Level 7: 300/600 (600)
Angelo Vietti checked with around 15,000 in the pot and the 7♣2♠3♠K♣ on the board after the turn before professional backgammon guru and recreational poker player Zdenek Zizka jammed for around 19,000. Vietti tanked for more than a minute before he called for a chip or two less.
Angelo Vietti: A♣7♥
Zdenek Zizka: Q♠6♠
Vietti flopped the top pair and made the correct call from a statistical point of view on the turn with the second-best pair on a draw-heavy board. However, Vietti took it well when the 4♠ spiked the river to improve Zizka to a flush to win the pot.
While there will not be any official backgammon tournaments at the poker-based Battle of Malta, we wish Zizka the best of luck in his future backgammon tournaments and during his journey during the Battle of Malta Main Event.
Vietti is a familiar face, and it wouldn’t be surprising for him to hop back into the Main Event. Good luck to him as well if he hops back into the action.
Zdenek Zizka – 55,000
Angelo Vietti – 0