WSOP Super Circuit Online Series 2021 NJCOOP 2021 MISCOOP partypoker Sunday LIVE
€550 Grand Event
€550 Grand Event
Day 3 Completed

Eight Left in the Malta Poker Festival Grand Event with Dan Still in the Lead

poolshir • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante
Dmitri Dan
Dmitri Dan

A huge set up ensured that Day 3 of the €550 Grand Event ended halfway through the third level of play of the day to see the 1,324-strong field reduced to a mere 8 hopefuls who will play their final table in Club TwentyTwo on Monday, November 4 at 2 p.m. local time. With the bulk of the €642,140 prize pool still up for grabs, all eyes will be on that first-place prize of 150,000 and the charming The Malta Poker Festival trophy.

Dmitri Dan started the day with the chip lead and never let it go, in fact, he only added more to his stack as he finished the day with 14,015,000 in chips. He can claim four victims on Day 3 which started with 21 players. Jacopo Achille, Teijo Sinervo, Martyn Frey, and Michel Vat all saw their chips go into Dan’s stack before making their way to the payout desk. Dan only has two tournament cashes recorded to his name on The Hendon Mob and they both date back to more than two years ago and with the €14,000 each player has already secured, this will be his biggest cash ever.

Leendert Marcus
Leendert Marcus

Dan is followed in the chip counts by Leendert Marcus from the Netherlands with 9,330,000. Even though Dan had an impressive run today, Marcus had some of the more notable eliminations of the day. He was the first player to send someone else to the rail today. Domenico Tortomasi’s two pair couldn’t beat the flush Marcus had turned. Marcus also took out Nicolaj D’Antoni, who finished in third place last year, with a flush, this time he rivered it.

But Marcus won what could probably be called the biggest setup of the tournament at the most crucial moment. Mark Vella had shoved with pocket queens, Dario Marinelli over shoved with pocket kings, and Marcus called with pocket aces. The aces held to send Vella out of the Grand Event in ninth place and to leave Marinelli short when he returns to the final table on the final day.

Final Hand of the Day
Final Hand of the Day

Closing the podium in third place is Tomas Sujeta with 6,685,000 in chips. Sujeta eliminated Giovanni Piccione when his lower pocket pair turned into a set on the flop. After having first doubled Linda Nguyen up, he still took her out in tenth place when she held ace-jack and he had ace-nine. The flop came with a nine for Sujeta to pair up with to send Nguyen home with €7,000. Nguyen finished in 73rd place last year so has bettered that result but she will still be disappointed to have missed out on the final table.

The final table is completed with Oskar Wedde, Pasquale Gregorio, Peter de Bruin, and Craig Smith.

Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Pasquale GregorioItaly2,615,00026
2Dario MarinelliItaly590,0006
3Craig SmithUnited Kingdom1,470,00015
4Leendert MarcusNetherlands9,330,00093
5Tomas SujetaLithuania6,685,00067
6Peter de BruinNetherlands2,315,00023
7Dmitri DanIsrael14,015,000140
8Oskar WeddeNorway2,830,00028

When the players return at 1:30 p.m. local time, they will be taken up to Club TwentyTwo which is on the 22nd level of the Portomaso Tower. All eight have secured €14,000 already and will continue to play the 32 minutes and 51 seconds that are left of Level 29 which has a small blind of 50,000, big blind of 100,000 and a button ante of 100,000. The final table will be live-streamed on Twitch with a 30-minute security delay as the hole cards will be shown.

This is what they are still playing for:

PlacePrize (EUR)
1€ 150,000
2€ 82,000
3€ 48,000
4€ 38,000
5€ 32,440
6€ 26,000
7€ 20,000
8€ 14,000

The PokerNews live reporting team will be following along with the delay so the updates will start from 2:30 p.m. local time onwards. Make sure to keep reading or watching along until the winner has been crowned.

Tags: Craig SmithDario MarinelliDmitri DanGiovanni PiccioneJacopo AchilleLeendert MarcusLinda NguyenMark VellaMartyn FreyMichel VatOskar WeddePasquale GregorioPeter de BruinTeijo SinervoTomas Sujeta

Mark Vella Eliminated in 9th Place (€10,000)

poolshir • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante
Mark Vella
Mark Vella

Mark Vella shoved from under the gun and Dario Marinelli asked for a count from the cutoff. The dealer confirmed Vella had 1,500,000 exactly. Marinelli decided to shove for more and Leendert Marcus shoved too from the small blind with a similar stack. Tomas Sujeta quickly folded his big blind for what was to be a huge setup.

Mark Vella: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Leendert Marcus; {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}
Dario Marinelli: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}

Everyone from the rail and the side events rushed to the table to see what was happening.

The board ran out {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} for the aces to hold which meant Vella was out in 9th place. The stack of Marcus was counted and confirmed to be 3,815,000. Marinelli had him covered but wasn't left with much.

Leendert Marcus NL 9,330,000 5,215,000
Dario Marinelli it 590,000 -4,065,000
Mark Vella mt Busted

Tags: Dario MarinelliLeendert MarcusMark VellaTomas Sujeta

More for Dan

poolshir • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante
Dmitri Dan
Dmitri Dan

Dario Marinelli raised to 210,00 from the early position and was called by both Dmitri Dan and Oskar Wedde in the blinds.

The flop came {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{2-Spades}, both Dan and Wedde check-called the 205,000 continuation-bet of Marinelli.

They all checked through the {4-Hearts} on the turn to the {k-Spades} on the river. Dan took over the initiative and led out for 575,000 which was enough to get the rest to fold.

Dmitri Dan IL 13,750,000 1,040,000
Dario Marinelli it 4,655,000 -265,000
Oskar Wedde no 2,730,000 -15,000

Tags: Dario MarinelliDmitri DanOskar Wedde

Final Table Seat Draw

poolshir • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante

With 57 minutes left in the current level, the nine remaining players have continued play and the day will end when there are 8 players left.

SeatPlayerChip CountBig Blinds
1Pasquale Gregorio2,400,00024
2Dario Marinelli4,900,00049
3Craig Smith2,000,00020
4Leendert Marcus4,000,00040
5Tomas Sujeta7,000,00070
6Mark Vella1,900,00019
7Peter de Bruin2,100,00021
8Dmitri Dan12,700,000127
9Oskar Wedde2,700,00027

Linda Nguyen Eliminated in 10th Place (€7,000)

poolshir • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante
Linda Nguyen
Linda Nguyen

Linda Nguyen shoved from under the gun and Tomas Sujeta asked for a count in the small blind. The dealer confirmed Nguyen had 735,000 behind and Sujeta made the call after considering it for a minute.

Linda Nguyen: {a-Hearts}{j-Spades}
Tomas Sujeta: {a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}

The flop came {2-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{6-Spades} for Sujeta to hit top pair immediately.

The turn was the {k-Hearts} which didn't change things and neither did the {6-Diamonds} on the river. Nguyen was eliminated in tenth place and she was sent to the payout desk to collect €7,000.

The nine remaining players will be redrawn to the final table and a seat draw is to follow.

Tomas Sujeta lt 7,000,000 825,000
Linda Nguyen no Busted

Tags: Linda NguyenTomas Sujeta


Time for a Break

poolshir • Level 28: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

The ten remaining players have been sent for a 15-minute break.