EPT12 Malta: Ivarsson leads as field shrinks

October 27, 2015

Day 2 of the Main Event is the shortest scheduled day of the tournament, lasting just six levels. That’s because levels 1-14 last 75 minutes, but from level 15 onwards they increase to 90 minutes. The third level of the day has just finished and this is how things are shaping up


Mid-day update

Registration was open until the start of play today and six players took the opportunity to buy-in this morning including Jason Wheeler – who was busy yesterday finishing third in the €10,000 one day High Roller – and Dzmitry Urbanovich who loves to enter these things late on.

The Pole has already run his stack of 30,000 up to 90,000 but whilst that’s impressive he’d need to treble that to catch the current chip leader. That honour is currently bestowed upon Alexander Ivarsson who is up to 280,000 after busting WSOP APAC champion Scott Davies in a big pot.

The pot was four-bet pre-flop with Ivarsson having the betting lead. Davies check-raised all-in on the 8♥10♥5♣ flop with A♦10♠ and Ivarsson snap called with pocket aces which held on the Q♥ turn and J♠ river.


Ivarsson – primed for another deep EPT run
The Swede has had a number of deep runs in EPT Main Events, finishing 49th in Barcelona in August, 24th here in March and 48th at EPT11 Deauville. He leads a chasing pack that includes: Pasquale Gregorio (240,000), Jens Lakemeier (230,000), Berhard Haider (230,000) and Farid Jattin (206,000).


Selected chip counts

With level 12 underway the blinds are now 800/1,600 ante 200. At the start of the level there were 234 players remaining making the average stack 83,500. Below are selected chip counts of the players left in

Name Country Chips
Alexander Ivarsson Sweden 280,000
Pasquale Gregorio Italy 240,000
Bernhard Haider Austria 230,000
Jens Lakemeier Germany 230,000
Farid Jattin USA 206,000
Artan Dedusha UK 190,000
Marcin Wydrowski Poland 180,000
Jesper Feddersen Germany 175,000
Joona Linna Finland 173,000
Ferdinand Le Pichon France 167,000
Kitty Kuo China 166,000
Bryn Kenney USA 160,000
Dan Smith USA 157,000
Giacomo Fundaro Italy 156,000
Sam Greenwood Canada 152,000
Darie Vlad Romania 150,000
Thomas Muehloecker Austria 145,000
Faraz Jaka USA 140,000
Przemyslaw Piotrowski Poland 140,000
Mike McDonald Canada 136,000
Ivan Luca Argentina 129,000
Chris Hunichen USA 121,000
Brian Roberts USA 118,000
Jeffrey Hakim Lebanon 105,000
Govert Metaal Netherlands 101,000
Johnny Lodden Norway 96,000
Jeffrey Rossiter Australia 95,000
Daniel Dvoress Canada 93,000
Remi Wyrzykiewicz Poland 92,000
Max Silver UK 87,000
Steve O’Dwyer Ireland 87,000
Dominik Nitsche Germany 80,000
Dominik Panka Poland 80,000
Carlos Chadha Canada 76,000
Georgios Zisimopoulos Greece 75,100
Igor Kurganov Russia 59,000
Giada Fang Italy 55,000
Adrian Mateos Spain 46,000
Chistoph Vogelsang Germany 45,000
Joni Jouhkimainen Finland 41,000
Natalie Hof Germany 40,000
Byron Kaverman USA 26,000
Matthias De Meulder Belgium 25,000

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Bryn Kenney

Notable eliminations

Over the first three levels the field of 392 was reduced to 234 and there were plenty of notables among those eliminated. Andrew Chen was the first player out today, not surprising given he started with just 4,900.

Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody was another early casualty. He defended his big blind with [A][10] against a raise from Dan Smith. The Brit then check-called bets on the flop and turn of a [A][10][3][3] board and the rest of the chips went in on a [J] river where Cody discovered the bad news when Smith showed [K][Q] for broadway.

Other notable bust outs include:

Name Country
Anton Wigg Sweden
Antonio Buonanno Italy
David Yan New Zealand
Eoghan O’Dea Ireland
Felix Stephensen Norway
Ihar Soika Belarus
Ismael Bojang Austria
JC Alvarado Mexico
Jennifer Shahade USA
Jonathan Little USA
Jorryt van Hoof Netherlands
Juha Helppi Finland
Kevin Killeen Ireland
Kevin MacPhee USA
Kuljinder Sidhu UK
Lucas Greenwood Canada
Manig Loeser Germany
Matas Cimbolas Lithuania
Patrick Leonard UK
Russell Thomas USA
Sebastian Pauli Germany
Theo Jorgensen Denmark
Thiago Nishijima Brazil
Tobias Peters Netherlands
Tom Hall UK
Vicente Delgado Spain


Cody – gone

Shahade – also out
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