EPT12 Malta: A full constellation for the €2K

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The €2,000 NLHE field

The €2,000 no limit hold'em event is approaching level four and 196 players are registered. Although field sizes are slightly down across the festival, the quality of players ensures everywhere one turns, in any event, there are familiar faces and intriguing battles.

Ole Schemion is in the 2K, two seats down from David Peters, who won the High Roller here last season. Yury Gulyy, who has a runner up finish from this trip already, is also there.

Jason Wheeler is playing, having hung around to the deep stages of the €10,000 Single-Day High Roller last night, then jumped into the Main Event today, and then busting. Paul Newey and Dermot Blain are on the same table.

Anton Wigg, Anatoly Filatov, Sergio Aido, Jonathan Little, Jeff Madsen, Martin Finger, Ben Pollak, Christopher Frank and David Yan are playing. And there's a return to action for Shola Akindele Deadman and her husband, Simon. They're on opposite sides of the room, so haven't had to play any pots against one another yet.

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Who's that? Anton Wigg

That is a two-day event and they'll play eight one-hour levels today. Registration closes at around 9pm local time.

There are four players left in the 10-Game, with Theo Jorgensen and, as you could guess from the list above, Ben Pollak now out. Adam Owen is the chip leader as they play through their bubble.

In the neighbouring area of the tournament room, Marcin Horecki and Martin Staszko headline the €500 Quintuple Draw event. There are 13 players from 18 starters and these events are being played out in a thoroughly positive spirit.

Dealers and floor staff alike are relishing the chance to get involved in these unfamiliar games (quintuple draw is a rotation between A-5 Triple Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, Badugi, Badacey and Badeucey) and everybody seems to be working out the subtleties as they go along.

Upstairs in the main tournament room, the €1,000 Turbo is in its death throes. There were five left at time of writing, but I'm almost certain it will be all over by now. It took a while to confirm it (I was doubting my own sketchy counting skills) but the five-handed chip leader only had a little more than ten big blinds and somebody was all in literally every hand. Love these turbos.

We'll have the result soon.

Everything about EPT Malta is on the main EPT Malta page. More specifically, all the hand-by-hand coverage of the Main Event is on the Main Event page and everything from the side events is on the side events page.

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Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour