redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: January 2018 Day2

Players are returning to the cardroom for day two.
There are 33 players coming back to compete for a total prizepool of €12,420. The prize payouts are as follows:

prizes The clock will start in 5 minutes once players have un-bagged their chips and are ready for action.
GL everbody!

 Lvl 13 – 800/1600/100 – 33 players

Clock started at 13:02.

With 45 minute blind levels and average stack of 43 big blinds at this point, we expect a long and intense day of poker.

The blind structure is displayed here, and we have flattened it out slightly to make sure that everyone who reaches the final table collects some beans for their two days of effort.


First exit in cruel fashion was Davide Giannono as he tank-called allin versus Sascha Manns. Giannono clearly wasn’t happy with the situation, but it’s hard to lay down QQ pre-flop to aggression from Mr Manns. On this occasion, Manns had the goods, and KK held strong on a low-card run out to send Giannono packing.

Davide Giannono

Davide Giannono

Unfortunate for Giannono, as he made a great fold in the last hand of Day 1 to survive, and now this!

Trond Bergland eliminated in 32nd place.

Marco Le Grutta is having a bad poker day as he first called a short stack’s shove with AQ, and was initially good against Marcin Trela’s K10, until the flop appeared with a K and a 10 and neither turn or river could pull a jack out for Le Grutta.
He was then backed into a corner and shoved his last 10 bigs with 9h7h in late position, with an opponent behind him picking up QQ, he was in trouble pre flop.

By the turn Le Grutta had a pair, a flush draw, and a straight draw… but the river bricked and Le Grutta was eliminated in 31st place. Unlucky.


Massino Aguzzi eliminated in 30th place.

Hans Moberg eliminated in 29th place.

Lvl 14 – 1k/2k/200 – 28 players remaining

Mark OBrien - Yorkshire Lad

Mark OBrien – Yorkshire Lad

Mark Obrien eliminated in 28th place after unfortunately running JJ into Ellie Biessek’s AA preflop. This is the 2nd time Biessek has had AA today… the first time she lost to KK after a K spiked the river, but this time they held to take Obrien out of the game. Well played, Mark, and unlucky!

Immediately after the table break, Ellie Biessek ran into the pocket Kings of Tomasz Brzezinski and was eliminated in 27th place after her pocket Jacks could not find an escape.
She told us she is not running well at the moment; hope it turns around for you soon Ellie!

Local legend, Gaetano Caruana has been eliminated in 26th place after jamming 40k with AQ and getting called by Martin Trela with pocket Jacks. The hooks held and we’re sad to see Caruana go, cos he’s a top guy, and always brings a smile and a great character to the tables.

Phil Pearson goes from starting the day as chip leader to elimination in 25th place after opening A4 from the cutoff, getting a call from the button and a large 3bet from Tomasz Brzezinski in the big blind. Pearson was convinced that Brzezinski “could not have it every time” and 4-bet jammed, hoping to close it off right there. Unfortunately for Pearson, Brzezinski had it this time, and snapped the 4-bet with AK.
AK held and Pearson was outta there.

Lvl 15 – 1.2k/2.4k/200 – 24 players remaining

Marek Kovac eliminated in 24th place.

Esa Kostet eliminated 23rd place.

Dario Pace Taliana and Ellie Biessek

Dario Pace Taliana and Ellie Biessek

Dario Pace Taliana eliminated in 22nd place.

Tsvetelina Pavlova eliminated in 21st place.

Xylon Cassar eliminated in 20th place – he’s not too wounded as he won a satellite ticket to the event for €11 on redbet poker online; clink here to join up and open your redbet poker account now!

BREAK – 15mins

Chip Counts at 1st break

Chip Counts at 1st break

Lvl 16 – 1.5k/3k/300 – 19 players – av stack 118700

Ibrahim Caner eliminated in 19th place.

We are now down to two tables in our Day 2, and so nine players from the money. The photographer, Joe Hall, has just arrived, so expect some cool photos soon!

Sascha Manns eliminated in 19th place and Marco Magistro in 18th place.

Jonas Larsson has just had a cheeky double up against Emilios Loizou when his AJ won a preflop race with Loizou’s pocket sevens.

Lvl 17 – 2k/4k/400 – 17 players

James Holah busto in 17th place.

TD Paul Kelly is crushing his role as Disc Jockey, pushing out some fantastic tunes. Most everyone is gently bopping along to the great vibe; now, if we can just teach him how to run a tournament everything will be great.

Emanuele Lentini

Emanuele Lentini

Everyone’s having a light preflop pop at Tomasz Brzezinski today!
Brzezinski once again called a 4-bet jam with a dominating Ace after Emanuele Lentini went at him hard for 70k with A4. Brezezinski flipped A10, but a four on the turn shook up Brezezinksi’s stack and gave Lentini cause for celebration.

“I was hoping you’d fold,” said Lentini after the hand; Brezezinski was diplomatically silent on the topic.

Lvl 18 – 2.5k/5k/500 – 15 players – av stack 150400

Average stack around 30 bigs, and players can smell the money with 6 eliminations to go, so we expect play to become a bit more serious and intense from now on.

That said, we just saw Jamet Clement 3-bet jam 55k into Ivan Stefehev’s 14k open. Stefehev tank called with QJ and Clement turned over QJ!

The pot was chopped and Stefehev said that he was happy to have his original raise back!

Jonas Larsson

Jonas Larsson

No-one here is playing scared poker, that’s for sure!

Jamet Clement eliminated in 15th place.

Jonas Larsson eliminated in 14th place.

DINNER BREAK – 30 mins

Chip Counts at Dinner Break 17:45

Chip Counts at Dinner Break 17:45


Lvl 19 – 3k/6k/600 – 13 players – 171k

Reza Haack

Reza Haack

Sick hand immediately after the dinner break as Lentini finds AA and gets two players all in, Brzezinski holding pocket nines and Haack with pocket kings.
Christmas gifts are still coming for Lentini as his cards held against the contenders to allow him to scoop a massive pot and the rockets zoomed him into chip lead.

Reza Haack eliminated in 13th place.

Tomasz Brzezinski eliminated in 12th place.

2 more eliminations until money o’clock.

Emilios Loizou eliminated in 11th place. We are now on the bubble.

Emilios Loizou - 11th place

Emilios Loizou – 11th place


Fabio Isolano eliminated in 10th place. We are now into cashing positions.

Sudarat Bonello eliminated in 9th for €248 when she flopped top pair and rivered two pair, she got all her chips in in what may have looked like a nice spot.
On this particular occasion, not so much, because Marcin Trela had casually flopped quads and quickly called her all in.

Bonello brings a great character to the table, she makes you happy because she’s happy!




Lvl 20 – 4k/8k/500 – 8 players – av stack 282k

The average stack is nearly 40 bigs, so there is plenty of action, with Markus Larsson getting involved in two big pots, one against Alexander Koops which he lost, and one against Lentini, which he won.

There are some good players left, and with decent stacks in play, there is room for some game.

Lvl 21 – 4k/8k/1k – 8 players – av stack 282k

Very little movement. Small pots are being played, and we’re not seeing many turns or rivers.

Larsson and Koops seems to be the most aggressive players at the table, with Lentini fighting back in a few spots, but not over committing his stack.

Markus Larsson

Markus Larsson

Larsson gets rewarded for his aggression as he three bets an open from Stefehev in early position after Pacholik called.
Stefehev folds to Larrson but Pacholik 4-bet jams for around 110k with A2. Larsson calls with Jacks.

The board runs out 3s4h6cAd9s – So Larsson was rewarded pre-flop, but was punished by the cards. We’ve all been there, Markus, unlucky.

Pacholik pleased and relieved after his double up, play continues 8 handed.

Larsson now a short stack is in ship of fold mode but Stefehev won a large pot after he opened and it went 4 ways to the 5s6cAd flop.
Stefehev continued with his lead and bet 27k.
Trela is the only call to the turn of 6d which both player check; Trela checks the 5d river and Stefehev bets 47k into a 140k pot.
Trela folds fairly quickly.

The flow of the game is great, players are making quick decisions and the poker is good.

Alexander Koops eliminated in 8th place for € 373.

Alexander Koops - 8th Place

Alexander Koops – 8th Place

Markus Larsson eliminated in 7th place for  € 621.

BREAK- 15mins

Lvl 22 – 6k/12k/1k – 6 players – av stack 375k

Big pot between Stefehev and Maffiene Cricchiola after Stefehev flopped two pair.
A paired King on the river slowed down the action, and both check, but Cricchiola mucked when he saw Stefehev’s cards.

Stefehev currently chipleader.

Lvl 23 – 8k/16k/2k – 6 players – av stack 375k

Average stack creeping down towards 20 bigs, there is still play to be had, but one misstep at this stage probably means goodnight.

No-one wants to bust next, cos the money jumps are getting bigger.

Emanuele Lentini  - 6th place

Emanuele Lentini – 6th place

The most active and aggressive players at the table over the last blind level has been Cricchiola and Stefehev.

Emanuele Lentini eliminated in 6th place for €745.

It’s been a long day and the players are tired as we come into the time of the toughest battle.

Guiseppe, the dealer, is on hand to provide massages and the occasional sexy dance. We’re not sure what sort of cardroom he thinks this is to be honest!

Guiseppe, the dealer. Be careful where he puts his thumbs up.

Guiseppe, the dealer. Be careful where he puts his thumbs up.

Lvl 24 – 10k/20k/2k – 5 players – av stack 451k

Solid play here as nobody wants to die now.

Stefehev is playing the most pots and remains in the position of chip leader.

The shorter stacks are fighting back!
Cricchiola 3-bet jammed 13 bigs into Stefehev’s open and found himself in trouble with Q10 against KQ. Luckily for Cricchiola the flop found him a ten and the rest of the cards extended the middle finger to Stefehev.
Cricchiola doubles and the game continues 5 handed.

Martin Pacholik - 5th place

Martin Pacholik – 5th place

Martin Pacholik eliminated in 5th for € 994, he was eliminated by Stefehev.

BREAK – 15mins

Final Four Chip count at break

Final Four Chip count at break

Lvl 25- 15k/30k/3k – 4 players – av stack 526k

Marcin Trela eliminated in 4th for € 1,366.

Ivan Stefehev eliminated in 3rd for € 1,863.
He was eliminated by Maffiene Cricchiola after Cricchiola flopped a set of fives against Stefehev’s pocket AA.

Lvl 26 – 20k/40k/0 – heads-up play – av stack 1.25milly

Battles commence after Berti doubles up after getting it in as 4/1 dog with AJ against AK.
There was a jack and a queen on the flop, but Cricchiola’s gutter never came in and now the two remaining soldiers are almost exactly even stacked.

Lvl 27 – 30k/60k/ 0 – headsup play 

After nearly two hours of heaads up play the two boys decided to even out the prize money with both gtd €3k and an extra €250 and the trophy for the winner.

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Maffiene Cricchiola!

2nd € 2,484 *€3000
1st € 3,726 *€3250
(€ 12,420)


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