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redbetLIVE Malta in 2018

redbetLIVE feels like its home is in Malta.

redbetLIVE in Malta poker cardroomIf you’ve been to this funny little rock, you’ll see why we love it here. The weather is great, the landscape is romantic and the people are warm, kind and full of fun.

In 2017 we launched our first series of regular events at Dragonara Casino, and we’re thrilled to announce that this series will continue in 2018!

The first has already happened in January and was a great success, and we will have five more throughout the year:

March 2nd-4th
May 4th-6th
July 20th-22nd
Sept 28th-30th
Nov 23rd-25th


You can qualify for the events on, by downloading the poker client and registering an alias.
If you prefer, you can also play on redbet poker through your browser or mobile device, however you get to us, we’ll be thrilled to see you.

The events in Malta are small and friendly; these are not huge fields or life altering sums of money, because, whilst we love a big poker event, we believe that not every game of poker has to be this way._d3_7679

The philosophy behind these small, local events is to encourage new players to make the first step towards playing huge poker games. The two day, super-deep structure will test the metal of players, without forcing them to sell a kidney to buy in to the game.

The events have a small live blog, and a great photographer- we like to think of them as festival poker in microcosm.

Make sure you are following us on Twitter @redbetLIVEpoker and on FB @redbetLIVEPoker to check out all our photos and keep up with our regular online satellite and live event schedules.

As always, our poker geek of a poker manager is on hand to answer questions, or just chat about cards, and she can be found on FB or Twitter @KatRedbet, feel free to DM!

Kat Redbet - come and say hello!

Kat Redbet – come and say hello!


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)


redbetLIVE at Dragonara: January 2018 Day 1C

Lvl 1 –  25/50 – 12 players

Off we go again for the third and final flight of the 1st redbetLIVE event in 2018.
Starting bang on time with 12 players, just as 1B wraps up. GL everyone!

Lvl 2 50/100 – 16/16 players

Action picking up here as players come in to register for Day 1C. Late reg is open until 00:30 for this flight, the end of level 9.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 23/24 playersredbetLIVE Malta Dragonara Jan2018 Day 1C

Guarantee is broken as we have already had 24 entries for this flight, with 7 30 min levels to go. 1 re-entry has already happened, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 26/29 players

Plenty of action here as this turns into of one of the busiest flights we’ve had so far!

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 27/30 players

redbetLIVE Malta Dealers KatRedbetEveryone having fun here, the chips are flying about.
If you fancy playing tonight, plenty of time to join us. If €200 is too much to buy in for you, make sure you join up to redbet poker online and keep your eyes peeled for our €5.50 satellites to this event, the next one is planned for March 2018.

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 27/30 players

Really good atmosphere here at the moment, lots of laughing and needling. FUN!

Most importantly the dealers are getting in on the action. Guiseppe (shocking name for an Italian, I know) is full of classic Italian comebacks that only 4 players at the table understand.
Here at Redbet we like to think of ourselves as the United Nations of Poker (Trademark Pending), with players from over 13 nationalities currently playing, but with probably more drinking! Still 2 hours left of registration time to come down here and join the best Saturday night on the Island in January!

Ahhh… we just got a lovely neck massage from Antonio Intravaia; man has skillz. It’s amazing the things that poker players can do, huh?

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 26/30 players

Just over an hour to register to flight 1C!_d3_7870

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 26/30 players

Not much movement in the last hour. It’s the stage of the tournament where blinds are big enough to create decent sized pots, but not so big that people are forced into action because of the large starting stack in relation to the structure.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 25/30 players

Into the last level of entry for the day, and players can see the end in sight.

We have a couple of complaints today that players are not allowed to enter the tournament until the start of day two, but the reasoning behind it is, we believe, sound; as a recreational player, it feels better to know that entry is closed, and know how many opponents you have to beat from the start of Day2.
redbetLIVE is proud to be a poker brand that is focused heavily on recreational and inexperienced players, and we don’t like the idea of experienced players rocking up on Day 2 and causing carnage. You wanna make Day2 in our tourneys? You grind your way there!

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 24/30 players

We lost Andrea Stellato in the last hand before the break when he bluffed  with AQ on J84J and was picked off by Phil Pearson holding pocket fives. Unlucky Stellato!

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 17/30 players

Messy last level with a few eliminations. Day 2 is getting closer, and busting now is painful!

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 13/30 players

13 players made it through to Day 2 from Day1C. Day 2 starts at 1pm Sunday 7th January.


redbetLIVE at Dragonara: January 2018 Day 1B

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 6 players

Clock started exactly 1pm with 6 players.
Here we go again folks with redbetLIVE. We play 12 levels of poker in Day 1, with late reg/re-entry for the flight closing after level 9, which is around 18:15.
Flight 1C starts at 19:30, so plenty of opportunities for action today!

_d3_7718Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 9/9 players

Players are slowly dripping in and the photographer has arrived to take some pro quality shots of the players.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 9/9 players

Nice friendly game running here, with good tunes and one valet for nine people! Chilled out action for a Saturday afternoon. Come and hang with us!

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 9/9 players

Small pots happening at the moment, with few rivers being seen. There are some good players here today, and decisions are being made fairly quickly.

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 10/10 players_d3_7746

Two tables with 10 players means that the play is 5 handed, and this allows for more hands to be played as the value of the hand you hold is higher against less people. With deep stacks and a very gentle structure, it’s a good opportunity to hone one’s short handed skills and get involved in more pots.

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 10/11 players

1 re-entry later and we cruise into level 6.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 7 200/400/50 – 10/11 players

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 10/11 players

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 10/11 players

 Through to the last level of entry for Day 1b.
The play is solid and there is only one short stack in the field with 6k currently.

We had a short break from blogging to teach a couple of people how to play poker!

Hendrik Koops showing us how it’s done by late regging lvl 9, playing two hands and doubling up after flopping a set of sevens against James Holah’s pocket Aces. Brutal action!

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 10/12 players

_d3_7797Just three levels to go and it’s a tough slog with two tables 5-handed. Seems to be a good vibe and even a few adult lemonades being consumed.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 9/12 players

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 8/12

Last level of the day! Day 1 C just about to start.

6 players made it through from Day 1B, Day 2 starts at 1pm tomorrow, Sunday 7th Jan:

redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: Event #6 Day 2

Day 2 starts at 13:00 on Sunday 29th October.
25 players remain and the prizepool is €10800.


Lvl 13 – 800/1600/100 – 25 players

Clock starts bang on 1pm with 25 remaining players.
One player started the day on a two hand penalty for being a very naughty boy on Friday after having a few beers.
Stacks are deep and blind levels are 45 mins on day 2, so we don’t think a couple of hands is going to punish him too hard.

Gaetano Caruana

Gaetano Caruana

Three eliminations in short succession here, with Gaetano Caruana, Santina Spedazeeri and Paul Chopin taking early exits.

Anna Colley exits in 22nd place after rocking up with, in her words, “a tiny, cute bag of chips”. In event five she turned ten big blind Day 2 starting stack into 2nd place and a €2.5k cash, but this time it was not to be.

 Lvl 14 – 1k/2k/200 – 20 players

Down to 20 players as we lose Reza Haack in 21st place.

There may be some friendly sparring happening between two larger stacks on table 2 as Mark Vella and Ryan Spittles tango with each other. Spittles just managed to get a sick little value bet paid on a messy river, and best Vella in a pot, but we’re pretty sure the battle’s not over.

Bogdan Lempew eliminated in 20th place after getting into a preflop race with Ellie Biessek.
Lempew held AJ and Biessek’s pocket fives stayed ahead until the river. Biessek’s on a rampage, so we advise staying out of her way.

Michael Jensen and Tortomasi Domenico have been eliminated and the TD has reduced the field to two tables.

Lvl 15 – 1200/2400/200 – 17 players

Arei Bidedersen has been eliminated in 17th place.

Arei Bidedersen

Arei Bidedersen

He worked hard today after being very jolly when he qualified on Friday.

Nice guy, great beard.

Despite starting the day with a top five chipstack, Daniele Coromeo has just been eliminated in 16th place.
On the flip side, Stian W. Danielsen, who started the day as the shortest stack in the field is still hanging in there.

BREAK – 15mins


Lvl 16 – 1.5k/3k/300 – 15 players

Simone Romano and Vinsent G Pariya have been eliminated leaving us with 13 players.

Lvl 17 – 2k/4k/400 – 13 players – av stack 150k

Final table thoughts approaching, but there is still a long way to go given the depth of the stacks.

Nick Case has just been eliminated in 13th place. Now two tables of six, final table is nine handed.

Marco Le Grutta exits in 12th place.

After Ellie Biessek is eliminated in 11th place we are one player away from hitting final table. We are not playing hand for hand because 9th is not a cashing position, but Paul, the TD is keeping an eye out for any stalling shenanigans.

Lvl 18 – 2.5k/5k/500 – 10 players – av stack 195k

Players battling it out hard to get to the final table.

Final table started at 17:20.

Ryan Spittles

Ryan Spittles

Ryan Spittles busted in 9th place after finding a good spot with A10 and losing a flip against Totti Lind’s 99.

Romano Calogero busts in 8th place. All remaining players are now in the money.

Mark Vella busts in 7th place for €432 and Stephane Matias busts in 6th for €648.

The final five take a 20 minute break.

BREAK – 20 mins

 Lvl 19 – 3k/6k/500 – 5 players av stack – av stack 390k


The levels of concentration are quite intense.

Lvl 20 – 4k/8k/500 – 5 players – av stack 390k

The five remaining players are not letting anything go. They all want the top prize, egos are at stake now!

Mats Karlsson

Mats Karlsson

M Karlsson eliminated in 5th place after making an aggressive bluff into Roland Boothby who had turned a straight and felt he could not pass. Boothby now has over 500k in chips and is making a run at chipleader Totti Lind.

Lvl 21 – 5k/10k/1k – 4 players – av stack 500k

Memola Giampaolo has been eliminated in 4th place for a cash of €1080; Boothby scooped the chips and now Kevin Price has to do more than climb a ladder to mount either of his two opponents’ stacks as Lind and Boothby have him seriously outchipped.
Unless Price can pull a miracle out of the bag, we’re most likely going to see heads-up play soon.

Price was eliminated in 3rd after an unlucky run out against Boothby, and he cashed for €1620.

Totti and Boothby remained and debated an epic heads-up battle 200+ blinds deep.
In the end they decided to chop it, with Boothby taking the trophy as he had the chip lead.

Well played everybody!


redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: Event #6 Day 1C

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 7/7 players

_00a8398Clock starts bang on time with 7 players.

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 9/9 players

Field is growing with a couple of lurkers close by.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 13/13 players

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 13/13 players

Players return to their seats after a leisurely break.

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 15/15 players

Players still joining us, and why not, late reg is open here until midnight.

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 16/16 players

Despite the gentle structure, it’s still been unusual in these events to reach level 6 with no bustouts!
Will everyone make it through to day 2??? Probably not. There’s 7 levels of play left._00a8507

Late reg open for two more hours, come down and join us!

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 16/17 players

All is calm again after a minor dispute about a potential angle shoot.
Having looked at the situation from all angles, and seen no benefit for either player involved based on any of the action that took place, we say no angle-shooting happened.
We love a bit of drama though, petticoats knee-high, ladies!

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 18/19 players

_00a8570Nice and peaceful here as the blinds go up. The cannoli have come out; and what is life if one cannot consume high sugar and fat content snacks late at night among poker playing friends.
Excuse us. We need to eat cannoli. It’s so creamy.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 19/21 players

Couple of late entries and a re-entry later and there’s magically three tables with 30 mins of late reg left.
Register now and play with 50 big blinds.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 19/22 players

Last minute stealth entry in the break brings the total entries for this tournament to 60 players and a prizepool of €10800.
14 players are confirmed in Day 2 so far, and the remaining players from Day 1C are still battling to see who can stay alive and join the final fourteen tomorrow.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 17/22 players

Two levels to go. At the moment more players remain in Day 1C than have made it through already!_00a8578

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 13/22 players

We’ve made it to the last level of the day with 13 remaining, potentially almost doubling the field tomorrow. However, there are a couple of short stacks knocking about, so 30 minutes of play can feel like a long time for some.

11 players made it through to Day 2 from Day 1C:


redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: Event #6 Day 1B

Clock start will be slightly delayed as we wait for a couple more players to start.

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 5/5 players

_00a8300Clock started at 13:11 with 5 players and a couple hovering.
People are usually disinclined to play short handed poker. We get it, short handed is tough, but if you’re going to close down those tournaments and get the top three spots, then you need the game in your arsenal!
And since there’s 600 big blinds in front of you, we say now’s the time to practice!

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 12/12 players

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 13/13 players

Relaxed atmosphere with plenty of chatting.  There’s always room for a bit of creativity with this structure and because it’s possible to split up the 30k starting stack into two lots of 15k, you can even risk and all in and not be all out.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 14/14 players

The numbers are increasing, but the competition is still pretty friendly as we go into level 4.
There’s 6 30 minute levels left to enter Day 1B and Day 1C will start at 19:30._00a8279

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 14/16 players

Couple of re-entries after some deep stack carnage.
Buyin in now for 150 big blinds and plenty of time for re-entry.

 Lvl 6 – 150/300/50 – 14/16 players

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 7 200/400/50 – 14/17 players

The chilled out structure carries on and players are settled in. Over half way through Day 1 and three levels of late registration available.

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 17/20 players

Two chatty tables in play as we go into level 8 with a few late entries.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 17/20 players

_00a8308Last level of play for re-entries has just started with 17 players. There will be a 15min break after level 9 and that is the last opportunity to register for Day 1B.
With a solid structure that carries through into Day 2, players must be thinking about the value of squeaking through with a small stack.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 13/21 players

Entries for flight 1b are now closed, but with just over an hour of play left, 13 players hang on to make a run at Day 2.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 13/21 players

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 13/21 players

Everybody hanging on tight as we go into the last level of play.

6 players survived 1B to play Day 2 tomorrow from 1pm:


redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: Event #6 Day 1A

The beginning

It’s early, so a few of those who arrived on time are posing for close-ups with the redbetLIVE photographer, Joe Hall.
He’s just got some new camera equipment, so he’s keep to try it out. We expect some quality art here tonight!

We will be starting a little late here, as we are waiting for five players to take a seat before dealing the first hand.

Clock starts 20:08

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 6 players

d75a6809Clock started a little bit late. Not an issue, everyone’s got a beer and 600 blinds. Game on.

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 8/9 players

After an unfortunate incident with a pair of Kings and unavoidable destiny, there has been an early elimination and a prompt re-entry.

The great thing about having €10 last man standing side bets on the local tournaments is that some people that wouldn’t normally play a €200 buyin game get to have a shot.
We’re pretty happy that the structure allows less experienced players to settle in and play a few hands without having to worry about it turning into bingo too early.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 9/10 players_00a8171

The player that re-entered has busted. He did want to re-enter again, but this tournament is limited to one re-entry per flight.
It’s coming up for nine fifteen here and late registration will be open until 1am tonight due to the slightly late start time.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 11/13 players

Up to two tables here as a few more players wander in from who knows where.
Late reg is open for a while yet, and with a 30k starting stack, (33k if you take the €10 charity add on in aid of Play2Care) the so sitting down down would be a minimum of 15o big blinds.

Jeanelle Brincat and Paul Kelly, Dragonara/redbetLIVE TDs

Jeanelle Brincat and Paul Kelly, Dragonara/redbetLIVE TDs

Players are behaving themselves with a chilled atmosphere, watched over by tournament director Jeanelle Brincat. If something been organised round here, it’s been done by Jeanelle.

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 11/14 players

Friday night poker.
You can choose to sit tight in this tournament or punt off a tonne of blinds early on. It’s your buyin, do what you want.

Lvl 6 -150/300/25 – 12/15 players

Nice friendly vibe as we go into level six, after which there will be a break and then three more levels of registration.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 12/15 players

Bit of six handed practice for the players now as we go into the second half of day 1A. Six levels of play to go, or until we play down to three players.

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 12/16 players_00a8242

Two 30 min levels remaining for registration here at midnight due to the 30 mins delay in start.
With a 30k starting stack you will still sit down with 60 big blinds if you buyin now.

Lvl 9 300/600/50 – 12/16 players

Last level of registration has begun.

This structure can encourage some people to play a bit splashy. Bit pot poker is alive!

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 12/17 players

_00a8272Entry for flight 1A is now closed and day 1B starts tomorrow and 13:00.
There are now 90 minutes of play remaining until the players with chips left bag up for the day.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 12/17 players

Play is steady even though the banter is loud.
Table 2 are having way too much fun doing really bad accents. It’s like a budget episode of League Of Gentlemen in here right now.

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 11/17 players

Bustout immediately before the beginning of lvl 12.
The atmosphere is a little bit boozy and full of energy. Both tables busy with chatter and bets.

8 players made it through to Day2 from Day 1A and play starts at 1pm on Sunday afternoon.

Roland Boothby is the current chipleader, but there are two more Day 1 flights tomorrow.chipcounts

Lots Of Life in redbetLIVE

It’s been a cracking few months for live poker with redbetLIVE, and I’m shocked at how close we are to the end of the year.

The last redbetLIVE of 2017 at Dragonara, Malta is coming up this weekend, and I’m very excited. It’s been a great year so far as I’ve managed to take a trip to Manchester and Tallinn with the MPNPT (Microgaming Poker Network Poker Tour).

redbetLIVE poker sunglassesThese four day jaunts are really good fun, with a €550 main event (€150k gtd), some exciting lower buyin side-events, and plenty of non-poker activity, organised by the tour director, Clodagh Hansen.
There are MPNPT satellites on redbet online, with feeders starting at €1 and final package satellites at €135/€200 depending on what route you choose.

If you’re fairly new to poker, and fancy a shot at a live event and a weekend holiday, then I recommend starting at €1 and trying to win a few tickets to €11 satties.
You can then play for a €55 ticket, then a €200 and then go for the full €1500 package.

Your package will include your hotel for four nights, a main event AND side event entry, some money to help with expenses and a redbetLIVE players merch pack.
You will also have beers with me and prove conclusively that “MPNPT” is really hard to say 25 times quickly after the cocktails have been flowing.

The next event is in Mazagan, Morocco and I am very much looking forward to meeting some of the redbet online players there; the satty route is open now, get on it!
If you have any questions, contact me directly on FB or Twitter, I can be found under Kat Redbet on both.

Bagging up for day 2!

Bagging up for day 2!

Before I travel to Mazagan, I get to be involved with the redbetLIVE €200 buyin (€10k gtd) event at Dragonara casino this weekend (see details of this game below).
I love being at Dragonara, it’s such an unusual poker venue, and I’ll never get tired of staring wistfully out to sea.

These local events have been a lot of fun; small, friendly poker games with a very playable and relaxed structure.
Nearly 350 players have taken part, generating over €62k in prizepools since the first event in March, and I’m thrilled that redbetLIVE and Dragonara have agreed to go ahead with a new series of dates for 2018.

These will be released in January, after we’ve got our heads together with other local operators to make sure we all put on a great schedule for everyone next year.
I live in Malta, and I hate to miss out on playing an event because I’m running one! Long live poker!

Dragonara redbetlIVE Malta FireworksMalta’s a great destination for poker, and we’ll be looking to focus on bringing over some Swedish and British poker players in 2018 so they can enjoy a redbetLIVE event in the sun!

I’ll be playing the brilliant Battle of Malta event at the end of next week (2nd-7th November), and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s part of the poker history of Malta, and I’m super excited about the main event and the ladies event!
I want a trophy… although I know there are some fierce poker ladies on this island that I have to compete with.

I look forward to meeting you at a live event soon!

redbetLIVE Event Details:main-event-structure-screen-shot

All our weekend local events play on the same format and structure.

Day 1A: Friday 19:30
Day 1B: Saturday 13:00
Day 1C: Saturday 19:30

Day 2: Sunday 13:00

30k starting stack (double chance, option to take 2 x 15k stacks)

€200 buyin (€180 + €20 with 0% removed from prizepool)

€10k guaranteed

Day 1A and 1C will finish about 02:45 and Day 1B about 19:45

redbetLIVE at Dragonara: Event #5 Day 2

Lvl 13 – 800/1600/100 – 22 players

22 players start the fight today to compete for a top prize of nearly €4k. The full prize structure will be announced shortly.

The prizepool is €13140 and 8 players will be paid from a total of 73 entries:

8th€ 263
7th€ 526
6th€ 788
5th€ 1,314
4th€ 1,577
3rd€ 2,102
2nd€ 2,628
1st€ 3,942

Lvl 14 – 1000/2000/200 – 21 players

We lost Soren Rosk at the end of level 13. As one of the shorter stacks in the field, he felt he needed to make some moves.
Average stack is currently above 50 big blinds, so there is plenty of scope for creativity. GTO? Pah. Let’s just play cards, huh?

Oh! There’s gamble! Just a short wander around the room and we saw 3bet shoves for chunks. They are getting through at the moment, how long will that last?

_d3_7769Mark Adams lost a big pot to Igino Xuereb on table 1 and then was immediately moved.
He’s not afraid to play the game, and we saw him push 32k over Alexander Golten’s 4.5k open from early position. Golten looked a bit frustrated. “It’s sooooo f**king close,” he said, giving Adams the staredown. Adams was unmoved and eventually Golten folded Ad9d; Adams did not show.

Local resident Gary Banks has busto, which is surprising as one might expect him to hide a few chips in his large beard for later use…

A player has stated that they think 3 x 45 minute levels is too long before a break. We totally see where he is coming from, and respect that a 2hr 15min playing session is a bit of a long stint, but because we wanted this to be a true deep-stack structure, we had to compromise on the breaktimes.

We are now down to two tables of nine players after the exit of Mark Adams and Kurt Vella.

Lvl 15 – 1200/2400/200 – 18 players – av stack 131k

_d3_7750Igino Xuereb is punching holes and crushing souls on table 1!

He’s just won a 40k pot as he saw a river with Salvatore Ritrovano with a board of QdQc6d9d2c and Ritrovato bet made a pot bet of 20k on the river, Igino called and they both had trip Queens, with Igino pipping Ritrovato’s kicker, holding QJ over Q10.
Unlucky Salvatore, sometimes that deck is just a bit too cold!

We can now confirm that this event has earned €660 for charity Play2Care! That’s great news and congratulations and thanks to all players to who donated, including the two Danish cash players who donated… even though they were not playing the tournament! The charity love in Malta is epic.

We have lost Peter Freden in 18th place.
Salvatore Ritrovato eliminated in 17th place.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 16 – 1500/3000/300 – 16 players – av stack 147k

Still 50 big blind average stack here!
Laukasz Golder has been eliminated in 16th place; he started with one of the shorter stacks of the day, so well played him for grinding it out so long. On to the next one Laukasz!

Lvl 17 – 2000/4000/400 – 15 players – av stack 168k

Roux Florent eliminated in 15th place.

Daniel Jacobsen

Daniel Jacobsen

Lauremtiu Gabriel Urda eliminated in 14th place and Daniel Jacobsen busto in 13th.

Getting close to that cash!

Lefric Tabone elimminted in 12th place.

Lvl 18 – 3000/6000/600 – 11 players – av stack 214k

Getting as tight as duck’s arses here as we creep towards the payday. We’ve got some good players left in this tiny field. Really happy to be involved in a great game, where proper poker can be played, but no-body had to sell a kidney to buyin!

BREAK – 30 mins

Chip counts at the dinner break:


Lvl 19 – 3000/6000/600 – 10 players – av stack 236k

We lost Antonio Chinnici very quickly after the dinner break.

Players are now playing five players on each table, because this is a nine handed tournament.

Players will not be hand for hand, as 9th place is not a cashing position. The TD has been briefed to keep an eye out for any stalling… however, this is not happening! Players are going for it! Players in Malta love the game, they love the gamble and the are playing hard against each other. We love poker in Malta!!!!

Tomasz Brzezinski is trying to dominate with his massive stack, but he’s getting no gentle treatment from the other players, with biteback from both British Mark Berman and Italian Valter Caiazzo who has arrived dressed as James Bond for today, and brought his Licence to KILL!

Valter "James Bond" Caiazzo

Valter “James Bond” Caiazzo

After playing like a demon, Igino Xuereb has been eliminated in 10th place, bringing is to the final table… and now the hard work begins for the remaining players!


 Lvl 20 – 4k/8k/500 – 9 players – av stack 262k

Nice early double up for Anna Colley after she opened UTG with 66. Aggressive, chipleader Tomasz Brzezinski 3bet her, and, not one to be bullied by the big stack, Anna fought back and shipped it all in.
She was called with Brezezinski holding AA, but the dealer did her a solid and slapped out  7, 8, 9 and 10 to give her the bottom end of a straight to crack the Aces and remain at the table. Forget girl power, rungood is more potent!

Nimio Messo

Nimio Messo

Nimio Messo eliminated in 9th place, the bubble after shoving 25k from UTG with KJ and being called by the big blind with 10/7 os. ten on the river sent him packing, and he took it very well, we thought!

Daniel Mountford eliminated in 8th place for €263.

Daniel Mountford - 8th place - €263

Daniel Mountford – 8th place – €263

Mark Berman is in trouble after tangling with James Bond, and running into slow played top set Aces after The Secret Agent limped with AA pre flop… Berman got seriously GoldFingered and now he’s got some work to do!

Lvl 21 – 5k/10k/1k – 7 players – av stack 336k

Still plenty of play in this structure, we’re a long way off a shove-fest just yet, and the players are taking full advantage.
Lots of pots are won and lost on the flop and/or turn. The table chat is friendly and the atmosphere is great.

There is a cash table running with a couple of seats available, and a few local faces have arrived and arranged to play a friendly, small game. It’s a happy poker weekend here at Dragonara!

Malta's Best Dressed -  Valter Caiazzo - 6th place €788

Malta’s Best Dressed -
Valter Caiazzo – 6th place €788

Down to 5 players after Mark Berman was eliminated in 7th place for €526 and Valter Caiazzo went in 6th place for €788.
Kurris Lake was the benefactor of both eliminated stacks, and he is the current chip leader. He wants to watch his back though, he just eliminated James Bond!

Remember what happened to LeChiffre in Casino Royale, Kurris? Watch out for that chair with a hole in it, it’s not just waiting to be re-upholstered…

On another note, we see that of the 12 players registered for the local friendly game here SEVEN of them are female players. SEVEN OF THEM!
Have you ever played in a field of predominantly women, except in a ladies event? Nope. Us neither. Malta women love the pokers!

Tomasz Brzezinski eliminated in 5th place for €1314.

Tomasz Brzezinski - 5th place €1314

Tomasz Brzezinski – 5th place €1314

He struggled to recover the power after Colley crushed his Aces at the start of the final. We’ve just found out that he was partying until 6am and got no sleep at all last night, so we think he did pretty well considering he danced the night away and then rocked up for a Day 2!

BREAK – 15 mins

We’re eating a cannolo in this break, which, if you were not aware, is the stone cold nuts of Italian desserts! In our defense, Anna Colley made us do it, she really had to twist our arm… but the customer is always right… ESPECIALLY if they treat us to tasty, creamy deliciousness!

 Lvl 22 – 6k/12k/1k – 4 players – av stack 589k

Four strong competitors left on the final. Kurtis Lake is chipleader with nearly half the chips in play, but Anna Colley is proving the most aggressive player, definitely winning more than her fair share of pots from all positions.
The boys are being dutiful in advising her how to play… she politely accepts their advice, and then takes their chips in the next hand. If we had a laughing face emoji, we’d use it right now.

Alexander Golten - 4th place €1577

Alexander Golten – 4th place €1577

Sick action as chip leader Kurtis Lake flopped a full house on 5c3c3h at the same time as Sebastian Rebhan flopped trips with A3 and shortest stack Alexander Golten made a flush on the turn!
All the money was in… and two players went out!

Alexander Golten took fourth place for €1577 and Sebastian Rebhan took 3rd place for €2102.

Sebastian Rebhan - 3rd place €2102

Sebastian Rebhan – 3rd place €2102

Heads- up begins, with Anna Colley running in at a serious chip disadvantage, but as she said “I’m not giving up easily”. We totally believe that!

 Lvl 23 – 8k/16k – HEADS UP

On basis of average stack, this heads-up match is 100 blinds deep. That, my friends, is proper deepstack stuff!
We’re settling in for the night, as both these players have a heads-up game. Colley is still the shortest stack with around 500k, but she is on the grind, and it’s clear Lake is not resting on his laurels just yet.
We’re really not sure which way this will go!

And we have a winner!
After a noble battle, and grinding to almost even chipped, Anna Colley took 2nd place after both players flopped top pair on a jack high board.
The money went in on the Ace turn, after Anna showed the aggression. Kurtis made the right call in the end, and takes the top prize and the trophy!

Next event is 27th-29th October with a live satellite on 26th of October. We look forward to seeing you all then!

Kurtis Lake - WINNER EVENT 5 - €3942

Kurtis Lake – WINNER EVENT 5 – €3942

Anna Colley - 2nd place - €2628

Anna Colley – 2nd place – €2628