€5,300 Main Event
€5,300 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Max Silver Tops Mammoth EPT Malta Day 1b Field

MarcC • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Max Silver
Max Silver

Day 1b of the European Poker Tour Malta Main Event played out today over two floors due to the sheer amount of players that turned up. Day 1a attracted 260 players, but today’s 629 entrants dwarfed that number. Registration remains open until the beginning of Day 2, but the 887 players (so far) have helped amass a prize pool of more than €4.3 million and a first-place prize of around €800,000 should be awarded.

Of those 627 that started, around 375 remain and are led into Day 2 by Max Silver, who amassed a 176,100-chip stack. Other players who will be very happy with their days include: Sam Trickett (134,900), Kyle Henry (131,900), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (89,900), Yury Gulyy (108,800), Sylvain Loosli (112,000), Martin Jacobson (81,200), and Jonathan Little (89,400).

Silver’s day got off to a shaky start after he attempted to push Jussi Nevanlinna off top pair on the river. His twice-pot bet with king high was called and 25% of his stack disappeared just like that. The Brit — who used to work for Full Tilt Poker before turning pro — recovered well and had a stroke of fortune in the last level of the night. He flopped a lower set than Brian Benhamou but turned quads after all the chips had gone in on the flop.

Team PokerStars Pro and Online were out in force today. Some did well, and some not so much. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (19,800), Eugene Katchalov (eliminated), Isaac Haxton (eliminated), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (50,400), George Danzer (59,000), Vanessa Selbst (83,200) , Leo Margets (65,800), Jake Cody (78,000), and Jonathan Duhamel (46,200) all represented the red spade with pride.

Ludovic Geilich, Anatoly Filatov, Mike McDonald, Andrew Chen, Davidi Kitai, Steve O’Dywer, Mustapha Kanit, and Jason Wheeler were amongst a host of big names that will have to search for glory (like these players) in the many side events that are scheduled for the week after busting.

Wheeler had an epic three-day journey to get here and he told his story to PokerNews earlier on.

Tomorrow will, as always in EPT main events, kick off at noon CET and six 75-minute levels are scheduled. The tournament will edge closer to the money, but the bubble will probably burst during Level 16 or 17 on Day 3. Be sure to join the PokerNews Live Reporting team back here for hand-by-hand coverage, feature pieces, interviews, and videos.

Until then, it's goodnight from St Julian, Malta.

Tags: Max Silver

Remko Report Episode #10: Hermance Blum and Frank Op de Woerd

donpeters • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The World Poker Tour is headed to Amsterdam, and this is huge news for the Netherlands.

Host Remko Rinkema talks with WPT Europe General Manager Hermance Blum and PokerNews.NL leading man Frank Op de Woerd about the exciting news and what this really means for Holland.

You can subscribe to the entire iBus Media Network on iTunes here, or you can access the RSS feed here. The PokerNews family of podcasts is now available on Stitcher.

Tags: Frank Op de WoerdHermance BlumRemko ReportRemko Rinkema

Various End-of-Day Chip Counts

Webjoker • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

More to follow.

Max Silver gb
Max Silver
gb 176,100 6,100
Noah Vaillancourt ca
Noah Vaillancourt
ca 146,100 28,100
Matthieu Rodriguez fr
Matthieu Rodriguez
fr 139,700 27,700
Moritz Dietrich de
Moritz Dietrich
de 135,000 135,000
Rudolf Zintel DE
Rudolf Zintel
DE 135,000
Sam Trickett gb
Sam Trickett
gb 134,900 44,900
Bernardo Dias br
Bernardo Dias
br 131,800 131,800
Gilbert Diaz fr
Gilbert Diaz
fr 130,800 -19,200
Andrea Cortellazzi it
Andrea Cortellazzi
it 129,000 129,000
Michael Poirier FR
Michael Poirier
FR 121,500 121,500
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
fr 112,000 112,000
Robin Ylitalo se
Robin Ylitalo
se 109,700 68,700
Yury Gulyy ru
Yury Gulyy
ru 108,800 28,800
Alexander Lakhov ru
Alexander Lakhov
ru 105,400 -32,600
Andrea Benelli it
Andrea Benelli
it 105,300 87,100
Anton Wigg se
Anton Wigg
se 97,500 46,500
Yann Dion ca
Yann Dion
ca 97,200 12,200
JC Alvarado mx
JC Alvarado
mx 95,000 42,000
Bjorn Wiesler de
Bjorn Wiesler
de 93,700 15,700
Govert Metaal nl
Govert Metaal
nl 90,700
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
ru 89,900 24,900
Jonathan Little us
Jonathan Little
us 89,400 25,400
Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
nl 86,500
Jan Peter Jachtmann DE
Jan Peter Jachtmann
DE 85,100 25,100
Ariel Celestino br
Ariel Celestino
br 83,600 83,600

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Zintel Pays off Queens

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Vladislav Shunkov opened the action and found two caller in the blinds including big stack Rudolf Zintel. The German bet the {J-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {2-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} turn for 3,625 and Shunkov called, the third player in the hand folded. On the {8-Hearts} river, Zintel paid off the 6,000 valuebet of his opponent and mucked his {K-Clubs} {J-Spades} when the Russian showed {Q-Hearts} {Q-Spades}.

Rudolf Zintel DE
Rudolf Zintel
DE 135,000 -5,000

Tags: Vladislav ShunkovRudolf Zintel

Parlafes Bows Out Before the End

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Dany Parlafes
Dany Parlafes

Artur Koren opened to 1,300 and EPT 11 Deauville runner-up Dany Parlafes moved all in for 12,075 in total. Koren pondered about his decision for quite some time and eventually talked himself into calling.

Parlafes said "thank you" and then flipped over the {10-Spades} {10-Diamonds}. It was a coin flip against the {K-Spades} {Q-Spades} of Koren with the better end for the German after a board of {A-Hearts} {Q-Clubs} {2-Diamonds} {7-Hearts} {3-Spades}.

Artur Koren at
Artur Koren
at 60,000 30,000
Dany Parlafes ro
Dany Parlafes
ro Busted

Tags: Artur KorenDany Parlafes

Six More Hands

Webjoker • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The tournament clock reached its last 13 minutes and was halted. Over on table 17 the dealer drew a 6 and so 6 more hands are to be played.

Baker Doubles Through Kuo

Webjoker • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Kitty Kuo
Kitty Kuo

David "Bakes" Baker, now not needing the "Bakes" in our chip counts list since "ODB" didn't show up here in Malta, was down to just under 20,000 when he opened to 1,500 from early position.

Kitty Kuo, still Kitty because Hui Chen-Kuo doesn't look as sweet, three bet to 3,600 while sipping on a glass of red wine.

Action folded back to Baker who asked "3,600?" and when met with an affirmative nod from the dealer, announced all in. Kuo asked for a count (19,525) and made the call. Kuo showed {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}, Baker had {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}.

Kuo wished her opponent good luck but needed some luck herself after the turn; {9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{7-Spades}{K-Clubs}. No help would come for Kuo with the {8-Diamonds} on the river and Baker doubled.

David Baker us
David Baker
us 40,550 4,550
Kitty Kuo tw
Kitty Kuo
tw 20,000 -20,000

Tags: David "Bakes" BakerKitty Kuo

Gnatenko Bows Out After Epic Tank

MarcC • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Heinz Kamutzki & Oleksandr Gnatenko
Heinz Kamutzki & Oleksandr Gnatenko

Oleksandr Gnatenko informed PokerNews after yesterday's Global Poker Masters shenanigans that he would be retiring from tournament poker after the EPT Malta Main Event. He just busted to Heinz Kamutzki in a hand where the German tanked for 10 minutes on the turn. If this was his last tournament he went out on a great hand.

Kamutzki opened to 1,400 from the cutoff before Gnatenko three-bet to 3,100 from the next seat along. Patrick Leonard was in the big blind and called along with Kamutzki.

The flop spread {2-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} and Gnatenko's 3,700 bet was only called by Kamutzki. The turn came as the {3-Hearts} and Kamutzki checked to face an all in in bet of 20,575. Ten minutes later, Leonard called the clock on Kamutzki but what happened before then was a joy for the table and the small crowd that gathered as the minutes wore on.

Basically the two talked on-and-off about what Gnatenko could have in that spot and what Kamutzki could call with. Obviously, Gnatenko never revealed his hand but Kamutzki admitted he had a jack, in an attempt to extract vital information.

It was hard to make out exactly what Gnatenko was saying but he had some table mates highly amused. Kamutzki came out with some of the following lines:

"Why all in my friend?"

"Sure you want to go out like that?"

"With the king of hearts I'd already be calling!"

"Even if I'm wrong I can still suck out right?"

After the clock was called he made the call with {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} for top pair and was ahead of the semi-bluffing Gnatenko who opened {6-Hearts}{9-Hearts} for second pair and flush draw. The river was the {j-Spades} and Gnatenko left tournament poker, maybe.

Heinz Kamutzki de
Heinz Kamutzki
de 64,000 43,000
Oleksandr Gnatenko UA
Oleksandr Gnatenko
UA Busted

Tags: Heinz KamutzkiOleksandr Gnatenko

Tedeschi Busts to Miller

Happy_Freaked • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Ori Miller just found himself in a nice spot holding pocket queens, as he had Paul Tedeschi all in for his tournament life before the flop holding a small pocket pair.

Miller: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}
Tedeschi: {6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}

The board ran out {Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Tedeschi hit the rail after having flopped a set as well. On the turn the Frenchman had chop outs with a flush draw on the board, but the river brought no such thing.

Ori Miller il
Ori Miller
il 130,000 70,000
Paul Tedeschi fr
Paul Tedeschi
fr Busted

Tags: Paul TedeschiOri Miller