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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 3
Van Zadelhoff Second in Chips with 11 Left in Battle of Malta Main Event Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 01:52(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

After ten levels on a marathon Day 3 just 12 players remain in the Battle of Malta Main Event ahead of the final day tomorrow (Tuesday).

The remaining players are all guaranteed €20,100 from a total prize pool of over €2.2m, but will all be chasing the €306,205 that awaits the winner.

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
10-11  €          22,360
12  €          20,100

Leading the remaining players is a familiar name in Josef Gulas who bounced back from seeing his chip lead taken by several players to bag 25,500,000 at the end of the night. Behind him comes Steven van Zadelhoff, who eliminated Byungwook Ahn in one of the last hands of the night to move over 22 million in chips.

With 88 players at the beginning of Day 3, a long day was in store from the start and it wasn't long until players started to slip out of the tournament area and towards payouts.

Josef Gulas was in the lead, but he was usurped by Cedric Schwaederle early on. Notable Ludovic Geilich had a spell on the feature table but was eliminated after flopping a straight only for his opponent to river a flush.

Dehlia De Jong ran queens into aces to see her Main Event run come to an end, as Van Zadelhoff moved into the lead.

That was until a stunning run from Serghei Lisiii saw him run up a stack and become the first player over the ten million chip mark.

Lisii continued to dominate as the winners of MPN's €1,5000 Last Longer were decided. MPN's Platinum Partners were handed a lanyard and the final three still in possession of both their identifying neckwear and chips in the Main Event are now heading to Madrid!

Congratulations to Johan Goslings, Babis Lappas and Colum Higgins - who made it through to Day 4 - who have already locked up their next trip on the MPNPT.

With the blinds increasing all the time, the swings were massive and despite the last-minute elimination of Ahn by Van Zadelhoff, Gulas had done enough to retain his chip lead into the final day.

By the end of the night, the average had reached 10.5m in chips with blinds set to be 200,000/400,000 when play resumes on the final day's play.

Stay tuned to our live updates as we bring you all the action as we crown a winner here in the largest Battle of Malta Main Event of all time.

End-of-Day Chip Counts Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 01:48(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride
Player Chips Progress
Massimo Bruno 8,925,000 8,225,000
Valerii Firstenko 8,050,000 6,050,000
Josef Gulas 25,500,000 3,500,000
Rune Moerk 4,200,000 2,700,000
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 9,750,000 750,000
Steven Van Zadelhoff 21,600,000 400,000
Colum Higgins 2,650,000 1,050,000
Flavio Laudani 5,825,000 1,175,000
Vincenzo Pinna 5,225,000 2,775,000
Shaun De Cesare 8,250,000 3,350,000
Serghei Lisiii 16,750,000 16,750,000
Van Zadelhoff into the Chip Lead After Ahn Elimination Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 01:34(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Byungwook Ahn open-shoved from the cutoff for around four million chips. Van Zadelhoff reached forwards to grab the all in triangle and place it in front of him, moving all in over the top from the button.

The blinds folded and the cards were turned over.

Byungwook Ahn:
Steven van Zadelhoff:

There was no help for Ahn on the board and he was eliminated.

Player Chips Progress
Steven Van Zadelhoff 22,000,000 0
Byungwook Ahn 0 0
Kings Hold for Van Zadelhoff Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 01:28(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Steven Van Zadelhoff raised from the cutoff, and Valerii Firstenko shoved for 10m from the button. The action folded back to Van Zadelhoff, and he snap-called. 

Van Zadelhoff:

Firstenko:

Board:

Van Zadelhoff held to win the massive pot, and Firstenko was reduced to 2m. 

Player Chips Progress
Steven Van Zadelhoff 17,000,000 8,400,000
Valerii Firstenko 2,000,000 11,000,000
Day 3 Recap Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 01:25(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Alba Eliminated by Worthington-Leese Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 01:15(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Antonio Alba moved all in for 2.6m from middle position, and Leo Worthington-Leese called from the small blind. 

Alba:

Worthington-Leese:

Board:

The board fell in Worthington-Leese's favor, and Alba was eliminated in 13th place. 

Player Chips Progress
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 9,000,000 0
Antonio Alba 0 0
Gulas Sends Brenseth Straight to the Rail Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 01:13(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

After doubling up Leo Worthington-Leese, Terje Brenseth moved all in for 400,000 from middle position. Flavio Laudani called on the button as did Josef Gulas in the big blind.

The pair checked down a board and Brenseth showed . However, Gulas had rivered a straight with and Brenseth was eliminated.

Player Chips Progress
Josef Gulas 20,000,000 0
Terje Humio Brenseth 0 0
Cipriano Bows Out at the Hands of Chip Leader Lisiii Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 01:12(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Christian Cipriano got his last chips in with against the of chip leader Serghei Lisiii.

Lisiii flopped a set ont he flop, with Cipriano picking up a flush draw. The turn was the and the river the sending Cipriano to the rail.

Player Chips Progress
Serghei Lisiii 21,500,000 6,500,000
Christian Cipriano 0 0
Worthington-Leese Doubles; Larsson Out Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 01:11(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Terje Brenseth shoved from the small blind and Leo Worthington-Leese called in the big blind. Brenseth just covered his opponent and was ahead with against the of the Brit.

The board ran out and Worthington-Leese doubled, leaving Brenseth short.

Meanwhile, on the other table, Vincenzo Pinna shoved from the small blind and Greger Larsson called all in from the big blind.

Vincenzo Pinna:
Greger Larsson:

Pinna flopped a pair on the flop and held on the runout to eliminate Larsson.

Player Chips Progress
Vincenzo Pinna 8,000,000 1,100,000
Greger Larsson 0 0
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 5,500,000 120,000
Terje Humio Brenseth 500,000 2,900,000
Redraw; Down to 16 Players Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 01:05(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Serghei Lisiii opened from the hijack and called a shove from Gabriele Re in the cutoff for 1,100,000.

Serghei Lisiii:
Gabriele Re:

The board came with no help for Re who was eliminated. The final 16 players are all guaranteed €15,580 and are now redrawing around two tables.

Player Chips Progress
Serghei Lisiii 21,000,000 6,000,000
Re Gabriele 0 0
Worthington-Leese and Firstenko Tussle Once More Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 00:53(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Shaun De Cesare limped in the cutoff. Valerii Firstenko raised to 800,000 on the button, with Leo Worthington-Leese calling and De Cesare folding.

On a flop, Worthington-Leese check-called 750,000 before both players checked the turn.

Worthington-Leese bet 1,500,000 on the river and Firstenko called. Worthington-Leese showed for a missed straight draw, and Firstenko won the pot with for two pair.

Player Chips Progress
Valerii Firstenko 13,000,000 600,000
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 2,500,000 3,120,000
Start of Level 33
Blinds: 150000/300000     Ante: 300000
Chip Counts from Feature Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 00:36(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Josef Gulas 18,000,000 5,900,000
Byungwook Ahn 5,700,000 1,100,000
Christian Cipriano 3,000,000 900,000
Greger Larsson 3,800,000 2,800,000
Steven Van Zadelhoff 8,600,000 3,400,000
Massimo Doubles Through Re Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 00:13(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Bruno Massimo held and would need to win a crucial flip against Gabriele Re who held

Massimo was all in for around 1,500,000 and did in fact hold on the run out, chipping up to around 3,000,000 leaving Re with around five big blinds.

Player Chips Progress
Massimo Bruno 3,200,000 2,500,000
Re Gabriele 1,300,000 4,300,000
Faraj Eliminated by Van Zadelhoff Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 00:11(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Steven van Zadelhoff opened to 575,000 and called a shove from Abraham Faraj for 2,200,000.

Steven van Zadelhoff:
Abraham Faraj:

The board ran out with Van Zadelhoff flopping a straight draw but rivering a pair of tens which was enough for him to send Faraj to the rail. Just 17 players remain in the Battle of Malta Main Event.

Player Chips Progress
Steven Van Zadelhoff 12,000,000 2,500,000
Abraham Benitez Faraj 0 0
Chip Counts at the Break Posted Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 at 00:10(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Josef Gulas 12,100,000 6,700,000
Flavio Laudani 7,000,000 3,875,000
Serghei Lisiii 15,000,000 3,025,000
Shaun De Cesare 12,400,000 2,400,000
Valerii Firstenko 12,400,000 2,200,000
Re Gabriele 5,600,000 2,100,000
Terje Humio Brenseth 3,400,000 950,000
Byungwook Ahn 4,600,000 650,000
Abraham Benitez Faraj 2,200,000 500,000
Steven Van Zadelhoff 9,500,000 400,000
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 5,700,000 80,000
Antonio Alba 2,600,000 100,000
Colum Higgins 4,200,000 500,000
Christian Cipriano 3,900,000 1,040,000
Vincenzo Pinna 8,600,000 1,700,000
Massimo Bruno 2,700,000 2,000,000
Rune Moerk 2,600,000 3,100,000
Greger Larsson 6,600,000 4,400,000
Start of Level 32
Blinds: 100000/250000     Ante: 250000
Updated Chip Counts Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 23:59(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride
Player Chips Progress
Flavio Laudani 7,000,000 0
Serghei Lisiii 15,000,000 0
Valerii Firstenko 12,400,000 0
Re Gabriele 5,600,000 0
Terje Humio Brenseth 3,400,000 0
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 5,700,000 80,000
Antonio Alba 2,600,000 100,000
Colum Higgins 4,200,000 500,000
Shaun De Cesare 9,200,000 800,000
Vincenzo Pinna 8,600,000 1,700,000
Massimo Bruno 2,700,000 2,000,000
Rune Moerk 2,600,000 3,100,000
Messina Eliminated Before the Break Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 23:34(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Steven van Zadelhoff raised from under the gun. Renato Messina three-bet all in from the big blind for 2,100,000 and Van Zadelhoff called.

Steven van Zadelhoff:
Renato Messina:

The board came with Van Zadelhoff avoiding counterfeit outs to send his opponent to the rail.

Player Chips Progress
Steven Van Zadelhoff 9,100,000 1,200,000
Messina Renato 0 0
Alba Doubles Through Re Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 23:19(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Gabriele Re opened to 425,000 and called a shove from Antonio Alba for 1,280,000.

Gabriele Re:
Antonio Alba:

Alba's big slick held on the and Re handed over chips to his opponent.

Player Chips Progress
Massimo Bruno 4,700,000 2,300,000
Re Gabriele 3,500,000 800,000
Byungwook Ahn 3,950,000 750,000
Antonio Alba 2,700,000 200,000
Serghei Lisiii 11,975,000 1,025,000
Flavio Laudani 3,125,000 2,675,000
Vincenzo Pinna 1,030,000 3,870,000
Break Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 23:18(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Players are going on a 20-minute break, with the final 18 players returning with the blinds increasing to 100,000/250,000.

Szwed Eliminated; Down to 19 Players Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 23:17(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Oskar Szwed was all in for around 2,500,000 with against the of Greger Larsson.

The board however, gave Larsson a flush and sent Szwed to the rail.

Player Chips Progress
Greger Larsson 11,000,000 0
Messina Renato 0 0
Oskar Szwed 0 0
Szwed Eliminated by Van Zadelhoff Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 23:00(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The action folded around to Oskar Szwed in the small blind, and he shoved for 1.9m, which Steven Van Zadelhoff called in the big blind. 

Szwed:

Van Zadelhoff:

Board:

Szwed was behind before the community cards fell and received no help when they appeared after Van Zadelhoff improved to two pair. 

Player Chips Progress
Steven Van Zadelhoff 7,900,000 2,300,000
Oskar Szwed 0 0
Laudani Hits Trips to Double Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 22:42(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Serghei Lisiii raised from middle position then called a 2.8m shove from Flavio Laudani on the button. 

Lisiii:

Laudani:

Board:

Laudani was far behind but was propelled into the lead when he hit trips on the flop. The Italian's unlikely double up was confirmed on the turn, and Laudani moved up to 5.8m. 

Player Chips Progress
Flavio Laudani 5,800,000 4,550,000
Serghei Lisiii 13,000,000 4,600,000
Start of Level 31
Blinds: 100000/200000     Ante: 200000
Gosling Next to Go Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 22:08(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Johan Goslings was all in for around 2,700,000 with against Valerii Firstenko's

There was no help for Goslings on the board and Firstenko moved up to around ten million in chips.

Player Chips Progress
Valerii Firstenko 10,000,000 5,500,000
Johan Goslings 0 0
Firstenko Cracks Aces to Doubles Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 22:06(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Joining the action on a turn, Valerii Firstenko bet 1,150,000 and Leo Worthington-Leese called.

The river was the and Firstenko thought before shoving for 3,285,000.

Worthington-Leese double-checked his cards before calling. Firstenko showed for a full house and Worthington-Leese flung face-up on the table as his opponent doubled up.

Player Chips Progress
Valerii Firstenko 10,200,000 0
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 4,275,000 3,725,000
De Cesare vs. Goslings Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 22:06(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Johan Goslings opened the action with a raise from under the gun and Shaun De Cesare three-bet from the hijack, which Goslings called. 

With close to 2m in the middle, the flop fell , and Goslings check-called a 690,000 bet. 

The hit on the turn, and Goslings checked. 

De Cesare moved all in for 5m, and Goslings folded, with 2.7m behind, after over 90 seconds in the tank. 

Player Chips Progress
Valerii Firstenko 7,100,000 2,600,000
Shaun De Cesare 8,600,000 1,400,000
Fabio Frusca 1,650,000 1,295,000
Colum Higgins 3,800,000 900,000
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 3,500,000 1,110,000
Johan Goslings 2,700,000 1,300,000
Terje Humio Brenseth 4,000,000 1,550,000
Frusca Eliminated by Worthington-Leese Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 21:59(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Fabio Frusca bet 500,000 from the small blind on a flop, against Leo Worthington-Leese called from the big blind. 

Frusca checked on the turn, and Worthington-Leese moved all in for 6m. 

Frusca had 2.1m behind and went deep into thought for nearly two minutes before he called. 

Worthington-Leese tabled for bottom pair, and Frusca was ahead with top pair holding

However, the river card fell the , and Worthington-Leese hit two pair. 

"No!" exclaimed Frusca as he jumped up from the table after being eliminated on the river. 

Worthington-Leese moved up to 9m, and a disappointed Frusca made his way to the payout desk in 20th place. 

Player Chips Progress
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 9,000,000 1,000,000
Fabio Frusca 0 0
Moerk Doubles Through Lisiii Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 21:35(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

According to tournament officials, Rune Moerk and chip leader Serghei Lisii got it in on a with Moerk holding for a set against the open-ended straight draw of Lisii.

The turn improved Moerk to a full house and left Lisiii drawing dead. The river was the and Moerk doubled up.

Player Chips Progress
Vincenzo Pinna 10,200,000 5,300,000
Flavio Laudani 4,350,000 3,100,000
Re Gabriele 5,800,000 3,100,000
Byungwook Ahn 4,950,000 1,750,000
Massimo Bruno 3,700,000 1,300,000
Antonio Alba 2,100,000 400,000
Rune Moerk 4,700,000 1,000,000
Serghei Lisiii 14,000,000 3,600,000
Chip Counts from Feature Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 21:31(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Josef Gulas 10,100,000 4,700,000
Abraham Benitez Faraj 2,100,000 400,000
Messina Renato 6,100,000 500,000
Gal Halevi 675,000 725,000
Christian Cipriano 3,200,000 1,740,000
Steven Van Zadelhoff 2,950,000 2,650,000
Oskar Szwed 3,650,000 2,800,000
Greger Larsson 5,925,000 3,715,000
MPN Last Longer Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 21:30(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Players who qualified with MPN's Platinum Partners were handed a swanky lanyard bearing the legend "€1,500 LAST LONGER" when they picked up their player bags, and those still in possession of both their identifying neckwear and chips in the main event are now heading to Madrid!

Why hand out just one prize when the field is so gargantuan?  While the title of Longest Lasting is strictly still up for grabs (Colum Higgins and Johan Goslings are still in the running on the last four tables), they, together with Babis Lappas (pictured; 35th for €7,230) have already locked up their next trip on the MPNPT.

Congratulations!

Start of Level 30
Blinds: 80000/160000     Ante: 160000
Dinner Break Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 20:07(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

The final 23 players are going on a 75-minute dinner break.

When they return the blinds will be 80,000/160,000. The current average is just over five million chips.

Prozan Departs Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 20:07(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Melech Prozan moved all in from middle position, and Johan Goslings called in the big blind. 

Prozan:

Goslings:

Board:

Prozan had run into a dominating hand and found no way back on the board. 

Grella Gone Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 19:36(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The board was down , and all the chips went into the middle between Renato Messina, in the cutoff, and Enrico Grella in the big blind. 

Messina held for trips, but Grella had found a flush with

With both players playing very similar stacks, it was all on the line with one card to come, and when the appeared, Messina improved to a full house to steal the pot. 

Grella was left with just 200,000 and departed in the very next hand when he ran ace-nine into ace-jack. 

Player Chips Progress
Messina Renato 6,600,000 2,900,000
Enrico Grella 0 0
Larsson Doubles With Aces vs. Kings Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 19:35(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Johan Goslings raised from the cutoff, and Greger Larsson moved all in for 2.6m from the big blind, which Goslings snap-called. 

Goslings:

Larsson:

Board:

The perfect scenario for Larsson got even better on the flop when he hit top set. 

Larsson held on the river and doubled to 5.5m. 

Player Chips Progress
Lars Greger Larsson 5,500,000 2,840,000
Johan Goslings 3,100,000 1,600,000
Lisiii Continues to Dominate Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 19:19(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

A short while ago, Serghei Lisiii added yet more chips to his stack after eliminating Marc Schembri. Lisiii held against the of Schembri. The money went in pre-flop with Lisiii spiking another nine on the turn to improve toa  set.

Serghei Lisiii then defended his big blind after a Johan Goslings open to 300,000. 

The flop came and Lisiii check-called 250,000. The pair checked the turn and Goslings folded to a bet of 600,000 from Lisii who chipped up to over 17,500,000.

Player Chips Progress
Greger Larsson 6,800,000 4,140,000
Serghei Lisiii 17,600,000 3,600,000
Schembri Marc 0 0
Steven Van Zadelhoff 5,600,000 400,000
Gal Halevi 1,400,000 1,000,000
Colum Higgins 2,900,000 1,750,000
Johan Goslings 2,900,000 1,800,000
Byungwook Ahn 3,200,000 2,350,000
Chip Counts from Day 3 Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 19:19(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Messina Renato 3,700,000 1,200,000
Enrico Grella 3,525,000 375,000
Shaun De Cesare 7,200,000 250,000
Abraham Benitez Faraj 1,700,000 200,000
Vincenzo Pinna 4,900,000 10,000
Cedric Brice Eric Schwaederle 1,125,000 575,000
Valerii Firstenko 4,500,000 700,000
Start of Level 29
Blinds: 60000/120000     Ante: 120000
Laura Interviews BOM Player Party rock band Red Electrick Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 18:51(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Laura chats to BOM Player Party rock band Red Electrick about life on tour, their new album and poker. Red Electrick have supplied all the music being used in our BOM 2019 videos!

Updated Chip Counts Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 18:36(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride
Player Chips Progress
Serghei Lisiii 14,000,000 11,650,000
Oskar Szwed 6,450,000 3,250,000
Johan Goslings 4,700,000 2,275,000
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 4,960,000 1,660,000
Terje Humio Brenseth 4,850,000 1,550,000
Massimo Bruno 2,400,000 1,450,000
Gal Halevi 2,400,000 1,450,000
Colum Higgins 4,650,000 1,069,500
Byungwook Ahn 4,650,000 1,050,000
Josef Gulas 5,400,000 850,000
Christian Cipriano 4,940,000 815,000
Melech Prozan 1,400,000 400,000
Abraham Benitez Faraj 1,500,000 300,000
Shaun De Cesare 6,950,000 275,000
Messina Renato 2,500,000 250,000
Antonio Alba 1,550,000 200,000
Re Gabriele 2,700,000 170,000
Massimo Scioscia 1,450,000 150,000
Giovanni Russo 2,350,000 50,000
Marcello Bona 1,280,000 30,000
Valerii Firstenko 5,200,000 250,000
Vincenzo Pinna 2,210,000 290,000
Rune Moerk 5,700,000 300,000
Dimitrios Anastasakis 1,100,000 530,000
Steven Van Zadelhoff 6,000,000 575,000
Fabio Frusca 355,000 745,000
Lars Greger Larsson 2,660,000 1,090,000
Dwayne Jeremy Sluis 1,250,000 1,150,000
Enrico Grella 3,150,000 1,200,000
Schembri Marc 2,000,000 1,600,000
Flavio Laudani 1,250,000 2,050,000
Ongurur Busts After Mistimed Shove Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 18:36(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Leo Worthington-Leese opened to 210,000 from under the gun. Antonio Alba called before Massimo Scioscia raised all in for 255,000.

Worthington-Leese and Alba both called and checked down a board.

Scioscia showed and that held against the of Worthington-Leese and the of Alba.

Player Chips Progress
Antonio Alba 2,800,000 1,450,000
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 2,950,000 350,000
Antonio Alba 850,000 500,000
Grella Holds to Double Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 18:33(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Valeri Firstenko raised to 200,000 from under the gun, and Abraham Faraj called on the button before Enrico Grella moved all in for 950,000 from the small blind. 

Firstenko asked for a count, then called, and Faraj folded. 

Firstenko:

Grella:

Board:

Grella had his tournament life on the line but held in a tense finish to double up to 2m. 

Player Chips Progress
Enrico Grella 2,000,000 2,350,000
Valerii Firstenko 3,000,000 2,450,000
High Roller Attracts 322 Entries Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 18:33(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

There was just one level of late registration at the start of Day 2 of the Battle of Malta High Roller, with just 74 players remaining.

The prizepool and payouts have been confirmed with the top 47 places paid and a min-cash of €2,135. The winner will take home €73,070.

Overnight chip leader Jon Kyte is still in, with the likes of Fraser Macintyre, Ian Simpson, Mateusz Moolhuizen, Fabrice Soulier and Georgios Zisimopoulos all still in contention.

Battle of Malta - Intro to Day 3 Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 18:21(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Ongurur Busts After Mistimed Shove Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 18:12(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Byungwook Ahn opened too 170,000 and Mehmet Ongurur defended his big blind.

The flop was and Ongurur check-called 155,000. The turn was the and Ongurur checked again. Ahn bet 225,000 and Ongurur check-raised to 775,000.

Ahn called and the river was the . Ongurur moved all in for 775,000 and Ahn called.

Ongurur showed for ace-high with Ahn having turned a flush with to send Ongurur to the rail.

Player Chips Progress
Byungwook Ahn 4,500,000 900,000
Mehmet Sirin Ongorur 0 0
Pinna Secures Another Double Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 18:12(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Cedric Schwaederle opened from middle position then called a 2.6m shove from Vincenzo Pinna from the button. 

Schwaederle:

Pinna:

Board:

Pinna took the lead on the flop with top pair and held as the board completed to seal yet another double up, while former chip leader Schwaederle is reduced to 1.7m. 

Player Chips Progress
Vincenzo Pinna 5,200,000 2,700,000
Cedric Brice Eric Schwaederle 1,700,000 3,750,000
Pinna Doubles Through De Cesare Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 17:47(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Vincenzo Pinna, on the button, and Shaun De Cesare, in the big blind, got all their chips into the middle pre-flop with Pinna, the player at risk. 

Pinna:

De Cesare:

Board:

Pinna held to win the flip and doubled his stack to 2.3m. 

Player Chips Progress
Shaun De Cesare 6,500,000 500,000
Vincenzo Pinna 2,300,000 100,000
Faraj Big Loser at Table Three Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 17:46(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Enrico Grella 4,350,000 2,650,000
Valerii Firstenko 5,450,000 950,000
Marcello Bona 1,250,000 435,000
Vincenzo Pinna 2,400,000 200,000
Shaun De Cesare 6,175,000 175,000
Messina Renato 2,250,000 800,000
Abraham Benitez Faraj 1,200,000 4,150,000
Start of Level 28
Blinds: 50000/100000     Ante: 100000
Break Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 17:18(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Players are going on their second 20-minute break of the day. The tournament clock shows 33 players remaining.

A reminder, the schedule for today is to play down to a final table of nine.

The blinds when they return 50,000/100,000 and the average stack is just over 3,500,000.

More Day 3 Pictures Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 17:17(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

De Cesare vs. Faraj Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 17:00(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Shaun De Cesare raised from the hijack and Abraham Faraj three-bet to 360,000 from the cutoff. 

De Cesare four-bet to 1,150,000 and Faraj called.

The flop fell and Faraj called a 625,000 bet. 

When the appeared on the turn, De Cesare moved all in for 3.6m. 

Faraj had 3m behind and went into the tank. 

"You have ace-king?" said De Cesare as he stood from his chair. 

Faraj remained silent, and De Cesare called the clock after two minutes passed. 

"You're not going to call," said De Cesare.

"You have nothing; you would have called already."

Faraj sat thinking while the clock ran down, and when the TD announced five seconds, he let the time pass before his hand was declared dead. 

De Cesare won a big pot and moved up to 7.7m. 

Player Chips Progress
Shaun De Cesare 7,700,000 1,700,000
Abraham Benitez Faraj 3,000,000 2,350,000
Recent Departures Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 16:57(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride
Player Chips Progress
Hassan Aku Robert Sey 0 0
Sebastian Tomasz Lohunko 0 0
Csaba Kovacs 0 0
Vytenis Salickas 0 0
Virgo Tamm 0 0
Alexandra Niculae 0 0
Salvatore Montagna 0 0
Efthymios Mammides 0 0
Rafael Zuzic 0 0
Ichiyo Niwa 0 0
Francesco Gasparr 0 0
Yohann Thierry Gerard Maurice Soldan 0 0
Karl Fredrik Ellingsson 0 0
Mega High Stack Champion Sey Eliminated Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 16:52(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Earlier int he week, Hassan Sey took down the €5,000 Mega High Stack tournament and subsequently made a deep run in the Main Event. However, that run is now over.

He three-bet all in from the small blind for 1,500,000 after Shaun De Cesare opened from the cutoff. De Cesare called with and was up against the of Sey.

The board ran out and Sey was eliminated.

Player Chips Progress
Shaun De Cesare 6,000,000 4,250,000
Hassan Aku Robert Sey 0 0
Zadelhoff Moved from Feature Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 16:48(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Steven van Zadelhoff has chipped up considerably while on the feature table, and must now surely be a contender for overall chip leader.

Player Chips Progress
Steven Van Zadelhoff 6,575,000 1,625,000
Rune Moerk 6,000,000 1,000,000
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 3,300,000 550,000
Christian Cipriano 4,125,000 25,000
Cedric Brice Eric Schwaederle 5,450,000 50,000
Gal Halevi 950,000 450,000
Hagai Ben Yair 550,000 650,000
Ahn Flops the Nut Straight Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 16:39(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Byungwook Ahn defended his big blind after Mehmet Ongorur opened to 150,000.

The flop came and both players checked. The turn was the and Ahn bet 190,000. Ongorur called.

The river was the and Ahn bet 430,000. Ongorur tank-called at the feature table before calling with for two pair but Ahn had flopped a straight with and took down the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Byungwook Ahn 3,600,000 1,600,000
Mehmet Sirin Ongorur 1,400,000 500,000
Laudani Shoves on Szwed Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 16:39(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The completed board showed , and with around 1.7m in the middle, Flavio Laudani was all in for 1.5m from the cutoff. 

Oskar Szwed was the player with the decision to make playing from middle position and was in the tank with 3.2m behind. 

"Nice hand," said Szwed after he decided to fold, and Laudani picked up the pot. 

Player Chips Progress
Flavio Laudani 3,300,000 1,900,000
Oskar Szwed 3,200,000 1,100,000
Start of Level 27
Blinds: 40000/80000     Ante: 80000
Full Chip Counts Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 16:04(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Here are the chip counts for the remaining players in the Battle of Malta Main Event.

Player Chips Progress
Abraham Benitez Faraj 5,350,000 4,170,000
Steven Van Zadelhoff 4,950,000 2,650,000
Valerii Firstenko 4,500,000 1,945,000
Rune Moerk 5,000,000 1,645,000
Schembri Marc 3,600,000 1,400,000
Messina Renato 3,050,000 1,340,000
Giovanni Russo 2,300,000 1,335,000
Re Gabriele 2,530,000 1,305,000
Terje Humio Brenseth 3,300,000 1,210,000
Leo Dominic Worthington-Leese 2,750,000 1,200,000
Alexandra Niculae 1,600,000 1,100,000
Dimitrios Anastasakis 1,630,000 1,100,000
Christian Cipriano 4,100,000 1,100,000
Vincenzo Pinna 2,200,000 1,060,000
Cedric Brice Eric Schwaederle 5,500,000 800,000
Lars Greger Larsson 2,450,000 750,000
Shaun De Cesare 1,750,000 750,000
Vytenis Salickas 1,180,000 700,000
Johan Goslings 2,425,000 585,000
Byungwook Ahn 2,000,000 560,000
Massimo Scioscia 1,300,000 435,000
Flavio Laudani 1,400,000 430,000
Marcello Bona 815,000 300,000
Boris Chertin 1,950,000 300,000
Gal Halevi 1,400,000 285,000
Francesco Gasparr 1,300,000 250,000
Enrico Grella 1,700,000 225,000
Mehmet Sirin Ongorur 1,900,000 200,000
Rafael Zuzic 1,250,000 200,000
Tiziano Di Romualdo 1,350,000 150,000
Yohann Thierry Gerard Maurice Soldan 1,250,000 150,000
Babbas Lappas 2,550,000 50,000
Colum Higgins 1,800,000 25,000
Massimo Bruno 950,000 100,000
Oskar Szwed 4,300,000 100,000
Antonio Alba 1,350,000 150,000
Dehlia Diana De Jong 900,000 170,000
Niko Pakalen 2,000,000 180,000
Sebastian Tomasz Lohunko 400,000 220,000
Efthymios Mammides 1,700,000 235,000
Josef Gulas 4,550,000 250,000
Fabio Frusca 1,100,000 280,000
Pasquale Braco 345,000 305,000
Serghei Lisiii 2,350,000 350,000
Melech Prozan 1,000,000 500,000
Salvatore Montagna 1,300,000 550,000
Csaba Kovacs 1,550,000 600,000
Dwayne Jeremy Sluis 2,400,000 600,000
Mike Georges Alonso 850,000 700,000
Hagai Ben Yair 1,200,000 760,000
Hassan Aku Robert Sey 975,000 855,000
Marek Poldroos 520,000 900,000
Ichiyo Niwa 1,350,000 1,090,000
Virgo Tamm 500,000 1,100,000
Higgins Doubles Through Pakalen Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 16:04(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The completed board was down and in front of Colum Higgins was for a straight. 

Niko Pakalen held and his stack was being counted after the two players had got all their chips into the middle at some point. 

Pakalen was confirmed to have just 5,000 more than Higgins, so despite losing nearly all his stack, he had a 'chip and a chair'. 

In the very next hand, Pakalen picked up ace-jack and split the pot with Dehlia De Jong who held ace-deuce to move up to 40,000. 

Player Chips Progress
Colum Higgins 3,555,500 1,780,500
Niko Pakalen 40,000 2,140,000
De Jong Runs Queens into Aces Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 16:04(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Dehlia De Jong opened to 120,000 and Lars Larsson three-bet to 425,000. De Jong then four-bet all in for 1,160,000. Larsson snap-called with and De Jong turned over

The board ran out and De Jong was eliminated, with Larsson moving up to around three million in chips.

Player Chips Progress
Lars Greger Larsson 3,000,000 1,300,000
Dehlia Diana De Jong 0 0
Alonso Eliminated by Chertin Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 15:41(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Boris Chertin raised to 120,000 from the hijack, and Mike Georges Alonso moved all in for 850,000 from the cutoff. 

The decision folded back around to Chertin, and he pondered for 20 seconds before he called. 

Chertin:

Alonso:

Board:

Alonso found no way back with Chertin hitting trips. 

Alonso exits in 54th place. 

Player Chips Progress
Boris Chertin 2,800,000 1,150,000
Mike Georges Alonso 0 0
Update to Live Updates Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 15:32(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

With just 54 players remaining in the Battle of Malta Main Event, the live updates will now pause for 30 minutes to catch up with the official live stream so as to not spoil anything during the latter stages.

Start of Level 26
Blinds: 30000/60000     Ante: 60000
Break Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 15:06(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The players are on a 20-minute break. 

Geilich Eliminated Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 15:05(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Ludovic Geilich was down to around 11 big blinds on the stream and was all in with against the of an opponent.

The flop gave Geilich a pair but his opponent both straight and flush draws. The turn was the but the river completed their flush and sent Geilich to the rail.

Player Chips Progress
Mr Ludovic Alexander Geilich 0 0
Guichard Eliminated by Ongorur Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 15:04(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The cards were down , and short-stacked Paul Guichard was all in. 

Mehmet Ongorur called after two players folded and flipped over for top pair. 

Guichard held and departed after the appeared on the river. 

Player Chips Progress
Mehmet Sirin Ongorur 1,700,000 145,000
Paul Andre Guichard 0 0
Merfeldas Eliminated by Van Zadelhoff Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 14:59(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Gabriele Re raised from early position, and Steven van Zadelhoff called before Arvydas Merfeldas moved all in for 450,000. 

Re folded, and Van Zadelhoff called. 

Merfeldas:

Van Zadelhoff:

Board:

Van Zadelhoff found himself with two overs and hit a pair on the flop to take the lead. 

The Dutchman held his lead after the board completed, and Merfeldas departed. 

Player Chips Progress
Steven Van Zadelhoff 6,000,000 3,700,000
Arvydas Merfeldas 0 0
Flashback to 2018 Battle of Malta Final Day Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 14:53(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Last year Julien Stropoli topped a 3,816 player field to win the Battle of Malta. Check out these highlights from the final day of the 2018  Main Event!

Recent Eliminations; Down to 56 Players Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 14:46(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Petros Theodosiou 0 0
Mohammed Sohel 0 0
Giuseppe Grimaldi 0 0
Valentin-Marius Cristea 0 0
David Hudson 0 0
Leo Jean Jaques Adrien Lombardozzi 0 0
Updated Chip Counts Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 14:40(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Josef Gulas 4,800,000 1,100,000
Schembri Marc 2,200,000 940,000
Antonio Alba 1,500,000 800,000
Francesco Gasparr 1,050,000 520,000
Cedric Brice Eric Schwaederle 4,700,000 500,000
Massimo Bruno 1,050,000 395,000
Boris Chertin 1,650,000 375,000
Pasquale Braco 650,000 180,000
Karl Fredrik Ellingsson 1,600,000 95,000
Tiziano Di Romualdo 1,200,000 20,000
Enrico Grella 1,475,000 25,000
Mike Georges Alonso 1,550,000 150,000
Serghei Lisiii 2,700,000 300,000
Shaun De Cesare 1,000,000 350,000
Yohann Thierry Gerard Maurice Soldan 1,100,000 550,000
Scalia Eliminated by Szwed Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 14:31(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

Oskar Szwed raised to 125,000 from under the gun, and Marco Scalia moved all in for 370,000 from the hijack. 

The action folded back to Szwed, and he called after receiving confirmation of the all-in amount. 

Szwed:

Scalia:

Board:

Scalia lost the vital flip and hit the rail as Szwed moved up to 4.4m. 

Player Chips Progress
Oskar Szwed 4,400,000 1,190,000
Marco Paolo Scalia 0 0
To The Rail Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 14:20(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride
Player Chips Progress
Ugo Giuseppe Gasparini 0 0
Ultvedt Christoffer 0 0
Nebojsa Bulatovic 0 0
Pedro Ivars Domenech 0 0
Ovidiu-Dorin Barna 0 0
Nitsan Perets 0 0
Miroslav Prasil 0 0
Andrew James Middleton 0 0
Mirco Ferrini 0 0
Mirco Arico 0 0
Louis Karam 0 0
Pictures from the Feature Table Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 14:11(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Start of Level 25
Blinds: 25000/50000     Ante: 50000
Hynes Eliminated in Cooler; Schwaederle Leads Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 14:06(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The cards fell , and Aidan Hynes bet 800,000 from the big blind. 

Schwaederle moved all in, and Hynes called. 

Hynes held for a set, but in a cooler, Schwaederle revealed for the higher set. 

The on the river provided to be no miracle card for Hynes, and he departed from the Main Event despite starting the day as one of the chip leaders. 

Player Chips Progress
Cedric Brice Eric Schwaederle 4,200,000 1,435,000
Aidan Paul Hynes 0 0
Early Exits Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 13:57(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride
Player Chips Progress
Giorgio Colombo 460,000 0
Evgenii Margolin 500,000 0
Victor Feu Gonzalez 515,000 0
Paolo Infantino 0 0
Maksims Azarjancs 0 0
Neoklis Konstantinou 0 0
Sander Klomp 0 0
John Cahilll 0 0
Mats Gustav Villern Karlsson 0 0
Andre Scerri 0 0
Casero Eliminated by Theodosiou Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 13:34(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Carlos Martinez Casero opened to 110,000 and Petros Theodosiou three-bet to 285,000 from the next position.

Casero tanked and then shoved for 820,000. Theodosiou called.

Carlos Martinez Casero:
Petros Theodosiou:

The jacks held on the with Theodosiou clapping his hands together in celebration as he moved up to around two million in chips.

Player Chips Progress
Petros Theodosiou 2,000,000 775,000
Carlos Martinez Casero 0 0
Seven-Deuce Never Lose Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 13:32(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Action was on an board and Dwayne Sluis had bet 350,000 or  about the size of the pot with Andre Scerri tanking.

Scerri tank-called with but Sluis had turned a straight with much to Scerri's dismay.

Player Chips Progress
Dwayne Jeremy Sluis 3,000,000 645,000
Andre Scerri 800,000 195,000
Updated Chip Counts Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 13:29(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier
Player Chips Progress
Antonio Alba 700,000 315,000
Serghei Lisiii 3,000,000 270,000
Enrico Grella 1,500,000 70,000
Pasquale Braco 470,000 30,000
Mirco Arico 400,000 140,000
Nitsan Perets 950,000 140,000
Leo Jean Jaques Adrien Lombardozzi 600,000 230,000
Mike Georges Alonso 1,700,000 300,000
Zuzic Shoves on Larsson Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 13:26(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

The action folded around to Rafael Zuzic in the smal blind, and he called. 

Lars Larsson raised to 190,000, and Zuzic went into the tank for a minute before he shoved for 865,000. 

Larsson also needed time to think, but with 1.7m, behind, he opted to fold.

"I should have checked," joked Larsson, and Zuzic crossed a million. 

Player Chips Progress
Rafael Zuzic 1,050,000 205,000
Lars Greger Larsson 1,700,000 800,000
Cahill Two-Outed from the Main Event by Hynes Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 13:15(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

John Cahill was all in pre-flop for around 850,000 against Aidan Hynes who was the big stack with 950,000.

John Cahill:
Aidan Hynes:

The flop gave Cahill the lead with top pair, and the turn improved him to trips.

However, the river saw Hynes hit his two-outer to send Cahill to the rail.

Player Chips Progress
Aidan Paul Hynes 1,800,000 805,000
John Cahilll 0 0
Shuffle Up and Deal Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 13:05(UTC+2) by Will Shillibier

Cards are in the air with 88 players remaining in the 2019 Battle of Malta Main Event.

They are all guaranteed €2,480. Good luck to everyone still in!

Gulas Leads 88 Players into Day 3 Posted Monday 21st October, 2019 at 12:07(UTC+2) by Aaron McBride

At 1 PM local time, Day 3 of the 2019 Battle of Malta €550 Main Event will begin with 88 players, all looking to seal a spot at the final table of nine. 

Josef Gulas has the chip lead after he bagged an impressive 3.7m, with Rune Moerk (3.3m), and Oskar Szwed (3.2m) completing the top three counts. 

The well-known names of Steven Van Zadelhoff (2.3m), Leo Worthington-Leese (1.5m), Ludovic Geilich (1.1m), and Dehlia De Jong (1m), will also return. 

The play will start in level 24 with blinds at 20,000-40,000-40,000 on a 60-minute clock, and the action will conclude once the final nine is reached. 

Stay tuned right here for all the live updates throughout the day! 

Day 3 of Battle of Malta 2019 Started
Level: 24     Blinds: 20000/40000     Ante: 40000
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