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redbetLIVE at Malta Poker Festival 2018

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redbetLIVE at Dragonara, May 2018: Day 2

31 players are coming back for Day2, and they are starting to arrive.
There will be four tables, we continue to play 9 handed and the blind levels are 45 minutes for the duration of the day.

Lvl 13 – 800/1600/200/ – 31 players – av. stack 56200

Early bath for Dario Pace Taliania as he got his short stack in pre-flop with AQ versus Mikeal Thomas’s…AQ… and the cards decided to kick Taliana in the balls and throw four clubs out there to give Thomas a flush. Yuck.

Dario Taliana eliminated in 31st place.

Igino Xuereb got caught with his fingers in the pot after a 25bb 3bet squeeze jam with 67dd. The limper had AA and no help for Igino.

True Gentleman - Igino Xuereb

True Gentleman – Igino Xuereb

Igino Xuereb eliminated in 30th place.

Mark Vella was working hard to get his chips in at the end of play last night, he even tried to blag us into dealing more hands! He nearly succeeded, as he’s so very charming.
He got it in with A9 against Alex Henry’s AK pre flop, and the K on the flop proved to be the final nail in the VellaBox.

Mark Vella eliminted in 29th place.

Lvl 14 – 1000/2000/200 – 29/31 players – av stack 66900

F G De Souza eliminated in 28th place.

Larde Victor eliminated in 27th place.

Interesting hand between David Lappin and Knut Rysstad just before the table break.

Unibet Pro Fish- David Lappin

Unibet Pro Fish- David Lappin

With four to a straight on the board by the river, Lappin looked like a man who was happy with his hand until the river flicked poop in his eye. Rysstad put him all in, and sat passively.

“You have some bluffs, but not many,” said Lappin, Rysstad just chuckled.
The clock was called on Lappin, and he gave the impression he was really undecided until the last moment.
He hand was killed by the TD and he turned over trips.
Rysstad flipped Jack high for a bluff, “I had to bluff there,” he said.
“Nice hand,” said Lappin. Did he mean that?

Micheal Edge Eliminated in 26th place.

Marek Jakub Olejnik, one of the top three players from the last redbetLIVE at Dragonara called a 3-bet jam from Alexis Wincen, and probably felt pretty good about life, as he saw Alexis’s 66 and turned over his own sexy looking KK.
KK not looking so good when the river was a six. #ScandiLuckbox

Marek Jakub Olejnik eliminated in 25th place.

Michael Zatonti eliminated in 24th place.

Lvl 15 – 1200/2400/200 – 23 players – av stack 72500

Stian W Danielsen eliminated in 23rd place.

Julien Rouquet eliminated in 22nd place.

Teemu Hietala eliminated in 21st place.

Totti Lind; Delicate Viking

Totti Lind; Delicate Viking

Totti Lind is cold, please send help and cuddles, he may not make it to the next level due to his suffering. He’s a local legend, we don’t want to lose him to frostbite (24 degrees here today).

Fabio Berti eliminated in 20th place.

Our online qualifier, Christopher Aames seems to be crushing souls after coming into Day 2 as one of the shorter stacks.
We did get the impression he is no rookie, and he seems to be proving our instinct right!

Update on Totti Lind’s temperature… his testicles are cold.
Sometimes people think the conversation at poker tables must be too highbrow… not a problem today!!

As a reminder, the UCOP: Full Throttle Poker Tournament Series starts today on redbet poker online. A great introductory series of low-stakes games for new players, or a nice set of screen fillers for experienced players involved in other tourney series today!

Jana Krcova eliminated in 19th place.

BREAK – 15 mins


Lvl 16 – 1500/3000/300 – 18 players – 91.5k

Neville Grech eliminated in 18th place after he couldn’t get AK to hold against K10 all-in pre-flop.

Gaetano Caruana eliminated in 17th place.

Gaetano Caruana - He's a cool dude.

Gaetano Caruana – He’s a cool dude.

Michael Thomas eliminated in 16th place after running into Totti Lind’s KK, all in preflop with 99.

Alexis Wincen eliminated in 15th place after running 88 into Shane Dempsey’s AA preflop. No Scandi Luck for him this time, and now he has to go home and explain to Ivonne, his lady, why she won’t be getting a new couch!

Arsens Gordejevs eliminated in 14th place after running into Shane Dempsey’s AA.
Nope, not an error, Dempsey’s getting dealt rockets all over the shop… time to make comments about the luck of Irish  yet???
Dempsey now clear chip lead with 13 players remaining, sitting on a stack of over 300k.

Lvl 17 – 2000/4000/400 – 13 players – av stack 134k

 Mikael Viggander eliminated in 13th place, passing his stack to… Shane Dempsey. This can now be used as a verb – “You got Dempseyed, mate.”

Alex Henry eliminated in 12th place.

Lvl 18 – 2.5k/5k/500 – 11 players – 159k

_00a7151Domenico Tortomasi had a close shave after getting it all in pre-flop with A7 v A9 held by David Lappin.
Lappin really loved the 7 on the flop.

Tortomasi is fighting back hard as he managed to get Knut Rysstad to double him up with AA.

11 players left, and we will go hand for hand at ten.

Nielsen K Peter got unlucky and lost a race with pocket tens, all in pre flop against Totti Lind’s AK. Losing the crucial races hurts, but Nielsen managed to double the next hand with A-high so he’s got some ammo to come back with.

Nielsen eliminated in 11th place.

Tournament play now hand for hand to the final table.

Laurentiu Gabriel Urda is the short stack and he has just found AK with 7 bigs and peeled a few more chips of Knut Rysstad, whose stack is getting battered by shortstacks!

Knut Rysstad eliminated in 10th place.



Players have had a 30 minute dinner break and now return to battle for ze monies!

Gabriel Sveden

Gabriel Sveden

Everyone is now guaranteed to leave with at least €242, which is better than a pigeon stealing your false teeth.

Lvl 19 – 3k/6k/500 – 10 players – av stack 193k

Gabriel Sveden eliminated in 9th place for €242.

Lvl 20 – 4k/8k/500 – 8 players – av stack – 218k

Laurentiu  Gabriel Urda

Laurentiu Gabriel Urda

Laurentiu  Gabriel Urda eliminated in 8th place for €401.

 Lvl 21 – 5k/10k/1k – 7 players – av stack 248k

David Lappin eliminated in 7th place for €522.

Christopher Aarnes eliminated in 6th place for €626.
Great run for Christopher as he won his ticket for this event for €15 on redbet online.

Christopher Aarnes

Christopher Aarnes


Lvl 22 – 6k/12k/1k – 5 players – av stack 348k

Shane Dempsey

Shane Dempsey

Shane Dempsey eliminated in 5th place for €835 by Sebastian Rebhan after getting it on the flop with a flush draw against Rebhan’s two pair.

Dempsey made the flush on the turn, but with the Q of clubs which just happened to give Rebhan a full house.

Lvl 23 – 8k/16k/2k – av stack 435k

The last four are in war mode.
Rebhan doubled Lind up once, and Tortomasi isn’t giving an inch.

Markus Larsson eliminated in 4th place for €1148.

Markus Larsson

Markus Larsson


The grind continues between the top three players.


Sweaty pot for Domenico Tortomasi as he opened from the button and was 3bet by Rebhan to 135k. Lind folded the big and Tortomasi insta shipped all in for 471k.

Rebhan went into “my brain is a calculator beep boop” mode and started banging on about ICM and other pokery things.
In the end, he decided it was a call, and both players flipped AQ.

“Poker is so exciting,” said Lind, we’re pretty sure he was being sarcastic.

A three heart flop looked pretty nice to Rebhan who was holding the Ace of hearts. Tortomasi taught us a couple of Italian expletives, but the dealer, Atilla, managed to dodge any further hearts and the lads chopped the pot.

Totti Lind - 3rd Place

Totti Lind – 3rd Place

Play continues 3 handed.

Lvl 24 – 10k/20k/2k – 3 players – av stack 580k

 Totti Lind eliminated in 3rd place for €1566.


Sebastian Rebhan takes the trophy and the €3.1k top prize!

The prizes are as follows:

9th€ 242Gabriel Sveden
8th€ 401 Laurentiu  Gabriel Urda
7th€ 522 David Lappin
6th€ 626 Christopher Aarnes
5th€ 835 Shane Dempsey
4th€ 1,148 Markus Larsson
3rd€ 1,566 Totti Lind
2nd€ 2,000 Domenico Tortomasi
1st€ 3,100 Sebastian Rebhan


redbetLIVE at Dragonara, May 2018: Day 1B

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 5/5 players

Clock started at 14:01 with five players. The afternoon flight is always slow to start, but we’ve never had less than two tables in an afternoon flight.
The weather is beautiful today, so we can see why people want to squeeze in a bit  of sun before the come along!

Lvl 2 50/100 – 7/7 players

The players are creeping in.
Some computer issues with the media today, but it’s fine, laptop thrown in the sea and we’re going to live on a deserted island where technology cannot find us.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 8/8 players

Knut Rysstad redbetLIVE Malta May 2018TD Paul has just had to make what he described as a difficult ruling.
A player stated 700 when the intent was 7000, facing a 1200 bet when the big blind was 100. Paul decreed the raise would be minimum, as the amount stated was not enough for a raise.
We 100% support the ruling here. Paul finds it difficult, because he has great respect for the player in question.
It shows that a good TD would rule against his own mother if it was the right rule, and sometimes it is hard to swallow.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 9/9 players

One unfortunate bustout, after all the money went in on the turn after Igino hit trips with Q8 on 6828.
Dario Pace Taliana came from behind with QQ, but the river gifted him the case Queen for a better boat and he scooped a massive pot.

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 9/11 players

Gross hand here between Shane Dempsey and Rudolf Gun after Dempsey opened UTG and it passed to Gun on the button.
Gun raised to 2k and Dario Pace Taliana called from the small blind; Dempsey also called.

The flop was J high, all diamonds, and it checked to Gun who bet 3k.
Taliana passed and Dempsey raised to 7.5k. Gun asked how much Dempsey was playing and when the answer came 20k, Gun raised all in.
Dempsey snapped it and turned over KJ with the Kd.

Lina Teuma and Rudolf Gun

Lina Teuma and Rudolf Gun

Gun flipped AJ with the Ace of diamonds… “I’m in bad shape here” said Dempsey… no sh*t, dood!

90% equity wasn’t enough for Gun as the turn showed itself as the King of clubs and the dealer couldn’t find a cheeky diamond on the river.
Gun took it well, a mere moment of poker pain flickering across his face before he regained composure.

Gun had Dempsey well covered, so we continue 9 handed.

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 9/11 players

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50

Very relaxed vibe here as we cruise into the last 3 levels of entry for flight 1b.
Flight 1c starts at 19:30.

Dario Pace Taliana

Dario Pace Taliana

Lvl  8 – 250/500/50 – 9/11 players

 Taliana is back to starting stack, but, in his words “that’s okay, cos I gave them to Jackie”.
Such a friendly game!

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 9/12 players

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 9/12 players

Last three levels of entry for day 1b and Day 1c is is about to start with players already registered.
You can join 1b with 35 bigs  or Day 1c with 600 bigs, your call.
Or do the former, followed by the latter, the choices are endless.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 9/12 players

9 players hanging on now… will they all make it to Day 2?

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 7/12 players

No, they won’t.
Down to 7 in this flight as we enter the last level of Day 1.
Flight 1C is well under way with 16 players seated.


Day 2 starts 2pm Sunday 6th May

redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta: March 2018 Day 2

Lvl 13 – 800/1600/100 – 31 players – av stack 79335

31 players have rocked up for Day 2 of this event and there’s a cheeky little €4.4k for the winner, so it’ll be a mildly profitable Sunday for somebody!

The sun is shining, the sea is blue. Let’s do this.

_00a1304First elimination of the day is Phil Pearson after opened late positon with QJs, the button called.
They went heads up to a QJ9 flop, Pearson checks and Ericksson bet 8k and Pearson calls. Turn was a 9.
Pearson leads the turn of 13k and was called. The river showed as a six and Pearson check calls Ericksson’s river shove and then cuddled the rail because Ericksson had pocket sixes and had rivered a boat.

Ciao Phil, we still luv ya.

Patrik Nilsson eliminated in 30th place.

Ellie Biessek eliminated in 29th place.

Alexis Wincen eliminated in 28th place.

Claudio Di Bella eliminated in 27th place

Trond Bergland eliminated in 26th place.

Lvl 14 – 1000/2000/200 – 25 players – average stack 98400

The early elimination are happening fast, as the short stacks make their move and sometimes fail._d3_1737

One player we can see taking names and making laws early on is Jackie Cachia. She looks like she’ll give you a hug, and she probably will, but dayyyyym she’ll have your stack off you straight afterwards!

Markus Larsson eliminated in 25th place.

Things are slowing down here, and the average stack is around 50 big blinds, so there is not too much pressure from the blind structure at this stage.

Lvl 15 – 1200/2400/200 – 24 players – av stack 102500

Mark Anthony Vella eliminated in 24th place.

Durepaire Julien eliminated in 23rd place.

Dirk Oetzmann eliminated in 22nd place.

BREAK – 15 mins

_d3_1790Lvl 16 – 1500/3000/300 – 21 players – 117000

The balcony at Dragonara is lovely in the poker tournament breaks, catch a few rays before heading back to the table!

Day 2 at these events have long playing sessions of 2hrs 15 mins between breaks, which can be tough on the brain, so it’s nice to be able to pop outside for a few minutes and clear the dust!

Konrad Abela eliminated in 21st place.

Stian W Danielsen eliminated inn 20th place.

Mickael Thomas eliminated in 19th place.

Lvl 17 – 2000/4000/400 – 18 players – av stack 137k

Kristoff Van Der Stichel eliminated in 18th place._00a1462

Raphael Toledo eliminated in 17th place.

Anna Colley eliminated in 16th place.

Guilio Spampinato eliminated in 15th place.

Lvl 18 – 2500/5000/500 – 14 players – av stack 189k

Igino Xuereb eliminated in 14th place. He told us this is his favourite regular tourney in Malta because he can chill out and not worry about the blinds being too aggressive.

Lina Teuma eliminated in 13th place.

prizesIt’s getting serious now as 9 players get paid. The players are working hard, but they will be rewarded with a 30 min dinner break at the end of this level,  so at least they can grab some food and regroup their mental faculties, because it’s getting very close to the 9 handed final table and the bubble.

The total prize pool is €14760.

Kamil Suwata eliminated in 12th place

BREAK – 30 mins

Chip counts on the dinner break:


Lvl 19 – 3k/6k/500 – 11 players – av stack 224k

The game is toughening up now, with just two more eliminations until the final table and the dollar.

The €30 buyin side event has just started with the €1000 gtd prizepool. 11 players are seated!

Charlie Eriksson eliminated in 11th place.

We are now on the final table and money bubble.

_00a1623The bubble has burst and it was Jackie Cachia after she couldn’t manage to win a flip against Michael Edge. Her sixes were slapped by the A high flop and it never got any better. She’s running pretty bad at the moment, fingers crossed it ends soon, Poker Mamma!

All remaining players are now in the money and guaranteed at least €295.


Lvl 20 – 4k/8k/500 –  9 players – av stack 273k – next payout €295 

Knut Rysstad is the runaway chip leader and he’s crushing souls. He and Michael Edge have been on the same table for hours and bickering with chips all afternoon.

Knut Rysstad

Knut Rysstad

They’ve swapped seats in the final draw, meaning Edge now has position on Rysstad, but Rysstad’s stack is intimidating enough without him making clicky oop preflop 4bets and monster bluffing turns and showing his A highs.

All eight other players are having an ICM nightmare right now. Good luck folks, honestly, rather you than me at this point!

Mark Thorne made a charge at Rysstad’s stack, calling all-in preflop f0r 150k to flip with AQ against Rysstad’s pocket Jacks, and he managed to dent the paintwork when the river pinged out a queen, jacking Rysstad’s pair into the muck.

Kenneth Ciantar eliminated in 9th place for €295.

Tomass Pudar eliminated in 8th place for €295.

Lvl 21 – 5k/10k/1k – 7 players – av stack 351k

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 22 – 6k/12k/1k – 6 players – av stack 410k

Francesco Castellamn eliminated just before the break by Marek Olejnik and takes home €590.

Dieter Falzon has just peeled a cheeky double up from Michael Edge when his AK all in short stack shove pre flop  held against QJ.

Mark Thorne eliminated in 6th place for €886.

_00a1660Thomas Brezinskfish is having the roller coaster ride of craziness as he dropped to less than 2 big blinds after complicated pre-flop action got him allin aipf with AK against fellow Pole, Marek Olejnik holding KK.
Some how, The Brezinskfish has somehow ducked and dodged and sneaked his way back to 250k. He said “I need to invoke the power of the luckbox” and did a very silly dance. Maybe this is the science behind winning at poker.

Dieter Falzon eliminated in 5th place for €1328. If it wasn’t bad enough that he lost with KK all in pre flop after the chip leader, still Knut Rysstad, found AA behind him, poor old Dieter had to be subjected to more dancing from The Brezinskfish.
It’s enough to ensure tilt for life.

Thomas Brezinskfish has just been eliminated by Knut Rysstad after finding a spot pre with A9 and getting called by QQ. Thomas takes home €1771.

Lvl 23 – 8k/16k/2k  –  3 players – av stack 820k

Marek Olejnik is currently the short stack and is doing a good job of keeping his head down, the two larger stacks are desperate to get him, but he is putting up a fight!

Marek Olejnik

Marek Olejnik

Olejnik has just doubled with Aces… this game is BACK on three handed.

The players took a short break and have come back ready for action.

“No more friendly,” says Knut Rysstad, as he strokes his ‘50% of the chips in play’ stack.

Lvl 24 – 10k/20k/2k – 3 players

The three remaining players are having quite a lot of banter, and the atmosphere is good, but they are clearly keen to get eachother’s chips.
Rysstad is still the chipleader, but he can’t seem to get the custom he needs as he’s found himself with two walks with pocket Aces!

Lvl 25 – 15k/30k/3k – 3 players

The game continues, and to give you an idea of the vibe, Olejnik doubled up against Rysstad and Edge immediately said “F**king hell, Marek, when will you go away?” and everybody laughed, including Marek!

And we have a winner!

In short succession, Rysstad eliminated Michael Edge when his Q9 out ran Edge’s A7 and then Marek Olejnik after Olejnik 3bet shoved KQ preflop and Rysstad called with A3 and held for the trophy and the €4.4k top prize.

The next event at Dragonara is 4th-6th May 2018, see ya there!

Knut Rysstad - Winner March 2018

Knut Rysstad – Winner March 2018

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: Event 2 Day 1B

Despite the election, players are slowly dribbling in, and although clock start will be slightly delayed, we will definitely be dealing Day 1B!

Only 10 players made it through from yesterday, with an average stack of 78k… so Day 2 is looking profitable so far!

Lvl 1 25/50 – 5 players

Clock started at 13:15 with five players. Cards are in the air, where are you?

Lvl 2 50/100 – 5 players

_00a3975All the seated players are tournament regulars and are playing a thinking man’s game.

Lvl 3 75/150 – 9 players

The best bit about this flight so far is that every time TD Paul Kelly makes an attempt to walk to the balcony and have a cigarette, a player turns up to register; the local players are basically supporting the cardroom supervisor in a drive to a healthy and long life!
There is now a full tournament table (as we play 9-handed) and the cash table dealer is waiting for action.

The windows are open, the sun’s streaming in and there’s a potential overlay in this tournament! What more could a poker player want on a Saturday afternoon?

Er… someone’s already registered for flight 1C… maybe there won’t be an overlay? A tournament organiser’s dream!
That said, if we donate a few bob to the local poker community, it won’t hurt too much! #PaintTheTownRed

BREAK 15 mins

Lvl 4 100/200 – 9/10 players remaining

redbetLIVE at Dragonara

redbetLIVE at Dragonara

One re-entry in the bag! Seems reasonable, given the potential value.

Lvl 5 100/200/25 – 8/10 players remaining

There’s a really pleasant, calm afternoon atmosphere here at Dragonara. There seems to be as much pleasant conversation as poker.

There are still just over 2 hrs of registration left and joining now would mean that you have 150big blinds at your disposal with a 30k starting stack.
Alternatively you could keep 15k in the bank and try and spin up half your stack, only adding the rest if you need or want to. Such is the beauty of the double-chance format!

Lvl 6 150/300/25 – 8/10 players remaining

The talk is mainly about poker, with hot topics being Sviten Special and the many ways in which PLO8 (Pot Limit Omaha High/Low- available now on redbet poker online at a variety of stakes, starting from just €2 sitdown *pimp my site wink*.)

The busiest players at the moment are Conrad Abela and Sebastian Dominik who are often battling aggressively, although post play action is supper friendly._00a4100
Abela check-raised a full house on the flop after Dominik continued his post flop aggression in position. After Dominik folded, Abela showed him the hand, and Dominik was quick to compliment Abela on a “nice turn bet” in a previous pot that Abela won.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 8/12 players remaining

We’ve had 9 unique entries and 3 re-entries. The players here this afternoon are experienced players, and they definitely smell the scent of value as the re-enter, but in the break we were chatting with a couple of the local regulars and they agree that this is a well-structured event for the buyin, with a great atmosphere!

Still time to join us, with 90 mins of entry remaining.

Lvl8 – 250/500/50 – 9/13 players remaining

Despite the fact that there are not many players, there is so much play  in this tournament, that everyone still has at least 40 bigs.
There is more aggression, probably due to players realising that their re-entry opportunity is slipping away, as well as the fact the have been playing a close game with eachother for more than 2 hours now.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50- 9/14 players remaining

Two eliminations and a re-entry in the last level after a sick hand that went four ways to the flop.
Lars Larsson opened UTG and was 3bet by Kristian Hageich to 3100.

Lars Larsson

Lars Larsson

Charlo Azzopardi called from MP and Sebastian Dominik called from the big blind which kept Larsson in.
The Ac5c3c flop was checked by Dominik and Larsson and Hageich bet out, Azzpoardi called and then Dominik shoved all in for around 16k. Larsson re-shoved for 25k and Hagiech tank folded, with Azzopardi quickly calling.
Dominik turned A5os for two pair, Larsson showed 9c10 clubs, but Azzopardi turned Q8c to win a massive pot.

BREAK 15 mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 7/14 players remaining

Entries now closed on Day1B, with three more levels of play to go.
There is a plan in case they play down to three players, but that will be stated if and when it’s necessary.

There are already two entries for tonight’s flight.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 6/14 players remaining


Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 6/14 players remaining

With just 25 mins left of Day 1B left the players are grinding it out to make Day2. With average stack for Day1B currently standing at 70k, they are not far behind the average of qualifiers from Day1A, which was a 78k average over 10 players.

If one player is unfortunate and busts at the last minute, they can enter flight 1C, on which the clock is just about to start.

Play closed on Day 1B

Four players survived Day1B, making the current Day2 average 79k:


Day 2 play commences on Lvl 13/800/1600/100 at 1pm on Sunday 4th June.


redbetLIVE at Dragonara Malta: Event 2 Day 1A

Cards are in the air on Day 1A!

Lvl 1 25/50 – 11 players

Too early for much action to have taken place, but the professional photographer, Joe Hall has just rocked up, so watch this space for some sexy photos of all your favourite local players!

Worth mentioning that on redbet online in ten minutes there is a €50gtd freeroll happening and there are currently only 19 entrants! Get yourself onto the poker client and get playing!

The pots are small and conservative as is to be expected when the stacks are deep and the blinds are small, but Gaetano Caruana is already making his presence felt when he made a hefty river bet, on Jh8d2h4hQd.
Three players saw the river after Mark Adams made a stab at it on the flop and pulled in two callers. The turn checked all the way round and then Gaetano took charge in position on the river, netting a 2275 point pot.

_00a3893Phil Pearson, a British immigrant now living in Malta, bringing with him the whiff of British fish, just managed to take 15k off another player by getting all in pre-flop with AA v QQ and running out a nut flush. This is why the Maltese were glad to see the British leave the island.
Luckily, this event has a double-chance structure, so the unlucky player with QQ can now take his 2nd 15k stack and stay at the tables!

Lvl 2 50/100 – 18 players

John Zammit took a nice pot from the SB on table 1 after limping to a raise to 500 from the BB pre flop. Zammit accidentally said “two thousand” on the flop first to act, and claimed he meant 200. The dealer enforced the 2k stated bet on Kd6cQs. The BB called.
The turn was 7d and both players checked to see the 5h river.
Zammit bet 5oo and was quickly called. Zammit turned over 6h2h and won the pot as his opponent mucked.

Lvl 3 75/150 – 21 players

No eliminations so far, and the first batch of photographs are on the way as the tiny media team battle valiantly with the angry Maltese WiFi!

BREAK AT 21:07

Lvl 4 100/200 – 22 players

Gaetano Caruana

Gaetano Caruana

Maximum chill here as the 9 handed tables start to fill up.
There is some discussion of whether Day1B will go ahead tomorrow at 1pm due to the election. We’ll be here players! If you come down, we’ll be waiting. And, hey, if the afternoon flight doesn’t start, we’ll just have a few beers until the evening flight starts at 19:30!

Conor Coady limped from the c/o and called a raise from the button to see a 9s10d3h flop. Coady checked and the button continued his aggression for 800. Coady looked wounded, but called and both players checked the Qd on the turn.
Coady then bet the Ad river and his opponent tank folded.

No-one’s showing us any bluffs… so we have to assume they have it everytime, obviously (scratchy chin emoji).

The first player has just been eliminated! He wishes not to be named in the blog because he is an international man of mystery…
Initially he looked like he was going to spin it up after shoving 2.7k UTG+2 and getting called by Kevin Lee from the c/o. Lee had A4os and turned a straight, but the mystery man rivered a flush with his K9h.

A couple of hands later, he saw the flop from the big blind, in a pot with Maurizio Autellitano. They checked to the turn and Mystery Man shoved. Autellitano thought for a while and then called, turning over Kd8d on 9s8c5s3h. Mr Mystery turned over 7s3s for bottom pair with a gutter and was eliminated by the 5c turn._00a3890

Being the first to eliminate a player earned Autellitano a drink, courtesy of TD Paul Kelly. We left the table as they were arguing over whether a free drink reasonable constituted a bottle of Moet. We back Paul to win with the view that it doesn’t.

Lvl 5 100/200/25 – 22/23 players remaining

The pots are getting more significant as the blinds go up.
We saw an interesting pot when we approached the table on a Q694 turn and saw a young player jam his entire 15k stack into a 6k pot. John Zammit was tanking and eventually folded Q6 face up, only for his young opponent to show 69. These young bucks!

Dodgy rogue Phil Pearson fancies himself as a tournament blogger and sent us the following hand via WhatsAp:

” Our resident sheeo fanatic phil pearson raises under the gun to 600 at 100/200. Seat 9 calls. Seat 1 on the button looks down and likes what he sees, making it 2600 to play. Both players call and we see a 3 handed flop.

The dealers provided the action flop of Qd Th 3c. Phil and seat 9 check. The button throws in 4200. Phil calls quickly, and seat 9 folds and waits for a better spot.

The turn brings the 9h. Draws a-plenty now. Phil checks again and seat 1 bets out 7500. Phil calls again and we see a river.

The river is the lady in waiting, Queen of diamonds, and phil bets 15k putting seat 1 all in. After some attempted speech play seat 1 folds amd phil takes the pot showing Ah Jh.”

We don’t know what a “sheeo fanatic” is either… Phil’s a weirdo. Please address all complaints to the British Embassy.

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 23/25 players

Conor Coady

Conor Coady

Another elimination here! Nasko Jouischev was eliminated by Ina Pavlova as she flopped two pair with her A6 against his A8 and he shoved into her flop bet.
Stacks are still deep and registration is open for another 4 levels.
Day 1 play finishes after level 12.

 BREAK – 15 mins – 22:50

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 21/26players remaining

Chilled atmosphere prevails here at Dragonara with a good few beers being consumed.
We suspect there may be a bit of an overlay, so there might be value to be had in this tournament!

There are now three levels of entry remaining, so if you fancy playing get yourself to Dragonara before half twelve tonight and register. Stacks are 30k, so you will have plenty of play, even if you register at the last minute!

Local regular Sascha Manns just folded JJ on a K high flop and his opponent showed him pocket Kings. Manns only claimed JJ after he’s

Sascha "The Man" Manns

Sascha “The Man” Manns

seen the set though, and that was precisely two minutes after he told us he liked playing nine high… so… possible blag from everyone’s favourite German? We’ll never know!!

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 20/26 players remaining

Penultimate level before end of entry for flight 1A.

Gaetano Carauana just won a pot with a Royal Flush! It wasn’t the biggest pot in the world, but it’s always nice to have the Royal, right?

If you show a Royal at Dragonara the TD will buy you a drink. A player suggested that everytime you win a hand with any two cards you should get a drink… I’d love to see him pitch that one to my boss…


Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 17/26 players remaining

Break 15 mins at 00:37
Entries Now Closed

Overheard in the break: Quote of the night from Sascha Manns: “6 bet shoves always go wrong.”

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 17/26 players remaining.

Play is becoming more serious as we near the end of Day1.
_00a4015There are some big pots, but very few hands are going to the river. The atmosphere is still great, with plenty of chatting and Bob Marley on the sound system.

Chillin  in Malta wit da poker peeps.

Lvl 11- 500/1000/100 – 16/26 remaining

We’re down to 16 after Mark Vella shoved As4s preflop and was called by 55. 5 on the flop meant Mark was looking for some unlikely backdoors.
The King on the turned sent him packing. One Time Was Not This Time.

The old saying “everybody’s loves as chop pot” is a lie, Totti Lind does not like a chop pot when he manages to call an opponent all the way to the river holding A10 while his opponent holds A5 on Ah4hKd8c … river … 8s.

Totti Lind

Totti Lind

F*** a chop pot.

Down to 13 after a couple of short stacks make much needed moves and lose the battle.

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 13/26 players remaining

As the last level of the day starts, the conversation on table one focuses on the possible spectacle of Sascha Manns and Conor Coady wearing bras and stockings.
A terrifying late-night thought for all assembled.

5 hands remaining of Day1A


Day 1 finished with 10 players remaining.
Day 2 starts on level 13, 800/1600/100.

The following players will start Day 2 with these stacks:



RedbetLIVE Rozvadov: Event Statistics

After a busy, fun and exciting week at The King’s Casino Rozvadov, the RedbetLIVE Festival left its mark by attracting 2215 players, creating total prizepools of €464278 and making twelve 1st place trophy winners!

Everyone who attended was looked after with free food and drink and entertained with games and free to enter prize draws to win merchandise (everybody wanted a hoody!) and packages for future RedbetLIVE events.

It was a fantastic week of poker, and we’re very sad it’s over… although we have RedbetLIVE Malta to look forward to now! Make sure you’re following us on FaceBook and Twitter to stay up to date with event details and satellites.

Here’s a full breakdown of all the events and the top three players.
For full lists of cashing players in each event, check out the HendonMob Database.

RedbetLIVE Mini 3rd-5th May
409 entries
€165 buyin
€60255 prizepool

1: “AP” – €7467
2: Sebastian Lohunko – €6120
3: Milan Dohnansky – €6200

RedbetLIVE Main Event 5th-9th May
836 entries
€350 buyin
€285115 prizepool

1: Florian Geiger – €30450
2: Karol Radomski – €29215
3: Gregor Gosk – €23284

RedbetLIVE Adventure 4th May
103 entries
€80 buyin
€8000 prizepool

1: Adam Markiewicz – €2019
2: Ahmed Ibrahimi – €1402
3: Anthony Piacentino – €927

RedbetLIVE Team Event 5th May
22 entries
€110 buyin
€2090 prizepool

1: Kenny Szarka – €732
2: Johannes Franse – €731
3: Michal Kowalski – €418

RedbetLIVE One Day Special 6th May
277 entries
€100 buyin
€23683 prizepool

1: Gert Abildskov – €3200
2: Norbert Jansen – €3400
3: Marcin Zan – €3000

RedbetLIVE Holdem Championship 7th May
230 entries
€110 buyin
€21850 prizepool

1: Jakub Mielcarek – €4839
2: Morton Markvorsen – €3376
3: Dawid Kreczmanski – €2358

RedbetLIVE All-In Or Fold 8th May
62 entries
€45 buyin
€2356 prizepool

1: Oliver Heppchen – €742
2: Poitr Sadowski – €536
3: Jakub Grzadkowski – €342

RedbetLIVE Irish Holdem 8th May
58 entries
€60 buyin
€3030 prizepool

1: Fehmi Murtaza – €908
2: Jonas Farnum – €658
3: Lieven Van Hoof – €424

RedbetLIVE High Roller
48 entries
€1100 buyin
€45600 prizepool

1: Walid Abdi-Ali – €10500
2: Amir Alamdari – €8500
3: Alexander Bachmann – €8500

NL Holdem Deepstack 8th May
85 entries
€110 buyin
€8075 prizepool

1: Boubker Abchrim – €1760
2: Kamil Szklarkowski – €1700
3: Krzysztof Slusarczyk – €1700

NL Holdem 6-Max 9th May
55 entries
€60 buyin
€2086 prizepool

1: Pekka Lamberg – €526
2: Robert Obrtlik – €526
3: Piotr Zochowski – €274

RedbetLIVE CoolDown 9th May
30 entries
€85 buyin
€2138 prizepool

1: “Anon” – €790
2: Maria Kostidou – €666
3: Anatolity Vasiliev – €408


RedbetLIVE Rozvadov Main Event Final Day Round Up


Jan Przysucha

Today started with 16 players at blind levels of 50k/100k/10k and the average stack at 2.77m.

As the short stack, Jan Przysucha was the first to be eliminated for €2271.


Dennis Olsson

Very shortly after Dennis Olson got his 13 big blinds in pre-flop with AK against 77 and couldn’t out race his opponent to find himself eliminated in 15th place for €2530.

Not long after the blind level increased to lvl 29 (60k/120k/10k) Kenneth Frederiksen got his chips in pre-flop as a slight favourite with 1010 after he opened and then called the 3-bet from Spanish player “gometzgera” who held AK. The Ace landed on the flop and Fredriksen landed on the rail with €2530 in his pocket

Kenneth Fredrikson

Kenneth Frederiksen

After not playing much in the first hour, Peter Šubík 3-bet all-in fro the button after “gometzgera” opened from the cut-off. “Gometzgera” tanked and called with 4d4s, claiming that “four is my lucky number”.

Šubík turned KdKc; there was no appearance of a lucky four, and the cowboys held good on 2s 2c Jh Jd 6c, doubling Šubík up to 2.5mil.

Michael Kircher was eliminated in 13th place after tangling with the chip leader Karol Radomski. Kircher got it in with A-10 on A – J – 2 – Q -K  and Radomski turned QJ to send Kircher on his way with €2891.

Just ten minutes later, Andrej Desset open UTG and then Jacek Pustula 3-bet shoved for 1.6mil. Aleksandar Dordevic re-shoved from the big blind, pushing Dessat out the pot. Pustula turned 99 which was in trouble against Dordevic’s JJ… trouble he never got out of as the board offered him no salvation and he finished in 12th place for €2891.

Michael Kircher

Michael Kircher

Jacek Pustula

Jacek Pustula

Dessat was the next to leave the field after complaining of a prolonged period of being card dead he open shoved from the button for 1.5mil with K-high into chip leader Radomski’s big blind.

Andrej Dessat

Andrej Dessat

Radomski made the call with A-high and it held good to bust Dessat in 12th place for €3459. He clearly wasn’t happy, but as all poker players know, being card dead is pretty tilting!


Gosk opened from UTG for 250k and Peter Šubík 3-bet shipped from the small blind for 1mil with 8h8c. Gosk made the call with JsQh and instantly flopped a King high straight.
The board paired the K on the turn, giving Šubík a glimmer of hope, and he crossed his fingers for a K or an 8; neither put in an appearance and Šubík was eliminated in 10th place for €3459.

Peter Šubík

Peter Šubík


After just two hours of play, the final nine were decided as the blinds went up to 80k/160/20k with the final table av stack being 4.6mil.

The FT line-up looked like this:


seat 1: gometzger (SPA)
seat 2: Uwe Dietzinger (GER)
seat 3: Karly Yebua (SUI)
seat 4: Peter März (GER)
seat 5: Baran Özyenen (TUR)
seat 6: Grzegorz Gosk (POL)
seat 7: Aleksandar Dordevic (SER)
seat 8: Florian Geiger (GER)
seat 9: Karol Radomski (POL)

There was a little bit of dancing for nearly an hour as players passed chips back and forth with a couple of double-ups and losses, but mainly pre-flop aggression without showdowns.
Shortly after the blinds increased to 100k/200k/20k Baran Özyenen got his whole stack in pre-flop against Gosk with JJ v Gosk’s 88. It looked good for Özyenen when the flop displayed a Jack to give him top set; unfortunately for him, his top set was crushed by a cold run-out of four diamonds to give Gosk a four flush with the 8d.
Baran Özyenen cursed the card gods and collected €4207.Baran Özyenen

Just 30 minutes after 9th place was eliminated the player discussed and agreed an 8 way deal, with the decision to not play on for trophies; the deal was arranged as below and the trophies were awarded to the top three stacks.
After three hard days of play and with a large prizepool on the table, the players clearly thought there was enough profit in the carve up:

  1. Florian Geiger (GER) – €30.450*
  2. Karol Radomski (POL) – €29.215*
  3. Grzegorz Gosk (POL) – €23.284*
  4. Karly Yebua (SUI) – €17.829*
  5. Uwe Dietzinger (GER) – €17.050*
  6. gometzger (SPA) – €15.257*
  7. Peter März (GER) – €12.532*
  8. Aleksandar Dordevic (SER) – €10.666*For all photos of the final eight check out our FaceBook photo album, and if you want to get involved in the next RedbetLIVE Festival, like the page and stay up to date with all the satellite action.

    See you there!
    Let’s Paint The Town Red!


RedbetLIVE Rozvadov Main Event Day 2: Close Of Play

Day 2 of the Main Event closed on a hard stop at 16 players. They were 15 minutes into level 28 with blinds 50k/100k/10k; play will resume tomorrow at 1pm and the game will play to conclusion.
Each of the remaining players is guaranteed at least €2271, but none of them will want that, every player will be setting their sights on the full whack of €49k! 3P6A7215

See below for the chipcounts of the final 16.

The Redbet Turbo Deepstack is now down to the final 5 players with everyone getting paid at least €500 and €2300 up top. The structure is quite aggressive and average stack is only 500k with blind level of 40k/80k/10k this tournament will not last too long.

The High-Roller event, on the other hand, will no doubt turn into an epic battle of skill and stamina as they are in level 9 (800/1600/200) with an average stack of 105000. The top prize here is €15504 and min cash is €3192 with 6 places paid.

3P6A7222The 6-Max Turbo (€60 buyin) and the Redbet Cooldown (€85 buyin) event play tomorrow at 1pm and 6pm respectively, so the festival is far from over! Keep watching our FaceBook page for photos of all the action!




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