redbetLIVE Dragonara Malta: Event 1 Day 1B

Day 1B start time has been pushed back to 1:30pm to allow a few more entries.
There’s six so far, but it’s hardcore playing that short at this time of the day, so we’re starting a bit late.

_mg_7873People like to sleep late in Malta! We can’t understand it! We’ve been up since 7am and done some yoga* and been for a run**.

* had a coffee
** eaten some cornflakes


€1/€2 cash table is already full here with another opening soon.


Lvl 1 25/50 – 11 players

Clock rock at 13:30 with eleven early risers!

It’s a beautiful day here, sun glinting off the sea, gentle breeze… ahhh… why wouldn’t anyone LOVE playing poker in Malta?

The photographer will be here at 5pm to catch some shots of 1B and 1C.

There’s already two cash tables, so if you’re thinking of playing this evening’s flight at 8:30pm then it might be worth popping down early for the cash action.

Lvl 2 50/100 – 13 players

Super chilled out here with a couple more late entries. The stacks are deep and the blinds are small, so there’s not much exciting action to report yet._mg_7778

You know what’s happening, you’ve played poker.
Someone raises, four people call, someone c-bets, one person calls, turn goes check/check, raiser bets river and wins pot – a classic Hold ‘Em tale, brought to you by tournament reporter of the year.

Lvl 3 75/150 – 15 players

15 seated players as some of the Army of Cash Playing Danes sniff around the tourney.

The roof has been raised on the cardroom and it’s sunny and gorgeous here in Malta. It’s not that we’re being rowdy, the Dragonara Cardroom actually has a removable roof! Wonders never cease!

We’ve just lost our first player of the flight, Gaetano Caruana. Unlucky Gaetano, fingers crossed that you are lucky with your next bullet if you choose to re-enter!

BREAK 15 mins

Lvl 4 100/200 – 17 players_mg_7789

People are playing well, and not punting off stacks as there’s no need because of the deep structure.
Same as yesterday, there seems to be a fairly even split between players who take the full 30k and those who split it into two chunks of 15k. We’re still not sure which option is optimal strategy, but we’re sure it feels nice to run your stack into a monster and not bust!

Lvl 5 100/200/25 – 17 players

There have been 19 entrants today so far, with late reg open for another five levels and a flight starting tonight at 8:30pm.
Players are obviously seeing some value in re-entering the tournament, with Marco Abela becoming the 2nd player today to bust and re-enter.
Good luck with your 2nd stack, guys!

Lvl 6 150/300/25 – 17 players

The Mediterranean vibe has fully permeated the Dragonara cardroom!
As Josef Borg, the casino poker manager, says: “This is the only poker room where the players actually need to wear sunglasses.”

_mg_7895Two cash games still in full swing with a couple of seats available… come and sunbathe in the Dragonara Cardroom!!

BREAK 15 mins

Lvl 7 200/400/50 – 18 players

There have now been 22 entries for Day 1B meaning that there have now been a total of 62 entries over two flights and the prizepool currently stands at €11160.

There are 90 mins left to register for flight 1B and flight 1C starts at 8:30pm.
The atmosphere here is very chilled, the roof and windows are open, the cash games are bubbling…

The photographer has just arrived, so check our FB page for some photos!

Lvl 8 250/500/50 – 18 players

Still very relaxed here, seems like all the lunchtime players know that one cannot win a 2 day poker tournament on day1!

Lvl 9 300/600/50 – 18 players

We’ve had 23 entries so far on flight 1B and there is just 30 mins of registration/re-entry on this flight.
Cash games still going strong!_mg_7788

BREAK 15 mins

Lvl 10 400/800/100 – 16 players

Into the last 90 minutes of play for this afternoon’s flight.
The sun is starting to go down, but it’s still warm enough to have the roof and windows open.

Lvl 11 500/1000/100 – 16 players

These players are hanging on!
The average stack is 44k, but there are 3 players with chipstacks over 100k, one is Danish cash game player Marlene Wraae who regged late and is now making the most of her stack, with her 2nd chance 15k chip still in reserve!

_mg_8000Watch out for the cash game vikings!

Lvl 12 600/1200/100 – 13 players

As we go into the last level of day 1B the average stack is 54k with 13 players remaining.

There are 6 players registered for the 8:30pm flight already.
Due to the late start of the afternoon flight, there will be some crossover, so if you’re playing tonight, make sure you sit at the right table and don’t accidentally bag your starting stack!

Close Of Play Day 1B

12 players made it through to Day2 from this flight:

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