EPT12 Malta: Delgado completes the job; Astapau beats bounty

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Vicente Delgado: Champion

When we last looked in, there were two soaraway leaders in two of the side events that played late into last night. One of them, Vicente Delgado, duly found himself beaming down the lens of Thomas Stacha's camera--the honour afforded event winners--while Jesper Feddersen, who was out front in the bounty tournament, ended up being eliminated in seventh.

They were the two most notable tournaments that played to a conclusion yesterday and resultantly lead the last overnight side-event round-up of EPT Malta Season 12. Will you miss it? Just a little bit? I know I will.

But back to the results: Delgado, the Spanish online whizz who presently lives in London, had such an enormous chip lead late yesterday in the €1,500 NL Six-Max that his triumph was as close to a foregone conclusion as poker gets.

He duly wrapped up the victory, beating Giacomo Fundara into second, and adding €49,420 to his €260,000 live tournament winnings to date. (He has more than a million online.) There were 135 players in this event, which created a prize pool of €196,425. Fundaro is best remembered as the runner up to Victoria Coren-Mitchell's historic second EPT victory in Sanremo, and was once again the bridesmaid.


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As for Feddersen, his tremendous run in the €2,000 bounty tournament ended in seventh, at which point he found himself surrounded by high rollers. Steve O'Dwyer, for instance, went out in sixth, Anatoly Filatov was second and Anton Astapau, from Belarus, came out on top.

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Anton Astapau

For "only" a side event, it was an exceptionally tough field, with Connor Drinan, Andrew Chen, Kevin Killeen, Paul Berende, Yann Dion and Jonathan Roy also cashing.

The sextuple Omaha event also played to its winner last night and Tobias Hausen, a regular side-event crusher, earned the third title of his career.

Hausen reached the heads up stage of an EPT side event for the second time during this festival, but this time went one place better than in the 10-game mix, when he lost to Sampo Ryynanen. He forced Lloyd Muir into the bridesmaid's gown and picked up €6,260 and the trophy himself.

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Tobias Hausen

Kenneth Po, who won the €500 splitsville tournament on Thursday, was among the six players to get a share of the €18,430 prize pool.

Lauri Varonen has also had a near miss this week, finishing fourth in the €5,000 PLO. But he emerged triumphant last night in the latest (and last) late-night €2,000 hyper-turbo, winning €38,950.

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Lauri Varonen

Mohsin Charania, the former Grand Final champion, finished third in the event, while Danut Chisu, who was second, was at his third side-event final of the week. He has come third in two turbo events, with buy-ins of €1,000 and €2,000, but picked up a career-best €27,690 for second in this one.

All the results from all the side events are on the side events page.

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 €10,000 High Roller is on the High Roller page.

The side event details are on the side events page.

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Howard Swains
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