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Battle of Malta 2019 Main Event Live Reporting - Day 4
Current Level 37 Current Day 4
Blinds 400,000/800,000 Ante 800,000
Entries 4,657 Remaining 1
Prize Pool (EUR) €2,258,645 First Prize (EUR) €306,205
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Live Updates - Day 2
Day 2 of Battle of Malta 2019 Ended
Level: 23     Blinds: 15000/30000     Ante: 30000
88 Players Advance to Battle of Malta Main Event Day 3 Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 01:19(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Day 2 in the largest Battle of Malta Main Event in history is officially in the books with just 88 players remaining.

688 players started the day, all guaranteed €1,100 and the remaining players have all locked up €2,260. Day 3 (Monday) is scheduled to play down to a final table, with a whopping €306,205 awaiting the winner - not bad for a €500 tournament!

Notable players through to Day 3 include Ludovic Geilich (pictured above), Dehlia de Jong, Steven van Zadelhoff, Leo Worthington-Leese and Daragh Davey.

Place Payout (EUR)
1  €              306,205
2  €              158,130
3  €              102,050
4  €                74,540
5  €                56,470
6  €                42,910
7  €                33,880
8  €                27,100
9  €                24,620

Several notable players bust on Day 2 including the early eliminations of Dara O'Kearney (666th - €1,100) who lost out with ace-king against ace-jack.

Other notables to bust in the money include Ana Marquez (649th - €1,100), former Premier League footballer Jimmy Kebe (533rd - €1260), Fraser MacIntyre (494th - €1,330), Jon Kyte (477th - €1,330), Ian Simpson (466th - €1,330), David Lappin (402nd - €1,470), Andy Hills (335th - €1,540), Daiva Byrne (308th - €1,630), Mateusz Moolhuizen (287th - €1,720) and start-of-day chip leader Dario Marinelli (268th - €1,720).

The surviving players will return tomorrow (Monday) at 1 p.m. to play down to a final table. Stay tuned to the official Battle of Malta live updates right here to keep across all of the action.

Final Three Hands Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 01:04(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

With the Day 2 action nearing its conclusion, the draw has been made that three more hands will be played. 

River Delight for Halevi Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 01:01(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The flop fell , and Gal Halevi was all in from the big blind for 450,000 after check-raising. 

Mehmet Ongorur thought for a minute, then called and was ahead. 

Halevi:

Ongorur:

The turn kept Ongorur in the lead, but the river gave Halevi top pair. 

Halevi moved up to 1m despite being on the brink of elimination, and Ongorur was reduced to 1.2m. 

Player Chips Progress
Gal Halevi 1,000,000 916,000
Mehmet Sirin Ongorur 1,200,000 100,000
Braco Escapes on the River Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 00:40(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Pasquale Braco was all in, and Marc Mijnheer called.

Braco:

Mijnheer:

Board:

Mijnheer was all set to eliminate Braco when the flop and turn cards fell, but the river saw Braco win with the higher kicker alongside two pair. 

Player Chips Progress
Pasquale Braco 750,000 584,000
Marc Jan Mijnheer 600,000 850,000
Laura chats to Malta-based Dutch pro Steven van Zadelhoff Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 00:37(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Start of Level 23
Blinds: 15000/30000     Ante: 30000
Break Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 23:39(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Players are going on their final 20 minute break of the night.

When they return the blinds will be 15,000/30,000 and players will be just 60 mintues

Shishkov Eliminated by Ichiyo Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 23:37(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Borislav Shishkov was all in, and Niwa Ichiyo called.

Shishkov:

Ichiyo:

Board:

Ichiyo was way ahead with pocket tens and held to score the knockout ahead of the final break of Day 2. 

Player Chips Progress
Ichiyo Niwa 1,300,000 915,000
Borislav Tonev Shishkov 0 0
Table 10 Has the Chips! Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 23:19(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Cedric Schwaederle and Pedro Domenech are rising on Table 10. 

Schwaederle is sitting on 2.3m, while Domenech is on 2.4m in level 22.  

Player Chips Progress
Pedro Ivars Domenech 0 1,600,000
Cedric Brice Eric Schwaederle 2,300,000 700,000
Updated Chip Counts Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 23:16(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Lars Greger Larsson 950,000 0
Sebastian Whal 1,080,000 0
Alberto Cigliano 1,000,000 0
Catalin Geangos 800,000 0
Ludovic Geilich 990,000 0
Antonio Alba 940,000 0
Alexandra Niculae 700,000 0
Valentin-Marius Cristea 900,000 0
Francesco Gasparr 750,000 0
Valerii Firstenko 1,000,000 0
David Lund 1,100,000 0
Jacob Dideriksen-Nielsen 980,000 0
Alberto Santoro 900,000 0
Ignazio D'Angelo 1,000,000 0
Salvatore Montagna 1,000,000 0
Mr Karim Aouam 1,060,000 0
Mirco Ferrini 1,030,000 20,000
Niko Pakalen 845,000 155,000
Karl Fredrik Ellingsson 1,100,000 300,000
Re Gabriele 100,000 466,000
Ricardo Manuel Freire Mateus 1,100,000 10,000,000
Calderone Departs Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 23:04(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Giovanni Calderone was all in, and Paolo Infantino called. 

Calderone:

Infantino:

Board:

There was no way back for Calderone, and he departed during level 22. 

Player Chips Progress
Paolo Infantino 700,000 0
Giovanni Calderone 0 0
Kyte Leads After High Roller Day 1 Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 22:38(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Day 1 of the Battle of Malta High Roller has concluded with 103 of 266 players remaining. John Kyte bagged the chip lead with 206,100 from a 25,000 starting stack.

He is clear of Mateusz Sebastian Wozniak (186,000) in second place before a whole host of players including Itay Ben Mergy (147,700), Yazan Mdanat (144,100) and Hysaj Eljano (143,600).

Other notables through to Day 2 include Andrew Christoforou (131,000), Fraser MacIntyre (92,500), Sandro Pitzanti (86,000), Ian Simpson (79,000), Martin Jacobson (63,900), Mateusz Moolhuizen (54,300), Fabrice Soulier (43,400), Andy Hills (25,000), Dara O'Kearney (24,100), Jimmy Kebe (24,000) and Sofia Lovgren (17,700).

Eliminations on Day 1 included Ana Marquez, Jonathan Therme, Alex Dreyfus, David Lappin, Georgios Zisimopoulos, Fraser Macintyre and Jamila von Perger.

Late registration is open for ten levels, so players will have one more level tomorrow to jump into the High Roller.

Start of Level 22
Blinds: 10000/25000     Ante: 25000
Download the Battle of Malta App Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 22:28(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Battle of Malta has created a new app – available for both iOS and Android. The app has a host of features including instant notifications, the latest BOM news, the BOM twitter feed, 2020 tournament schedule, and the chance to win a seat for the 2020 edition of the event next year. Players can download the app anytime by visiting the website below:

bom.beezer.com

Updated Big Stacks Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 22:25(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Ricardo Manuel Freire Mateus 11,100,000 10,943,500
Hagai Ben Yair 1,600,000 1,220,000
Giuseppe Grimaldi 1,300,000 1,173,500
Charalampos Lappas 1,200,000 1,121,000
Leo Jean Jaques Adrien Lombardozzi 1,850,000 800,000
Cedric Brice Eric Schwaederle 1,600,000 650,000
Steven Van Zadelhoff 1,430,000 630,000
Andre Scerri 1,900,000 550,000
Vytenis Salickas 1,200,000 500,000
Hassan Aku Robert Sey 1,610,000 460,000
Marc Jan Mijnheer 1,450,000 400,000
Mats Gustav Villern Karlsson 1,400,000 350,000
Csaba Kovacs 1,400,000 350,000
Mario Ripepi 1,300,000 350,000
Enrico Grella 1,330,000 345,000
Maksims Azarjancs 1,100,000 250,000
Louis Karam 1,300,000 200,000
Mr Walter Lustenberger 1,200,000 200,000
Dwayne Jeremy Sluis 1,300,000 150,000
Andrew James Middleton 1,340,000 10,000
Gulas Josef 1,680,000 20,000
Tiziano Di Romualdo 1,200,000 100,000
Gulas Keeps Going Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 22:24(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The flop was down , and Josef Gulas checked from middle position. 

Amit Cohen bet 125,000 from the cutoff, and Gulas moved all in. 

Cohen was covered but made the call after a minute in the tank. 

Gulas revealed for two pair, and Cohen showed

The turn and river saw Cohen eliminated, and Gulas moved up to 2.4m. 

Player Chips Progress
Gulas Josef 2,400,000 700,000
Amit Cohen 0 0
Papotto Unhappy at Bust; De Cesare More Than Doubles Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 22:17(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Shaun De Cesare opened to 65000 and Emiliano Papotto three-bet all in for 380,000. Vytenis Salickas then four-bet all in and De Cesare tanked for four minutes before calling.

Shaun De Cesare:
Emiliano Papotto:
Vytenis Salickas:

The runout caused a swearing Papotto to be eliminated, receiving a warning from the tournament officials on his way to be paid.

Player Chips Progress
Shaun De Cesare 1,400,000 1,279,000
Vytenis Salickas 700,000 298,000
Emiliano Papotto 0 0
Gonzalez in the Lead Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 22:15(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

As players retake their seats after dinner it is Victor Gonzalez who appears to be in the chip lead with 173 players remaining.

He sits with 2,400,000 in chips and the RedStar qualifier looks to be in a strong position with just three levels remaining in the day.

Player Chips Progress
Victor Feu Gonzalez 2,400,000 1,200,000
Start of Level 21
Blinds: 10000/20000     Ante: 20000
Dinner Break Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 20:28(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

With 174 players remaining on Day 2 of the Battle of Malta Main Event players are heading off on a 75-minute dinner break. 

When they return there will be three more levels before players bag up ahead of Day 3.

Gulas Rises High Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 20:28(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Ludovic Geilich raised to 32,000 from under the gun, and Alessandro Barone called from middle position. 

Josef Gulas raised to 150,000 from the big blind, and Geilich folded. 

With 200,000 behind, Barone went into the tank for over 90 seconds but opted to fold. 

Gulas added to his big stack and moved up to 1.7m. 

Player Chips Progress
Gulas Josef 1,700,000 850,000
Ludovic Geilich 520,000 363,000
Alessandro Barone 200,000 79,000
Check out Laura's interview with Betsson Ambassador Daiva Byrne Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 20:15(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Faraj Hits Runner-Runner Straight to Survive Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 20:00(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Abraham Faraj, playing from the hijack, and Geb Nell, in the small blind, got all their chips into the middle pre-flop with Faraj, the player at risk. 

Faraj:

Nell:

Board:

Nell clenched his fist in celebration when he saw his holding improved to top set on the flop. 

Another player pointed at the jack on the turn to signal Faraj's outs to the straight, and when the queen hit on the river, Faraj had sealed a shock comeback to double. 

Player Chips Progress
Abraham Benitez Faraj 740,000 358,000
Geb. Mushold Nell 190,000 129,000
Huge thanks to Copag Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 19:57(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Battle of Malta would like to say a huge thanks to Copag, Official Card Provider of both the 2018 and 2019 events. Copag, which is also the official supplier for the World Series of Poker, supplied 1,000 decks to BOM this year.

Cristina Pietricola (pictured above), dealer inspector for Casino Malta, loves Copag cards calling them “absolutely perfect” for both big events and player home games.

High Roller Update Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 19:52(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

The Battle of Malta High Roller is midway through Level 7 with 135 of 253 players remaining.

With an average stack of around 45,000, both Jon Kyte (100,000) and Andrew Christoforou (110,000) are in strong positions. Ian Simpson (55,000) is also sitting on double starting stack.

Ana Marquez sits on around starting stack, with David Lappin (pictured), Dara O'Kearney, Fraser Macintyre and Alex Dreyfus all sitting on shorter stacks.

A reminder that late registration and re-entry is open for ten levels.

Catalfamo Eliminated by Ellingsson Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 19:43(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Short stack Giovanni Catalfamo was all in, and Karl Ellingsson had called. 

The board was down and in front of Ellingsson was for two pair. 

Catalfamo held for ace-high and hit the rail. 

Player Chips Progress
Karl Fredrik Ellingsson 1,400,000 670,000
Giovanni Catalfamo 0 0
Start of Level 20
Blinds: 8000/16000     Ante: 16000
Da-Silva Forced to Move with One Single Chip Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 19:24(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Chris Da-Silva was on the move and had a chip rack with just a single 1,000 chip. 

On his way to the new table, Da-Silva retold the story of his demise. 

Da-Silva's opponent opened to 27,000 from the hijack and the Brit three-bet to 85,000. 

There was then an all-in for close to 700,000, and Da-Silva called with pocket queens. 

His opponent held , and when the ace hit on the turn, Da-Silva was left with just 1,000 to play with. 

Will he be able to spin it back up? That remains to be seen. 

Player Chips Progress
Chris Da-Silva 1,000 599,000
Pino Gets Rid of Brenseth Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 19:14(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Terje Humio Brenseth opened to 31,000 and Domenico Pino defended his big blind.

Pino checked the flop to his opponent who continued for 31,000. Pino check-raised to 77,000 and Brenseth called.

The turn was the . Pino bet 109,000 and after a short tank, Brenseth folded. Both players sit on around average stack which sits at just over 500,000 in chips.

Player Chips Progress
Terje Humio Brenseth 480,000 453,700
Domenico Pino 550,000 410,000
Gardner, Patel, Dempsey, Sammut, Byrne Bust Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 18:50(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Former England footballer Anthony Gardner has recently hit the rail alongside Priti Patel, Shame Dempsey, Clint Sammut, and Daiva Byrne (pictured). 

Player Chips Progress
Shane Dempsey 0 0
Patel Priti 0 0
Clint Sammut 1 0 0
Anthony Derek Gardner 0 0
Daiva Byrne 0 0
Sengun Survives and Laudani Doubles Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 18:40(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Cuneyt Sengun was all in for just 15,000 from under the gun, and Flavio Laudani reshoved for 140,000 from middle position, and Daniele Degennaro called from the small blind. 

Sengun:

Laudani:

Degennaro:

Board:

Sengun hit a pair on the flop to win the pot and survive, while Laudani won his flip to double. 

Player Chips Progress
Daniele Degennaro 470,000 180,000
Flavio Laudani 300,000 88,000
Mr Cuneyt Laurent Sengun 50,000 51,500
2018 Final Tablist Moolhuizen & Start-of-Day Chip Leader Marinelli Eliminated Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 18:39(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Last year Mateusz Moolhuizen finished eighth in the Battle of Malta Main Event for €30,000, and had already guaranteed himself a cash after making it through to Day 2.

However, shortly before the last break he was eliminated, taking home €1,720.

Another elimination is start-of-day chip leader Dario Marinelli who also takes home €1,720.

Player Chips Progress
Mateusz Moolhuizen 0 0
Dario Marinelli 0 0
Big Stacks After the Break Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 18:35(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Andrew James Middleton 1,350,000 1,142,000
Tiziano Di Romualdo 1,300,000 970,000
Dwayne Jeremy Sluis 1,150,000 882,000
Csaba Kovacs 1,050,000 863,000
Tonio Marek Roeder 1,075,000 858,000
Andre Scerri 1,350,000 845,500
Mehmet Sirin Ongorur 1,100,000 832,000
Cedric Brice Eric Schwaederle 950,000 792,000
Victor Feu Gonzalez 1,200,000 725,000
Enrico Grella 985,000 692,000
Leo Jean Jaques Adrien Lombardozzi 1,050,000 685,500
Dimitrios Anastasakis 920,000 678,000
Michael Albert Schwartz 900,000 674,000
Mr Walter Lustenberger 1,000,000 672,500
Sirile Puustusmaa 850,000 659,000
Daragh Davey 900,000 599,000
Luca Bufarini 830,000 582,000
John Cahilll 800,000 576,000
Mirco Ferrini 1,050,000 550,000
Serghei Lisiii 800,000 542,500
Gulas Josef 850,000 507,500
Hassan Aku Robert Sey 1,150,000 475,000
Pedro Ivars Domenech 800,000 464,500
Jeffrey Bar-Esh 525,000 409,500
Michele Tocci 800,000 400,000
Jonathan Therme 720,000 350,000
Marc Jan Mijnheer 1,050,000 333,000
Mats Gustav Villern Karlsson 1,050,000 275,000
Niko Pakalen 1,000,000 230,000
Maksims Azarjancs 850,000 130,000
Patrick Clarke 1,175,000 125,000
Mario Ripepi 950,000 50,000
Start of Level 19
Blinds: 6000/12000     Ante: 12000
Break Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 18:09(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The players are now on break. 

Battle of Malta - Intro to Day 2 Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 18:06(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Update from the High Roller Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 17:41(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

There are currently 193 entries in the €1,300 Battle of Malta High Roller. Among those who are competing in after busting the Main Event are MainEventTravel CEO and EPT Madrid runner-up Fraser MacIntyre along with French pro Fabrice Soulier and award-winning podcasters Dara O’Kearney and David Lappin.

Malta-based blockchain entrepreneur and HendonMob Owner Alex Dreyfus (pictured below) is also competing, along with Italian Poker Tour champion Georgios Zisimopoulos, one of Greece’s all time top players.  

Also playing are Crazy 888 champ Kevin Houghton, Andrew Christoforou, Peter Jaksland, Jimmy Kebe, 2018 WSOP finalist Antoine Labat, and Jamila von Perger (pictured above).

Player Chips Progress
Daniele Degennaro 470,000 180,000
Flavio Laudani 300,000 88,000
Mr Cuneyt Laurent Sengun 50,000 51,500
Spiteri Hits Quad Aces Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 17:26(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Stephen Spiteri, in the big blind, and Jason Roberts, from middle position, were all in preflop for a pot worth 450,000. 

Spiteri:

Roberts:

Board:

Spiteri had Roberts dominated and improved to top set on the flop. 

Spiteri found quad aces on the turn to seal his double up, and Roberts was reduced to 160,000. 

Player Chips Progress
Stephen Spiteri 450,000 395,000
Jason Roberts 160,000 119,000
Hills Eliminated by Tiurin Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 17:23(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Earler Andy Hills lost a chunk of his chips to Mario Ripepi and he now found himself all in with against the of Petr Tiurin.

The board was giving no help to Hills who was eliminated.

Player Chips Progress
Petr Tiurin 725,000 150,000
Andrew Christopher Hills 0 0
Grech Flops a Boat to Eliminate Samson Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 17:21(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Neville Grech opened from early position and called a shove from Daniel Samson for 93,000.

Neville Grech:
Daniel Samson:

The flop gave Grech a full house and there was no miracle comeback on the runout and Samson was eliminated.

Player Chips Progress
Neville Grech 500,000 273,000
Daniel Samson 0 0
Start of Level 18
Blinds: 5000/10000     Ante: 10000
Versace Eliminated Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 17:06(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Vladas Burneikis, from the hijack, and Domenico Versace, in the big blind, got all their chips into the middle, with Burneikis, the player at risk. 

Burneikis:

Versace:

Board:

Burneikis found a way to hit the nut flush on the turn to survive, and Versace was left with 10,000.

Just moments later, Versace hit the rail. 

Player Chips Progress
Vladas Burneikis 210,000 65,000
Domenico Versace 0 0
Clarke Over a Million Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 16:51(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Action was on a river and Jonathan Therme bet 110,000. Patrick Clarke was in the seat directly to his left and snap-called.

Therme confidently turned over for two pair, with Clarke showed for a better two pair having hit his ace on the river.

Player Chips Progress
Patrick Ignatius Clarke 1,050,000 130,000
Jonathan Therme 370,000 150,000
Ripepi Doubles Through Hills; Savio Eliminated Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 16:49(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Mario Ripepi was having a double up counted out with Damir Savio getting to his feet having been eliminated.

Savio held 40,000 with and was way behind the of Andy Hills and the of Ripepi.

The board read and aces held to double to over 700,000 in chips.

Player Chips Progress
Mario Ripepi 750,000 701,000
Damir Savio 0 0
Andrew Christopher Hills 235,000 80,000
Lappin, Gjersvold, & Bennacer Hit the Rail Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 16:47(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Among the recent players to depart are David Lappin (pictured), Lars Gjersvold, and Nassim Bennacer. 

Player Chips Progress
Nassim Bennacer 0 0
Lars Niklas Gjersvold 0 0
David Lappin 0 0
Ruiu Takes a Knock Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 16:47(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Cristian Ruiu opened to 18,000 and Emiliano Papotto defended his big blind.

The flop came and both players checked. Papotto bet on the turn and Ruiu called.

Papotto bet 34,000 on the river and Ruiu tank-called. Ruiu showed for trip sixes and Ruiu mucked.

Player Chips Progress
Cristiano Ruiu 725,000 25,000
Emiliano Papotto 200,000 7,000
Download the Battle of Malta App Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 16:33(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Battle of Malta has created a new app – available for both iOS and Android. The app has a host of features including instant notifications, the latest BOM news, the BOM twitter feed, 2020 tournament schedule, and the chance to win a seat for the 2020 edition of the event next year. Players can download the app anytime by visiting the website below:

bom.beezer.com 

Versace Splits to Survive Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 16:30(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

A raise to 18,000 came in from Antonio Alba in early position, and Vladas Burneikis called from the next seat. Domenico Versace moved all in for 67,000 after the action folded around, and Alba went into the tank. 

After a minute passed, he folded, and Burneikis called quoting, "Let's have a gamble." 

Burneikis:

Versace:

Board:

The gamble looked to have paid off for Burneikis on the flop when he paired his nine, but when the jack on the river gave both players a straight, Versace lived to fight on. 

Player Chips Progress
Domenico Versace 80,000 56,000
Vladas Burneikis 145,000 135,000
Big Stacks at the Break Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 16:19(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Edward James Overall 700,000 599,000
Mats Gustav Villern Karlsson 775,000 549,000
Sebastian Whal 835,000 545,000
Patrick Ignatius Clarke 920,000 520,000
Vikrum Mehta 560,000 477,000
Alan John Linker 580,000 455,000
Karl Fredrik Ellingsson 730,000 419,500
Alberto Cigliano 700,000 380,000
Louis Karam 760,000 372,000
Maksims Azarjancs 720,000 368,000
David Dotan Balestra 600,000 360,000
Melech Prozan 700,000 360,000
Marco Bartolini 560,000 358,000
Andres Fernandez Vinxxas 630,000 337,500
Cristiano Ruiu 700,000 293,000
Craig Young 430,000 282,000
Yordy R Bakker 525,000 278,000
Marc Jan Mijnheer 717,000 271,000
Michele Tocci 400,000 267,000
Mirco Ferrini 500,000 213,000
Boris Chertin 590,000 206,000
Antonello Ferraiuolo 420,000 205,000
Niko Pakalen 770,000 199,000
Terence Lee Etim 550,000 192,500
Jonathan Therme 520,000 168,000
Jonas Gunnar Broden 570,000 128,000
Ichiyo Niwa 385,000 106,000
Hassan Aku Robert Sey 675,000 100,000
Flaviano Cammisuli 650,000 95,000
Tindaro Candido 500,000 82,000
Mr Pedro Santos Borba 440,000 78,000
Yotam Bar-Yosef 550,000 77,000
Dario Marinelli 630,000 22,000
Johan Goslings 450,000 5,000
Georgios Kapalas 395,000 2,000
Keimo Suominen 160,000 8,000
Steven Van Zadelhoff 185,000 15,000
Hagai Ben Yair 380,000 110,500
Simpson, Kyte, Urbonas, & Newport Exit Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 16:09(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Among the recent departures is Ian Simpson. Jon Kyte, Mantas Urbontas, and Nicholas Newport. 

Player Chips Progress
Nicholas Newport 237,000 0
Nicholas Newport 0 0
Mantas Urbonas 0 0
Jon Kyte 0 0
Ian Simpson 0 0
Start of Level 17
Blinds: 4000/8000     Ante: 8000
Break Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 15:43(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The players are on a 25-minute break. 

MacIntyre Eliminated; Jumps into High Roller Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 15:42(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Fraser MacIntyrewas short with ten big blinds and picked up from middle position and shoved. The button woke up with and according to MacIntyre"the rest was history."

The flop came giving both players a pair, but there was no extra help as MacIntyrewas eliminated.

"I'm going to jump into the High Roller now," said MacIntyre. 

Player Chips Progress
Fraser MacIntyre 0 0
BOM High Roller Underway Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 15:34(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

There are currently 77 entries in the €1,300 Battle of Malta High Roller including Andrew Christoforou, Peter Jaksland, Jimmy Kebe, Antoine Labat, and Jamila von Perger.

Last year’s High Roller was won by two-time Italian Poker Open champion Simone 'Spera91' Speranza for €60,000. The high-speed final also featured Estonian poker legend Henri Kasper. There were a total of 240 entries creating a €279,360 prize pool. 

One year earlier, Serbian player Miroslav Opojevlic snagged a career-best live cash when he won the Battle of Malta High Roller in 2017 for €47,000. Holland’s Kework Besiktasliyan defeated a 103-strong field to win the event in 2016 for €37,370 while Serbia’s Mladen Kratovic won in 2015 for 
€28,900 after he bested a field of 80 entries.

The first ever High Roller at Battle of Malta was held in 2014, the event’s third year. It cost €3,800 to enter and was won by Latvia’s Arsens Sakanjans for €15,300.

Late registration in this year's event is open for ten levels.

200 Eliminations So Far on Day 2 Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 15:27(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

The tournament clock shows 485 players remaining meaning that we've lost over 200 players since the start of Day 2.

We're approaching the first break of the day. When players return from that break, the blinds will be 4,000/8,000. The average currently stands at 235,000.

Players Party @ 8 PM Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 15:25(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The main Battle of Malta Players Party is taking place at exclusive Paranga Beach, the Intercontinental Hotel’s private beach club, from 8 pm on Sunday (October 20). Hit Maltese band Red Electrick is on the bill, ensuring this will be a night to remember for all Battle of Malta players.

Notable Bustouts Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 15:24(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Nicolas Bruno Courbin 1 0 0
Domenico Avagliano 0 0
Mikko Pennanen 0 0
Jimmy Boubou Kebe 0 0
Peter Jaksland 0 0
Robert Cabral Lim 0 0
Brandon Michael Sheils 0 0
Infantino Finds a Double Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 15:24(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Paolo Infantino was all in for 47,000 from middle position, and Nassim Bennacer called from the big blind.

Infantino:

Bennacer:

Board:

The ace-jack held strong for Infantino, and he secured the double. 

Player Chips Progress
Paolo Infantino 95,000 95,000
Nassim Bennacer 100,000 118,500
O'Kearney Among Early Eliminations Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 15:17(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Dara O'Kearney came into the day with around 80,000 and was in need of a spin with the average sitting around 160,000.

However, after losing with against the  of an opponent, he's been eliminated.

Player Chips Progress
Dara Ruairi O`Kearney 0 0
Payout Information Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 15:14(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride
Place Payout (EUR) Place Payout (EUR)
1  €              306,205
2  €              158,130
3  €              102,050
4  €                74,540
5  €                56,470 45-53  €    4,070
6  €                42,910 54-62  €    3,160
7  €                33,880 63-80  €    2,710
8  €                27,100 81-98  €    2,480
9  €                24,620 99-125  €    2,260
10-11  €                22,360 126-152  €    2,150
12-13  €                20,100 324-368  €    1,540
14-15  €                17,840 369-413  €    1,470
16-17  €                15,580 414-458  €    1,400
18-20  €                13,330 459-503  €    1,330
21-23  €                11,070 504-548  €    1,260
24-26  €                  8,810 549-593  €    1,220
27-35  €                  7,230 594-647  €    1,170
36-44  €                  5,650 648-688  €    1,100
Start of Level 16
Blinds: 3000/6000     Ante: 6000
Meilczarek Doubles Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 14:54(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Bartosz Meilczarek was all in preflop for 85,000, and Steven Van Zadelhoff called. 

Meilczarek:

Van Zadelhoff:

Board:

Meilczarek had the lead pre-flop and held to double up. 

Player Chips Progress
Bartosz Mielczarek 180,000 110,000
Steven Van Zadelhoff 240,000 40,000
Level Update Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 14:44(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The action started half-way through level 15, the earliest point one of the Day 1 starting flights, begun.

The first break will come at the end of level 16.  

Download the Battle of Malta App Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 14:42(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Battle of Malta has created a new app – available for both iOS and Android. The app has a host of features including instant notifications, the latest BOM news, the BOM twitter feed, 2020 tournament schedule, and the chance to win a seat for the 2020 edition of the event next year. Players can download the app anytime by visiting the website below:

 bom.beezer.com 

Players Return for Battle of Malta Day 2 Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 14:21(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Just 688 players return for Day 2 of the 2019 Battle of Malta Main Event from a record-breaking field of 4,657.

All players are in the money, with prize pool and payouts set to be confirmed early on Day 2.

The schedule for Day 2 is to play eight 60-minute levels once cards get in the air at 2 p.m. local time.

Leading the way is Italian Dario Marinelli who is the only player over 600,000 in chips. He has $177,403 total live cashes with his biggest coming earlier this year when he finished 132nd in the WSOP Main Event for $59,295.

Behind comes Petr Tiurin (575,000), €5,000 Mega High Stack champion Hassan Sey (575,000), Niko Pakalen (571,0000), Gabriele Re (566,000) and Flaviano Cammisuli (555,000).

Notables in the Day 2 field include Patrick Clarke (400,000), Andy Hills (315,000), Steven van Zadelhoff (280,000), Mateusz Moolhuizen (239,000), David Lappin (120,000), Dara O'Kearney (85,000), Ian Simpson (69,000) and Ana Marquez (61,000).

Stay tuned to the Battle of Malta Main Event as the field grows even smaller ahead of Day 3.

Shuffle Up and Deal Posted Sunday 20th October, 2019 at 14:20(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The Day 2 action is underway at Casino Malta. 

Start of Level 15
Blinds: 2500/5000     Ante: 5000
Day 2 of Battle of Malta 2019 Started
Level: 14     Blinds: 2000/4000     Ante: 4000
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