It was exactly midnight when Andrew Hedley had already been sitting there for a while trying to figure out whether he should call for his tournament life or not.
Eventually, he decided to do it, and it proved to be the wrong decision. Maxime Cavenet, who was responsible for the most bust-outs today, took the chips of the Brit with top pair versus second pair (see below).
And with this, we have found the last nine men standing, out of an original crowd of over 3800 players!
We started the day with 60 players, and that number dwindled steadily over the course of the day.
Ina Pavlova and 888 pro Sofia Lövgren were the last women standing and eventually finished in 25th and 19th place, respectively.
In the beginning, Mantas Urbonas and Andrew Hills made the most noise in the field, but in the later stages of the day, it was Maxime Canevet who soared to the top and is now the runaway chipleader.
The top nine players will meet again at 2 PM local time tomorrow and battle for the big money. Out of the €1,850,760 total prize pool, €877,000 are to be won at this table alone, all the way up to the €300,000 for first place.
Come back here tomorrow to follow the action and/or watch the live stream on the Battle of Malta Facebook page.
Chipstacks at the final table.
|1||Canevet Maxime Thien-Duc||France||25,925,000|
|2||Hills Andrew Christopher||United Kingdom||17,125,000|
|4||Abdalah 2 Fakhreddine||Lebanon||9,700,000|
|6||Ostergaard Jens Erik Thorsten||Denmark||5,400,000|
|7||Vadenbring Nils Gustav||Sweden||5,075,000|
|9||Mangum Jerome Steven||USA||2,950,000|