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Day 2 Completed

Nandor Solyom Leads PokerStars Festival Bucharest Main Event Day 2

will_shill • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Nandor Solyom
Nandor Solyom

An action-packed Day 2 drew to a close with just 58 players remaining from the 325 that started the PokerStars Festival Bucharest Main Event. Action was fast and furious on a day where both the prizepool was announced and the money bubble burst.

Leading the way is Nandor Solyom (1,466,000) but only just! A late pot won by Daniel Nietrzebka (1,436,000) propelled him to within inches of the chiplead, but fell just short. Those two players are the only two over one million in chips, then there is a large gap down to Yuriy Kudrynskyy (805,000), Pugzlys Linas (777,000), Ioannis Taramas (733,000) and Traian Bostan (718,000).
After play had finished Solymon said that he had run very well.

“I made a lot of chips during the bubble. I had good position on the big stacks,” he said, “That was my advantage.”

However, Solymon (pictured below facing a difficult decision during the money bubble earlier in the day) hadn’t set his sights just yet on a deep run.

“It is far [away]!” he said, “It’s not 20 players; it’s pretty far. If you have 700,000 or 1.4m then that’s about the same.”

A total of 111 players were set to receive a minimum payment of €1,770, but the likes of Andreas Klatt and Ori Miller were eliminated short of the money, and the bubble was reached shortly before the last break of the day.

It was a rollercoaster hand between Paul Ciaca and Petre Ionescu which burst the bubble half a dozen hands into hand for hand play. Ciaca had shoved from the button to isolate the players in the blinds, but Ionescu had woken up with Ace-King and called. Ciaca showed Seven-Eight of diamonds and was well behind.

However, there was a Seven on the flop which pushed Ionescu closer to the exit. A King on the turn breathed new life into his chances, but they were crushed as an Eight on the river gave Ciaca two pair and burst the money bubble.

Players to bust in the money include Andreas Vlachos, who eliminated Chris Moneymaker on Day 1c, and Avishai Shitrit. Shitrit had won Eureka Bucharest last year, and was de facto defending champion, but he was eliminated shortly inside the money and failed to make Day 3.

All but one of the Day 1 chipleaders made it through to Day 3. Stefan Fabian was the overall chipleader, and stuck around at the top of the counts for a long while before finally bagging 385,000. Tamas Kabatnic had a similar day, but faded towards the end and bagged 231,000. Unfortunately for Okan Gursan, the Day 1c chipleader finished in 62nd place for €2,230.

The 58 players who remain will return tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time with the plan to play down to a final table. Join us here on PokerNews to keep up-to-date with all the action from here in Bucharest.

Chip Counts at the End of Day 2 (full)

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Nandor Csaba Solyom RO
Nandor Csaba Solyom
RO 1,466,000 416,000
Daniel Nietrzebka pl
Daniel Nietrzebka
pl 1,436,000 511,000
Yuriy Kudrynskyy ua
Yuriy Kudrynskyy
ua 805,000 605,000
Linas Pugzlys LT
Linas Pugzlys
LT 777,000 713,800
Ioannis Taramas gr
Ioannis Taramas
gr 733,000 93,000
Traian Bostan ro
Traian Bostan
ro 718,000 348,000
Oshri Lahmani il
Oshri Lahmani
il 711,000 526,000
Paul Ciaca ro
Paul Ciaca
ro 664,000 -76,000
Mattia Baccassino it
Mattia Baccassino
it 650,000 30,000
Iulian Iacob RO
Iulian Iacob
RO 574,000 374,000
Yaniv Avinoam IL
Yaniv Avinoam
IL 571,000 373,000
Silviu Togui RO
Silviu Togui
RO 540,000 128,000
Mircea Alexandru Flutur RO
Mircea Alexandru Flutur
RO 521,000 -159,000
Mike Christiansen DK
Mike Christiansen
DK 482,000 365,300
Cristian Neicu RO
Cristian Neicu
RO 434,000 64,000
Ionel Tanase ro
Ionel Tanase
ro 431,000 341,200
Razvan Lucian Cetanas RO
Razvan Lucian Cetanas
RO 430,000 230,000
Kurtev Krasimir BG
Kurtev Krasimir
BG 421,000 338,900
Massimo Caratelli IT
Massimo Caratelli
IT 409,000 278,100
Johann Eclapier FR
Johann Eclapier
FR 399,000 359,000
Stefan Fabian ro
Stefan Fabian
ro 385,000 -195,000
Amadeus Lacwik PL
Amadeus Lacwik
PL 375,000 80,000
Mehmet Kacar tr
Mehmet Kacar
tr 369,000 149,000
Ionut Vasile RO
Ionut Vasile
RO 356,000 92,000
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 344,000 249,000

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Three More hands

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Tournament staff have announced that there will be three more hands before players bag up for the night.

Stay tuned for a full recap from the day's events.

Safavi Wins Three-Way All-in; Eliminates Two Players

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Marius Asanache: {5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}
Sahin Bulent: {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}
[Removed:321] Safavi: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

In a three-way all in Asanache showed first before Bulent stopped to try and get Safavi to show first. When it became clear that Asanach wasn't going to, Bulent quickly showed nines. Safavi triumphantly showed tens and the three players went to a flop.

There was a ten in the window of a {10-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} flop, and although one player called for an eight, the turn was the {k-Hearts} and the river the {8-Spades} meaning Safavi eliminated both Bulent and Asanache with around 30 minutes left in the level.

Sayed Mohammad Mehdi Safavi IR
Sayed Mohammad Mehdi Safavi
IR 620,000 220,000
Sahin Bulent TR
Sahin Bulent
TR Busted
Marius Asanache ro
Marius Asanache
ro Busted

Checking in on the Big Stacks

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"It wasn't a big 900,000 chip pot," said Daniel Nietrzebka, as he caught us staring at his newly acquired chips "Just 200 here, 250 there."

However, Nietrzebka still has a small way to go to catch current chipleader Nandor Solyom who appears to be the first player over 1m chips.

Nandor Csaba Solyom RO
Nandor Csaba Solyom
RO 1,050,000 340,000
Daniel Nietrzebka pl
Daniel Nietrzebka
pl 925,000 600,000
Paul Calin Ciaca RO
Paul Calin Ciaca
RO 725,000 725,000
Mircea Alexandru Flutur RO
Mircea Alexandru Flutur
RO 680,000 330,000
Ioannis Taramas gr
Ioannis Taramas
gr 640,000 572,800
Mattia Baccassino it
Mattia Baccassino
it 620,000 66,000
Stefan Fabian ro
Stefan Fabian
ro 580,000 170,000
Tamas Kabatnic RO
Tamas Kabatnic
RO 350,000 -190,000

Recent Eliminations

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Avishai Shitrit
Avishai Shitrit

Recent eliminations from the field include Andreas Vlachos, who eliminated Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker from the PokerStars Festival Bucharest Main Event. Also eliminated is Eureka Bucharest defending champion Avishai Shitrit. Both players received €1,950 for their efforts.

Andreas Vlachos gr
Andreas Vlachos
gr Busted
Avishai Shitrit IL
Avishai Shitrit
IL Busted
Andrei Taranu RO
Andrei Taranu
RO Busted
Gheorghe Serban RO
Gheorghe Serban
RO Busted
Ezat Aysami BG
Ezat Aysami
BG Busted
Michal Nahum us
Michal Nahum
us Busted
Razvan Constantin Gherghe RO
Razvan Constantin Gherghe
RO Busted
Kahalon Gadi IL
Kahalon Gadi
IL Busted
Andrei Miron RO
Andrei Miron
RO Busted
Piotr Wroblewski PL
Piotr Wroblewski
PL Busted
Dan Serban Borlan ro
Dan Serban Borlan
ro Busted
Zandi Mehran Milo SE
Zandi Mehran Milo
SE Busted
Petre Laurentiu Chiriac ro
Petre Laurentiu Chiriac
ro Busted
Level:
18
Blinds:
4,000/8,000
Ante:
1,000

Bubble Hand

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Thanks to poker photographer Tomas Stacha, we are able to bring you these photos from the bubble. It starts with bubble boy Petre Ionescu receiving a massage, and goes all the way until his opponent Paul Ciaca celebrates with his friend, and Ionescu pays for his massage.