EPT12 Malta: The major side events kick off

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The hordes arrive for side event season

As the €25,000 High Roller event enters its second day, players have arrived in Malta from far and wide to get warmed up for the Main Event in slightly smaller buy-in tournaments. It's a good schedule of side events today--of which the pick is probably the IPT High Roller with a €2,000 buy-in.

The regional tours' high roller events have been wildly successful since the EPT joined with its smaller neighbours. All the requisite boxes tend to be ticked by these particular events: For the pros, the buy-in is not so small as to be negligible, and the field is usually huge meaning the first prize is considerable.

Meanwhile, for the more recreational player, you're going to get a lot of bang for your buck, which justifies the extra expenditure. You'll get a chance to rub shoulders with some of the top pros, have a stab at a monster pay-day, and there are also several satellites to allow entry on the cheap.

The first list of entrants shows 214 names, a number that is likely to rise by at least 50 percent during the four levels registration remains open.


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Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo and Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder (who won the €500 NL Deepstack Turbo a few days ago) are both competing along with several EPT champions including Ben Wilinofsky, Michael Tureniec and Sebastian Pauli.

The former EPT Player of the Year Ondrej Vinklarek is also involved as are the prominent American players Marc Pliska, Jonathan Little , Shannon Shorr and Dylan Linde. Shyam Srinivasan represents the Maple Leaf.

Last season here, Keith Johnson, the British pro, prevailed from a 473-strong field.

The Malta Cup enters its second day after three opening flights. The €300 buy-in tournament attracted 894 players and that monstrous field meant a prize-pool of €260,154. The winner will get €48,155, which represents 160 times the buy-in.

The runaway leader at the start of day two is David Breitfuss, one of a pair of identical twins travelling the circuit to play poker. His brother Fabio has not been spotted yet this week, but presumably David has his eye on earning enough for the both of them.

Breitfuss begins today with 547,000, which is 200,000 more than his closest challenger, David Kristek. Sofia Lovgren is placed third of the 134 still involved, with 134 to be paid.

Everything about EPT Malta is on the main EPT Malta page. More specifically, all the hand-by-hand coverage of the €25,000 High Roller is on the €25,000 High Roller page and everything from the IPT Main Event is on the IPT Main Event page.

No really, begin plotting your own bid for EPT glory by downloading the PokerStars client and having a crack. Follow this EPT event via the EPT app. There you will get all the latest news, chip counts and payouts. You can download it on Android or IOS

Howard Swains
@howardswains in Side events