EPT12 Malta: Invisible Woman finishes fourth; all the rest of the Halloween fun

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Heads up in the Frankenstack

PokerStars Blog's Stephen Bartley has solved the riddle of the missing chip leader. "It's a very good Halloween costume," he said. "She's come as the Invisible Man."

Florence Allera never did show up to take control of her stack in the €200 no limit hold 'em tournament that began last night. But she is out now, finishing in fourth, and cashing for €3,060. That's pretty good given that she did indeed apply the very minimum of effort on the final day.

They're now heads up in that tournament, with Oanh Bu (1.6 million) trailing Bart Michiel von Meijenfeldt (2.9 million) in the 25,000-50,000 level. That has been a long old tournament and shows no sign of ending soon.

If you've looked at the EPT Malta schedule for today, the tournaments have been "hilariously" nicknamed with a Halloween-themed title. There's a "Terrifying Transylvanian Turbo", costing €2,000 to play, and a "SpookyStack Turbo", which is €5,000.

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Oanh Bu heads up after Florence Allera busts


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It's the first time a different name for these events has found its way to the official schedule, but these two last-day tournaments have long been regarded by the pros as the "Get Yourself Out Of It" turbos. That is, a last chance to rescue a losing week.

They always attract strong fields as a result and offer a decent first prize. The €5,000 six-max is now approaching its bubble with ten of the 47 starters still involved. They include some players who have actually had a brilliant week: Ant Zinno, Ike Haxton and Juha Helppi, for example, while Davidi Kitai and Yann Dion are also looking for their first major cashes in Malta.

However, the two men with the biggest stacks at the moment are Craig Varnell (320,000) and Tobia Levenberger (305,000). They're in level 15, with blinds of 4,000-8,000.

Meanwhile the €2,000 has only recently got under way and if I tell you that one table has Ole Schemion, Shyam Srinivasan, David Peters and Vojtech Ruzicka as four of its six players, you'll have an idea of the strength of the rest of the field too.

The call has also just gone out for the start of Event #76, the €100 Haunted Hyper Turbo. It's the very last on the entire schedule so roll up, roll up! You won't get another chance...

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
@howardswains in European Poker Tour