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Day 1b Completed

Rosen Simeonov Dominates Day 1b of the PokerNews Cup Kulata Main Event

Jaxon • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Rosen Simeonov
Rosen Simeonov

The second of four opening flights of the 2019 PokerNews Cup Kulata €550 Main Event at Finix Casino is in the books after 14 blinds levels of 30 minutes each.

Day 1b attracted 28 entrants including five reentries, all of which were from Bulgaria and Greece to bring the total field up to 52 entrants between the two starting flights.

By the end of the day, the field was trimmed down to just five players, each of which will enter Day 2 already in the money with each flight playing down to 15 percent of the field.

Bulgaria's Rosen Simeonov bagged almost half the chips in play and will head to Saturday's Day 2 with a big stack of 640,000 in chips. This places him ahead of Day 1a chip leader Marian Ivanov who managed to bag a healthy stack of 580,000 in chips.

Simeonov took a considerable lead early in the day and never looked back with no other player ever coming close to his chip stack.

Others to find a bag on Day 1b included Vasileios Gkogkas (second - 229,000), Andreas Chalkiadakis (third - 204,000), Eduart Eranosyan (fourth - 200,000), and Christos Kechagias (fifth - 126,000).

PlayerCountryChips
Rosen SimeonovBulgaria640,000
Vasileios GkogkasGreece229,000
Andreas ChalkiadakisGreece204,000
Edduart EranosyanBulgaria132,000
Christos KechagiasGreece126,000

By the time late registration closed at the end of Level 12, just nine players remained. Bulgaria's Hristo Bogdanov and Greece's Nikolaos Pomonis were the last of the players eliminated before late registration closed not to reenter. In the same hand, Pomonis got it in with sixes and Bogdanov with sevens. They were both in both behind the queens held by Kechagias who called after the duo were both all-in and were never able to catch up.

Greece's Dimitrios Dimitros was the first out after late-registration closed. Bulgaria's Diyan Stanev was the next to go after he couldn't win a flip with tens against the big slick held by Gkogkas.

Sotirios Koutoupas
Sotirios Koutoupas finishes two shy of the money on Day 1b of the PokerNews Cup Kulata Main Event.

Former EPT Main Event champion Sotirios Koutoupas was the next to go when he tried to make a move with his short stack against Simeonov.

Shortly after, the bubble broke. Vasileios Tsaknis jammed for 18 big blinds with top pair holding king-queen on a king-three-four flop with two diamonds and was called by Simeonov with king-jack of diamonds. The turn was a blank but a jack came on the river to give Simeonov two pair.

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back to cover Day 1c of the Main Event at 1 p.m. EEST on Friday, May 17. Later in the day, the turbo Day 1d flight will also take place. Those bagging chips during those two flights will join the nine others that successfully did so on the first two opening flights for two more days of action on May 18-19.

Final Five on Day 1b of the PokerNews Cup Main Event
Final Five on Day 1b of the PokerNews Cup Main Event

*Images courtesy of Katerina Lukina.

Tags: Andreas ChalkiadakisChristos KechagiasDimitrios DimitrosDiyan StanevEdduart EranosyanFinix CasinoHristo BogdanovMarian IvanovNikolaos PomonisPokerNews CupRosen SimeonovSotirios KoutoupasVasileios GkogkasVasileios Tsaknis

Final Chip Counts

Jaxon • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Here is a look at the final chip stacks. Rosen Simeonov, who was in the lead most of the day, bagged nearly half the chips on Day 1b and is also ahead of Day 1a chip leader Marian Ivanov who bagged 580,000.

Stay tuned for the Day 1b recap of the PokerNews Cup Kulata Main Event.

Rosen Simeonov BG
Rosen Simeonov
BG 640,000
Vasileios Gkogkas GR
Vasileios Gkogkas
GR 229,000 49,000
Andreas Chalkiadakis gr
Andreas Chalkiadakis
gr 204,000 4,000
Eduart Eranosyan BG
Eduart Eranosyan
BG 200,000 200,000
Christos Kechagias GR
Christos Kechagias
GR 126,000 6,000

Tags: Marian IvanovPokerNews CupRosen Simeonov

Tsaknis Out on the Day 1b Bubble

Jaxon • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Vasileios Tsaknis
Vasileios Tsaknis

Three players checked before Vasileios Tsaknis jammed for 53,000 with the {k-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} on the flop. Rosen Simeonov called and the other two players folded.

Vasileios Tsaknis: {k-Hearts}{q-Spades}
Rosen Simeonov: {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}

Tsaknis had top pair with the best kicker but he needed to fade any jack or any diamond. The {8-Clubs} on the turn was a safe card but the {j-Clubs} on the river gave his opponent two pair and he bubbled Day 1b.

Rosen Simeonov BG
Rosen Simeonov
BG 640,000 190,000
Vasileios Tsaknis gr
Vasileios Tsaknis
gr Busted

Tags: Rosen SimeonovVasileios Tsaknis

Set of Treys for Kechagias

Jaxon • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Christos Kechagias check-raised the {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{k-Hearts} flop from 7,500 to 20,000 and Vasileios Tsaknis called.

Kechagias jammed for 34,500 after the {10-Clubs} came on the turn. Tsaknis asked for a count before he made the call.

Kechagias turned over {3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and Tsaknis turned over {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}. Kechagias doubled up after his opponent didn't nail a flush with the {6-Clubs} completing the board on the river.

Christos Kechagias GR
Christos Kechagias
GR 120,000 -24,000
Vasileios Tsaknis gr
Vasileios Tsaknis
gr 70,000 -66,000

Simeonov Eliminates Koutoupas

Jaxon • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Sotirios Koutoupas
Sotirios Koutoupas

Sotirios Koutoupas jammed a short-stack after the {6-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{8-Clubs} came on the flop with {k-Spades}{10-Clubs} and was called by Rosen Simeonov, who has had the chip lead most of the day, with {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}.

The {k-Diamonds} on the turn gave Koutoupas some hope but he was eliminated short of the money after the {6-Spades} completed the board on the river.

Rosen Simeonov BG
Rosen Simeonov
BG 450,000 60,000
Sotirios Koutoupas gr
Sotirios Koutoupas
gr Busted

Tags: Sotirios KoutoupasRosen Simeonov

Level:
14
Blinds:
1,500/3,000
Ante:
3,000

Gkogkas Eliminates Stanev

Jaxon • Level 13: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
Diyan Stanev
Diyan Stanev

Vasileios Gkogkas opened from under the gun for 14,000 before Diyan Stanev jammed for about 70,000. Gkogkas tanked for about 90 seconds before he called.

Diyan Stanev: {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Vasileios Gkogkas: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}

The race was on but Stanev got up from his seat when he saw he was drawing thin after his opponent paired the {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{j-Clubs} flop. Stanev left the poker room after the {6-Clubs} on the turn and the {q-Hearts} on the river were unable to get him back into the hand.

The action is on the bubble for the day with five players advancing to Day 2 in the money.

Vasileios Gkogkas GR
Vasileios Gkogkas
GR 180,000 40,000
Diyan Stanev BG
Diyan Stanev
BG Busted

Tags: Diyan StanevVasileios Gkogkas

Two Pair for Chalkiadakis

Jaxon • Level 13: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
Andreas Chalkiadakis
Andreas Chalkiadakis

Vasileios Gkogkas bet 13,100 into a pot of a little more after the {9-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} came on the flop. A player folded, Andreas Chalkiadakis called, and two more players folded.

Gkogkas check-called a bet for 18,000 after the {a-Diamonds} came on the turn and both players checked after the {j-Spades} completed the board on the river.

Gkogkas turned over {a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} for top pair. This wasn't good enough as Chalkiadakis turned over {7-Spades}{6-Spades} for two pair.

Andreas Chalkiadakis gr
Andreas Chalkiadakis
gr 200,000 58,000
Vasileios Gkogkas GR
Vasileios Gkogkas
GR 140,000 -45,000

Tags: Andreas ChalkiadakisVasileios Gkogkas