Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 of the 2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Malta Main Event went off inside The Casino at Portomaso on Tuesday with the field cut close to a third of its size by the time it finished up.
The day began with 386 players, plans to play six 75-minute levels and Italian Carmelo Crucitti bringing in the combined chip lead from the two starting flights with him. By the time they bagged and tagged, just 131 players remained, and Swede Alexander Ivarsson was on top.
Registration closed at the start of the day and the final tally was 651 total entries creating a €3,157,350 prize pool that will pay 95 spots. A min-cash is worth €9,320, with a hefty €602,400 awaiting the winner.
Ivarsson got the inside track on that dominating his table early, then winning a 170,000-chip pot when his sixes made a set to hold versus big slick to push above the 500,000-chip mark. He bagged 529,200 and almost 180 big blinds coming into tomorrow.
Those who were not so fortunate included Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof, who double once, but busted soon after, joining a littany of big names on the rail including Andrew Chen, Gaelle Baumann, Ismael Bojang, and Danish Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen, who ran kings into aces to go broke in the second level.
Just a couple days removed from winning the €25K High Roller here at EPT Malta, Mike McDonald built it up to mid six figures by busting German standout Bojang early. In the late stages, he five-bet shoved with jacks into Antonio Scalzi's pocket queens and four-flushed on the river to move up to a spot among leaders. McDonald ended on 314,200.
2015 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em runner-up Natasha Barbour ran it up early as well, but bagged just 74,000. Faraz Jaka came in with a big stack and only added to it all day, collecting 375,200 and a spot in the top 10 to finish the day. €10,200 High Roller champion Steve O'Dwyer was pushing close to 300,000 as the day played on, but just a day after jumping up to the top of the EPT all-time money winner's list, he fizzled a bit, ending on 98,100. Norwegian Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden remains the only hope for the home team, bringing a similar 102,400 with him.
Day 3 will go off Wednesday with plans to play five 90-minute levels with a 20-minute break between each, starting at 12 p.m. local time.
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Official counts and an end of day recap to follow shortly.
Scottish pro Niall Farrell busted two players earlier, prompting one opponent to comment that he was impossible to read. So just how does he do it? The PokerStars Blog reports.
Kacper Pyzara lost the remainder of his short stack with against the of Cristiano Blanco on the board and then Alexander Rocha busted both Raymind Terzian and Ricardo Alvarado in a row. Terzian was all in short with and Rocha improved with on the board .
Gerald Karlic lost about half his stack against Antonio D'Alessandro with against on a board of .
The tournament staff has paused the clock and informed the remaining players that they will play five more hands at each table before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to the field to capture any last-minute action and to compile a list of counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 2 action.
With around 30,000 already in the pot and a flop reading , Brian Yoon checked from the under-the-gun position and Christoph "Tight-Man1" Vogelsang bet 15,000 from middle position. Yoon made the call and then check-called a bet of 38,000 on the turn before checking a third time on the river.
Vogelsang proceeded to move all in for 98,400, and Yoon spent several minutes pondering the decision before releasing his hand.
"Can I get a learning experience?" Yoon asked, joining several other players in encouraging Vogelsang to show. He did not.
Just a couple days removed from winning the €25K High Roller here at the EPT12 Malta Canadian Mike McDonald has just turned a decent stack into a massive one here late on Day 2 of the Main Event.
He was seen five-bet shoving with jacks into Antonio Scalzi's pocket queens and four-flushing on the river to move up to a spot among the biggest stacks in the room.
McDonald's High Roller win actually vaulted him above Scott Seiver on the top of the all-time EPT money list only to see Steve O'Dwyer leapfrog them both a day later with his €10,200 Single-Day High Roller.
This pot left him with more than 150 big blinds and a shot at even more cash heading into the close of Day 2.
Bart Kuiper finished 10th in this event last season for €49,700, but he won't make as deep a run this time around.
He started out good today but the last level or so saw him downfall till around starting stack. His shoved all in for his last 30,000 holding suited and got called in two spots. He was up against [AxAx and and didn't improve enough to win it. He flopped top pair and turned a gutshot, but the river blanked and the Dutchman made his exit.
Fortunately for him, he lives here on the island, so making his way home won't take him too long.