2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Malta

€5,300 Main Event
Day: 2
Event Info

2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Malta

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
50,000 / 100,000

€5,300 Main Event

Day 2 Completed

Some 131 Survive Day 2 of the EPT Malta Main Event

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante
Alexander Ivarsson
Alexander Ivarsson

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.

Stay tuned as the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be here throughout, bringing you all the action from from start to finish.

Tags: Alexander IvarssonFaraz JakaGaelle BaumannIsmael BojangJohnny LoddenMike McDonaldNatalie HofNatasha BarbourSteve O'Dwyer

PokerNews Podcast Ep. #340: Donnie's Roulette Tips and the Conclusion of Run It Up Reno

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante

Remko Rinkema grills Donnie Peters about roulette strategy, and Donnie schools Remko on the pleasures of manicures and pedicures. Then, Jason Somerville joins the crew to discuss the conclusion of Run It Up Reno and what's in store next.

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Tags: Donnie PetersJason SomervillePokerNews PodcastRemko Rinkema

Assorted End-of-Day Chip Counts

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante

Official counts and an end of day recap to follow shortly.

Player Chips Progress
Alexander Ivarsson se
Alexander Ivarsson
529,200 9,200
Samuli Sipila fi
Samuli Sipila
466,500 6,500
Erik Scheidt de
Erik Scheidt
447,700 247,700
Giulio Spampinato it
Giulio Spampinato
406,500 -13,500
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
375,200 111,200
Pawel Brzeski pl
Pawel Brzeski
372,100 -27,900
Andreas Chalkiadakis gr
Andreas Chalkiadakis
358,600 188,600
Farid Jattin co
Farid Jattin
334,700 47,700
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
321,100 -18,900
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
314,200 -52,800
EPT 1X Winner
Enrico Camosci it
Enrico Camosci
314,000 284,000
Alfie Adam gb
Alfie Adam
283,700 130,700
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
280,000 40,000
EPT 1X Winner
Kitty Kuo tw
Kitty Kuo
264,900 54,900
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
240,300 15,300
Przemyslaw Piotrowski pl
Przemyslaw Piotrowski
230,200 50,200
Jesper Feddersen de
Jesper Feddersen
219,800 64,800
Ivan Luca ar
Ivan Luca
214,800 84,800
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
214,200 25,200
Thomas Muehloecker at
Thomas Muehloecker
209,200 139,200
Govert Metaal nl
Govert Metaal
207,100 72,100
Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
205,400 132,100
Nabil Cardoso es
Nabil Cardoso
201,100 190,100
Alen Bilic ba
Alen Bilic
Nichan Khorchidian lb
Nichan Khorchidian
186,000 121,000

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Late Eliminations

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante

Kacper Pyzara lost the remainder of his short stack with {6-Hearts}{9-Hearts} against the {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds} of Cristiano Blanco on the board {Q-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and then Alexander Rocha busted both Raymind Terzian and Ricardo Alvarado in a row. Terzian was all in short with {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} and Rocha improved with {Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} on the board {2-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{4-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}.

Gerald Karlic lost about half his stack against Antonio D'Alessandro with {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} against {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades} on a board of {6-Spades}{2-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{J-Spades}.

Player Chips Progress
Gerald Karlic at
Gerald Karlic
100,000 -35,000
Ricardo Alvarado us
Ricardo Alvarado
Kacper Pyzara pl
Kacper Pyzara
Raymond Terzian gb
Raymond Terzian

Tags: Alexander RochaAntonio D'AlessandroGerald KarlicKacper PyzaraRaymond TerzianRicardo Alvarado

Five More Hands

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante

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.

"Tight-Man1" Shoves on Yoon

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante
Christoph Vogelsang
Christoph Vogelsang

With around 30,000 already in the pot and a flop reading {5-Spades}{10-Clubs}{7-Spades}, 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 {9-Hearts} turn before checking a third time on the {4-Clubs} 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.

Player Chips Progress
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
225,000 105,000
Brian Yoon us
Brian Yoon
140,000 -60,000

Tags: Christoph VogelsangBrian Yoon

McDonald Gets There

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante
Mike McDonald
Mike McDonald

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.

Player Chips Progress
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
367,000 266,000
EPT 1X Winner

Tags: Mike McDonaldScott SeiverSteve O'Dwyer

Bart Kuiper Eliminated

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante

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 {Q-}{J-} suited and got called in two spots. He was up against [AxAx and {A-}{K-} 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.

Player Chips Progress
Bart Kuiper nl
Bart Kuiper

Tags: Bart Kuiper