Cards are in the air and this final day is underway. Who's going to be our 2016 PokerStars.com EPT Malta Main Event Champion?
Hand #1: In the first hand of the day, it was folded to Aliaksei Boika on the small blind and he completed with and Mats Karlsson checked his .
The flop came down and Boika check-folded to a bet from the chipleader.
Hand #2: From first position, Dmitry Yurasov raised it up but folded when Aliaksei Boika threw in a three-bet from the button.
Hand #3: When folded to him, Peter Ockenden raised to 130,000 from the small blind with . Dmitry Yurasov called with .
The flop came down and Ockenden checked. Yurasov paired his eight and bet 125,000. Ockenden made the call and the fell on the turn. It was checked to Yurasov again and his 260,000-bet was called by Ockenden.
The river was the and it was checked to showdown and Yurasov won the first serious pot of the day.
Hand #4: Mats Karlsson had and from the cutoff, he made it 110,000 to go. On his left, Peter Ockenden found and he made a three-bet to 280,000. Dmitry Yurasov and Elie Saad folded their blinds and Karlsson folded as well.
Hand #5: From first position, Aliaksei Boika raised to 150,000 with . To his immediate left chipleader Mats Karlsson made a three-bet to 250,000 while holding . It was folded back to Boika and he let his hand go.
Hand #6: Action folded to Elie Saad on the button, who raised to 110,000 with . Aliaksei Boika defended his big blind with .
The board of got checked down all the way, giving Boika the winner with his pair of sixes.
Hand #7: Tomas Macnamara raised to 110,000 on the button with . Aliaksei Boika picked up in the small blind and three-bet to 260,000.
Macnamara moved all in for 1,725,000 and Boika called all in for his tournament life.
The flop was and Macnamara took a huge lead in the hand. The on the turn gave Boika some straight outs to go with his jacks, and sure enough the hit on the river to give Boika the double up.
Macnamara was left with just 11 big blinds after the hand.
Hand #8: After his big hit against Aliaksei Boika, Tomas Macnamara raised all in with for 565,000 and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #9: In the next hand Macnamara raised all in again. This time he was holding . The all in was for 665,000 and got through. Mats Karlsson folded .
Hand 10: From first position, Tomas Macnamara shoved for the third time in a row. He was holding and was all in for 765,000 in total.
It was folded to Peter Ockenden in and he made the call with .
It was a race and Macnamara needed to hit to survive. The flop wasn't any of it's liking. However, when the hit the turn he gained some extra outs to counterfeit Ockenden.
But it was the that fell on the river and Macnamara shook hands with the other five players before he left the table.
With his €76,790 payday, he scored his best live poker result so far. It was the sixth cash in an EPT Main Event for the Brit.
Hand #11: Peter Ockenden picked up and raised to 130,000 from the cutoff. Aliaksei Boika defended his big blind with .
Boika flopped a flush draw on , Ockended flopped top pair. Boika checked, Ockenden bet 240,000 and Boika called.
On the turn, Boika checked, and Ockenden continued his aggression with a bet of 385,000. The Belarusian, with flush and straight draws, called again, creating a pot of over 1,5 million chips already.
Boika got there on the river, completing his flush. It took about two minutes before Boika came to a decision, and he led out with a bet of 450,000.
Visibly disgusted, Ockenden removed his sunglasses and tried to figure out the situation. After some more deliberation, the Brit called and got shown the bad news. Boika raked in a monstrous pot of 2,5 million and is now second in chips.
Hand #12: It was folded to Elie Saad on the button. The Lebanese, raised to 110,000 with and Mats Karlsson defended his big blind, holding .
The Swede connected with the flop but checked. So did Saad. The turn did pair Saad but he was drawing dead against Karlsson two pair.
Karlsson fired out a bet of 150,000 and Saad called to see the hit the river. Karlsson counted out chips for a bet and made it 350,000. Saad thought about it for a few seconds before laying down his hand.
Hand #13: From first position, Dmitry Yurasov came in raising to 110,000. It was enough to win the blinds and antes.
Hand #14: Peter Ockenden completed the small blind with but folded when Dmitry Yurasov raised to 150,000 while holding .
Hand #15: From the cutoff, Mats Karlsson raised to 110,000 with . Peter Ockenden folded his button and Dmitry Yurasov laid down his big blind. Elie Saad called from the big blind with .
The flop was and Saad check-folded to a 150,000-bet.
Hand #16: Peter Ockenden raised to 115,000 with from the cutoff. Dmitry Yurasov three-bet to 310,000 with on the button. Ockenden folded and Yurasov won the pot.
Hand #17: Dmitry Yurasov raised from the cutoff with and Mats Karlsson defended his big blind with . Karlsson flopped middle pair on a flop and check-called a bet of 150,000.
The on the turn gave Karlsson two pair, but Yurasov picked up a straight draw. Karlsson checked and Yurasov fired a second barrel of 360,000.
Karlsson gave it some thought before coming up with a check-raise to 800,000. Yurasov, getting a solid price on his money, made the call in position, creating a pot of over 2 million chips.
The hit the river, which gave Yurasov top pair, but kept Karlsson in front with two pair. The Swede asked how much Yurasov had behind and went in the tank for over two minutes. All the time, the Russian seized up his opponent, trying to get a read.
Eventually, Karlsson stacked a tower of T-25,000 chips and slid a bet of 550,000 forward. Yurasov quickly called, but went aghast upon seeing Karlsson hand.
With the massive pot, the Swede extended his already extensive chiplead to almost six million in chips, over 100 big blinds deep.
Hand #18: From first position, Dmitry Yurasov raised to 110,000 with . On the button, Aliaksei Boika picked up and he made a three-bet to 310,000.
Mats Karlsson and Peter Ockenden folded their blinds and it was back to Yurasov and he made the call. The flop was and the ace did slow down the action as both players checked. The hit the turn and Yurasov checked again and so did Boika.
The river completed the board and it was checked to showdown and Yurasov took another small hit as Boika won the hand with his kings.
Hand #19: Elie Saad picked up in first position and raised to 110,000. From the button, Mats Karlsson called with and Peter Ockenden came along from the small blind with . Big blind Dmitry Yurasov was priced in and called with .
The gave Ockenden top pair and he out flopped Saad's queens. It was checked around to Karlsson who took a stab at it with . Ockenden made the call and Yurasov and Saad folded.
The fell on the turn and Ockenden checked and so did Karlsson. The river was the . Ockenden moved all in for 845,000 in total and Karlsson folded.
Hand #20: Aliaksei Boika picked up and raised to 110,000. In the small blind, Dmitry Yurasov had him dominated holding and he made the call.
Boika paired his kicker on the flop and Yurasov checked to him. Boika bet 140,000 and Yurasov let it go.
Hand #21: Mats Karlsson picked up under the gun and opened up the action with a raise to 110,000. Elie Saad called with out of the small blind.
The flop gave Karlsson two pair and he took down the pot with a bet of 175,000.
Hand #22: Aliaksei Boika opened to 150,000 with from the small blind. Mats Karlsson three-bet to 500,000 with from the big blind. Boika folded his hand and Karlsson dragged another pot.
Hand #23: Aliaksei Boika opened to 110,000 with on the button and Peter Ockenden defended the big blind with . Boika flopped middle pair on a flop and both players checked.
On the turn, Ockenden led out with a small bet of 80,000 and Boika quickly called. Ockenden tried to buy it again on the river, this time with a potsized bet of 425,000. That price was too steep for Boika, who folded the best hand.
Hand #24: Elie Saad folded from under the gun. Aliaksei Boika raised to 125,000 with from the cutoff. Peter Ockenden called from the small blind with and Dmitry Yurasov called from the big blind with .
The flop improved Boika, who continued with 135,000. Both blinds quickly folded their hands.