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redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: Event #6 Day 2

Day 2 starts at 13:00 on Sunday 29th October.
25 players remain and the prizepool is €10800.


Lvl 13 – 800/1600/100 – 25 players

Clock starts bang on 1pm with 25 remaining players.
One player started the day on a two hand penalty for being a very naughty boy on Friday after having a few beers.
Stacks are deep and blind levels are 45 mins on day 2, so we don’t think a couple of hands is going to punish him too hard.

Gaetano Caruana

Gaetano Caruana

Three eliminations in short succession here, with Gaetano Caruana, Santina Spedazeeri and Paul Chopin taking early exits.

Anna Colley exits in 22nd place after rocking up with, in her words, “a tiny, cute bag of chips”. In event five she turned ten big blind Day 2 starting stack into 2nd place and a €2.5k cash, but this time it was not to be.

 Lvl 14 – 1k/2k/200 – 20 players

Down to 20 players as we lose Reza Haack in 21st place.

There may be some friendly sparring happening between two larger stacks on table 2 as Mark Vella and Ryan Spittles tango with each other. Spittles just managed to get a sick little value bet paid on a messy river, and best Vella in a pot, but we’re pretty sure the battle’s not over.

Bogdan Lempew eliminated in 20th place after getting into a preflop race with Ellie Biessek.
Lempew held AJ and Biessek’s pocket fives stayed ahead until the river. Biessek’s on a rampage, so we advise staying out of her way.

Michael Jensen and Tortomasi Domenico have been eliminated and the TD has reduced the field to two tables.

Lvl 15 – 1200/2400/200 – 17 players

Arei Bidedersen has been eliminated in 17th place.

Arei Bidedersen

Arei Bidedersen

He worked hard today after being very jolly when he qualified on Friday.

Nice guy, great beard.

Despite starting the day with a top five chipstack, Daniele Coromeo has just been eliminated in 16th place.
On the flip side, Stian W. Danielsen, who started the day as the shortest stack in the field is still hanging in there.

BREAK – 15mins


Lvl 16 – 1.5k/3k/300 – 15 players

Simone Romano and Vinsent G Pariya have been eliminated leaving us with 13 players.

Lvl 17 – 2k/4k/400 – 13 players – av stack 150k

Final table thoughts approaching, but there is still a long way to go given the depth of the stacks.

Nick Case has just been eliminated in 13th place. Now two tables of six, final table is nine handed.

Marco Le Grutta exits in 12th place.

After Ellie Biessek is eliminated in 11th place we are one player away from hitting final table. We are not playing hand for hand because 9th is not a cashing position, but Paul, the TD is keeping an eye out for any stalling shenanigans.

Lvl 18 – 2.5k/5k/500 – 10 players – av stack 195k

Players battling it out hard to get to the final table.

Final table started at 17:20.

Ryan Spittles

Ryan Spittles

Ryan Spittles busted in 9th place after finding a good spot with A10 and losing a flip against Totti Lind’s 99.

Romano Calogero busts in 8th place. All remaining players are now in the money.

Mark Vella busts in 7th place for €432 and Stephane Matias busts in 6th for €648.

The final five take a 20 minute break.

BREAK – 20 mins

 Lvl 19 – 3k/6k/500 – 5 players av stack – av stack 390k


The levels of concentration are quite intense.

Lvl 20 – 4k/8k/500 – 5 players – av stack 390k

The five remaining players are not letting anything go. They all want the top prize, egos are at stake now!

Mats Karlsson

Mats Karlsson

M Karlsson eliminated in 5th place after making an aggressive bluff into Roland Boothby who had turned a straight and felt he could not pass. Boothby now has over 500k in chips and is making a run at chipleader Totti Lind.

Lvl 21 – 5k/10k/1k – 4 players – av stack 500k

Memola Giampaolo has been eliminated in 4th place for a cash of €1080; Boothby scooped the chips and now Kevin Price has to do more than climb a ladder to mount either of his two opponents’ stacks as Lind and Boothby have him seriously outchipped.
Unless Price can pull a miracle out of the bag, we’re most likely going to see heads-up play soon.

Price was eliminated in 3rd after an unlucky run out against Boothby, and he cashed for €1620.

Totti and Boothby remained and debated an epic heads-up battle 200+ blinds deep.
In the end they decided to chop it, with Boothby taking the trophy as he had the chip lead.

Well played everybody!


redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: Event #6 Day 1C

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 7/7 players

_00a8398Clock starts bang on time with 7 players.

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 9/9 players

Field is growing with a couple of lurkers close by.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 13/13 players

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 13/13 players

Players return to their seats after a leisurely break.

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 15/15 players

Players still joining us, and why not, late reg is open here until midnight.

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 16/16 players

Despite the gentle structure, it’s still been unusual in these events to reach level 6 with no bustouts!
Will everyone make it through to day 2??? Probably not. There’s 7 levels of play left._00a8507

Late reg open for two more hours, come down and join us!

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 16/17 players

All is calm again after a minor dispute about a potential angle shoot.
Having looked at the situation from all angles, and seen no benefit for either player involved based on any of the action that took place, we say no angle-shooting happened.
We love a bit of drama though, petticoats knee-high, ladies!

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 18/19 players

_00a8570Nice and peaceful here as the blinds go up. The cannoli have come out; and what is life if one cannot consume high sugar and fat content snacks late at night among poker playing friends.
Excuse us. We need to eat cannoli. It’s so creamy.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 19/21 players

Couple of late entries and a re-entry later and there’s magically three tables with 30 mins of late reg left.
Register now and play with 50 big blinds.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 19/22 players

Last minute stealth entry in the break brings the total entries for this tournament to 60 players and a prizepool of €10800.
14 players are confirmed in Day 2 so far, and the remaining players from Day 1C are still battling to see who can stay alive and join the final fourteen tomorrow.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 17/22 players

Two levels to go. At the moment more players remain in Day 1C than have made it through already!_00a8578

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 13/22 players

We’ve made it to the last level of the day with 13 remaining, potentially almost doubling the field tomorrow. However, there are a couple of short stacks knocking about, so 30 minutes of play can feel like a long time for some.

11 players made it through to Day 2 from Day 1C:


redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: Event #6 Day 1B

Clock start will be slightly delayed as we wait for a couple more players to start.

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 5/5 players

_00a8300Clock started at 13:11 with 5 players and a couple hovering.
People are usually disinclined to play short handed poker. We get it, short handed is tough, but if you’re going to close down those tournaments and get the top three spots, then you need the game in your arsenal!
And since there’s 600 big blinds in front of you, we say now’s the time to practice!

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 12/12 players

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 13/13 players

Relaxed atmosphere with plenty of chatting.  There’s always room for a bit of creativity with this structure and because it’s possible to split up the 30k starting stack into two lots of 15k, you can even risk and all in and not be all out.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 14/14 players

The numbers are increasing, but the competition is still pretty friendly as we go into level 4.
There’s 6 30 minute levels left to enter Day 1B and Day 1C will start at 19:30._00a8279

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 14/16 players

Couple of re-entries after some deep stack carnage.
Buyin in now for 150 big blinds and plenty of time for re-entry.

 Lvl 6 – 150/300/50 – 14/16 players

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 7 200/400/50 – 14/17 players

The chilled out structure carries on and players are settled in. Over half way through Day 1 and three levels of late registration available.

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 17/20 players

Two chatty tables in play as we go into level 8 with a few late entries.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 17/20 players

_00a8308Last level of play for re-entries has just started with 17 players. There will be a 15min break after level 9 and that is the last opportunity to register for Day 1B.
With a solid structure that carries through into Day 2, players must be thinking about the value of squeaking through with a small stack.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 13/21 players

Entries for flight 1b are now closed, but with just over an hour of play left, 13 players hang on to make a run at Day 2.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 13/21 players

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 13/21 players

Everybody hanging on tight as we go into the last level of play.

6 players survived 1B to play Day 2 tomorrow from 1pm:


redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: Event #6 Day 1A

The beginning

It’s early, so a few of those who arrived on time are posing for close-ups with the redbetLIVE photographer, Joe Hall.
He’s just got some new camera equipment, so he’s keep to try it out. We expect some quality art here tonight!

We will be starting a little late here, as we are waiting for five players to take a seat before dealing the first hand.

Clock starts 20:08

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 6 players

d75a6809Clock started a little bit late. Not an issue, everyone’s got a beer and 600 blinds. Game on.

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 8/9 players

After an unfortunate incident with a pair of Kings and unavoidable destiny, there has been an early elimination and a prompt re-entry.

The great thing about having €10 last man standing side bets on the local tournaments is that some people that wouldn’t normally play a €200 buyin game get to have a shot.
We’re pretty happy that the structure allows less experienced players to settle in and play a few hands without having to worry about it turning into bingo too early.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 9/10 players_00a8171

The player that re-entered has busted. He did want to re-enter again, but this tournament is limited to one re-entry per flight.
It’s coming up for nine fifteen here and late registration will be open until 1am tonight due to the slightly late start time.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 11/13 players

Up to two tables here as a few more players wander in from who knows where.
Late reg is open for a while yet, and with a 30k starting stack, (33k if you take the €10 charity add on in aid of Play2Care) the so sitting down down would be a minimum of 15o big blinds.

Jeanelle Brincat and Paul Kelly, Dragonara/redbetLIVE TDs

Jeanelle Brincat and Paul Kelly, Dragonara/redbetLIVE TDs

Players are behaving themselves with a chilled atmosphere, watched over by tournament director Jeanelle Brincat. If something been organised round here, it’s been done by Jeanelle.

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 11/14 players

Friday night poker.
You can choose to sit tight in this tournament or punt off a tonne of blinds early on. It’s your buyin, do what you want.

Lvl 6 -150/300/25 – 12/15 players

Nice friendly vibe as we go into level six, after which there will be a break and then three more levels of registration.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 12/15 players

Bit of six handed practice for the players now as we go into the second half of day 1A. Six levels of play to go, or until we play down to three players.

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 12/16 players_00a8242

Two 30 min levels remaining for registration here at midnight due to the 30 mins delay in start.
With a 30k starting stack you will still sit down with 60 big blinds if you buyin now.

Lvl 9 300/600/50 – 12/16 players

Last level of registration has begun.

This structure can encourage some people to play a bit splashy. Bit pot poker is alive!

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 12/17 players

_00a8272Entry for flight 1A is now closed and day 1B starts tomorrow and 13:00.
There are now 90 minutes of play remaining until the players with chips left bag up for the day.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 12/17 players

Play is steady even though the banter is loud.
Table 2 are having way too much fun doing really bad accents. It’s like a budget episode of League Of Gentlemen in here right now.

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 11/17 players

Bustout immediately before the beginning of lvl 12.
The atmosphere is a little bit boozy and full of energy. Both tables busy with chatter and bets.

8 players made it through to Day2 from Day 1A and play starts at 1pm on Sunday afternoon.

Roland Boothby is the current chipleader, but there are two more Day 1 flights tomorrow.chipcounts

Lots Of Life in redbetLIVE

It’s been a cracking few months for live poker with redbetLIVE, and I’m shocked at how close we are to the end of the year.

The last redbetLIVE of 2017 at Dragonara, Malta is coming up this weekend, and I’m very excited. It’s been a great year so far as I’ve managed to take a trip to Manchester and Tallinn with the MPNPT (Microgaming Poker Network Poker Tour).

redbetLIVE poker sunglassesThese four day jaunts are really good fun, with a €550 main event (€150k gtd), some exciting lower buyin side-events, and plenty of non-poker activity, organised by the tour director, Clodagh Hansen.
There are MPNPT satellites on redbet online, with feeders starting at €1 and final package satellites at €135/€200 depending on what route you choose.

If you’re fairly new to poker, and fancy a shot at a live event and a weekend holiday, then I recommend starting at €1 and trying to win a few tickets to €11 satties.
You can then play for a €55 ticket, then a €200 and then go for the full €1500 package.

Your package will include your hotel for four nights, a main event AND side event entry, some money to help with expenses and a redbetLIVE players merch pack.
You will also have beers with me and prove conclusively that “MPNPT” is really hard to say 25 times quickly after the cocktails have been flowing.

The next event is in Mazagan, Morocco and I am very much looking forward to meeting some of the redbet online players there; the satty route is open now, get on it!
If you have any questions, contact me directly on FB or Twitter, I can be found under Kat Redbet on both.

Bagging up for day 2!

Bagging up for day 2!

Before I travel to Mazagan, I get to be involved with the redbetLIVE €200 buyin (€10k gtd) event at Dragonara casino this weekend (see details of this game below).
I love being at Dragonara, it’s such an unusual poker venue, and I’ll never get tired of staring wistfully out to sea.

These local events have been a lot of fun; small, friendly poker games with a very playable and relaxed structure.
Nearly 350 players have taken part, generating over €62k in prizepools since the first event in March, and I’m thrilled that redbetLIVE and Dragonara have agreed to go ahead with a new series of dates for 2018.

These will be released in January, after we’ve got our heads together with other local operators to make sure we all put on a great schedule for everyone next year.
I live in Malta, and I hate to miss out on playing an event because I’m running one! Long live poker!

Dragonara redbetlIVE Malta FireworksMalta’s a great destination for poker, and we’ll be looking to focus on bringing over some Swedish and British poker players in 2018 so they can enjoy a redbetLIVE event in the sun!

I’ll be playing the brilliant Battle of Malta event at the end of next week (2nd-7th November), and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s part of the poker history of Malta, and I’m super excited about the main event and the ladies event!
I want a trophy… although I know there are some fierce poker ladies on this island that I have to compete with.

I look forward to meeting you at a live event soon!

redbetLIVE Event Details:main-event-structure-screen-shot

All our weekend local events play on the same format and structure.

Day 1A: Friday 19:30
Day 1B: Saturday 13:00
Day 1C: Saturday 19:30

Day 2: Sunday 13:00

30k starting stack (double chance, option to take 2 x 15k stacks)

€200 buyin (€180 + €20 with 0% removed from prizepool)

€10k guaranteed

Day 1A and 1C will finish about 02:45 and Day 1B about 19:45

redbetLIVE at Dragonara: Event #5 Day 2

Lvl 13 – 800/1600/100 – 22 players

22 players start the fight today to compete for a top prize of nearly €4k. The full prize structure will be announced shortly.

The prizepool is €13140 and 8 players will be paid from a total of 73 entries:

8th€ 263
7th€ 526
6th€ 788
5th€ 1,314
4th€ 1,577
3rd€ 2,102
2nd€ 2,628
1st€ 3,942

Lvl 14 – 1000/2000/200 – 21 players

We lost Soren Rosk at the end of level 13. As one of the shorter stacks in the field, he felt he needed to make some moves.
Average stack is currently above 50 big blinds, so there is plenty of scope for creativity. GTO? Pah. Let’s just play cards, huh?

Oh! There’s gamble! Just a short wander around the room and we saw 3bet shoves for chunks. They are getting through at the moment, how long will that last?

_d3_7769Mark Adams lost a big pot to Igino Xuereb on table 1 and then was immediately moved.
He’s not afraid to play the game, and we saw him push 32k over Alexander Golten’s 4.5k open from early position. Golten looked a bit frustrated. “It’s sooooo f**king close,” he said, giving Adams the staredown. Adams was unmoved and eventually Golten folded Ad9d; Adams did not show.

Local resident Gary Banks has busto, which is surprising as one might expect him to hide a few chips in his large beard for later use…

A player has stated that they think 3 x 45 minute levels is too long before a break. We totally see where he is coming from, and respect that a 2hr 15min playing session is a bit of a long stint, but because we wanted this to be a true deep-stack structure, we had to compromise on the breaktimes.

We are now down to two tables of nine players after the exit of Mark Adams and Kurt Vella.

Lvl 15 – 1200/2400/200 – 18 players – av stack 131k

_d3_7750Igino Xuereb is punching holes and crushing souls on table 1!

He’s just won a 40k pot as he saw a river with Salvatore Ritrovano with a board of QdQc6d9d2c and Ritrovato bet made a pot bet of 20k on the river, Igino called and they both had trip Queens, with Igino pipping Ritrovato’s kicker, holding QJ over Q10.
Unlucky Salvatore, sometimes that deck is just a bit too cold!

We can now confirm that this event has earned €660 for charity Play2Care! That’s great news and congratulations and thanks to all players to who donated, including the two Danish cash players who donated… even though they were not playing the tournament! The charity love in Malta is epic.

We have lost Peter Freden in 18th place.
Salvatore Ritrovato eliminated in 17th place.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 16 – 1500/3000/300 – 16 players – av stack 147k

Still 50 big blind average stack here!
Laukasz Golder has been eliminated in 16th place; he started with one of the shorter stacks of the day, so well played him for grinding it out so long. On to the next one Laukasz!

Lvl 17 – 2000/4000/400 – 15 players – av stack 168k

Roux Florent eliminated in 15th place.

Daniel Jacobsen

Daniel Jacobsen

Lauremtiu Gabriel Urda eliminated in 14th place and Daniel Jacobsen busto in 13th.

Getting close to that cash!

Lefric Tabone elimminted in 12th place.

Lvl 18 – 3000/6000/600 – 11 players – av stack 214k

Getting as tight as duck’s arses here as we creep towards the payday. We’ve got some good players left in this tiny field. Really happy to be involved in a great game, where proper poker can be played, but no-body had to sell a kidney to buyin!

BREAK – 30 mins

Chip counts at the dinner break:


Lvl 19 – 3000/6000/600 – 10 players – av stack 236k

We lost Antonio Chinnici very quickly after the dinner break.

Players are now playing five players on each table, because this is a nine handed tournament.

Players will not be hand for hand, as 9th place is not a cashing position. The TD has been briefed to keep an eye out for any stalling… however, this is not happening! Players are going for it! Players in Malta love the game, they love the gamble and the are playing hard against each other. We love poker in Malta!!!!

Tomasz Brzezinski is trying to dominate with his massive stack, but he’s getting no gentle treatment from the other players, with biteback from both British Mark Berman and Italian Valter Caiazzo who has arrived dressed as James Bond for today, and brought his Licence to KILL!

Valter "James Bond" Caiazzo

Valter “James Bond” Caiazzo

After playing like a demon, Igino Xuereb has been eliminated in 10th place, bringing is to the final table… and now the hard work begins for the remaining players!


 Lvl 20 – 4k/8k/500 – 9 players – av stack 262k

Nice early double up for Anna Colley after she opened UTG with 66. Aggressive, chipleader Tomasz Brzezinski 3bet her, and, not one to be bullied by the big stack, Anna fought back and shipped it all in.
She was called with Brezezinski holding AA, but the dealer did her a solid and slapped out  7, 8, 9 and 10 to give her the bottom end of a straight to crack the Aces and remain at the table. Forget girl power, rungood is more potent!

Nimio Messo

Nimio Messo

Nimio Messo eliminated in 9th place, the bubble after shoving 25k from UTG with KJ and being called by the big blind with 10/7 os. ten on the river sent him packing, and he took it very well, we thought!

Daniel Mountford eliminated in 8th place for €263.

Daniel Mountford - 8th place - €263

Daniel Mountford – 8th place – €263

Mark Berman is in trouble after tangling with James Bond, and running into slow played top set Aces after The Secret Agent limped with AA pre flop… Berman got seriously GoldFingered and now he’s got some work to do!

Lvl 21 – 5k/10k/1k – 7 players – av stack 336k

Still plenty of play in this structure, we’re a long way off a shove-fest just yet, and the players are taking full advantage.
Lots of pots are won and lost on the flop and/or turn. The table chat is friendly and the atmosphere is great.

There is a cash table running with a couple of seats available, and a few local faces have arrived and arranged to play a friendly, small game. It’s a happy poker weekend here at Dragonara!

Malta's Best Dressed -  Valter Caiazzo - 6th place €788

Malta’s Best Dressed -
Valter Caiazzo – 6th place €788

Down to 5 players after Mark Berman was eliminated in 7th place for €526 and Valter Caiazzo went in 6th place for €788.
Kurris Lake was the benefactor of both eliminated stacks, and he is the current chip leader. He wants to watch his back though, he just eliminated James Bond!

Remember what happened to LeChiffre in Casino Royale, Kurris? Watch out for that chair with a hole in it, it’s not just waiting to be re-upholstered…

On another note, we see that of the 12 players registered for the local friendly game here SEVEN of them are female players. SEVEN OF THEM!
Have you ever played in a field of predominantly women, except in a ladies event? Nope. Us neither. Malta women love the pokers!

Tomasz Brzezinski eliminated in 5th place for €1314.

Tomasz Brzezinski - 5th place €1314

Tomasz Brzezinski – 5th place €1314

He struggled to recover the power after Colley crushed his Aces at the start of the final. We’ve just found out that he was partying until 6am and got no sleep at all last night, so we think he did pretty well considering he danced the night away and then rocked up for a Day 2!

BREAK – 15 mins

We’re eating a cannolo in this break, which, if you were not aware, is the stone cold nuts of Italian desserts! In our defense, Anna Colley made us do it, she really had to twist our arm… but the customer is always right… ESPECIALLY if they treat us to tasty, creamy deliciousness!

 Lvl 22 – 6k/12k/1k – 4 players – av stack 589k

Four strong competitors left on the final. Kurtis Lake is chipleader with nearly half the chips in play, but Anna Colley is proving the most aggressive player, definitely winning more than her fair share of pots from all positions.
The boys are being dutiful in advising her how to play… she politely accepts their advice, and then takes their chips in the next hand. If we had a laughing face emoji, we’d use it right now.

Alexander Golten - 4th place €1577

Alexander Golten – 4th place €1577

Sick action as chip leader Kurtis Lake flopped a full house on 5c3c3h at the same time as Sebastian Rebhan flopped trips with A3 and shortest stack Alexander Golten made a flush on the turn!
All the money was in… and two players went out!

Alexander Golten took fourth place for €1577 and Sebastian Rebhan took 3rd place for €2102.

Sebastian Rebhan - 3rd place €2102

Sebastian Rebhan – 3rd place €2102

Heads- up begins, with Anna Colley running in at a serious chip disadvantage, but as she said “I’m not giving up easily”. We totally believe that!

 Lvl 23 – 8k/16k – HEADS UP

On basis of average stack, this heads-up match is 100 blinds deep. That, my friends, is proper deepstack stuff!
We’re settling in for the night, as both these players have a heads-up game. Colley is still the shortest stack with around 500k, but she is on the grind, and it’s clear Lake is not resting on his laurels just yet.
We’re really not sure which way this will go!

And we have a winner!
After a noble battle, and grinding to almost even chipped, Anna Colley took 2nd place after both players flopped top pair on a jack high board.
The money went in on the Ace turn, after Anna showed the aggression. Kurtis made the right call in the end, and takes the top prize and the trophy!

Next event is 27th-29th October with a live satellite on 26th of October. We look forward to seeing you all then!

Kurtis Lake - WINNER EVENT 5 - €3942

Kurtis Lake – WINNER EVENT 5 – €3942

Anna Colley - 2nd place - €2628

Anna Colley – 2nd place – €2628