End-of-Day 1d Chip Counts 22 Oct 03:38 by Jason Glatzer
Day 1d attracted 1,218 entries. A total of 179 players were scheduled to advance but instead, both Guiseppe Scarfo and Avy Rijnbergen busted on the final hand of the evening causing just 178 players to advance to tomorrow’s Day 2.
A number of big stacks emerged from the Day 1d field with several players bagging more than 500,000 in chips, which was more than just one player thus far in Day 1a chip leader Tayfun Rodoplu, who managed to advance with 900,000 in chips. Estonia’s Jevgeni Onufrienko was the leader on Day 1d with 670,000 with Italy’s Samuele Lo Presti (647,000) being only the third player thus far in the tournament to end an opening flight north of 600,000.
Player Chips Big Blinds
Jevgeni Onufrienko 670,000 168
Samuele Lo Presti 647,000 162
Renato Ribeiro 595,000 149
Rui Tiago Goncalves 545,000 136
Fabian Egger 526,000 132
Dimitrios Katsikas 524,000 131
Luca Piras 507,500 127
Gaetano Moribondo 505,500 126
Toni Zengovski 446,500 112
Domenico Cancro 416,000 104
Martino Cito 410,000 103
Paul-Vlad Craciunas 408,000 102
Alberto Cigliano 397,000 99
Andrea Fazio 388,000 97
Timothy Chung 381,500 95
Marco Cipriani 352,000 88
Ovidiu-Dorin Barna 336,000 84
Thomas Pearn 336,000 84
Marc Bougaret 333,000 83
Giuseppe Domicoli 331,000 83
Boerge Dypvik 327,500 82
Nico Frenn 323,000 81
Antoine Stackowiak 322,000 81
Stewart Kirby 316,500 79
Catello Cascone 307,500 77
Mark Vella 306,000 77
Fabrizio Aloi 303,500 76
Nico Pohl 297,000 74
Dragan Ignjatovski 296,500 74
Marco Deidda 295,000 74
Eros Nastasi 289,000 72
Mark Buckley 284,500 71
Alberto Cucca 284,000 71
Alessandro Cenciarini 283,500 71
Raoul van Wersch 276,500 69
John Sande 249,000 62
Daniel Stancer 248,000 62
Francesco Ruggiero 247,500 62
Grzegorz Skawinski 246,000 62
Michael Altena 238,000 60
Feliciano Rosano 236,500 59
Antonio Guerrero 235,000 59
Sandro Piccinno 233,500 58
Theodoros Ampelikiotis 231,500 58
Marko Luksa 228,500 57
Francesco Palermo 227,500 57
Vincenzo Buscemi 227,000 57
Marco Macis 223,500 56
Giuseppe Dedoni 223,000 56
Marek Ohnisko 223,000 56
Symeon Tsilidis 223,000 56
Eftychios Georgiou 218,500 55
Panayiotis Patsalides 210,000 53
Smith Daniel 206,000 52
Massimiliano Platania 206,000 52
Luca Neri 205,000 51
Belligammi Foti 199,000 50
Giovanna Dimartino 198,000 50
Dimitrios Gkatzas 196,000 49
Malte Held 193,000 48
Simone Spina 192,000 48
Fabrizio Zucca 191,500 48
Luciano Chiavaro 188,500 47
Raducu Munteanu 188,000 47
Gary Fisher 184,500 46
Torben Krogh 183,000 46
Nikolaos Vouldis 178,500 45
Jeremy Bametz 173,500 43
Claudio Pagano 173,500 43
Mirko Sepak 172,000 43
Simone Salis 169,000 42
Yordy Bakker 167,500 42
Charif Akhoun 163,000 41
David Calero 162,000 41
Danilo Scevola 161,500 40
Samuli Hietala 157,500 39
Peter Brackley 155,000 39
Beniamino Ciotta 155,000 39
Monica La 153,500 38
Franca Bonsignore 153,500 38
Igor Paczek 151,500 38
Gerald Gradwohl 150,500 38
Johannes Korenberg 150,500 38
Michael Cowper-Johnson 146,500 37
Giuseppe Privitera 145,000 36
Giuseppe Di Mauro 144,000 36
Pantelis Pavlis 144,000 36
Vardera La 142,000 36
Paolo Infantino 141,000 35
Silvio Gruppuso 138,500 35
Piotr Pasiak 138,500 35
Christian Christandl 136,500 34
Gagliolo Salva’ 136,500 34
Lois Dufouelur 133,500 33
Emanuele Indelicato 133,000 33
Rocco Pizzichillo 133,000 33
Matteo Tranchina 133,000 33
Jorge Paulo 131,000 33
Joseph Portelli 131,000 33
Paul-Petru Tirnovean 129,500 32
Steven Tool 128,500 32
Davide Campione 127,000 32
Massimo Degiorgi 125,000 31
Giuseppe Liotta 125,000 31
Stefan Firten 122,500 31
Giuseppe Mosca 121,500 30
Kyriakos Mitsopoulos 117,500 29
Antonino Cappilli 117,000 29
Alfredo Cuti 117,000 29
Guido Balia 114,500 29
Dzintars Lacis 113,500 28
Julius Seskevicius 108,000 27
Arthur Israel 106,000 27
Stefanos Giannakopoulous 105,000 26
Aristedis Giannatos 104,000 26
Alessandro Segrada 101,000 25
Carlo Antognetti 100,500 25
Chris Da-Silva 100,000 25
Soner Vanelderen 100,000 25
Marian Ivanov 99,500 25
Andrea Melluzzo 95,500 24
Roman Gombosi 94,000 24
Richard Kremer 93,500 23
Fernando Amorelli 92,500 23
Carlos Casero 92,000 23
David Vesely 89,000 22
Antonino Gandolfo 87,500 22
Aliaksei Ivanou 86,500 22
Christophe De Meulder 86,000 22
Anastasios Vardalis 85,000 21
Antonio Mirabile 80,500 20
Marek Janiszewski 78,500 20
Paolo Pinazzo 76,000 19
Richard Msall 74,000 19
Nicola Ciraolo 73,500 18
Simon Cachia 72,500 18
Aleksandar Parcetic 71,000 18
Bruno Crucitti 70,500 18
Paolo Calculli 69,000 17
Ivan Murtov 69,000 17
Ivan Picavet 68,000 17
Daniele Grasso 67,000 17
Alessandro Nocerino 66,000 17
Gianluca Donvito 65,500 16
Daniele Dessi’ 64,000 16
Angelo Onorato 63,500 16
Fabio Assennato 63,000 16
Andrea Caneschi 63,000 16
Lukasz Fraczek 59,000 15
Stephen Dallaire 58,000 15
Gabriela Hlouskova 56,500 14
Marco Manca 56,000 14
Adriano Scagnetti 54,500 14
Antonio Gregorio 54,000 14
Davide Biondo 52,500 13
Fotios Ntamaris 51,500 13
Harmjan Poel 51,000 13
Francesco Alongi 50,500 13
Juraj Siladi 49,500 12
Piccolo Nicodemo 47,500 12
Pavel Heger 45,000 11
Pierluigi Melli 45,000 11
Simon Chan 44,500 11
Jose Guerrero 44,000 11
Pietro Demma 43,500 11
Danilo Bartone 43,000 11
Joan Carillo 40,500 10
Umberto De Cunto 40,000 10
Luka Bulatovic 37,000 9
Uri Gilboa 37,000 9
Richard Sambron 34,500 9
Marc Schembri 34,000 9
Andre Al-Khabbaz 32,500 8
Francesco Bozza 31,500 8
Gianlcuca Fighera 30,500 8
Roberto Cilia 25,000 6
Fausto Pizzoni 20,000 5
Martin Kanaker 19,000 5
Day 1d is Complete with 179 Players Remaining 22 Oct 03:32 by Lyle Bateman

Level 16: 2,500/5,000 (5,000)
Entries: 179/1,216

Day 1d finished just before the end of Level 16 with no hand-for-hand play. The clock was stopped with just under 4 minutes to go in the level, and staff were waiting for the final hands to finish before going hand-for-hand when Giuseppe Scarfo busted on the bubble to the money and Day 2, meaning there was no need for any hand-for-hand action.

Stay tuned for final chip counts from the Day 1d qualifiers shortly, and there are still a few qualifiers left to get in from Day 1e and tomorrow’s Day 1f before Day 2 begins Sunday at 7 pm.

Katsikas Flips Schlueter Out 22 Oct 02:33 by Lyle Bateman

Level 16: 2,500/5,000 (5,000)
Entries: 183/1,216

Bjarne Schlueter raised early to 10k and Dimitrios Katsikas repopped the button to 30k. Schlueter shoved and Katsikas called off with more. It was a near classic race between ace-queen for Schlueter and jacks for Katsikas and the jacks held on a low board to give Katsikas more than 500k chips.

Katsikas isn’t the only big stack at the table either, as Fabian Egger has about 480k now with two players left until the end of the night.

Dimitrios Katsikas – 520,000
Bjarne Schlueter – 0

Dimitrios Katsikas

Severe Injury by Quads 22 Oct 02:16 by Lyle Bateman

Level 16: 2,500/5,000 (5,000)
Entries: 191/1,216

All the action was done and dusted when I got to the board reading 24625. Aladin Mrkaljevic was counting out a huge double for Nico Pohl when Pohl’s pocket deuces turned quads to crush the pocket queens for Mrkaljevic. It wasn’t quite death by quads as Mrkaljevic had a few chips back, but he may well be terminal now with less than 20 players to go until the end of the night.

Aladin Mrkaljevic – 7,500
Nico Pohl – 230,000

Nico Pohl

Kirby’s Ace-King Holds 22 Oct 01:56 by Lyle Bateman

Level 15: 2,000/4,000 (4,000)
Entries: 210/1,216

Stewart Kirby made it 8,000 to go from the cutoff, and it folded around to big blind Angelo Morrone, who shoved a smaller stack. Kirby snapped it off and was way ahead with ace-king against nine-four of hearts. The board of T2Q86 missed both players so the big slick held and Morrone hit the rail.

Stewart Kirby – 200,000
Angelo Morrone – 0

Stewart Kirby

Bonsignore Wins the Race 22 Oct 01:41 by Lyle Bateman

Level 14: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)
Entries: 256/1,216

Sefano Casciello opened early to 6,000 and it folded around to Franca Luana Bonsignore on the cutoff. She asked for a count, then shoved a bigger stack. Casciello called quickly and it was a race between pocket nines for Bonsignore against AK for Casciello. The board of 427T8 was clean for the nines and Casciello hit the rail.

Franca Luana Bonsignore – 165,000
Sefano Casciello – 0

Franca Luana Bonsignore

22 Oct 01:04 by Lyle Bateman

Level 14: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)
Entries: 272/1,216

The flop was already dealt showing 76A and Giuseppe Di Bella bet 10k after a couple of checks. Simone Salis called from the cutoff before Steve Conti shoved all in from the big blind. Everyone folded except for Salis, who called with a gutshot holding five-three. Conti’s hand was mucked too quickly to see, but he left the table angrily when Salis hit his gutshot on the river.

Steve Conti – 0
Simone Salis – 130,000

Blinds Rolling Back to Level 15 on Day 2 22 Oct 00:58 by Jason Glatzer

We just confirmed with the tournament director that blinds will roll back to start tomorrow’s Day 2 to 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 big blind ante. This is due to Day 1a ending on this blind level.

Blinds also increase to one hour in length to provide an even deeper structure the rest of the way.

Photos, Photos, Photos 22 Oct 00:44 by Jason Glatzer
Some Big Stacks from Break 22 Oct 00:29 by Lyle Bateman

Level 14: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)
Entries: 294/1,216

Name Chips BB
Toni Zengovski 335,000 112
Thomas Pearn 265,000 88
Alberto Cigliano 230,000 77
Marco Macis 225,000 75
Peter Brackley 215,000 72
Ludovich Geilich 215,000 72
Franca Bonsignore 200,000 67
Antoine Stackowiak 200,000 67
MIchael Altena 180,000 60
Roderick Macneil 165,000 55


Day 1d Video Recap 22 Oct 00:28 by Jason Glatzer

30-Minute Break 22 Oct 00:09 by Jason Glatzer

Players are on a 30-minute break instead of the usual 20-minute break. This is due to the fact that there are so many players and a chip race for the 100-denominated chips will take place during the break.

Blinds will increase to 1,500/3,000 with a 3,000 big blind ante when the action resumes.

Sunglasses, Chips, Hands

Bozza Finds His Ten 21 Oct 23:52 by Lyle Bateman

Level 13: 1,000/2,000 (2,000)
Entries: 324/1216

Luciano Chiavaro opened the betting to 4,000 from the hijack before Alessandro Spata shoved from the cutoff for 23,500. Francesco Bozza was in the small blind and asked for a count before flat-calling to leave about 10k behind. Chiavaro mucked his hand, and Spata looked good for the double with jacks against tens for Bozza. The ten hit the turn of the 252TA board and Spata headed out of the room in disgust just as the table broke.

Kanaker Squeezes With Fives 21 Oct 23:46 by Jason Glatzer

Level 13: 1,000/2,000 (2,000)
Entries: 335/1,216

A player opened and two players called including Eftychois Georgiou from the cutoff. Martin Kanaker three-bet jammed from the button for 25,600. Two players folded before Georgiou found a call.

Martin Kanaker: 55
Eftychios Georgiou: Q7

Georgiou called for a jack to double pair the board after the JTT flop. Not only did a jack not come but nothing else came the rest of the way to improve Georgiou and Kanaker doubled his stack after the blank 3 turn and 6 river completed the board.

Eftychois Georgiou – 140,000
Martin Kanaker – 65,000

Manca Flushes Garcia 21 Oct 23:22 by Lyle Bateman

Level 12: 1,000/1,500 (1,500)
Entries: 381/1,216

Martin Garcia opened from the middle to 3,200 and he was called by Marco Manca in the cutoff and Gianluca Fighera in the big biind. It checked to Garcia on the 94J flop and he bet 7,400. Manca shoved for 38,200 before Fighera got out of the way.

Garcia made the call after asking for a count, and he was ahead with ace-jack against jack-ten, but Manca was also drawing to spades. 8 on the turn sealed it for Manca and the J river was inconsequential.

Gianluca Fighera – 45,000
Martin Garcia – 38,000
Marco Manca – 100,000


More Day 1d Photos 21 Oct 23:13 by Jason Glatzer
179 Players (Or Less) Advancing Through Day 1d 21 Oct 22:51 by Jason Glatzer

The numbers have been checked, double-checked, and triple-checked for the massive Day 1d field. A banner field of 1,216 entries came out in full force with just 179 of them scheduled to advance to tomorrow’s Day 2 already in the money.

This figure might turn out to be less as if multiple players hit the rail on the final hand of the day, they not only won’t advance to Day 2 but also will not be awarded a min-cash.

Best of luck to all of the Day 1d players in their quest to become the lastest hero at the Battle of Malta.

Cenciarini Straightens Out Algeri 21 Oct 22:49 by Lyle Bateman

Level 11: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Entries: 432/1,216

Alessandro Cenciarini and Samantha Algeri were on the turn with the board reading 87KQ and Cenciarini bet 2,700 under the gun. Algeri snapped it off to see 5 on the river, and Cenciarini fired 12,000 into the middle. Algeri tanked for a few seconds before tossing in the call, in the direction of Cenciarini.

He rolled over 64 for the rivered straight and Algeri initially went to muck her hand down, but then showed ace-seven.

Alessandro Cenciarini – 225,000
Samantha Algeri – 140,000

Alessandro Cenciarini

“Just When I Thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In” 21 Oct 22:29 by Jason Glatzer

Level 11: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Entries: 454/1,216

There is a famous saying on the famous television show The Sopranos as follows: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

This saying also applies to poker sometimes as evidenced by Aleksandar Parcetic.

Raoul van Wersch jammed for more than the 18,200 Parcetic had in his stack with a bit more in the pot and the 4K989 on the board.

Parcetic went into the tank for about a minute before he called. Van Wersch turned over his failed bluff attempt with QJ. Parcetic turned over the best hand with K7 but inexplicably got up from his chair, grabbed his belongings, and began to walk away.

He was nearly in the hallway before he caught the dealer’s attention and slowly made his way back to the table.

Initially, it appeared the Parcetic still thought he lost the hand but maybe had some chips left to play with. Moments later, a player at the table pointed out he won the hand. He still wasn’t sure but then sat back down.

“I thought he had king-queen,” Parcetic said. “I am pretty tired. I didn’t know.”

The table reassured him that everything was cool. These types of situations happen to even the best of players, but at least it did provide some entertainment at the table. Best of luck to Parcetic in finding a bag during Day 1d and getting some rest for Day 2 and beyond.

Aleksandar Parcetic – 65,000
Raoul van Wersch – 20,000

Aleksandar Parcetic

Jack is Good for Brackley 21 Oct 22:26 by Lyle Bateman

Level 11: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Entries: 454/1,216

I picked up the action on the flop with the board reading 586 and three players checked to the J turn. After a check from small blind Torben Krogh, Dzintars Lacis fired 3,500 from the big blind. Peter Brackley made it 10k to go, Krogh out while Lacis called. Both remaining players checked the 3 river, and Brackley showed down jack-ten for the turned pair and the win as Lacis mucked his hand.

Torben Krogh – 70,000
Peter Brackley – 68,000
Dzintars Lacis – 90,000


Dinner Chips 21 Oct 21:29 by Lyle Bateman

Level 10: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Entries: 455/1,211

Name Chips BB
Michael Cowper-Johnson 200,000 167
Alessandro Cenciarini 195,000 163
Timothy Chung 181,000 151
Alberto Cucca 170,000 142
Charif Akhoun 151,000 126
Chris Da-Silva 145,000 121
Christian Christandl 140,000 117
Luciano Chiavaro 134,000 112
Francesco Ruggiero 122,000 102


Let’s Have Some Dinner 21 Oct 20:57 by Lyle Bateman

Level 10: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Entries: 463/1,209

Level 10 has just finished and the players are off for their 75-minute dinner break now. Entries are still open through the break but once Level 11 starts Day 1d will be closed. There are still two more turbo flights for the Main Event with Day 1e Turbo running right now in Level 3, and Day 1f Turbo Sunday morning at 10 am.

With entries open through the break the final numbers for 1d aren’t set yet, but with the current numbers, it looks like 182 players will bag tonight, though that could well change a bit.

Spina Doubles 21 Oct 20:47 by Lyle Bateman

Level 10: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Entries: 478/1,207

Younes Charrat opened to 2,500 early, and Simone Spina called from the cutoff. Charrat checked the T88 then snap-called when Spina shoved 19,800.

Charrat had king-queen of diamonds for overs and some backdoors but Spina hit the ten with ten-jack and held for the double.

Younes Charrat – 60,000
Simone Spina – 45,000

Big Pot Ends on Flop 21 Oct 20:27 by Lyle Bateman

Level 9: 500/1,000 (1,000)
Entries: 537/1,201

Roberto Cilia raised to 2,200 from the hijack and he got a couple of callers before big blind Nikolaos Michailidis made it 8,700 to go. Two players folded, but cutoff Andrea Melluzzo called, The flop came 5K9 and Michailidis continued his aggression with a bet of 11,300, enough to push Melluzzo off the hand.

Andrea Melluzzo – 34,000
Nikolaos Michailidis – 50,000

Nikolaos Michailidis

More Day 1d Photos 21 Oct 20:14 by Jason Glatzer
Christandl Hits the Ace 21 Oct 20:01 by Lyle Bateman

Level 9: 500/1,000 (1,000)
Entries: 588/1,198

I picked up the action on the turn with the board reading 44A4 and Christian Christandl checked from the big blind. Nilson Pascoal put out a bet of 15,000 and got the call to 5 on the river. Both players checked and Pascoal mucked after Christandl showed ace-jack for the flopped pair.

Christian Christandl – 160,000
Nilson Pascoal – 40,000

Christian Christandl

Gary Tyler Wins Malta52 by Redtooth Poker (€5,000) 21 Oct 19:54 by Jason Glatzer

Gary Tyler wins Malta52 for €5,000

A total of 52 players qualified via different paths via Redtooth Poker for the invite-only Malta52 event. The event awarded 10 places a total of €12,500. Gary Tyler was the hero of the day after inking the event for the €5,000 top prize. Check out some of the photos from what turned out to be one of the most vibrant events thus far at the 2023 Battle of Malta.

A Few Big Stacks at Break 21 Oct 19:37 by Lyle Bateman

Level 9: 500/1,000 (1,000)
Entries: 624/1,187

Name Chips BB
Julian Micallef 162,000 162
Beniamino Ciotta 135,000 135
Nico Frenn 130,000 130
Giuseppe Domicoli 130,000 130
Alessandro Cenciarini 125,000 125
Luciano Chiavaro 125,000 125
Luca Piras 115,000 115
Jorden Verbraeken 110,000 110
Adriano Scagnetti 110,000 110
Samantha Algeri 80,000 80
Third Break 21 Oct 19:21 by Jason Glatzer

Day 1d is on its third break of the day. The blinds will increase to 500/1,000 with a 1,000 big blind ante followed by 600/1,200 with a 1,200 big blind ante.

The 75-minute dinner break will take place before Groundhog’s Day occurs with a repeat of the 600/1,200 (1,200) blind level. However, late registration will close at the end of the dinner break but this doesn’t mean we won’t see more players enter the Main Event today as the turbo-charged Day 1e kicks off at 8 p.m.

Algeri Gets There with Flush 21 Oct 19:14 by Lyle Bateman

Level 8: 400/800 (800)
Entries: 654/1,180

Alessandro Cenciarini opened from the hijack to 2,000 and Samantha Algeri called from the button as did big blind Tavio Sillaste. It checked to Algeri on the 468 flop and she fired 2,900. Only Sillaste called to the 6 turn.

Sillaste check-called for 5,200 on the turn and both players checked the 7 river. Sillaste showed pocket threes, but he mucked in disgust when Algeri showed A9 for the rivered flush.

Alessandro Cenciarini – 95,000
Samantha Algeri – 80,000
Tavio Sillaste – 32,000

Samantha Algeri

di Cicco Backdoors Hearts 21 Oct 18:36 by Lyle Bateman

Level 7: 300/600 (600)
Entries: 721/1,145

Kurt Kofler opened the betting from the hijack to 1,300 and was called by cutoff Salvatore Patti, button Mario Burriolo, and big blind Virgilio di Cicco. The flop came 424 and di Cicco checked and Kurt Kofler bet 1,800. All three players called to the 7 turn.

It checked to Burriolo on the turn and he fired 3,200. Patti folded but the other two players called to the 2 river. di Cicco shoved for 6,600 and the other players folded. He showed ace-four of hearts for the backdoor flush and the win.

Mario Burriolo – 18,000
Virgilio di Cicco – 28,000
Kurt Kofler – 19,000
Salvatore Patti – 35,000

Virgilio di Cicco

Even the Sviten Special Boast a Guarantee 21 Oct 18:26 by Jason Glatzer

The 2023 Battle of Malta Autumn Edition featured not one but two different Sviten Special events. The one that just kicked off today boasts a €250 buy-in.

We have been to hundreds if not thousands of poker events over the years and this is the first time in at least our memory that a Sviten Special event boasts a guarantee. Thus far, with just 29 entries, there is some added value thanks to a €10,000 guarantee slapped on this event. Of course, we expect that to be shattered, but you never know.

We explained the rules of Sviten Special a bit the first time this was hosted at this festival but in case you weren’t paying attention we will run through them again. The pot-limit game combines both five-card draw and five-card Omaha in the same game.

It begins simply enough with each players dealt five cards starting from the small blind. The first round of betting takes place followed by a turn and another round of betting.

Hopefully, you aren’t lost so far as it gets slightly trickier from here on out. Players will have an opportunity to exchange cards. They can stand pat, draw five, or anything in between. The exchanged cards are all dealt face down into the player’s hand except when just drawing one card is drawn. When that is the case it is face up. The player can decide if they are happy with that card. If they are, it goes into their hand. If not, they can choose to exchange that card for a new one which will be dealt face down into their hand.

A turn is dealt after the exchanging of cards before the third round of betting takes place followed by the river when the final betting round occurs. The best five-card draw hand at the showdown wins half the pot while the best five-card Omaha hand wins the other half.

This is a fun game to play whether tournaments, cash, or home games, so its worth checking out even if not hopping into the action.

Sviten Special author Martin Smith, Simon Ruckert, Niklas Nyman, Kaidar Viikman Marko “Cinderella Story” Keskel (see Day 1c blog to hear more about his story), Matteo Crapanzano, and Eva Jiretom are among the players in action. Best of luck to the Sviten Special players in their hunt for the title.

Bernardo Sends Grandi to Rail 21 Oct 18:15 by Lyle Bateman

Level 7: 300/600 (600)
Entries: 742/1,128

Andrea Grandi opened the middle to 1,500 and big blind Lucio Bernardo called to the flop of 496. Bernardo checked to Grandi who fired 1,200 only to see Bernardo check-raise to 5,500. Grandi shoved for a bit more, and Bernardo called it off with the biggest stack..

Grandi was on pocket sevens, but Bernardo flopped his nine with ace-nine to take the lead. The TT turn and river were bricks for Grandi and he hit the rail while Bernardo chipped up to close to 100k

Lucio Bernardo – 90,000
Andrea Grandi – 0

Lucio Bernardo

Second Break 21 Oct 17:54 by Jason Glatzer

Day 1d has reached its second break. The blinds will increase to 300/600 with a 600 big blind ante when the action resumes.

Many players have stepped outside to enjoy a few moments of the beautiful Maltese weather this past week including today.

Heger Takes One just before Break 21 Oct 17:48 by Lyle Bateman

Level 6: 200/500 (500)
Entries: 743/1,094

Pavel Heger opened the action in a hand just before the break with a raise to 1,100. He was called in two spots to the flop of 7Q7 and all three players checked to the K turn. Big blind Francesco Palermo led out on the turn for 2,500 and both Giovanni D’Alia and Heger called to the river 4 where it checked around again. Heger rolled over king-ten and took the pot when the other two players mucked.

The players are now on their second break of the day.

Giovanni D’Alia – 16,000
Pavel Heger – 37,000
Francesco Palermo – 27,000

Pavel Heger

More Day 1d Photos (and Bounty Event Photos Too!) 21 Oct 17:45 by Jason Glatzer
Di Marco Clicks Back Turn 21 Oct 17:23 by Lyle Bateman

Level 6: 200/500 (500)
Entries: 764/1,063

Gianluca Parisi opened to 1,000 and got called in two spots to see 26Q. All three players checked around to the 9 turn. Martin Stoev checked the big blind before Parisi bet 2,500. Giuseppe Di Marco clicked it back to 5k from his left, forcing out both Stoev and Parisi.

Giuseppe Di Marco – 26,000
Gianluca Parisi – 17,000
Martin Stoev – 33,000

Giuseppe Di Marco

More Than 1K Day 1d Players! 21 Oct 17:08 by Jason Glatzer

Level 6: 200/500 (500)
Entries: 762/1,038

The Day 1d field reached more than 1,000 entries on its own to bring the total Main Event field past 2,300 entries. The Day 1d field will continue to grow with more than four levels of late registration. In addition, there will be two turbo flights tonight and tomorrow morning before the final prize pool and Day 2 field are set.

Bounty Begins 21 Oct 16:55 by Jason Glatzer

The €250 Bounty kicked off a short while ago and already has more than 150 players. Due to the Main Event, capacity for this event is limited to 25 tables.

Two-time Ladies Only winner Emma Watson, Cory Desmond, 2019 BoM High Roller champion Chris Da Silva, Pavel Cerveny, Vadim Gercev, Kristian Holden, 2023 BoM Main Event runner-up Junyu Liu, and Roland Luik are among the early entries in the field.

Best of luck to all bounty players! We will share some photos of this event from our new photographer Igor Bezborodov within the hour.

Dogge Not the Dog 21 Oct 16:55 by Lyle Bateman

Level 5: 200/400 (400)
Entries: 776/1,022

I arrived at the table with the action on the turn and the board reading 2A89. Marcus Borg was all in from the button and Martinus Dogge called to put him at risk. Borg had ace-deuce for two pair, but Dogge had the good with pocket aces for a flopped set. The 3 river was inconsequential and Borg hit the rail while Dogge chipped up to about 55k.

Martinus Dogge – 55,000
Marcus Borg – 0

Martinus Dogge

Burriolo Check-Raises Flop 21 Oct 16:14 by Lyle Bateman

Level 4: 100/300 (300)
Entries: 811/955

Marco Burriolo raised early to 1,200 and he was called by the next three seats to his left. The flop came Q7J and he checked to Daniele Dessi who put in a bet of 1,800. Aliaksei Ivanou called from his left and Sandro Stapane tucked before Burriolo came over top to 6,000, forcing folds from the final two players in the hand.

Marco Burriolo – 30,000
Daniele Dessi – 45,000
Aliaksei Ivanou – 17,000
Sandro Stapane – 8,000

Marco Burriolo

Package Winner Algeru Takes One on Turn 21 Oct 15:58 by Lyle Bateman

Level 4: 100/300 (300)
Entries: 810/921

Luca Delfino opened from the middle to 800 and package winner Samantha Algeri called from the small blind. It checked through the flop of 4J8 but Algeri fired 1,000 on the 4 turn to take it down.

Samantha Algeri – 26,000
Luca Delfino – 16,000

Break Chips 21 Oct 15:38 by Lyle Bateman

Level 4: 100/300 (300)
Entries: 797/901


Name Chips BB
Lucio Bernardo 78,000 260
Christian Christandl 58,000 193
Paolo Espositi 53,000 177
loana Serreli 50,000 167
Gaetano Moribondo 48,000 160
Early Photos From Day 1d 21 Oct 15:16 by Jason Glatzer
Break Time 21 Oct 15:13 by Jason Glatzer

Players are on a 20-minute break. Blinds will increase to 100/300 with a 300 big blind ante when the action resumes.

21 Oct 15:11 by Lyle Bateman

Level 3: 100/200 (200)
Entries: 743/832

Angelo Onorato limped early before Alessandro Cenciarini raised to 900 next to act. Both blinds called as did Onorato.

The flop was 74K and it checked to Cenciarini and he fired 900 again. The small blind got out of the way, but big blind Daniele Gugliotta called, as did Onorato. All three remaining players checked through the 28 turn and river and pocket jacks for Cenciarini were good against jack-seven for Gugliotta and queen-seven for Onorato.

Alessandro Cenciarini – 29,000
Daniele Gugliotta – 27,000
Angelo Onorato – 25,000

Alessandro Cenciarini

Kolsto Check-Raises the Turn 21 Oct 14:53 by Lyle Bateman

Level 3: 100/200 (200)
Entries: 736/788

Stian Espedal Kolsto raised to 500 early, then called when Vincenzo Germano made it 1,000 to go. Kolsto check-called for 1,200 on the 52Q flop but when the K hit the turn, he check-raised from 1,300 to 5,100 to take it down.

Vincenzo Germano – 20,000
Stian Espedal Kolsto – 27,000

Montagno With the Nuts 21 Oct 14:50 by Jason Glatzer

Level 3: 100/200 (200)
Entries: 727/773

There was nearly 10,000 in the pot with the 9JT53 on the board when Frank Cozzula checked. Francesco Montagno fired out for 3,200. Rosario Saddemi paused for a few moments before he got warned about flashing his cards to his neighbor. Soon after, his hand went into the muck.

Meanwhile, Cozzula opted to call only to get the bad news that Montagno held the nut-flush with A6. Cozzula opted to show that he had a flush as well, just not strong enough after tabling his 98 before the next hand was dealt.

Rosario Saddemi – 35,000
Francesco Montagno – 30,000
Frank Cozzula – 19,000

Francesco Montagno

Runner-up From WSOP Seniors Event in the House! 21 Oct 14:33 by Lyle Bateman

Level 2: 100/100 (100)
Entries: 706/746

Among the players in this huge Day 1d today is Canadian Kelly Gall. He’s played most of his poker in southern Alberta in Canada, but he recently picked up the biggest score of his life with an epic run in the WSOP Seniors’ bracelet event at the 2023 series. He made it all the way to heads-up play, ultimately having to settle for second place for $134,643. He also has nine career wins in various tournaments in Alberta and Las Vegas.

For the last few months, he’s been on the road doing a tour of European poker spots including the UK and now Malta. While his Day 1d today wasn’t successful, no doubt he’ll still be looking for another big score here this week.

Kelly Gall

300 or 3,000? That Was the Question 21 Oct 14:32 by Jason Glatzer

Level 2: 100/100 (100)
Entries: 681/719

There was around 4,000 in the pot when Joan Carillo, Luca Lentini, and Fabio Aprile all checked the 798 flop before Carillo checked again on the 2 turn.

“Three,” Lentini stated as he tossed a blue 5,000-denominated chip and announced.

There was a small bit of confusion and Carillo, who already chipped up nicely, wanted to know if it was 300 or 3,000. Lentini insisted he meant 3,000.

The floor was called and took a look at the pot before determining the bet was indeed for 3,000. The table appeared comfortable with the ruling and both Aprile and Carillo folded.

“If it was 300, I am obviously calling,” Carillo shared with us.

Joan Carillo – 60,000
Luca Lentini – 30,000
Fabio Aprile – 30,000

Joan Carillo

Grassroots Poker Arrives to BoM with Redtooth Poker Presenting Malta52 21 Oct 13:45 by Jason Glatzer

Grassroots poker has arrived to Malta in a huge way with Redtooth Poker bringing tons of poker players from their community to compete in the Malta52 events at the 2023 Battle of Malta.

There are 52 players in the opening event, an appropriate number considering the Malta52 brand. This is not all, as all 52 players start off with 52,000 in chips with blinds increasing every 20 minutes.

Players qualified through various Redtooth poker paths and it is only open to qualifiers. Paul Baker, James Middleton, Spencer Owen, Andrei Popa, and Caroline Quinn are among the players in action in the opening Malta52 event.

There is a whopping €12,500 in the prize pool with today’s winner of the opening event going home with a tasty €5,000 top prize.

Best of luck to all of the Redtooth Poker players in their quest for Malta52 glory at the 2023 Battle of Malta Autumn Edition.

Yesterday’s Video Recap 21 Oct 13:36 by Jason Glatzer

500 Entries Already! 21 Oct 13:34 by Jason Glatzer

Level 1: 100/100
Entries: 500/502

Day 1d is rocking the house with already more than 500 entries in the opening moments. Already, two players lost their stacks including Poland’s Arkadiusz Sieracki and Italy’s Prospero Trovato.

Shuffle Up and Deal 21 Oct 13:14 by Jason Glatzer

Level 1: 100/100
Entries: 411/411

The opening ceremony has been concluded with a round of applause for all of the players. Cards are now in the air with more than 400 entries already in the field. Best of luck to all of the players.

Welcome to Saturday at the Battle of Malta 21 Oct 12:35 by Jason Glatzer

Today is set to be a special day as not only do we expect the largest opening flight of the Main Event in Day 1d but also today will boast a turbo Day 1e this evening.

Day 1d kicks off at 1 p.m. will follow the same structure as the first three opening flights with players starting off with 25,000 in chips and blinds increasing every 40 minutes. Players can re-enter until their hearts are content until the start of Level 11 with the day ending when just 15% of the field remains.

Meanwhile, Day 1e begins at 8 p.m. and the only difference is that this is a turbo-charged affair with 20-minute blind levels. Our focus will be mostly on Day 1d today but we will provide some updates on Day 1e and the many side events for the day. Tomorrow morning’s final opening flight in Day 1f mirrors the structure of Day 1e.

So buckle up, and get ready for a beautiful day. Will someone pass the 900,000 in chips that Tayfun Rodoplu bagged on Day 1a or will he begin tomorrow’s Day 2 with a massive chip lead.

Battle of Malta Day 1c