Main Event



Main Event
Day 1cd Completed

Rosen Simeonov Heads into Day 2 of the PokerNews Cup Kulata Main Event with the Chip Lead

Jaxon • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Rosen Simeonov
Rosen Simeonov

The four opening flights of the PokerNews Cup Kulata €550 Main Event are in the books. A total of 141 entrants including 61 on today's Day 1c and 28 on Day 1d battled it out in hopes of advancing to Day 2 where players are already in the money with each opening flight playing down to 15 percent of the field.

Panagiotis Panagiotidis bagged a Day 1c chip leading stack of 636,000 and is second in the chip counts only a big blind behind Day 1b chip leader Rosen Simeonov with 640,000.

Panagiotis Panagiotidis
Panagiotis Panagiotidis bags the Day 1c chip lead.

Panagiotidis had the chip lead midway through the day before he expanded it much further when he won a massive three-way pot when his aces held against his opponent's ace-king and ace-jack.

Also finishing with top five chip stacks on Day 1c were Alexander Milanov (second - 487,000), Spyridon Michailidis (third - 474,000), Achilleas Nomidis (fourth - 315,000), and Dimitrios Barmpathanasis (fifth - 278,000).

Day 1d began midway through Day 1c. Five players advanced led by Greece's Dimitrios Michailidis. Regardless of how things end for Michailidis on Day 2 and beyond, he already had an amazing PokerNews Cup as he shipped the High Roller on Thursday for €23,025 $25,873 after agreeing to a heads-up deal with Marios Tzakos.

Dimitrios Michailidis
Dimitrios Michailidis wins the PokerNews Cup Kulata High Roller.

To add to the fun, Dimitrios Michailidis will be sitting next to his brother Spyridon Michailidis after a random draw with both players holding top five chip stacks heading into the day.

Both Panagiotidis and Michailidis will head into Day 2 near the top of the leaderboard. Here is a look at the top five starting stacks to start the day.

PlayerCountyDay QualifiedChipsBig Blinds
Rosen SimeonovBulgariaDay 1b640,000160
Panagiotis PanagiotidisGreeceDay 1c636,000159
Marian IvanovBulgariaDay 1a580,000145
Dimitrios MichailidisGreeceDay 1d510,000128
Spyridon MichailidisGreeceDay 1c474,000119

Day 2 will begin on Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. EEST with blinds at 2,000/4,000 and a big blind ante of 4,000. Each level will be 40 minutes in length and the action will play down to a final table.

Payouts will be announced tomorrow. Stay tuned at PokerNews as we bring you the biggest highlights and hands at the PokerNews Cup Kulata Main Event.

PokerNews Cup Kulata
PokerNews Cup Kulata

Photos courtesy of Katerina Lukina.

Tags: Alexander MilanovDimitrios BarmpathanasisDimitrios MichailidisPanagiotis PanagiotidisPokerNews CupRosen SimeonovSpyridon Michailidis

Day 2 Seat Draw

Jaxon • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
11Hristo BogdanovBulgaria124,00031
12Blago AlexandrovBulgaria265,00066
13Eduart EranosyanBulgaria200,00050
14Alexander MilanovBulgaria487,000122
15Pavel PavlovBulgaria132,00033
16Loukas KioutsoukisGreece260,00065
17Vasileios GkogkasGreece229,00057
18Rosen SimeonovBulgaria640,000160
21Marian IvanovBulgaria580,000145
22Konstantin AykovBulgaria340,00085
23Antonios KandilasGreece171,00043
24Dimitrios BarmpathanasisGreece278,00070
25Symeon AlexandridisGreece188,00047
26Christos KechagiasGreece126,00032
27Achilleas NomidisGreece315,00079
28Symeon MarvakisGreece148,00037
31Christina OrfanidouGreece324,00081
32Panagiotis PanagiotidisGreece636,000159
33Damyan BotsevBulgaria117,00029
34Savvas BaltirasGreece132,00033
35Andreas ChalkiadakisGreece204,00051
36Spyridon MichailidisGreece474,000119
37Dimitrios MichailidisGreece510,000128
38Ivan IvanovBulgaria153,00038

Panagiotis Panagiotidis Bags Day 1c Chip Lead

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Panagiotis Panagiotidis
Panagiotis Panagiotidis

After 18 levels of 30 minutes each, Greece's Panagiotis Panagiotidis bagged a chip leading stack of 636,000 on Day 1c of the PokerNews Cup Kulata €550 Main Event. This is just behind the 640,000 bagged on Day 1b by Bulgaria's Rosen Simeonov.

The flight attracted 61 entrants or more than the 52 that battled it out in Day 1a and Day 1b combined. The final turbo opening flight is still in progress. When taking into account the 28 entrants in that flight, the Main Event attracted 141 entrants.

A total of ten players advanced from the Day 1c field, which means there will be 24 players battling it out tomorrow down to a final table when taking into account the four players that bagged on Day 1a, the five players that bagged on Day 1b, and the five players that will eventually bag chips on Day 1d.

Bulgaria's Alexander Milanov and Greece's Spyridon Michailidis also bagged big stacks on Day 1c. Here is a look at the final chip counts of the day.

Panagiotis PanagiotidisGreece636,000
Alexander MilanovBulgaria487,000
Spyridon MichailidisGreece474,000
Achilleas NomidisGreece315,000
Dimitrios BarmpathanasisGreece278,000
Loukas KioutsoukisGreece260,000
Symeon AlexandridisGreece188,000
Antonios KandilasGreece171,000
Hristo BogdanovBulgaria124,000
Damyan BotsevGreece117,000

Stay tuned for the final recap of the day which will come after the conclusion of Day 1d.

Tags: PokerNews CupRosen SimeonovSpyridon MichailidisPanagiotis PanagiotidisAlexander Milanov

Day 1c Ends After Liavas Bubbles

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Nikolaos Liavas
Nikolaos Liavas

Nikolaos Liavas three-bet jammed from 20,000 to 80,000 with {a-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and was called by Achilleas Nomidis with {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}.

The {k-Spades}{4-Spades}{7-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} board was no good for Liavas and he ended Day 1c on the bubble. The remaining 10 players will each advance to tomorrow's Day 2 and will already be in the money.

Players are bagging chips and we will have final chip counts shortly. Day 1d will likely go on for another couple of hours and the seat draw won't be released for tomorrow's Day 2 until the tournament organizers know who is advancing.

Achilleas Nomidis GR
Achilleas Nomidis
GR 315,000
Nikolaos Liavas GR
Nikolaos Liavas
GR Busted

Hand for Hand After Gkikoulis Hits the Rail

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Dimitrios Gkikoulis
Dimitrios Gkikoulis

Alexander Milanov shoved from the small blind more than the two big blinds Dimitrios Gkikoulis had in the big blind and his opponent called.

Milanov was ahead the entire way with {j-Clubs}{8-Spades} against his opponent's {5-Hearts}{2-Spades}.

The {q-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{a-Spades}{7-Clubs}{3-Clubs} ran out on the board and play was hand for hand after Gkikoulis was eliminated two shy of the money.

Dimitrios Gkikoulis GR
Dimitrios Gkikoulis
GR Busted

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Huge Double for Michailidis

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PokerNews Cup
PokerNews Cup

Spyridon Michailidis open-jammed for 30 big blinds from the cutoff. Loukas Kioutsoukis asked for a count and was told it was 239,000.

He tanked for a couple of minutes before he made the call.

The race was on with Michailidis holding {q-Spades}{q-Hearts} and Kioutsoukis holding {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}.

Michailidis got out of his seat after his opponent paired the {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{k-Hearts} flop. He got right back in his chair after the {9-Hearts} came on the turn to give him a flush. The {8-Clubs} completed the board on the river and Michailidis won the biggest pot of the tournament thus far.

Spyridon Michailidis GR
Spyridon Michailidis
GR 490,000 330,000
Loukas Kioutsoukis GR
Loukas Kioutsoukis
GR 235,000

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