Main Event by the Numbers 3 Jun 12:48 by Arved Klöhn

Below you can find the entry numbers for the two completed flights.

Flight Entries Survivors Average % Advanced Chip Leader Chips Big Blinds
Day 1a 273 41 166,463 15.0% Antoine Talvard 691,000 115
Day 1b 353 53 166,509 15.0% David Oezmen 377,000 63
Day 1c
Day 1d turbo
Day 1e turbo
Total 626 94 199,787 15.0%
End of Day 1b Counts 3 Jun 03:06 by Arved Klöhn

Below are the chip counts after Day 1b:

Name Chips Big Blinds
David Oezmen 377,000 63
Maceo Fryda 374,000 62
Carsten Mawick 353,000 59
Andrea Mussumarra 326,500 54
Kurt Kofler 315,000 53
Junyu Liu 314,000 52
Modestas Kryzanauskas 311,000 52
Stanislovas Vinicenka 309,500 52
Fabian Rolli 305,000 51
Boban Stevanovic 288,000 48
Gytis Lazauninkas 282,000 47
Mariano Bucca 245,000 41
Uri Gilboa 227,000 38
Andrius Janca 224,000 37
Humberto Galindo 213,000 36
Markus Sippe 209,000 35
Simon Steinberg 201,000 34
Demos Demosthenous 193,000 32
Joel Ylismaki 193,000 32
Matteo Intiso 165,500 28
Karol Bogusz 165,000 28
Albert Ostrovskij 165,000 28
Marko Luksa 164,500 27
Alessandro Vecchi 157,000 26
Alessandro Furneri 145,000 24
Vygintas Sipalis 144,500 24
Marios Stefani 144,500 24
Madis Ormisson 144,000 24
Shaun Decesare 138,500 23
Idan Osteraicher 136,000 23
Alessandro Francaviglia 135,000 23
Mary Dvorkin 133,000 22
Samuel Tebege 115,000 19
Alexis Roch 108,500 18
Giuseppe Gambadoro 108,000 18
Dario Berisa 97,000 16
Robinson Watinee 96,000 16
Giacomo Staropoli 95,500 16
Samuel Marseiler 93,500 16
Nicolaus Paszkiewicz 93,000 16
Salvatore Motta 87,500 15
Piet Pape 84,500 14
Yarin Matan 77,000 13
Michal Janeczko 73,500 12
Michele Iracani 70,000 12
Daniel Ryder 66,000 11
Orazio Pellegrino 65,500 11
Lennart Dijkkamp 62,000 10
Elisabeth Van Uden 54,500 9
Amir Assal 47,500 8
Audrius Skucas 47,500 8
Sebastiano Caruso 42,000 7
Roberto Caprio 20,000 3
Eliyahu Yamin Bubbles Day 1b 3 Jun 02:50 by Arved Klöhn

Level 16: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)
Entries: 53/353

The hand-for-hand mode of the bubble only lasted two hands. While nothing happened during the first hand, the second hand saw an all-in and a call at Table 12.

Eliyahu Yamin was all-in with KXQX against Carsten Mawick with 5X5X.

The board fell AX7X4X5XTX and just like that Eliyahu Yamin was eliminated and the remaining 53 players are guaranteed a spot in the money.

We will come back with full counts in a bit.

Eliyahu Yamin

Eliyahu Yamin leaves the tournament

Last Break of the Day 3 Jun 02:26 by Arved Klöhn

With 55 / 353 entries left, we enter the last break of the day. After that, the bubble looms as 53 spots will be paid and only two more players will bust without getting paid.

David Keuftedjian Out With Two Pair 3 Jun 02:24 by Arved Klöhn

Level 16: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)
Entries: 55/353

At Table 11 we witnessed David Keuftedjian lose his last hand and his tournament seat a few spots before the money ranks.

With already 50k in the middle on the turn the board read AJ52 and Keuftedjian bet 30k. His only opponent, Mariano Bucca called.

The river fell 4 and Keuftedjian moved all-in for a few 10k more. Bucca immediately called again and tabled AJ for a flopped two pair. Keuftedjian turned over A2 for a turned worse two pair.

As Bucca had him barely covered, Keuftedjian was left with no chips and had to leave the tournament.

Mariano Bucca – 165,000
David Keuftedjian – 0

Mariano Bucca

Mariano Bucca stacks his chips after winning

Boban Stevanovic Lucks Out Against Liron Kroani 3 Jun 01:57 by Arved Klöhn

Level 16: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)
Entries: 61/353

At Table 11 Liron Kroani moved all-in from middle position for roughly 60,000 – 10 big blinds.

After it was folded to Boban Stevanovic in the big blind, he called the all-in. Showdown:

Liron Kroani: QQ
Boban Stevanovic: AJ
Board: AA8KK

Despite being the underdog, Stevanovic hit a full house and eliminated Liron Kroani.

Boban Stevanovic – 155,000
Liron Kroani – 0

Boban Stevanovic

Boban Stevanovic counting his newfound chips

Suck! Re-Suck! Caruso Crippled. 3 Jun 01:42 by Arved Klöhn

Level 15: 2,000/4,000 (4,000)
Entries: 64/353

The hand started with Alberto Cigliano raising to 8k from middle position. Behind him, Andrius Janca moved all-in for 59,500. In the big blind Sebastiano Caruso mulled over his options and eventually called. After Cigliano folded, the hands were revealed.

Andrius Janca: JJ
Sebastiano Caruso: TT

The board fell T98Q3 – giving Caruso a set but a straight to Janca who managed to double up while Caruso is left with only a handful of big blinds.

Andrius Janca – 135,000
Sebastiano Caruso – 26,000

Andrius Janca

Andrius Janca after the double-up

Oliver Repeats as Back-to-Back BoM Ladies Event Champion 3 Jun 01:30 by Jason Glatzer

Emma Oliver Wins Back-to-Back BoM Ladies Events

The €150 Ladies Event is in the books after United Kingdom’s Emma Oliver defeated Florence Mazet heads-up to win the title along with the €1,460 top prize.

The Ladies Event attracted 26 entries to create a €3,330 prize pool with four players cashing for at least a €400 min-cash.

Oliver is no stranger to the winner’s circle at the Battle of Malta. She announced before the event on her Facebook that she came specifically to Malta to defend the title she won in the Ladies Event during the last Battle of Malta.

“I was determined to win the trophy back-to-back and I came to Malta specifically with that in mind,” said Oliver. “I would have liked to have also played the Mystery Bounty event but it was more important to defend my title.”

Oliver shared that she is very competitive at the poker tables and enjoyed her heads-up battle with Mazet, who she described as a lovely person. This was despite the fact that Oliver entered the heads-up action with a substantial chip lead only for Mazet to nearly even the stacks up. Oliver regained the momentum before securing the title.

“I want to win a triple title,” said Oliver. “I will be back in the autumn

Place Player Prize
1 Emma Oliver €1,460
2 Florence Mazet €870
3 Maria Koutsouki €600
4 Julija Drevina €400
Uri Gilboa Takes Out Two With One Strike 3 Jun 01:17 by Arved Klöhn
Uri Gilboa

Uri Gilboa with the double K.O.

Level 15: 2,000/4,000 (4,000)
Entries: 66/353

Rain Moelderkivi went all-in for 33k (a tad over 8 big blinds) from middle position and in the small blind Uri Gilboa called. Behind him in the big blind Alexandru Borcan only had half a big blind left and also called the all-in.


Rain Moelderkivi: AQ
Uri Gilboa: AA
Alexandru Borcan: J3

Board: 87536

The board didn’t provide enough help for any of Gilboa’s opponents and thus both had to take their leave while Gilboa is up to roughly average stack now.

Uri Gilboa – 120,000
Alexandru Borcan – 0
Rain Moelderkivi – 0

Michele Iracani Takes Out Jan Maciej 3 Jun 01:02 by Arved Klöhn
Michele Iracani

Michele Iracani explains how he hit his set

Level 14: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)
Entries: 73/353

Over at Table 8, Michele Iracani just managed to eliminate Jan Maciej. The two were all-in before the flop for roughly 12 big blinds each.

Iracani hat 7X7X while Maciej was on the come with AXKX.

The board improved both players’ holdings: AX9X7X6X3X and with his set, Iracani won the pot and eliminated Maciej.

Michele Iracani – 150,000
Jan Maciej – 0

Big Slick Good for Lazauninkas 3 Jun 01:00 by Jason Glatzer

Level 14: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)
Entries: 75/353

Gytis Lazauninkas came from Lithuania to the Battle of Malta with more than two dozen Lithuanians he has in his long-term staking stable. Lazauninkas wasn’t able to get much going on Day 1a and had a rough start today when he lost his first bullet. His second Day 1b bullet is a different story as he just won another hand and in the process sent Shmuel Hadad to the rail.

Lazauninkas opened for 6,000 from under the gun. Hadad three-bet to 16,000 from the small blind and Lazauninkas went into the tank for a couple of minutes before he jammed his big stack. Hadad called off for around 60,000 and the cards were turned over.

Shmuel Hadad: 66
Gytis Lazauninkas: AK

Lazauninkas improved to a better pair than Hadad to eliminate his opponent after the 759K7 ran out on the board.

Gytis Lazauninkas – 320,000
Shmuel Hadad – 0

Gytis Lazauninkas

Gytis Lazauninkas realizes his victory in this intense battle

Ryder Cracks Aces 3 Jun 00:54 by Jason Glatzer

Level 14: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)
Entries: 78/353

Balazs Onodi bet 8,000 into a multiway limped pot after the 32Q flop before Daniel Ryder jacked it up to 25,000. By this time the other players were out of the way and Onodi jammed for around 70,000. Ryder called and the cards were turned over.

Balazs Onodi: AA
Daniel Ryder: 73

Ryder had tons of equity with both bottom pair and a flush draw. He had Ononi drawing dead with his rockets after improving to a flush on the T turn and officially eliminated his opponent after the 5 river completed the board.

Daniel Ryder – 350,000
Balazs Onodi – 0

Bucca and Ryder

Daniel Ryder

Calling Three-Bets and Check-Raising Works for Albert Ostrovskij 3 Jun 00:42 by Arved Klöhn
Albert Ostrovskij

Albert Ostrovskij

Level 14: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)
Entries: 79/353

From UTG Albert Ostrovskij opened with a raise to 6,500. In middle position, Zlatin Penev re-raised to 16,000. After all the other players folded, Ostrovskij called.

Flop: A66

After Ostrovskij checked, Penev made it a very tame 4,000 to go. Ostrovskij elected to check-raise to an as tame amount – 10,000. Penev called.

Turn: 8

Both players checked this time.

River: 5

Now Ostrovskij fired 21,000 and Penev quickly folded his hand, awarding this sizeable pot to Albert Ostrovskij.

Albert Ostrovskij – 180,000
Zlatin Penev – 75,000

“Ciao Bello” 3 Jun 00:34 by Jason Glatzer

Level 14: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)
Entries: 81/353

Roberto Lollio three-bet jammed for around a starting stack and was called by Sebastiano Caruso.

Roberto Lollio: 99
Sebastiano Caruso: TT

Lollio was one pair behind and was unable to buck the odds to stay alive on Day 1b after no love came on the 3T338 board to hit the rail.

“Ciao Bello,” Caruso said to Lollio after the hand.

Sebastiano Caruso – 160,000
Roberto Lollio – 0

Sebastiano Caruso

Fabian Rolli Leads During the Last Break 3 Jun 00:16 by Arved Klöhn

We counted some more chips during the recent break and from our eyeballing, Fabian Rolli is back in the lead for now.

Name Chips Big Blinds Table Seat
Fabian Rolli 340,000 113 13 8
Elhanan Torgeman 305,000 102 10 5
Lennart Dijkkamp 270,000 90 6 8
Daniel Ryder 255,000 85 11 4
Gytis Lazauninkas 230,000 77 14 2
Mary Dvorkin 210,000 70 10 8
David Oezmen 195,000 65 6 5
Michal Janeczko 190,000 63 9 3
Humberto Galindo 190,000 63 11 6
Stanislovas Vinicenka 185,000 62 6 2
Junyu Liu 175,000 58 5 2
Marko Luksa 175,000 58 9 5
Karol Bogusz 170,000 57 13 6
Audrius Skucas 160,000 53 14 9
Albert Ostrovskij 155,000 52 14 6
Paul Hopper 155,000 52 9 9
Boban Stevanovic 150,000 50 11 2
Maceo Fryda 150,000 50 5 4
Dario Berisa 150,000 50 8 9
Michele Iracani 140,000 47 8 2
Stanislav Lastovicka 140,000 47 14 4
Modestas Kryzanauskas 140,000 47 9 7
Alessandro Vecchi 130,000 43 12 2
Zlatin Nedyalkov 125,000 42 14 1
Sebastiano Caruso 125,000 42 7 2
Alessandro Francaviglia 125,000 42 8 5
Kurt Kofler 120,000 40 6 1
Idan Osteraicher 120,000 40 6 3
Orazio Pellegrino 120,000 40 7 5
Joel Ylismaki 115,000 38 8 1
Super Mario

Not the biggest stack, but the best card protector so far

Time to Stretch 3 Jun 00:07 by Jason Glatzer

Players are on a 20-minute break. This could in theory be the final one of the day with 83 players remaining and 53 (or less) players advancing to Sunday’s Day 2 through the Day 1b field with at least a min-cash in hand.

We will be updating the biggest stacks from around the room during the break and players will return with blinds at 1,500/3,000 along with a 3,000 big blind ante.

Meanwhile, the Ladies Event has advanced to the heads-up action between French poker journalist Florence Mazet and Emma Oliver, who is also known by some as Em Doll. Oliver has a substantial lead but things can quickly change in heads-up play. We will update more about this event when we have a winner.

Karakausis Folds to Roch’s Pressure 2 Jun 23:49 by Arved Klöhn
Georgios Karakausis

Georgios Karakausis shortly before folding

Level 13: 1,000/2,000 (2,000)
Entries: 89/353

At Table 13 Georgios Karakausis opened from the cutoff to 4,000 and in the small blind Alexis Roch called.

The flop came down rather monotonously: Q97. After a check, Karakausis bet 7,000, and Roch called.

On the 9 turn Roch came out betting 13,000 and Karakausis quickly called.

The river fell A and now Roch came guns blazing, firing 55,000. Karakausis took some time, asked for a count, and eventually let go of his hand.

Alexis Roch – 120,000
Georgios Karakausis – 75,000

Sheingart Heads to Broadway 2 Jun 23:43 by Jason Glatzer

Level 13: 1,000/2,000 (2,000)
Entries: 93/353

Mary Dvorkin opened from the button and was called by Uri Gilboa from the small blind before Maksym Sheingart three-bet jammed for around 20 big blinds. Dvorkin, who is currently among the chip leaders, folded and Gilboa called.

Maksym Sheingart: KT
Uri Gilboa: A9

Gilboa was ahead after both the 28J flop and the Q turn. The A river completed the board to further improve Gilboa to the top pair. However, Sheingart won the hand with a Broadway straight and Gilboa expressed his displeasure about the hand as the cards were being shuffled for the next hand.

Mary Dvorkin – 220,000
Uri Gilboa – 90,000
Maksym Sheingart – 85,000

Maksym Sheingart

An Unfortunately Goodbye to “Poker Mama” 2 Jun 23:38 by Jason Glatzer

Level 13: 1,000/2,000 (2,000)
Entries: 94/353

It is always a pleasure to run into Jackie Cachia whenever we happen to be in Malta. Many know her around the local poker community as “Poker Mama” and that is how we’ve known her since we first met close to a decade ago.

Poker Mama just busted from the Main Event but she had a blast she shared. She said she hasn’t been into poker for a little bit of time but she was watching the WSOP action and decided it was time to enjoy poker again.

It was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Poker Mama at the end of her Day 1b run as she shared that she first doubled up with aces before the next hand ran her kings into aces to hit the rail.

Poker Mama shared that she was only in for one bullet. So, unfortunately, it was a quick hello and a quick goodbye but we are sure we will see Poker Mama again at the next Battle of Malta in the autumn.

Jackie “Poker Mama” Cachia

Buccy Doubles Through Ryder Once More 2 Jun 23:29 by Arved Klöhn

Level 12: 1,000/1,500 (1,500)
Entries: 97/353

Haven’t we just been there? Mariano Bucca just doubled through Daniel Ryder. Again.

This time the Italian, who had a stack of roughly 15 big blinds was all-in before the flop with QXJX against Ryder’s TXTX.

The board fell AXKX7X3XQX and with the pair on the river, Bucca claimed this pot as well, just a little while after doubling up through Ryder one orbit before. This time it was a little bit more expensive for Ryder, who is now well below his 300k chip lead.

Daniel Ryder – 220,000
Mariano Bucca – 55,000

Bucca and Ryder

Bucca and Ryder – Round Two

Robinson Felts Bakloris With Big Slick 2 Jun 23:20 by Jason Glatzer

Level 12: 1,000/1,500 (1,500)
Entries: 103/353

Watinee Robinson three-bet jammed over an early position opener for about 30 big blinds. Georgios Bakloris called off his stack of slightly less from the blinds and the player that originally opened gave up on his hand.

Georgios Bakloris: A5
Watinee Robinson: AK

Both players snagged a piece of the 52K flop but Robinson kept ahead the entire way with the J turn and 6 river completing the board to eliminate Bakloris and just about double her stack.

Watinee Robinson – 85,000
Georgios Bakloris – 0

Watinee Robinson

Ricardas Lukauskas Doubles Through Moreno Ferrari 2 Jun 23:17 by Arved Klöhn

Level 12: 1000/1,500 (1,500)
Entries: 103/353

Meanwhile, at Table 5, Ricardas Lukauskas managed to double up with JXJX against Moreno Ferrari’s 8X8X. Both were all-in preflop and the board ran down AX7X5X9X4X.

After that hand Ferrari was left with two 100 chips – only a fraction of a big blind. He lost those two chips in the next hand when he was all-in with K-J against A-T and his opponent hit an Ace on the river.

Ricardas Lukauskas – 55,000
Moreno Ferrari – 0

Bucca Doubles Through the Chip Leader 2 Jun 23:01 by Arved Klöhn

Level 12: 1000/1,500 (1,500)
Entries: 112/353

We finally succeeded in our quest to get a hand with our chip leader Daniel Ryder. Unfortunately, it’s a rather small one. And unfortunately, he lost the hand. But there’s one player that will be happy about the outcome. Mariano Bucca just managed to double up through Ryder.

Bucca shoved all-in from late position with AX6X for less than 10 big blinds and Ryder called with KXQX. All other players folded and the dealer fanned a board of 6X5XJX9X3X – no help for Ryder and a pair for Bucca.

Thus the Italian doubled up and put a tiny dent into Ryder’s still impressively big stack.

Daniel Ryder – 290,000
Mariano Bucca – 30,000

Mariano Bucca and Daniel Ryder

Mariano Bucca and Daniel Ryder

Some Words With Dario Minieri 2 Jun 22:45 by Arved Klöhn

While multiple events are underway in the Casino Malta, our presenter Patrisha met with WSOP bracelet winner Dario Minieri and chatted about poker here in Malta:


Ladies Event Final Table Begins 2 Jun 22:42 by Jason Glatzer

Ladies Event Final Table

The €150 Ladies Event has literally taken center stage after reaching a final table of eight hopefuls with the final table being played out on the same table in the center of the room that the live-streamed Main Event final table will be played out at on Tuesday.

We featured our friend and French poker reporter Florence Mazet. Perhaps we knew something good was going to come as she has the chip lead to kick things off.

“I have a good chance to win this,” Mazet said. “Usually, when I play in a large field event I know my chances are slim. This field wasn’t that big and now with the chip lead I have a good chance to win the trophy.”

Florence Mazet Getting Ready for the Ladies Event

Meanwhile, Mazet still has a way to go as there are still seven other players that are equally hungry for the trophy and the €1,460 top prize including Emma Oliver, Ann Tillotson, Rivatal Dray Green, Flavia Gomes Guedes, Maria Koutsouki, and Kristina Nurmik.

We congratulate all the ladies that made the final table but they still have some work to do as only the top four players will walk away with at least a min-cash of €400. Best of luck to all.

Dominik Asztemborski Doubles Through Matteo Intiso 2 Jun 22:31 by Arved Klöhn
Dominik Asztemborski

Dominik Asztemborski eyes his improved position in the event

Level 11: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Entries: 124/353

While we trying to catch a hand with the current chip leader Daniel Ryder (who has close to 300k chips now), we witnessed a hand at the neighboring Table 8.

Dominik Asztemborski, who was having a stack of roughly 30k, open-shoved from middle position for 25 big blinds. Behind him, Matteo Intiso quickly called the All-In. All other players folded.

Asztemborski showed 9X9X and was slightly ahead of Intiso’s AXKX. The board fell TX8X8X7X5X – no help for Intiso and giving a double up to Asztemborski.

Dominik Asztemborski – 63,000
Matteo Intiso – 55,000

Dedoni Nails the €10K Mystery Bounty! 2 Jun 22:18 by Jason Glatzer

The Mystery Bounty event has been providing tons of excitement. Telly Bartolo and Patrisha Rimfire have been busy conducting a fun ceremony for every bounty pull.

The room was buzzing the past five minutes. First, Koen Muetstege snagged the €4,000 mystery bounty prize.

“Not bad,” Meutstege said privately to this reporter with a massive smile. “€4,000!”

Just a couple of minutes later, Giuseppe Dedoni had even more reason to celebrate as he pulled the €10,000 top mystery bounty prize. He was over the moon and enjoying a few moments with his friends before popping back into the action.

Giuseppe Dedoni Wins Top €10K Mystery Bounty

Late Registration Closed 2 Jun 22:02 by Jason Glatzer

Level 11: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Entries: 127/353

Players are back from dinner break and late registration for Day 1b is closed. The field attracted 353 entries to bring the total up to 626 entries when taking into account the 273 entries that battled it out during yesterday’s Day 1a. These figures will still continue to climb with three more opening flights to go and we expect that the €500,000 guarantee will be smashed during tomorrow’s Day 1c.

Day 1b will conclude when the field is down to just 53 hopefuls or 15% of the field. All players bagging chips will already be in the money for at least a min-cash. The amount of the min-cash will be announced later in the event.

Best of luck to all of the Main Event players!

Dinner Break With Daniel Ryder in Front 2 Jun 21:03 by Arved Klöhn

Dinner Break? More like Chip Count Break. We did some counting. Those are the biggest stack in the tournament.

Play commences at around 10pm and then the late reg will close. So far we have 124 / 350 runners in the field.

Name Chips Big Blinds Table Seat
Daniel Ryder 250,000 208 15 7
Gytis Lazauninkas 210,000 175 17 5
Lennart Dijkkamp 200,000 167 1 2
Kurt Kofler 155,000 129 6 1
Fabian Rolli 155,000 129 13 9
Boban Stevanovic 150,000 125 11 2
Sebastiano Caruso 145,000 121 7 2
Roberto Caprio 145,000 121 3 6
Alessandro Vecchi 140,000 117 12 2
Michal Janeczko 140,000 117 9 3
Joel Ylismaki 130,000 108 8 1
Zlatin Nedyalkov 125,000 104 14 1
Alessandro Francaviglia 125,000 104 8 5
Claudia Poliani 120,000 100 7 8
Markus Sippe 115,000 96 14 5
Sranislav Lastovicka 110,000 92 14 4
Matteo Intiso 110,000 92 8 6
Christopher Campisano 110,000 92 18 6
Balazs Onodi 110,000 92 11 7
Sergio Ritano 110,000 92 1 8
Andrea Mussumarra 105,000 88 10 5
Audrius Skucas 105,000 88 3 9
Junyu Liu 100,000 83 5 2
Fabrizio Nobile 100,000 83 12 4
Idan Osteraicher 95,000 79 3 1
Michele Iracani 95,000 79 15 2
Ilya Rogov 95,000 79 6 4
Marko Luksa 95,000 79 9 5
Dario Berisa 95,000 79 8 9
Orazio Pellegrino 90,000 75 16 1
Amir Assal 90,000 75 4 2
Uri Gilboa 90,000 75 16 2
Alessandro Furneri 90,000 75 8 3
David Oezmen 90,000 75 6 6
Modestas Kryzanauskas 90,000 75 9 7
Sergejs Piratovs 90,000 75 2 8
Ugo Gasparini 85,000 71 1 1
Georgios Bakloris 85,000 71 7 1
Paul Hopper 85,000 71 9 9
Laimonas Buseika 80,000 67 2 3
Giuseppe Gambadoro 80,000 67 16 6
Madis Ormisson 75,000 63 3 3
Michal Anzulewicz 75,000 63 4 3
Karol Bogusz 75,000 63 13 7
Shaun Decesare 75,000 63 16 7
Vygintas Sipalis 70,000 58 6 8
Nikolaos Zacharakis 70,000 58 5 9
On Your H.O.R.S.E.! 2 Jun 20:50 by Arved Klöhn

Saddle your H.O.R.S.E.s

Get ready to trot your way to the poker tables as the Battle of Malta Tournament gallops ahead with its next thrilling side event! In just a few minutes, the H.O.R.S.E. side event will kick off, adding a whole new level of excitement to the poker arena. This multi-faceted tournament is set to challenge even the most seasoned players, testing their skills across five distinct poker disciplines. With a start time of 21:00, participants better saddle up and be prepared to showcase their versatility and adaptability in this prestigious event.

Joining the H.O.R.S.E. variant comes with a modest buy-in of €200, giving poker enthusiasts a chance to enter the race and compete for glory. But wait, there’s more! The Battle of Malta Tournament gladly invites brave souls to take advantage of the re-entry option, allowing players to mount another attempt if their first ride doesn’t quite go as planned. So, whether you’re a high-stakes stallion or a clever colt, this side event promises a thrilling poker experience that will leave you hoofing for more. Don’t miss your chance to grab the reins and showcase your equestrian poker prowess in this unforgettable battle at the tables!

Dinner Time 2 Jun 20:47 by Jason Glatzer

Players are on a 75-minute dinner break. We will update the chip counts during the break. Late registration will be closed after the break is concluded and then we will see a re-run of the 600/1,200 (1,200) blind level.

Danny Eihaiany Decimated His Stack With a Bluff 2 Jun 20:44 by Arved Klöhn
Danny Eihaiany

Danny Eihaiany (next to the dealer) after his bluff is called

Level 10: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Entries: 126/348

Over at Table 17 Danny Eihaiany just pulled off a huge bluff against Gytis Lazauninkas and lost most of his stack after the latter looked him up.

We came to the table after the pre-flop action was over and the board read KK3 with roughly 60k in the middle. Three players were still in the hand and Lazauninkas initiated the action with a bet worth 17k. Behind him, David Keuftedjian needed some time and eventually folded. But behind him, Danny Eihaiany on the button almost immediately moved all-in for effectively 63k. The action was back on Lazauninkas who very quickly called and tabled AXAX. Eihaiany shrugged and showed 7X7X.

Eihaiany was left with two outs after his bluff was called off and after turn and river fell QX, 6X and none of those two outs manifested, Eihaiany was left with a much smaller stack while Lazauninkas is among the chip leaders now.

Gytis Lazauninkas – 180,000
Danny Eihaiany – 45,000

Gytis Lazauninkas

Gytis Lazauninkas slowly realizes his victory in this intense battle

Straights for Asztermborski and Furneri 2 Jun 20:32 by Jason Glatzer

Level 10: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Entries: 137/346

There were around 50,000 in the pot with the TA9J on the board after the turn when Alessandro Furneri jammed for 40,000. Dominik Asztemborski called off his stack of around 15,000 before Alessandro Francaviglia folded. Meanwhile, Joel Ylismaki, who was sitting on a sizeable chip stack, asked for a count before he called moments later.

Dominik Asztermborski: 87
Alessandro Furneri: 87
Joel Ylismaki: AT

Both Astztermborski and Furneri had the same straight with neither player holding any redraws. Both were hoping for a chop which was the most likely scenaro with Ylismaki needing a four-outer to improve his two pair to a full house. The blank 8 river completed the board and Astermborski and Furneri chopped the main pot while Furneri claimed the side pot for himself.

Joel Ylismaki – 105,000
Alessandro Furneri – 75,000
Dominik Asztermborski – 50,000

Watinee Robinson Doubles Through Nicola Stagi 2 Jun 20:24 by Arved Klöhn

Level 10: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Entries: 139/346

Over at Table 18, two rather short-stacked players collided in a quick preflop all-in.

After a raise, re-raise, and call Nicola Stagi was all-in before the flop against Watinee Robinson. Stagi had AXKX and Watinee a pair with 8X8X.

The board ran down TX6X5XJX2X – no help for Stagi and the Italian had to take his leave while Robinson almost doubled her (still small) stack.

Watinee Robinson – 30,000
Nicola Stagi – 0

Robinson Watinee

Watinee Robinson (she was happier with the win than the picture let’s on, we promise!)

Caruso Snags Lakerveld’s Stack 2 Jun 20:14 by Jason Glatzer

Level 9: 500/1,000 (1,000)
Entries: 147/344

There were a few players in the hand when Marthijn Lakerveld jammed for 21,000. He got one caller in Sebastiano Caruso but likely wishes that Caruso would have just folded.

Marthijn Lakerveld: A9
Sebastiano Caruso: AQ

Caruso’s ace-queen not only held but it improved to two pair on the 63Q8A board and Lakerveld quickly exited the tournament area after Caruso claimed his stack.

Sebastiano Caruso – 150,000
Marthijn Lakerveld – 0

Sebastiano Caruso

Start of the Mystery Bounty Final 2 Jun 20:05 by Arved Klöhn

Not we are beginning the highly anticipated Mystery Bounty Event Final. With 517 entries at the beginning, the field has been narrowed down to a mere 75 players who are still vying for the coveted title. What makes this event particularly exciting is that all players have already secured a payout, guaranteeing each participant a minimum prize of €260. The tension is palpable as the competitors battle it out, employing their skills and strategies to outlast their opponents and emerge victorious.

As the night progresses, the focus is on determining the ultimate champion. With the prospect of claiming the prestigious title and a remarkable prize of €14,700, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Currently leading the pack is Vladimir Minarik, who has shown exceptional skill and resilience throughout the tournament so far. However, with a highly skilled field of opponents still in contention, the outcome remains uncertain. It will be a thrilling battle of wits and nerve as the players navigate the remaining hands, each move bringing them closer to the highly sought-after victory. The Battle of Malta Poker Tournament Mystery Bounty Event Final promises to be a memorable night filled with suspense and excitement as the journey to crown the champion reaches its climax. With a €10,000 and an €8,000 bounty in the field, busting players will be a very lucrative prospect in this tournament as well.

Mystery Bounty field

Mystery Bounty Field as the final commences

Pavli Flops Set, Doubles Through Keuftedjian 2 Jun 19:55 by Arved Klöhn
Andreas Pavli

Andreas Pavli flopping a set

Level 9: 500/1,000 (1,000)
Entries: 154/344

Over at table 17, Andreas Pavli was involved in a big hand against David Keuftedjian. We joined the action on the flop with 8.5k in the middle and te board reading 754. Pavli checked to Keuftedjian, who quickly bet 7k. In turn Pavli moved all-in for 26.7k.

After a few moments of thinking Keuftedjian called and showed JXJX for an overpair. Pavli had that crushed with his flopped set with 4X4X. Turn and river didn’t change the outcome of the hand and thus Pavli doubled up.

Andreas Pavli – 61,900
David Keuftedjian – 50,000

Recchi Cracks Aces 2 Jun 19:53 by Jason Glatzer

Level 9: 500/1,000 (1,000)
Entries: 156/344

Ugo Gasparini fired out for 5,900 into a pot of 15,000 after the 3Q9 landed on the flop. The action paused on Juri Recchi who less than a minute later shoved for about 15,000. Gasparini called and shook his head in frustration when he saw how behind he was.

Juri Recchi: 99
Ugo Gasparini: AA

Gasparini was miles ahead preflop but far behind when the rest of the chips went into the pot. His two outer never came as the 3 turn and 5 river completed the board and Recchi doubled up after cracking his opponent’s rockets.

Juri Recchi

Fabian Rolli Leads the Pack 2 Jun 19:23 by Arved Klöhn

During the break, we did some more rough chip counting and from the looks of it, Fabian Rolli has the most of them right now.

Name Chips Big Blinds Table Seat
Fabian Rolli 160,000 267 22 8
Daniel Ryder 135,000 225 15 7
Joel Ylismaki 130,000 217 8 1
Matteo Intiso 120,000 200 19 4
Balazs Onodi 120,000 200 11 7
Zlatin Nedyalkov 115,000 192 14 1
Giuseppe Florio 110,000 183 10 7
Michele Iracani 105,000 175 21 3
Edgaras Kausinis 105,000 175 13 5
Alessandro Vecchi 100,000 167 23 2
Roberto Caprio 100,000 167 22 3
Alessandro Francaviglia 100,000 167 8 5
Claudia Poliani 100,000 167 7 8
Adam Shriki 100,000 167 12 8
Sranislav Lastovicka 95,000 158 14 4
Eliyahu Yamin 95,000 158 21 5
Cory Desmond 95,000 158 23 5
Danny Eihaiany 90,000 150 17 1
Roberto Lollio 90,000 150 7 3
Humberto Galindo 90,000 150 11 6
Boban Stevanovic 80,000 133 11 2
Samuel Tebege 80,000 133 13 2
Alessandro Furneri 80,000 133 8 3
Ilya Rogov 80,000 133 24 3
Vygintas Sipalis 80,000 133 6 8
Orazio Pellegrino 75,000 125 16 1
Kurt Kofler 75,000 125 19 1
Jan Maciej 75,000 125 2 2
Sebastiano Caruso 75,000 125 7 2
Samuel Marseiler 75,000 125 17 3
Andrius Janca 75,000 125 18 4
Marko Luksa 75,000 125 9 5
Nimi Cohen 75,000 125 17 6
Giacomo Staropoli 70,000 117 2 4
David Oezmen 70,000 117 6 6
Simon Steinberg 70,000 117 7 6
Lennart Dijkkamp 70,000 117 19 7
Albert Keuftedjian 70,000 117 17 8
Nikolaos Zacharakis 70,000 117 5 9
Danel Vaitzman 65,000 108 6 1
Uri Gilboa 65,000 108 16 2
Yair Kimhi 65,000 108 3 4
Sergio Ritano 65,000 108 21 4
Emilijus Tautkus 65,000 108 1 7
Marco Di Persio 65,000 108 8 7
Modestas Kryzanauskas 65,000 108 9 7
Shaun Decesare 65,000 108 16 7
Oron Bader 65,000 108 4 9
Roberto Cilia 60,000 100 1 2
Junyu Liu 60,000 100 5 2
Michal Anzulewicz 60,000 100 4 3
Romans Lihacovs 60,000 100 4 4
Audrius Skucas 60,000 100 3 9
Manfred Sierke 55,000 92 12 1
Amir Assal 55,000 92 4 2
Fabrizio Nobile 55,000 92 12 4
Michel Pasinelli 50,000 83 4 5
Third Break 2 Jun 19:09 by Jason Glatzer

Players are on their third short break. This means that we will be updating the biggest stacks from around the room on Day 1b.

Blinds will increase to 500/1,000 with a 1,000 big blind ante before progressing to 600/1,200 with a 1,200 big blind ante. Players will then enjoy a 75-minute dinner break after these two blind levels after which time late registration will be closed for Day 1b. The 600/1,200 blind level will repeat for a second time after late registration is closed.

Patrisha Rimfire

BoM Presenter Patrisha Rimfire

Gilboa Calling for a Deuce 2 Jun 19:06 by Jason Glatzer

Level 8: 400/800 (800)
Entries: 176/336

Wesley Peinen three-bet jammed for around 20 big blinds before Uri Gilboa four-bet shoved for a lot more. Dimitros Kilintaris, who called Gilboa’s initial bet folded and players turned over their cards before shouting what they were looking for.

Wesley Peinen: AJ
Uri Gilboa: AQ

“Jack!” Peinen begged. “Maybe two jacks!”

A jack would no longer help Peinen after Gilboa connected with his queen on the QT5 flop. Peinen quickly changed course and immediately began asking for a different card to complete his Broadway miracle.

“King!” pleaded Peinen.

“No king,” Gilboa said back before repeating. “Deuce, deuce, deuce, deuce.”

No deuce came but Gilboa’s hand remained safe regardless with the 5 turn and 4 river completing the board.

“Good game,” Peinen told the table before heading out of the tournament arena.

Uri Gilboa – 90,000
Wesley Peinen – 0

Uri Gilboa

Freeze-Out Starting in 5 Minutes 2 Jun 18:56 by Arved Klöhn

Get ready, poker enthusiasts! A thrilling side event is about to kick off here at the Battle of Malta. Brace yourselves for intense Texas No Limit Hold’em action, where skill, strategy, and nerves of steel will be put to the ultimate test!

Here’s what you need to know about this exciting side event:

Time: 7 pm sharp.

Buy-in: The stakes are set at an affordable €200, making it an enticing opportunity for both seasoned players and newcomers looking to make their mark. Get ready to join the battle for a chance at substantial winnings!

Variant: This side event will feature the ever-popular Texas No Limit Hold’em format. Prepare to showcase your poker prowess as you face off against a diverse field of players, all vying for victory in this classic and thrilling variant.

Speed: Time will be of the essence as the action unfolds. Each blind level will last a speedy 15 minutes, demanding quick decision-making and calculated moves. Adaptability and the ability to read your opponents will be crucial in securing your path to triumph.

Freeze Out Modus: In this side event, once you’re out, you’re out! The Freeze Out Modus ensures that no re-entries are allowed. Every player will have one shot at glory, adding an extra layer of intensity to the competition. Will you seize the opportunity and emerge as the last player standing?

Giuseppe Rosa Rivers Two Pair and Busts 2 Jun 18:47 by Arved Klöhn
Giuseppe Rosa Moments Before the Bust

Giuseppe Rosa Moments Before the Bust

Level 8: 400/800 (800)
Entries: 189/332

The action started with the 2022 BoM Main Event winner Giuseppe Rosa raising from UTG to 1,600. Behind him, Vasilij Barna, who had fewer chips than that in his stack, called the raise and was all-in. From the button, Cory Desmond called the raise and the Small Blind called as well.

Flop: 985

Giuseppe Rosa bet out 2,500 and Cory Desmond called. The player in the Small Blind elected to fold.

Turn: 5

Now Rosa checked and Desmond slid 6,000 chips forward. Rosa quickly called.

River: A

Again Rosa checked and without missing a beat Desmond moved all-in for effectively 24,000. Rosa looked quite puzzled as this was a massive bet in an already big pot. Eventually, he decided to call and tabled A9 for top two. But his hand was not good as Desmond had flopped a straight with 76.

Barna Vasilij, who was in the hand as well, mucked and was eliminated alongside Giuseppe Rosa who will have to re-enter to defend his title in the Battle of Malta Spring Edition.

Cory Desmond – 120,000
Vasilij Barna – 0
Giuseppe Rosa – 0

Tebege Felts Astenborski After Winning a Classic Coin Flip 2 Jun 18:47 by Jason Glatzer

Level 8: 400/800 (800)
Entries: 189/331

Dominik Asztenborski four-bet jammed for close to 35,000 and was called by Samuel Tebege.

Dominik Asztenborski: AK
Samuel Tebege: QQ

It was a classic coin flip with big slick facing off against pocket queens. The queens were good after Astenborski’s big slick was unable to connect with the 467T5 runout.

Samuel Tebege – 85,000
Dominik Asztenborski – 0

Theo Baldanza Open Folds Two Pair 2 Jun 18:08 by Arved Klöhn
Theo Baldanza

Theo Baldanza contemplates his fold

Level 7: 300/600 (600)
Entries: 204/315

Over at Table 10, the French player Theo Baldanza was left wondering about his actions when he was in a big pot against Elhanan Torgeman.

We arrived at the table with the board reading K85JA and 12k in the middle.

Torgeman open-shoved roughly 14k and Theo Baldanza needed quite some time to come to the decision to fold his hand. He showed K8 for two pair, hoping to get some info from Torgeman. But the latter didn’t show any of his cards and left Baldanza and us wondering if the fold was indeed correct.

Theo Baldanza – 65,000
Elhanan Torgeman – 26,000

“You Fold, I Show.. You Call, I Show” 2 Jun 18:05 by Jason Glatzer

Level 7: 300/600 (600)
Entries: 204/312

Peter Kaspar fired out for 8,500 into a pot of around 20,000 with the J9A56 on the board. Dimitrios Kilintaris went into the tank for a few minutes with both players remaining quiet at first.

“Ace-king?” asked Kilintaris to Kaspar.

“You call, I show,” responded Kaspar before adding. “If you fold, I will also show.”

Kilintaris called a few moments later and instantly mucked his hand after Kaspar turned over the QJ for the second pair. This was good enough as Kilintaris mucked his cards and appeared to be frustrated by his call.

Peter Kaspar – 60,000
Dimitros Kilintaris – 10,000

Peter Kaspar & Dimitrios Kilintaris



A Look at Our Dealers 2 Jun 17:54 by Arved Klöhn
Chip Protector Second Break Big Stack Watch 2 Jun 17:42 by Arved Klöhn

During the second break of the day, we eyeballed the biggest stacks once more. From the looks of it, Daniel Ryder is our current chip leader with over 120,000 chips.

Name Chips Big Blinds Table Seat
Daniel Ryder 125,000 208 15 7
Matteo Intiso 110,000 183 19 4
Roberto Caprio 100,000 167 22 3
Domenico Condo 100,000 167 11 8
Boban Stevanovic 95,000 158 25 4
Giuseppe Florio 95,000 158 10 7
Roberto Lollio 85,000 142 7 3
Edgaras Kausinis 85,000 142 13 5
Romans Lihacovs 85,000 142 28 5
Nimi Cohen 80,000 133 17 6
Balazs Onodi 80,000 133 11 7
Claudia Poliani 80,000 133 28 8
Michele Iracani 70,000 117 21 3
Alessandro Francaviglia 70,000 117 8 5
Andzej Bilat 70,000 117 14 9
Manfred Sierke 65,000 108 12 1
Dangiras Kuzulis 65,000 108 20 1
Fabrizio Nobile 65,000 108 28 1
Shaun Decesare 65,000 108 16 7
Danel Vaitzman 60,000 100 6 1
Georgios Bakloris 60,000 100 7 1
Eliyahu Yamin 60,000 100 21 5
Adam Shriki 60,000 100 12 8
Audrius Skucas 60,000 100 3 9
Oron Bader 60,000 100 4 9
Amir Assal 55,000 92 4 2
Ilya Rogov 55,000 92 24 3
Andrius Janca 55,000 92 18 4
Sergio Ritano 55,000 92 21 4
Nikolaos Zacharakis 55,000 92 5 9
Madis Ormisson 55,000 92 25 9
Kurt Kofler 50,000 83 19 1
Dario Berisa 50,000 83 28 2
Avraham Sisso 50,000 83 24 5
Alfonso Simone 50,000 83 21 6
Marco Di Persio 50,000 83 8 7
Maksym Sheingart 45,000 75 25 1
Second Break 2 Jun 17:27 by Jason Glatzer

Players are on their second short break of Day 2. We will update as many of the big stacks around the room as possible during the break. Blinds will increase to 300/600 with a 600 big blind ante when the action resumes.

Wilhelm Slow Plays a Flush, Gets Paid 2 Jun 17:19 by Arved Klöhn
Isaak Wilhelm

Isaak Wilhelm stacks his newly found chips

Level 6: 200/500 (500)
Entries: 206/298

We strolled by Table 3 and saw a small pot with only 4k in the middle and the board reading 764J3.

But the pot was about to grow significantly.

From the Big Blind Gaspare Sposato bet 3.2k and Issak Wilhelm made it 11k to go from the Cut-Off.

Sposato took a lot of time to think about his next move. Eventually “time” was called and a floor arrived at the table, counting down 30 seconds. Shortly before his hand was declared dead, Sposato moved all-in for effectively 21.6k. Wilhelm instantly called and tabled J9 for a flopped and apparently slow-played flush. Gaspare turned over A6 for a bluff with the nut-blocker.

Wilhelm doubled up and Sposato is down to starting stack again.

Isaak Wilhelm – 47,200
Gaspare Sposato – 24,000

Ladies Event Begins 2 Jun 17:09 by Jason Glatzer

The €150 Ladies Event kicked off with a tidy field of 11 ladies.

We wanted to give a special shoutout to Florence Mazet who is in the field. Mazet is an old friend (she’s not old, just this reporter is, but you get the idea that we have known each other for many years) and typically we work side by side at some events as she is a very talented French reporter that more recently has been dabbling with English reporting as well.

Mazet loves to play like this reporter does and she was excited about her prospects to win a trophy today.

Unfortunately, we won’t see Mazet after today as she will soon be traveling to an event in Italy before heading to Vegas for poker’s summer camp in the WSOP.

Anamaria Hemmert, Maxime Berends, Revital Dray, Flavia Gomes Guedes, Theresa Kitson, Marita Koutsouki, Monica Poggi, Carmel Reynolds, Yedidya Shmuel, and Vita Veidemane are also among the early entries.

Best of luck to Mazet and all of the other ladies in the field.

Florence Mazet Getting Ready for the Ladies Event

Kausinis Doubles Through Savio 2 Jun 16:54 by Jason Glatzer

Level 5: 200/400 (400)
Entries: 217/287

Edgaras Kausinis fired out for 2,500 from the small blind into a pot north of 10,000 after the 295 landed on the flop. Georgios Karakausis called from the big blind as did Itamar Nachshon from the hijack.

Kausinis checked after the 6 followed on the turn. Karakausis bet 5,000. Nachshon immediately folded before Kausinis went into the tank. He asked to see Karakausis’s chip stack a little closer before eventually jamming for 18,900. Karakausis quickly called and appeared to regret the decision instantly.

Edgaras Kausinis: A9
Georgios Karakausis: 44

Karakausis had outs for a set or a straight with one card to come. The 6 river pairing the board wasn’t one of them and Kausinis managed to double his stack.

Edgaras Kausinis – 60,000
Georgios Karakausis – 7,000

Edgaras Kausinis & Georgios Karakausis

Day 1b Officially Bigger Than Day 1a 2 Jun 16:29 by Jason Glatzer

Level 5: 200/400 (400)
Entries: 221/278

This won’t come as a big surprise that Day 1b is already bigger than the 273 entries attracted on Day 1a. The surprise is how quickly it happened as late registration will still be open for 4 1/2 more blind levels and the dinner break that follows. At this pace, the €500,000 guarantee will likely be already broken during tomorrow’s Day 1c.

Best of luck to all of the Main Event players!

Mihaylov Quadruples His Crumbs 2 Jun 16:24 by Jason Glatzer

Level 5: 200/400 (400)
Entries: 218/268

Perhaps we have a Cinderella story in the making with Kostadin Mihaylov as he was down to just 1,000 chips. He is still short but is headed in the right direction after getting a little bit of luck on the following hand.

Mihaylov jammed for 1,000 from under the gun and was called by Marios Stefani from the button and Joshua Stewart from the small blind before Martinus Dogge three-bet jammed for about 14,000 from the big blind. Stefani and Stewart didn’t waste a ton of time folding their hands and the cards were turned over.

Kostadin Mihaylov: T9
Martinus Dogge: AQ

Mihaylov was behind but not by much when the chips went in. He fell further behind after getting nowhere on the 44K flop. However, the Bulgarian took a big lead in the hand after his ten found a buddy on the T turn. The 8 river didn’t switch the pendulum and Mihaylov got a small amount of breathing room instead of hitting the rail.

Martinus Dogge – 13,000
Kostadin Mihaylov – 4,400

Kostadin Mihaylov

Short-Stack Double for Sheingart Against Steinberg 2 Jun 15:59 by Jason Glatzer

Level 4: 100/300 (300)
Entries: 212/252

Maksym Sheingart jammed for 7,200 into a pot of around 10,000 with the 7744J on the board after the river. Simon Steinberg tanked for about a minute before he called for most of his stack.

Sheingart turned over QJ for a better two pair than was on the board. Steinberg attempted to muck his cards but the dealer quickly turned them over to show he made a hero call with his ace after bricking a flopped flush draw with A2.

Maksym Sheingart – 25,000
Simon Steinberg – 3,000

Lions, Tigers, and Bears… Oh My! 2 Jun 15:50 by Jason Glatzer

Yesterday, we noticed Liran Derei Moshe playing the part of a king in the Main Event. While the King is gone (but not forgotten) today we didn’t notice him in the poker room.

However, we did instead notice one of the kings of the jungle in play with Yair Orbach playing a Main Event satellite earlier today dressed as a tiger. His mask wasn’t always fully on but we caught him at the table in a hand when he was in full tiger mode.

Orbach isn’t in the Main Event field now, but perhaps we will see him again later this week.

Yair “The Tiger” Orbach

Poker Players on a Liquid Luck Streak: Countless Drinks Flood the Table, Hoping to Raise the Spirits! 2 Jun 15:46 by Arved Klöhn

The poker players at the table are practically swimming in a sea of drinks! It’s like they’ve formed an exclusive hydration club, always making sure their thirst is on the rocks. When this reporter took a break from counting the chips, he had the inexplicable urge to keep counting, only this time, it was the drinks on the table that captured his attention.

Hold onto your seats because here are the refreshing digits we stumbled upon:

  • Water Bottles: 94 (that’s almost enough to fill a swimming pool!)
  • Coffee Cups: 7 (seems like they’re brewing up some caffeinated strategies)
  • Coke or Pepsi: 5 (the battle of the bubbly behemoths)
  • Red Bulls: 3 (giving the players wings to conquer the game)
  • Orange Juice: 3 (they’re definitely squeezing every drop of luck)
  • Cranberry Juice: 2 (nothing like a tangy twist during the game)
  • Café Latte: 2 (keeping it classy with a touch of frothy sophistication)
  • Cisk Beer: 2 (a taste of local refreshment)
  • Corona Extra Beer: 1 (well, at least they have a touch of Mexican spirit)
Water water everywhere

Water, water everywhere

The extraordinarily low beer count leaves us all feeling a bit flabbergasted. It is as low as the stakes in a toddler’s piggy bank! Fear not, though, for we anticipate that number to rise as the night wears on, and the poker faces turn into frothy smiles. Cheers to that!


Two Pair Good for Ritano 2 Jun 15:45 by Jason Glatzer

Level 4: 100/300 (300)
Entries: 212/241

Sergio Ritano checked before Eliyahu Yamin bet 6,500 into a pot of 10,000 with the 2Q93 on the board after the turn. Ritano tanked for about a minute before he called.

Both players checked the 7 river. Yamin turned over the KQ for the top pair. However, Ritano won the pot with two pair after subsequently showing his Q9 to win the pot.

Sergio Ritano – 70,000
Eliyahu Yamin – 25,000

Sergio Ritano

Amir Assal in Front After First Break 2 Jun 15:20 by Arved Klöhn

During the first break, we eyeballed the biggest stack in the Main Event and by the looks of it, Amir Assal is in the lead with more than three times the starting stack.

Those are the biggest stacks right now:


Name Chips Big Blinds Table Seat
Amir Assal 90,000 300 4 2
Giuseppe Florio 70,000 233 10 7
Matteo Intiso 60,000 200 19 4
Alessandro Segrada 55,000 183 10 2
Andrius Janca 55,000 183 18 4
Boris Luddi 55,000 183 12 6
Davide Bellomonte 50,000 167 21 1
Claudia Poliani 50,000 167 2 2
Kazimieras Sileikis 50,000 167 14 2
Yair Kimhi 50,000 167 3 4
Romans Lihacovs 50,000 167 9 6
Balazs Onodi 50,000 167 11 7
Remco Cavyn 50,000 167 6 9
Ugo Gasparini 45,000 150 1 1
Manfred Sierke 45,000 150 12 1
Danny Eihaiany 45,000 150 17 1
Alessio Isaia 45,000 150 12 3
Mariano Barna 45,000 150 7 5
David Oezmen 45,000 150 7 6
Daniel Ryder 45,000 150 15 7
Gary Whitehead 45,000 150 20 7
Salvatore Motta 45,000 150 3 8
Merawi Tebege 40,000 133 8 2
Ricardas Lukauskas 40,000 133 5 3
Orhan Manashirov 40,000 133 15 4
Emilijus Tautkus 40,000 133 1 7
Andzej Bilat 40,000 133 14 9
Emmanuele Staropoli 35,000 117 6 4
First Break 2 Jun 15:06 by Jason Glatzer

Day 1b players are on their first break. We will update with the biggest stacks around the room during all of the breaks today including this one.

Blinds will increase to 100/300 with a 300 big blind ante when the action resumes.

Ostrovskij Couldn’t Get Dvorkin to Lay Down Jacks 2 Jun 14:55 by Jason Glatzer

Mary Dvorkin

Level 3: 100/200 (200)
Entries: 196/214

Albert Ostrovskij fired out for 6,500 into a pot of a bit more with the 7K3Q5 on the board after the river. Mary Dvorkin didn’t waste more than five seconds before she called.

Ostrovskij turned over 44 and was likely betting to push Dvorkin off something better. This didn’t work for the one of the dozens of Lithuanian poker players here at the Battle of Malta.

Dvorkin turned over the JJ for the correct hero call with two cards on the board higher than a jack to win the pot and increase her stack.

Mary Dvorkin – 40,000
Albert Ostrovskij – 16,000

Deal, Bet, Win: Battle of Malta’s ‘Las Vegas by Playpark’ Side Event! 2 Jun 14:50 by Arved Klöhn

Get ready to go all-in on the fun at the Battle of Malta Poker Tournament’s side event sponsored by the one and only “Las Vegas by Playpark”! At 3pm it’s time to shuffle up and deal in the thrilling game of No Limit Hold’em, where the chips are hot and the bets are even hotter.

With a buy-in of just €250, you’ll be putting your poker face to the test alongside fellow card enthusiasts, hoping to hit the jackpot and rake in those sweet winnings. Thanks to “Las Vegas by Playpark,” the excitement of the casino comes to life right here in Malta, where the stakes are high and the thrills are never-ending.

Las Vegas by Playpark LogoRemember, in this tournament, you’ve got to be as cunning as a fox and as cool as a cucumber. It’s not just about luck; it’s about strategy, bluffing, and seizing the perfect moment to strike. As the blind levels increase every 20 minutes, you’ll need to stay sharp and keep your wits about you. Don’t fold under pressure; instead, rise to the challenge and show them you’re a force to be reckoned with!

So, put on your poker face, tighten your grip on those cards, and let the chips fall where they may. It’s time to play, win, and show everyone that you’re the real ace of the Battle of Malta Poker Tournament. Good luck, and may the cards be forever in your favor!

But wait, there’s more. If you’re from Italy, drop by their desk in the back of the main event area to receive a €20 gift on their platform!

Panarello Doubles With Kings Against Queens 2 Jun 14:29 by Arved Klöhn

Level 2: 100/100 (100)
Entries: 182/194

In the middle of the tournament area we just witnessed a substantial clash between Mario Panarello and Andrea Mussumarra.

After three raises back and forth before the flop, there were 12k in the middle with the board showing 763. Mussumarra checked from the Small Blind and Panarello moved all-in from the Cut-Off for about 25k. He had Mussumarra barely covered.

Mussumarra needed some time to make up his mind but eventually called the overbet. He showed QXQX, but was way behind Panarello’s KXKX. Neither turn nor river brought Mussumarra any help and he had to forfeit his place in the tournament.

Mario Panarello – 57,000
Andrea Mussumarra – 0

Mario Panarello

Mario Panarello right before the Double-Up

Domicoli Rivers a Flush 2 Jun 14:27 by Jason Glatzer

Level 2: 100/100 (100)
Entries: 173/185

Giuseppe Domicoli fired out for 4,600 into a pot of 7,000 with the 68Q5Q on the board after the river. Domenico Condo tanked for about 30 seconds before he called.

Domicoli turned over the JT for a rivered flush. Condo didn’t have anything better as he mucked his hand and Domicoli was awarded the pot.

Giuseppe Domicoli – 40,000
Domenico Condo – 15,000

Giuseppe Domicoli

Set of Fish Hooks for Vaqnin 2 Jun 14:05 by Jason Glatzer

Level 2: 100/100 (100)
Entries: 156/162

Meir Vaqnin fired out for 6,500 into a pot of 15,000 with the J8Q56 on the board after the river. Marco D’Amico went into the tank for about a minute before he called.

Vaqnin immediately turned over the JJ for a set of jacks to win an early pot, while D’Amico lost a good portion of his stack which he will attempt to spin up.

Meir Vaqnin – 45,000
Marco D’Amico – 7,200

Meir Vaqnin

Five Players Out on Day 1b 2 Jun 13:54 by Jason Glatzer

Level 2: 100/100 (100)
Entries: 151/156

The Day 1b field has grown to 156 entries at the start of Level 2. Five players surprisingly hit the rail on the very first level of the day including Nimi Cohen, Rawal Manesh, Mantas Ungulaitis, Gediminas Dirmantas, and Uri Gilboa.

Cohen fired four bullets on Day 1a before giving up after busting out on Level 7 and he along with everyone else still has plenty of time to get back into Day 1b with late registration open until the start of Level 11.

Casino Jams a Wheel 2 Jun 13:27 by Jason Glatzer

Level 1: 100/100
Entries: 117/117

Matteo Liparulo check-called a bet of 2,500 by Daniele Casino into a pot of 4,000 with the 23A5 on the board after the turn before the 8 river completed the board.

Liparulo checked before Casino went into the tank for about a minute. Casino eventually jammed for 22,000. Liparulo and Casino were chatting in Italian which eventually led Casino to give his opponent a sticker he was also wearing as well as get up from his chair. Liparulo tanked for a couple of more minutes before he folded.

Casino was about to toss his hand into the muck but instead turned over the 4 to show he had the wheel, which likely led Liparulo to breathe a sigh of relief assuming he had a hand to think about and wasn’t just Hollywooding.

Daniele Casino

Shuffle Up and Deal, Part 1b 2 Jun 13:06 by Arved Klöhn

Welcome to our live coverage of the Battle of Malta poker tournament. Today, the excitement reached new heights as Day 1b of the Main Event got underway. With presenter Patrisha Rimfire leading the proceedings, the atmosphere was electric as players took their seats, ready to battle it out for poker supremacy.

Patrisha Rimfire

BoM Presenter Patrisha Rimfire

The tournament officially commenced with the iconic phrase, “Shuffle up and Deal,” resonating through the room. The sound of chips shuffling and cards being dealt added to the anticipation and set the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable day of poker action.

As of now, we have 91 players in the field, each with their own unique strategies and aspirations of making a deep run in the tournament. The tables are filled with a mix of seasoned professionals, rising stars, and passionate amateurs, all seeking to seize their moment in the spotlight. We’re expecting more than 300 entries in the Main Event today!

A Look at Today’s Schedule 2 Jun 12:20 by Arved Klöhn

Today promises to be an action-packed day filled with a variety of thrilling tournaments that will test the mettle of the players. So, fasten your seatbelts and join us as we explore the lineup of tournaments set to take place at the Battle of Malta today.

11pm: Mystery Bounty Day 1c

Kicking off the day’s festivities is the Mystery Bounty Day 1c tournament at 11pm. This unique tournament adds a thrilling twist to the traditional bounty format. Each player has a secret bounty on their head, known only to the organizers. The suspense is palpable as participants aim to knock out opponents and claim their mystery rewards.

1pm: Main Event Day 1b

The Battle of Malta Main Event continues with Day 1b at 1pm. As one of the most prestigious tournaments of the series, the Main Event draws players from around the globe, all vying for their chance at poker glory and a share of the massive prize pool. Expect intense competition and strategic plays as the field narrows down to the final table.

3pm: Las Vegas Side Event

At 3pm, players can indulge in the Las Vegas Side Event, which captures the essence of the iconic Las Vegas poker scene. This tournament offers a taste of the glitz and glamour associated with Sin City, featuring high-stakes action and a lively atmosphere. Brace yourself for thrilling hands and a true Vegas-style poker experience.

5pm: Ladies Event

Celebrating the skill and talent of female poker players, the Ladies Event takes center stage at 5pm. This tournament is an excellent opportunity for women in poker to showcase their abilities and compete against a field of like-minded individuals. Expect a spirited competition, camaraderie, and some impressive poker prowess.

7pm: Turbo No Limit Hold’em

If you’re in the mood for fast-paced and adrenaline-fueled action, the Turbo No Limit Hold’em tournament at 7pm is the perfect choice. With rapidly increasing blinds and shorter levels, this tournament tests players’ ability to make quick decisions under pressure. Brace yourself for a flurry of all-ins and heart-pounding moments.

8pm: Mystery Bounty Final

As the day progresses, the anticipation builds for the Mystery Bounty Final at 8pm. Only the best and most skilled players who survived the earlier Mystery Bounty Day 1 flights will compete for the ultimate prize. The identities of the bounties will finally be revealed, adding an extra layer of excitement to this captivating event.

9pm: H.O.R.S.E. Mixed Game Tournament

For those who appreciate the intricacies of mixed games, the H.O.R.S.E. Mixed Game Tournament at 9pm offers a delightful challenge. This tournament tests players’ versatility as they rotate through a series of poker variants, including Hold’em, Omaha, Razz, Seven-Card Stud, and Eight-or-Better. Expect to witness impressive displays of skill and adaptability.

Day 1b Ignites the Battle of Malta 2 Jun 12:11 by Arved Klöhn

BOM Day 1a AreaWelcome to the electrifying world of the highly acclaimed “Battle of Malta” tournament! Today, the spotlight shines brightly on Day 1b, where a fresh wave of players will descend upon the captivating battleground in pursuit of fame, fortune, and the ultimate poker triumph.

At the stroke of 1 pm, the cards will take flight, signaling the commencement of an epic clash of wits and skill. The tournament organizers have meticulously designed the gameplay, featuring 40-minute levels that strike the perfect balance between strategy and action. Regular breaks, scheduled every 2 to 3 levels, offer players a moment to catch their breath, recalibrate their game plans, and forge ahead with renewed determination.

As the sun begins its descent, a much-anticipated dinner break awaits the participants, providing an opportunity to refuel, recharge, and engage in lively discussions about the day’s gripping poker battles. The ambiance will be brimming with stories of audacious bluffs, calculated risks, and triumphant victories, as players exchange tales of their quest for dominance.

Late Registration will remain open until the Dinner Break, ensuring that those who are fashionably late can still join the captivating action. It’s worth noting that Day 1a has already left its mark on the tournament, with 273 entries gracing the tables. Out of this formidable field, a stellar group of 41 players managed to outmaneuver their adversaries and secure their spots for Day 2. The tension mounts as these survivors set their sights on greater glory, while others strive to follow in their footsteps.

Today, the battle will be fierce, and the stakes higher than ever as players compete for a coveted spot among the top 15% of the field. Success on Day 1b guarantees a ticket to the money, ensuring that all survivors will relish the taste of victory and a guaranteed payout.

But the poker extravaganza doesn’t end here! There are three more starting flights awaiting the intrepid competitors. Tomorrow, a regular flight at 1 pm will set the stage for a fresh wave of contenders, eager to leave their mark on the tournament. For those who thrive in the fast-paced realm, an adrenaline-charged turbo flight awaits tomorrow evening, followed by another turbo flight on Sunday morning, offering an exhilarating sprint towards poker glory.

So, poker enthusiasts, prepare yourselves for an unforgettable day at the “Battle of Malta.” Get ready to witness riveting moments, jaw-dropping bluffs, and masterful maneuvers that will shape the fate of these skilled players. Stay tuned for live updates, thrilling hands, and the emergence of a true poker titan as we embark on this extraordinary journey together.