2019 888poker LIVE Festival Bucharest

€888 Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2019 888poker LIVE Festival Bucharest

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
kj
Prize
€62,300
Event Info
Buy-in
€888
Prize Pool
€387,638
Entries
505
Level Info
Level
32
Blinds
100,000 / 200,000
Ante
200,000

€888 Main Event

Day 1a Completed

Virlanuta Leads Last 17 After Day 1a; Niste and Dedusha Advance

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Stuart Sewell 2nd in chips on Day 1b
Stuart Sewell 2nd in chips on Day 1b

The first of four starting days of the 2019 888poker LIVE Bucharest €888 Main Event finished with 17 players out of 67 remaining and it is Marian Virlanuta that bagged up the chip lead in the ballroom of the five-star Intercontinental Bucharest Hotel.

Virlanuta raced to the top in the final level of the night and claimed 284,500, edging past Stuart Sewell (262,500) and Alexandru Constantin (239,500), and there is already a big gap between the trio atop and the remaining Day 1a survivors. Notables that made it through to Day 2 via the first starting day include Mihai Niste (127,500), Andrei Iordache (108,000), Vlad Tatu (102,500), Alexandru Gavrilut (102,000) and Artan Dedusha (92,500).

Artan Dedusha
Artan Dedusha

For Dedusha, it was a roller coaster day after he entered late and immediately found himself next to his best friend Kfir Ivgi as well as Carmen Zainescu. Dedusha got short, chipped up and hit a hot streak after the dinner break to become a contender for the chip lead. But a lost flip with ace-queen versus pocket tens cut his momentum short and the Brit finished in the middle of the pack.

Other notables were even less fortunate such as 888poker ambassador Ana Marquez, Raoul Iancovici, Defending champion Andrei Racolta, Ozgur Arda, Danut Chisu, Eusebiu Jalba, Andrea Nodea, Bogdan Berinde, Florin Pandilica and Aussie Poker Hall of Famer Jason Gray. Marquez was left short early on and failed to get there with ace-queen versus queens. Racolta lost a flip with pocket nines against the ace-queen of Mihai Niste. Fellow countryman Pandilica had two rough beats: First his queens were cracked by ace-queen as Stuart Sewell spiked an ace on the turn, then a flopped set of deuces could not hold up against a straight and flush draw.

All those that busted on Day 1a can re-enter in any of the remaining three starting days. In the meanwhile, one of the Side Events has already crowned a champion today. The €230 Opening Event, which drew a total of 300 entries and surpassed the guaranteed prize pool of €50,000, saw 47 players return for Day 2. Only the top 36 spots were ensured a portion of the €56,400 in prize money and the event ended with a deal, with five and three players remaining.

Among those to cash were Ramlal Basdeo (34th place - €410), Andrei Nodea (31st -€410), Mihai Banu (22nd - €550}, Or Amitai (18th - €650), and Lucian Bera (13th, €1,000). With the elimination of Canada's Manfred Sierke in 11th place for €1,120, a Romanian victory was secured. Sorin Radulescu was the chip leader heading into the nine-handed final table and took home the most money after the deals were cut.

Final Result €230 Opening Event

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
1Sorin RadulescuRomania€8,270*$9,345
2Viorel GavrilaRomania€7,000*$7,910
3Bogdan SirbuRomania€7,000*$7,910
4Igor PirnauRomania€5,000*$5,650
5Narcis Gabriel NedelcuRomania€5,000*$5,650
6Florin RotilaRomania€2,580$2,915
7Nicolae PopaRomania€2,000$2,260
8Marius SoareRomania€1,550$1,752
9Ionut DecherRomania€1,300$1,469

*Denotes five-handed deal

Another three flights remain for players to join the action in the €888 Main Event and take home a portion of the €300,000 guarantee. Day 1b will kick off on Wednesday, March 6th, at 1 p.m. local time and the PokerNews team will be there to cover all the action until a champion is crowned.

Photos courtesy of Gema Cristobal / 888poker

Tags: 888pokerAlexandru ConstantinAna MarquezAndrei RacoltaArtan DedushaFlorin PandilicaJason GrayManfred SierkeMarian VirlanutaMihai NisteOzgur ArdaRamlal BasdeoSorin RadulescuStuart SewellVlad Tatu

End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Marian Virlanuta ro
Marian Virlanuta
284,500
114,500
114,500
Day 1A Chip Leader
Stuart Sewell gb
Stuart Sewell
262,500
42,500
42,500
Alexandru Constantin ro
Alexandru Constantin
239,500
24,500
24,500
Stefan Aurelian Gheorghe ro
Stefan Aurelian Gheorghe
146,500
11,500
11,500
Mihai Niste ro
Mihai Niste
127,500
77,500
77,500
Gabriel Ploscaru ro
Gabriel Ploscaru
122,500
Andrei Grigoras ro
Andrei Grigoras
109,000
86,700
86,700
Andrei Iordache ro
Andrei Iordache
108,000
-12,000
-12,000
Vlad Tatu ro
Vlad Tatu
102,500
8,500
8,500
Alexandru Gavrilut ro
Alexandru Gavrilut
102,000
27,000
27,000
George Dimuleasa ro
George Dimuleasa
98,500
-31,500
-31,500
Artan Dedusha gb
Artan Dedusha
92,500
-22,500
-22,500
Ionut Bordianu ro
Ionut Bordianu
55,000
30,000
30,000
Mugurel Stancu ro
Mugurel Stancu
51,000
-12,000
-12,000
Ana Maria Cosma ro
Ana Maria Cosma
41,500
10,900
10,900
Petrica Lalu ro
Petrica Lalu
36,000
-24,000
-24,000
Adrian Calusaru ro
Adrian Calusaru
26,500
-31,500
-31,500

Late Casualties

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Jason Gray
Jason Gray

Jason Gray had nursed a short stack for quite some time and eventually bowed out. The Aussie, who calls the UK his home these days, was joined on the rail by Andrei Nodea, Catalin Popa and Teodor Cap Bun.

In the meanwhile, Stuart Sewell has increased his stack and may very well be the chip leader when it comes to bagging and tagging.

Player Chips Progress
Stuart Sewell gb
Stuart Sewell
220,000
80,000
80,000
Andrei Nodea ro
Andrei Nodea
Busted
Jason Gray gb
Jason Gray
Busted
Catalin Popa ro
Catalin Popa
Busted
Teodor Cap Bun ro
Teodor Cap Bun
Busted

Tags: Andrei NodeaCatalin PopaJason GrayTeodor CapTeodor Cap BunStuart Sewell

Rough Beat for Pandilica

Level 12 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

Florin Pandilica had lost queens to ace-queen and when he was about to get right back into contention, he ended up second-best once more. It was a battle with Alexandru Constantin that saw Pandilica ran out of chips in dramatic fashion.

Pandilica opened to 4,200 on the button and Constantin called in the small blind. The flop came {q-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and Constantin check-raised from 2,700 to 5,900, which Pandilica called. After the {7-Spades} turn, Constantin pushed all in and Pandilica called.

Florin Pandilica: {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}
Alexandru Constantin: {4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}

The {8-Diamonds} river improved Constantin to a flush and Pandilica headed to the rail.

Player Chips Progress
Alexandru Constantin ro
Alexandru Constantin
190,000
-20,000
-20,000
Florin Pandilica ro
Florin Pandilica
Busted

Tags: Alexandru ConstantinFlorin PandilicaPandilica Florin

Level: 12

Blinds: 1,000/2,000

Ante: 2,000

The Chips Are Flying Again

Level 11 : 800/1,600, 1,600 ante

Denis Poteras was eliminated and Andre Marques Moreira followed to the rail. First he doubled Dumitru Pora blind-on-blind with {7-Spades}{6-Diamonds} versus {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} on a {k-Hearts}{8-Spades}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{k-Spades} board.

Then, Stefan Aurelian Gheorghe opened to 3,500 and called the jam by Artan Dedusha in the big blind for effectively 63,300.

Stefan Aurelian Gheorghe: {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}
Artan Dedusha: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

The {q-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{3-Diamonds} flop gave Dedusha top pair, but Gheorghe middle set, and the {6-Diamonds} turn settled things already. A meaningless {7-Clubs} came on the river and Dedusha took a big hit to his stack.

Dedusha then knocked out Marques Moreira to recover some of the losses before Pora also ran out of chips shortly after.

Player Chips Progress
Stefan Aurelian Gheorghe ro
Stefan Aurelian Gheorghe
135,000
90,000
90,000
Artan Dedusha gb
Artan Dedusha
115,000
-75,000
-75,000
Dumitru Pora ro
Dumitru Pora
Busted
Denis Poteras ro
Denis Poteras
Busted
Andre Marques Moreira pt
Andre Marques Moreira
Busted

Tags: Andre Marques MoreiraArtan DedushaDenis PoterasDumitru PoraStefan Aurelian Gheorghe