IPT Malta: Aiming for the biggest ever

Over 350 players are now involved on Day 1a, but there will need to be a big field tomorrow if it's to break IPT records. The IPT's main event buy-in has changed several times over the seven years of the tour having been €630, €700, €1,000 and €2,000 at different points. This means that the current biggest field does not actually claim to have the biggest prize pool and there are three IPT events that have valid claims to being the biggest IPT event ever.

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Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree is looking 14% more serious than usual

The biggest field goes to IPT San Remo in Season 6 which saw 606 players play the €700+70 event with a total of 515 rebuys to create a total of 1,121 entries. This event was won by Alessandro De Fenza for €105,600. The biggest 'unique' field was also in San Remo albeit in Season 5, this was a €630+70 event won by Federico Piroddi beating EPT regular Dario Sammartino heads-up for the title. Piroddi took home €125,000 for his victory.

Also staking a claim for biggest ever IPT would IPT Venice back in Season 2. This was a €2,000 event, with 505 runners but the prizepool was €979,700 - bigger than either of San Remo's two record-breaking events. Tamas Lendvai won the event for €235,000 on a final table that also featured EPT champion Toby Lewis.

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Jonas Lauck was recently eliminated

Meanwhile in the tournament, there's been a steady string of players joining the tournament including Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boere, Artem Litivinov, EPT Campione champion Jannick Wrang and Omaha specialist John O'Shea. With level 4 just coming to a close, the end of registration will follow shortly.

IPT Malta update:

- Level 4 (100/200/25) has just finished
- 320 players remain out of 350 who have entered so far
- The biggest ever field for the IPT is 1,010 unique entries
- The dinner break is after level 6
- Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree and PokerStars sponsored player Dominik Panka are among those playing today
- Dario Mancuso, Piotr Pietrzak, Dimitar Bashov, Raul Martinez, Sergey Sergeev, Konstantin Puchkov, Corbin White and Jonas Lauck have all recently been eliminated.

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Chris Hall
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour