EPT12 Malta: Another title for Poker Mama

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Jackie Cachia: Champion on home soil

There's no denying it, the EPT Malta festival is now in full swing, with more than 30 tournaments completed and another 40 or so to come. The Main Event, of course, is hogging most of the attention today, alongside the one-day €10,000 High Roller, but here's a quick rundown on what else has been going on.

As noted earlier, Darrell Goh completed late night triumph in the €2,000 IPT High Roller and it was notable that it wasn't even the last tournament to finish last night.

The seniors' event, for players aged 50 and older, was still about six handed when the IPT wrapped, but they still finished it off in a single day. When all was said and done it was arguably Maltese poker's most recognisable figure, Jackie "Poker Mama" Cachia, who had the skill and stamina to close it out.

Cachia has a women's event title already on the EPT, won in London in October last year, but this was was sweeter still, coming on home soil. Cachia thought she had been eliminated shortly before the money when she was all in with pocket tens against ace-king and a king appeared on the flop.

But despite having wrapped her knuckles on the table and left her seat, Cachia was called back by a ten on the river. She never left it again until she was victorious and €5,300 richer.

As Mad Harper, the EPT Media Coordinator noted, that is precisely the buy in for the Main Event, and Cachia has duly reinvested. She is in the Day 1B field today.

Leo Pietila also hoisted a trophy aloft yesterday, triumphing in the €1,000 Big Ante event and winning €22,140. This is clearly Pietila's format. The 26-year-old from Finland also won a Big Ante event in Prague last season, and was last seen protesting with Neil Johnson that big antes should be brought in to all EPT Main Events and High Rollers. (Not true. But it could be.)

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Leo Pietila: One for each title

In the other late-finishing event last night/this morning, Greece's Stavros Karyofyllis won the €500 Dealer's Choice. As with the Brits who stayed to rail Goh at his final table, a hardy band of Greeks stuck it out to drape Karyofyllis in the nation's flag, even as the clock ticked past 3am.

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Stavros Karyofylis: Greek, in case you didn't notice

Everything about EPT Malta is on the main EPT Malta page. More specifically, all the hand-by-hand coverage of the €25,000 High Roller is on the €25,000 High Roller page and everything from the IPT Main Event is on the IPT Main Event page.

No really, begin plotting your own bid for EPT glory by downloading the PokerStars client and having a crack. Follow this EPT event via the EPT app. There you will get all the latest news, chip counts and payouts. You can download it on Android or IOS

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour