callers: Florian Rosa in the cut-off, and Moshe Eliyahu from the big blind. The trio saw a K♦T♠6♣ flop land, which they'd all check.

That took us to the A♥ turn, and Eliyahu led for 44,000. Both players called and we went to the river.

It came the 8♦ and it checked to Rosa. He put out a bet of 60,000, and got called by both Eliyahu and Pandilica. We'd never see their cards though; Rosa turned over the Q♦J♣ for the nuts and raked in the chips.

1:38pm: Meet Romania's 6th all-time money winner
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)


Toni Judet

Antoanell 'Toni' Judet is well known around these parts; he sits at number six on Romania's all-time money list with $879,000 in live earnings. His biggest cashes came back in 2008 when he won a €2,000 side event at the EPT4 Grand Final for €156,500, followed by a very deep run in the WSOP main event, finishing 22nd for $257,334.

Judet is still in the running for his first Eureka Poker Tour title here today.

1:33pm: What else is going down?
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

While we're waiting for the main event to kick back off, here's what else is going on today.

The Day 1B flight of the €330 Bucharest Cup begins at 2pm, and the €2,000 high roller plays down to a winner today. At 8pm tonight there's a Eureka NL Holdem Knockout (€100 per knockout) tournament which costs €330 to enter, too.

1:26pm: Redraw time
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

The clock is paused while we redraw for three tables.

1:24pm: Four down already!
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Players haven't been shy about getting their chips in the middle so far today. We've already had four eliminations!

The first to go was Vali Anghel in 28th. He came into the day with just six big blinds, and he got it in good with his A♣T♣ against his opponent's A♠7♠. But there were three spades on the board by the river, and that sent him to collect his €2,860.

Then Alin Petrisor Pandilica was busted. He got his chips in with the J♥K♥ against Mihai Ciorteanu's A♥5♥, and the board ran out 2♣2♥8♥4♥9♣ to give Ciorteanu a flush. Pandilica collected €3,310 for 27th.

Out of nowhere Adam Milewski was also eliminated in 26th for €3,310, followed by Ireland's Gary Clarke in 25th for the same amount.


Fast and furious Day 3

1:10pm: Yahoo for Eliyahu
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Nice to get off to a good start, eh? Moshe Eliyahu came into the day as the second biggest stack, and he's already managed to add a little more to his arsenal.

Yordan Yordanov Mitrentsov opened to 37,000 on the button and Eliyahu came along from the small blind. The two saw a 4♦K♦2♥ flop land, which they'd both check, just as they would on the J♦ turn. When the 8♦ river came, though, Elyahu checked and Mitrentsov took a stab worth 46,000. Eliyahu picked it off with his K♥9♥, while Mitrentsov could just show a Jack as he mucked.

1pm: Cards in the air
Level 21 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

The 28 players are now seated, spread seven-handed over four tables. Shuffle up and deal.

11:45am: Welcome to Day 3 - the business end of Eureka6 Bucharest

When the money gets big, the bust-outs get brutal. It's Day 3 here in beautiful Bucharest, and just 28 of the 579 players who entered this event remain.

Today we'll be playing down to final table of eight, and everyone has their heart set on the €107,350 first-place prize. Right now they're all guaranteed a €2,860 payday, but after just one elimination that'll increase to €3,310.

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Yasen Dichev leads coming into Day 3

The player out in front at the beginning of play today is Bulgaria's Yasen Dichev, who stormed ahead of the pack yesterday afternoon and held the chip lead for the last few levels. He comes into today with 2.047 million.

Close behind him are Israel's Moshe Eliyahu with 1.636 million, and Romania's Razvan Costinel Belea (915,000), Jozsef Liszkovics (912,00), and Antoanell 'Toni' Judet (906,000).

Play starts at 1pm with the blinds at 8,000/16,000 and a 2,000 ante. See you shortly as we tackle the business end.

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

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