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Eureka4 Prague: PokerStars qualifier Atanas Malinov leads into the final day

There were still 57 players left on Day 3 of the biggest ever Eureka event here at the Hilton Hotel in the magnificent city of Prague. After eight levels, the actual composition of the final table will remain unresolved until tomorrow since ten players will return when the blinds restart at 50,000/100,000 (10,000).


PokerStars qualifier Atanas Malinov is the chip leader by quite a distance

The chip leader is PokerStars quaifier Atanas Malinov, the Bulgarian had a real rush over the second half of the day, eliminating several players and generally causing a lot of trouble for most of the other players with three-bets a regularity. Malinov has 6,675,000 in total - over two and a half million more than his nearest rival, PokerStars player Jonas Mackoff. So as Malinov dominated the second half of the day, it was the Canadian Mackoff who was in control during the first four levels. After doubling up through Day 2 chip leader Antonin Duda, Mackoff took the chip lead when he eliminated Olli Vahala, Magnus Nordmark, Duda and Tomasz Kowalski in quick succession. Mackoff ended with day with 4,030,000.


PokerStars player Jonas Mackoff dominated the early levels but finished the day second overall

The full list of chip counts is as follows:

Atanas Malinov, Bulgaria, PokerStars qualifier, 6,675,000
Jonas Mackoff, Canada, PokerStars player, 4,030,000

Vladimir Velikov, Bulgaria, 3,810,000
Endre Sagstuen, Norway, PokerStars player, 3,610,000
Lucas Blanco, Spain, 3,380,000
Ayman Zbib, Lebanon, 2,945,000
Athanasios Xenodochidis, Greece, 2,610,000
Periklis Charmpilas, Greece, PokerStars player, 2,555,000
Balasz Botond, Hungary, PokerStars player, 2,460,000

David Novak, Czech Republic, 2,325,000

With no player seemingly too short, it might yet be a while before a final table is reached. However most players are just one double-up from taking the chip lead. To say the final day will be "tight" could be an understatement.


PokerStars player Balasz Botond is still in the mix

Of course, there's still the fact of the money prizes that they're all chasing. Every single player is guaranteed a minimum payout of €19,200 but a record €280,000 is available for the winner:

1 € 280,000
2 € 163,000
3 € 114,750
4 € 81,100
5 € 65,440
6 € 52,050
7 € 39,500
8 € 28,100
9 € 22,200
10 € 19,200

Play will begin tomorrow at 12.30pm CET when this tournament will recommence. In the meantime, you can check out the live updates of the day's proceedings here and here, or check out who finished where with the full up-to-date prizepool details. Make sure you're back reading tomorrow as the biggest ever Eureka event draws to a conclusion! In the meantime, you can always follow all the action that is going on in the Super-High Roller event.

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