€5,300 Main Event
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€5,300 Main Event
Day 5 Completed

Alen Bilic Leads Final Six in EPT12 Malta Main Event

Chad_Holloway • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Alen Bilic
Alen Bilic

Day 5 of the 2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Malta Main Event – a tournament that attracted 651 players and created a prize pool of €3,157,350 – saw the surviving 16 players return to battle down to the final six.

Leading the pack with 7,635,000 in chips is 26-year-old online pro Alen Bilic, who currently sits #4 in the Bosnia & Herzegovina all time money list. PocketFives currently has Bilic ranked as his country’s #1 online tournament player with a string of amazing results on PokerStars and more than $2 million in lifetime cashes. His results include winning the Sunday 500 last year for nearly $80k, back-to-back wins in the Big $162, and winning the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $71,000 in March last year.

Others still in contention for the €602,400 first-place prize are Niall Farrell (5,115,000), Jaroslaw Sikora (2,455,000), Rainer Kempe (1,505,000), Sam Greenwood (1,615,000), and Giulio Spampinato (1,180,000).

The day kicked off with an elimination in the very first hand of play when Kitty Kuo, the last woman in the field, got her short stack all in preflop holding the {j-Hearts}{j-Spades} and found herself racing against the {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades} of Bjorn Geissert. The {a-Clubs}{7-Spades}{7-Diamonds} flop was disaster for Kuo, and she watched helplessly as the {8-Hearts} blanked on the turn followed by the {6-Spades} river. Kuo took home €27,120 for her 16th-place finish.

From there, Apostolos Bechrakis (15th - €30,280), Darrell Goh (14th - €30,280), Geissert (13th - €33,440), Akim Aouine (12th - €33,440), Gianluca Escobar (11th - €40,410), and Antonio Chemi (10th - €40,410) all hit the rail to set up the unofficial final table of nine.

At that point, in Level 27 (25,000/50,000/5,000), Bilic opened for 100,000 from the cutoff and Alexander Ivarsson, who began the day as chip leader, three-bet to 250,000 from the button. Both blinds folded, Bilic four-bet to 625,000 and the pressure was back on Ivarsson. The Swede tanked for a fair bit before moving in for 2,065,000, and Bilic called.

Bilic: {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}
Ivarsson: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}

It was a huge flip, but not after the flop came {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{4-Spades} to give Bilic the lead. The {5-Diamonds} on the turn was a blank, leaving Ivarsson two outs. He didn't hit either one of them as the {7-Diamonds} hit and Ivarsson hit the rail in ninth place for €49,560.

After the dinner break, a short-stacked Nabil Cardoso, who was looking to become just the second player from Spain to win an EPT Main Event, shoved his last 490,000 from the small blind holding the {q-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Sikora called from the big with the {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. The board ran out {2-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{8-Hearts}, and Cardoso was ousted in eighth place for €62,570.

Not long after, Daniel Dvoress four-bet all for 1.62 million in holding the {a-Spades}{j-Spades} and found himself dominated by the {a-Clubs}{k-Spades} of Farrell. Dvoress was dominated, and wound up drawing dead by the turn after the board ran out {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{6-Spades}{4-Clubs}. Dvoress' exit in seventh place for €91,550 meant the final six were set.

Here's how things stack up:

SeatPlayerCountryCountBBs
1Niall FarrellUnited Kingdom5,115,00085
2Rainer KempeGermany1,515,00025
3Sam GreenwoodCanada1,605,00026
4Giulio SpampinatoItaly1,180,00019
5Alen BilicBosnia and Herzegovina7,635,000127
6Jaroslaw SikoraPoland2,455,00040

Day 6 will commence at 1 p.m. local time, though our coverage will be on a one-hour delay to coincide with the live stream. While you wait, check out this video with finalist Niall Farrell:

Alen Bilic ba
Alen Bilic
ba 7,635,000 -30,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 5,115,000 1,465,000
Jaroslaw Sikora pl
Jaroslaw Sikora
pl 2,455,000 -25,000
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 1,605,000 -40,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 1,515,000 -80,000
Giulio Spampinato it
Giulio Spampinato
it 1,180,000 -30,000

Tags: Alen Bilic

Daniel Dvoress Eliminated in 7th Place (€91,550)

Chad_Holloway • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Daniel Dvoress - 7th Place
Daniel Dvoress - 7th Place

Action folded to Daniel Dvoress on the button and he raised to 135,000. Niall Farrell, who was in the small blind, responded by three-betting to 390,000, and when action was back on Dvoress he thought for a few moments before moving all in for 1.62 million. Farrell snap-called.

Farrell: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Dvoress: {a-Spades}{j-Spades}

Dvoress was in dire straits, and things got even worse when the {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{9-Clubs} flop delivered Farrell trips. Dvoress needed to catch running straight cards, but the {6-Spades} turn took away any chance of that happening. The meaningless {4-Clubs} was put out on the river, and Dvoress exited the EPT12 Malta Main Event in seventh place for €91,550.

With that, the final six players are set and play has been halted for the night. Stay tuned for a full recap of the Day 6 action.

Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
ca Busted

Tags: Daniel DvoressNiall Farrell

Sikora Pushes Off Dvoress

Chad_Holloway • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Action folded to Jaroslaw Sikora in the small blind and he limped. Daniel Dvoress checked his option from the big and the two watched the flop come down {10-Clubs}{j-Spades}{8-Spades}. Sikora led out for 60,000, Dvoress raised to 180,000, and Sikora took his time before three-betting to 370,000.

Dvoress gave it some thought but ultimately folded only to see Sikora flash the {5-Diamonds}.

Jaroslaw Sikora pl
Jaroslaw Sikora
pl 2,480,000 305,000
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
ca 1,320,000 -245,000

Tags: Daniel DvoressJaroslaw Sikora

Nabil Cardoso Eliminated in 8th Place (€62,570)

Webjoker • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Nabil Cardoso
Nabil Cardoso

Action folded to Nabil Cardoso in the small blind and he shoved for 490,000. Jaroslaw Sikora called from the big blind after getting confirmation on how much it was.

Jaroslaw Sikora: {K-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Nabil Cardoso: {Q-Hearts}{4-Hearts}

The flop came {2-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}, changing nothing much. The {6-Spades} on the turn was a blank as well and so was the {8-Hearts} on the river.

Nabil Cardoso cashed €62,570 for his 8th place finish. The remaining 8 players are guaranteed €91,550.

Alen Bilic ba
Alen Bilic
ba 7,665,000 -50,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 3,650,000 -20,000
Jaroslaw Sikora pl
Jaroslaw Sikora
pl 2,175,000 550,000
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 1,645,000 210,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 1,595,000 -20,000
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
ca 1,565,000 -20,000
Giulio Spampinato it
Giulio Spampinato
it 1,210,000 -20,000
Nabil Cardoso es
Nabil Cardoso
es Busted

Tags: Nabil CardosoJaroslaw Sikora

The Short Get Shorter

Webjoker • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Sam Greenwood in the cutoff opened to 120,000. Nabil Cardoso in the big blind counted out his stack (630,000) and called. The flop came {8-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{2-Clubs} and Cardoso checked. Greenwood bet 100,000 into the 350,000 pot and Cardoso folded.

Nabil Cardoso es
Nabil Cardoso
es 490,000 -140,000

Tags: Nabil CardosoSam Greenwood

Bilic Extends Chip Lead By Taking Big Pot Off Sikora

Chad_Holloway • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Jaroslaw Sikora opened for 125,000 from early position and Alen Bilic defended from the big blind. The {a-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{10-Hearts} flop saw Bilic check and Sikora bet 125,000. Bilic woke up with a check-raise to 350,000, Sikora called and the {2-Diamonds} appeared on the turn.

Bilic led out for 450,000, Sikora called, and the {5-Diamonds} completed the board on the river. Bilic thought long and hard and then bet 750,000. Sikora snap-called with the {a-Spades}{7-Spades} for a flopped two pair, but it was no good as Bilic had flopped an even bigger two pair with the {a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}.

Alen Bilic ba
Alen Bilic
ba 7,715,000 1,755,000
Jaroslaw Sikora pl
Jaroslaw Sikora
pl 1,625,000 -1,535,000

Tags: Jaroslaw SikoraAlen Bilic

Giulio Spampinato Doubles

Webjoker • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Action folded to Sam Greenwood in the small blind and he moved all in to put the pressure on Spapinato. The Italian player in the big blind instantly called for his last 595,000.

Giulio Spampinato: {Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Sam Greenwood: {2-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

The flop came {A-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and Greenwood jumped into the lead. The {5-Diamonds} hit the turn, giving Spampinato a diamond draw. The {J-Diamonds} on the river was the card Spampinato was waiting for, and he jumped up celebrating his double up.

Giulio Spampinato it
Giulio Spampinato
it 1,200,000 585,000

Tags: Giulio SpampinatoSam Greenwood

A New Chip In Town

Webjoker • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

The 100,000 chips have been introduced. They are black and they are awesome. Nicknamed "Black Mass".