Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
The penultimate day of the 2019 PokerNews Cup Kulata €550 Main Event witnessed a field of two dozen players whittled down to a final table of eight players at Finix Casino.
The day began with the 24 players all guaranteed a payout of €1,080 with their eyes on making it to the final day for a chance at the €25,080 top prize. Despite the average stack of 73 big blinds and long 40-minute blind levels, the second day lasted just 5 1/2 hours.
Day 1c chip leader Panagiotis Panagiotidis, who began Day 2 just one big blind behind the overall starting day chip leader, Rosen Simeonov, will enter the final day with the chip lead with a big stack of 1,586,000. His stack was closer to 2 million in chips after his ace-king held strong against the ace-queen held by Symeon Alexandridis in one of the biggest pots of the day. That hand meant the end of Alexanandridis in tenth place and also kicked off the start of the unofficial final table of nine.
It didn't take long for an elimination to happen thanks to some fireworks that led to Simeonov tripling up with jacks against the eights held by Savvas Baltiras and the ace-queen held by Panagiotis. Afterward, Baltiras was left with crumbs and dusted off the rest when his ace-three couldn't get there against the ace-nine held by PokerNews Cup Kulata High Roller winner Dimitrios Michailidis.
In addition to Panagiotidis, the other three opening flight chip leaders also managed to parlay their big stacks into a final table appearance with Day 1d chip leader Michailidis with a second-place stack of 1,247,000, the Day 1b chip leader Simeonov bagging a fourth-place stack of 952,000, and Day 1a chip leader Marian Ivanov entering the final day with a seventh-place stack of 331,000.
The brother of Michailidis, Spyridon Michailidis, began Day 2 on the same table as his brother and the same will take place tomorrow at the final table. Spyridon Michailidis has the most work cut out for him as he enters the day with the smallest stack of 277,000.
Other players advancing to the final table included Konstantin Aykov (third - 1,067,000), Achilleas Nomidis (fifth - 910,000), and Loukas Kioutsoukis (sixth - 679,000).
The action resumes on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. EEST with the last six minutes of Level 21 with blinds at 8,000/16,000 and a big blind ante of 16,000 before moving up to 10,000/20,000 and a big blind ante of 20,000.
Sarah Herring gives some insight on the Final 8 players.
Stay tuned to PokerNews to find out who will become the thirteenth winner of the PokerNews Cup Main Event.
*Images courtesy of Katerina Lukina.
Day 2 is in the books with the official eight-max final table set. Stay tuned for updated chip counts and a recap of the day.
On the very next hand, PokerNews Cup Kulata High Roller champion Dimitrios Michailidis raised for 40,000 from early position with . Savvas Baltiras was in the big blind and pushed his stack of 45,000 in the middle from the big blind with and got a quick call.
Baltiras was eliminated in 9th place for €2,000 after he bricked the board and gave his opponent a full house.
Savvas Baltiras open-jammed from under the gun for 340,000. Panagiotis Panagiotidis called from one seat over. Rosen Simeonov also called off his stack for 325,000 from the cutoff.
Simeonov nailed a set on the flop and was guaranteed a triple up after the on the turn gave him a full house. The completed the board on the river. Baltiras was left with about three big blinds after the hand.
Panagiotis Panagiotidis opened from early position to 40,000 before Symeon Alexandridis jammed for 432,000.
Panagiotidis asked for a count and a minute later made the call.
Alexandridis needed help to survive. The board didn't give any relief and Alexandridis finishing in 10th place for €2,000.
There is a short break while the unofficial final table is being set up.
Konstantin Aykov opened for 35,000 from the small blind before Hristo Bogdanov jammed for 192,000 from the big blind.
Aykov called and turned over and Bogdanov was in big trouble with .
The board was unable to help Bogdanov and he was eliminated in 11th place for €1,710.
The action is down to 10 players, each guaranteed €2,000. The unofficial final table will begin after one more elimination.