EPT Malta: Titles for Heath, Samuelsson and Abmayr; Ferreira leads the €10k

The €10k High Roller event has finished for the night with a total of 283 entries so far. Registration is open until the start of Day 2 so it's entirely possible that this monstrous field could increase still further. At the moment just 152 players remain, led by Rui Ferreira with 280,000, just ahead of Max Silver (277,100). Other big stacks include Adrian Mateos (236,500) and Ludovic Geilich (234,300). Team PokerStars Pros Liv Boeree (188,000), George Danzer (152,900), Vanessa Selbst (64,400) and Jonathan Duhamel (57,400) are still involved while Team PokerStars Pro Online Isaac Haxton (59,900) is also in the mix. There will be more in-depth coverage of this event tomorrow, along with a complete prize pool and of course, the glittering cash prizes.

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Max Silver, second at the start of Day 2

Ben Heath has claimed the €1k Single Re-Entry title after making a deal with Bence Paris heads-up. Heath took €58,093 and Paris got €53,217. Simeon Naydenov finished 5th (€20,000), Erwann Pecheux was 7th (€11,450) and IPT Malta winner Georgios Zisimopoulos came 8th (€8,300). Other notables include Vladimir Troyanovskiy (11th - €5,550), Maxim Panyak (22nd - €3,120), Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki (30th - €2,420) and Balazs Botond (54th - €1,720).


Ben Heath

Andreas Samuelsson took down the €2k Turbo event for €53,000, beating Ara Melkistian (€36,900) heads-up. Shayam Srinivasan was 4th (€19,100) and Diogo Cardoso 11th (€4,300). There were a total of 103 players in this event with 13 places getting paid.

The €200 Limit Deepstack resulted in a four-way chop between Gregor Abmayr (€1,945), Christin Maschmann (€1,460), Andreas Stefanz (€1,200) and Ljupcho Manevski (€1,770) with Abmayr eventually the one to take the title. Frenchman Paul Tedeschi beat Pavel Zuev heads-up for the €1k EPT Championship Stud Event winning €10,050. Zuev received €6,925 for finishing second.


€200 Limit winner Gregor Abmayr

Christin Maschmann, who works at the PokerStars HQ on the Isle of Man, admits she doesn't get off the island very often - but when she does, she heads to poker tournaments. She's here now at the EPT Malta Poker Festival - celebrating her 36th birthday, catching up with friends (at the festival and at PokerStars.eu nearby office in Sliema) - and playing as many tournaments as she can. One of the highlights of her trip so far was a very deep run in the stacked €2k NL event. It was by far the biggest tournament she has ever played and on Day 2 her table draw put up against some of the toughest players in poker including Fabian Quoss, Massou Cohen, Igor Pihela, Bernd Vogelhuber and Lothar Meier. Ouch! She finished ten off the money after winning her seat for the event in a live €170 satellite but her disappointment over that result was short-lived because the very next day she finished third in the €200 Limit Holdem Turbo Deepstack for €1,460.

Maschmann said: "My holidays are usually poker-related. Seven times in Vegas in summer, the Irish Open every Easter for 6 years in a row and EPTs where I can meet friends, play and well.... I guess I do poker trips 2-3 times a year and I usually just play side events. In total I think I played about 20-25 EPT side events. The satellite to the €2k was €170. It was a 1R/1A. I had a nice cash game score the night before on my birthday so I did the €150 add on and managed to spin it up nicely and fold myself into winning the sat. "

Maschmann's Hendon Mob page shows she's made the final of every event she's ever cashed in and she's already ranked #14 in the Isle of Man all-time money list - not bad given how many aspiring poker players live and work there!

The German-born project manager isn't giving up on EPT Malta either. She said "I'll be back later for the Crazy Pineapple and the Mega Stack."

84 players who entered tonight's €1k HyperTurbo, British pro and poker commentator Tom Hall chopped the event with Italy's Dario Sammartino last night for €19,170. The 26-year-old from Shropshire has already cashed twice here in Malta: 45th in the €2k event for €3,490 and 28th in the €2k IPT High Roller for €5,750.

You can follow all the action at the EPT Malta Festival here. To get all the latest news, chip counts and payouts, don't forget to download the EPT App on both Android or IOS.

Chris Hall
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour