IPT Malta: Level 29-32 updates (80,000/160,000/20,000)
5.01pm: Break time
Players are now on a 20-minute break. The remainder of the final table update will take place on a new thread here.
4.56pm: Di Carlo finds aces
Georgios Zisimopoulos raised to 360,000 from under-the-gun with 6♣6♥. Nicolini di Carlo made it 875,000 holding A♦A♣ from the small blind and Zisimopoulos made the call.
Di Carlo fired a bet of 675,000 on the 2♣Q♦9♣ flop and Zisimopoulos folded.
4.38pm: Feil shoves
Michael Feil raised to 325,000 on the button with 5♦5♣, Frederik Reusch made it 810,000 in the small blind holding A♥6♥. Feil thought for a minute before moving all in for around 4 million, Reusch folded instantly.
4.26pm: di Carlo five-bet bluffs
Frederik Reusch opened to 320,000 with K♠J♦ on the button, Nicolini di Carlo made it 855,000 in the small blind with J♠3♠ before Jaroslaw Sikora four-bet to 1.56 million in the big blind with Q♦8♦. Reusch folded but di Carlo tanked for about four minutes before he made a small five-bet to 2.3 million. Sikora folded and di Carlo showed the bluff.
"Fantastico!" said the (totally unbiased) Italian commentary.
4.16pm: Reusch doubles through Feil
Georgios Zisimopoulos opened to 320,000 on the button with Q♣T♣. Michael Feil made the call in the small blind with 7♦7♥ and then Frederik Reusch moved all in for 2.2 million in the big blind with K♣K♦. Zisimopoulos got a count then folded but Feil made the call.
The board came Q♠2♦6♣J♦3♦ and Reusch doubled up to 4.8 million while Feil is now the short stack, he has 4 million.
4.05pm: Level 32 80,000/160,000 (20,000)
The players have moved on to the fourth level of the day.
3.57pm: Sikora and Zisimopoulos tussle
Jaroslaw Sikora raised to 255,000 from the cutoff with K♣Q♦ and Georgios Zisimopoulos made it 605,000 on the button with A♦7♥. Sikora came back over the top with a raise to 1.325 million and Zisimopoulos folded instantly.
3.45pm: Feil wins big against Sikora
Jaroslaw Sikora raised to 255,000 holding 8♠8♣ before Michael Feil made it 600,000 on the button with K♠K♥. Sikora made the call to see a 4♥5♣9♦ flop.
Sikora checked and Feil decided to check behind. The turn was the 5♥ and Sikora led out for 575,000. Feil caled to see the 3♦ on the river. Sikora bet 975,000 and Feil quickly called.
Sikora showed his eights but immediately tapped the table when Feil turned over kings. Feil has 6.7 million while Sikora is down to 6 million.
3.36pm: Di Carlo makes huge bluff
Georgios Zisimopoulos had led out for 375,000 on the turn of a 6♣3♠7♣7♦ board against Nicolini di Carlo with 8♠7♠ and the Italian made the call with A♥K♦. The river was the T♥ and Zisimopoulos fired 525,000 only for di Carlo to make it 2 million. The Greek player thought for about 30 seconds then folded, tapping the table.
3.34pm: Sikora runs into a wheel
Big pot for Michael Feil, he called bets on the flop, turn and over half a million on the river of a 5♦2♦4♥4♠7♣ board against Jaroslaw Sikora's T♣T♦. Feil turned over A♣3♠ for a flopped wheel and won a substantial pot.
3.25pm: Zisimopoulos into eight figures
Georgios Zisimopoulos opened to 260,000 on the button with T♠T♦. Frederik Reusch called in the big blind with A♦J♦. Reusch check-called bets of 180,000, 230,000 and 355,000 on the flop, turn and river of a K♠K♥T♣5♥3♥ only to see the Greek player's flopped full house. Zisimopoulos now has over 10 million in chips.
3.16pm: Georgi Abuladze eliminated in 6th place (€39,000)
Georgi Abuladze moved all in for 1.57 million from under-the-gun and Jaroslaw Sikora made the call in the small blind.
The board ran out T♥Q♥4♥J♣8♣ - no help for the Estonian who busted out in 6th place, winning €39,000.
3.04pm: Ezio Nisoli eliminated in 7th place (€29,800)
Ezio Nisoli moved all in for his last 420,000 preflop from the button with K♦8♥ and Jaroslaw Sikora made the call in the small blind with T♦T♣.
The board came J♣5♥Q♣8♠A♥ and Nisoli busted out in 7th place.
3.02pm: Level up - 60,000/120,000 (20,000)
The players are back in their seats.
2.42pm: Break time
Players are on their first 20-minute break of the day.
2.29pm: Nisoli left really short
Ezio Nisoli opened to 250,000 preflop holding A♥9♥ and Jaroslaw Sikora made it 575,000 with A♠J♠. Nisoli called with just around 700,000 back and saw a Q♦3♥4♦ flop, Nisoli checked and Sikora set him in. The Italian folded, he's very short now.
2.13pm: Sikora folds to Reusch's aces
Jaroslaw Sikora opened to 225,000 from the hijack holding J♠9♠. Frederik Reusch three-bet to 610,000 in the big blind with A♣A♦. Sikora gave it some brief thought and then folded.
2.06pm: Nisoli escapes
Frederik Reusch raised to 210,000 on the button with Q♥Q♣ and Ezio Nisoli defended in the big blind with K♦9♠. The flop came Q♠A♠K♠, Nisoli checked and Reusch bet 290,000. Nisoli only had about 1.7 million behind at this point, tanked briefly and then folded.
1.59pm: Second barrel solves problems
Nicolino di Carlo opened to 200,000 preflop with A♠J♠ and Michael Feil called in the big blind with J♦T♠. The flop was T♥5♠K♣, Feil flopping second pair and di Carlo picked up a gutshot draw for broadway. The German player checked and di Carlo bet 225,000 which Feil called. The 3♥ on the turn didn't change anything and Feil checked again, di Carlo bet 425,000 and Feil thought for about a minute before folding.
1.48pm: Level 30 - 50,000/100,000 (10,000)
It's time for the second level of the day.
1.44pm: Di Carlo fires all three streets
Nicolino di Carlo opened to 175,000 from under-the-gun with A♦K♥. Frederik Reusch defended in the big blind holding A♥7♥. The flop came 6♥A♣J♠ and Reusch check-called a bet of 160,000. The turn Q♥ gave Reusch a flush draw and di Carlo a straight draw and the German player check-called a 240,000 bet to see the K♣ on the river.
Reusch checked a final time and di Carlo bet 350,000, Reusch folded and the Italian won the pot.
1.32pm: Julian Track eliminated in 8th place (€21,000)
Frederik Reusch raised to 175,00 with 8♥8♦ and Julian Track moved in for around a million in chips with K♠Q♠. Reusch called and Track was flipping for his tournament life. The 3♦3♥8♠ left Track drawing virtually dead and the 4♥ turna nd 6♥ river sent the EPT champion out in 8th place winning €21,000.
1.22pm: Huge double for Zisimopoulos
Michael Feil raised to 165,000 with K♠T♠ before Julian Track three-bet on the button to 365,000 holding 5♣3♣. Georgios Zisimopoulos then made it 755,000 in the big blind holding A♣A♦. Feil folded but Track opted to move in and Zisimopoulos could not have called quicker if he'd tried.
The 8♣T♣4♥ flop gave Track a flush draw but the 9♥ turn and 5♥ river changed nothing and Track was left with just 955,000. Zisimopoulos doubled to over 8 million and took the chip lead.
1.16pm: All the aces
A crazy first hand! Julian Track opened to 165,000 with A♣A♥ and Frederk Reusch made it 425,000 on the button. Track four-bet to 1,055,000 and Reusch shoved. Track called instantly to create an 8 million chip pot but both showed their aces and then laughed. The board came 7♠Q♥6♣7♣7♦ and they chopped the pot.
1.10pm: Level 29 - 40,000/80,000 (10,000)
And the final table is under way. About 27 minutes are left in this level.
1.03pm: Final table profiles
To learn a bit about our finalists, check out their profiles here. Play will start shortly.
12.36pm: The final table on an hour delay
The final table has begun with around 27 minutes left of level 29. It's being shown on an hour delay with hole cards up (Italian commentary only). I'd be following the stream and reporting in time with that. The stream will begin at 1.00pm CET, check back here then for the live updates and you can watch the live stream here.