2021 World Series of Poker Europe
€5,300 Main Event
Days:
€5,300 Main Event
Day 1b completed

Jaroslaw Sikora Leads Day 1b Field; Jaka and Engel Build Big Stacks

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Jaroslaw Sikora
Jaroslaw Sikora

Day 1b of the European Poker Tour Malta Main Event attracted 460 players to the Portamaso Casino, which along with Day 1a's 184 runners brings the current total to 644. However, that number is sure to go up some as late registration is open until the start of Day 2.

After eight 75-minute levels of play, approximately 285 players remained with Poland's Jaroslaw Sikora (153,700) and France's Ludovic Riehl (150,000) leading the way. Others who bagged big stacks were Jens Lakemeier (138,000), Faraz Jaka (120,900), and Ari Engel (109,000), just to name a few.

Speaking of Jaka, he won an particularly interesting hand in the last level of the night. It was one worth a massive 96,500, and he won it at showdown without so much as a pair. You can read more about that hand by clicking here.

Last season, France's Jean Montury made history by becoming the first-ever EPT Malta champ, a feat he accomplished after topping a field of 895 players – which created a €4,340,750 prize pool – to take home a €687,400 first-place prize along with a SLYDE championship watch.

Montury was in action on Day 1b, but his title defense came to an abrupt end shortly after returning from dinner. His demise came after Mamouni Smain opened for 1,200 and then called when the defending champ three-bet to 3,600. Smain proceeded to check-call a bet of 3,600 on the {9-}{7-}{4-} two-heart flop, and then checked the non-heart {Q-} turn. Montury bet 7,200, Smain check-raised all in, and Montury called off his remaining 3,000 or so.

Montury: {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}
Smain: {9-}{9-}

The river was a blank, meaning Smain's flopped set help to send Montury to the rail where he joined the likes of Luca Pagano, who was the first player eliminated on Day 1b; EPT8 London champ Benny Spindler; EPT first-timer Doug Lee; 2011 World Series of Poker runner-up Martin Staszko; Team PokerStars' Fatima Moreira de Melo, Pier Paolo Fabretti, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, and Andre Akkari.

Akkari actually fell in Level 4 (100/200/25) when he opened with a raise and Engel three-bet holding {a-}{a-}. Akkari ripped 35 bigs with {7-}{7-}, Engel called, and the board ran out clean. With that, Akkari was eliminated from the EPT12 Malta Main Event while Engel jumped out to the early chip lead.

Others who advance from the Day 1b field include three-time WSOP bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche (98,000); Mike "Timex" McDonald (88,900), who was fresh off his win in the EPT12 Malta €25,000 High Roller; WSOP APAC champ Scott Davies (36,000); newly minted WSOP Europe champ Kevin MacPhee (27,200); and Team PokerStars Pros Johnny Lodden (87,200), Marcin Horecki (76,500), Mickey Petersen (43,700), Matthias De Meulder (21,000), and Liv Boeree (16,900).

Day 2 is set to kick off at Noon local time on Tuesday with the plan to play six more levels. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to tune in then. While you wait, check out video of Sarah Herring's four-wheel Malta adventure:

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Official End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Webjoker • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Jaroslaw Sikora pl
Jaroslaw Sikora
pl 153,700 153,700
Ludovic Riehl fr
Ludovic Riehl
fr 150,000 150,000
Jens Lakemeier at
Jens Lakemeier
at 138,000 138,000
Przemyslaw Piotrowski pl
Przemyslaw Piotrowski
pl 136,000 136,000
Mikael Jean LB
Mikael Jean
LB 123,200 3,200
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us 120,800 -4,200
Khorshid Sakhra DE
Khorshid Sakhra
DE 111,600 111,600
Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
de 110,000 110,000
Joona Linna FI
Joona Linna
FI 109,200 109,200
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 109,200 -20,800
Bartosz Piesiewicz pl
Bartosz Piesiewicz
pl 105,700 105,700
Charalampos Tsaoussis DE
Charalampos Tsaoussis
DE 105,000 105,000
Gaspare Triolo IT
Gaspare Triolo
IT 103,200 103,200
Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
bg 101,800 101,800
Brian Yoon us
Brian Yoon
us 101,600 101,600
Alexander Reard FR
Alexander Reard
FR 100,100 100,100
Apostolos Bechrakis gr
Apostolos Bechrakis
gr 99,200 99,200
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
de 98,000 18,000
Stefan Vagner SK
Stefan Vagner
SK 97,600 97,600
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
de 95,100 95,100
Younas Yousaf DK
Younas Yousaf
DK 94,200 94,200
Ilan Boujenah il
Ilan Boujenah
il 92,600 92,600
Patrick Leonard gb
Patrick Leonard
gb 92,200 27,200
Ferhat Yilmaz TR
Ferhat Yilmaz
TR 91,900 91,900
Tomas Sayech SE
Tomas Sayech
SE 91,800 91,800

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Three More Hands

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The tournament staff just announced there will be three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed down to the field to capture any last-minute action and to compile a list of chip counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 1b action.

Lundmark Sends One to the Rail

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

After former EPT champ Kent Lundmark raised from the small blind, Spain's Mario Moral Rodriguez three-bet all in from the big for what looked to be 5,000 or so. Lundmark made the call and had his opponent dominated.

Rodriguez: {k-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}
Lundmark: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}

The board ran out {7-Hearts}{10-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}, and Lundmark sent the Spaniard to the rail.

Mario Moral Rodriguez
Mario Moral Rodriguez
Busted

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Kuiper Busts One

Webjoker • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Bart Kuiper opened with {Q-}{10-} and got no less than three people to call. The flop came {10-Hearts}{10-}{7-Hearts} and Kuiper made a continuation bet of 2,500. One player shoved for 18,000 total and Kuiper called with his flopped trips. Kuiper had to dodge the hearts as his opponent had {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, and succeeded in that objective with blanks on turn and river.

Bart Kuiper nl
Bart Kuiper
nl 82,000 22,000

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Small Pot for Siddiqui; Benger Takes His Leave

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Shaan Siddiqui opened under the gun for 1,500 and Luis Rodriguez, who was to his direct left, made the call. Action folded to the player in the big blind, who also called, and three players took a flop of {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}.

The player in the big blind checked, Siddiqui bet 2,000, and Rodriguez folded. The player in the big blind called, but ended up folding to a bet of 3,500 on the {9-Spades} turn.

Meanwhile, Griffin Benger has been eliminated from the EPT12 Malta Main Event.

Shaan Siddiqui ca
Shaan Siddiqui
ca 70,000 6,000

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Jaka Wins a 100,000 Pot with Ace-Queen High

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Faraz Jaka
Faraz Jaka

Faraz Jaka was sitting behind quite a big stack and when he got up from the table to stretch his legs, we asked him if he had won a big hand. "Yeah, I won a quite interesting hand." Jaka told us what had happened.

The player in seat 1 opened to 1,200 in the previous level (250/500). The player in seat 4 three bet to 3,000 from the hijack and Faraz Jaka was sitting in the small blind and four bet to 7,200. The big blind and initial raiser folded, seat 4 made the call.

The flop came {8-Spades}{9-Spades}{4-} and Jaka check called a bet of 6,500. Jaka check called another 11,500 on the {K-Spades} turn and an off suit {9-} hit the river. Jaka checked, and called the 22,000 shove that followed with nothing but {A-}{Q-Spades}. His opponent had even less, showing a red {A-}{10-} for absolutely nothing.

And so the 96,500 pot went Jaka's way, while the player in seat 4 exited the tournament in the second to last level.

Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us 125,000 40,000

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