A total of 407 poker players showed up for the start of the Eureka Poker Tour Bulgaria Main Event, but that number has quickly fallen to eight just three days later.
The remaining players will battle it out for top spot on the fourth and last day of the Main Event, with the winner set to take home a generous €93,000 (around US$123,500). That is the highest ever place for the Bulgarian leg of the Eureka Poker Tour to date.
There is a great deal of diversity at this season’s final table, with seven nationalities being represented. Players from Bulgaria, Israel, Cyprus, Macedonia, Russia, Austria and the Czech Republic are all featured at the final table, a sign the tournament has growing appeal to poker pros in the region and beyond.
Macedonian player Tane Tanevski will go into the final day of play with the chip lead, with a stack of 1,840,000 to his name. Tanevski had a great day on the felt on Day 3, eliminating one time tournament leader George Vranas along with four other players en route to claiming the chip lead.
He is followed by Bulgarian Stefan Ivanov, who ended the third day of play a few thousand chips less than Tanevski, with 1,493,000. The hometown player has already bested his previous best live poker tournament winnings, which stands at $882, according to Hendon, in the only tournament he has cashed in on up to now.
The lack of live tournaments may be deceiving to his fellow final table players, however, as Ivanov is a prominent online poker player, having earned a little less than $400,000 from playing online. Should Ivanov keep up his solid play at the Eureka Poker Tour event, he will show that he is also more than capable of dominating on the live scene as well as online.
Another player to have also made it to the final table at this event is Bulgarian Austrian Ivo Donev, who is better known for winning a WSOP Gold Bracelet back in 2000. The 53-year-old, who has 14 total money finishes in the WSOP and seven total money fishes in the European Poker Tour, is currently second last on the chip ladder.
Despite that, he is still in a fairly solid position to double up and dominate, with 768,000 chips to his name. Donev’s experience may certainly be an asset to him at this stage of the game and he is certainly not to be written off as the last day of play gets underway.
Day 4 of the Eureka Poker Tour Bulgaria Main Event is set to kick off later today at the resort of Golden Sands in north eastern Bulgaria.