EPT12 Malta: Roll up, roll up for the one day 10k

Another day, another high roller. This time it's a €10,000 buy-in, with one optional re-entry and to make sure there's plenty of room at the table play will never be more than eight handed.

Unlike the other high roller events at this festival this one will be done and dusted in a single day or at least try to be, the equivalent event at EPT12 Barcelona had to be extended to two days due to its popularity. Whilst it's not exactly a a turbo event, to try and facilitate the event finishing within the one day allotted players start with just 100 big blinds and the levels last just 30 minutes.


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The roots of the big buy-in event on Day 1B of the Main Event can be traced back to this very stop of the tour. Back in March the organisers scheduled a €5K re-buy, won of course by Dzmitry Urbanovich, and it proved a hit. So at the Grand Final there was a 'one day 50K' and then in Barcelona a €25,000 event that Neymar Jr rocked up to and was, eventually, won by Martin Finger.

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Martin Finger, pictured in the EPT Malta €25,000 High Roller

The German is amongst the 41 players to have turned up for the opening level of the Malta edition and although it's got some way to go to reach the 118 entrants (and 34 re-entries) that we had in Barcelona, with late registration open until the start of level nine it could well run it close.

In an event of this magnitude it's often easier to tell you about the players who aren't well known, but there are some tasty tables already forming as you can see below:

Table 1: Daniel Dvoress, Martin Finger, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Senh Ung, Dominik Panka, Johnny Lodden
Table 2: Christoph Vogelsang, Roberto Romanello, Paul Newey, Steve O'Dwyer, Ole Schemion, Ike Haxton
Table 3: Stephen Chidwick, Juha Helppi, David Yan, Sam Greenwood, Scott Seiver, Jeff Rossiter, Dan Smith, Jason Mercier
Table 4: Christopher Frank, Ben Heath, Shaun Deeb, Charlie Carrel, David Peters, Vicente Delgado, Justin Bonomo

If there's a lesson to be learned from this it's that if you're on the fence about which starting day to play in the Main Event then choose Day 1B, you'll avoid that lot!

Everything about EPT Malta is on the main EPT Malta page. More specifically, all the side event coverage can be found here.

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Nick Wright
@PokerStars in Neymar Jr