EPT12 Malta: Alexander Ivarsson seals end of Day 2 lead
Sometimes the best things come in small packages. Take Day 2 of an EPT Main Event for example. It may only be 75 percent of the length of its Day 1 brethren (six levels rather than eight) but it sure does pack a punch.
After six last-minute entrants joined the party before play started, 393 remaining players took their seats at midday for Day 2 of the EPT Malta Main Event.
At the end of the six 75-minute levels (levels go to 90 minutes apiece from tomorrow onwards) that number had been whittled all the way down to around 135 (tbc). That's short of the 95 that get paid, a milestone that will be reached before the third level of Day 3.
Alexander Ivarsson, a 27-year old professional from Sundsvall, Sweden, had a dream-like day at the tables and ended it with 529,200 chips. At the end of play he spoke to the Blog:
"Well, I got it in with aces a couple of times and that obviously helps and I've been drawing really good as well," Ivarsson said. "First I got in aces to ace-ten on a ten-eight-deuce flop and that was for a 180k pot. I've got to be honest, I didn't lose too many pots - I kept winning pots and had a solid cruise through the day."
He added: "I obviously got myself in some really good spots and got aces against two people again. One of the guys was already all in for 40,000 so I was getting some easy chips and had to win some as well."
He leads a big stack/notable list heading to Day 3 that looks like:
|Alexander Ivarsson||Sweden||PokerStars player||529,200|
|Erik Scheidt||Germany||PokerStars player||447,700|
|Faraz Jaka||USA||PokerStars qualifier||375,200|
|Pawel Brzeski||Poland||PokerStars qualifier||372,100|
|Daniel Dvoress||Canada||PokerStars qualifier||321,100|
|Mike McDonald||Canada||PokerStars qualifier||314,200|
|Enrico Camosci||Italy||PokerStars player||314,000|
|Niall Farrell||UK||PokerStars player||280,000|
|Kitty Kuo||China||PokerStars qualifier||264,900|
|Ivan Luca||Argentina||PokerStars qualifier||214,800|
|Dan Smith||USA||PokerStars qualifier||214,200|
|Thomas Muehloecker||Austria||PokerStars qualifier||209,200|
|Govert Metaal||Netherlands||PokerStars player||207,100|
|Sam Greenwood||Canada||PokerStars player||163,400|
|Shannon Shorr||USA||PokerStars player||149,000|
|Brian Roberts||USA||PokerStars player||146,000|
|Jeffrey Rossiter||Australia||PokerStars qualifier||116,900|
|Marcin Wydrowski||Poland||PokerStars qualifier||113,400|
|Isaac Haxton||USA||Team PokerStars Pro Online||106,500|
|Johnny Lodden||Norway||Team PokerStars Pro||102,400|
|Mohsin Charania||USA||PokerStars qualifier||98,400|
|Steve O'Dwyer||Ireland||PokerStars player||98,100|
|Bryn Kenney||USA||PokerStars qualifier||95,000|
|Joni Jouhkimainen||Finland||PokerStars qualifier||76,800|
|Paul Berende||Netherlands||PokerStars qualifier||53,000|
|Matthias De Meulder||Belgium||Team PokerStars Pro||45,600|
|Adrian Mateos||Spain||PokerStars qualifier||45,000|
As stated, registration closed at the beginning of play today and €3,157,350 was collected from the 651 players. A min cash will get you €9,320 but, if all the players are honest, it doesn't take long for their eyes to pan upwards to see what they can get from making the final and maybe, just maybe, following in Jean Montury's footsteps. A cool €602,400 awaits the winner and the final table payouts are as follows:
Five 90-minute levels are scheduled for tomorrow with a 20-minute break after every level. The rest of the evening will be dominated by the media tournament, where we'll be trialling the four-colour deck (pictured below). The prize pool for it may be small, but the bragging rights are priceless. PokerStars Blog hopes to return tomorrow with news of a victory.
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