IPT7 Malta 2: Andreas Chalkiadakis overall leader heading into Day 2
Day 1B of IPT Malta Main Event was a bumper day of action as nearly three times as many players turned up to play compared to Day 1A yesterday. After twelve 45-minute levels of play 211 made it through and one man stood clear of the field. Andreas Chalkiadakis bagged up an impressive 337,400 which is good for the overall lead heading into Day 2 tomorrow.
Chalkiadakis hails from Athens, Greece and has been a professional poker player for six years. After play concluded, he told the blog that his tournament got off to shaky start as he kept doubling up short stacks, but after the first break, everything went right for the rest of the day. He said that he was never all in and managed to win most of his pots post flop and without showdown.
Some of the notables joining him on Day 2 are: Alessio Russo (283,900), Danut Chisu (291,000), Olgun Ercan (228,200), Dan Stacey (150,600),Ben Heath (113,500), Salvatore Bonavena (77,100), Yann Dion (54,700) and Tom Hall (43,700).
Five players represented PokerStars today but only two of them managed get through. Andre Akkari struggled to get much going today and has a lot of work to do on Day 2 with his 24,200, way behind the 164,100 that Pier Paolo Fabretti bagged up. Marcin Horecki and Jen Shahade busted early afternoon so had the rest of the day free to do as they chose, unlike Giada Fang who busted in the last ten minutes of the day. She was down 14 big blinds and moved all in with pocket fours only to run into Mudasser Hussain's pocket rockets.
Those who joined her on the rail with late bust outs of their own were David Lappin and Ludovic Geilich. Also out are: Reigning champion Georgios Zisimopoulos, Olga Iermolcheva, Alex Lindop, Ondrej Vinklarek, Eoghan O'Dea, Charlie Carrel, Emil Patel, Shola Akindele, Felix Stephensen, Michael Tureniec, Chaz Chattha and Billy Chattaway.
The 270 survivors from the two starting flights will combine tomorrow where making the money will be top of the agenda. The 947-strong field helped create a €918,590 prize pool. The top 135 players will earn a minimum of €1,810 and if they're lucky enough to make the final table, €16,030 is guaranteed. The inner? A cool €170,030 awaits he or she. Head over to the Prize Pool and Payouts page for a full breakdown. Play two resumes at 12pm CET so be sure to join us back here then when the race to the money begins.
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Updates provided by Marc Convey, with photos coming from René Velli and Tomáš Stacha.