EPT Malta: Buddiga wins stacked €2k ; Gobbin, Wicen, Fred also win
Pratyush Buddiga has won the incredibly tough-looking €2k Turbo 6-Handed event for €65,650. The American beat EPT8 Madrid champion Frederik Jensen (€44,730) heads-up in a short battle after Antonio Monteiro Ramalho was knocked out in third (€29,550). In the final hand Jensen got his chips in ahead with A♠4♣ but was let down by the poker gods when Buddiga's Q♦9♣ got there on the river of the 6♠7♦5♠A♦8♠ board.
Buddiga had picked up a big chip lead after a huge three-way all-in pot for over half the chips in play five-handed. Buddiga had Q♦Q♥ against Dan Smith's 9♦9♣ and Jose Carlos Garcia's A♥4♠. The board bricked, Garcia was eliminated in 5th (€19,560) and Smith was crippled and knocked out soon after in 4th (€24,350).
The rest of the payouts read like a "Who's who?" of the European circuit including Andren Chen (6th - €15,320), Anton Wigg (8th - €8480), Ami Barer (10th - €5,475), Georgios Zisimopoulos (14th - €4,370) and Kevin MacPhee (15th - €4,370).
In the €300 Turbo Edition of the EPT Main Event, there was a three-way chop with play ending without a battle for the trophy. Carl Wicen received the mighty spade and €8,900 while Ville Sissonen (€8,640) and Eldar Moldobek Uulu (€7,000) were the other two winners. Nikolay Tsanev, who won Event #60, finished 6th for €2,660, Lukas Schlumpf (winner of Event #62) was 19th for €625 and former EPT player of the Year Jan Bendik came 27th for €520.
In the €200 two-day Malta Megastack, Michele Gobbin of Italy managed to double up twice against Thomas Lind then defeat the Swede in a classic race. It was Q♠Q♥ for Gobbin and the ladies triumphed against Lind's A♦K♠ on a 4♣T♥2♥T♦3♥ board. Gobbin received €12,100 for winning the event while Lind had to make do with €8,050 for second. Elena Stover finished 7th for €2,070.
Oscar Fred, a local here from Malta fittingly won Event #69, the final tournament of the EPT Malta Festival taking home €2,720. He beat a field of 109 players which included Konstantin Puchkov (10th - €225) and Event #55 winner Gregor Abmayr (13th - €195).
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