2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Malta

€5,300 Main Event
Day: 2
Event Info

2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Malta

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
a10
Prize
€687,400
Event Info
Buy-in
€5,000
Prize Pool
€4,340,750
Entries
895
Level Info
Level
38
Blinds
300,000 / 600,000
Ante
100,000

€5,300 Main Event

Day 2 Completed

Samuel Chartier Bags Biggest Stack On a Day Filled with Eliminations

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante
Samuel Chartier
Samuel Chartier

Day 2 of the European Poker Tour Malta Main Event saw six players take advantage of the late-registration period. That brought the total field to 895 players and created a prize pool of €4,340,750 that will be distributed to the top 121 finishers with a hefty €810,400 going to the eventual winner. After six 75-minute levels of play, the field was reduced from 512 down to 186 with Samuel Chartier and his stack of 465,500 leading the way.

Others who survived the day with big stacks were Germans Moritz Dietrich (460,000) and Ismail Kalkan (426,900), and Italian Filippo Lazzaretto (348,100).

Eliminations were the order of the day, and that included Marvin Rettenmaier. The two-time World Poker Tour champ fell in Level 9 (400/800/100) when Diego Zeiter opened from early position and Rettenmaier three-bet to 6,500 from the small blind. Zeiter four-bet to 14,000 and then called when Rettenmaier shoved all in.

Zeiter: {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}
Rettenmaier: {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}

The board ran out {6-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{8-Hearts}, and the German star made his exit. He'd soon have company on the rail.

Jorryt van Hoof, Martin Finger, Philipp Gruissem, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Ole Schemion, Fabian Quoss, Dominik Nitsche, Ami Barer, and Day 1b chip leader Max Silver were among those to fall on Day 2. Likewise, Team PokerStars Pro members Theo Jorgensen, Jan Heitmann, George Danzer, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Vanessa Selbst, Marcin Horecki, Leo Margets, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier all took their leave, as did Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain, who celebrated his 31st birthday yesterday.

For a thorough look at the history of poker in Malta, check out our feature post titled EPT Malta Shakes Up Portomaso Casino's All-Time Money List.

As for the chip leader, Chartier, he got some of his chips in Level 12 (800/1,600/200) by eliminating EPT Prague High Roller champ Ivan Soshnikov. It happened when the Russian raised to 3,300 and called Chartier's three-bet to 8,200. On the {4-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{9-Hearts} flop, Soshnikov check-called a bet of 8,600 and checked again on the {K-Clubs} turn. Chartier tossed in three blue T5,000 chips and announced to the dealer "14," meaning a bet of 14,000. Soshnikov took off his earphones for a second to confirm the amount and called, heading to the {8-Clubs} on the river.

Again the Russian checked and had put his earphones back in. Chartier moved all in and the red triangle flew in front of the Canadian. Soshnikov called and Chartier flipped over the {A-Clubs}{2-Clubs} for a flush. The Russian let out some curse words in his native language before flashing the {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades} and heading for the exit.

Others returning for Day 3 include online star Ignat "0Human0" Liviu (248,000); high-stakes pro Alec Torelli (216,500); reigning World Series of Poker champ Martin Jacobson (67,700); Team PokerStars Pro members Jonathan Duhamel (77,500) and Jake Cody (58,000); and PokerStars-sponsored player Dominik Panka (197,300).

"At the beginning of the day, I won three pots then I had ace-king versus tens," Panka told PokerNews about his Day 2. "The other player had 30 big blinds and I turned a king. After that, I just steadily increased my chips and all the three-bets I did — which weren’t too many — were working. So, yes, it’s been a pretty good day."

Day 3 will kick off at 12 p.m. local time on Wednesday, and the plan is to play five 90-minute levels. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be there every step of the way.

While you wait, check out this video of Sarah Herring getting her feet nibbled on by fish. Yes, you read that right.

Tags: Samuel Chartier

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

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 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

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante

Official end-of-day chip counts, as well as the Day 3 table draw, will follow later.

Player Chips Progress
Sam Chartier ca
Sam Chartier
465,500 75,500
Moritz Dietrich de
Moritz Dietrich
460,000 190,000
Ismail Kalkan de
Ismail Kalkan
426,900 -3,100
Filippo Lazzaretto it
Filippo Lazzaretto
348,100 168,100
Nandor Solyom hu
Nandor Solyom
335,700 85,700
Francois Billard ca
Francois Billard
320,000 210,000
Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
312,100 70,100
Jean Montury fr
Jean Montury
300,000 231,000
EPT 1X Winner
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
272,500 47,500
Dorin Rauta ro
Dorin Rauta
264,300 154,300
Valentin Messina fr
Valentin Messina
253,000 229,800
Simon Higgins gb
Simon Higgins
248,200 -26,800
Liviu Ignat ro
Liviu Ignat
248,000 -2,000
Matthieu Rodriguez fr
Matthieu Rodriguez
240,000
Ivan Gabrieli it
Ivan Gabrieli
238,000 -32,000
Thomas Petit fr
Thomas Petit
237,700 199,800
Jannick Wrang dk
Jannick Wrang
237,100 -37,900
EPT 1X Winner
Alec Torelli us
Alec Torelli
216,500
Fatih Aydin nl
Fatih Aydin
212,100 130,400
Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
211,400 137,400
Giuliano Bendinelli it
Giuliano Bendinelli
207,300 100,300
EPT 1X Winner
Alain Goldberg fr
Alain Goldberg
201,000 158,500
Mitch Johnson gb
Mitch Johnson
200,000 162,000
Fedor Holz de
Fedor Holz
199,700 9,700
Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
197,300 -7,700

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Last Three Hands of the Night

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante

Each remaining table will play three more hands before bagging up for the night. Stay tuned for a list of notable chips counts as well as a full recap of the Day 2 action.

Tsanev With Many Lifes

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante

Matthieu Rodriguez opened to 4,800 and Nikolay Tsanev moved all in for 5,500 out of the small blind. David Vamplew called and so did Rodriguez, as he was not allowed to raise further. On the {5-Clubs} {Q-Clubs} {3-Diamonds} flop, Vamplew check-folded to a bet of Rodriguez and Tsanev then revealed his {10-Clubs} {10-Spades}.

The Frenchman had him crushed with {A-Spades} {A-Hearts} but the board completed with the {10-Diamonds} turn and the {2-Spades} river.

Rodriguez had also knocked out Rasmus Agerskov earlier after his pocket aces held versus {10-} {8-} on a {J-} {8-Clubs} {7-Clubs} flop.

Player Chips Progress
Matthieu Rodriguez fr
Matthieu Rodriguez
240,000 190,000
Nikolay Tsanev bg
Nikolay Tsanev
20,000 -15,400
Rasmus Agerskov dk
Rasmus Agerskov
Busted

Tags: David VamplewNikolay TsanevMatthieu RodriguezRasmus Agerskov

Jacobson Struggles

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 300 ante

Niccolo Ceccarelli raised before the flop to 5,100 from the cutoff and WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson called from the button.

The flop came down {10-Spades}{7-Clubs}{4-Spades} and Jacobson called another 6,000. The turn was the {J-Clubs} and this time both players checked. On the river the {2-Clubs} hit and Jacobson faced a bet of 18,000. The Swede folded and left himself with 53,000.

Jacobson hasn't had many chips all day and he looks to hang on as the day's about to end.

Player Chips Progress
Niccolo Ceccarelli it
Niccolo Ceccarelli
130,000 76,500
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
53,000 -9,000

Tags: Martin Jacobson