211 more players have qualified for day 2, and it was a nerve-wracking affair. When the field had slowly dwindled to 216 players, the tournament direction double-checked the numbers just to make sure everything was correct.
It was, and so they played on down to 213, just two players short of the money, before the clock was stopped and hand-for-hand play was announced. What took just one hand yesterday, dragged on as long as the finale of a horror movie, just with more blood, sweat and tears – metaphorically.
Two players fell in 212th and 213th place in the same hand, leaving the rest of the players in a state of surprise relieve that then erupted into wild applause.
In the end, the bubble boy of the day was Josep Ghiller. He was all-in with J♥ J♦ on a A♠ T♠ Q♦ flop against Evangelos Foskolos from Finland who had the much better hand with A♣ T♥.
After the turn and river fell 8♣ and T♣, Foskolos won the pot with a full house, Ghiller busted as the last player without any money because he had the larger stack, and the remaining 211 players are now all guaranteed a pay-out of more than 500 Euros.
All of them will be able to collect the money immediately and the rest of their cash when they eventually bust.
And thus ends day 1B of the Battle of Malta main event. Tomorrow, we’re going to turn it up another notch, as there will be more qualifiers, more players, and a final turbo flight.
Prepare for mayhem.