IPT Malta: PokerStars player Jaroslaw Sikora leads the final table

The final table for IPT Malta is set with PokerStars player Jaroslaw Sikora leading with 7.6 million in chips. The Polish player finished 70th for €4,220 in the Eureka High Roller event in Prague in December. Sikora moved clearly into the lead after winning a big three-bet pot towards the end of play when he picked off a 555,000 bluff from Georgios Zisimopoulos.

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Jaroslaw Sikora is the chip leader going into tomorrow's final table

Sikora leads ahead of Frederik Reusch (4,730,000), the German player has a couple of previous results including a final table in the €1,000 PLO event at EPT Prague where he came 8th for €4,270. Reusch moved into second place after dispatching Flaviano Cammisuli, the start of the day chip leader, with A♣T♦ against A♦9♥.

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Flaviano Cammisuli

In third place with 4,375,000 is arguably the best-known player at the table, EPT10 Prague champion Julian Track. Track picked up €725,700 for winning the EPT and will be hoping to supplement his earnings with another six-figure score by taking down this event.

The full list of players and chip counts is as follows:

Seat 1: Michael Bernhard Feil Germany PokerStars player 3,305,000
Seat 2: Frederik Reusch Germany PokerStars player 4,730,000
Seat 3: Nicolino di Carlo Italy 2,585,000
Seat 4: Ezio Nisoli Italy 1,960,000
Seat 5: Julian Track Germany PokerStars qualifier 4,375,000
Seat 6: Jaroslaw Sikora Poland PokerStars player 7,600,000
Seat 7: Georgios Zisimopoulos Greece PokerStars player 4,000,000
Seat 8: Georgi Abuladze Estonia PokerStars qualifier 2,645,000

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Julian Track

All the finalists are now guaranteed a minimum payout of €21,000 but the first place prize is worth more than ten times that amount:

1st € 221,200
2nd € 128,300
3rd € 90,200
4th € 67,000
5th € 52,000
6th € 39,000
7th € 29,800
8th € 21,000

The players are due back tomorrow at 11.45am with the tournament scheduled to start at 12.15pm. It'll be shown on a live stream (Italian commentary only) with hole cards up and on a 45-minute delay. I'll be following the same time as the delay so you can expect live coverage from around 1pm local time.

Side events

Bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche leads the final 15 players of the in the IPT €2k High Roller event with 1.2 million in chips and the blinds at 10,000/20,000 (3,000). EPT Copenhagen runner-up Pierre Neuville (750,000) and EPT9 London finalist Ludovic Geilich (260,000) are also among those still involved, all are guaranteed a minmum payout of €10,550 with €177,000 going to the winner.

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Dominik Nitsche

In the IPT Malta Cup, it's heads-up between Dimitar Bashov and Matthieu Rodrigeuz with €62,000 for the winner and €36,400 for the runner-up, Bashov has a slight lead at this point. Giovanni Rizzo finished in 6th place for €10,900.

Rosaro Garzon came all the way from Madrid to play the €200 Women's Event but her victory made it all worthwhile. Before taking down the €200 event for a lifetime best cash of €4k, the 64-year-old, who was being railed by her husband throughout the tourney, said she was surprised at how aggressively the women played. "I didn't think it would be like this!" she said. She beat Canadian EPT regular Elizabeth Bennet-Martin heads-up to snag her first ever trophy. There were 70 entries in the tourney creating a €13,580 prize pool with nine paid. EPT London Women's Event winner Jackie Cachia bust the event but her partner Lina Teuma finished fourth for €1,400.

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Rosaro Garzon

Portugal's Jose Quintas won last night's €500 Midnight Hyperturbo at the EPT Malta Poker Festival. The EPT regular snagged the trophy and €23,490 first prize after beating Italian Luca Fiorini heads-up. There were 229 players in the event creating a €111,065 prize pool with 31 paid. Others who cashed included Mikhail Korotkikh, Jan Bendik, George Tavoularis (who has already won two Flipout events at the festival), Lasse Frost and Bernard Boutbol.

Remember, the EPT Main Event is still going on for a while yet tonight, follow all the action here.

Chris Hall
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour