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

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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)

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Tamas Kabatnic RO
Tamas Kabatnic
RO 236,300 -3,700
Solomon Stan ro
Solomon Stan
ro 196,800 10,800
Andrei Nodea ro
Andrei Nodea
ro 196,100 6,100
Mattia Baccassino it
Mattia Baccassino
it 169,000 71,000
Martin Sandmair DE
Martin Sandmair
DE 149,900 149,900
Bozhkov Boyan BG
Bozhkov Boyan
BG 144,200 144,200
Cristi Grecu RO
Cristi Grecu
RO 144,000 144,000
Danut Dinca RO
Danut Dinca
RO 139,300 2,300
Elie Ghazal LB
Elie Ghazal
LB 137,500 -32,500
Nicolae Georgescu RO
Nicolae Georgescu
RO 135,800 135,800
Massimo Caratelli IT
Massimo Caratelli
IT 130,900 130,900
Liran Machluf il
Liran Machluf
il 128,400 84,400
Cristian Neicu RO
Cristian Neicu
RO 121,800 121,800
Polykarpos Stryvakis GR
Polykarpos Stryvakis
GR 117,800 117,800
Franck Calonnec fr
Franck Calonnec
fr 117,200 117,200
Mike Christiansen DK
Mike Christiansen
DK 116,700 116,700
Vladimir Rusu MD
Vladimir Rusu
MD 105,500 105,500
Stefan Hurjui RO
Stefan Hurjui
RO 102,900 102,900
Matej Zavacky sk
Matej Zavacky
sk 94,800 9,800
Silviu Togui RO
Silviu Togui
RO 92,100 92,100
Nicusor Matei RO
Nicusor Matei
RO 90,400 90,400
Oshri Lahmani il
Oshri Lahmani
il 90,000 90,000
Ionut Vasile RO
Ionut Vasile
RO 87,300 87,300
Mehmet Kacar tr
Mehmet Kacar
tr 85,700 85,700
Krasimir Yankov bg
Krasimir Yankov
bg 84,900 42,900

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PokerStars Festival Bucharest: Moneymaker's in town

will_shill • 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.

Clock Paused; Six More Hands

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The clock has been paused with 12 minutes remaining in the level. Six more hands will be played until chips are bagged and tagged for the night.

Norel Out, Chisu Hangs Around

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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.

Dan Chisu RO
Dan Chisu
RO 15,000 13,000
Eduard Norel ro
Eduard Norel
ro Busted

Tags: Dan ChisuEduard Norel

Alexandru Papazian Eliminated

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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

Andrei Nodea ro
Andrei Nodea
ro 190,000 190,000
Alexandru Papazian ro
Alexandru Papazian
ro Busted
Ofer Glazer IL
Ofer Glazer
IL Busted

Tags: Alexandru PapazianAndrei NodeaOfer Glazer

Ziecik Doubles Through Dumitrascu

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On a {J-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} flop, Danut Dumitrascu and Jan Ziecik got their stacks in the middle to create a 90,000 pot.

Danut Dumitrascu: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}
Jan Ziecik: {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}

Dumitrascu held the nut flush draw with two over cards but bricked on the {10-Hearts} turn and {4-Hearts} river.

Jan Ziecik PL
Jan Ziecik
PL 95,000
Danut Dumitrascu RO
Danut Dumitrascu
RO 30,000 -25,000

Tags: Danut DumitrascuJan Ziecik

Ghazal Scores Huge Double-Up

will_shill • 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.

Elie Ghazal LB
Elie Ghazal
LB 170,000 78,000
Dan Chisu RO
Dan Chisu
RO 2,000 -58,000

Tags: Dan ChisuElie Ghazal