Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
By the time play had concluded at the end of Day 3 of the PokerStars Festival Bucharest Main Event, just seven players remained from the 58 that started the day.
The chipleader ahead of the final day is Anil Ozdemir who was the chipleader at the start of the unofficial official final table also. He eliminated several players on his way to bagging the chip lead and 9,350,000 in chips.
|Seat||Name||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|9||Anil Olgun Ozdemir||9,350,000||156|
"It's crazy," said Ozdemir after bagging, "It's my first live tournament final table.
"Well, my second. I made one in Rozvadov. But that was a small tournament. This is a big tournament for me.
"My strategy is pretty aggressive I think, and having the chip lead is the biggest weapon for me.
"It's great here in Bucharest. I have been to a lot of PokerStars tournaments like Monte Carlo and Lille."
Closely behind him is well-known British Pro Sam Grafton.
"It's an action-packed day. Very exciting. Right up until the final table. There's been a lot of big pots. I'm excited to be where I am.
"Obviously, Anil [Ozdemir] has the chiplead and he's the favourite but I'm in a strong position and I'm looking forward to playing tomorrow."
The day started with a bang with both Day 1b chipleader Stefan Fabian and Day 1a chipleader Tamas Kabatnic busting within the first level. Such was the ferocity of the action at the tables here in Bucharest, that a whopping 24 players were eliminated over the course of the first two levels of the day.
Traian Bostan soared into the chiplead midway through the day, thanks to a stunning hand against start of day chipleader. Nandor Solyom. Solyom three-bet from the small blind and Bostan cold four-bet jammed with Aces. The initial raiser folded and Solyom called with Kings! The pot was worth 2.7m and boosted Bostan to the top of the charts.
Day 2 chipleader Solyom had a difficult time thereafter, dealing with a short stack and despite doubling again, he got his remaining chips in with Aces only for them to be cracked by the Jack-Eight suited of Fahredin Mustafov.
Despite the average stack size rising to over 50 big blinds, there was no let-up in the pace of bustouts from the last two tables until the very end of the night, which means players will be returning with an average stack of 52 big blinds.
Join us tomorrow from 1 p.m. when the final seven players return to battle it out to see who takes home the €133,400 in prize money and the title of PokerStars Festival Bucharest Main Event Champion.
The remaining seven players will play seven more hands before bagging up for the evening.
Yuriy Kudrynskyy moved all in for 230,000 from early position. It folded to Johann Eclapier on the button who, after getting similarly short, moved all in for 240,000. Daniel Nietrzebka cold-called from the big blind putting two players at risk.
The board ran out and Eclapier tripled up, eliminating Kudrynskyy in the process.
The flop was and Daniel Nietrzebka checked to Fahredin Mustafov who bet 150,000. Nietrzebka then check-raised to 425,000 and Mustafov called.
Both players checked the turn and the river and Nietrzebka showed for a rivered pair of tens.
Mustafov showed for a pair of jacks and took down the pot.
"Nice hand," said tablemate Sam Grafton and Mustafov muttered his approval, "Nice hand; Not fun!"
On a flop of Razvan Cetanas checked to Anil Ozdemir who bet 300,000. Cetanas check-raised to 800,000. Ozdemir then moved all in and after some consideration Cetanas called.
The turn was the giving Ozdemir a straight, but Cetanas still had outs to a full house. The river however was the and Cetanas was eliminated.
Players are now at an official final table and are taking a short break.
Anil Olgun Ozdemir opened from early position. Patrick Bueno moved all in and Yuriy Kudrynskyy three-bet all in over the top. Ozdemir folded.
It was another situation of one player being dominated, but the board ran out with the one-man rollercoaster that is Patrick Bueno doubling up.