While Day 4 of the 2015 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour (EPT) Malta Main Event was busy whittling its field down, a massive crowd of players were scurrying towards the casino’s cashier desk armed with €10,300 to invest in the High Roller.
By the time the curtain came down on the day’s proceedings, 229 players had bought in, 60 of those re-entered, taking the attendance for Day 1 to a staggering 288 and with late registration available until the first hand being dealt on Day 2 that number could be set to rise.
A total of 142 players made it through to Day 2 and they are led by Portuguese pro Rui Ferreira and his 280,000 stack, but hot on his heels are a number of British players who also had the welcomed problem of trying to cram lots of chips into an overnight chip bag.
Starting Day 2 in second place, courtesy of his 277,200 chips, is Max Silver. The popular pro started the Malta Main Event at a blistering pace and was the Day 1b chip leader, but things didn’t exactly go to plan and he busted on Day 2. A deep run in this high roller event should go some way to making amends for that.
Another Brit nicely poised for a deep run is Ludovic Geilich. The hyper-aggressive Scotsman finished with 234,300 chips, a large percentage of which used to belong to a now-busted Brit Patrick Leonard.
It was a bizarre hand that sent Leonard to the rail. Jesse Sylvia opened to 3,000 from under the gun and Ivan Soshnikov three-bet to 8,700 from the button. Geilich was in the small blind and he cold four-bet to 17,800 and before Leonard could act, the dealer mucked his cards!
The floor supervisor was called, Leonard told the floor what his exact cards were and showed where they would be in the muck. The floor then retrieved the cards, gave them back to Leonard who then five-bet all-in for 98,000! Everyone folded back to Geilich who tanked, had the clock called on him before calling.
Geilich showed and was flipping against the of Leonard. A flop left Leonard drawing thin, with the changing thin to dead. The inconsequential completed the board and Leonard headed for the rail with an interesting tail to tell and to re-enter.
Other Brits to progress to Friday’s Day 2 include Charlie Carrel (192,000), Owain Carey (167,000), Simon Deadman (163,500), Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (118,700), Everest Poker ambassador Sam Trickett (101,400), Craig McCorkell (83,800), Paul Newey (73,500), Senh Man Ung (69,500), Oliver Price (67,800), Simon Higgins (66,400), Neil Strike (65,000), the aforementioned Leonard (63,300), Tamer Kamel (57,000), Stephen Chidwick (54,900), and Jack Salter (35,000).
2015 EPT Malta €10k High Roller Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
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Day 2 commences at 12:00pm local time and will see 10 levels played while ambitious attempts to reach the final table are being made. With the field reading like a who’s who of world poker you should head to the PokerNews Live Reporting pages and follow the action throughout the day – you know it makes sense!