EPT12 Malta: Jaroslaw Sikora takes top spot at the end of Day 1B

Let's cut to the chase. All we can really say about Day 1B is that it is now over, and that the great crowd of players that played it still resemble a great crowd of players eight levels later.

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There were stories within it, explanations as to why one player will return for day two tomorrow while others won't. But in the end it was about that crowd: 460 players strong at the start, down to 286 at the finish, and led by one man, Jaroslaw Sikora, with a stack of 153,700.

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The man from Poland bags up the lead tonight, slightly behind Carmelo Crucitti who led last night with 163,000, but his was a good performance over eight levels today.

Others could claim similar success, including Ludovic Riehl, Faraz Jaka and Ari Engel.

Jaka won the Super Tuesday earlier this month, explaining how he did it to the PokerStars Blog while in a shared Airbnb rental in Berlin surrounded by roommates who wanted to know how he did it. They would have had another good show watching him today.

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Jaka is famous for living out of a suitcase (actually two carry-on bags), which is something Engel can appreciate. He too is a constant traveller. As he told the Blog today he has had no fixed abode for the past three years. He lives this game and it shows.

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Here's who'll be returning for day two tomorrow.

Jaroslaw SikoraPolandPokerStars Player153,700
Ludovic RiehlFrance 150,000
Jens LakemeierGermanyPokerStars qualifier138,000
Przemyslaw PiotrowskiPolandPokerStars qualifier136,000
Mikael JeanLebanonLive satellite winner123,900
Faraz JakaUSAPokerStars qualifier120,900
Ari EngelUSAPokerStars player109,000
Gaspare TrioloItaly 103,200
Khorshid SakhraGermanyPokerStars qualifier103,200
Dominik NitscheGermany 98,000
Stefan VagnerSlovakia 97,600
Hossein EnsanGermany 95,100
Ilan BoujenahFrancePokerStars player92,600
Patrick LeonardUKPokerStars player92,200
Mike McDonaldCanadaPokerStars qualifier88,900
Chris HunichenUSA 87,300
Johnny LoddenNorwayTeam PokerStars Pro87,200
Lucas GreenwoodCanadaPokerStars qualifier79,600
Dietrich FastGermanyPokerStars player77,100
Tom HallUKPokerStars qualifier76,700
Marcin HoreckiPolandTeam PokerStars Pro76,500
Billy ChattawayUK 71,900
Kitty KuoChinaPokerStars qualifier71,800
Joao VieiraPortugalPokerStars qualifier69,300
Sam GreenwoodCanada 68,200
Carlo CitroneUK 67,600
Simon TrumperUK 66,400
Kent LundmarkSwedenPokerStars qualifier62,300
Steven van ZadelhoffNetherlandsPokerStars player56,400
Govert MetaalNetherlandsPokerStars player56,100
Sofia LovgrenSwedenPokerStars player49,300
Ben DobsonUKPokerStars qualifier49,000
Carlos ChadhaCanadaPokerStars qualifier48,100
Alex LindopUKPokerStars qualifier48,000
Ismael BojangAustriaPokerStars player45,000
Paul BerendeNetherlandsPokerStars qualifier44,700
Mickey PetersenDenmarkTeam PokerStars Pro Online43,700
Davidi KitaiBelgium 43,100
Max SilverUK 43,100
Dara O'KearneyIrelandPokerStars player42,100
Igor KurganovRussia 40,000
Jeffrey HakimLebanonPokerStars qualifier39,725
Jonathan LittleUSAPokerStars player37,300
Salvatore BonavenaItaly 35,800
Manig LoeserGermanyPokerStars player32,600
Shannon ShorrUSAPokerStars player32,000
Michael TureniecSwedenPokerStars qualifier29,800
Kevin MacPheeUSA 27,200
David PetersUSAPokerStars qualifier27,000
Antoine SaoutFrance 26,900
Gaelle BaumannFrance 24,700
Dan SmithUSA 21600
Matthias De MeulderBelgiumTeam PokerStars Pro20,100
Anton WiggSwedenPokerStars qualifier18,300
Christopher BrammerUKPokerStars qualifier17,400
Liv BoereeUKTeam PokerStars Pro16,900
Matas CimbolasLithuaniaPokerStars qualifier10,300

The defeated from today don't get a table, but they do get a list.

Luca Pagano led the slow procession to the rail, busting first today. He would be followed by many others, including Rasmus Vogt, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Andre Akkari, Benny Spindler, ElkY, Jean Montury (complete with "lucky" Maltese Cross tattoo), Mustapha Kanit, Nick Petrangelo and Pier Paolo Fabretti.

There is still action to follow into the night, with the Single Day High Roller, fast becoming a contradiction in terms, playing on into the early hours with the intention of finding a winner. There's only one way to find out if that event does exactly what it says on the tin - follow updates here.

The main event now pauses for the night, restarting tomorrow at 12 noon. Join us then.

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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.