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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:

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

redbetLIVE at Dragonara: Event #4 Day 2

39 players are returning in total for Day 2 for event 4.
With 80 entries, the prizepool is €14400 and the prize breakdown will be publish shortly.

Day 2 will start in 30 minutes.

Seating Draw:

Seating Draw Day 2

Seating Draw Day 2

Lvl 13 – 800/1600/100 – 39 players

Clock starts at 13:02 with 39 stacks… a few players running a bit late, maybe celebrating the football result last night?

Early bath for Micheal Thomas who started the day with 32k and got 99 in preflop against AK. Thomas couldn’t win the flip and he’s our first casualty of the day.

Two eliminations in one hand as Santina Spedalieri and Martin Vltavsky got it all in with 88 and 1010 respecttively against Patrick Sundstrom’s AK.
Ace flop, never got any better for either pair. We’re down to 36 players.

Sascha's Annals Of Time Face

Sascha’s Annals Of Time Face

As the tables broke, a lonely shout of “lost one” was heard across the field of noise… that ‘one’ was Sascha Manns; maybe no-one will ever know the bustout hand, it will disappear into the annals of time like a wisp of smoke.

Lvl 14 – 1000/2000/200 – 35 players – av stack 68k

Online qualifier Micheal Edge found QQ with 25 bigs and got it in preflop.
Sadly, he got it in preflop against other online qualifier, Reza Haack’s AA and the poker Gods weren’t in the mood to slip a Queen out there.

Edge is eliminated in 35th place, but since he qualified for €5 in an online satty with 85% of the prizepool being generated by house overlay, he didn’t seem bothered. He’s off to find a cash game.

We lose Event #2 final table player Konrad Abela in 34th place.
Domenico Tortomasi exits in 33rd place.
Teemu Hietala bites the dust in 32nd place.

Teemu Hietala

Teemu Hietala

Anna Colley leaves us in 31st place.
Andrea Stellato gone in 30th place.
Leo Osterberg eliminated in 29th place.

BREAK – 15min

Lvl 15 – 1500/3000/300 – 27 players – av stack  88.8k

We lost Kinno Keinanen in the last hand before the break and return to level 15 on three tables of nine.

Marcin Trela was eliminated in 27th place after 3bet jamming 17bigs from the big blind over Andre Grech’s middle position open.
Grech called the bet and flipped As6s against Trela’s KdJd. Three four on the flop left Trela with 6 outs, none of which fancied coming to the party.

Shortly after redbet online qualifier Oskar Johannesson was eliminated, but we’re sure he wasn’t bothered because he did not even turn up to play Day2. We like to think it’s a chilled tournament, but you probably need to at least turn up if you want to win!

Sorting a dispute over a raise

Sorting a dispute over a raise

Markus Larsson joined the eliminations list in 25th place leaving 8 players on each of the three remaining tables.

Michael Jenson joins a growing queue of Scandis that are busting this tourney. He found AK and got it all in preflop against the very hung-over Miraj Patel.
Patel had pocket nines and the runout held him good.

Christoph Kohen busted in 23rd place.

Lvl 16 – 1500/3000/300 – 22 players – av stack 109k

Cyril Sievet leaves the field in 22nd place.
Guilio Spampinato eliminated in 21st place.
Gregor Abymar exits the stage in 20th place having fought well to stay alive for so long as he started the day with only 12500 chips; unlucky!
Kevin Lee down in 19th place.

Miraj Patel

Miraj Patel

Lvl 17 – 2k/4k/400 – 18 players – av stack 133k

No movement in Lvl 17. Stacks are deep and players were hungry, so they all hung in until the dinner break.

Break – 30 mins

Chipcounts at the dinner break:

Lvl 18 – 3k/6k/500 – 18 players – av stack 138k

We have just lost Lena Teuha in 18th place.

David Hodgkins

David Hodgkins

Lvl 19 – 4k/8k/600 – 15players – av stack 160k

We’re 6 players off the cash and we’ve just lost David Hodgkins and Aleksander Jensen.

Fabrizo Naselli eliminated in 15th place.
Gaetano Caruana eliminated in 14th place.

Lvl 20 – 5k/10k/1k – 13 players – av stack 184k

Jonus Larsson hits the rail in 13th place so it’s two tables of six players remaining, with 3 more eliminations before the money.

Break 15 mins


Lvl 21 – 6k/12k/1k – 12 players – av stack 200k

Lots of short stack allins and calls, but no eliminations as the poker deities seem to be smiling on the underdogs here tonight!

Miraj Patel hits the rail in 12th place after openinng from the button with K5s and then calling the 3bet show that had him covered from Andre Grech.
Grech had A9 and it held.

Lvl 22 – 8k/16k/1k – 10 players

Mark Adams was eliminated in 11th place and Ina Pavlova was unfortunately the bubble.


9th Reza Haack €288
8th Patrick Sundstrom €288

Lvl 23 – 10k/20k/2k – 7 players

7th Henning Flick €576
6th Mark Berman €864

Break 15 mins


Lvl 24 – 15k/30k/3k – 5 players

5th Stian Danielsen  €1296.
4th Marc Schembri €1728
3rd Daniele Coroneo €2160

Now heads up between Jackie “pokermamma” Cachia and Andre Grech who is a young Maltese man who just turned 25 and this is his first live tournament in his own country!

Pokermamma has a 5/1 chip advantage against the young buck, but she’s got years of experience to throw back at him!

2nd Jackie Cachia €2880

1st Andre Grech €4320

9th€ 288
8th€ 288
7th€ 576
6th€ 864
5th€ 1,296
4th€ 1,728
3rd€ 2,160
2nd€ 2,880
1st€ 4,320
€ 14,400


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The last stop for Redbet LIVE 2014 was the glorious poker event that took place during the Prague Poker Festival located in… you guessed it: Prague! During the 8th to 13th Redbet LIVE occupied the huge King’s Casino with a 3-day €225 main event and a 2-day €400 Redbet Hunter event. On day one we saw 585 players from 40 different countries ready to fight for the guaranteed prize pool of €200,000 and the title Redbet LIVE champion.

In the end the two Polish finalists Rafal Lubczynski and Michal Scibura tried to outsmart and outplay each other, there was no clear winner since the chips went back and forth and in the end they decided for a 50-50 deal where both players were awarded €20,500 each. Rafal ultimately drew the longest straw against Michal and took home the trophy, the same man who 2 weeks earlier placed 3rd in the Sunday Million and brought home €118,000, AMAZING!

Redbet LIVE! October 2014

One of the first event that would mark the beginning of Redbet’s successful series: Redbet LIVE! In October 2014 we decided to occupy the Card Casino in Prague to host a live poker tournament focusing on two things, a low buy-in and a high guaranteed prize pool. This is exactly what we did with a €175 buy-in and a €50,000 guaranteed prize pool, the event was well appreciated and 303 players decided to join us! When it was all said and done, and the 303 players had been reduced the Redbet LIVE champion emerged: Grzegorz Tryba who brought home €13,403!