11.35pm: Break Time
For the next 15 minutes players are on a break. You’ll find the next levels updates in a new post here.
11.30pm: Berka out in 21st
Pavel Berka, who finished 20th in Prague is the 21st place finisher here in Nova Gorica. Down to under 40,000 he re-raised all-in with [A][J] but the original raiser, Simeon Todorov had [A][K] which held.
11.25pm: Chip counts
I’ve updated the chip counts page, click here to see the latest counts. There’s no runaway leader at present, it’s pretty bunched.
11.20pm: Two exits
Adrian Mihalache is out in 23rd and Filip Bedzinski is out in 22nd. I caught the second exit as the dealer was pushing the pot to Libor Behro, who had pocket queens, Bedzinski A♥8♥ and the full board was K♦5♥9♥6♠3♦.
11.10pm: One man out but no post-bubble carnage
With the bubble having dragged on a fair while it could be reasonably expected that there might be some post bubble carnage But whilst one man is out – Alessandro Caria the first to trouble the cashiers desk, Simeon Todorov doing the damage – there has been no madness gripping the remaining players. Keep calm and carry on seems to be the motto.
10.55pm: The bubble has burst
As expected it was Zjelko Adzaga who is the unfortunate 25th place finisher, A♥10♦ was good enough for him to get his last 8,000 in with but Igor Loncar (previously reported as Ioncar) found pocket aces. And Adzaga was drawing dead by the river on a 5♣K♠4♦6♠K♣ board.
10.35pm: The bubble continues
There’s yet to be a single all-in showdown during the 50 minutes that the bubble has been going on for. The shortest stack is Zeljko Adzaga who has just 8,000 left, but he’s got seven hands before the big blind comes round to him.
But Alain Medesan has provided some light entertainment by building an amazing chip structure that is pictured below.
10.10pm: Still on the bubble
The bubble is yet to burst here in Nova Gorica. There’s been a couple of all-ins from short stacks but no calls as of yet. Something’s got to give soon as there are a few stacks in the 10-20 big blind range.
9.45pm: On the bubble
We’re down to 25 players here, Marius Zuber has just exited and the players are now playing hand for hand.
9.35pm: Back from the break
Cards are back in the air and the clock informs me that 27 players remain, Viliyan Petleshkov with around 250,000 is still the man to catch.
8.35pm: Dinner break
The remaining players are now on a one hour dinner break.
8.20pm: Chip counts
Here’s a few chip counts for some of the 29 remaining players:
Igor Ioncar – 152,000
Filip Bedzinski – 63,000
Tadeas Kozdon – 110,000
Mitch Johnson – 97.000
Miha Staric – 160,000
Pavel Berka – 105,000
Luca Formisano – 142,000
Dorde Jovanovic – 154,000
Alain Medesan – 167,000
29 players remain, average stack is 109, 137.
8.05pm: Spaniard scoops with a straight
Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez was the runner up in the inaugural Eureka Poker Tour event in Prague and he’s just done his chances of making back to back final tables, let alone cashes, the world of good.
In the hand in question it folded round to Alain Medesan on the button and he raised just over the minimum to 4,900 total. Both Marius Zuba (small blind) and Rodriguez (big blind) made the call.
The flop fell Q♦8♣J♠ and Zuba led out for 7,500, only Rodriquez called. The turn was the A♦ and Zuba checked to Rodriguez who bet 9,000, call from Zuba. The K♣ completed the board and Zuba checked again to Rodriguez who bet 24,000 and this time after a longer dwell Zuba called, Rodriguez showed K♦10♥ for a straight and Zuba mucked. The Spaniard is now up to around 180,000.
7.55pm: Bulgarians leading the way
Viliyan Petleshkov from Bulgaria is now the new chip leader with around 290,000 winning a pot with just ace high apparently.
7.45pm: Will the bubble burst before the break?
There are currently 32 players left and 24 will get paid. There’s 50 minutes left before the players go on a one hour dinner break. It’s going to be a close run thing but I suspect they’ll be a few player sweating through dinner as I reckon they’ll be 26 or 27 left at the end of this level.
7.30pm: Korodi takes a chunk for former chip leader
Dalibor Korodi just took a nice pot from Dorde Jovanovic. The latter raised to 5,300 from under-the-gun and Korodi (big blind) was the only caller. The flop was 2♦10♣6♣ and Korodi check-called a bet of 10,000. The turn was the 6♥ and again Korodi check-called a bet of 10,000. The river was the 10♥ and Korodi led for 25,500 and Jovanovic made the call but mucked when Korodi showed pocket queens.
7.20pm: Huge pot
The action was started by Daniel Todorov who raised to 5,300 from the cut-off, Alexandru Popovici then three-bet to 14,500 from the button. It folded back to Todorov and he made the call.
The flop was 6♦3♣5♠ and Todorov check-called a bet of 14,500. Both players checked the 2♦ turn to see the A♥ fall on the river. Once again Todorov checked and Popovici then moved all-in for 59,000 total. This sent Todorov deep into the tank and he stood up to consider his action, cut out the call, thought some more and then eventually called.
Popovici: K♦J♣ for king high
Todorov: A♣K♦ for top pair
Todorov had Popovici covered and is now the chip leader with around 250,000.
7.05pm: Down to four tables
Sasa Stancic is the latest casualty and with his exit, 36 players remain and are spread out over four tables of nine.
6.55pm: Dorde still out in front
During the break the dealers did chip counts and what that tells us is that Dorde Jovanovic (188,000) is still leading the way, Libor Behro (161,300) is second and Igor Ioncar (159,000) is in third. Hot on their heels in the chasing pack are players such as Alain Medesan (144,000) and Miha Staric (130,000).
6.30pm: Level 13 Underway
The remaining 43 players are back in their seats at the five tables still in use. Below is Libor Behro he has 161,300 and is amongst the chip leaders.
PokerStars Blog reporting team at Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Nick Wright. Photos courtesy of Manuel Kovsca.