EPT13 Malta: €25,000 High Roller live coverage

• Tournament is over; David Yan wins for €465,800
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7:21pm: David Yan wins €465,800 after calling huge Hajiyev bluff
Level 22 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

This one's over! Despite having almost identical chip stacks, David Yan has just becoming the latest EPT High Roller. Here's how it happened.


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Yan, Yan, he's our man

Ramin Hajiyev kicked off with an open to 55,000 with the 9♥6♦ and faced a three-bet to 185,000. Yan had done his raising holding the Q♣T♣, but Hajiyev wasn't done with this one yet. He counted out a four-bet to 395,000 and slid it over the line. Yan called.

The dealer spread a J♥T♦5♥ flop and Hajiyev continued for 340,000 after Yan checked. With middle pair Yan just flatted, and the turn came the 7♦, giving Hajiyev a gutshot. Yan checked, and Hajiyebv slowed down, checking behind. Finally the Q♥ river gave Yan top two pair. Hajiyev must have seen opportunity to take down the pot and he announced all-in, to which Yan responded by asking for a count. It was for 850,000, and Yan had roughly 70,000 more. He made the correct call and this one was done.

Congratulations to David Yan who just banked €465,800, and Ramin Hajiyev who I'm sure will find consolation in the €334,400 second place money.

Thanks for joining us! You'll find a full recap for today's final table here, but if you're hungry for more live updates, head on over to the EPT Main Event coverage here. --JS

7:15pm: Yan flops a boat
Level 22 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

David Yan opened to 53,000 with the 9♣7♣ and Ramin Hajiyev defended with the J♣7♦ to see a flop. And what a flop it was. David Yan flopped a full house on the 9♠7♠9♥ board and led out for 45,000 when it was checked to him. Hajiyev also had a pair and made the call.

The turn came the Q♣ and it checked to Yan once more. He didn't slow down, betting 130,000 which Hajiyev called. Finally the river was the Q♠ and that changed a few things. Hajiyev's hand was counterfeited (but his chips were also saved) and checked a final time. Yan fired a third bullet worth 210,000 but Hajiyev got away. He has 1.57 million now, just behind Yan's 1.6 million. --JS

7:11pm: AND we're back
Level 22 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Our heads up players have returned and cards are back in the air. Yan v Hajiyev. --JS

7pm: Khoroshenin shoves, loses, out in third winning €217,400
Level 22 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

We are heads up in Malta after Oleksii Khoroshenin was knocked out by Ramin Hajiyev, leaving Hajiyev now a chip-leader for the first time.

Khoroshenin completed from the small blind with 3♣3♠ and Hajiyev raised to 85,000 with A♠T♣. Khoroshenin called.

That took them to a flop of 4♥2♣6♦ and they both checked. And then the T♠ came on the turn. At the first time in the hand that he was behind, Khoroshenin bet. He slid out 105,000. But Hajiyev raised to 280,000.

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Oleksii Khoroshenin's time is up

Khoroshenin thought someone was toying with him and shoved for 808,000 total. Hajiyev called immediately.

The river was the 9♥ and Khoroshenin was done. Hajiyev had marginally the bigger stack and goes into the heads-up battle with 1.84 million chips. His opponent, David Yan, has 1.4 million.

6:45pm: Khoreshenin getting creative
Level 22 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

David Yan opened his button to 55,000 with Q♥9♣ but Oleksii Khoreshenin, in the small blind, raised to 185,000 with K♥9♦. Ramin Hajiyev actually found an ace in the big blind, but folded it to the aggression. Yan also folded and Khoreshenin got that one through.

On the next hand, Khoreshenin three-bet too, but this time he had a good hand: 9♦9♣ and he pushed Hajiyev off T♦6♦.

6:35pm: Three-handed counts
Level 22 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

NameCountryChips
David YanNew Zealand1,460,000
Ramin HajiyevAzerbaijan960,000
Oleksii KhorosheninUkraine930,000

6:35pm: Silver shoves once, wins; again, loses; wins €164,030 for fourth
Level 22 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Max Silver had nine big blinds and shoved them in with pocket sixes. Oleksii Khoroshenin folded pocket deuces and Silver took blinds and antes.

However, on the next hand, Silver found Q♦9♦ and shoved again. This time Khoroshenin found A♥T♠ and made the call and Silver couldn't come from behind to win this one.

The flop came J♠K♣5♠ and Silver was drawing dead by the Q♣ turn. He wins €164,030 for fourth. -- HS

6:30pm: Keep on doublin', Hajiyev
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

He doubled right before the break, and now he's gone done it again. Ramin Hajiyev woke up with the K♥K♣ and opened to 53,000. Max Silver folded and it was on Oleksii Khoroshenin who also peeked down at a big hand - A♠K♦. He three-bet to 152,000, Hajiyev jammed for 494,000 and Khoroshenin made the call.

The board ran out 8♦6♦4♥2♠J♥ and Hajiyev moved into second place with 1.008 million, while Khoroshenin dropped to 444,000. --JS

6:07pm: Chip counts

Here's how they stack up right now:

NameCountryChips
David YanNew Zealand1,569,000
Oleksii KhorosheninUkraine938,000
Ramin HajiyevAzerbaijan494,000
Max SilverUK249,000

6:05pm: Break time

The remaining four players have gone to take a 20-minute break. Be back soon. --JS

5:58pm: Hajiyev gets the double
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Ramin Hajiyev found a perfect spot to double up when he shoved with the A♠9♦ and was called by David Yan with the A♥7♠. The board ran out T♥5♦K♦J♦6♦, keeping Hajiyev in this thing. --JS

5:50pm: Yan and Silver go at it again, Yan doubles
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

"Pretty big flip, man," David Yan said.
"Yep, pretty big flip," Max Silver agreed.

This one started when David Yan, whose recent defeats in pots to Max Silver, had made his stack inferior to his neighbour's, raised to 50,000 from the button with J♣J♠ and Max Silver, in the small blind, raised to 185,000 with A♣Q♣. Yan shoved for 672,000 more and Silver called.

This was, make no mistake, a pretty big flip. And Yan won it when the board ran 7♠K♠6♥6♦7♦.

That put Yan back into the chip lead with more than 1.7 million and cut Silver back down to the short stack, with 236,000. Oleksii Khoroshenin has 932,000; Ramin Hajiyev 336,000.

5:45pm: Silver four-bets aces
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

If you play a lot of pots, players often don't give you credit for a good hand. And that makes it great when you find one.

Max Silver has been playing a lot of pots, and then he picked up A♥A♦ and raised to 45,000 from under the gun. David Yan, who still has more than a million in chips despite sitting out for a few recent hands, raised to 182,000 in the big blind. He only had K♥4♣.

Silver then took his time before cutting out a four-bet. Yan instantly folded.

5:35pm: Huge pot for with a set of sevens for Khoroshenin
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Oleksii Khoroshenin is back into the lead, halting Max Silver's resurgent run in emphatic fashion. Silver actually made a good read and a good lay-down to get away from it, but Khoroshenin will be the more happy after receiving a timely boost to his stack.

David Yan began the hand with a raise to 40,000 with Q♥8♥ from the cutoff. Silver called on the button with T♣9♣ and Khoroshenin called in the small blind with 7♥7♦.

This flop had potential for all of them. It came 4♦6♣7♣. Khoroshenin, with his set, bet 85,000 and Yan was wise enough to fold his gutshot. Silver, however, called.

The J♦ came on the turn and Khoroshenin checked. But Silver now bet. He made it 140,000. Khoroshenin shoved for 490,000 more.

Silver had overtaken Khoroshenin before this hand, but said, "That's annoying." He knew he had to fold, and did. "I think you had a set," Silver said. Khoroshenin nodded.

Khoroshenin goes back to the top of the leader board with that one.

5:30pm: Mikita Badziakouski out in fifth, winning €127,400
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

"It's my lucky day," Max Silver said, shortly adding, "I'm so good at poker." His tongue was in his cheek for the second of those statements having just sent Mikita Badziakouski to the rail in fifth.

Silver was in the small blind with J♣T♠ and raised to 120,000. Badziakouski was in the big blind with A♣K♣ and he shoved for 235,000 total, and Silver was priced in.

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Mikita Badziakouski got his chips in good, that's all you can do

Badziakouski was ahead here, but not after the flop came 6♣9♦T♥. The 2♠ and 3♦ on turn and river were blanks and Silver is now molten, with Badziakouski heading home. He takes €127,400.

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Mikita Badziakouski finds consolation on the rail

5:25pm: Silver doubles
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Max Silver has had no problem in getting his chips in pre-flop, but hasn't had anyone call him. Until now. He three-bet jammed his last 416,000 after Ramin Hajiyev had opened, and Silver was in trouble. Hajiyev had Q♦Q♣ and Silver had A♦7♣.

Silver winced, but he got lucky on the flop of T♠4♦A♣. The 2♣ turn and the 7♥ river didn't hurt Silver, so he is now to his high point.

5:25pm: Jamming fours
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Not for the first time, Max Silver jammed pre-flop. He had pocket fours and it got through.

5:25pm: All change
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Well, not quite all change, but Ramin Hajiyev has now leapfrogged Oleksii Khoroshenin into second place. Here are their stacks:

NameCountryChips
David YanNew Zealand1,045,000
Ramin HajiyevAzerbaijan817,000
Oleksii KhorosheninUkraine767,000
Max SilverUK377,000
Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus244,000

5:15pm: Yan squirms free
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

All the alarm bells went off for a potentially huge hand here in Malta when Oleksii Khoroshenin found A♥Q♦ in the cutoff and raised to 40,000. David Yan, the only man with more chips, looked down at A♣K♦ in the small blind.

Yan three-bet to 135,000 and Khoroshenin was disciplined enough only to call.

Then it got even more gross. The flop came 9♦T♣J♦, but both players checked. And they also both checked the 8♣ turn, even though Kohoroshenin was now ahead.

The K♣ came on the river and Khoroshenin finally had a bet. But these guys are good. Yan knew he was behind and folded.

5:05pm: Level up
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

They're into Level 21 now, with blinds at 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante. David Yan's 1.03 million stack leads, from Oleksii Khoroshenin's 800,000 and Ramin Hajiyev's 681,000. Silver and Badziakouski are still the shorties.

5pm: Betting junk
Level 20 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Action folded to David Yan in the small blind and he raised to 42,000. He only had 9♥6♠ but, with a big stack, why not?

Max Silver, in the big blind, had only 8♥5♣ but he called anyway. Why not?

The flop came K♠J♠7♠ and Yan bet 30,000. He probably thought that was a bluff, but Silver folded his inferior holding.

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On the next hand, Max Silver moved all-in pre-flop with Ace-Ten and got folds around the table.

4:45pm: Khoroshenin dodges Yan's boat
Level 20 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Oleksii Khoroshenin found A♣K♠ in the cutoff and raised to 35,000. David Yan, his main rival at the top of the chip counts, called with 9♦9♣ in the small blind.

Yan flopped well. It came 7♠3♠9♠. They both checked and the 7♣ on the turn left Khoroshenin drawing dead.

Yan bet 43,000 and Khoroshenin called. And then the Q♥ came on the river. Yan pushed out a value bet of 175,000. It was a good size to look like a bluff too, and Khoroshenin took more than three minutes to decide his play.

Eventually he found the fold, but the hand took Yan up to 1.1 million.

4:40pm: Aces for Silver
Level 20 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Max Silver found the first pair of pocket aces of this final table. He raised from under the gun and David Yan was the only caller with J♦9♠. The flop brought nothing to get Yan in trouble. It was 5♦8♠2♦ and Yan check-folded to Silver's 32,000 bet.

4:35pm: Yan wins the minimum with trips
Level 20 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Ramin Hajiyev opened to 32,000 from the cutoff and David Yan called on the button. Then Max Silver called in the small blind, and Mikita Badziakouski called from the big. (Oleksii Khoroshenin must have felt terribly left out.)

Hajiyev had Q♣J♠, Yan had K♠T♠, Silver had 3♥3♣ and Baziakouski had A♣7♦.

Only Yan liked the flop, which came 6♦T♣T♦. But nobody had enough to call him when he fired at it with trips.

4:30pm: Paint
Level 20 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Oleksii Khoroshenin, Ramin Hajiyev and David Yan all found very pretty hands and played them hard.

Khoroshenin raised to 36,000 from the cutoff with K♦T♠, Hajiyev three-bet to 88,000 from the button with Q♣J♥ and then Yan cold four-bet to 185,000 from the small blind with K♠Q♠. That was the first four bet of the final.

The four-bet worked too. Both Khoroshenin and Hajiyev tank-folded.

4:25pm: Back-to-back Silver
Level 20 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

After his big bluff against Mikita Badziakouski, Max Silver decided to play two pots back-to-back. The first one came when he raised his button with T♦9♥ and then had to fold when Oleksii Khoroshenin three-bet his small blind. Khoroshenin only had 7♦4♥ but Silver wasn't to know that.

On the next hand, Silver found a legitimate hand, Q♥Q♣, and raised to 36,000 from the cutoff. Ramin Hajiyev called with A♦9♦ and the big blind already committed.

The flop was all Silver. It came 7♣4♣5♣ and Silver continued with a bet. Hajiyev folded.

4:15pm: Silver puts life on the line; wins
Level 20 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Max Silver was dwindling, but just found the benefit of an aggressive shove on the river and pushed Mikita Badziakouski off the best hand.

Badziakouski raised to 32,000 from under the gun with K♣Q♣ and both the blinds called. David Yan, in the small, found 6♠6♦ good enough reason for a call. And Silver, with 8♥6♣, thought himself priced in.

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A speculative call from Max Silver

Those three saw the flop of 7♦T♠K♦ and all three checked. And then the 8♣ came on the turn. Silver bet 74,000 with his third pair.

Badziakouski called with top pair and Yan folded, which then took them to the T♦ river. Silver made a bold shove for his last 228,000 and, after a long think, Badziakouski said, "I'll watch it for free in 30 minutes." He folded.

4:10pm: Big stacks play small pot
Level 20 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

David Yan and Oleksii Khoroshenin were the big stacks at the start of the day and they're the big stacks still. And the following pot won't change a whole lot, even though it was the pair of them involved.

Oleksii Khoroshenin opened to 35,000 from the button and Yan called in the big blind. Khoroshenin had A♣9♦ and Yan had 4♥4♦.

The flop put Khoroshenin into the lead. It came 2♥9♠8♣ and Yan check-peeled when Khoroshenin bet 40,000.

They both checked the Q♠ turn and Yan also checked the 6♥ river. But Khoroshenin went for value with a bet. He didn't get it because Yan folded.

4:05pm: How they line-up
Level 20 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

We're coming back to play Level 20 with the following stacks:

NameCountryChips
David YanNew Zealand906,000
Oleksii KhorosheninUkraine879,000
Ramin HajiyevAzerbaijan672,000
Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus451,000
Max SilverUK342,000

3:45pm: Break time
Level 19 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

That's the first break of the day, with five players still remaining. The table dynamic is pretty similar to how it was at the start of the day. Although Ole Schemion is gone, we still have two big stacks--Oleksii Khoroshenin and David Yan--and two small--Max Silver and Mikita Badziakouski.

The big mover of the day is Ramin Hajiyev, who is now in third place. Full counts will be with us at the end of this 20-minute break.

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Ramin Hajiyev: The big climber

3:30pm: Hajiyev doubles through Yan; back into contention
Level 19 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (1,000 ante)

Some ballsy play here from Ramin Hajiyev just took his stack beyond 700,000 and took the wind out of David Yan's sails.

Hajiyev was on the button and raised to 30,000 with 8♣7♠. Yan called from the small blind with K♠Q♠ and they surveyed the T♥T♦2♦ flop.

Yan checked, but Hajiyev continued for 27,000. Yan snapped into gear with a raise to 58,000 but Hajiyev wasn't done. He three-bet his air to 125,000 and Yan quickly passed.

3:25pm: Badziakouski bluffs Silver
Level 19 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Max Silver opened to 30,000 from the cutoff with J♠T♦ and Mikita Badziakouski called on the button with A♠8♠.

Badziakouski flopped well when the 7♥8♥3♥ appeared, but checked behind after Silver checked.

They also both checked the 4♥ turn. And then the 6♥ appeared on the river and Silver checked again. It was going to be a chop pot unless Badziakouski bet, but he did indeed sense weakness and put out a bet of 60,000.

Silver instantly mucked and Badziakouski added some valuable chips to his short stack.

3:15pm: Hajiyev doubles through Yan; back into contention
Level 19 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Ramin Hajiyev and David Yan need to get a room. They just played another big pot against one another, but this one ended with a double up for Hajiyev.

Hajiyev found K♠K♥ and raised to 30,000 from the cutoff and Yan, on the button, called with A♣9♣. The flop of 6♥8♣9♦ hit Yan. He now had top pair. But he was still behind those kings.

The both checked that flop, but things got weird on the scary 5♦ turn. Hajiyev checked and Yan bet 43,000. Hajiyev then shipped for 212,000.

Randy Lew, on the EPT Live commentary, thought Hajiyev could indeed get a call here. And lo and behold, nanonoko was right. Yan did call.

The 8♦ on the river was a blank and the big pair held. Hajiyev moves his stack beyond 550,000 and is back in contention.

"It was an unusual hand, I can tell you that," Lew said.

3:05pm: Yan aims for maximum value; Hajiyev wriggles free
Level 19 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

In a battle of the blinds, Ramin Hajiyev, with Q♠9♠, hit top pair on a flop of 6♣7♠9♦. David Yan, with J♥T♣, had over-cards and an inside straight draw. Hajiyev check-called Yan's bet of 53,000, but then Yan got there when the 8♣ came on the turn. They both checked.

After the 6♠ on the river, Yan shoved, covering Hajiyev, but he managed not to take the bait and folded.

3pm: Schemion perishes in sixth, wins €98,740
Level 19 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Ole Schemion has become the first player knocked out of this final table, running pocket jacks into David Yan's pocket kings.

It was the K♦K♥ for Yan and he raised to 28,000 from UTG+1. Schemion shoved for 383,000 from the big blind with J♠J♥ and Yan obviously called.

There was nothing for Schemion on flop, turn or river, but there was €98,740 waiting for him at the payouts cage.

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Ole Schemion: Out in sixth

We're down to five, with Yan now at 1.22 million in chips, which is about 300,000 more than Oleksii Khoroshenin, his closest challenger.

2:50pm: Silver 100 percent for hands played
Level 19 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Max Silver just won the first hand that he played. He called from the big blind when David Yan raised to 42,000 from the small. Yan had J♣5♥ and Silver Q♣T♣.

The flop of T♠T♥4♦ hit Silver hard, allowing him to check behind after Yan checked. But after the 7♦ river, Silver tried to get value with a bet of 60,000. But Yan folded.

2:45pm: Schemion trips up in small blind
Level 19 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Ole Schemion just picked up some chips from Ramin Hajiyev in a battle of the blinds. Schemion's K♣6♥ flopped top pair when the 8♣7♦K♥ appeared but Hajiyev's T♦9♠ also had potential.

Schemion bet 19,000 and got a call. The 5♠ came on the turn, which missed Hajiyev, but he still called Schemion's 33,000 bet.

The K♦ completed the board and after Schemion bet 58,000, Hajiyev saw no reason to stick around any more.

2:40pm: Hajiyev's nines prevail
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Ramin Hajiyev continues as the most active player, this time finding 9♥9♦ under the gun and raising. Oleksii Khoroshenin found 2♥2♦ in the small blind and called, heading off set-mining.

He didn't strike gold on the 6♥8♠3♥ flop, but still called when Hajiyev bet 28,000. But they both then checked the J♠ turn and the 3♦ river and the bigger pocket pair remained good.

2:35pm: Hajiyev picks one from Badziakouski
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Ramin Hajiyev is trying to get things going after the mis-step against Ole Schemion--and he's just managed to bluff Mikita Badziakouski off the best hand.

Hajiyev opened to 23,000 from the cutoff with 7♠6♠ and Badziakouski called from the big blind with J♦8♠. Badziakouski hit bottom pair on the flop of A♣8♦Q♥ but check-folded when Hajiyev bet 28,000.

2:30pm: Small pot, better table talk
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Ramin Hajiyev opened to 23,000 from under the gun with Q♥J♦ and David Yan three-bet to K♥J♥ from one seat along. As this went on, Ole Schemion an Hajiyev talked about their previous hand, each trying to goad one another into revealing what they had. "You're going to be pleased," Schemion said, referencing the fact that Hajiyev will soon find out that he made a good fold. (He made another one, by the way, when he let his cards go after Yan's three-bet.)

2:25pm: Schemion tangles with Hajiyev
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Another intriguing pot on the third hand of the day, and this time it was Ramin Hajiyev with the disciplined fold. It was also right. He was behind and got away.

Ole Schemion opened from under the gun, making it 23,000 to play. Schemion had K♥K♣. Hajiyev three-bet to 67,000 with A♣Q♣ and action passed back to Schemion. He shoved.

Schemion was the short stack ahead of the final, and the shove was for 264,000. But Hajiyev didn't have too much either and he'd committed 25 percent of his stack. He tanked and tanked and tanked, but folded and both live to fight another day.

2:15pm: Khoroshenin takes chip lead
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Oleksii Khoroshenin opened the second pot of the day as well, making it 18,000 to play. Mikita Badziakouski called from the big blind with A♥5♥ and flopped top pair on the A♦3♣4♠ flop. Badziakouski check-called Khoroshenin's bet of 29,000. And he check-called a 7♦ turn when Khoroshenin bet 65,000. Then the T♦ came on the river and Badziakouski checked for a third time. Khoroshenin, whose hole cards were not picked up by the RFID readers on the table, bet 135,000 now. This was suddenly a big pot.

Badziakouski has shown that he's not afraid to get involved in big pots this week, but he pondered for more than two minutes before making any decision on the river. And then he folded. Only after all that did we see Khoroshenin's cards. He had pocket threes for a flopped set and took his chip stack to 1 million. It might have been more had Badziakouski not made such a disciplined fold. Khoreshenin will take the chip lead.

2:10pm: Cards are in the air
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

There are 31 minutes left in Level 18 and we'll play that out and then go into the next level without a break. Generally speaking, there's a 20-minute break after every two levels.

Oleksii Khoroshenin took the first pot with a raise from under the gun. There was no small blind and Max Silver gave up his big blind.

2:05pm: Your final table players
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Here they are. A beautiful bunch:

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Final table players: (l-r) Ole Schemion, Mikita Badziakouski, Oleksii Khoroshenin, Ramin Hajiyev, David Yan, Max Silver.

2pm: The slow walk on
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Good afternoon once again and welcome back to Malta. This welcome is on a one-hour security delay. I was ready to welcome you about an hour ago, but EPT Live is broadcasting this final table cards up so we're publishing in accordance with their delay. But the broadcast has now started and the players have had their introductions and wandered slowly to the table. Action is imminent. Let's find ourselves a winner, huh.

1:20pm: All the way to a winner
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

It's the third and final day of the €25,000 High Roller event at EPT Malta with the following six players preparing to divvy up the remainder of a €1,592,500 prize pool.

NameCountryChips
David YanNew Zealand887,000
Oleksii KhorosheninUkraine858,000
Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus438,000
Max SilverUK412,000
Ramin HajiyevAzerbaijan388,000
Ole SchemionGermany267,000

As you can see, it's New Zealand's David Yan leading the way and he stands the chance of becoming the first Kiwi to win a major tournament on this tour. Yan already leads the New Zealand money list, but no one from his country has ever won an EPT Main Event, nor any kind of High Roller. Will that be changing at the penultimate stop of this tour's 13-year history? Stick with us to find out.

Take a look at the official website of the EPT, with tournament schedule, news, results and accommodation details for EPT13 Malta and the rest of the season.

Also all the schedule information is on the EPT App, which is available on both Android or IOS.

Photography by Neil Stoddart. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter:@PokerStarsBlog

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Five of these and we're done

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour