IPT Malta: Cammisuli secures Day 4 lead
Flaviano Cammisuli, an Italian waiter who lives here in Malta, managed a late rush at the end of the day to secure the chip lead, finishing with 2,362,000 - the only player over the 2 million mark. Cammisuli knocked out Markus Kuhnen right at the end of play with J♠J♦ against A♦8♥ to secure his place at the top of the leaderboard going into Day 4.
Cammisuli leads ahead of Balazs Botond, the Eureka4 Prague champion, Botond finished the day with 1,475,000 which is enough to put the Hungarian in second place. EPT Grand Final winner Steve O'Dwyer is in third with 1,402,000 while Hugo Lemaire, who was chip leader at the start of the day is in fourth with 1,376,000. Other 'millionaires' include Georgios Zisimopoulos (1,319,000), Jaroslaw Sikora (1,300,000), Glenn Cymbaluk (1,277,000) and Guy Bachar.
Other notables include EPT winner Julian Track (912,000), EPT9 Barcelona Super High Roller runner-up JC Alvardo (690,000) and Eureka4 Vienna finalist Bryan Paris (467,000). They're all part of the 43 players who have made it into Day 4 and are guaranteed a minimum payout of €3,700.
All three members of Team PokerStars Pro were unfortunately eliminated today with Matthias De Meulder (71st - €3,050) finishing the highest. Christopher De Meulder (135th - €2,000) and Jan Heitmann (158th - €1,850) also made the money.
Day 4 will start tomorrow at 12.30pm CET once more with the tournament playing down to the final table of eight players, however long that might take. To find a full list of chip counts and the seat draw for Day 4, download the EPT app for Android or IOS.
Shark Cage star (Miss Finland) Sara Chafakis joining Team PokerStars Pros Jake Cody, Liv Boeree, Fatima Moreira de Melo and Theo Jorgensen in tonight's Helping Hands charity tourney to raise money for Right To Play at 7.30pm. Also playing are several well-known Maltese business people and politicians, representatives from the Swedish Poker Federation, EPT president Edgar Stuchly, Lee Jones, EPT Prague finalist Mickey Norinder, WSOP bracelet winner Chad Holloway, Jackie "Mama Poker" Cachia (who won the Women's Event at EPT London), EPTLive's James Hartigan as well as staff from the PokerStars.eu head office in nearby Sliema.
All proceeds for the €100 event will go to PokerStars charity partner, Right To Play who use the power of sport and play to transform children's lives. All players are invited to come with a guest to the drinks and canapé reception starting at 7.30pm; the tourney kicks off at 8.30pm. This year we are funding the training of over 2500 volunteer coaches for them around the world, which in turn will help change the lives of over 185,000 children.
Muur flips well!
Yesterday saw three €100 NL Flipout tournaments running at Portomaso Casino. 2014 PCA finalist Madis Muur took down the first of them. He won €1,190 after beating a 36-strong field in Event #13. Although the Estonian has already won $750k in live tournaments, this is is his first EPT trophy. Georgios-Angelos Tavoularis from Greece and Jacob Van Wijk from Netherlands were the other Flipout winners.
Miss Finland Sara Chafak is among 69 players competing for today's EPT Malta €200 Women's Event. The field also includes American pro Elena Stover (,who has just moved to Malta), Maria von Perger (whose daughter Jamila is competing nearby in the IPT Malta Main Event), EPT presenter Gaelle Garcia Diaz, British player Natalie Bromley (third in last season's Grand Final Womens' Event) and serial qualifier Elizabeth Bennett-Martin, who is a regular at the PCA and finished 25th in the Main Event this year for a lifetime best cash of €40,000. Also playing is Jackie Cachia, who hails from Malta and won the Womens Event at EPT London for £3,100. Sabina Hiatullah, the last woman standing in the Deauville's Women's Event (a man won it, long story) and also the Queens' Cup winner at Eureka Rozvadov, would normally be playing but is also still in action in IPT Malta.
Huge field for the €2k
There was a total of 473 for the IPT Malta €2k High Roller. After a record-breaking IPT Main Event, and giant fields for all the other local tour high rollers this season, the Malta edition is expected to attract huge numbers.
Among those who started the day were Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, PokerStars-sponsored PCA 2014 winner Dominik Panka, PCA 2013 champ Dimitar Danchev, WSOP runner-ups Jorryt van Hoof and Jesse Sylvia plus EPT9 Player of the Year Jan Bendik, Chidwick, Dermot Blain, Patrick Leonard, Kitty Kuo, Fabio Sperling, Michel Abecassis, Steven van Zadelhoff, Ruben Visser, Frederik Jensen, Sam Greenwood and Simon Ravnsbaek. 15 players have won their seat via yesterday's live satellite here in the Portomaso Casino. 63 places will be paid a minimum of €3,900 with €177,000 for the winner.