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€10,300 High Roller



€10,300 High Roller
Day 2 Completed

Nick Petrangelo Leads Final 19 Heading into the Final Day

Happy_Freaked • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Nick Petrangelo
Nick Petrangelo

Ten full levels were played on the second day of the European Poker Tour Malta €10,300 High Roller, and in the end it was Nick Petrangelo who bagged up the overnight chip lead with 1.66 million chips. Nothing is set in stone yet, though, as 17 other players are still in contention for the title, the €597,000 first-place prize, and a unique SLYDE watch.

This event drew a total crowd of 304 entries, creating a prize pool just shy of €3 million and 39 places would get paid. Most of the players that showed up, however, would go home empty-handed, as 157 started the day.

Registration for this event closed right before the start of Day 2, and there were 15 new entries for the day. Out of those 15 new players, none managed to make it to Day 3. Team PokerStars Pro Online Marc-Andre Ladouceur, who had reentered before the start of play on Day 2, was among the first to get knocked out, together with teammate Isaac Haxton.

Others who busted short of the money included Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree, and Eugene Katchalov, as did top pros Stephen Chidwick, Martin Jacobson, Benny Spindler, Tobias Reinkemeier, and Marvin Rettenmaier.

As the money got closer, Jorryt van Hoof was lost after he ran ace-queen into Mike McDonald's ace-king. Griffin Benger lost ace-queen to Rui Ferreira's nines, and Frederik Jensen also went home early. The fast pace continued after the dinner break when Andrew Chen and Olivier Busquet were knocked out, followed by Alex Bilokur and Carlos Chadha. Walid Bou Habib was the eventually the "bubble boy," after which the pace picked up even more.

Max Silver was the Day 1 chip leader, but was knocked out in 37th place, cashing for €20,500. Silver was followed by Timothy Adams (36th), Connor Drinan (33rd), and Fabian Quoss (32nd), who all received the same payout.

In the final level of the night, the last Team PokerStars Pro was knocked out when George Danzer could not win a crucial coin flip against McDonald with pocket tens against king-queen. Danzer finished 29th for €23,300, and Daniel Dvoress (28th) and Adrian Mateos (26th) followed shortly after that.

Austrian pro Thomas Muehloecker was the last player to get knocked out before the end of the night. He fell with pocket jacks to Petrangelo's pocket queen, and this hand helped boosted Petrangelo into the chip lead.

In second place to finish the night was Sylvain Loosli, who had a stellar day in his own right. The Frenchman held the chip lead for most of the day and finished on 1.471 million.

Daniel Ghionoiu, in fifth heading into Day 3, played one of the biggest pots of the day against Simon Higgins, and his trip aces held up against Higgins' flush draw. Higgins, however, is still in, although one of the short stacks to return.

The remaining 18 players are playing for the following payouts, as a winner will be crowned at some point on Saturday night, CET.

10 - 11€52,100
12 - 13€45,600
14 - 15€41,100
16 - 17€36,700

Make sure to tune back in with PokerNews at 12 p.m. local time as we will bring you all the live updates from the epic conclusion of the EPT Malta €10,300 High Roller.

Tags: Mike McDonaldNick Petrangelo

Seating Final 18 Players

Webjoker • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
SeatPlayerChip CountBig Blinds
1Ivan Luca957,00048
2Sylvain Loosli1,471,00074
3Ludovic Geilich655,00033
4Simon Higgins504,00025
5Charles Carrel1,148,00057
6Davidi Kitai734,00038
1Viacheslav Goryachev1,081,00054
2Igor Yaroshevskyy522,00026
3Nick Petrangelo1,660,00083
4Sam Greenwood265,00013
5Sardor Gaziev873,00044
6Mike McDonald765,00038
1Daniel Ghionoiu1,029,00052
2David Peters303,00015
3Steve O'Dwyer629,00032
4Nicola D'Anselmo582,00029
5Artem Metalidi1,015,00051
6Marc Etienne McLaughlin1,008,00050

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Webjoker • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 1,660,000 60,000
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
fr 1,471,000 121,000
Charles Carrel GB
Charles Carrel
GB 1,148,000 48,000
Viacheslav Goryachev ru
Viacheslav Goryachev
ru 1,081,000 -39,000
Daniel Ghionoiu ca
Daniel Ghionoiu
ca 1,029,000 34,000
Artem Metalidi ua
Artem Metalidi
ua 1,015,000 265,000
Marc Etienne McLaughlin ca
Marc Etienne McLaughlin
ca 1,008,000 288,000
Ivan Luca ar
Ivan Luca
ar 957,000 -223,000
Sardor Gaziev us
Sardor Gaziev
us 873,000 71,000
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca 765,000 -46,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
Winamax Sponsored Pro
be 734,000 104,000
Ludovic Geilich gb
Ludovic Geilich
gb 655,000 396,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie 629,000 9,000
Nicola D'Anselmo it
Nicola D'Anselmo
it 582,000 32,000
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
ua 522,000 462,000
Simon Higgins gb
Simon Higgins
gb 504,000 -46,000
David Peters us
David Peters
us 303,000 93,000
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 265,000 -380,000

Four More Hands

Happy_Freaked • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Four more hands will be played before the day is done. Tomorrow we will return and play down to a winner.

Thomas Muehloecker Eliminated in 19th Place (€32,300)

Webjoker • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Thomas Muehloecker
Thomas Muehloecker

Nick Petrangelo opened and his neighbor Thomas Muehloecker three-bet to 84,000. Action folded back around to Petrangelo and he moved all in. Muehloecker played around 400,000 and called.

Nick Petrangelo: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}
Thomas Muehloecker: {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs}

The board ran out {K-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{A-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and Thomas Muehloecker made his exit in 19th place.

Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 1,600,000 620,000
Thomas Muehloecker at
Thomas Muehloecker
at Busted

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Andras Nemeth Eliminated in 20th Place (€32,300)

Happy_Freaked • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Andras Nemeth
Andras Nemeth

On a {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{Q-Spades} flop we just saw Andras Nemeth move all in for 196,000 chips. David Kitai gave it some thought before calling and Ludovic Geilich folded his cards.

Nemeth: {J-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Kitai: {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades}

"That's not a very good flop for Aces," Geilich said.

The board ran out {2-Spades}, {6-Diamonds} and Kitai's hand held up.

"But they hold up," Geilich added.

Nemeth was knocked out in 20th place and we're down to 19 players with 17 minutes left in the final level.

Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
Winamax Sponsored Pro
be 630,000 438,000
Andras Nemeth hu
Andras Nemeth
hu Busted

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Gerald Karlic Eliminated in 21st Place (€29,300)

Webjoker • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Gerald Karlic
Gerald Karlic

Mike McDonald opened to 34,000 and Viacheslav Goryachev made the call from the cutoff. Gerald Karlic shoved his last 80,000 from the small blind and Mike McDonald four-bet to 130,000. Goryachev folded.

Mike McDonald: {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}
Gerald Karlic: {K-Clubs}{4-Clubs}

The board ran out {3-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades} and Karlic made his exit.

Viacheslav Goryachev ru
Viacheslav Goryachev
ru 1,120,000 -50,000
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca 811,000 209,000
Gerald Karlic at
Gerald Karlic
at Busted

Tags: Gerald KarlicMike McDonaldViacheslav Goryachev