IPT7 Malta2: Bubble looms for players on Day 2

Mr Payne (Dazed and Confused), "Men! Fifty of you are leaving on a mission. Twenty-five of you ain't coming back."

Troops going out to battle in the Vietnam war had a 50% of coming back and the same odds await the 270 players that are returning for Day 2 of the IPT Main Event. A minimum cash of €1,810 awaits the 135 last standing poker troops, and the bubble should burst at some point during the second half of the day.

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Chalkiadakis leads the way

Andreas Chalkiadakis stormed his way to the Day 1A lead yesterday with 337,400 and that's good for the overall lead coming in to today. After a shaky start, the man from Greece said he had one of those days where everything worked for him. Danut Chisu, Alessio Russo, Alessio Peciarolo and Massimo Di Cicco had similar day (most likely) and are over a quarter of a way to a million chips.

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Akkari needs a spin up

Pier Paolo Fabretti (161,400), Luca Pagano (131,900), Mickey Petersen (79,100), Matthias De Meulder (49,000) and Andre Akkari (24,200) are still representing the red spade of PokerStars today, albeit it with very different prospects.

The levels will be 60 minutes long from here on in and ten of them are scheduled for today. They'll be a 75-minute dinner break after eight levels (approx. 9:15pm) and play will end around 12:15 am.

Day 2 chip counts
Day 2 seat draw
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The tournament venue

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Updates provided by Marc Convey, with photos coming from René Velli and Tomáš Stacha.

Marc Convey
@The_Conv in European Poker Tour