2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Malta

€5,300 Main Event
Day: 3
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 3 Completed

Sikora Leads Final 40; McDonald, Jaka & Shorr Still in the Field

Level 19 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
Jaroslaw Sikora
Jaroslaw Sikora

Day 3 of the European Poker Tour Malta Main Event – a tournament that attracted 651 players and created a prize pool of €3,157,350 – saw 131 hopefuls return to battle for five 90-minute levels. By the end of that time, the money bubble had burst, and just 40 players bagged and tagged chips.

Leading the pack with 1.457 million is Poland's Jaroslaw Sikora, though he faces some stiff competition that includes Alexander Ivarsson (1.306 million), Faraz Jaka (1.2 million), Niall Farrell (1.16 million), and Sam Greenwood (1.16 million), who are the only other players over a million in chips. Also in contention with 689,000 in chips is Mike "Timex" McDonald, who is just days removed from winning the €25K High Roller, is the last remaining EPT champ in the field.

In regards to Sikora, his good run started with a bit of luck. In the first level of the day, Sikora opened for 6,000 and received a call from Charles Chattha on the button. Alfie Adam then three-bet to 21,000 from the big blind, and Sikora pushed back with a four-bet to 47,000. Chattha got out of the way, Adam five-bet shoved for roughly 220,000, and Sikora snap-called.

Sikora: {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Adam: {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}

It was a cooler for Sikora, but his fortune turned around when the {4-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} flop delivered him a set. The {A-Diamonds} turn have Adam some Broadway outs, but he was left wanting as the {A-Hearts} paired the board on the river. With that, Sikora began his ascent of the counts.

The day started out with money on everybody's mind. With 95 players slated to make the money, 36 were destined to leave empty handed. Among those to fall early were Adrian Mateos, Ilan Boujenah, Lauri Varonen, Dylan Linde, Farid Jattin, and 2013 PokerStars UKIPT Marbella Main Event champ Ludovic Geilich, who had his aces cracked to fall in 97th place.

Prior to Geilich's elimination, tournament officials were forced to instituted hand-for-hand play earlier than usual. That's because of a stalling epidemic that unfolded when numerous players were taking extreme amounts of time to act on their hand. One of these players was Christopher Andler, who was hit with a reduced clock for his actions.

Unfortunately for him, his tactics didn't work as he ultimately finished as the bubble boy when he was all in from the big blind for his last 1,500. Giulio Spampinato and Daniel Dvoress created a side pot, and when the dust settled Dvoress was pushed the pot after flopping a pair of aces.

From there the in-the-money finishes came quick. Among those to make their way to the payout desk were Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder (79th - €9,320), Australia's Jeff Rossiter (75th - €9,320), Team Online's Ike Haxton (67th - €10,580), Christoph "Tight-Man1" Vogelsang (59th - €10,580), Dominik Nitsche (58th - €10,580), and the EPT's all-time money winner Steve O'Dwyer (57th - €10,580), who was just two days removed from winning the €10K High Roller.

While dozens fell, many punched their ticket to Day 4 including Kitty Kuo (574,000), Alen Bilic (745,000), Shannon Shorr (407,000), the last Team PokerStars Pro standing Johnny Lodden (399,000), Ivan Luca (349,000), Natasha Barbour (280,000), and Bryn Kenney (172,000).

Day 4 will kick off at Noon local time on Thursday with the plan to play five more 90-minute levels. In addition, the €10,000 High Roller will kick off at 12:30 p.m. local time. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will bring you updates from both events. Until then, check out this video where Shorr gives his take on the stalling situation that occurred near the bubble:

Tags: Jaroslaw Sikora

Day 4 Seat Draw

Level 19 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
11Ezequiel KleinmanArgentina301,000
12Johnny LoddenNorway399,000
13Gianluca EscobarItaly447,000
14Jaroslaw SikoraPoland1,457,000
15Kevin Lee SharpCanada176,000
16Sam GreenwoodCanada1,160,000
17Faraz JakaUSA1,200,000
18Mikko TurtiainenFinland282,000
21Nabil Mohamed Abdien CardosoSpain285,000
22Apostolos BechrakisGreece720,000
23Antonio ChemiItaly164,000
24Erik ScheidtGermany283,000
25Bryn KenneyUSA172,000
26Pierre ChevalierFrance240,000
27Paul BerendeNetherlands108,000
28Mike McDonaldCanada684,000
31Natasha BarbourUSA28,0000
32Darrell GohIreland633,000
33Akim AouineFrance310,000
34Ivan LucaArgentina348,000
35Anton BertilssonSweden216,000
36Alexander IvarssonSweden1,306,000
37Daniel DvoressCanada278,000
38Shannon ShorrUSA407,000
41Hani BahnaCanada344,000
42Alen BilicBosnia and Herzegovina745,000
43Rainer KempeGermany490,000
44Thomas MuehloeckerAustria135,000
45Bjorn GeissertGermany526,000
46Mikael JeanLebanon598,000
47Enrico CamosciItaly162,000
48Giulio SpampinatoItaly785,000
51Kitty KuoTaiwan514,000
52Andreas ChalkiadakisGreece482,000
53Jens LakemeierGermany336,000
54Ferdinand Le PichonFrance364,000
55Michael HoCanada680,000
56Niall FarrellUK1,160,000
57Marcin WydrowskiPoland257,000
58Antonio MitrottaItaly103,000

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 19 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Jaroslaw Sikora pl
Jaroslaw Sikora
Alexander Ivarsson se
Alexander Ivarsson
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
EPT 1X Winner
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
Giulio Spampinato it
Giulio Spampinato
Alen Bilic ba
Alen Bilic
Apostolos Bechrakis gr
Apostolos Bechrakis
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
EPT 1X Winner
Michael Ho us
Michael Ho
Darrell Goh at
Darrell Goh
Mikael Jean lb
Mikael Jean
Kitty Kuo tw
Kitty Kuo
Bjorn Geissert de
Bjorn Geissert
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
Andreas Chalkiadakis gr
Andreas Chalkiadakis
Gianluca Escobar it
Gianluca Escobar
Shannon Shorr us
Shannon Shorr
Johnny Lodden no
Johnny Lodden
Ferdinand Le Pichon fr
Ferdinand Le Pichon
Ivan Luca ar
Ivan Luca
Hani Bahna ca
Hani Bahna
Jens Lakemeier at
Jens Lakemeier
Akim Aouine fr
Akim Aouine
Ezequiel Kleinman ar
Ezequiel Kleinman

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"You or Me, I am all in"

Level 19 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante

Rainer Kempe raised to 16,000 and Gianluca Escobar moved all in for 201,000 from two seats over. The action folded around to Antonio Mitrotta in the big blind and he gave it some thought, then said "Ah well, you or me one will go get it. I am all in," and pushed his stack of around 300,000 forward. Kempe folded and it was a classic race:

Escobar: {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}
Mitrotta: {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}

The board ran out {7-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and Escobar won the battle of Italians.

Tags: Antonio MitrottaGianluca EscobarRainer Kempe

Bahna Triples and Doubles Up

Level 19 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante

Hani Bahna moved all in from the button for 49,000 and Jens Lakemeier as well as Alen Bilic in the blinds called. They checked down the flop {K-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} flop and then Bilic bet the {5-Diamonds} turn for 55,000. Lakemeier folded and Bilic turned over {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} for top pair. Bahna needed a six or nine to stay in, flipping over the {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}. Sure enough the {6-Clubs} river completed the straight for the Canadian and he tripled up.

Shortly after, he got it in again for 154,000 from the cutoff and Jens Lakemeier put him at risk with the {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}. Bahna had the {A-Clubs}{A-Spades} and made the nut flush on the board {10-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{8-Spades}{9-Clubs}.

Player Chips Progress
Hani Bahna ca
Hani Bahna
300,000 215,000

Tags: Alen BilicHani BahnaJens Lakemeier

The Button Clickers are Back

Level 19 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante

Mike McDonald raised to 18,000 from the cutoff and Natasha Barbour called. Niall Farrell in the small blind then fired it up to 70,000 and McDonald clicked it to 155,000. Barbour folded and Farrell shoved to enforce a fold. Upon being asked whether or not he hac a pocket pair, Farrell replied "It was only a pair, a pretty good one. Nines." McDonald laughed and said "I know you are crazy but not that crazy."

Player Chips Progress
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
1,100,000 -50,000
EPT 1X Winner
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
700,000 31,000
EPT 1X Winner

Tags: Mike McDonaldNatasha BarbourNiall Farrell

Baby, Hit Me One More Time

Level 19 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
Jens Lakemeier
Jens Lakemeier

Jens Lakemeier was just cut down to size a little, losing a flip for Mikael Jean's last 300,000 and tournament life.

The German held {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} versus Jean's {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts} all-in preflop and took the lead on the {10-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop, only to see Jean find a set on the {j-Diamonds} turn.

"Yes, baby," shouted Jean as the magical turn card appeared.

The {10-Spades} river filled up Jean and he now appears to have a bigger stack than Lakemeier with the end of the day in sight.

Player Chips Progress
Mikael Jean lb
Mikael Jean
600,000 240,000
Jens Lakemeier at
Jens Lakemeier
515,000 35,000

Tags: Jens LakemeierMikael Jean