We have reached the final stage of the Battle of Malta Main Event, as day 2 came to an end late last night and today the final 35 players will battle it out for the title and the €140,000 first prize. 261 players started day 2, with money for a 170 and once the bubble had bursted, the players began to drop like flies.
Pokerlistings' specially invited celebrities and pro's overall didn't do great, as only a few of them managed to actually get in the money. Maria Ho, Fabrice Soulier, Luca Moschitta and Konstantin Puchkov were the only ones from Pokerlistings who managed to finish in the money out of 170 players overall.
Big rail at the Battle of Malta
Most of the pro's has been playing cash games and side-events instead, so let's hope that they do a little better there than they did in the main event. The chipleader going into day 3 is once again the French poker pro Hugo Lemaire, who has a massive 2.4 million chips to start the final day with, having run better than most others in the tournament already.
“I ran very good today, as I managed to beat AA and AK with my KT offsuit. At the same time my table draw was very good, as the table was very passive and weak” Lemair said to Pokerlistings.
Yesterday was also the starting day of the Siege of Malta High-Roller tournament, which was expected to attract a bigger crowd than it did. The High-Roller will continue today with the final table and the winner being crowned.
Battle of Malta Trophies
Yesterday was also the night of the official Battle of Malta After Party at the Villa in Le Meridien in Ballutta Bay, not far from the casino. Players, industry people, tournament staff, celebrities, poker pro's and Pokerlistings were all there to have a blast together and socialize a bit outside the tables.
If you would like to see some highlights, interviews and party footage from yesterday, then you can find it all here. Pokerlistings host Maria Ho has spoken to some of the most noteworthy players throughout the day, who shares their story of the Battle of Malta as well as how they got into poker.
If you would like to follow the final day of the Battle of Malta, but don't have the possibility to go there yourself, then you can follow Pokerlistings Live Reporting page, where their live reporters will update with pictures, chip counts, payouts and everything else you could possibly need to know.
The final day, Day 3, starts today at 14.00 CET, where 35 players will battle it out to reach the final table and then win the title. Below you can find the Top 10 chip counts, but if you want to see the full list, then you can click here to see it.
Hugo Lemaire – 2,389,000
Declan Connolly – 2,100,000
Vladimir Bozinovic – 1,856,000
Wouter Beumers – 1,375,000
Par Eberhardt – 1,310,000
Rune Sather – 1,274,000
Thomas Valand – 1,027,000
Faber Hans – 1,014,000
Mohamed Redouane – 1,013,000
Thomas Holst – 970,000
Good luck to the last 35 players in the Battle of Malta Main Event.