2017 PokerStars Festival Bucharest

Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Festival Bucharest

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
100,000 / 200,000

Main Event

Day 1a Completed

Tamas Kabatnic Leads After PokerStars Festival Bucharest Main Event Day 1a

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 200 ante
Tamas Kabatnic
Tamas Kabatnic

A total of 177 players entered Day 1a of the €1,100 PokerStars Festival Bucharest Main Event and by the end of eight levels of play there were just 66 players remaining, led by Tamas Kabatnic.

In May 2016, the Romanian capital attracted a field of 579 for the first and only Eureka Tour event held here, and in the end Avishai Shitrit from Israel took down the tournament and €107,350 in prize money.

Tamas Kabatnic was all smiles after bagging the end-of-the-day chip lead. "I'm excited for Friday, for Day 2, hopefully I can keep the chip lead," Kabatnic said. It wasn't all smooth sailing for the Romanian, who found himself on the brink of elimination in the third level of the day.

"I had ace-queen on an ace-queen-nine flop but my opponent held pocket queens," Kabatnic recalled. "I asked the dealer for the ace of spades on the turn and guess what: the turn was the ace of spades! I doubled to 60,000 in that hand. After that, I won a couple more big pots to build my stack."

Kabatnic has just one recorded live cash, back in 2014, and is primarily an online cash game player. However, the combination of the PokerStars Festival coming to his home country combined with the massive €500,000 guarantee made him switch from the digital to the live felt. "The guarantee really worked; I usually play like three tournaments a year but I really wanted to play this one. I bought in directly after not cashing in a few satellites," Kabatnic concluded.

Today the excitement in the air was palpable as a selection of players from around Europe, and a strong home contingent of Romanians joined the field. The most notable player was probably Romania’s all-time money list leader Alexandru Papazian, who earlier this year took down a WSOP bracelet event to win both he and his country’s first bracelet.

Papazian started strongly, eliminating a player holding pocket kings when Papazian’s pocket fours made a set. Sadly, for Papazian he was eliminated midway through the last level of the day in a hand against Andrei Nodea.

“My day wasn’t going very good until this hand,” said Nodea, who said he knew that Papazian had recently won Romania’s first WSOP bracelet. “It was a three-way hand, and it shows that you just need a couple of hands that work very well and now I’m up to 196,000!”
Also in the field was PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo sensation Andreas Klatt. Klatt took down the huge 1,252 field National Championship and followed it up with a second-place finish in the Main Event for combined cashes of over €450,000.
Unfortunately, like Papazian, Klatt failed to make it through to Day 2.

There are still two more flights in the PokerStars Festival Bucharest Main Event, both of which take place tomorrow (Thursday 3rd August). Day 1b kicks off at 1 p.m. with players battling through ten 45-minute levels to secure a spot in Day 2. Players due in the 1b field include PokerStars Team Pro Chris Moneymaker and Team Online’s Lex Veldhuis, with British pro Sam Grafton also expected to make an appearance.

Then later on, at 9 p.m. there is a special 1c flight, which is open only to players who have busted out of either 1a or 1b. This is a turbo edition with ten levels of only 20 minutes being played.

Tags: Alexandru PapazianAndreas KlattAndrei NodeaAvishai ShitritChris MoneymakerLex VeldhuisTamas Kabatnic

Chip Counts from Day 1a (full)

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 200 ante
Player Chips Progress
Tamas Kabatnic ro
Tamas Kabatnic
236,300 -3,700
Day 1A Chip Leader
Solomon Stan ro
Solomon Stan
196,800 10,800
Andrei Nodea ro
Andrei Nodea
196,100 6,100
Mattia Baccassino it
Mattia Baccassino
169,000 71,000
Martin Sandmair de
Martin Sandmair
149,900 149,900
Bozhkov Boyan bg
Bozhkov Boyan
144,200 144,200
Cristi Grecu ro
Cristi Grecu
144,000 144,000
Danut Dinca ro
Danut Dinca
139,300 2,300
Elie Ghazal lb
Elie Ghazal
137,500 -32,500
Nicolae Georgescu ro
Nicolae Georgescu
135,800 135,800
Massimo Caratelli it
Massimo Caratelli
130,900 130,900
Liran Machluf il
Liran Machluf
128,400 84,400
Cristian Neicu ro
Cristian Neicu
121,800 121,800
Polykarpos Stryvakis gr
Polykarpos Stryvakis
117,800 117,800
Franck Calonnec fr
Franck Calonnec
117,200 117,200
Mike Christiansen dk
Mike Christiansen
116,700 116,700
Vladimir Rusu md
Vladimir Rusu
105,500 105,500
Stefan Hurjui ro
Stefan Hurjui
102,900 102,900
Matej Zavacky sk
Matej Zavacky
94,800 9,800
Silviu Togui ro
Silviu Togui
92,100 92,100
Nicusor Matei ro
Nicusor Matei
90,400 90,400
Oshri Lahmani il
Oshri Lahmani
90,000 90,000
Ionut Vasile ro
Ionut Vasile
87,300 87,300
Mehmet Kacar tr
Mehmet Kacar
85,700 85,700
Krasimir Yankov bg
Krasimir Yankov
84,900 42,900

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PokerStars Festival Bucharest: Moneymaker's in town

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 200 ante
Chris Moneymaker Addressing the Media
Chris Moneymaker Addressing the Media

Last year Daniel Negreanu was the talk of the town after turning up to the Eureka 6 stop here in Bucharest. And at this year's PokerStars Festival Bucharest, another big name was rumoured to make an appearance in the "Paris of the East".

Shortly into the beginning of the day, it turned out the rumours were true as a fresh-faced Chris Moneymaker arrived at the JW Marriott. It's been a busy day for the Team Pro and former World Champ who has been busy giving press conferences to publications and dishing out poker tutorials to budding fans.

Find out more about Moneymaker's visit over on the PokerStars Blog.

Norel Out, Chisu Hangs Around

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 200 ante
Eduard Norel
Eduard Norel

Both Dan Chisu and Eduard Norel were preflop all in with their very short stacks, and two other players called as well. On a {K-Clubs}{9-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flop, one of the active players bet 10,500 and the other player folded.

Dan Chisu: {K-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}
Eduard Norel: {Q-Spades}{9-Hearts}
Third player: {J-Spades}{J-Clubs}

The turn was the {2-Clubs} and the river the {10-Hearts} to secure the quadruple up for Chisu. The third player remained with a solid stack, Norel was eliminated.

Player Chips Progress
Dan Chisu ro
Dan Chisu
15,000 13,000
Eduard Norel ro
Eduard Norel

Tags: Dan ChisuEduard Norel

Alexandru Papazian Eliminated

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 200 ante
Alexandru Papazian
Alexandru Papazian

Romanian's all-time money leader Alexandru Papazian failed to bag chips on Day 1a and is out of the tournament. Papazian will have another chance tomorrow night at 9 p.m. local time, when he can re-enter on Day 1c.

Papazian was involved in a big three-way all in pot, with Ofer Glazer also at risk. Andrei Nodea was also all in and had both players covered.

The board read {9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{7-Spades}{2-Diamonds} and the following hands were shown:

Andrei Nodea: {A-Hearts}{2-Hearts}
Alexandru Papazian: {K-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}
Ofer Glazer: {K-Clubs}{7-Clubs}

Nodea held the nut flush to knock out both opponents and soared to 190,000

Player Chips Progress
Andrei Nodea ro
Andrei Nodea
190,000 190,000
Alexandru Papazian ro
Alexandru Papazian
WSOP 1X Winner
Ofer Glazer il
Ofer Glazer

Tags: Alexandru PapazianAndrei NodeaOfer Glazer

Ghazal Scores Huge Double-Up

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 200 ante

The action was on the turn with Elie Ghazal heads-up in a pot against Dan Chisu. The board read {6-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} and Ghazal had moved all in for 45,300, covering his opponent.

Chisu thought for a long time before eventually deciding to call the clock on himself. With the seconds ticking down, he slammed a stack of chips down on the table to call.

Ghazal showed {2-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for a flush, and Chisu shook his head showing {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}. The river was the {5-Clubs} and Ghazal scored the huge doubled up.

Player Chips Progress
Elie Ghazal lb
Elie Ghazal
170,000 78,000
Dan Chisu ro
Dan Chisu
2,000 -58,000

Tags: Dan ChisuElie Ghazal

Level: 10

Blinds: 600/1,200

Ante: 200