IPT7 Malta2 Main Event Final table: Levels 31 & 32 (100,000/200,000, ante 20,000)

7:50pm: Natan Chauskin wins IPT Malta (€149,560); Govert Metaal comes runner-up (€124,080)
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Natan Chauskin - champion

Natan Chauskin came into today as overwhelming favourite and he didn't upset the odds as he took down the title and €149,560.

The final hand came about when Chauskin raised his button and called after Govert Metaal three-bet all in for 3,745,000.

Metaal: 5♥5♣
Chauskin: K♠Q♥

The board ran 7♥T♠J♠Q♠6♠ to make Chauskin a flush. Metaal tried to congratulate his opponent with a handshake on the turn but Chauskin insisted on waiting until victory was confirmed on the river.

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That'a all for the IPT Main Event, the festival is all about the EPT from here on it. A full wrap of today's events will be up on the blog shortly.

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7:35pm: Metaal drops below five million
After several hands where the chips were passing back and forth, Govert Metaal lost another pot to drop to 4,705,000.

He opened to 380,000 with A♥5♥ and Natal Chauskin defended his big blind with 3♠2♥. The board came K♦8♦K♦8♠3♣ and was checked to the river where Chauskin led out for 400,000. Metaal called and mucked upon seeing his opponent's hand. Chauskin up to 17,990,000.

7:15pm: First blood to Chauskin
Natal Chauskin has opened up a near three-to-one chip lead after getting good value out of top pair.

Govert Metaal raised to 350,000 from the button and called a three-bet to 875,000. The flop came J♠5♣6♣ and Metaal continued for 825,000. Call.

The turn was the 7♦ and Chauskin bet again, for 1,650,000. Metaal called once more before both players checked the 9♠ river. Chauskin's A♦J♣ was good to beat out Metaal's T♠6♠.

Chauskin - 17,285,000
Metaal - 6,310,000

7pm: Heads up counts and deal details
The two players have come to a deal, based on the following chip counts.

Natan Chauskin (Belarus) - 13,815,000.
Govert Metaal (United Kingdom), PokerStars qualifier - 9,780,000

Chauskin guaranteed €129,560
Metaal guaranteed €124,080

That leaves €20,000 to play for.

Cards are back in the air.

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Heads up

6:30pm: Chris Brammer eliminated in third place (€72,660)
Chris Brammer folded from the button after being left short but wasn't going to do so the next hand, when in the big blind. It ended it defeat for him.

Govart Metaal raised to 325,000 from the button and Natan Chauskin called from the small blind before Brammer moved in for 475,000. Both opponents called. The board rolled out 4♥3♥K♦A♠6♥ and was checked down to the river where Chauskin called a 1.8 million bet from Metaal.

The live stream didn't show the cards properly but Metaal definitely won the pot with K♥J♥ for a flush. It's believed that Chauskin held A♦4♦ and Brammer Q♠4♠ but it to be confirmed.

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Chris Brammer - third place

The two remaining players are taking a short break to discuss a deal.

6:25pm: Metaal doubles again and leaves Brammer short
Chris Brammer has dropped to around half a million chips after he doubled up Govert Metaal. All the chips went in preflop.

Brammer: K♥Q♣
Metaal: J♠J♥

The board ran 9♠7♦3♦2♥T♥ to see the jacks hold up. It might just be Metaal's destiny to win this thing.

6:20pm: Metaal doubles first hand back
When Govert Metaal has needed help today, the deck has come to his rescue.

He moved all in for 1,320,000 from the small blind and was called Natan Chauskin to set up a showdown.

Metaal: A♦K♥
Chauskin: A♠9♥

The board ran 8♥J♦J♥Q♣4♦ to send the chips the Dutchman's way.
6:10pm: Play resumes
The final three players are back in their seats. Here's how the chip stacks stand at the beginning of level 31:

Natan ChauskinBelarus 18475000
Chris BrammerNetherlandsPokerStars player4250000
Govert MetaalUKPokerStars qualifier1340000

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Business end of the final table

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

Marc Convey
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