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Panagiotidis Heads into the Final Day of the PokerNews Cup Kulata Main Event in the Lead

Jaxon • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Panagiotis Panagiotidis
Panagiotis Panagiotidis

The penultimate day of the 2019 PokerNews Cup Kulata €550 Main Event witnessed a field of two dozen players whittled down to a final table of eight players at Finix Casino.

The day began with the 24 players all guaranteed a payout of €1,080 with their eyes on making it to the final day for a chance at the €25,080 top prize. Despite the average stack of 73 big blinds and long 40-minute blind levels, the second day lasted just 5 1/2 hours.

Day 1c chip leader Panagiotis Panagiotidis, who began Day 2 just one big blind behind the overall starting day chip leader, Rosen Simeonov, will enter the final day with the chip lead with a big stack of 1,586,000. His stack was closer to 2 million in chips after his ace-king held strong against the ace-queen held by Symeon Alexandridis in one of the biggest pots of the day. That hand meant the end of Alexanandridis in tenth place and also kicked off the start of the unofficial final table of nine.

It didn't take long for an elimination to happen thanks to some fireworks that led to Simeonov tripling up with jacks against the eights held by Savvas Baltiras and the ace-queen held by Panagiotis. Afterward, Baltiras was left with crumbs and dusted off the rest when his ace-three couldn't get there against the ace-nine held by PokerNews Cup Kulata High Roller winner Dimitrios Michailidis.

In addition to Panagiotidis, the other three opening flight chip leaders also managed to parlay their big stacks into a final table appearance with Day 1d chip leader Michailidis with a second-place stack of 1,247,000, the Day 1b chip leader Simeonov bagging a fourth-place stack of 952,000, and Day 1a chip leader Marian Ivanov entering the final day with a seventh-place stack of 331,000.

Spyridon Michailidis and Dimitrios Michailidis
Spyridon Michailidis and Dimitrios Michailidis

The brother of Michailidis, Spyridon Michailidis, began Day 2 on the same table as his brother and the same will take place tomorrow at the final table. Spyridon Michailidis has the most work cut out for him as he enters the day with the smallest stack of 277,000.

Other players advancing to the final table included Konstantin Aykov (third - 1,067,000), Achilleas Nomidis (fifth - 910,000), and Loukas Kioutsoukis (sixth - 679,000).

SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1MarianIvanovBulgaria331,000
2RosenSimeonovBulgaria952,000
3LoukasKioutsoukisGreece679,000
4KonstantinAykovBulgaria1,067,000
5SpyridonMichailidisGreece277,000
6PanagiotisPanagiotidisBulgaria1,586,000
7DimitriosMichailidisGreece1,247,000
8AchilleasNomidisGreece910,000

The action resumes on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. EEST with the last six minutes of Level 21 with blinds at 8,000/16,000 and a big blind ante of 16,000 before moving up to 10,000/20,000 and a big blind ante of 20,000.

Sarah Herring gives some insight on the Final 8 players.

Stay tuned to PokerNews to find out who will become the thirteenth winner of the PokerNews Cup Main Event.

PokerNews Cup Kulata Main Event Final Table
PokerNews Cup Kulata Main Event Final Table

*Images courtesy of Katerina Lukina.

Tags: Dimitrios MichailidisFinix CasinoKonstantin AykovLoukas KioutsoukisMarian IvanovPanagiotis PanagiotidisPokerNews CupRosen SimeonovSavvas BaltirasSpyridon MichailidisSymeon Alexandridis

Day 2 Ended

Jaxon • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

Day 2 is in the books with the official eight-max final table set. Stay tuned for updated chip counts and a recap of the day.

Savvas Baltiras Eliminated in 9th Place (€2,000)

Jaxon • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Savvas Baltiras
Savvas Baltiras

On the very next hand, PokerNews Cup Kulata High Roller champion Dimitrios Michailidis raised for 40,000 from early position with {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. Savvas Baltiras was in the big blind and pushed his stack of 45,000 in the middle from the big blind with {a-Spades}{3-Clubs} and got a quick call.

Baltiras was eliminated in 9th place for €2,000 after he bricked the {6-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{9-Clubs} board and gave his opponent a full house.

Dimitrios Michailidis gr
Dimitrios Michailidis
gr 1,247,000 47,000
Savvas Baltiras GR
Savvas Baltiras
GR Ausgeschieden

Tags: Savvas BaltirasPokerNews CupDimitrios Michailidis

Simeonov Triples, Baltiras on Crumbs

Jaxon • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Rosen Simeonov
Rosen Simeonov

Savvas Baltiras open-jammed from under the gun for 340,000. Panagiotis Panagiotidis called from one seat over. Rosen Simeonov also called off his stack for 325,000 from the cutoff.

Savvas Baltiras: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
Panagiotis Panagiotidis: {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}
Rosen Simeonov: {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}

Simeonov nailed a set on the {j-Hearts}{6-Spades}{10-Diamonds} flop and was guaranteed a triple up after the {6-Spades} on the turn gave him a full house. The {2-Spades} completed the board on the river. Baltiras was left with about three big blinds after the hand.

Panagiotis Panagiotidis GR
Panagiotis Panagiotidis
GR 1,575,000 -292,000
Rosen Simeonov BG
Rosen Simeonov
BG 1,000,000 500,000
Savvas Baltiras GR
Savvas Baltiras
GR 45,000 -555,000

Unofficial Final Table Seat Draw

Jaxon • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Marian IvanovBulgaria370,00023
2Rosen SimeonovBulgaria500,00031
3Loukas KioutsoukisGreece540,00034
4Konstantin AykovBulgaria1,000,00063
5Spyridon MichailidisGreece325,00020
6Savvas BaltirasGreece600,00038
7Panagiotis PanagiotidisBulgaria1,876,000117
8Dimitrios MichailidisGreece1,200,00075
9Achilleas NomidisGreece950,00059
Panagiotis Panagiotidis GR
Panagiotis Panagiotidis
GR 1,876,000 76,000
Dimitrios Michailidis gr
Dimitrios Michailidis
gr 1,200,000 -79,000
Konstantin Aykov BG
Konstantin Aykov
BG 1,000,000 -100,000
Achilleas Nomidis GR
Achilleas Nomidis
GR 950,000
Savvas Baltiras GR
Savvas Baltiras
GR 600,000 60,000
Loukas Kioutsoukis GR
Loukas Kioutsoukis
GR 540,000 10,000
Rosen Simeonov BG
Rosen Simeonov
BG 500,000 46,000
Marian Ivanov BG
Marian Ivanov
BG 370,000 -33,000
Spyridon Michailidis GR
Spyridon Michailidis
GR 325,000

Symeon Alexandridis Eliminated in 10th Place (€2,000)

Jaxon • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Symeon Alexandridis
Symeon Alexandridis

Panagiotis Panagiotidis opened from early position to 40,000 before Symeon Alexandridis jammed for 432,000.

Panagiotidis asked for a count and a minute later made the call.

Symeon Alexandridis: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}
Panagiotis Panagiotidis: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

Alexandridis needed help to survive. The {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{3-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} board didn't give any relief and Alexandridis finishing in 10th place for €2,000.

There is a short break while the unofficial final table is being set up.

Panagiotis Panagiotidis GR
Panagiotis Panagiotidis
GR 1,800,000 500,000
Symeon Alexandridis GR
Symeon Alexandridis
GR Ausgeschieden

Tags: Panagiotis PanagiotidisSymeon Alexandridis

Hristo Bogdanov Eliminated in 11th Place (€1,710)

Jaxon • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Hristo Bogdanov
Hristo Bogdanov

Konstantin Aykov opened for 35,000 from the small blind before Hristo Bogdanov jammed for 192,000 from the big blind.

Aykov called and turned over {k-Hearts}{k-Spades} and Bogdanov was in big trouble with {k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}.

The {10-Hearts}{5-Spades}{3-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} board was unable to help Bogdanov and he was eliminated in 11th place for €1,710.

The action is down to 10 players, each guaranteed €2,000. The unofficial final table will begin after one more elimination.

Konstantin Aykov BG
Konstantin Aykov
BG 1,100,000 269,000
Hristo Bogdanov BG
Hristo Bogdanov
BG Ausgeschieden

Tags: Hristo BogdanovKonstantin Aykov

Level:
21
Blinds:
8,000/16,000
Ante:
16,000