26-year-old Bulgarian player Lachezar Plamenov Petkov soared into the chip lead during Day 5 after scoring a huge double through Tsugunari Toma. Petkov's queens held against Toma's tens and pushed him over 8 million in chips.
Petkov has accrued just over $220,000 in live tournaments until he arrived at PokerStars Championship Barcelona. His biggest payday came in the $10k High Roller at Merit Poker Gangsters & Chicago Poker Cup in Cyprus. Petkov qualified to the tournament for just $630 and made it to the final table along with fellow PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event finalist Albert Daher. While Daher left in eighth place, Petkov emerged victorious for a handsome $168,755.
That large bankroll booster convinced Petkov to turn pro. He plays mainly heads-up sit-n-gos and $100 Spin & Gos online. Petkov, however, still enjoys travelling around the world and playing in live tournaments. This will be his second cash in a PokerStars Championship Main Event. He picked up HK$79,300 for a 62nd place finish in Macau. His résumé also features several small cashes from Las Vegas.
Petkov's Main Event run:
|Day 2||70,600||267 / 865|
|Day 3||128,500||171 / 287|
|Day 4||525,000||35 / 70|
|Day 5||3,630,000||6 / 16|
|Day 6||10,325,000||2 / 6|