EPT12 Malta: Ivarsson leads as field shrinks

Day 2 of the Main Event is the shortest scheduled day of the tournament, lasting just six levels. That's because levels 1-14 last 75 minutes, but from level 15 onwards they increase to 90 minutes. The third level of the day has just finished and this is how things are shaping up

Mid-day update

Registration was open until the start of play today and six players took the opportunity to buy-in this morning including Jason Wheeler - who was busy yesterday finishing third in the €10,000 one day High Roller - and Dzmitry Urbanovich who loves to enter these things late on.

The Pole has already run his stack of 30,000 up to 90,000 but whilst that's impressive he'd need to treble that to catch the current chip leader. That honour is currently bestowed upon Alexander Ivarsson who is up to 280,000 after busting WSOP APAC champion Scott Davies in a big pot.

The pot was four-bet pre-flop with Ivarsson having the betting lead. Davies check-raised all-in on the 8♥T♥5♣ flop with A♦T♠ and Ivarsson snap called with pocket aces which held on the Q♥ turn and J♠ river.


Ivarsson - primed for another deep EPT run

The Swede has had a number of deep runs in EPT Main Events, finishing 49th in Barcelona in August, 24th here in March and 48th at EPT11 Deauville. He leads a chasing pack that includes: Pasquale Gregorio (240,000), Jens Lakemeier (230,000), Berhard Haider (230,000) and Farid Jattin (206,000).

Selected chip counts

With level 12 underway the blinds are now 800/1,600 ante 200. At the start of the level there were 234 players remaining making the average stack 83,500. Below are selected chip counts of the players left in

Alexander IvarssonSweden280,000
Pasquale GregorioItaly240,000
Bernhard HaiderAustria230,000
Jens LakemeierGermany230,000
Farid JattinUSA206,000
Artan DedushaUK190,000
Marcin WydrowskiPoland180,000
Jesper FeddersenGermany175,000
Joona LinnaFinland173,000
Ferdinand Le PichonFrance167,000
Kitty KuoChina166,000
Bryn KenneyUSA160,000
Dan SmithUSA157,000
Giacomo FundaroItaly156,000
Sam GreenwoodCanada152,000
Darie VladRomania150,000
Thomas MuehloeckerAustria145,000
Faraz JakaUSA140,000
Przemyslaw PiotrowskiPoland140,000
Mike McDonaldCanada136,000
Ivan LucaArgentina129,000
Chris HunichenUSA121,000
Brian RobertsUSA118,000
Jeffrey HakimLebanon105,000
Govert MetaalNetherlands101,000
Johnny LoddenNorway96,000
Jeffrey RossiterAustralia95,000
Daniel DvoressCanada93,000
Remi WyrzykiewiczPoland92,000
Max SilverUK87,000
Steve O'DwyerIreland87,000
Dominik NitscheGermany80,000
Dominik PankaPoland80,000
Carlos ChadhaCanada76,000
Georgios ZisimopoulosGreece75,100
Igor KurganovRussia59,000
Giada FangItaly55,000
Adrian MateosSpain46,000
Chistoph VogelsangGermany45,000
Joni JouhkimainenFinland41,000
Natalie HofGermany40,000
Byron KavermanUSA26,000
Matthias De MeulderBelgium25,000

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Bryn Kenney

Notable eliminations

Over the first three levels the field of 392 was reduced to 234 and there were plenty of notables among those eliminated. Andrew Chen was the first player out today, not surprising given he started with just 4,900.

Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody was another early casualty. He defended his big blind with [A][10] against a raise from Dan Smith. The Brit then check-called bets on the flop and turn of a [A][10][3][3] board and the rest of the chips went in on a [J] river where Cody discovered the bad news when Smith showed [K][Q] for broadway.

Other notable bust outs include:

Anton WiggSweden
Antonio BuonannoItaly
David YanNew Zealand
Eoghan O'DeaIreland
Felix StephensenNorway
Ihar SoikaBelarus
Ismael BojangAustria
JC AlvaradoMexico
Jennifer ShahadeUSA
Jonathan LittleUSA
Jorryt van HoofNetherlands
Juha HelppiFinland
Kevin KilleenIreland
Kevin MacPheeUSA
Kuljinder SidhuUK
Lucas GreenwoodCanada
Manig LoeserGermany
Matas CimbolasLithuania
Patrick LeonardUK
Russell ThomasUSA
Sebastian PauliGermany
Theo JorgensenDenmark
Thiago NishijimaBrazil
Tobias PetersNetherlands
Tom HallUK
Vicente DelgadoSpain


Cody - gone


Shahade - also out

Everything about EPT Malta is on the main EPT Malta page. More specifically, all the side event coverage can be found here.

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Nick Wright
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour