EPT12 Malta: PLO ploughs on; Is 'Crazy' Pineapple really that crazy?

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The €1K PLO (l-r) Adam Milewski, Lauri Pesonen, Laszlo Bujtas and Peter Charalambous (standing)

The €1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event was due to finish last night. But after 64 players showed up the tournament went long and there were still six remaining when they decided to call it a day and reconvene this afternoon.

When they came back, Lauri Pesonen was a micro-stack: his 13,800 was a mere tenth of the chip leader Laszlo Bujtas's 318,000. But at time of writing--with four players left and now in Level 15, where blinds are 2,000-4,000--Pesonen is still alive.

Adam Milewski has taken over the chip lead, with about 360,000, while Bujtas is in second, with 280,000. Peter Charalambous is third and Pesonen fourth, but still being involved is a triumph for the Finn.

The next man out will get €6,400 and there's €18,160 on offer to the winner.


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The final stages of that event are playing out towards the back of the main tournament room, a few steps from the mammoth six-max hold'em. It's remarkable how many players claim that six-max is their best format, and they are probably all involved in this one. Registration just closed on the €1,500 buy-in tournament and 135 players are entered. The winner will get €49,420, with 18 places paid.

The tournament includes some big names: Dimitar Danchev, Shyam Srinivasan, Yann Dion, Jeff Rossiter, Mattias de Meulder, Ari Engel, Ishmael Bojang, Vicente Delgado, Tom Hall, Anton Wigg and Thomas Muehloecker are all playing (and plenty more).

Anthony Zinno was one of the last registrants for this event, but only after he took a tour of the downstairs tournament room and opted against playing the Dealer's Choice HORSE event, which was 20 minutes away from starting.

It wouldn't really be fair to say that Zinno had decided it was too tough a field. Indeed, only one player was registered for this event with the start time rapidly approaching. "You'd be number two," a tournament official told Zinno, who said he didn't fancy it, leaving the tournament's entrant sitting in a peculiar solitary confinement.

He shouldn't be too downcast. He's in line for a trophy.

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The downstairs tournament room, containing all manner of delights

Today's bonkers tournament is the €500 sextuple Omaha event, which had attracted 17 players by its first level, with registration open for a couple of hours. The starting stack is 20,000 and the game is a rotation of Omaha variants: four, five and six-card Omaha, played straight or hi/lo. Benny Glaser, the WSOP-bracelet winner from this summer, is in the field.

The sextuple Omaha is probably a lot more crazy than the crazy pineapple, which is taking place a few tables along. Crazy pineapple may soon be investigated by authorities under the Trade Descriptions Act because in light of the countless new tournament variations it is not all that "crazy" at all.

This is the variation of hold 'em in which players receive three hole cards (Three! That's crazy!) and then discard one after the flop. Charles Chattha, who won the first side event of the festival at EPT Malta, is in this one, as is Paul Berende.

They were into level six at time of writing, with 30 players remaining from the original 34.

Of course, there's also a NLHE turbo under way too. This is the third and final flight of the €300 event that began yesterday. There were 42 players left from the starting 89 and they were into level 9, where blinds were 500-1,000.

Familiar names include Dara O'Kearney, Daragh Davey, Marcin Horecki and Antoine Saout, but the big stacks are with Domenico Fazio (63,000) and Mark Vella (50,000).

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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