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Guillaume Diaz Leads 90 Survivors After Day 2 of the EPT13 Malta Main Event

zedmaster84 • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Guillaume Diaz leads after Day 2

Day 2 of the 2016 PokerStars.com EPT13 Malta Main Event saw 233 players return to the tables of the Casino Portomaso and another eight hopefuls opted to buy in with a fresh stack of 30,000. Along with two no-shows, the field size of 468 entries created a total prize pool of €2,269,800. The top 87 spots were to be paid at least €8,070 for their efforts, whereas the winner will receive a payday of €355,700 this upcoming Saturday.

After six levels of 75 minutes, the money spots were narrowly missed, as 90 players bagged up chips with Guillaume Diaz in the lead. The Frenchman bagged up 583,500. He is followed by Gianfranco Visalli (518,000) and Peter Ockenden (469,500).

Other big stacks and notables include Xixiang Luo (390,000), Guillaume Valle (363,000), Sarah Herzali (362,000) Dmitry Yurasov (358,000), and Elie Saad (302,000) and Eugene Katchalov (284,000). Former EPT champions that made it through include Dominik Panka (365,000), Davidi Kitai (284,500), Frederik Jensen (191,500) and EPT11 Malta winner Jean Montury (85,000) and Roberto Romanello (82,000).

Day 2 started with a setup on the feature table, and William Kassouf endured a deja vu from the 2016 Main Event when he ran with kings into the aces of Brian Altman, Vladimir Troyanovskiy busted with deuces in the same hand as well. [Removed:17] got his short stack in good with ace-queen, but Roberto Romanello's {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} connected with the board to bust the €25,750 Super High Roller champion. Jakub Michalak, who won the €10,300 Single-Day High Roller the previous night, sent his stack over to Guillaume Valle and the Frenchman took the lead into the first break of the day.

Georgios Zisimopoulos lost a flip against Guillaume Diaz and Charlie Carrel also joined the rail in the second level of Day 2. Other casualties included the sole remaining PokerStars Team Pro George Danzer, Koray Aldemir, Paul-Francois Tedeschi, Mikhail Petrov, Russell Thomas and IPT Malta High Roller champion Stefan Jedlicka.

It was all about Diaz in the next two levels, as he knocked out Pasi Sormunen and consequently built his stack to become the first player with half a million in chips. Start-of-the-day chip leader Andras Nemeth was sent to the rail after he first doubled Pawel Brzeski and then sent the remainder of his stack over to Eugene Katchalov. Sarah Herzali knocked out Asker Aloev and Bartolomiej Machon with a set of jacks and also cracked the top five at the end of level 12 with 111 remaining.

In the last two levels, another 21 players ran out of chips. Pierre Calamusa's bluff went horribly wrong, as Dmitry Yurasov snap-called with pocket kings. Gianfranco Visalli made a big call with pocket tens on a seven-high turn to eliminate Simon Amyot, the Canadian had pocket fours for the a smaller pair and the straight draw. Several other notables also missed out on the money as well: Ludovic Geilich, Alexandros Kolonias, Paul Newey, and Fabrice Soulier.

Malta's "poker mama" Jacqueline Cachia was also eliminated late on. Dan Shak had raised, then called the shoves of Daniele Colautti and Cachia with ace-king. Colautti had nines, Cachia queens - a king on the flop seemed to have sealed the double elimination, but Colautti spiked a nine on the river to double. The last five hands of the night then brought three double-ups and 90 players bagged up .

As a result, Day 3 will recommence at 12 p.m. local time pretty much on the direct money bubble with blinds of 2,000-4,000 and a running ante of 500. The PokerNews live reporting team will be back near the tables to provide all the action until a winner is crowned.

Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatNameCountryChip Count
11Jerry OdeenSweden69,000
12Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus190,000
13Yury GulyyRussia37,000
14Sarah HerzaliFrance362,000
16Dmitry YurasovRussia358,000
17Alain FluriSwitzerland17,500
18Armando Collado LanuzaNicaragua50,000
     
21Armin MetteAustria190,000
22Yung HwangUSA182,500
24Benjamin PhilippsUK27,500
25Tomas MacnamaraUK219,500
26Maria HoUSA40,500
27Miguel Riera SuarezSpain95,000
28Jeroen SoonsNetherlands133,500
     
31Gianfranco VisalliItaly518,500
32Frederik JensenDenmark191,500
33Martin StaszkoCzech Republic244,500
34Xixiang LuoChina390,000
35Thomas LentrodtGermany95,000
36Felix SchlottGermany81,500
37Andre DiFeliceCanada43,000
38Darya HulykUkraine91,500
     
41Tomasz PanekPoland79,000
42Thibault LetortFrance114,000
43Guillaume DiazFrance583,500
44Benjamin PollakFrance224,000
45Guillaume ValleFrance363,000
46Bastian DohlerGermany209,500
47[Removed:215]Switzerland119,000
48Rafael GancedoSpain86,500
     
51Nicolino Di CarloItaly76,500
52Louis CartariusGermany313,500
53Stale EggenNorway22,500
54Piotr FranczakPoland103,500
56Alexander DebusGermany73,000
57Konstantin KazaevRussia228,500
58Aleksandar SpadijerMontenegro76,000
     
61Victor IlyukhinRussia151,000
62Martin NikolovBulgaria199,000
63Chi ZhangUK239,500
65Bart MaesBelgium145,000
66Daniele ColauttiItaly165,000
67Roberto RomanelloUK82,000
68Stefano TerzianiItaly258,000
     
71John GulinoUSA113,500
72Davidi KitaiBelgium284,500
73Peter OckendenNetherlands469,500
74Sylvain LoosliFrance88,500
75Mats KarlssonSweden191,000
76Dong ZhaoChina154,500
77Zorlucan ErTurkey66,000
78Kees van BruggeNetherlands52,500
     
81Ole SchemionGermany86,000
82Walter TreccarichiItaly231,000
83Marco BartoliniItaly69,000
84Peter AkeryUK72,500
85Stephen ChidwickUK100,500
86Aliaksei BoikaBelarus212,000
87Alessandro LongobardiItaly101,000
88Felipe CostaBrazil39,500
     
91Marko PopovicBulgaria64,000
92Taran ParmarCanada94,500
93Felix BleikerSwitzerland31,000
95Oskar SzwedPoland173,000
96Ismael BojangAustria192,500
97Marco D'AmicoItaly45,000
98Jacek PustulaPoland45,500
     
101Konrad AbelaMalta206,000
102Alexandru BaronCanada50,000
103Viatcheslav OrtynskiyRussia115,000
104Brian AltmanUSA219,500
105Dan ShakUSA203,000
106Sergey SergeevRussia257,500
107Zoltan SzaboHungary132,500
108Pawel BrzeskiPoland140,500
     
111Grzegorz GrochulskiPoland142,500
112Paul GreselNetherlands52,000
113Dominik PankaPoland385,000
114Mark Anthony VellaMalta48,500
115Dietrich FastGermany50,500
117Freek ScholtenNetherlands225,000
118Michael KaneUK59,500
     
121James AkenheadUK176,000
122Dawid BorkowskiPoland49,000
123Elie SaadLebanon302,000
124Dariusz SzoenPoland110,000
125Ollie PriceUK88,500
126Eugene KatchalovUkraine284,000
127Jean MonturyFrance85,000
128Usman SiddiqueUK152,000

Tags: Alexandros KoloniasAndras NemethAsker AloevBrian AltmanCharlie CarrelDan ShakDaniele ColauttiDmitry YurasovDominik PankaEugene KatchalovFabrice SoulierFrederik JensenGeorge DanzerGeorgios ZisimopoulosGianfranco VisalliGuillaume DiazGuillaume ValleJacqueline CachiaJakub MichalakJean MonturyKoray AldemirLudovic GeilichMikhail PetrovPasi SormunenPaul NeweyPaul TedeschiPawel BrzeskiPeter OckendenPierre CalamusaRoberto RomanelloRussell ThomasSarah HerzaliSimon AmyotStefan JedlickaVladimir TroyanovskiyWilliam KassoufXixiang Luo