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redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta, February 2019: Day 2

Play will commence at 2pm on Sunday 10th February.

Seating Draw:
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Players are arriving for the 2pm start.

Blind levels are 45mins on day 2 and we start at level 13, 800/1600/100.

Lvl 13 – 800/1600/100 – 24 players – av stack 83750

Clock start 14:01.redbetlive malta dragonara paul kelly kat arnsby poker

As a side note, we’ll just point out that because this is well structured tourney, players are currently paying .5bb less per orbit in antes than they would be in a consolidated ante structure.

Quite a few players are late for the start, including chip leader, Mr Stellato.
2pm is a pretty early start here in the Med.

Big hand early on here on table 2 as Markus Larsson opened to 4k and Flavia Gledes shoved all in for 50k. Marco La Grutta tank called and then, with the usual drama and noise, Saviour Spiteri called behind.

Mark Vella

Mark Vella

Larsson did not look happy as he mucked his cards and the three way all in went to showdown. La Grutta was in a good position with AK versus Gledes’s AQ and Spiteri’s KJ. He stayed good and tripled up, eliminating Gledes and putting a dent in Spiteri’s stack.

Flavia Gledes eliminated in 24th place.

Alexsandrs Nizniks eliminated in 23rd place.

Martin Gamblin eliminated in 22nd place.

Lvl 14 – 1000/2000/200 – 21 players – av stack 96k

Jacqueline Harvey eliminated in 21st place.

Jacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline Harvey

Teemu Hietala eliminated in 20th place.

Eliminations coming thick and fast now as the shorter stacks make moves… and get obliterated…

Timely double up for Michele Montone after he shipped allin pre with A10 and won the flip versus Dieter Falzon’s pocket nines.

Per Steinar Sele eliminated in 19th place.

Play continues on two tables on this lovely, sunny afternoon.

Bouron Vincent eliminated in 18th place.

Lvl 15 – 1200/2400/200 – 17 players – av stack 125k

It’s the incremental levels that really make the difference to how fast the play feels in tournaments, and the traditional ante means players still get a .25bb discount on an orbit of play versus a consolidated ante structure, and that’s nine handed!

For players who mainly play one day turbos, this is one of the best poker tournament structures around for €200 buyin; tournament average is 50 bigs.

Marcin Trela eliminated in 17th place.

Mark Vella eliminated in 16th place.

Jacob Neilson eliminated in 15th place.

Jackie Cachia

Jackie Cachia

Jackie Cachia eliminated in 14th place.

We are getting closer to the final table, this is unusually early. There are some very strong players left in this field, so we think this will be an exciting final table.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 16 – 1500/3000/300 – 13 players – av stack 155k

Verot Timothee eliminated in 13th place.

Totti Lind was looking good for a double against Spiteri after he got it all in with KK v Spiteri’s JJ pre flop.
Q high flop was no threat… but the jack on the turn must have hurt like a wallop in the primaries with a giant hammer.

“I folded Ace Jack,” someone immediately stated. Thanks for sharing buddy… very unlucky Totti.

Totti Lind eliminated in 12th place.

Tortomasi Domenico eliminated in 11th place.

The tournament is now played hand for hand as the final table is 9 handed.

Neville Grech open shoved his short stack with A4 diamonds and got called by Stian Danielsen from the big blind with pocket nines.

Neville Grech

Neville Grech

KK6 flop with only one diamond looked safe for Danielsen, and the third King on the turn gave him a full house.
“Here comes a King,” Danielsen joked. There was no king… but there was an Ace. FT bubble double for Grech.

Lvl 17 – 2000/4000/400 – 10 players – av stack 201k

A double up for Danielsen after getting 30k in pre with AK versus Montone’s couldn’t-fold-for-the-extra A3.
K hi run out worked for Danielsen.

Minor boot off on table 2 after one player, who shall remain nameless, was taking about action during the hand… when he wasn’t in the hand.

Words were exchanged, feelings were hurt and a two-hand penalty was issued. All the boo-boos were kissed better and the adult game of poker continues.

Stian W. Danielsen eliminated in 10th place.

We have now reached the final table. There will be short break whilst the TD does a chipcount.

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Play will restart in two minutes with daragh Davey going into the final table as the chip leader and Neville Grech as a short stack with a lot of work to do!

 

 

 

 

Lvl 18 – 2500/5000/500 – 9 players – av stack 223k

Final table is underway. Only 7 players will take money, so some players are hating life right now as they try to stay out of trouble until AFTER the shortest stacks have gotten themselves into trouble.

After losing a couple of small pots, Spiteri managed to get his full 90k stack in with QQ versus Stellato’s KJ preflop.
redbetlive-1129The ladies love Spiteri and he won the pot, he was quiet when he celebrated, and definitely did not shout really loudly and laugh and point.

Bone Fide sickness happened when Stellato open shoved 40 bigs from UTG with AJ, was called by Falzon with QQ and short stack Grech with KK.
Stellato had everyone covered, and thanks to Daragh Davey we know he had 30% against the two pairs.

No help for AJ as Grech casually turned quads and trebled up. Falzon suffered a small loss, but was left with 90k after winning the side pot.

Massive three way pot with Daragh Davey covering two players allin pre flop. Davey had AK, Montone had pocket sixes and Stellato had pocket jacks.
An ace on the flop and no last minute savers for the pocket pairs means that we’re down to seven players and Davey is the overwhelming chip leader.

Michele Montone eliminated in 9th place.

Andrea Stellato eliminated in 8th place.

BREAK – 30 mins

Lvl 19 – 3000/6000/600 – 7 players – av stack 285k

 

Dieter Falzon 7th place - €482

Dieter Falzon 7th place – €482

Dieter Falzon came back from the break and found an A on the button. He ripped 30 bigs into Davey on the big blind who woke up with pocket tens, snapped him off and sent him packing.

“You are running well, Sir,” Falzon said as he shook Davey’s hand.

Dieter Falzon eliminated in 7th place for €482.

Spiteri ran A9 into the AK of markus Larsson, all the chips went in on the ace high flop.

Spiteri called for a nine, begged for it, but it never came.

“That’s how you ladder!” shouted Grech as Spiteri walked away.

Saviour Spiteri eliminated in 6th place for €724.

Hougaard found himself in a bit of a mess after shoving his short stack allin pre with 86 of diamonds.
Larsson probably thought he was in good shape with pocket kings against eight high… but on this occasion a flopped flush draw turned into a flush for Hougaard by the river and he doubled up.

Play continues 5 handed.

Lvl 20 – 4000/8000/1000 – 5 players – av stack 402k

Hourgaard’s stack took a slapping when he couldn’t make pocket kings survive the A high gauntlet, and then the change was lost with 79 v A9.

Kresten Hougaard 5th place - €1085

Kresten Hougaard 5th place – €1085

Kresten Hougaard eliminated in 5th place for €1085.

Lvl 21 – 5k/10k/1k – 4 players – 502k

The four remaining players battle it out. They are all strong players and no-one is giving an inch.
They are 50 bigs deep average so this may take a while.

There are a lot of small pots being won and lost, with very few rivers being seen.
We have learned that if you eat a chocolate dessert next to Daragh Davey, he does a convincing impression of a starving street cat. Lols to sharing, obviously.

Grech found A7s on the button with 10 bigs and got it in. Unfortunately for him, Davey found AQ on the big blind.

Neville Grech - 4th place -€1347

Neville Grech – 4th place -€1347

Neville Grech eliminated in 4th place for €1327.

We have also lost Marco La Grutta… so quickly after Neville we missed the hand!

(update – he shipped A5 and Davey found a pair of nines that managed to hold.

Marco La Grutta - 3rd place - €1809

Marco La Grutta – 3rd place – €1809

Marco La Grutta eliminated in 3rd place for €1809.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 22 – 6k/12k/1k – headsup – av stack 1milly

Heads up play will begin with Davey as the chip leader.

Current stacks are Larsson with around 350k and Davey with the rest, but Larsson isn’t rolling over yet, taking the opportunity to 3-bet Davey’s last button open and getting a fold.

It’s back and forth here with the lads sniping at each other with pots small pots being won alternately. Larsson definitely isn’t giving this up easy.

Markus Larsson - 2nd place - €2412

Markus Larsson – 2nd place – €2412

Davey opened and was called to see 623 flop all spades. Larsson bet and was called, the turn was the K of spades.
Larsson tanked for a while before jamming all in for just under 300k into 1ook. Davey muttered soemething a bit grumpy sounding, but largely unintelligible before calling.

Larsson had a flopped Jack flush, but Davey turned the Q high flush and so it was game over.

Markus Larsson eliminated in 2nd place for €2412.

Daragh Davey IS THE WINNER for €4221.

NEXT REDBETLIVE AT DRAGONARA €200 BUYIN €10k GTD IS 5TH-7TH APRIL 2019

Daragh Davey - WINNER - €4221

Daragh Davey – WINNER – €4221

7th€ 482 Dieter Falzon
6th€ 724 Saviour Spiteri
5th€ 1,085 Kresten Hougaard
4th€ 1,327 Neville Grech
3rd€ 1,809 Marco La Grutta
2nd€ 2,412 Markus Larsson
1st€ 4,221 Daragh Davey
€ 12,060

All event photographs can be found at: https://josephhallphotography.pixieset.com/g/redbetlive/

redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta, Feb 2019: Day 1C

Registration is open for flight 1C, and play will begin in 30 mins at 19:30.

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 7/7 players

Clock started bang on time* at 19:30 with seven new soldiers.redbetlive-1012

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Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 9/9 players

Some of the afternoon bustouts have decided to rebullet the evening flight, meaning they have gone from having 50 bigs to having 300 bigs. Remember to adjust folks!

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 14/15 players

Grown to two tables here with 1 re-entry. Two players are having a minor argument about some personal beef. TD Paul stepped in and told them be quiet or get out.
It’s gone quiet.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200- 14/15 players

redbetlive-1071Play is coming to a close on the other flight, and there may be some crossover players as there are some last minute eliminations happening.

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 13/17 players

Play always seems a little bit more aggressive on a Saturday night. There are a few local sharks in this field tonight, so fireworks are to be expected!

Lvl 6 – 150/300/50 – 13/17 players

Almost 1/2 way through Day 1C.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 13/17 playersredbetlive-1147

Three more levels of entry in the final flight for the February event. The gtd prizepool was breached earlier in the afternoon.

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 12/17 players

It’s always about this time that poker play gets a bit more intense as people realise they have an hour to bust and re-enter or build a fighting stack to grind the last three levels.

Day 2 entry is not available in this tournament.

The photographer, Joe Hall, has left for the day now, but the link to the gallery with all the photos from Day 1A, B and C is available  at https://josephhallphotography.pixieset.com/g/redbetlive/

redbetlive Malta Dragonara Clint Sammut Feb2019 Day1CLvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 13/19 players

Couple of last minute entries as we go into the last level for entry today. Some of the players still here were here at the start of the afternoon flight as well, so they must be feeling a bit tired now. GL guys!

BREAK- 15 mins

Lvl 10 – 12/19 players

Lvl 11 – 9/19 players

Explosion of exits in level 10. Just under an hour of play left for today.

Lvl 12 – 8/19 players

Last level with the last few players trying to scrape their way into Day 2.

6 players survived from Day 1C. Play resumes from level 13 (800/1600/200) at 2pm tomorrow, Sunday 10th February.

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redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta, Feb 2019: Day1B

We’re here waiting for the gentle afternoon flight to begin. 1 player is registered, 1 dealer sits patiently, 1 Tournament Director tries to look busy, 1 redbet rep attacks the valet for a massive coffee.
Just a normal redbet afternoon at Dragonara, Malta.

Play will start in 20 mins(ish)._d3_0854

14:18 – Clock delayed as we wait for 5 players. There are three registered and two knocking about.

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 5/5 players

Clock started at 14:41  with 5 players. Registration is open till the end of level 9, until around 8pm.

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 6/6 players

Very quiet and peaceful game of afternoon poker happening here. We have chilled music on the stereo and if you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend your Saturday, then this may be the place.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 6/6 players

We redbetlive malta dragonara stellato feb2019have learned this level that Andrea Stellato does not want “disco music” in a poker room. Seems reasonable, how do you feel about thrash metal?

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 7/8 players

One re-entry has happened, and a new player joined us as the evening begins to fall on this delightful Mediterranean island.

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 9/10 players

It was pretty chilled here, there appears to be some sort of dispute happening, but TD Paul Kelly is dealing with it._d3_0838
Equally, it could just be a conversation. It’s hard to tell with Italians sometimes!

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 9/10 players

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 8/10 players

We lost the re-entered player, but he may hang around for this evening’s flight as it starts at 19:30.
It’s dinner time here, so we’re tucking into a chicken burger from the restaurant… for quality control purposes, obviously!

Lvl 8 250/500/50 – 7/11 players

redbetlive-0970The evening quietly rolls on as the few players from the afternoon hang in for Day2 to come.
Evening flight registration is open already with two players registered.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 7/12 players

This is the last level of registration for the afternoon flight. Players will play until the end of level 12 today.
If they reduce to 3 players then the Day 2 clock will be rolled back to match the stopping point of Day 1B.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 6/12 players

With a couple of eliminations in the last level we have just six players remaining in the afternoon flight. Can they all hang on for 90 mins?

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 6/12 players

The 1B players are being good as gold, quietly grinding through the levels till the end.redbetlive jackie cachia poker mamma malta dragonara feb2019 day1c
Jackie “Poker Mamma” Cachia, the PLON ambassador is on the table, so maybe she’s keeping them all in check.

Lvl 12 – 600/1200 – 6/12 players

These guys have worked hard for this day 2. Short handed play is very taxing when you are more used to full 9/10 handed tables.
They are on the home stretch now.

Four players made it through from Day 1B after a mad flurry in the last five hands where two players were eliminated back to back!

Play starts again tomorrow, Sunday 10th February at 2pm. Please arrive five minutes early to open your chip bag!
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redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta, Feb 2019: Day 1A

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 7/7 players

There is actually time for naps in our structure, so the game speed does not need to be such a worry

There is actually time for naps in our structure, so the game speed does not need to be such a worry

Clock started at 19:29 with seven players.
We TOLD Tournament Director Paul Kelly that it’s unprofessional not to start on time, but he never listens.

We’re sticking with the traditional ante for this tournament, and this information was received with mixes feelings by the regular players locally.
We are pleased to say that at this point, no-one has forgotten to put their ante in, probably because the antes don’t kick in for another four levels.

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 22/22 players

Sudden influx of bodies for this local event.
We have a couple of satellite qualifiers, both from the online and the live satellites. We have a player from the UK here who would only play if the rugby was guaranteed to be on in the club on Sunday: reasonable request!

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 23/23 players

Neville Grech ready for action

Neville Grech ready for action

3 tables and only one minor dispute so far. If we can keep it at that ratio all weekend then that’ll be superb because it’s only a small game.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 24/25 players

One re-entry and we carry on into the night with the slow structure. We are giving away promotional decks of redbetLIVE playing cards this weekend.

Lvl 5 -100/200/25 – 25/27 players

Two re-entries have taken place as we swoop into the first level with traditional antes. The drama is real.

Lvl 6 -150/300/25 – 27/30 players

Time is flying by here tonight as players come and go. There is a live saxophonist playing in the main casino so we’ve been funking out to his tunage.

Local poker celebrity, Totti Lind has arrived, he may or may not play. The cash machine appears to be malfunctioning, so he’s probably going to have to put on a sexy strip show for the slots ladies to collect the buyin.

BREAK – 15 mins

redbetLIVE Malta Dragonara deepstack pokerLvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 26/32 players

Quite a busy Friday flight for us on this little, local poker event. Atmosphere is very relaxed and no-one’s been too infuriated with the traditional ante format as yet!

There are three more levels for registration as it closes at 00:30 after level 9. Play continues till the end of level 12 today, and will finish around 02:30.

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 26/33 players

It’s the incremental levels that make the difference, sitting down now would equip you with 60 bigs, which is enough to make some noise.redbetlive dragonara malta feb2019 day1a

The photographer has gone home for the evening now, but all photos from the event can be found and downloaded in hi-res from the gallery here.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 25/33 players

One more 30min level left for registration to this evening’s flight. If you want to play but won’t make it today then there are two options for playing a Day 1 tomorrow, Saturday 9th Feb at 2pm and 7:30pm.
Entry is €200 with a €10k gtd prizepool.

If you can’t make it all for this weekend, then the dates for redbetLIVE at Dragonara in 2019 are:

5th-7th April
21st-23rd June
13th-15th Sept
20th-22nd Dec

BREAK – 15 mins

 Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 21/36 players

redbetLIVE malta dragonara feb 2019 Day1a scarf pokerRegistration is now closed and players will play for three more 3o minute levels before bagging up for Day2.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 19/36 players

Last two levels of the day and players now have their eye on Day 2.

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 16/36 players

Players will play until there are 1o mins remaining on the clock and then they will play 3/4/5 hands to close the day.

14 players made it through from Day 1A and will return to play Day 2 on Sunday 10th February at 2pm.

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