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redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: March 2018 Day 2

Lvl 13 – 800/1600/100 – 31 players – av stack 79335

31 players have rocked up for Day 2 of this event and there’s a cheeky little €4.4k for the winner, so it’ll be a mildly profitable Sunday for somebody!

The sun is shining, the sea is blue. Let’s do this.

_00a1304First elimination of the day is Phil Pearson after opened late positon with QJs, the button called.
They went heads up to a QJ9 flop, Pearson checks and Ericksson bet 8k and Pearson calls. Turn was a 9.
Pearson leads the turn of 13k and was called. The river showed as a six and Pearson check calls Ericksson’s river shove and then cuddled the rail because Ericksson had pocket sixes and had rivered a boat.

Ciao Phil, we still luv ya.

Patrik Nilsson eliminated in 30th place.

Ellie Biessek eliminated in 29th place.

Alexis Wincen eliminated in 28th place.

Claudio Di Bella eliminated in 27th place

Trond Bergland eliminated in 26th place.

Lvl 14 – 1000/2000/200 – 25 players – average stack 98400

The early elimination are happening fast, as the short stacks make their move and sometimes fail._d3_1737

One player we can see taking names and making laws early on is Jackie Cachia. She looks like she’ll give you a hug, and she probably will, but dayyyyym she’ll have your stack off you straight afterwards!

Markus Larsson eliminated in 25th place.

Things are slowing down here, and the average stack is around 50 big blinds, so there is not too much pressure from the blind structure at this stage.

Lvl 15 – 1200/2400/200 – 24 players – av stack 102500

Mark Anthony Vella eliminated in 24th place.

Durepaire Julien eliminated in 23rd place.

Dirk Oetzmann eliminated in 22nd place.

BREAK – 15 mins

_d3_1790Lvl 16 – 1500/3000/300 – 21 players – 117000

The balcony at Dragonara is lovely in the poker tournament breaks, catch a few rays before heading back to the table!

Day 2 at these events have long playing sessions of 2hrs 15 mins between breaks, which can be tough on the brain, so it’s nice to be able to pop outside for a few minutes and clear the dust!

Konrad Abela eliminated in 21st place.

Stian W Danielsen eliminated inn 20th place.

Mickael Thomas eliminated in 19th place.

Lvl 17 – 2000/4000/400 – 18 players – av stack 137k

Kristoff Van Der Stichel eliminated in 18th place._00a1462

Raphael Toledo eliminated in 17th place.

Anna Colley eliminated in 16th place.

Guilio Spampinato eliminated in 15th place.

Lvl 18 – 2500/5000/500 – 14 players – av stack 189k

Igino Xuereb eliminated in 14th place. He told us this is his favourite regular tourney in Malta because he can chill out and not worry about the blinds being too aggressive.

Lina Teuma eliminated in 13th place.

prizesIt’s getting serious now as 9 players get paid. The players are working hard, but they will be rewarded with a 30 min dinner break at the end of this level,  so at least they can grab some food and regroup their mental faculties, because it’s getting very close to the 9 handed final table and the bubble.

The total prize pool is €14760.

Kamil Suwata eliminated in 12th place

BREAK – 30 mins

Chip counts on the dinner break:


Lvl 19 – 3k/6k/500 – 11 players – av stack 224k

The game is toughening up now, with just two more eliminations until the final table and the dollar.

The €30 buyin side event has just started with the €1000 gtd prizepool. 11 players are seated!

Charlie Eriksson eliminated in 11th place.

We are now on the final table and money bubble.

_00a1623The bubble has burst and it was Jackie Cachia after she couldn’t manage to win a flip against Michael Edge. Her sixes were slapped by the A high flop and it never got any better. She’s running pretty bad at the moment, fingers crossed it ends soon, Poker Mamma!

All remaining players are now in the money and guaranteed at least €295.


Lvl 20 – 4k/8k/500 –  9 players – av stack 273k – next payout €295 

Knut Rysstad is the runaway chip leader and he’s crushing souls. He and Michael Edge have been on the same table for hours and bickering with chips all afternoon.

Knut Rysstad

Knut Rysstad

They’ve swapped seats in the final draw, meaning Edge now has position on Rysstad, but Rysstad’s stack is intimidating enough without him making clicky oop preflop 4bets and monster bluffing turns and showing his A highs.

All eight other players are having an ICM nightmare right now. Good luck folks, honestly, rather you than me at this point!

Mark Thorne made a charge at Rysstad’s stack, calling all-in preflop f0r 150k to flip with AQ against Rysstad’s pocket Jacks, and he managed to dent the paintwork when the river pinged out a queen, jacking Rysstad’s pair into the muck.

Kenneth Ciantar eliminated in 9th place for €295.

Tomass Pudar eliminated in 8th place for €295.

Lvl 21 – 5k/10k/1k – 7 players – av stack 351k

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 22 – 6k/12k/1k – 6 players – av stack 410k

Francesco Castellamn eliminated just before the break by Marek Olejnik and takes home €590.

Dieter Falzon has just peeled a cheeky double up from Michael Edge when his AK all in short stack shove pre flop  held against QJ.

Mark Thorne eliminated in 6th place for €886.

_00a1660Thomas Brezinskfish is having the roller coaster ride of craziness as he dropped to less than 2 big blinds after complicated pre-flop action got him allin aipf with AK against fellow Pole, Marek Olejnik holding KK.
Some how, The Brezinskfish has somehow ducked and dodged and sneaked his way back to 250k. He said “I need to invoke the power of the luckbox” and did a very silly dance. Maybe this is the science behind winning at poker.

Dieter Falzon eliminated in 5th place for €1328. If it wasn’t bad enough that he lost with KK all in pre flop after the chip leader, still Knut Rysstad, found AA behind him, poor old Dieter had to be subjected to more dancing from The Brezinskfish.
It’s enough to ensure tilt for life.

Thomas Brezinskfish has just been eliminated by Knut Rysstad after finding a spot pre with A9 and getting called by QQ. Thomas takes home €1771.

Lvl 23 – 8k/16k/2k  –  3 players – av stack 820k

Marek Olejnik is currently the short stack and is doing a good job of keeping his head down, the two larger stacks are desperate to get him, but he is putting up a fight!

Marek Olejnik

Marek Olejnik

Olejnik has just doubled with Aces… this game is BACK on three handed.

The players took a short break and have come back ready for action.

“No more friendly,” says Knut Rysstad, as he strokes his ‘50% of the chips in play’ stack.

Lvl 24 – 10k/20k/2k – 3 players

The three remaining players are having quite a lot of banter, and the atmosphere is good, but they are clearly keen to get eachother’s chips.
Rysstad is still the chipleader, but he can’t seem to get the custom he needs as he’s found himself with two walks with pocket Aces!

Lvl 25 – 15k/30k/3k – 3 players

The game continues, and to give you an idea of the vibe, Olejnik doubled up against Rysstad and Edge immediately said “F**king hell, Marek, when will you go away?” and everybody laughed, including Marek!

And we have a winner!

In short succession, Rysstad eliminated Michael Edge when his Q9 out ran Edge’s A7 and then Marek Olejnik after Olejnik 3bet shoved KQ preflop and Rysstad called with A3 and held for the trophy and the €4.4k top prize.

The next event at Dragonara is 4th-6th May 2018, see ya there!

Knut Rysstad - Winner March 2018

Knut Rysstad – Winner March 2018

redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: March 2018 Day 1C

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 5/5 players

This event is on track to be our biggest Malta local event ever, with 62 players registered in flights 1A and 1B and 4.5 hours of registration to go on flight 1C, we are feeling VERY excited!

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 14/14 players

_d3_1770The relaxed vibe of the afternoon flight is continuing into the evening. The end of flight 1B and the beginning of flight 1C are playing together in perfect harmony. We have some of Malta’s finest fishes and sharks in this game, and we are very happy about it.

 Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 15/15 players

The entries gently roll in as the night progresses. Day 2 is gonna be a good game to play!

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 18/19 players

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 18/19 players

We have a new TD for the evening flight as everybody’s favourite, Jeanelle Brincat has finally gone home for the day after bringing her particular brand of brilliance to the event.
It’s nice and peaceful here, and the atmosphere is friendly, but people are taking the poker seriously.

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 16/20 players_d3_1849

Speed of action is picking up a little bit, and if we get bored, then Stellato’s here, and he’s always good for the craic!

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 13/20 players

People are playing very seriously tonight, it’s very different from last night.

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 13/20 players

Lvl 9 – 300/600/100 – 12/20 players

This is now the last level of entry to flight 1C.

BREAK – 15mins

 Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 11/20 players

Just 90 mins of play left here today before players make it through to Day 2.
The redbetLIVE media team just lost a bet with the TD about a rule in the 2017 TDA rules. We are mortified and may never show our faces in public again. Oh the shame.

_d3_1797Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 10/20 players

This event has attracted 82 entries and created a total prize pool of €14760!

Who needs a guarantee when you have a community? Well done everyone!!

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 7/20 players

Six players made it through to Day 2 from Day 1C.
Day 2 starts Sunday 4th March at 14:00.

redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: March 2018 Day 1B

Clock will start slightly late as we are in Malta afternoon mode and players are slow to arrive. We have three registered and the clock starts with 5.

 Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 8/8 players

Clock started at 14:16 with 8 players. The afternoon flight is always the quietest, and tends to be the most hardcore poker play as well.

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 13/13 players

_00a1364As predicted, the players are starting to wake up!
There is an ongoing argument here about the weather. Some people are hot, some people are cold, some people think winter is coming and some people watch too much Game Of Thrones.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 15/15 players

Very relaxed here, and no-one has been eliminated. This flight has a very different vibe from last night, it may be because there is less beer being drunk right now… hmmm… science.

BREAK – 15 mins

Long time media professional of the poker industry, Dirk Oetzman has just proudly informed us he’s made it to the first break. You did start with 600 big blinds, Dirk, but we’re glad your years of experience have helped you through the first 90 mins of play!

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 15/15 players

Predictably, the conversation  in the breaks keep swinging back to the Battle of Malta/Malta Poker Festival saga. Poker players do love a bit of drama, don’t they?

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 15/16 players_00a1446

The antes have kicked in and we have had the first re-entry of the day. Very relaxed here, Dragonara card room always seems so calm when Jeanelle Brincat is in charge.

Lvl 6 150/300/25 – 14/17 players

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 14/19 players

 Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 14/19 players

Into the last two levels for entry on flight 1B, and just as 1B closes, 1C will open! You can register for this tournament any time between now and midnight.

_d3_1713Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 15/20 players

Last level of entry for flight 1B. There are a few players knocking about and they are not sure whether to enter late into 1B or wait 30 minutes until 1C starts.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 14/20 players

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 13/20 players

Some players are saying that they are ready for bed, whilst others are planning to hit Party Town Paceville after they’ve bagged up their chips. Game on!

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 11/20 players

Into the final level of play for the guys in Day 1B. The remaining eleven just have to survive 30 more minutes of play and they will be back tomorrow at 14:00 to carry on playing Day 2.

10 players made it through from Day 1B:


redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: March 2018 Day 1A

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 12 players

Clock started at 19:30 and 12 players are seated already!

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 19/20 players

_00a3975In last night’s live satellite five seats for the event were created, and so there are a few entries that have won their place for a fraction of the price. One particularly special player won two seats, one online and one live, that special player has already re-entered, but hey, his seats were cheaper than normal, so why not gamble, eh?

Lvl 3 75/150 – 24/27 players

Few players got that Friday feeling, casually peeling through 300 blinds, and why not?
We have three busy tables here, but there’s still plenty of room for you! No rush though, late reg is open till around quarter past midnight and the structure is super chilled, so finish what you’re doing and we’ll see you later!

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 26/30 players

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 27/31 players

Nice chilled vibe here, what are you doing with your Friday?


Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 25/33 players

The entry numbers are creeping upwards and Paul Kelly, the TD is actually having to work. He hates it, come down and make him work harder.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 26/36 players

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 28/40 players

Plenty entries for today’s flight, with one around an hour to go until registration closes.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 28/40 players

Kat Redbet and Ivonne Monteleagre

Kat Redbet and Ivonne Monteleagre

And we slip effortlessly into the last level of entry for Day 1A.
The poker room is turning a bit Drag Show Dressing Room as Max Rabanovitch and Niklas Nyman throw very camp shade at eachother across the cardroom… handbags at the ready, gentlemen!

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 22/42 players

Entries are now closed for this flight and players have three more levels of play before the end of Day 1A.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 21/42 players

There is some conflict in the cardroom over the optimal music choices. Some of the young ones want John Denver and those of us over thirty are arguing for drum and bass; kids of today have no stamina.

Lvl 12 – 600/1200 – 19/42 players

Last level of play has begun, the cardroom always feels a bit more serious in this last level, presumably because the players can see the end of the road and know that Day 2 is close!
It’s been super fun today, with a lot of laughing and a lot of banter; tomorrow has two flights, Day 1B is at 14:00 and Day 1C at 19:30 with Day 2 on Sunday at 14:00.

15 players made it through from Day 1A: