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