11.45pm: Break time
Players are now on a 15 minute break, you'll find level 18's updates in a new post.
11.35pm: One exit, one double up
Action has, as you would expect, picked up since the bubble has burst. The latest man to bust is Dimitar Yosifov who shoved for just over 20,000 with Q♠9♠ and found a taker in the shape of Slaven Popov who had pocket fives. The board ran A♣3♣6♦T♠5♦ to send him home.
Whilst this was happening Andrejus Jakovlevas doubled up to 70,000 through Ion Dragomir, with K♣J♣ versus pocket jacks. A king on the turn and another on the river delivering the double.
11.25pm: Matej mauled
PokerStars sponsored player Matej Marinnovic is one of the first players to bust out in the money. He shoved with A♣K♣ but was called by a pair of eights which held up.
Roman Kagan is also out, they're both free to enjoy the PokerStars party which is taking place across the way from the casino.
11.10pm: Double bubble
After playing over an hour without losing one player just like that two players were eliminated on different tables on the same hand.
The first showdown saw Kiril Kochov all-in for 42,000 with A♠K♣ and he was up against Nagy Barnabas who had pocket nines. The board ran out 7♦6♣J♦J♠6♥ and everyone now knew they were in the money.
But, at the same time Sergey Mikhaylov was all-in for under 10,000 with A♣6♣ and behind to Stelyan Georgiev's A♦T♥. The board came 9♠T♣K♦9♦4♦ and as both players were all-in on the same hand they split 27th place money and will receive €1,000 each.
11pm: German at the double
Whislt their football team might be toiling against Portugal there's good news for one German as Tobias Schwecht has just doubled up through Andrei One. He was at risk for his final 133,300 with A♥K♥ and One had A♦T♥, a board of 3♠Q♣K♠6♥4♣ saw Schwecht climb to around 270,000 whilst One slips to 215,000.
10.50pm: Chop it up
Just like the first, the second all-in and call of bubble play saw the two players turn over the same hand. It was Avshalom Grama all-in for his last 12,000 up against chipleader Petar Zografov. Both had 8 7 although Zografov's were suited in spades. The flop of 5♣6♦8♥ meant that the pot was chopped and bubble play continues.
10.40pm: Big stacks and those in need of bubble protection
The chiplead has changed hands once again, Petar Zografov is back in the lead with a stack of 475,000 he's been fighting, and winning many battles against Nagy Barnabas during the bubble period. Those most at risk of bubbling include Avshalom Grama (12,000), Sergey Mikhaylov (16,200), Deyan Stanev (37,000) and Yuriy Filippov (35,000).
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10.20pm: Andre the giant
Bubble play continues in Bulgaria, but there is a new chip leader and his name is Andrei One, he won a pot from Michal Misterak and is now up to 350,000.
10pm: Still on the bubble
Just the one all-in and call so far, both players had ace-king and the pot was chopped. Chip counts that were done during the dinner break have now been flowed into the blog and you can see them here.
9.40pm: On the bubble
Man down, it's bubble time here in Bulgaria. Tobias Wenker is the 29th place finisher running pocket jacks into Michal Misterek's pocket aces. The pot takes Misterek up to 340,000 and he is now the chipleader.
9.35pm: Back from the break
Cards are back in the air here in Bulgaria.
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8.35pm: Dinner break
The 29 remaining players are now on a one hour dinner break.
8.35pm: Kagan doubles
On the last hand before the dinner break Roman Kagan doubled through Krasimir Stoyanov.
The latter opened to 6,500, Kagan shoved for 34,600 and Stoyanov made the call, on their backs.
The dominating pair held up on a 7♥4♦2♠2♣9♣ board.
8.25pm: Power cut
There was just a complete black out here at the Grand International Hotel and Casino, only for five seconds mind, most people were a bit miffed that the football got interrupted, I meanwhile was following a fascinating hand between two of the chip leaders.
Pre-flop Petar Zografov raised to 7,000 from the cut-off and Nagy Barnabas called on the button. The two of them saw a 6♣6♦Q♥ flop, bet of 7,700 from Zografov, call from Barnabas.
This took them to the J♣ turn, same pattern, bet of 14,800 from Zografov, call from Barnabas. The A♣ completed the board (at this point the lights went out) and Zografov emptied the clip, betting 27,700. Now Barnabas took his time, before announcing raise and making it 60,000 total and after a few minutes thought Zografov mucked his hand.
Both players have around 250,000 are are in the top five stacks.
8.10pm: Karagity clippped
The bubble creeps ever closer, Mark Karagity the latest to be eliminated here in Bulgaria. He moved all-in for 49,600 with A♦7♣ and Krasimir Stoyanov called with pocket jacks. It was basically all over on the J♠Q♠3♣ flop and the turn and river blanked off.
We've also lost Daniy Parlafes, just 29 players remain we're on the bubble bubble.
7.55pm: Double elimination
The stack of Michal Misterek continues to grow skywards, he's up to 240,000 after eliminating two players on the same hand.
He opened to 5,000 with J T , Gabriel Mihai shoved for 18,000 with A J , Nir Levy then re-raised all-in for 26,000 with pocket eights and Misterek called off the extra. The flop came J T 3 and another 10 on the turn gave the pot to Misterek and sent the other two to the rail agonisingly close to the money.
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7.40pm: Gabriel Mihai doubles through Nir Levy
In a hand that was described as 'standard' by Nir Levy he's just lost a chunk of his stack to Gabriel Mihai. There was a raise to 5,000, Mihai then shoved for 30,000 and Levy re-raised all-in, time for showdown
The board helped neither as it came 8♠6♦T♥A♥5♣ and Mihai is up to 70,000 whilst Levy slips to 32,000.
7.30pm: Karagity has clock called
Even the all-in and calls are taking a long time this level! Pre-flop Márk Karagity raised to 4,800 from the hijack, Yuriy Filippov moved all-in for 31,800 from the cut-off and action folded back to Karagity.
He then proceeded to think through his decision, for so long that another player at the table decided to call the clock on him. He was informed he had a minute to make his decision and after 40 seconds of the minute had elapsed he announced call.
The board ran K♠3♥5♠6♠5♣ and Filippov doubled, whilst Karagity slipped to 45,000.
7.15pm: Action slowing
In the opening 30 minutes of level 14 just one player has been sent to the rail, Vymeris Ricardas exiting in 34th place.
7.05pm: Interesting match ups
There's a couple of interesting match ups on the final four tables that could cause fireworks. Sat side by side on table four are Petar Zografov (305,000) and Nagy Barnabas (163,000) and likewise on table one are Daniel Karlson (301,000) and Ted Stolzennbach (250,000) all four of them are in the top five in chips.
6.50pm: Chip counts
I've just flowed the chip counts of the remaining 34 players into the blog. The top five are as below.
Petar Zografov , Bulgaria, PokerStars qualifier, 305,000
Daniel Karlson, Sweden, 301,000
Ted Stolzenbach, Netherlands, PokerStars qualifier, 250,000
Michal Misterek, Poland PokerStars qualifier 176,000
Nagy Barnabas, Hungary, PokerStars qualifier, 163,000
6.35pm: The bubble approaches
In the first four levels of play today a field of 86 has been reduced to just 34 players. The bubble (27 players get paid) is now well and truly in sight and play may well tighten up in the ensuing levels, well at least until the bubble bursts.
It's Bulgarian Petar Zograov who holds the chip lead right now although a chasing pack including Daniel Karlson and Ted Stolzenbach are not far behind.
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Bulgaria:Nick Wright. Photos by Thomas Stacha.