€5,300 Main Event
€5,300 Main Event
Dia 3 Terminado

Macnamara Leads Last 30 Players After Day 3 - Kitai, Jensen and Panka in Contention

• Nível 18: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Tomas Macnamara
Tomas Macnamara

Day 3 of the 2016 PokerStars.com EPT Malta Main Event saw a field of 90 get diminished to just 30 hopefuls. All the remaining players are guaranteed a share of €15,540 out of the total prize pool of €2,269,800, but have their sights set on the massive payday of €355,700, which will be handed out this Saturday in Casino Portomaso.

Five levels of 90-minutes were scheduled to be played, but only four of them were needed to get down to 30, and it was decided to move the last level of the day to Day 4. It was Britain's Tomas Macnamara who bagged the overall chiplead. Macnamara was the only player to bag more than a million in chips, and will return tomorrow with 1,028,000 to play with. Dmitry Yurasov (844,000), Sarah Herzali (769,000), Aliaksei Boika (688,000) and Benjamin Pollak (665,000) rounded out a star-studded top five.

Macnamara's previous best result on the EPT was a 13th place at the EPT12 Dublin Main Event for a payday of €32,870. The Brit chipped up a lot during the first level of the day while the bubble had not burst yet, and continued to build his stack throughout the next levels. Among others, he sent Yung Hwang to the rail with pocket tens versus pocket fives.

Three former EPT champions are still in contention for a second title: EPT8 Berlin champion Davidi Kitai (627,000), EPT8 Madrid winner Frederik Jensen (481,000) as well as PCA 2014 champion Dominik Panka (368,000) made it through to Day 4. Panka already reached the final table of the IPT8 Malta Main Event at the Casino Portomaso a few days ago. Further notables that will return to the tables include German poker prodigy Ole Schemion (613,000), start-of-the-day chip leader Guillaume Diaz (560,000), Malta's Konrad Abela (367,000), Walter Treccarichi (182,000) and IPT8 Malta Main Event champion Ismael Bojang (147,000).

Day 3 of the EPT Malta Main Event started off near the bubble, as three poor souls needed to be shed before the money was reached. The first to go was Jerry Odeen, who's pocket kings got cracked by Mikita Badziakouski's ace-seven when the latter flopped an ace. Alain Fluri ran ace-queen drawing dead in Yurasov's nut flush and left with nothing as well.

The dubious honor of bubble boy went to Benjamin Philipps, who attempted to squeeze into the money with a severe short stack. Eventually, Philipps was basically forced in from the big blind with queen-deuce, which was no match for Tomas Macnamara's pocket sevens. The remaining 87 players were all guaranteed at least €8,070.

Right after the bubble had burst, a flurry of short stacks got eliminated from the tournament. American superstar Maria Ho, EPT 7 Prague winner Roberto Romanello, €10,300 High Roller winner Dietrich Fast, Dutch demolishers Paul Gresel and Kees van Brugge, former November Niner James Akenhead and Nicaraguan hopeful Armando Collado Lanuza all fell in the early stages.

Gianfranco Visalli saw his run in the Main Event come to a screeching halt after losing most of his chips to Frederik Jensen. Visalli, who topped the leaderboard throughout the tournament, moved in with pocket sevens on an eight-high board. Jensen, holding just eight-six, called it off and took most of Visalli's chips in the process.

Two hands later, Visalli got the rest of his stack in with queen-six of clubs on a board containing a queen and two clubs. Xixiang Luo held ace-queen and dodged Visalli's outs to send the Italian packing in 47th place.

Jean Montury, who won the EPT 11 Malta Main Event back in March last year, saw his dreams of winning a second title come to an end. The Frenchman moved in with ace-queen, but needed to hit versus Aliaksei Boika's pocket queens. The board failed to provide help for Montury, and together with Niall Farrell's bust on Day 1 a new winner will be crowned on Saturday.

The second to last bustout of the day was Miguel Riera Suarez, who tried to hit a pay jump with his short stack. Riera stalled multiple times, but his tablemates and floor staff quickly acted to halt Riera's antics. When Riera had all but 5,000 of his stack in the middle, the Spaniard immediately got the clock called on him and had just thirty seconds to act. Riera was forced to commit the rest of his chips with queen-jack suited earlier that he'd liked, and failed to improve versus Armin Mette's ace-queen, missing out on the pay jump.

American hedge fund manager Dan Shak was the last to go. Shak shoved 130,000 with the optional nine-trey suited and Yury Gulyy called with ace-king suited.

"It is my son's birthday on Friday, I am actually rooting for you," said Shak, who could book his plane ticket home after Gulyy's hand held up. With Shak gone, 30 players remain after three days of play.

Day 4 will restart at 12 p.m. local time with blinds of 5,000 / 10,000 and an ante of 1,000. Five levels of 90 minutes have been scheduled, but with three days still to play a level will probably get cut. Follow all the action live on PokerNews.com throughout the day.

Day 4 Seat Draw

11Daniele ColauttiItaly230,000
12Davidi KitaiBelgium627,000
13Dmitry YurasovRussia844,000
14Chi ZhangUK563,000
15Ismael BojangGermany147,000
16Peter OckendenUK251,000
17Xixiang LuoChina230,000
18Brian AltmanUSA333,000
21Yury GulyyRussia378,000
22Benjamin PollakFrance665,000
23Frederik JensenDenmark481,000
24Sarah HerzaliFrance769,000
26Tomas MacnamaraUK1,028,000
27Louis CartariusGermany480,000
28Marco BartoliniItaly260,000
31Walter TreccarichiItaly182,000
32Armin MetteAustria298,000
33Guillaume ValleFrance552,000
35Mats KarlssonSweden559,000
36Usman SiddiqueUK215,000
37Elie SaadLebanon397,000
38Guillaume DiazFrance560,000
41Dong ZhaoChina640,000
42Dominik PankaPoland368,000
43Bastian DohlerGermany635,000
44Aliaksei BoikaBelarus688,000
45Sergey SergeevRussia176,000
46Ole SchemionGermany613,000
47Martin NikolovBulgaria531,000
48Konrad AbelaMalta367,000

Tags: Alain FluriAliaksei BoikaArmando Collado LanuzaArmin MetteBenjamin PhilippsBenjamin PollakDan ShakDietrich FastDmitry YurasovFrederik JensenGianfranco VisalliJames AkenheadJean MonturyJerry OdeenKees van BruggeKevin PollakMaria HoMiguel Riera SuarezMikita BadziakouskiNiall FarrellPaul GreselRoberto RomanelloSarah HerzaliTomas MacnamaraXixiang LuoYury Gulyy

End-of-day Chip Counts (Completo)

• Nível 18: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The full recap of the day will follow shortly.

Tomas Macnamara gb
Tomas Macnamara
gb 1,028,000 78,000
Dmitry Yurasov ru
Dmitry Yurasov
ru 844,000 -70,000
Sarah Herzali fr
Sarah Herzali
fr 769,000 143,000
Aliaksei Boika by
Aliaksei Boika
by 688,000 28,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 665,000 -35,000
Dong Zhao cn
Dong Zhao
cn 640,000 -60,000
Bastian Dohler de
Bastian Dohler
de 635,000 55,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
Winamax Sponsored Pro
be 627,000 -13,000
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
de 613,000 -26,000
Chi Zhang gb
Chi Zhang
gb 563,000 67,000
Guillaume Diaz fr
Guillaume Diaz
Winamax Team Pro
fr 560,000 -23,000
Mats Karlsson mt
Mats Karlsson
mt 559,000 -141,000
Guillaume Valle FR
Guillaume Valle
FR 552,000 -13,000
Martin Nikolov BG
Martin Nikolov
BG 531,000 -129,000
Frederik Jensen dk
Frederik Jensen
dk 481,000 181,000
Louis Cartarius DE
Louis Cartarius
DE 480,000 40,000
Elie Saad LB
Elie Saad
LB 397,000 72,000
Yury Gulyy ru
Yury Gulyy
ru 378,000
Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
pl 368,000 35,000
Konrad Abela pl
Konrad Abela
pl 367,000 -36,000
Brian Altman us
Brian Altman
us 333,000 -67,000
Armin Mette at
Armin Mette
at 298,000 -2,000
Marco Bartolini IT
Marco Bartolini
IT 260,000 59,000
Peter Ockenden gb
Peter Ockenden
gb 251,000 -20,000
Daniele Colautti IT
Daniele Colautti
IT 230,000 5,000

Leia tudo

Shak Busts to Gulyy

[user38873] • Nível 18: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Dan Shak
Dan Shak

After losing another pot, Dan Shak was left short and pushed two hands in a row. The first one got through, but the second one didn't. Shak pushed for around 130,000 and Yury Gulyy in the small blind reshoved to get the big blind out of the way.

Dan Shak: {9-Hearts}{3-Hearts}
Yury Gulyy: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}

"It is my son's birthday on Friday, I am actually rooting for you," Shak said.

The board ran out {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{K-Spades} and Shak was eliminated in 31st place, he will be flying back home for the birthday tomorrow.

Yury Gulyy ru
Yury Gulyy
ru 378,000 120,000
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us Eliminado

Tags: Dan ShakYury Gulyy

Zhao Doubles Through Bojang with Seven-Deuce

• Nível 18: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Ismael Bojang ends day 3 as a shortstack
Ismael Bojang ends day 3 as a shortstack

In one of the last hands of the day, Dong Zhao and Ismael Bojang built a large pot on the flop and turn.

The flop was {7-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} and from the big blind, Bojang checked to Zhao on the button. The Chinese made a bet of 22,000 only to see Bojang check-raise to 65,000.

That wasn't enough for Zhao who popped it up once more and made it 165,000 to go, which left him with only 161,000 behind. Bojang made the call and the {6-Hearts} fell on the turn.

Bojang checked to his opponent and Zhao moved in for his last 161,000. Bojang took several minutes to think about it, but in the end he made the call.

Dong Zhao: {2-Hearts}{7-Hearts}
Ismael Bojang: {K-Spades}{Q-Clubs}

Zhao's seven-deuce flopped a pair and a flush draw, that improved into a flush on the turn. Bojang's top pair was drawing dead and the {7-Diamonds} on the river was meaningless.

Dong Zhao cn
Dong Zhao
cn 700,000 325,000
Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
de 150,000 -410,000

Tags: Dong ZhaoIsmael Bojang

Last Three Hands

[user38873] • Nível 18: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The clock has been stopped with 13 minutes remaining on the level and the last three hands will be played.

Time-Taking Riera Misses Payjump

KaleGozer • Nível 18: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

With a payjump of almost €3,000 between 32nd and 31st, Miguel Riera tried everything he could to make it with his short stack. Riera had been stalling for the past twenty minutes and had the clock called on him multiple times already.

In his final hand, Riera raised to 60,000, leaving himself with just 5,000 behind. Armin Mette reraised all in for 196,000 behind him. Back on Riera, the Spaniard once again wanted to take copious amounts of time.

His tablemates and the tournament staff were having none of it though. Riera instantly got the clock called on him and the brush gave him just 30 seconds to act, due to prior behavior.

At the end of his slashed timebank, he flicked the extra chips in holding {Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts} and Mette had {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}. The board {5-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} provided no help for Riera, who's attempt to ladder up eventually failed. All the remaining players are now guaranteed €15,540.

Armin Mette at
Armin Mette
at 300,000 60,000
Miguel Riera Suarez es
Miguel Riera Suarez
es Eliminado

Tags: Armin MetteMiguel Riera Suarez

Valle Takes from Shak

[user38873] • Nível 18: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Dan Shak raised to 16,000 from under the gun and Guillaume Valle flat-called on the button. On the {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}{8-Spades} flop, Shak continued for 28,000 and Valle called before doing so again on the {5-Hearts} turn for 40,000. After the {10-Clubs} river, Shak led for 100,000 and Valle called.

Shak turned over the {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} for a pair of sevens, which Valle had beat with {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} to claim the pot with two pair.

Guillaume Valle FR
Guillaume Valle
FR 565,000 205,000
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us 210,000 -310,000

Tags: Dan ShakGuillaume Valle

Pollak Loves Himself a Double Paired Board

• Nível 18: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Benjamin Pollak
Benjamin Pollak

Benjamin Pollak just profited nicely off back-to-back double paired boards, and is now nursing a healthy stack of more than 700,000.

First, German Louis Cartarius ran a bluff against Pollak on a {5-Spades}{10-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds} {Q-Hearts} board, but Pollak wasn't going anywhere and scooped the pot after Cartarius quickly mucked following the 43,000 river call.

The very next hand, Pollak got a few streets of value from Dan Shak when Pollak bet both turn and river with {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} on a board of {K-Clubs}{7-Spades}{5-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}.

Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 700,000 10,000

Tags: Benjamin PollakDan ShakLouis Cartarius