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Day 1a Ends with Dario “Trazaman” Amato on Top
Day 1a of the 2013 Battle of Malta is over and it’s bigger than we could possibly have imagined.
There were a total of 417 entries, smashing the €200,000 guarantee in the first two hours of play.
Last year’s 349-player Battle of Malta will easily be doubled considering we still have Day 1b to play tomorrow.
A collection of noted poker players took part in the action today including Kara Scott, Andreas Hoivold, Pierre Neuville, Christian “Kippe” Bergstrom, Lauri Pesonen and Giovanni Rizzo.
Fate wasn’t exactly kind to the notable players with Scott, Pesonen and Rizzo all going out on reasonably bad beats.
A total of 110 players survived Day 1a.
Andreas Hoivold survived with 46,600 chips as did adult actress Puma Swede who finished with 39,800 in a surprising strong performance.
The chip lead, however, went to Italian online grinder Dario “Trazaman” Amato, who finished with an impressive 247,400.
Day 1b of the 2013 Battle of Malta begins at 14:00 p.m. local time tomorrow. Day 1b is expected to be even bigger so this could well become the richest tournament ever held in Malta.
You can expect complete chip counts later tonight but here’s a rough look at the top five chip counts at the end of play:
- 1. Dario Amato – 247,400
- 2. Petrazzelli Federico – 207,800
- 3. Ove Senberg – 194,000
- 4. Conor Shelly – 186,100
- 5. Evan Frashaug – 177,600
Last Call on Battle of Malta Day 1a
There is going to be a lot of money up for grabs at this year’s Battle of Malta but the real focus is on having a good time.
That was never clearer than in the last 15 minutes when the tournament director announced the bar upstairs was closing down for the night.
A rush of players left for the bar while Puma Swede suggested 2-1 drinks at the downstairs bar for the rest of the evening.
It’s the last level of play and players are loose. Laughter can be heard ringing out from all sides of the poker room with barely a bitter grinder to be found.
This is what the Battle of Malta is all about and players seem to be enjoying it.
We’ll see who rises to the top of the chip counts to finish the evening but you get the feeling everyone is a winner at this point.
Puma Swede Rollercoaster Continues
For better or worse, none of the players at Puma Swede’s table have any idea what she’s thinking.
We joined Swede’s table after a flop of 5♥ 4♣ 2♣ with about 12,500 already in the pot.
Swede’s heads-up opponent had just fired 2,500 into the pot but Swede immediately moved all-in for 19,000.
That deeply frustrated player started talking himself through the hand.
“I have no idea what you have,” he said. “You threw out 5,000 like it was nothing.”
He continued to question the hand.
“Will you show if I fold?” he asked.
“I’ll show either way,” she said.
“Oh? That’s bad for me,” he answered.
Finally he laid it down. Swede wasted no time flipping over A♣ T♦ for the semi-bluff.
Her opponent shook his head and threw pocket sevens into the muck.
After the hand Swede was up to just over 30,000 and is still going to need a double up relatively soon.
Michael Aggerholm Sucks Out to Hit Quads
Michael Aggerholm picked the right time to get lucky.
Aaggerholm was all-in with Q-J and was absolutely crushed by his opponent who held A-Q.
The A-Q player had a smile as the dealer prepared to put out the flop but that vanished immediately when the flop came down with two jacks.
Aggerholm another jack on the river to make unnecessary quads, rubbing a little extra salt in the wound.
After the hand Aggerholm was up over 50,000 and once again very alive in this tournament thanks to his well-time quads.
“Sorry about that,” said Aggerholm after the hand.
Level 9 Begins, End in Sight
It’s been a long day but players just finished their last 15-minute break. We’ve got two more levels to play and then the remaining players will bag up their chips for the night.
We’re down to 163 players out of the original 417.
Level 9 will see blinds increase to 600/1,200 with a 100 ante. That starting stack of 20,000 is starting to look mighty slim around now.
Puma Swede Continues to Befuddle Opponents
Whatever Puma Swede is doing at the poker table, it’s working.
The tall blonde has been recklessly chucking chips into the pot while chatting loudly to the rest of the table.
The thing is she’s raking in a lot of those pots as well.
We caught a recent hand where there was a significant amount of chips in the pot and Swede was heads-up against Johannes Nyholm on an A♥ 9♠ 2♥ flop.
Swede checked and Nyholm threw 4,000 into the pot. Swede seemed reluctant but finally made the call.
The turn came T♠ and Swede checked again. Nyholm kept the pressure on with a 4,400 bet.
Swede looked upset and instantly raised to 15,000. This seemed to confuse Nyhold and he went into the tank to consider his options.
Eventually he decided to fold and Swede scooped the pot.
“Sorry that wasn’t very friendly,” Swede said. “Especially since we are both Swedish.”
After the hand Swede was up to about 50,000 chips.
Hoivold Crushing, Puma Swede Surprising
We’ve made it through another of play here on Day 1b of the 2013 Battle of Malta and some players are starting to distance themselves from the pack.
Former EPT Dortmund winner Andreas Hoivold, perhaps unsurprisingly, has been crushing the competition here in Malta.
A combination of skill and run-good have moved Hoivold into the top of the chip counts. Thanks to recently hitting a flush against a set Hoivold is up past 80,000 chips.
More of a shock, however, is the fact Puma Swede is up to 40,000 chips. The adult actress has been chatting her table up all day and it seems to be working in her favor.
Level 8 begins now and blinds are cranked up to 500/1,000 with a 100 ante.
Sasha Daygame Says Goodnight
World-renowned pick-up artist Sasha Daygame won’t be picking up any more chips today.
Daygame made a pretty bold move on an 8-5-2-T-J board with no flush by going all-in with A-9 for a paltry ace-high.
His opponent tanked for a long time but finally made the call with pocket kings, which had Daygame crushed.
Daygame headed off into the night in pursuit of women to chase (we assume).
Level 7 Begins, Four More Levels to Go
We’re into Level 7 and the board is now telling us that 245 players now remain. That’s out of the original 419 entries. That’s right, we’re up to 419 entries, which means the 200,000-euro guarantee is but a distant memory. Consider it crushed with another massive day scheduled for tomorrow.
The blinds are now 400/800 with a 100 ante.
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