Battle of Malta Explodes on Day 1a, 'Trazaman' Leads

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417 entries and counting for 2013 BOM

The 2013 Battle of Malta exploded out of the gate on Day 1a today at the Portomaso Casino.

With players teeming out of the doors to get in and seated the €200,000 guarantee was smashed within just two hours of play.

When registration finally closed a massive 417 entries had been clocked in with a sold-out Day 1b still to come tomorrow.

Given the casino capacity that puts the expected number of players near the 800-player mark, making for an incredible €440,000 prize pool.

Amato Snags Early Lead

After a full 10 hours of play 110 players bagged up chips for Day 2 with Italian Dario "Trazaman" Amato at the top with 247,400.

Dario Amato
Dario Amato
 

An online grinder from Palermo, Amato has close to $200k in online earnings but could add a nice chunk to that if he can hold on to make the final table.

The official Top 5 in chips:

  • 1. Dario Amato – 247,400
  • 2. Omar Pisani - 221,400
  • 3. Federico Petruzzelli – 207,800
  • 4. Marco Bognanni – 196,300
  • 5. Fredric Hallner – 195,300

Scott, Neuville, Pesonen Set Back a Buy-In

As for the high-profile pros who made the trip not many had much luck on Day 1a.

Kara Scott, Giovanni Rizzo, Pierre Neuville and Lauri Pesonen bit the dust on their first bullet although all but Rizzo (who also busted his second) will get another crack at it tomorrow.

Sam Holden
It's Holden time!
 

Norwegian Andreas Hoivold made it through the day on his first bullet with 46k to start Day 2. Adult Film star Puma Swede also surprised a few in the crowd and at the table by hitting Day 2 as well.

She'll start back up on Saturday with 39,800.

Holden, Dudesons, Moschitta, Kihara Among Day 1b Runners

Joining the fray tomorrow will be another wide swath of players and pros alike. Among the notables will be:

Check our Battle of Malta live updates for a recap of all the Day 1a action and for Day 1b action starting at 2 pm CET.

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