Malta

redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta, Feb 2019: Day 1C

Registration is open for flight 1C, and play will begin in 30 mins at 19:30.

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 7/7 players

Clock started bang on time* at 19:30 with seven new soldiers.redbetlive-1012

*+60 seconds

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 9/9 players

Some of the afternoon bustouts have decided to rebullet the evening flight, meaning they have gone from having 50 bigs to having 300 bigs. Remember to adjust folks!

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 14/15 players

Grown to two tables here with 1 re-entry. Two players are having a minor argument about some personal beef. TD Paul stepped in and told them be quiet or get out.
It’s gone quiet.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200- 14/15 players

redbetlive-1071Play is coming to a close on the other flight, and there may be some crossover players as there are some last minute eliminations happening.

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 13/17 players

Play always seems a little bit more aggressive on a Saturday night. There are a few local sharks in this field tonight, so fireworks are to be expected!

Lvl 6 – 150/300/50 – 13/17 players

Almost 1/2 way through Day 1C.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 13/17 playersredbetlive-1147

Three more levels of entry in the final flight for the February event. The gtd prizepool was breached earlier in the afternoon.

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 12/17 players

It’s always about this time that poker play gets a bit more intense as people realise they have an hour to bust and re-enter or build a fighting stack to grind the last three levels.

Day 2 entry is not available in this tournament.

The photographer, Joe Hall, has left for the day now, but the link to the gallery with all the photos from Day 1A, B and C is available  at https://josephhallphotography.pixieset.com/g/redbetlive/

redbetlive Malta Dragonara Clint Sammut Feb2019 Day1CLvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 13/19 players

Couple of last minute entries as we go into the last level for entry today. Some of the players still here were here at the start of the afternoon flight as well, so they must be feeling a bit tired now. GL guys!

BREAK- 15 mins

Lvl 10 – 12/19 players

Lvl 11 – 9/19 players

Explosion of exits in level 10. Just under an hour of play left for today.

Lvl 12 – 8/19 players

Last level with the last few players trying to scrape their way into Day 2.

6 players survived from Day 1C. Play resumes from level 13 (800/1600/200) at 2pm tomorrow, Sunday 10th February.

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redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta, Feb 2019: Day1B

We’re here waiting for the gentle afternoon flight to begin. 1 player is registered, 1 dealer sits patiently, 1 Tournament Director tries to look busy, 1 redbet rep attacks the valet for a massive coffee.
Just a normal redbet afternoon at Dragonara, Malta.

Play will start in 20 mins(ish)._d3_0854

14:18 – Clock delayed as we wait for 5 players. There are three registered and two knocking about.

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 5/5 players

Clock started at 14:41  with 5 players. Registration is open till the end of level 9, until around 8pm.

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 6/6 players

Very quiet and peaceful game of afternoon poker happening here. We have chilled music on the stereo and if you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend your Saturday, then this may be the place.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 6/6 players

We redbetlive malta dragonara stellato feb2019have learned this level that Andrea Stellato does not want “disco music” in a poker room. Seems reasonable, how do you feel about thrash metal?

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 7/8 players

One re-entry has happened, and a new player joined us as the evening begins to fall on this delightful Mediterranean island.

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 9/10 players

It was pretty chilled here, there appears to be some sort of dispute happening, but TD Paul Kelly is dealing with it._d3_0838
Equally, it could just be a conversation. It’s hard to tell with Italians sometimes!

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 9/10 players

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 8/10 players

We lost the re-entered player, but he may hang around for this evening’s flight as it starts at 19:30.
It’s dinner time here, so we’re tucking into a chicken burger from the restaurant… for quality control purposes, obviously!

Lvl 8 250/500/50 – 7/11 players

redbetlive-0970The evening quietly rolls on as the few players from the afternoon hang in for Day2 to come.
Evening flight registration is open already with two players registered.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 7/12 players

This is the last level of registration for the afternoon flight. Players will play until the end of level 12 today.
If they reduce to 3 players then the Day 2 clock will be rolled back to match the stopping point of Day 1B.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 6/12 players

With a couple of eliminations in the last level we have just six players remaining in the afternoon flight. Can they all hang on for 90 mins?

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 6/12 players

The 1B players are being good as gold, quietly grinding through the levels till the end.redbetlive jackie cachia poker mamma malta dragonara feb2019 day1c
Jackie “Poker Mamma” Cachia, the PLON ambassador is on the table, so maybe she’s keeping them all in check.

Lvl 12 – 600/1200 – 6/12 players

These guys have worked hard for this day 2. Short handed play is very taxing when you are more used to full 9/10 handed tables.
They are on the home stretch now.

Four players made it through from Day 1B after a mad flurry in the last five hands where two players were eliminated back to back!

Play starts again tomorrow, Sunday 10th February at 2pm. Please arrive five minutes early to open your chip bag!
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redbetLIVE at Dragonara, Malta, Feb 2019: Day 1A

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 7/7 players

There is actually time for naps in our structure, so the game speed does not need to be such a worry

There is actually time for naps in our structure, so the game speed does not need to be such a worry

Clock started at 19:29 with seven players.
We TOLD Tournament Director Paul Kelly that it’s unprofessional not to start on time, but he never listens.

We’re sticking with the traditional ante for this tournament, and this information was received with mixes feelings by the regular players locally.
We are pleased to say that at this point, no-one has forgotten to put their ante in, probably because the antes don’t kick in for another four levels.

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 22/22 players

Sudden influx of bodies for this local event.
We have a couple of satellite qualifiers, both from the online and the live satellites. We have a player from the UK here who would only play if the rugby was guaranteed to be on in the club on Sunday: reasonable request!

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 23/23 players

Neville Grech ready for action

Neville Grech ready for action

3 tables and only one minor dispute so far. If we can keep it at that ratio all weekend then that’ll be superb because it’s only a small game.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 24/25 players

One re-entry and we carry on into the night with the slow structure. We are giving away promotional decks of redbetLIVE playing cards this weekend.

Lvl 5 -100/200/25 – 25/27 players

Two re-entries have taken place as we swoop into the first level with traditional antes. The drama is real.

Lvl 6 -150/300/25 – 27/30 players

Time is flying by here tonight as players come and go. There is a live saxophonist playing in the main casino so we’ve been funking out to his tunage.

Local poker celebrity, Totti Lind has arrived, he may or may not play. The cash machine appears to be malfunctioning, so he’s probably going to have to put on a sexy strip show for the slots ladies to collect the buyin.

BREAK – 15 mins

redbetLIVE Malta Dragonara deepstack pokerLvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 26/32 players

Quite a busy Friday flight for us on this little, local poker event. Atmosphere is very relaxed and no-one’s been too infuriated with the traditional ante format as yet!

There are three more levels for registration as it closes at 00:30 after level 9. Play continues till the end of level 12 today, and will finish around 02:30.

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 26/33 players

It’s the incremental levels that make the difference, sitting down now would equip you with 60 bigs, which is enough to make some noise.redbetlive dragonara malta feb2019 day1a

The photographer has gone home for the evening now, but all photos from the event can be found and downloaded in hi-res from the gallery here.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 25/33 players

One more 30min level left for registration to this evening’s flight. If you want to play but won’t make it today then there are two options for playing a Day 1 tomorrow, Saturday 9th Feb at 2pm and 7:30pm.
Entry is €200 with a €10k gtd prizepool.

If you can’t make it all for this weekend, then the dates for redbetLIVE at Dragonara in 2019 are:

5th-7th April
21st-23rd June
13th-15th Sept
20th-22nd Dec

BREAK – 15 mins

 Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 21/36 players

redbetLIVE malta dragonara feb 2019 Day1a scarf pokerRegistration is now closed and players will play for three more 3o minute levels before bagging up for Day2.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 19/36 players

Last two levels of the day and players now have their eye on Day 2.

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 16/36 players

Players will play until there are 1o mins remaining on the clock and then they will play 3/4/5 hands to close the day.

14 players made it through from Day 1A and will return to play Day 2 on Sunday 10th February at 2pm.

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Why redbetLIVE Local Events Are Sticking With Traditional Antes

Okay, before I get into the meat and prepare to take cover against the expected backlash, I’ll just pop up the dates for redbetLIVE @ Dragonara, Malta 2019.

8th-10th February
5th-7th April
21st-23rd June
13th-15th Sept
20th-22nd Dec

We may sneak in another cheeky event, but we don’t want to step on any toes of the two operators running the big events here in the autumn (BoM and MPF).
redbetLIVE will suppport both those events, and, as ever I’m super excited about the poker to be played in Malta 2019.

Now, on to the main feature…

The tournament director of Dragonara (Paul Kelly) and I have officially decided that we will continue using the traditional ante structure instead of either consolidated ante structure for redbetLIVE @ Dragonara in 2019.

Between us we have almost 30 years of live tournament experience

Between us we have almost 30 years of live tournament experience

Okay, okay! Before you kick off, here is a few of our reasons, in no particular order of importance, they are all equal as far as we are concerned:

1) there’s a lot of unnecessary messing about with whether the ante or the bb is posted first in a consolidated ante structure where a short stack is in the ante position. Is it fair? He can only win his ante! Oh no!
This is exactly why we like the traditional ante- everyone puts the same, and even if a player has 1x ante, he can still win chips and begin a spin. Even the best players and tournament directors in the world cannot agree on which order this should be, so until they do, traditional ante looks better to us in this respect!

Some graphics from Willie Elliot help explain this problem (content creator for major brands PokerStars and Unibet):
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2) in addition to the messing about, there is a serious question of game integrity. It’s nitty, but it’s there. The short version is that a consolidated ante is essentially the act of “lending” the other players at the table their ante in that hand. They repay the debt when it is their turn to ante… unless they don’t have enough chips.
Whenever a question of game integrity is raised, but not answered, I get very nervous. Call me hysterical, I don’t care; one of my favourite things about poker is that it’s a great leveler, only skill gives a player an advantage at any time. I don’t want to mess with that truth, however marginally.

3) long term winning player and maths master, Allen Kessler, is against consolidated antes. He claims that it’s fine early on when everyone has 500bbs, but in the later stages it is detrimental to the ICM position of smaller stacks. Frankly, we don’t know how to do the maths to prove or disprove this, but if Kessler talks, we listen.

There is actually time for naps in our structure, so the game speed does not need to be such a worry

There is actually time for naps in our structure, so the game speed does not need to be such a worry

4) traditional antes just “feel” fairer. There are probably a million ways to show how this is nothing more than a human perception, but sometimes “feel” is important.
If there are nine players at a table, there should be 9x antes in. Easy game.
Playing short-handed with a consolidated ante you’re gonna get less or more, depending on what number of players the TD decides to drop the consolidated ante to 50%- just seems crazy to us!

5) perhaps some tournament structures need to recoup every second because they are shallow and turbo. redbetLIVE @ Dragonara is a fantastic, deep and slow structure. There’s no need to panic about time.
In 15 events over the last two years, the tournament average has barely dropped below 30BBs at any time. If your tournaments are so massively impacted by a few seconds delay for a traditional ante… maybe your structure is just a bit crappy to start with?
The redbetLIVE Local structure is SO good, that when we looked at what it would have to be to accommodate the benefits of a consolidated ante (namely getting rid of the damn 25 point chips) we would actually end up with a WORSE structure! For eg, the 100/200 to 100/200/25 level would be eliminated… that’s 30 mins lost right there!

6) we will commit to ensure the dealers are on the ball and ask for the ante every hand. We will also ask players not to put in 16x 25 point chips for their big blind of 400 and then ask for change from a 500 chip next hand. If dealers and players don’t mess about, there’s no need for the traditional ante to be a problem within a decently structured tournament.

 

We hope you all understand our reasons, and that you will still play the events.
We have VERY carefully considered this point, and I estimate the time spent discussing with Paul runs into around four hours! We absolutely DO NOT take going against the grain lightly.

Sometimes it’s important to have the courage of one’s convictions, stick to what you believe in, even if it’s against the fashion.
Perhaps something will happen in the future that changes our attitude towards this topic, but for 2019, redbetLIVE Local events are sticking to the old ways, because all things considered, we think it’s best for our particular tournament.

I look forward to discussing this with you all at the events!

 

SOURCES:

https://www.pokernews.com/news/2018/01/big-blind-antes-pros-cons-29848.htm

https://www.uspoker.com/blog/big-blind-ante-first-debate-matters/22325/

https://calvinayre.com/2018/03/28/poker/big-blind-ante-taking-poker-world/

https://www.cardplayer.com/cardplayer-poker-magazines/66379-card-player-poker-tour-bestbet-jacksonville-31-8/articles/23353-the-case-for-the-big-blind-ante

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/65/tournament-events/bb-ante-structure-amp-related-late-table-inequity-1706326/

https://www.cardschat.com/news/big-blind-ante-goes-mainstream-in-2018-format-appears-here-to-stay-71765

redbetLIVE at Dragonara, November 2018: Day1C

15 mins to go on clock start here at Dragonara as flight 1B runs into the last three levels of play.

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 6/6 playersKitai Malta Poker Dragonara

Clock starts at 19:31 and the rodeo rolls for the second time today!

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 7/7 players

Some serious looking faces on this table, the poker passion is palpable.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 12/13 players

Few players rocked up for action in the last level, there is quite a lot of laughing now, so people seem to be settling in.

BREAK – 15 mins

_d3_9755Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 16/17 players

A few faces from yesterday and this afternoon have returned to the battle to try again. GL everyone!

We have also learned tonight that Andrea Stellato invented limp strategy and floating… so Stellato is a floater?

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 19/21 players

We have reached the gtd prizepool amount here, and there are still players registering. This is great news, and with only 17 through to Day2 so far there is plenty of room for more tomorrow!

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 19/21 players

Nearly half way through Day 1C and the average stack is 110 bigs, so it’s no lie when we say this tournament structure is very gentle!

kat redbet jeanelle brincat malta dragonaraBREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 20/24 players

Players still sneaking in, possibly after busting one of the other local games. Malta is our favourite place in the whole world for low-stakes poker, because whenever you come out here, whatever time of year, you’ll be able to get a decent game of low-stakes poker.

Lvl 8 – 200/400/50 – 21/25 players

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 18/26 players

A couple of exits and a couple of re-entries, the circle of life continues.

People are having fun and a few are drinking some vino and enjoying the pleasures of Saturday night.

BREAK – 15 mins_d3_9775

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 17/27 entrants

Into the last three levels of the day.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 17/27

We are playing on 2 tables here and players may be entering the cling on for Day 2 stage.
On the other hand, as Antoine told us in the break, he’s “feeling creative”… so anything could happen.

Attention all players! If you move the button for the dealer, the etiquette is to notify them!
You can say “button good” or something, or just tap the table sharply twice with the button as you move it. The poor old dealer might move it twice and then there’s a right old carry-on!

Attention all dealers! Seriously, pay attention; cos even when the players mess stuff up, it’s still your fault. #DealerLife

_d3_9804Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 17/27 players

Oh these people wanna make Day2.
We have 14 minutes till we stop the clock on the final flight of the November event. The players will then play 3/4/5 final hands to close down the day.

We have had 72 players for this event and this generates a prizepool of €12960.
The full payout breakdown will be published tomorrow.

 12 players made it through to Day 2 from Day 1C.
Play starts at 14:00 tomorrow with blinds of 800/1600/100.

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redbetLIVE at Dragonara, November 2018: Day 1B

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 6/6 players

Clocked rocked at 14:01 with Miss Jeanelle at the helm. She’s a strict task-master, but the players love her! If you need lessons in being organised at poker tournaments, then come to see Jeanelle!

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 14/14 players

Afternoon flight picking up whilst the weather is a little bit grey. Perfect November afternoon solution, PLAY POKER!

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 15/15 players

_mg_7821Play continues into level three with 15 players and it all relaxed here at Dragonara, as it always is. Even Stellato is behaving himself! Wonders never cease.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 18/18 players

This may be the first time we have reached level four without an elimination; this is especially unexpected as Totti Lind is playing. #BantzOn

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 17/19

We have made it to the introduction of the antes, and this afternoon’s players have decided not to have a big discussion about button or bb antes. Maybe standard antes are not entirely unpopular…?

Okay, disregard the above, the ante discussion happened, and it was beautiful and emotional.

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 18/20 players

Carrying on as it slips into evening here in Malta. As usual the atmosphere is very relaxed and we think it might be about time to order some food.

BREAK – 15 minsredbet live poker dragonara malta november 2018

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 17/21 players

Couple of re-entries. There is flight 1C at 19:30, so there’s no pressure to re-enter the afternoon flight; that said, the structure is pretty mellow, so even sitting down now in level 7 will give you 70 bigs!

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 17/21 players

Last two levels for registration. Day 1 plays to level 12.

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 17/22 players

The day continues as one more player pops in a re-entry. This tournament is a re-entry tournament, but max 1 re-entry per flight.

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 16/25 players

Jeanelle Brincat Dragonara Malta Poker November 2018 redbetLast three levels of the day for the 1B players and the 1C players are starting to slowly appear.
We have been discussing with players the idea of getting rid of one of the Day 1s next year, and only having 2 starting days… but then people keep turning up for all three.
If you have any ideas about how you’d like to see the tournament formats be next year, then let us know, because nothing is set in stone yet!
Contact Kat Redbet on FB with any cunning plans.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 13/25 players

The end of the day is in sight for the day 1B players. Joe Hall, the event photographer, has just arrived to cover the end of one flight and the start of another.

Lvl 12 – 600/1200 – 12/25 players

Exits have slowed down as we enter the last level. Some players take the strategy that it’s go hard or go home at this stage. Some players wanna scrape into Day2 with even a shortstack, because we come back to 800/1600/200 and the levels are 45 mins, there is always hope!
Two of our past winners started Day2 with under 20 bigs… NEVER SURRENDER!!!

10 players made it through from Day 1B to Day 2 which starts at 14:00 on Sunday 25th November- blinds will be 800/1600/100.

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Last Minute Chance to Get to Malta Poker Festival

mpfMore than six months ago, I convinced the redbet Casino VIP manager that he wanted to spend some of his budget on poker packages for the Malta Poker Festival, 1st-6th November 2018.

The reasons for this were two-fold:

  • 1) I genuinely believed it would be a nice gift to casino VIP players. Many play poker anyway, and I figured those that didn’t would be up for a nice Mediterranean holiday. Big live poker events are mainly handled by the event organiser, so to reward casino VIPs in this way is cost and effort effective for smaller brands like redbet.
  • 2)I couldn’t afford the sponsorship out of the poker budget alone.

Malta Poker Festival have a pretty good sponsorship deal, and redbet got 30 x packages of €1400 value included in the cost (we add €250 expenses to make the value to poker players €1650).
The agreement was that 15 packages belonged to the redbet poker department and 15 belonged to the redbet casino VIP department.

I’ve had great fun giving these away, and unlike some smaller poker brands, I was not desperately worried about overlay, because I had explained to my boss that we had agreed a marketing cost, and as a result had 15 x “shop window” products to shift.

At the time of writing, of the 30 Malta Poker Festival Packages that redbet bought from the organiser, 13 have been given to redbet Casino VIPs as rewards for being valued customers, 8 have been won in package finals (1 to go -5pmGMT 28th Oct), 4 have been given away in social media promos and 2 poker influencers were invited by me personally (Simon Jones cos he’s good craic and supports our brand, and Donna Morten who supports every poker brand).

Now, if you’re good at maths, you’ll count that as 28 packages… and 28 is a number that is 2 lower than 30; it’s that kinda maths skillz that make my bosses respect me.

The two extra packages are casino VIP ones that they did not get around to giving away, and I had a discussion with the VIP manager as to what he wants to do with them.
He had a couple of ideas, but in the end, I convinced him that the lowstakes poker community would be grateful for them, probably more than casino VIPs might.

He said, “yeah, go on then, offer them up”.

Boom. €3300 donated by the redbet casino team to the redbet poker function.
We probably owe them a beer!

Me working hard at a redbetLIVE event

Me working hard at a redbetLIVE event

I’ve decided to slap on two tournaments to win these packages.
I could have done a freeroll, but decided to give an advantage to players who have tickets already because they’ve been supporting the satellite route.
I have decided on a €1.25 unlimited rebuy tourney and a €6.25 unlimited rebuy tourney because these are the most common outstanding tickets in the system.
The lower value tickets can still be used to win €1.25 or €6.25 tickets for use in these aggro rebuy finals. Both structures will be quite aggressive, but the €6.25 will be less so due to the higher buyin.

They will happen at GMT 6pm (€1.25) 7pm (€6.25) in addition to the final scheduled package satty (€156.25) which starts at 5pm on Sunday 28th Oct.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the satellite route, there are many daily flips to win €1.25/€6.25 tickets and the route starts at 1c. The lower value flips are in place until Oct 25th.

The reason I’m writing this is for transparency about the methods we use to generate members, sales and package value.
I have nothing to hide in the way my company, or my poker network does business, so I may as well tell you about it, huh?

See you at the tables, or hopefully, in Malta very soon!

 

6pmGMT start Sunday 28th October
Tournament group – redbetLIVE @ Malta Poker Festival
8 min players
8 handed
€1.15 + €0.10 buyin (cash, tickets, loyalty points)
Allow double buyin
Starting stack 1k
€1.15 + €0.10 unlimited rebuys (1k stacks, cash, ticket, loyalty points)
1 x €1.15+€0.10 add-on 10k stack
30 mins late reg/rebuy period
3 min blinds
Standard stakes

1 x €1650 MPF package gtd

 

7pmGMT start Sunday 28th October
Tournament Group redbetLIVE@Malta Poker Festival
5 min players
8 handed
€6 + €0.25 buyin (cash, ticket, loyalty points)
Allow double buyin
Starting stack 2k
€6 + €0.25 unlimited rebuys (2k stacks, cash, ticket, loyalty points)
1 x €6 + €0.25 add-on 20k stack
60 mins late reg/rebuy period
6 min blinds
standard stakes

1 x €1650 MPF package gtd

 

 

redbetLIVE at Dragonara: September 2018 Day 2

We’re all ready to go here, and we’re waiting for our players to arrive.
25 players are returning and the average stack is 69600.

Lvl 13 – 800/1600/100 – 25 players – av stack 69600

First casualty of the day as Thomas Pupar could not find a double for his short stack.

Maurizo Autellitano eliminated in 24th place.

Lvl 14 – 1000/2000/200 – 23 players – av stack 75600

Raphael Toledo eliminated in 23rd place.

Sesay Sulaiman eliminated in 22nd place.

Marion Mizzi eliminated in 21st place.

Losi Maria Rosa eliminated in 20th place.

Phil Pearson eliminated in 19th place.

Lvl 15 – 1200/2400/200 – 18 players – av stack 96k

Current chip leader is Andrea Stellato after Phil Pearson got fed up of his constant open raises and 3bet jammed 40 bigs with A9c. Stellato called with AQos and although chop outs were a reality on the turn, they did not come for Phil and his chips went flying towards the Mouth of Malta. Nice hand, Stellato!

Igino Xuereb eliminated in 17th place.

Mondelli Maurizio eliminated in 16th place.

We are powering through the players today! There are 7 paid places with a top prize of €3236 and min cash of €418.

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 16 – 1500/3000/300 – 15 players – av stack 116k

Chipcounts at the 1st break:

day2-1st-break-chipcount

Lorna Zammit eliminated in 15th place. It’s not all bad news for her though, because she has just got the cutest puppy you have seen in your life… certainly cuter than any poker player!

Salvatore Ritrovato eliminated in 14th place.

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

Jesmond Aguis eliminated in 13th place.
This is a nine handed tournament, so we are 4 players away from the final table.

Lvl 18 – 2500/5000/500 – 12 players – av stack 145k

Jan Wouter eliminated in 12th place.

Alex Giordano eliminated in 11th place.

Karl Gialanze eliminated in 10th place.

final-table

BREAK – 30 mins

Players are now on the scheduled dinner break.

Lvl 19 – 3000/6000/500 – 9players – av stack 193k

The battle begins as only 7/9 players will get paid.
A bubble payment was discussed and rejected, so let play commence!

Instant doom for Luca Berita as he open shoved 99 from late position and bounced straight into Skawinski’s pocket tens which held up and sent Berita packing. GG, ciao!

Berman doubles against Galea after getting it in with top set on the turn and being called by Galea with the nut flush draw. The river was not the heart Galea needed, and so Berman is now a force to be reckoned with at this table.

Lvl 20 – 4000/8000/500 – 8 players – av stack 217k

After a tough grind, Durante Adolfo bust with AQ after getting it all in pre v Berman, who was holding pocket queens for the second time on this final table.
This elimination burst the bubble, and there are now 7 players remaining, with min cash at €418.

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

Mark Berman eliminated in 7th place after flopping two pair with 7-2 from the big blind. Bignalay haad sneaked in with QQ and rivered a 2nd pair to flick Berman out with a cash of €418.

Andrea Stellato eliminated in 6th place after both he and Skawinsk flopped a pair of Aces and then turned Aces up as the board paired. All the money went in and Skawinski had a Jack kicker with his Ace, Stellato only a 3.
Skawinski is now a monster chip lead.

Carnage as Skawinski wins a flip v Thomas. Thomas had no choice but to get 10bigs in with AQ pre. Skawinski had pocket sixes, but it wasn’t a race for long when Skawinski flopped a set and turned quads.
He is now monster chip lead plus a jaunty hat.

Raymond Galea eliminated in 4th place before we had even finished typing the last exit!

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 22 – 6k/12k/1k – 3 players – av stack 580k

Skawinski still way in front in terms of chips, holding 1/2 the chips in play.
However, with the shallow structure, the other two are far from out yet.

Play continues, and with 1st prize being almost twice 3rd prize, the competition is ON!

We are heads up after Falzon ran AQ into Bignaley’s AK preflop and although the turn gave him a gutter, it was not to be and he was elinated in 3rd place for €1566.

 Lvl 23 – 8k/16k – Headsup -av stack 870k

The two remaining players have flattened out the remaining money, and they are taking at least €2500 each with €428 and the trophy to play for.

We have a winner after a short heads-up! Well player to all players, and our winner, Vincennt

7th€ 418 Mark Berman
6th€ 731 Andrea Stellato
5th€ 1,044Mikael Thomas
4th€ 1,253 Raymond Galea
3rd€ 1,566 Dieter Falzon
2nd€ 2,192 €2500 Kamil Skawinski
1st€ 3,236 €2928 Vincent Bignaley

 

 

redbetLIVE at Dragonara, September 2018: Day 1C

Just waiting for 1 player to start the clock!

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 8/8 players

Let’s GOOOO flight 1C! Currently a slight overlay, but we’re okay lobbing €1.5k in the pot for the locals, you have supported us so well!
There is time to register, but hey,  no rush!

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 9/9 players

Local celebrity - Stellato

Local celebrity – Stellato

Stellato is already in action. We try to imagine a world without him, but honestly, it’s a dark and empty place.
Malta poker would not be the same without him.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 13/13 players

Players are arriving for the last chances to enter September’s redbetLIVE at Dragonara.

BREAK – 15 mins

 Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 13/14 players

We have some of the redbet regs here tonight, and we have swapped Tournament Directors from Fiora to Jeanelle.

We started a little late on this flight, so there are still over three hours of reg left on this tourney, which will close at around 00:45. Play will now finish at around 03:15 due to the late start.

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 15/16 players

We have some strong players battling tonight. We think a few of our regs are in UK for a big tournament at Dusk Till Dawn. Good luck to you all there!

Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 15/16 playerspy3a9342

We can’t quite believe it… but we’ve hit the guarantee…??? HOW? The support of the local poker community, that’s how!

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 15/18 players

The gtd has been met, but if you bust, and you’re here, you may as well re-enter, right?

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 14/18 players

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 13/18 players

Last level of entry today. We are having a bit of trying to double up or bust for a rebuy. Konrad Abela crushing souls with Q6 off after jamming his short stack in pre and making a straight with the six. The other players loved it! (Not)

BREAK-15mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 12/18 players

Registration is now closed on flight 1c and this event has had 58 entries for a total prize pool of €10440.

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 11/18 players

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 9/18 players

As we enter the last level of the day, we are contemplating flirting Stellato out of the tournament for being cheeky to the dealer? Should we?

8 players made it through from flight 1C, the total returning will be 25 for Day 2 at 2pm on Sunday 30th September.

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redbetLIVE at Dragonara, September 2018: Day 1B

Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 6/6players

Started bang on time today with some of the beloved redbet regs who turned up in time to play.
Traffic for this event is a little slow this time around, but we know the local players are busy trying to qualify for the two massive events happening on the Island in a few weeks.

redbet is sponsoring both Battle of Malta and The Malta Poker Festival, and online qualifiers are available now with feeder routes and finals for both complete packages and seat only tickets.
You can check out the full schedule by creating a poker account and looking at the poker lobby. (drop down menu on top left  if you prefer a language other than English).

We’re just gonna sit here and chill for the afternoon. What you gonna do?

Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 10/10 playersTotti Lind redbetLIVE Malta

As expected, the players are arriving slowly for this afternoon.
Feel free to come and join us, this is a nine handed tournament, so there are seats open, you’ll sit down with 300 blinds right now.

Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 14/14 players

The gentle trickle of players continues! Satellite winner Totti Lind has rocked up  to play, we’re just glad he could find the casino!

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 14/15 players

Jackie Cachia AKA PokerMamma continues to run like a centipede with no legs as she manages to smash into Totti Lind’s AA preflop. We feel here pain, it’s not possible to overcome the #ScandiLuckbox effect. Unlucky PokerMamma, hope the 2nd bullet hits the mark!

Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 13/15 players_00a7355

Crusing into level five, the atmosphere is friendly.
Three lads have turned up to see what’s happening. Should we convince them to play, or try to preserve the hope of some overlay?

Lvl 6 – 150/300/50 – 18/21 players

Sudden flurry of players as the afternoon sun begins to dip.
We get it guys, we love poker, but being able to sit on a beach all day in September is pretty good too!

BREAK – 15mins

Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 14/21 players

Unusual for us to get more players on a Saturday afternoon than a Friday night, but hey, who can really predict the poker action on the Rock Of Poker?

Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 13/21 players

Technically still an hour to go of late reg on this flight, but reg for the evening flight opens at 19:30, so all the options are yours!

Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 13/21 players

_00a7161We have entered the last level of play for Day 1B.
Given that only 8 players made it through  to Day2 from Day 1A, it’s looking like Day2 might be an easy day for the remaining players…?

BREAK – 15 mins

Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 13/21 players

Entry is now closed for flight 1B but open for Flight 1C!

Lvl 11 – 500/1000/50 – 12/21 players

Average stack in this flight is currently 52k which is more than enough to be a contender tomorrow, so we expect to see play tighten up a bit now as people want to get to Day2.
Playing six handed is much more fun anyway, as it’s more likely to be a good move to play a wider range of cards!

Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100  – 11/21 players

Into the last level of play.
We will play down to 10 mins remaining in this level and then we will draw for 3/4/5 final hands.
Our players always seem to pick 5 hands blind from the card selection… we guess they just like playing!

10 players made it through to Day2 and return tomorrow, Sunday 30th at 2pm to continue play:
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