The PokerStars EPT Malta is in full swing, with several events already in the books and multiple trophies already lifted. The biggest one so far, was a cheque worth €174,600, going to Dietrich Fast who won the €10,300 high roller.
Today, the real big action kicks off with the start of the €25,750 High Roller. PokerNews will be on the floor to cover the event, followed by coverage of all the other big events this last ever PokerStars EPT Malta has in store for us. The event starts at 12:30 pm local time (2.5 hours from now), and players will start with 50,000 in chips. The plan is to play 10 levels of 60 minutes each.
PokerStars EPT Malta History
In the year 2015, the European Poker Tour visited the little island of Malta not once but twice. One time as part of the second half of Season 11, once at the start of Season 12. This year, in Season 13, the EPT only visits once. So players better make the best of it, as there will be no second chance. In fact, the European Poker Tour is down to it's next to last event ever, as after the event in Prague the world's biggest poker tour will relinquish its name. Whether a stop on Malta will return as a PokerStars Championship or PokerStars Festival remains to be seen, while it should be noted the latter is the more obvious choice if one were a betting man.
Here are the results for the previous big EPT events at the island of Malta:
|Event||Entries||Winner||Prize in €||Prize in $|
|EPT March 2015||Main Event||895||Jean Montury||€687,400||$743,585|
|€10k High Roller||304||David Peters||€597,000||$653,552|
|€25k High Roller||88||Dzmitry Urbanovich||€572,300||$605,929|
|EPT October 2015||Main Event||651||Niall Farrell||€534,330||$588,592|
|€10k Single Day High Roller||134||Steve O'Dwyer||€327,030||$360,241|
|€10k High Roller||210||Byron Kaverman||€430,800||$475,355|
|€25k High Roller||74||Mike McDonald||€498,575||$561,623|
PokerStars EPT Malta Stats
While there have been just 2 PokerStars EPT festivals on Malta so far, a look at the stats for this event can still be interesting.
There's no doubt who's the most successful player on the island as Dzmitry Urbanovich tops both the list with most cashes (7) and most money won (€745,605). Urbanovich shares the position of the most amount of cashes with 4 other players. His lead in the most money won category is not as big, but still impressive:
Italy, by far, has the most amount of cashes with 406 registered Italians walking to the payout desk in 2015. While the Italians have cashes the most amount of times, it has been players from the United States walking away with the most money from the island.