Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
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).
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.
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.
*Images courtesy of Katerina Lukina.
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.
Three players checked before Vasileios Tsaknis jammed for 53,000 with the on the flop. Rosen Simeonov called and the other two players folded.
Tsaknis had top pair with the best kicker but he needed to fade any jack or any diamond. The on the turn was a safe card but the on the river gave his opponent two pair and he bubbled Day 1b.
Christos Kechagias check-raised the flop from 7,500 to 20,000 and Vasileios Tsaknis called.
Kechagias jammed for 34,500 after the came on the turn. Tsaknis asked for a count before he made the call.
Kechagias turned over and Tsaknis turned over . Kechagias doubled up after his opponent didn't nail a flush with the completing the board on the river.
Sotirios Koutoupas jammed a short-stack after the came on the flop with and was called by Rosen Simeonov, who has had the chip lead most of the day, with .
The on the turn gave Koutoupas some hope but he was eliminated short of the money after the completed the board on the river.
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.
The race was on but Stanev got up from his seat when he saw he was drawing thin after his opponent paired the flop. Stanev left the poker room after the on the turn and the 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 bet 13,100 into a pot of a little more after the 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 came on the turn and both players checked after the completed the board on the river.
Gkogkas turned over for top pair. This wasn't good enough as Chalkiadakis turned over for two pair.