EPT12 Malta: The route to the final

October 31, 2015

Over two start days a total of 651 players showed up to play the EPT Malta Main Event and now, after six days of poker, just six remain. The all started equal but over the hundreds of hands they’ve played their stacks and relative routes to this point have all been different.

Take chip leader Alen Bilic, at no point in this tournament has he been anywhere near the start of day chip lead, until that is today. His has been a case of hiding in plain sight. A decent Day 1 saw him in the top 25% of the field but by the time Day 5 rolled around he was in the bottom half of the field, ninth of the remaining 16.

In comparison Niall Farrell and Jaroslaw Sikora’s routes to the final six were easy. Farrell flew out the blocks, and has steadily increased his end of day position by one each day over the past three days. He starts second today, I’m sure he’d love to keep that trend going.

As for Sikora his path is simply ridiculous. He hasn’t been out of the top six since Day 2! The Pole has been there or there abouts at the end of every day and you wouldn’t put it past him to do that again today.

The table and chart below will, we hope, give you a general idea of the path our final six took on their route to the last day:

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The raw data:

Stack size:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
Alen Bilic 30,000 70,800 187,700 745,000 1,000,000 7,635,000
Niall Farrell 30,000 92,300 280,000 1,160,000 1,902,000 5,115,000
Jaroslaw Sikora 30,000 153,700 377,700 1,457,000 2,300,000 2,455,000
Sam Greenwood 30,000 68,800 163,000 1,160,000 910,000 1,615,000
Rainer Kempe 30,000 87,100 87,100 490,000 1,726,000 1,505,000
Giulio Spampinato 300,000 87,100 406,500 785,000 1,725,000 1,118,000

Relative to number of players remaining:

Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
Total: 386 Total: 131 Total: 40 Total:16 Total:6
Alen Bilic 91 38 7 9 1
Niall Farrell 34 16 4 3 2
Jaroslaw Sikora 2 6 1 2 3
Sam Greenwood 102 50 4 11 4
Rainer Kempe 45 86 15 4 5
Giulio Spampinato 45 4 6 5 6


The final table at EPT Malta
You can watch #EPTLive coverage here, whilst everything about EPT Malta is on the main EPT Malta page. More specifically, all the side event coverage can be found here and the High Roller coverage is right here.

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