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Marian Ivanov Bags Half the Chips on Day 1a of the PokerNews Cup Main Event

Jaxon • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Marian Ivanov

The first of four opening flights of the 2019 PokerNews Cup Kulata €550 Main Event at Finix Casino is in the books after 18 blinds levels of 30 minutes each.

Day 1a attracted 24 entrants including four reentries, all of which were from Bulgaria and Greece. By the end of the day, the field was trimmed down to just four players, each of which will enter Day 2 already in the money with each flight playing down to 15 percent of the field.

Christina Orfanidou
Christina Orfanidou bags the second most chips on Day 1a of the PokerNews Cup Main Event.

Bulgaria's Marian Ivanov bagged almost half the chips in play and will head to Saturday's Day 2 with a big stack of 580,000 in chips. The other three players to bag chips were all from Greece including Christina Orfanidou with 324,000, Symeon Marvakis with 148,000, and Savvas Baltiras with 132,000.

Marian IvanovBulgaria580,000
Christina OrfanidouGreece324,000
Symeon MarvakisGreece148,000
Savvas BaltirasGreece132,000

By the time late registration closed at the end of Level 10, just 13 players remained. Among the players not to make it this far was Sotirios Koutoupas, who also bubbled the High Roller earlier in the evening and immediately fired two bullets into the Main Event.

The action was reduced to a single nine-max table after S.A., Hristo Bogdanov, Vadood Namvar, and Pavel Pavlov all hit the rail.

Gkotsa Tseisvili, Georgios Farmakis, Georgios Kamas, and Georgios Efthymiadis were all eliminated in succession to set-up the Day 1a bubble.

A blind level later the bubble broke. Georgi Ignatov jammed with pocket nines before Orfanidou called with king-queen after tanking for a couple of minutes. It looked like a clear board for Ignatov until a king spiked the river to dash the Bulgarian's hopes.

Ignatov, who was adding some fun to the table, congratulated all the players before they bagged and tagged chips for the day.

Georgi Ignatov
Georgi Ignatov bubbles Day 1a of the PokerNews Cup Main Event.

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will not only be back to cover Day 1b of the Main Event at 4 p.m. EEST but also cover the final day of the PokerNews Cup €1,100 High Roller at 3 p.m. with Greece's Marios Tzakos currently in the driver's seat with six players left to win the €28,100 top prize.

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Tags: Christina OrfanidouFinix CasinoGeorgi IgnatovGeorgios EfthymiadisGeorgios FarmakisGeorgios KamasGkotsa TseisviliHristo BogdanovMarian IvanovPavel PavlovPokerNews CupSavvas BaltirasSotirios KoutoupasSymeon MarvakisVadood Namvar