€888 Main Event

Who Will Win the 2019 888poker LIVE Bucharest Main Event?

Darius Neagoe 2nd in chips for the final day

A champion will be crowned today at the five-star Intercontinental Bucharest, as the 2019 888poker LIVE Bucharest Festival in cooperation with Pokerfest Romania draws to a conclusion. Only 12 players out of a 505-entry strong field remain to battle for the title, trophy, and top prize of €75,000 in the €888 Main Event.

On top of that, the winner can look forward to a free trip to the Mekka of poker in Las Vegas, as WSOP sponsor 888poker is providing a 2019 WSOP Main Event package worth $12,600 to the eventual champion.

In prime position to lift the trophy are Zhiping Zeng (3,320,000) and Darius Neagoe (3,075,000), who hold a commanding lead over the remaining contenders. All the other 10 hopefuls hold fewer than 20 big blinds each when the action resumes at 1.15 p.m. local time with level 27 and blinds of 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante.

That includes Bogdan Nicolae (1,190,000), Cristian Matei (1,110,000), Aldo Monteleone (1,095,000), Mihai Gheonu (1,020,000), Nicolae Suciu (1,000,000), Derek Reid (825,000), Ran Shahar (710,000), Jose Manuel Planells Castillo (670,000), Raoul Iancovici (625,000), and Helder Ferreira (500,000). Several of the shorter stacks were all in and at risk just shy of bagging and tagging last night, but a dozen will return to their seats in order to play down a champion in the Romanian capital.

Day 3 Seat Assignments

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Derek ReidUnited Kingdom825,00013
12Helder FerreiraPortugal500,0008
13Nicolae SuciuRomania1,000,00017
15Cristian MateiRomania1,110,00018
17Jose Manuel Planells CastilloSpain670,00011
18Bogdan NicolaeRomania1,190,00020
21Mihai GheonuRomania1,020,00017
22Darius NeagoeRomania3,075,00051
23Aldo MonteleoneItaly1,095,00018
24Zhiping ZengChina3,320,00055
26Ran ShaharIsrael710,00012
28Raoul IancoviciRomania625,00010

The tournament continues with the popular big blind ante and 30-second shot clock, and it is anybody's game to take home the coveted 888poker LIVE trophy. While the level duration remains at 40 minutes at the start of the final day, it will increase to 60 minutes each once the final table has been determined.

Remaining Payouts

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Besides the €888 Main Event, the €1,700 High Roller will also determine a champion today as well. Defending champion and 888poker ambassador Ana Marquez is among the 22 players out of 28 entries that survived the first eight levels on Day 1 and Johan Guilbert tops the overnight counts.

Fellow ambassadors Martin Jacobson and Chris Moorman also bagged up chips, and Sofia Lovgren may join again. The late registration remains open for the first two levels and the High Roller action kicks off at 2 p.m. local time.

The PokerNews team will be on the floor to provide updates for the €888 Main Event until the conclusion, and a live stream with hole cards displayed on a 30-minute delay will also be available on the 888poker social media channels.

Photos courtesy of Gema Cristobal / 888poker

Tags: 888pokerAldo MonteleoneAna MarquezBogdan NicolaeChris MoormanCristian MateiDarius NeagoeDerek ReidHelder FerreiraJohan GuilbertJose Manuel Planells CastilloMartin JacobsonMihai GheonuNicolae SuciuRan ShaharRaoul IancoviciSofia LovgrenWSOPZhiping Zeng