The two starting days of the 2016 PokerStars.com EPT Season 13 Malta €5,300 Main Event have gathered a total field of 460 entries, of which 223 players bagged up chips after the end of level eight in the past two days. However, that number is not final yet, as registration remains open until the first card is dealt in 90 minutes from now at 12 p.m. local time at the Casino Portomaso.
Leading the field of survivors thus far is Andras Nemeth with 192,700, the Hungarian is followed closely by Dan Shak (185,100), Armin Mette (183,700) and Pasi Sormunen (183,600). Other big stacks and notables belong to [Removed:155] (163,300), Anton Bertilsson (155,200), Roberto Romanello (148,300), Frederik Jensen (147,800), German poker prodigy Ole Schemion (147,500), Eugene Katchalov (143,900), Sarah Herzali (143,200) and Dmitry Yurasov (126,500) to name just a few.
Defending EPT Malta champion Niall Farrell was eliminated on Day 1b whereas EPT11 Malta winner Jean Montury survived the same starting day with 20,000. The only Team PokerStars Pro that made it through is George Danzer with 27,000 and many other familiar faces of the international poker circuit will return to the tables today to battle for the title of the penultimate EPT Main Event before the rebranding to PokerStars Championships in 2017.
Action recommences with level nine and blinds of 500-1,000 with a running ante of 100. A total of six 75-minute levels are scheduled with a break every two levels, there will not be any dinner break and the chips will be bagged up around 8.30 p.m. local time. The PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to cover all the action until a winner is crowned next Saturday.