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Oliver Hutchins Wins PPC Malta Main Event For €74,000

Oliver Hutchins

Oliver Hutchins travelled to Malta to compete in the partypoker Players Championship (PPC) Malta Main Event after winning his €550 seat for €109 in a satellite online at partypoker. Hutchins parlayed that satellite win into the PPC Malta Main Event title and a career-best €74,000.

Until the PPC Malta Main Event, Hutchins had won $25,023 from live poker tournaments. The bulk of that sum, £121,92 ($16,686) stemmed from a runner-up finish in a £250 buy-in event at the PokerStars London Series in October 2021. He now has a new career-best score of €74,000 after outlasting 847 opponents to become the inaugural PPC Malta champion.

PPC Malta Main Event Final Table Results

1Oliver HutchinsUnited Kingdom€74,000*
2Damir SavioCroatia€58,000*
3Jingchun YuChina€31,000
4Massimo RossiItaly€21,000
5Wouter SchuurbiersBelgium€16,000
6Federico CirilloItaly€13,000
7Fedrico PetruzzelliItaly€10,000
8Bradley GudgeonUnited Kingdom€8,000
9Guiseppe DiBellaItaly€6,400

*reflects a heads-up deal

Fifteen players returned to the Portomaso Casino on April 4, each hoping to reach the final table at the very least. The day ended earlier than expected for Victor Allain, Simone Lombardo, Mariusz Lewoniewski, Lukaszk Fraczek, Andrea Bettini, and Nicolas Plantin, the latter being the final table bubble boy.

Each of the nine finalists locked in €6,400 for their efforts. This is the sum Giuseppe DiBella banked when his short-stack three-bet shove with five-four lost to the queen-jack of Federico Petruzzelli.

Gudgeon Turns €11 Satellite Into an €8,000 Score

Bradley Gudgeon of the United Kingdom won his PPC Malta Main Event for a mere €11 online at partypoker. He was going great until he three-bet all-in with pocket kings and ran into the ace-king of Damir Savio, who paired his ace on the turn. Gudgeon turned his €11 invesment into €8,000.

Ace-king came good for Savio again as he eliminated Federico Cirillo in seventh place with Big Slick versus pocket jacks, before Massimo Rossi sent both Wouter Schuurbeirs and Cirillo to the sidelines with a pair of read aces in the hole, which reduced the tournament to only four hopefuls.

Rossi failed to put those chips to good use and shoved his last ten big blinds into the middle of the felt with ace-ten after China’s Jingchun Yu opened with queen-jack. Yu called and immediately came from behind with a queen on the flop, which proved enough to send Rossi to the showers.

A rush of blood to the head resulted in Yu bowing out in third place. Yu open-shoved for 21 big blinds with king-four from the small blind. Hutchins made the call with the superior king-queen, and won the hand courtesy of his queen-kicker after both players paired their king on the turn.

Let’s Strike a Deal

That gave Huthcins a 16,100,000 to 9,400,000 chip advantage over Savio. He had Savio on the ropes at one stage, but Savio never gave up and was almost level in chips when a scheduled break halted play. Hutchins and Savio returned from their brief respite having struck a deal, one leaving €13,000 more for the eventual champion.

Savio claimed the chip lead before falling back behind as the momentum swing in Hutchins’ favour. The final hand of the PPC Malta Main Event saw Savio down to less than 6.5 big blinds and move all-in with king-nine. Hutchins looked him up with ace-eight, and a queen-high board meant ace-high was enough to hand the title to satellite-winner Hutchins.

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