Day 1C has played to a finish and it was Joubert Pierre-Yves who managed some hectic conditions to find himself skyrocketed up into first place on the leaderboard with a gargantuan 820,000 in chips at the close.
Here's how we reached this point...
The Battle of Malta 2022 resumed today in the Intercontinental's sizeable internal chambers and once the fanfare, medieval knights and dizzying technicolour spotlight show had set the scene - cards were shuffled up and dealt and we were off for Day 1C.
The numbers of entrants for the €1 Million Gtd Battle of Malta had been steadily growing through the first two days, but the Friday Day 1 was always guaranteed to be the largest so far and so it proved with 1,014 entries in total once the rebuy period ended at level 10.
Matheusz Moolhuizen was one of the more recognisable names in the midst, following his breakout score at the WSOP this year (2nd in the WSOP $1,500 Monster Stack for $597,362) and he described the action as "a bloodbath" - an apt summary of the frenzy of chip movement we witnessed throughout the day. Moolhuizen would finish agonisingly short of passage to day 2 in 157th though even this pain was eclipsed by others during one of the craziest bubble periods we've ever witnessed.
With the landmark of 152 remaining players being the safety zone players needed to reach Day 2 (and therefore cash), we went hand for hand with 153 remaining and incredibly, on this precarious bubble inflection point, we had no less than FIVE all-ins on the same hand.
The watching rail, filled with friends and enthused onlookers, were sent into a late night frenzy as this critical set of hands played out - the tournament staff sweeping the area clean to ensure this vital juncture played out smoothly.
Ultimately three players at risk in these hands bubbled - Reigo Maar, Marco Fenaroli and Antonio Alba all missing out on a cash prize - while the remaining 150 players could breathe a sigh of great relief, knowing their 12 hour marathon poker stint would be rewarded come Sunday's Day 2.
A savage, but exciting day's poker and tomorrow should have plenty up its sleeve as well, with two further Day 1's, beginning with Day 1D at 13:00 along with a second (turbo-formatted) Day 1E, kicking off at 20:00. As well as these two events, players can also jump into the third of the "Mystery Siege of Malta" Day 1's at 17:00 - a mystery bounty event as well as a €170+30 NLHE event at 18:00 and the 888 "Made to Play" NLHE €180+20 Event that starts at 21:00.
We'll be returning to bring you news of how these pan out but for now, we're off for a few winks of R&R - much needed after such a dramatic day's play. Join us tomorrow as the race to win the Battle of Malta continues. See you then!
In a shocking development, with one place from the money, no less than FIVE tables had an all-in on the same hand!
Crazy stuff, and it threw the rail into delerium, straining to see what was going on. We were collateral damage, ejected from the tournament area as the tournament staff engaged their "riot control" techniques of booting everyone not in a suit or at a table out of the tournament area (don't worry we escaped with only our pride wounded!) This made it tricky to ascertain the hands BUT we aren't so easily dismissed and we battled back in to watch THREE of those all-ins bubbling. Frothy times...
In normal circumstances this would mean all three chopped two prizes but the rules here at the Battle of Malta are that you have to bag chips for Day 2 to cash, so all three get nothing back. Harsh...
The three unlucky souls were Maar Reigo (whose AT lost out to 67 over a 9-2-2-5-7 board - cruel river), Marco Fenaroli, particularly unlucky to lose with KK v 99 to Giorgio Soceanu as the board ran out 8-3-3-7-9 (the pain!) and Alba Antonio, whose A-5 couldn't find a bullet vs QQ.
Bad luck to those three above but well done to the remaining 150 players who all make Day 2 and a cash! We'll have a wrap with news of the final chip leader& some full chip counts coming up but for now thanks for following and we'll be back for Day 1D tomorrow at 13:00.
Level 16 of the day... 18 off the finish... 152 is the cut off, where all players will make day 2 and the money....
Level 15 has just finished - with 170 players still hoping their stacks, skill and luck will prove the winning recipe to take them through to the final 152 players, Day 2 and the cash spots.
They'll be off for a 15 minute period to cool their jets & come back with robust strategies to make it past the last few obstacles between them and remuneration. See you shortly...
The Bounty My Day tournament has finished with Zacharia Asrag the proud winner of €1,630 plus bounties. Congratulations - you've already got a great story to bring back from your trip to Malta.
Here are the full payouts from the event.
|# 1||1,630.00||17.86%||Asyag Ziv Zacharia|
|# 2||1,430.00||15.67%||Coppens Serge|
|# 3||1,415.00||15.50%||Ritrovato Salvatore|
|# 4||1,170.00||12.82%||Yemini Carmel|
|# 5||680||7.45%||Sayeh Samir|
|# 6||530||5.81%||Varney Chistopher|
|# 7||410||4.49%||Scarlino Pasquale|
|# 8||310||3.40%||De Leus Michael|
|# 9||230||2.52%||Barnett Matthew|
|# 10||190||2.08%||WARD CHRISTOPHER|
|# 11||190||2.08%||CALLOW KIM|
|# 12||160||1.75%||Heredi Daniel|
|# 13||160||1.75%||Herbrecht Gregory Frederic Germain|
|# 14||160||1.75%||Clausi Massimo|
|# 15||160||1.75%||Peri Paolo|
|# 16||150||1.64%||Siinmaa Sten|
|# 17||150||1.64%||Beretta Luca|
More exits from the room as we get closer to the 152 needed to make day 2...
Moses Sid Oliver John
Van Leeuwen Bianca
Mr Gianluca Modenese
Van Ravenswoud Carlo Stefano
Vella Mark Anthony
Gabriele Re......(Below).... 280k
Constantin Negura.... 310k
No one wants to walk down a street of broken dreams. It's a sad, lonely walk & a lot of those shattered dreams have sharp edges. Ouch!
Well that's the path that leads to this band of unfortunate players - their tournament coming to a close within tantalising distance of the finishing line, or at least the cashing line.
Poker tests your mettle and these players have just had a test of theirs. Bad luck all! That leaves just 199 remaining as the blinds rise...
|#200||Lee Grech Jordan|
|#213||Gouguet Florian Adrien|
|#214||Torgeman Elhanan Lior|
|#216||Vieira Cyril Antonine Mathieu|
|#223||Mitson James Edward|
|#226||Ben Azuz Nawfal|
|#227||Del Buono Vittorio|
Exits from the room, meaning it's a re-entry tomorrow if they want to be part of the huge prize pool that is building up nicely...
Vieira Cyril Antonine Mathieu
Mitson James Edward
Ben Azuz Nawfal
Del Buono Vittorio
That pivotal number of 152 is drawing ever closer with 234 players remaining. Although there are enough players left to make it tricky to ascertain the chip leader, Diola Valentinos is certainly in the reckoning - his 390,000 head and shoulders above most as we home in on the last few levels.
Remember yesterday Domenico Gala was the man who topped the counts with 506,000. It's likely that will be toppled over the next few hours as blind pressure causes some seismic confrontations with players battling tooth and nail to win those vital chips in the middle...
Hayley Goss is having a great day so far... Just north of 200k and 70 players to be eliminated to make day 2... Hayley from the UK is going along nicely as she's near double average atm... Let's hope it continues..
Exits from the last hour .....
Penev Zlatin Nedyalkov
Emmi Lara Alexa
The end of level 12 means the players are taking a breather to plan their attack on the latter levels. There's much to play for, that 152 mark is their goal (283 currently remaining), which will mean they have made it through to Sunday evening's Day 2 - one step closer to the Battle of Malta trophy. Glory and riches await across that significant threshold.
Here are the players in pole position at the moment, holding large stacks that captained well could see them home.
So, a 15 minute break for the players and we'll be back for level 13 shortly.
More exits from the room as the only way to be in the BoM is to try again tomorrow!!
Thiemer Frederik Paul Caspar
LO CARBO FABRIZIO
Negura Vlad Gabriel
Rawal Manish Anilkumar
Linker Alan John
Field Joseph James
One of the big stacks in the room is Gheorghe Adrian David. Who is sat with around 260k.. (Below)
Other decent stacks around the room are....
Romano Ravailoli... 125k
Michelle Pelligrino... 195k
Giovani le Rosa.......115k
Nicholas Osthus..... 140k
There's just 376/1,014 players remaining in contention now. It looks like that 1,014 will be our final entries for the day given rebuys are now over but we'll confirm this officially shortly.
If so, that means we'll play until there's 152 left - at which point the day will end and all survivors will have made it to Day 2 (and cashed.)
Edit: Thomas Kremser has just announced this as the official number. 152 is our magic number. Expect things to tighten & tense up considerably as we get close to this number. The big stacks can have a party though!
Here are a few chip counts from around the arena :-
More eliminations from around the room....
Kirby Stewart Anthony
Paillot Sylvere Felix
One of the contenders for chip leader in the room is Georgiou Georgios. He is sat with a nice stack of 270k, witht he average at 60k!!!
Pretty decent stack as we head to the end of the buy in period..
More players heading to the re-entry tent!!
La Polla Antonio
Lim Robert Jr Cabral
Sammarco Francesco Paolo
Heikkila Ilkka Elias
Studer Daniel Otto
We get to the table to see a board of
Sergi Ogansjan is thinking about caling the all in shove from Tiovo Ojasoo...
The dwell isn't too long as he calls his final 32k, which is just shy of the shove by Tiovo..
Sergi shows but is behind to the of Tiovo..
The river is the which means we lose Sergi from the Comp.. And takes a souvenir with him!!!
Oliver Barrandon just shot a final bullet - jamming over what looked like an UTG raise from Lee Mulligan (though we missed the preflop action) for around 30,000 with pocket sevens.
Bad timing as Mulligan had the aces and made the call, which proved good over the board.
Barrandon headed quickly to the rail and Mulligan showed little emotion as he gathered the chips and re-organised his 85k ish stack - newly garnished with Barrandon's chips...
The last exits of level 9, just before the break, were:-
This is the last level to buy in for day 1C... Over 1000 have so far.. How many will the final figure be in 40 minutes time? ]
Here are some of the leading chip counts as the players break at the end of level 9:
|Hans Peter Meier||170,000|
|Van Leeuwen Bianca||130,000|
|Cheng Ngo Hin||
There will be a 75 minute break for players to fill their bellies and we'll be back shortly afterward to catch the resumption and last level of rebuys - level 10. See you then!
The best Titfa in the room.. By a long chalk...And table 46 has plenty of chips on it too..
Said Moses (Below) has around 110k. With the average around the 45k mark.
Michelle Pelligrino... 155k
Dave Harris... 90k
As the blinds take another rise into level 9 - it's getting tough to avoid scrapping it out for your stack. Just 545 players remain from the 985 entries we've seen so far...
These players are recent fallers who now have a difficult decision to make. Buy in again? You'll have to, either today or in the next two days if you still have designs on winning this trophy...
|#551||Soreau Jeremy Tony Julien|
|#556||Costanzo Agatino Franchesco|
|#571||Shellum Jason Shane|
|#572||Van Wersch Raoul Sebastiaan|
|#575||Tringale Richard Moreno|
|#578||Padovani Sonia Tara|
|#581||Giordano Federico Galati|
|#587||Dunevein Benjamin Simon|
|#593||Hemmert Udo Adrian|
Marco Scalia just won a decent-sized pot, calling Tatjana Smakova's brave re-jam bluff on the river of a board with K-J for the nut straight. Only a flush would scupper him and when she showed down king-high - he was the beneficiary of most of her stack.
He moves to 45k and Tatjana was down to dust - 4k or so.
We passed her table shortly afterward and she had been replaced suggesting the rest of her chips had been gobbled up. Bad luck. Always time for another bullet - or one of the incoming side events. Or what about a mojito in a nearby bar to let off some steam?
All this week, the Battle of Malta will be showcasing a streamed feature table where you can watch the action and play along with the players, with the useful additional info of knowing their poker cards.
There's no commentary until the final but in some ways that allows you to make some predictions, without influence from commentary analysis.
Enjoy all the action by clicking here!
Still time to re-enter for the players below..
Joshua Edward Beackon
A few of the UK players and chip counts as we hit level 8..
David Johnson.... 28k
Jason Shellum.... 21k
Hayley Goss... 40k
Dan Smith.... 10k
Steven Smart... 30k (below)
Mateusz Moolhuizen and partner Dehlia De Jong are both navigating the first half of the day with panache. Moolhuizen holds the bragging rights at the moment - his stack around the 80k mark, but De Jong could yet vault him as she's not too far behind with around 60k.
Chip leaders from around the room as we start level 7.
Bianca Van Leeuwen....160k (Below)
Antonio Borzi.... 94k
Radek Castka.... 77k
15 minute break for the players to talk about bad beats....
More re-entry possibilities..
De Riddere Bryan
Liberia Pinkecivius Tomas
Dunevein Simon Andrew
Padovani Sonia Tara
Studer Daniel Otto
Alessandro Vecchi just saw his Day 1C end barring a rebuy - running a bluff with a missed straight draw on a rivered ace - Andrea Secci made the call, having spiked the ace Vecchi was trying to represent...oops.
Vecchi out but Secci is doing very nicely thanks with 65,000 to his name. He had the look of a man who felt all those chips and perhaps more, totally belonged to him. For now at least, they do!
While we're on the subject of pocket eights, by chance, this was the hand that secured 1st prize for Italian Leonardo Romeo (pictured) in the OlyBet €300 NLHE event.
As well as the juicy €5.7K top prize - Mr Romeo also received €2.9K in additional prizes such as tournament tickets and other gifts, courtesy of OlyBet. What a result. Congratulations Mr Romeo - Juliet will be over the moon with that.
Paul Coughlan treat himself to a trip to the Battle of Malta, after chopping the Senoirs event in the UK at the massive Goliath Tournament.. He did a 5 way deal for €5300 and decided this event was worthy of a venture...
Steady start for Paul who is hovvering at starting stack..
Amir Maimon found himself in dire trouble with just about 6k or so and jammed preflop when he looked down at a pair of snowmen - pocket 8's.
He was called by two players with A-J and A-7, who were still active in the hand, so we didn't see these holdings until showdown.
Actually a pretty strong spot - Maimon was the favourite and held over the board, improving to a set on the river and sweeping up the chips.
"Lucky river," a tablemate commented, though the player with A-J was quick to point out (correctly) "It didn't matter, he was ahead even without it."
Maimon was hardly out of the woods with just 19,000 or so but he looked nonetheless happy at this, rubbing his hands together gleefully...
More potential re-entry players... Maybe!
NIANG MAME MACOUMBA
Dijkkamp Lennart A
Andersson Lars Jakob
Chris De Silva who won 2019 High Roller here at the Battle of Malta for €73,000 is back in the building for the main event.. Chris is a regular on the UK circuit and plays all around the world.. After a quick chat, he's in the mood for another decent showing, this time in the Main.
The field has swelled to 750 players, though there's a surprising scarcity of star names in the mix.
One player who is on a stellar trajectory however is Mateusz Moolhuizen - who's been carving out a name for himself as a tough, seasoned tournament pro in recent years, regularly finding himself at final tables around the world.
Most recently he picked up his biggest score - a runner-up berth at the 2022 WSOP $1,500 NLHE Monster stack. He finished just shy of the bracelet but the $597,362 score represented his biggest tournament result and pushed his overall winnings into the six-figure mark.
It's been a fast start over the first few levels - "a bloodbath" is how he described the action! He's seems pretty sanguine about it all though - relaxed and joking with his stack around the 65,000 mark. He'll definitely be a man to watch should he run deep...
More swift exits from the room...
De Riddere Bryan
Ben Azuz Nawfal
Hemmert Udo Adrian
FEU GONZALEZ VICTOR
Chip leaders from around the room as we start level 4 of the day...
The poker room is bustling with activity - that background hiss of chip riffling filling the Intercontinental's large conference room. Much of that activity will halt for the first break of the day as we've reached the end of the first three levels.
The numbers continue to grow impressively - 680 entries now registered. Spectacular! We'll be back in 15 minutes to pick up from level 4. See you shortly.
Some or most will re-enter but here are a list of exits in the first session of the day...
Stampe Michael Krogh
As we scour the room for notables, I see the cards on their backs and an empty seat!!
Charalampos Chalkoutsakis is scooping in the pot and a quick double.. Both hitting trip Jacks on the flop.. All the chips end up in the middle.. But the Ace played for Charalampos and scoops a nice one..
The third of the €1 Mill Gtd BoM Day 1's is proving very popular but suppose you prefer a different type of poker or the €500+50 buy-in is a little steep for you...
Well, there's a feast of other options on the table for you to nibble at.
Bounty tournaments are all the rage at the moment and there's the:
There's also two standard NLHE Side Events:
Lots of options as you can see and if you would like to take a shot at a Main Event seat for the budget price of €55+15, jump in the 22:00 satellite accumulator and with a bit of patience, skill and luck, you could make that happen.
And if this smorgasbord of poker nibbles doesn't take your fancy, Malta's chock full of heaving bars, nightclubs and restaurants where you can relax with a cocktail or two.
There has definately been an influx of Brits making the journey over to Malta. A steady stream over the first few days, but now seems to be the day where they make Malta their own!! So many regular faces on so many tables...
We'll keep an eye out during the day as we wish them well.. 532 so far in the mix.. A huge turn out for 1C!! Arian Hakkankashani and Toni Poulengeris are sat side by side, after travelling all this way!
25k seems like an ample stack to feel your way in & take your time to adjust but you run kings into aces or set into set and it's still possible to lose all those chips. The following players have all seen their first shot at the Battle of Malta fall on stony ground:
Torgeman Elhanan Lior
Mr Maurizio Saieva
Bad luck for them but they have until the end of level 10 to sneak in another rebuy or two.
Meanwhile the number of entries continues to soar - now at a whopping 552!
Today should prove an exciting day of poker. There's already 460 players registered, meaning the numbers will smash those of Day 1A & B - especially since we'll see rebuys up until the end of level 10, as usual.
The players will be chasing the coattails of Day 1B's chipleader Domenico Gala - who reached 506,000 at the close of play yesterday. It's a handy total but we won't be surprised if that is smashed come the end of the day with so many players coming out to do battle. There are chips everywhere!
Play has just started on Day 1C.... 359 sat for the first hand.