Eureka6 Bucharest: Final table live updates


6:05pm: It's all over! A sick final hand sees Avishai Shitrit win Eureka6 Bucharest for €107,350
Level 29 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

What a way to end. Even though Moshe Eliyahu was short, it still took a sick hand to finish him off.

Shitrit made it 200,000 to go on the button and Eliyahu came along. The flop came the 5♣3♣6♦ and Eliyahu checked before calling a 150,000 c-bet. That took us to the K♦ on the turn and Eliyahu checked again. Avishai bet again for 300,000 and Eliyahu moved all-in for around 700,000. Shitrit snap-called.

The sick thing? Both had flopped straights. Shitrit had the higher end with the 4♣7♥, while Eliyahu had the 2♦4♦. A 2♥ river changed nothing.

For his runner-up finish Eliyahu wins €66,950, while your Eureka6 Bucharest champ is Avishai Shitrit, who wins €107,350!

We'll be back soon with a full re-cap of the day.

5:58pm: Shoving every button
Level 29 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Moshe Eliyahu is moving all-in every time he's on the button, while Avishai Shitrit is openeing to 200,000 every time. A lot of back and forth, but Eliyahu is very short right now with just eight big blinds.


5:47pm: Heads-up begins
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

We're off. Can the birthday boy Moshe Eliyahu forge a comeback?

5:40pm: Heads-up between the two pals
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Two Israelis. Two friends. One rail. €107,350 to win; €66,950 already guaranteed.

Avishai Shitrit has a huge chip lead, but anything can happen. The players are taking a short break - we'll be back soon.


Eliyahu and Shitrit


Avishai ShitritIsrael 12,560,000
Moshe EliyahuIsrael 1,765,000

5:35pm: Jozsef Liszkovics is out in third for €47,910
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

The biggest pot of the tournament so far has just sent the last Romanian player, Jozsef Liszkovics, out in third place.

He started the hand with a button open to 200,000 and Avishai Shitrit called from the big blind. The flop came the J♠4♠A♥ and Shitrit check-called a c-bet of 150,000, before also check-calling a bet of 500,000 on the 3♠ turn.

Finally the 2♠ landed on the river, bringing four spades to the flush. Shitrit took his time and led out for 2 million, and after getting an exact count Liszkovics moved all-in. Shitrit snap-called and here's why:

Shitrit: A♠6♦
Liszkovics: K♠7♦

The Ace-high flush flushed away the King-high flush and we're now heads-up.

Jozsef Liszkovics_finalbuch.jpg

Jozsef Liszkovic out in third

5:24pm: Shitrit gets stronger at friend's expense
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Avishai Shitrit and Moshe Eliyahu have sat next to each other this whole final table. The two are both from Israel and are clearly friends, sharing a strong rail today.

There's no love lost at the poker table though. On a 6♠J♠6♣K♣ board, Eliyahu called a bet of 200,000 from Shitrit. Then on the T♦ he called a bet of 525,000. Shitrit showed the 6♥7♣ for trips and Eliyahu mucked.

Avishai Shitrit - 7.85 million
Jozsef Liszkovics - 4.5 million
Moshe Eliyahu - 1.8 million

5:14pm: Three-handed
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Jozsef LiszkovicsRomaniaPokerStars Player6,950,000
Avishai ShitritIsrael 4,425,000
Moshe EliyahuIsrael 2,625,000

5:06pm: Shitrit takes some from chip leader
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Right after Dichev's bust, Avishai Shitrit won a big pot to take some of Jozsef Liszkovics' new chips. Liszkovics rivered a set of eights, but that river also gave Shitrit a straight. The pot was worth around 3.7 million.

4:55pm: Yasen Dichev falls in fourth for €37,070
Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Well, after we were just bigging him up, the Bulgarian has busted.

Moshe Eliyahu made it 160,000 and Yasen Dichev flatted from the small blind. Jozsef Liszkovics then made it 460,000 to go and that got Eliyahu to fold, but Dochev then moved all-in for around 2.95 million. Liszkovics didn't take long to call with the Q♣Q♦, while it was the 9♥9♠ for Dichev.

The flop crushed the Bulgarian as it came the 4♦3♠Q♥, followed by the 3♦ and the 2♥.

Dichev will collect €37,070, while Liszkovics has a firm grasp on the chip lead with around 7.5 million.


Dichev finishes fourth


4:36pm: Brilliant call by Dichev
Level 27 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

The action was on Yasen Dichev in the small blind, and with no raises in front of him he he opted to limp. Jozsef Liszkovics bumped it up to 160,000 from the big blind and Dichev came along.

They saw a 5♦5♣Q♣ flop which Dichev checked to the raiser. Liszkovics continued for 150,000 and was called, taking us to the A♦ turn. Both checked, and the T♥ fell on the river. Dichev checked again, and Liszkovics stabbed at the pot for 260,000. Dichev snap-called and showed the K♣8♦ for just King-high with the shared pair of fives. That was good, as Liszkovics had only the 4♦9♦.

A great call from the Bulgarian who has proven himself to be a very talented player throughout this tournament.


Don't mess with Dichev

4:29pm: Razvan Belea out in fifth for €29,200
Level 27 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Not long after the clock incident, It folded to Razvan Belea in the cut-off and he moved all-in for 760,000. Jozsef Liszkovics called from the small blind and the cards were flipped.

Belea: A♥9♣
Liszkovics: K♠Q♦

Turned out the at-risk player was ahead, but not after the Q♠5♠7♥ flop. The 6♥ on the turn gave him a gutshot, but the J♣ river sealed the deal. Belea takes home €29,200 and we're down to four.


Belea's outta here

4:21pm: Belea calls the clock...on himself
Level 27 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Nothing like a bit of silliness to break the final table tension. After Moshe Eliyahu opened to 125,000 and Avishai Shitrit called from the cut-off, the action was on Razvan Belea on the button. The Romanian took a long time to act and kept staring at Yasen Dichev in the small blind.

Turns out there was a reason he hadn't acted - he thought he'd folded already. He said "Time" - asking for the clock on Dichev - and every player turned and looked a little surprised. "It's on you!" said the dealer, and Belea apologised and made a speedy fold. Laughs ensued, but an interesting hand didn't.

4:15pm: Current chip counts
Level 27 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Moshe EliyahuIsrael 3,825,000
Avishai ShitritIsrael 3,800,000
Yasen DichevBulgaria 3,600,000
Jozsef LiszkovicsRomaniaPokerStars Player2,900,000
Razvan Costinel BeleaRomaniaPokerStars Player850,000

4:02pm: The birthday boy gets a present
Level 27 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

"Yes! Thank you! It's my best day!"

Those were the words of Moshe Eliyahu, the Israeli player who is celebrating his birthday by playing this final table. Well, Razvan Belea just gave him his gift which inspired his speech.

Jozsef Liszkovics opened to 145,000 from the cut-off and Eliyahu called on the button. Razvan Belea came along too and the three saw a J♦7♥T♣ flop. It checked around and the Q♥ hit the turn, which Belea checked. Now Liszkovics led for 170,000 which Eliyahu called, only for Belea to raise it to 485,000. Liszkovics got out the way, and Eliyahu went into the tank. After around three minutes Yasen Dichev called the clock, and ten seconds later Eliyahu called.

The river was the A♠ and now Belea checked, resulting in a 475,000 bet from Eliyahu. Belea thought for about a minute before calling, only for Eliyahu to slam down his K♣T♦ straight and say those words.

When the chips were pushed Eliyahu's way, Belea told the table he had eight-nine for a flopped straight. Meanwhile, Eliyahu just told everyone it was his birthday.

He's up to 3.825 million now, while Belea has dropped again to 850,000.

3:50pm: Belea hits lucky river to survive
Level 27 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Razvan Belea lost a chunk of his chips in a hand with Avishai Shitrit, when on the river of a 6♥A♠J♠2♠8♠ board he bluffed 280,000 into a 500,000 pot and mucked when Shitrit called. Shitrit showed just the 8♠.

He was down to 750,000 and he'd move all-in shortly after over a 125,000 open from Moshe Eliyahu, who'd then call. He had the A♦J♥ - ahead of Belea's Q♥9♥.

The 5♥3♠5♦ flop was bad for Belea, and the T♣ didn't help him either. But then the 9♣ hit the river and gasps echoed from the strong Israeli rail. Belea doubles to 1.6 million and Eliyahu dips to 2.285 million.


Razvan Belea survives

3:35pm: Chip counts going into Level 27
Level 27 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Jozsef LiszkovicsRomaniaPokerStars Player3,760,000
Yasen DichevBulgaria 3,300,000
Moshe EliyahuIsrael 2,935,000
Avishai ShitritIsrael 2,400,000
Razvan Costinel BeleaRomaniaPokerStars Player1,435,000

3:20pm: Take a break
Level 26 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

After a few raise-and-take-its and flop c-bets getting through, players are now taking a 15-minute break. See you shortly.

3pm: Liszkovics recovers immediately!
Level 26 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

After losing that big pot to Avishai Shitrit below, Jozsef Liszkovics has already managed to double up courtesy of Bulgaria's Yasen Dachev.

The two got it in on the turn of a K♥5♠7♥9♠ board - the 7♦9♦ for Dichev giving him two pair, and the 6♥8♥ for Liszkovics giving him the straight. The river came the J♦ and Liszkovics doubled to around 3 million, which Dichev has just slightly more than that.

2:45pm: Big momentum shift for Shitrit
Level 26 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

What a hand for Israel's Avishai Shitrit. He opened to 100,000 on the under the gun and was three-bet by Jozsef Liszkovics from the small blind to 275,000. After making the call, the two saw a A♥J♣T♣ flop land and Liszkovics check-called a bet of 175,000.

The turn was the 5♥ and Shitrit bet again after it was checked to him. He made it 325,000 and Liszkovics came along once more.

Finally the 7♠ fell on the river and Liszkovics checked. Shitrit moved all-in for 715,000. Liszkovics thought for a good few minutes before chucking in a calling chip, and Shitrit turned over the K♥Q♦ for the nut straight as quik as he good. Liszkovics had the wind knocked out of him as his A♣5♠ two pair was no good, and he's down to 1.4 million while Shitrit moved up to 3.04 million.


Avishai Shitrit


2:32pm: Carmen Zainescu sent home in sixth for €22,860
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

She came into the final table with less than 20 big blinds (17 to be exact) but Carmen Zainescu didn't get the double up she desperately needed to make a run at this thing.

After Jozsef Liszkovics opened to 90,000, Zainescu jammed for her last 505,000 and after getting a count Liszkovics tossed in a chip to call.

Zainescu: A♥8♦
Liszkovics: A♠Q♥

Zainescu needed some help and picked up some on the 2♣6♦9♣ flop and T♥ turn. Now any seven would give her a straight, but the river was the 9♠ and that was the end of her Eureka6 Bucharest run.


Zainescu out in sixth

We started following the popular local player early on in this tournament, and as one of only four women who played this main event it was great to see her make it all the way to the final table. GG and enjoy the €22,860!

2:26pm: The birthday boy
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Today is Moshe Eliyahu's 28th birthday - and what a way to spend it, on a final table in which you're guaranteed to win your biggest ever career score.


Moshe Eliyahu

Thing is, this isn't a new experience for Eliyahu. While not a tournament on this scale, last year on his 27th birthday Eliyahu was on another final table at a tournament in Prague, which he won for around €8K.

Can he make it back to back wins on his birthday?

2:16pm: Million chip pot to Eliyahu
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

It's been a fantastic start for Moshe Eliyahu, having increased his stack by 800,000 already. He min-opened and got two callers in Razvan Belea and Jozsef Liszkovics. They all saw a 5♥J♠6♥ flop which Eliyahu checked and Belea led for 120,000. Both called.

A Q♠ turn brought another check from Eliyahu and another bet from Belea, this time worth 215,000. Liszkovics and Eliyahu called again to see the J♦ fall on the river.

Again, there'd be no more action with everyone checking. Eliyahu revealed his J♥3♥ for trips and that was good enough to win thanks to the river Jack. Belea showed his A♥K♥ for a missed nut flush draw, so maybe one pair was ahead anyway.

Eliyahu now has 3.3 million, while Belea drops to 2.25 million and Liszkovics 2.35 million.

2:05pm: Belea draws first blood
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Moshe Eliyahu (it's his birthday don't ya know? More on that later) opened to 80,000 under the gun and got one call from Razvan Belea. The flop came the 3♦3♣6♦ and Eliyahu continued for 100,000, which Belea matched.

The 5♣ landed on the turn and the player from Israel continued again with a 115,000 bet. Belea called once more taking us to the 9♦ river. The action stopped here as both checked, and Belea's A♠K♦ was beating Eliyahu's Q♣J♣ to take it down.


Final table of six

2pm: Here we go...
Level 25 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

The players are in their seats and the clock has restarted. Time to get cards in the air!

1pm: Who will become the first ever Eureka Bucharest champ?

This event was the first time the Eureka poker tour had ever held a stop in Romania in all its five seasons so far. Eureka6 Bucharest was a big success, with 579 players - including Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu - coming to the InterContinental Hotel and paying €1,000 for their shot at the title.

Now the time has come to crown a champion. 

There are just six players remaining, as we already lost two players from the final table of eight before play ended yesterday. Here's how they stack up:

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

Yesterday we got to know our final table players a little better - take a look at the player profiles here.

And here's what they're playing for:

1. €107,350.00  
2. €66,950.00  
3. €47,910.00  
4. €37,070.00  
5. €29,200.00  
6. €22,860.00

Join us at 2pm when the final table action kicks off.

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
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