IPT Malta: The 100 Club

With over 600 players coming back from the dinner break, finding an indisputable chip leader at this point increases the difficulty factor, compared to a regular tournament, from "mildy tricky" to "Dark Souls 2".

With that in mind, the ol' rule of thumb is being used for people with stacks over the 100,000 mark which, at this moment in time, should provide a decent idea of who is doing well so far today.

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Berardino Palmieri's 340,800 is the target for everyone left

Seemingly leading at this point is Grzegorz Grochulski (155,000), the Polish player previously having had a couple of results at the EPT Prague festival last year, finishing 66th in the Eureka Prague Cup for €1,020 and 9th in the Turbo Omaha High/Low for €530.

Currently in second place is Jonatan Hellman (118,000), the Swede recently came third in the €1,000 Turbo Bounty at EPT Deauville for €8,240. Other big stacks are Domenico Gala (105,000), Guy Bachar (100,000) and Giuseppe Prisinzano (100,000) while Jamila von Perger (92,000) is not too far behind.

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Jamila von Perger, going well so far

Meanwhile, the prize pool has been anounced with €221,200 going to the winner of IPT Malta after there were a total of 1,285 entries across the two starting days (378+907). A total of 191 places will be paid a minimum of €1,720. You can find a full list of the delicious cash payouts over on the widget on the right-hand side shortly.

It was no surprise that Italy dominated the 1,285-strong IPT Malta field with 354 players (28%). Germany provided the second-most players with 111 (9%) and the United Kingdom was third with 84 (7%).

IPT Malta update:

- Players are just coming to the end of level 8 (300/600/75)
- 550 remain out of the 907 who entered today
- Two more levels are left to play after this one
- Day 2 starts tomorrow at 12pm CET

To get all the latest news, chip counts and payouts, don't forget to download the EPT App on both Android or IOS. You know why the chip leaders are the chip leaders. HINT HINT.

Chris Hall
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour