EPT12 Malta: Time for the main course

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Jean Montury celebrates his victory earlier this year

So here we are, back in Malta for a second time in a calendar year. Or more accurately back for the start of the second EPT Main Event here in a calendar year. The fact that the flagship event is tournament #32 on a 76 event schedule tells you that plenty of action has already occurred in Malta.

Two of the biggest amuse-bouche's reach their climax today with the IPT Main Event and €25,000 High Roller final tables starting at 12.30 CET.

But back to the Main Event. To refresh your memory, last time we were here Jean Montury defeated a field of 895 to capture the inaugural EPT Malta title and add a poker trophy to those he won in a former career as a pool player. They say no one remembers the runner-up but we did here. The defining image of that final table was Montury consoling Valentin Messina after their long heads-up battle was over.

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Montury consoles Messina

We know he'll be back to defend his title as he played a side event yesterday. This event is like all other Main Events on the EPT. There are, as normal, two opening flights: Day 1A today and Day 1B tomorrow. Entry costs €5,000 + €300 and players begin with 30,000 in tournament chips. The plan is to play eight 75-minute levels, with a dinner break after level six (approximately 8.10pm).

It should all be done and dusted by about midnight, before we rinse and repeat tomorrow.

As alluded to above the Main Event is just one of many events you can follow today. 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. You can also watch that final table on a one hour delay (cards up, with Italian commentary) on PokerStars.tv.

Begin plotting your own bid for EPT glory by downloading the PokerStars client and having a crack. Follow this EPT event via the EPT app. There you will get all the latest news, chip counts and payouts. You can download it on Android or IOS



Nick Wright
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour