The penultimate day of the 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour National Cyprus €2,000 Main Event saw 75 players from a field of 149 entries return to the tables of the Noah's Ark Deluxe Hotel & Spa. Late registration and reentry were still possible until the end of the third level of the day, and the overall participation would grow by another 23 entries.
With a prize pool of €300,312, the guarantee was achieved and 12 players are left competing for the first-place prize of €75,000. Leading the field into the final day is Majid Ejlal Noubarian from Iran with 896,000 in chips, who took down one of the side for events for €8,151 just a couple days ago.
Not far behind in the counts are Kemal Sevevi (805,000) and Atanas Kavrakov (667,000), while other notables to bag up chips included Jacques Torbey and Aykutalp Yilmaz. Marco Della Tommasina will be returning as shortest stack when play resumes at 1 p.m. local time, and the Italian has 20 big blinds at 4,000/8,000/1,000.
|1||Majid Ejlal Noubarian||896,000|
|12||Marco Della Tommasina||153,000|
After the sixth level of play, the field was reduced to 22 participants. Sinem Melin and Chino Rheem were long gone by then after buying in again on Day 2, and other notables such as Sergey Rybachenko, Jan Bendik, [Removed:2], Dimitar Danchev, Manig Loeser, Igor Dubinsky, Miltiadis Kyriakides, and Kelly Kim also failed to make profit. Also of note, World Series of Poker bracelet winner Simeon Naydenov busted just shy of the money when his queen-high flush draw was no good versus Onur Unsal's ace-high flush draw.
Daniele Mazzia would be the last player to leave the tournament area empty-handed. The Italian pushed with the and was called by Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi before the American folded to the all-in isolation of Atanas Kavrakov with the . Mizrachi dominated most of the day and peeked at 880,000 before losing two huge pots in a row. The first one was a flip with the against Sergey Minaev's and the of Kavrakov, and the second one a failed bluff. In the end, Mizrachi would lose a flip to Kavrakov and had to settle for 17th place worth €3,800.
Onur Unsal made a miracle comeback after reentering, falling to as low as one ante and spinning it up to an above-average stack with less than 30 players left before bowing out in 16th place. Barny Boatman flopped a flush with the after defending his big blind only to run into the of Sevivi. Etemad Saeid and Ivan Luca busted just before the end of Level 18 to set the final 12 for tomorrow.
The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be right back here on Monday to cover all crucial action until a new WPT National champion is crowned, so stay tuned and get ready for an action-packed day of poker.