EPT12 Malta: The most predictable news of the week: Urbanovich wins in Malta

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Dzmitry Urbanovich: Five time

The furthest end of the tournament room is presently occupied by three final tables--in the €25,000 High Roller, the Malta Cup and the €500 Turbo--as well as the last two tables in the €2,000 IPT High Roller. It's the kind of place you'd expect to see Dzmitry Urbanovich given his track record, but he busted the High Roller before the money and didn't enter the other three.

However, moments ago, Urbanovich was indeed spotted wandering into that area and taking a seat on the photographer's set reserved for winner's photos. In most cases this would have seemed presumptuous, but as far as Urbanovich is concerned, it was probably just a time-saving device. Might as well get the photo done in readiness for inevitable victory, huh?

Well actually, Urbanovich wasn't acting out of turn. Outside the gaze of almost everybody in Malta, Urbanovich had taken a seat this afternoon in the €5,000 Mixed Games event, featuring 2-7 single draw, 2-7 double draw, no limit hold'em and PLO.


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Before he was the tournament beast that he has so rapidly become, Urbanovich was known as a mixed game specialist, so this was right up his street. The tournament only actually attracted five players, so they were straight to the final, but Urbanovich still needed to defeat three Finns (Jussi Nevalinna, Sampo Ryynanen and Jyri Merivirta) and Great Britain's Adam Owen to prevail.

He picked up €15,760 for his title--the fifth he has won in Malta in this calendar year. I'm assuming he brought a bigger bag to the island this time around. He had a hell of a job getting the four trophies home last time.

(Merivirta finished second, for €8,490.)

Everything about EPT Malta is on the main EPT Malta page. More specifically, all the hand-by-hand coverage of the €25,000 High Roller is on the €25,000 High Roller page and everything from the IPT Main Event is on the IPT Main Event page.

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Howard Swains
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