EPT12 Malta: Fast and Escobar complete late-night casino heist

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Dietrich Fast's heater shows no signs of blowing cold

We have known about Dietrich Fast for quite a while. He has been an EPT regular for some time, and often distinguishes himself as acting like another pair of eyes for reporters, pointing us in the direction of significant hands happening either on his or other tables. We also met him when he bagged up the chip lead at the end of one of the starting flights at the PCA in January.

Further to that, Fast has more recently found himself the centre of attention for a series of breakout performances at the tables. Fast won the second event at the World Series of Poker Europe earlier this month, prompting a flurry of short articles as he finished 10th in the €25,000 High Roller.

In between those two scores, he also picked up his maiden major online victory, in the Thursday Thrill on PokerStars, and continued his hot streak. And then last night he picked up another outright victory, prevailing in the two-day €1,000 no limit hold 'em event. He beat a field of 205 (plus 29 re-entries) and won €48,000.

Walter Treccarichi, a former winner in the IPT, was second. Kiryl Radzivonau, who made the final table at EPT Barcelona a couple of seasons ago, finished seventh and Daragh Davey, the UKIPT Player of the Year, was tenth.

Full results will be on the side events results page.

The other major story from yesterday's wide array of side events centred on Gianluca Escobar, who has done very well to stick to poker given a name that seems tailor-made for a life in organised crime.

At about 11pm last night, Escobar had packed away a bag of chips in the €5,000 EPT Main Event, knowing he would be returning tomorrow (today) to play down to a final table. But he still had the itch and so played the €1,000 Hyper Turbo--and won it.

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Gianluca Escobar

Escobar originally comes from Napoli, but has recently moved to Sliema in Malta and lives only a stone's throw from the casino. He won the People's Poker Tour main event here last month, which was worth €41,000 and added another €23,700 for his late-night triumph.

At times of writing, Escobar remains alive in the Main Event, where he is one of 11 players still involved. He is now guaranteed at least another €40,410, and will have got some good practice in closing out last night. He beat IPT7 Malta winner Georgios Zisimopoulos (fourth for €8,520) and EPT Copenhagen champion Anton Wigg at the final table.

The inaugural "Splitsville" event left us in a tangle yesterday, and eventually they did a three-handed deal to decide its winner.

Kenneth Po, who spent a lot of the tournament making notes in an exercise book made his study pay off--stay in school kids!--as he was declared the winner and earned €3,284. Britain's Benny Glaser, who won a World Series bracelet in Triple Stud in Las Vegas this summer, was runner up.

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Kenneth Po

That's not all. Mirko De Biasio won the €100 deuces wild event last night, surviving the chaos of an unlimited rebuys event to win €3,980. The Italian seized his first ever EPT trophy only a few days after cashing in the IPT Malta Main Event, finishing 72nd for €2,210. There were 99 entries in last night's event, creating a €14,986 prize pool with 13 places paid.

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Mirko de Biasio

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.

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