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: January 2018 Day1A

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 11 players

Clock starts bang on time here with 11 players and a couple at the registration desk.
Our Tournament Director tonight is Jeanelle Brincat, she make look sweet, but don’t mess with her!

The Boss

The Boss

We have two satellite qualifiers playing tonight who won their seats on redbet poker online for €20 each! BOOOM! No-one tell my boss he’s staking them in this event! I’m laughing all the way to the dole queue!
We’ll be continuing the redbetLIVE at Dragonara satellites for the next event at least, so make sure you join up, take advantage of the 200% deposit bonus and get yourself a €200 seat for buttons!

 Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 17 players

Interesting hand on table two as 7/8 seated player went to the flop after Nic Nyman opened in early position for 300.
He then led out for 650 on a flop of 3dAc5c and got a call out of Massimo Aguzzi from the cutoff and Cyril Fievet from under the gun.
The turn landed as Qd and Nyman carried on pumping for 1700, which didn’t put Aguzzi off, but got rid of Fievet pretty quickly.
The river was Ks and Nyman checked. Aguzzi put a bet of 3500 into the pot of 7450 and that sent Nyman into the tank for a bit. He eventually called, and Aguzzi showed his bluff with 4d5d, meaning that Nyman won the pot with Ad2d.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 19 players

We roll on into the night with pots being won and lost all over the shop.
We love this stage of the tournament; the blinds are so deep that there is a lot of splashing about and everyone can play a good few hands, irrespective of their skill level.

Martin Pacholik looked set to triple up when he got it all in on a flop of 8d9d4c with A4 and was called by Gaetano Caruana and Xylon Cassar.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

Caruana bet Casssar out of the pot when the turn came As to give him top pair, but Pacholik was unimpressed to see 9c on the river, counterfeiting his two pair and sending the pot to Caruana. Still, with 1 re-entry available per flight, we’re pretty sure Pacholik won’t be too wounded!

Break – 15 mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 21 players

During the break in the smoking area, British fish Phil Pearson told us about a hand he played:

There was a limp UTG and Pearson was on the button with A8off-suit and he opened to 4.5 big blinds. He got a call from both blinds but the limper folded.
The flop was Kd9d3c and action checked to Pearson who continued for 2.1k, folding out the small, but getting a call from Emilios Loizou in the big blind.
The turn was Ah and Pearson bet 5.1k, again getting a call from Loizou.
The river was Ad and Loizou checked, giving Pearson the opportunity to bet 8k into what was now a 16k pot.
Loizou thought for a bit, and then called, showing a King when he saw he was beat by Pearson’s runnered trips. Nice life, Pearson; unlucky Loizou!

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 21 players

redbetLIVE Malta Celebration Martin PacholikAs predicted, Martin Pacholik is back in the game and almost immediately won a MASSIVE pot with KK. We didn’t catch the hand, but we caught his celebration; he seemed pretty happy about it!

We have also just witnessed a serious theft in the casino as Phil Pearson boldly stole one of the photographer’s (Joe Hall) chips from his dinner plate. Stealing food from the media team is a crime punishable by extreme photoshopping, so watch this space, cos Pearson’s going down hard.

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 19/21 players

Stories of sickness from table 2 as Cyril Feivet opened UTG with KK, and got two limpers. Ellie Biessek fancied it as a 3-bet opportunity and Feivet 4-bet, folding out two limpers. Biessek, holding AJ, is not one to be pushed around, so she 5-bet jammed and was called by Feivet who was holding KK.
Feivet was understandably happy to see the position he was in, but was less impressed to watch an Ace fall on the river, doubling Bissek up. He took five minutes away from the table to chill out a bit, a good move we reckon after that unfortunate beat.
“I played it badly.” Biessek said, as she scooped in the pot. We all deserve some rungood from time to time! Feivet still has 30k in his stack after he has played well previously and increased from starting stack enough to weather the storm of Biessek’s luck.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 23/25 players

Three more 30 min lvls of late reg for Day1A left to go, so you have until around 00:30 to get on in this.
Day 1B (13:00) and Day 1C (19:30) play tomorrow though, so if you can’t make it tonight, we’ll see you tomorrow?

The players have worked out that they can control the music playlist here: all requests to Tournament Director, Jeanelle, who is doing a great job of being amateur DJ and we’re getting some great tunes in the cardroom!

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 22/25 players

Fabio Berti

Fabio Berti

 A couple of eliminations as the blinds go up, atmosphere is fun though, with a bit of good natured bantz.

Sorry, we will give ourselves a blind level long exclusion penalty for using the word “bantz”.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 20/25 – 22/26 players

Last level of entry begins and players traditionally go one way or another at this point:
Strategy one: Tighten up and cling on for Day 2.
Strategy two: Loosen up and aim for a re-entry.

Which is your preferred strategy?

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 21/26 players

Blinds are up and the last three levels until the end of Day1A have begun.
It’s getting late, but the energy is still good in the room

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 16/26 players

redbetLIVE chips DragonaraA busy level as a good few players made moves to try and build a bigger stack for Day two.
Just one hour to go and the tension increases!

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 15/26 players

Raymond Galea was eliminated at the last post in ugly style as he got it all in on a flop of AJ3 with A10 against Pacholik’s J10. Pacholik stood up to leave, which brought in the immediate miracle Jack on the river.
Galea did have Pacholik covered buy 1 big blind, but is obviously not a believer  in the spin-up as he decided to leave the big blind and abandon ship. #BallerLife

Day ends at 02:20 with 14 players remaining.
Play will resume on Sunday at 13:00 from Lvl 13 (800/1600/200)

Dario PaceTaliana17700

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