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Alexandar Denishev Leads Last 31 Into Final Day of WSOP Circuit Main Event in Rozdavov

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  • Alexandar Denishev leads the final 31 players into Day 3 of the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Rozdavov.

The second and penultimate day of the World Series of Poker Circuit €1,650 Main Event at King's Casino in Rozvadov saw 282 players return to the tables with more than 30 late entrants bumping the overall field to 715. The top 80 spots shared a portion of the €1,021,911 prize pool, and it was former pot-limit Omaha world champion and Rozvadov PLO High Roller runner-up Jan-Peter Jachtmann that bubbled.

The German had flopped a set, but could not fade the flush draw of Süleyman Erdar to miss out on the money. Other notables such as Michal Polchlopek, Thomas Butzhammer, Erich Kollmann, Roger Hairabedian, Aleksandar Tomovic, Sam Grafton, Scott Hanna, Day 1b chip leader Marcin Wydrowski, Erwann Pecheux, Micha Hoedemaker, and Sasa Lalos shared the same fate.

Once in the money, Zeus-Jan Post was sent to the rail straight away. Other familiar faces such as Super High Roller third-place finisher Pierre Mothes and runner-up Martin Kabrhel also quickly fell, as did Pavel Binar and Mario Eder.

Paul Ciaca busted in bizarre circumstances against Dragan Simeunovic and the next fireworks came soon after when Jakub Piwowarski looked set to double up only to lose against the running aces of Marius-Alexandru Gicovanu.

Alexandar Denishev was a short stack before the bubble and then hit a four-outer against Jacek Pustula to stay in the tournament. In the money, Denishev shot towards the top of the leader board by eliminating Ömer Cubukcu and Atik Miah in the same hand.

WSOP Circuit ranking leader Marek Blasko also fell on the penultimate level of the day, and 2015 WSOP bracelet winner Paul Michaelis vanished at the start of Level 23.

Ultimately, 31 players advanced to the final day and Denishev claimed the lead with 1,633,000. He's followed by 2015 WPT National Vienna champion Zoltan Gal (1,572,000) and the aforementioned Erdar (1,569,000). Other big stacks and notables include Michael Magalashvili (1,394,000), Quirin Zech (1,048,000), Rozvadov Circuit ring winners Miltiadis Kyriakides (783,000) and Vasili Firsau (415,000), Aleksei Ivanov (753,000), and Amir Mozaffarian (593,000).

Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Alexandar Denishev1,633,000
2Zoltan Gal1,572,000
3Süleyman Erdar1,569,000
4Michael Magalashvili1,394,000
5Marius-Alexandru Gicovanu1,220,000
6Andrew King1,112,000
7Quirin Zech1,048,000
8Johnny Hansen882,000
9Thomas Erler861,000
10Dragan Simeunovic789,000

Action will resume on Monday at 14:00 local time with Level 24 and blinds of 10,000/20,000 with a running ante of 3,000. All players have €4,680 locked up for their efforts, but all eyes are set on the coveted WSOP Circuit gold ring as well as the first-place prize of €206,927. The tournament is scheduled to play down to a winner on Monday, and there will also be a live stream available as of 18:30 local time on a security delay of 30 minutes. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be there until the champion is crowned, so you won't miss any of the key hands.

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