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Hähnert Goes Back-to-Back, Lipszyc Leads 2017 BoM Final 9!

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We have our 2017 Battle of Malta final table!

A flurry of bustouts after the dinner break saw the field drop from 13 to 9 in a flash. When we looked up, Swede Jonas Hähnert had done the unimaginable: He made the BoM Final 9 again!

The first-ever "Mark Newhouse" of the Battle of Malta, Hähnert now has the task of also "not f-ing finishing 9th again."

This time around he'll have quite a few more chips to work with, too, as he bagged up over 4.8m to sit sixth overall. Last year he was the short stack with just 1m.

Joining Hähnert on the final table is just the kind of eclectic mix of players we've come to love and expect at BoM.

An astounding 4 of our final-tablists - Avihai Benshoham, Nadav Lipszyc, Yaron Borenstein and Dor Adda - came to the Battle of Malta on the same charter flight from Israel - an annual tradition now in its third year.

Two of them - Lipszyc and Benshoham - have roughly 43% of the chips in play.

Three Norwegians - Per-Eirik Koi, Asbjorn Elvevold, Fredrik Akerholt - and another Swede, Joakim Wickstrom, round out the final nine who will return tomorrow to play down for the big €200,000 prize and plenty more cash to distribute

Join us tomorrow at 3pm for all the action and watch it live with hole cards and commentary on a 30-minute delay on our live stream page! Here's a look at how they line up chip-wise heading in to the final table.

Nadav Patrick Lipszyc 11,590,000
Avihai Benshoham 10,720,000
Per-Eirik Koi 7,665,000
Asbjorn Elvevold 6,450,000
Yaron Borenstein 5,555,000
Jonas Hähnert 4,865,000
Fredrik Ronneberg Akerholt 2,520,000
Joakim Mats Thomas Wickstrom 1,840,000
Dor Adda 1,745,000
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Check our recap video of the day below: 

Level
32
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
20000
Players Left
9

Zut Alors! Torossian Out in 10th (€7,850)

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And we have our final nine!

Nicolas Torossian's goal of making the final table has fallen just short as he's the last player to bust today.

He was all-in with K-Q on a K-J-T-Flop against Per-Eirik Koi who held A-A.

Turn: 6

River: 5

And just like that we're down to 9 players! Recap and more on our final 9 in a sec!

Level
32
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
20000

Fabio Assennato Out in 11th (€6,400)

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Our last Italian player is out.

Fabio Assenato found himself up against Asbjorn Elvevold and when the cards were turned over it didn't look good.

Assennato: A-Q

Elvevold: A-K

A queen hit on the flop but a king followed on the river!

Boom! We're down to 10 players.

Level
32
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
20000
Players Left
10

Long Kiss Gud Night: Gudvangen Out in 12th (€6,400)

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And it finally happened - we lost Martin Gudvangen.

He seemed to have at least 9 lives but now he went out in 11th position.

After calling an open raise with J-T in the big blind against Avihai Benshoam he hit top pair on a T-9-9 flop.

After Benshoham c-bet, Gudvangen went all-in and Benshoham called with Q-Q.

Turn / River fell 5-J and that, finally, sent Martin out the door.

What a run though!

Level
32
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
20000

Kjell Shock! Johansson Out in 13th (€6,400)

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If you're gonna go, it might as well be by quads.

Kjell Johansson went all-in for 6 big blinds (1.3m chips) from UTG with A-J.

In the cut-off Nadav Lipszyc called with 5-5. It was a race for Johansson's tournament life but it was over once the flop was dealt: 5-5-3 - quads for Lipszyc!

The turn and river didn't matter. Johansson thanked everyone at the table and left the tourney in position 13.

Lipszyc, meanwhile, is up to more than 11m - more than 20% of all chips in play with 12 players remaining.

Level
32
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
20000
Players Left
12

Eyeballing the Counts

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At Level 32 with 100k/200k blinds and a 20k ante, we're getting down to the crunch.

Something's got to give soon for the short stacks. Here's a look at the approximate counts on the stage:

Nadav Patrick Lipszyc 9,000,000
Avihai Benshoham 8,500,000
Per-Eirik Koi 4,700,000
Asbjorn Elvevold 4,300,000
Fredrik Ronneberg Akerholt 3,600,000
Martin Gudvangen 3,600,000
Jonas Hähnert 3,500,000
Yaron Borenstein 3,000,000
Kjell Johansson 2,400,000
Joakim Mats Thomas Wickstrom 2,300,000
Fabio Assenato 2,000,000
Dor Adda 1,700,000
Nicolas Sevan Torossian 1,300,000
Level
32
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
20000

Boomerang for Wickstrom

With J 8Joakim Wickström called a min-raise from Fredrik Akerholt in the big blind.

Both players checked until the river on a Q Q 9 3 A board.

Then Wickström decided to bluff with his jack high and slid out a 450k bet.

Akerholt called instantly and tabled A 7 for a rivered top pair.

After that hand Wickström was in the immediate danger zone with less than 10 bigs.

The two then tangled again.

This time all-in preflop. Jacks for Akerholt, A-3 for Wickström.

An ace on the flop sealed the deal for Wickström who doubled up to over 2.5m chips.

Level
31
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
10000
Players Left
13

Can't. Be. Stopped.

Martin Gudvangen just wont bust.

This time he called a pre-flop raise with T 9 against Per Koi and check raised all-in on a 6 6 7 flop with just a gut shot.

Koi turned over Q Q for an overpair which had Gudvangen crushed.

But turn und river fell T 8, giving Gudvangen his straight.

He's up to over 3m again.

Level
31
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
10000
Players Left
13

Proceed With Caution

Now that we're on the brink of the Battle of Malta final table and the payouts are getting bigger and bigger, the remaining 13 players are taking some time to really think things through.

Action has slowed down considerably right now.

The chip leaders have tangled a bit but it seems like they're playing with their brakes still on after the dinner.

Story checks out. You don't want to make a mistake with €200,000 dangling so tantalizingly close.

 

Level
31
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
10000
Players Left
13

Sade, Agius Out in Rapid Succession

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Jonas Hähnert is on the brink of being the Mark Newhouse of the Battle of Malta.

After finishing ninth last year, Hähnert is now just four players away from making back-to-back BoM final tables.

He just scored a crucial double up to increase his chances even further.

Hähnert: AQ

Sharon Sade: AT

Hähnert barely had him covered and collected the last of Sade's chips.

Meanwhile the last Maltese local, Timothy Agius, lost his last all-in with 98 versus the AJ against Asbjorn Elvevold.

Level
31
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
10000

Torossian & Gudvangen Flip Flop

On just the second hand after the break, Nicolas Torossian has doubled up against Martin Gudvangen.

Torossian: AQ

Gudvangen: AT

The French player is up to 2m now.

Gudvangen is down to 1m chips once more.

Level
31
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
10000
Players Left
15

A Goal Nearly Met: Torossian Stays the Course to Final 15

Nicolas Torossian

Nicolas Torossian is from Paris but lives in Dublin where he works as an account manager for Microsoft. He likes taking holidays to go play poker tournaments in places he's never been to.

In other circumstances he would have gone to Rozvadov for the WSOP Europe to play the Colossus, but he had planned the BOM first.

"I had a friend (Patrick Clarke) who played the Battle of Malta last year and who finished 13th. I looked at the previous editions and saw it kept growing so I felt this year would be another record. Plus the side events were also very interesting in case I would have busted from the Main."

As for his tournament, he built a good stack early on thanks to hitting a set against two players. Then he stayed focused and patient with an "optimal strategy" which led him to the final 15. Today has been tough for him however as he's had the chip leader on his left. He's now the short stack with less than 10 BB.

"I now have to decide if I want to play my tournament when he puts pressure. But I'm not too worried; I know the strategy at this stage."

If the cards goes his way maybe he can still reach the goal he set on Day 1: reaching the final table.

"When I saw the trophies I told myself I would love to have one!"

Level
30
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
10000
Players Left
15

Chip Counts at the Dinner Break

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Welcome to the chip lead, Nadav Lipszyc!

Nadav Patrick Lipszyc 8,105,000
Avihai Benshoham 7,540,000
Fredrik Ronneberg Akerholt 4,725,000
Yaron Borenstein 4,720,000
Per-Eirik Koi 4,685,000
Asbjorn Elvevold 4,345,000
Dor Adda 3,375,000
Kjell Johansson 2,705,000
Fabio Assennato 2,425,000
Martin Gudvangen 2,170,000
Joakim Mats Thomas Wickstrom 1,825,000
Jonas Hähnert 1,780,000
Sharon Sade 1,510,000
Timothy Anthony Agius 1,030,000
Nicolas Sevan Torossian 1,015,000
Level
30
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
10000

A Buzz of Action Before Dinner Break

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Martin Gudvangen can't. be. busted.

He was down to a couple of bigs again but just won a flip with 88 > AK against chip leader Avihai Benshoham.

He's up to 1.2m again.

Jonas Hähnert also just scored a much needed double up.

After Nadav Patrick Lipszyc open raised he went all-in for 750k (6 bb) and Lipszyc called.

Hähnert showed 44, Lipszyc A-J.

The board fell 5-5-2-7-9 and Hähnert is up to 1.8m again.

Jack Barrit, on the other hand, is out after his AQ lost to the 55 of Nadav Patrick Lipszyc.

Dinner in 2 mins!

Level
30
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
10000
Players Left
15

Meanwhile in the High Roller ...

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Huge set-up gives Hammoud early chiplead

In the last hand before the first break, Khaled Hammoud got involved in a big hand with Antonino Intravaia. At the time, both players had over 35k in chips or 175+ big blinds.

All the money went in on a flop of Q 5 4 and Antonino felt good with his K K. Turns out it was the worst possible hand he could have as Hammoud tabled the black aces.

The turn was the T, reducing Intravaria’s outs to zilch. The 3 completed the flush on the board to add more pain to the insult.

Intravaia had indeed turned the second best hand in poker into the second nuts on the turn and river. He left the table loudly lamenting his fate.

He’s left with 1,100 chips, which will equal 3.66 big blinds after the break. We’re not sure if he even noticed that he hasn’t been eliminated as he was gone before the dealer had counted all the chips.

Meanwhile, Khaled Hammoud is our early chipleader at the first break with 76k.

Update: Intravaia came back after the break to bust in the first hand.

Espen’s Friend Busts Louis Cartarius

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Jon Kristian not only has many drinks, he also has many chips. About 85k to be more to the point, and that means he just took over the chiplead.

Turns out it happened at the expense of Louis Cartarius who we noticed is mysteriously gone. Asked how he did it, Jon says: “I was lucky.”

“I opened with J-T and he defended. The flop came J-9-x and he donk-bet. I just shoved all-in thinking he will fold all his J-Q or J-K.”

And?

“He called.”

With?

“J-9.”

So he had two pair and you found another ten? “Yes.” Big smile on Jon’s face.

“I played terribly and got lucky. As I said.”

Nice hand, sir, we’ll mention it on the blog. The smile wanes slightly.

“You can’t. I’m a professional. I don’t want people to know how bad I play.”

Don’t worry, Jon. We’ll also mention that you’re a professional.

Players: 110/119
Level 4: 150/300/25

Benshoham First to Breach 8-Million Mark

Avihai Benshoham is the first player in the Battle of Malta main event to breach the 8m chips mark.

He currently has about 8.2 million chips in front of him with about 20 minutes left in Level 30.

Former chip leader Johan Gosling is now a former Main Event player.

He was all-in for his last chips (which were not too many) with A-Q but could not best Yaron Borenstein's Q-Q.

We're down to 16 players now and will have a redraw to 2 tables. 

A 1h dinner break will follow after this level.

Full chip counts to come then!

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Level
30
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
10000
Players Left
16

Goslings Survives, Muscolino Can't

The former chipleader had a bad spell of cards in the last hour and was down to just a couple of big blinds.

On this big blind he went all-in with A-3 against Antonino Muscolino who had the much better hand with A-J.

It looked like Goslings was doomed but the board fell 9-8-5-3-T to give him a life-saving a pair.

As it turned out, Muscolino had Goslings covered by 1BB but we're down to 18 players nevertheless.

Tables will be broken at 16 players.

Update: After doubling up twice Muscolino finally busted.

He still had only very, very few big blinds and his last chips went in the middle with 8-3. He didn't even have two live cards as he was dominated by Elvevolds Q-8.

The board didn't help Muscolino and he went out in position 17.

Level
30
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
10000
Players Left
17

Elvevold Cuts Down Citta in HUGE Hand

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HUGE hand on Table #3.

Yaron Borenstein shoved all-in with jacks and a rather small stack.

Behind him Asbjorn Elvevold reshoved for more than 4m chips with aces.

In the small blind Valerio Citta looked down to find queens. He had only slightly fewer chips than Elvevold.

After some time in the tank he called the all-in, creating an enormous pot.

The board fell J-6-4-K-T.

Borenstein tripled up, Citta is out and Elvevold is now cruising with roughly 6.5m chips.

Level
29
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Players Left
19

The Struggle is Real

If you've ever been the chip leader in a poker tournament, you know how disheartening it is to see your fortunes turn and all of a sudden your stack dwindles to a fraction of its former glory.

Former chipleaders Johan Goslings and Adda Dor both know how it feels.

After losing multiple big hands in the last hour they're both down under 10 big blinds now.

Level
29
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Players Left
20

Final Table Reached in Siege of Malta!

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They've reached a final table in the Siege of Malta!

The final 9 players will start play in about 10 minutes and finish things up today.

The winner will take home €30,000.

Our Rising Star Espen Uhlen Jorsatd finished 12th, btw, for €1,420 and quickly rolled that over into the Grandmaster High Roller.

The Siege of Malta final table:

  • Kobi Cohen
  • Chen Carmin
  • Siamak Tahmoresnia
  • Per Anders Joakim Alstig
  • Serdar Kan
  • Erini Kokoni
  • Guiseppe Gallo
  • Yair Bargal
  • Raffaele Caruso

Good luck to all!

A Long Tournament's Journey Into the Big Money

The Battle of Malta main event is down to just 24 players and 3 tables.

Considering there were 2,074 entries in this thing, we've come a long way.

Players are likely starting to contemplate just how far that journey has taken them and how much lies at the end of the rainbow - should they get that far.

Nadav Patrick Lipszyc has leapfrogged over everyone in the room as of now and sits on a formidable 5.8m stack.

Jonas Hähnert, meanwhile, has held firm at 1.5m - below average but still with some breathing room. Check the latest chip counts below:

Nadav Patrick Lipszyc 5,800,000
Fredrik Ronneberg Akerholt 4,300,000
Avihai Benshoham 3,100,000
Kjell Johansson 2,700,000
Martin Gudvangen 2,400,000
Valerio Citta 2,400,000
Nicolas Sevan Torossian 2,200,000
Adda Dor 2,100,000
Jonas Hähnert 1,500,000
Level
29
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Players Left
24

Another Note from the High Roller

“I’m f***ed”, says the Norwegian player at Louis Cartarius’ table.

Nice to meet you, too.

“I was out all night and I’ve been drinking for three hours today.”

Good timing to play the High Roller, Sir. And who are you again?

“I’m Espen Uhlen Jörstad’s only Norwegian friend," he says, although his name tag merely states Jon Kristian. Still, easy enough to remember. We’ll ask Espen about it when he’s won the Siege of Malta.

“I just 3-bet with A-K, then this guy 4-bets," says Jon Kristian, pointing at Cartarius. “I just folded.” 

We explain who Cartarius is.

“I’m f***ed.”

The clock now shows 109 players in the Grandmaster High Roller. Four players have already lost their money. Losing €1,320 in 90 minutes is clearly –EV.

Citta's Got Moves

Valerio Citta

Day 1b chip leader, Valerio Citta, has seen his Battle of Malta go pretty well.

Bagging a massive 430k stack on Day 1, he's clearly made good use of those chips as he's still fighting along here with just 24 players left.

He's on a table with Martin Gudvangen and Johan Goslings and, while most hands at this table involve Gudvangen in one way or another, this hand was between Citta and Goslings.

Goslings opened up from the button with a min-raise to 200k. Citta called in the big blind.

Flop: T T 3.

After a check Goslings bet 215k and Citta answered with a raise to roughly 500k. Goslings called.

Turn: J.

Now Citta slid out a bet worth 525k which was roughly one third of Gosling's remaining stack. He folded after some deliberation.

Citta turned over Q 7 for a total airball and a strong move with shallow stacks.

Level
28
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
5000
Players Left
22

Interlude from the High Roller

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Clint Sammut

The Grandmaster High Roller is underway and half an hour in there are already 90 players in the 150-Cap event.

Louis Cartarius is there, as is the Poker Mama Jackie Cachia and several other local regs. There's already over €100k in the prize pool and late registration is still open.

Last year the prize pool was €124,548 and the winner, Besiktasliyan Kework, took home €37,370. He beat Sally Stephens heads-up, who had just started a one-year-long poker journey around the world. She’s supposed to be back today and we’re looking forward to catching up with her story.

The Grandmaster High Roller is played with a starting stack of 30,000 chips and 40-minute levels. We’re going to play pretty late today as the tournament is only set as a 2-day event.

First Blood for Clint Sammut

Sammut is a semi-professional player and a veteran of the High Roller. In 2015 he made the final table in this event and finished in 7th place for €5,500. He’s also #8 on the all-time Malta money list.

From middle position Sammut opened and the big blind decided to defend. On the flop of 9 8 3, Sammut followed with a small c-bet that was matched.

On the 6 turn, Sammut bet out again, this time 1,525 which was about 40% of the pot. The big blind called again.

The board was completed by the 2. The big blind checked and Sammut fired 4,000. After some deliberation the big blind gave it up and Sammut stacked up.

Gud Grief

Martin Gudvangen just lost a flip for 600k chips against Maurizio Fisicaro.

Gudvangen - 55

Fisicaro - AQ

Things looked gud (c wat we did there?) for Gudvangen until a queen hit the river.

Gudvangen's now down to a bit over 1m again and in the danger zone.

But he's been down this road before.

Level
28
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
5000
Players Left
26

Kjell Game

Kjell Johansson

Kjell Johansson just scooped a big-ish pot against Fabio Assenato.

He raised from the button, Assenato reraised from the big blind to 650k and Johansson called.

Flop: 9 8 7

Johansson immediately checked, not realizing it was not his turn to act. He realized his mistake and said, he hoped, he had not given his hand away.

For some reason he had not because Assenato checked as well.

The turn and river (9 and 2) were checked, too.

Johansson tabled kings which were good enough to scoop the 1.5m pot.

Level
28
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
5000
Players Left
26

Gudvangen = Babe Ruth of BoM.

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As we mentioned earlier Martin Gudvangen basically called his shot at the Player Party, telling our photographer he was going to win this event.

He just might, as he won two huge battles against tablemate Jon Satoen. First, Satoen opened up to 200k and Gudvangen went all-in right behind him for 1m.

After it was folded to Satoen, he thought for quite some time before folding and showing an ace. Gudvangen turned over Q-Q. He was up to 1.3m again.

They quickly got into it again, all-in on a flop reading A J 9. Gudvangen had two pair with A J; Satoen a flush draw with Q 4.

Turn/River: Q 3

Gudvangen doubles up (again). He has 2.3m now and Satoen is on the brink of elimination.

Update: Satoen is, in fact, now eliminated.

Level
28
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
5000
Players Left
29

News from the Chip-to-Shore Radio

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A quick look at the chip leaders after the first break.

Nadav Patrick Lipszyc 4,400,000
Dor Adda 3,900,000
Avihai Benshoham 3,700,000
Johan Goslings 3,500,000
Fredrik Ronneberg Akerholt 2,700,000
Jon Satoen 2,600,000
Asbjorn Elvevold 1,900,000
Jonas Hähnert 1,900,000
Jack Barrit 1,900,000
Valerio Citta 1,800,000
Sharon Sade 1,500,000
Kevin Falk 1,100,000
Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
5000

News from The Lower Deck

While the 34 remaining players in the main event head off the stage for their first break, some info from the Spinola Room:

The Siege of Malta Second Chance event has whittled down to just 14 players on 2 tables.

We're happy to report our 2017 Rising Star, Espen Uhlen Jørstad, is one of them. He even just doubled up.

UTG+2 pushed all in on Espen's BB. Espen went into the tank and finally called with 9-9. The other guy showed 8-8.

Nice call from our Award winner!

Board: 6-3-7 Q 5 and Espen is up to 800k with the average at 600.

The IPC After Battle Turbo, meanwhile, has 225 players registered for a prize pool of €43,650.

19 places will be paid and the winner will take home €12,500.

Tide Turns on Tigell

One level ago Jonathan Tigell was the one delivering the bad beat when he rivered an unlikely straight to stay alive.

As things turn in poker, he was just on the other side of a bad beat in a pot that cost him his tournament life.

Tigell was all-in on a K-T-6-Board with A-K and was miles ahead against his opponent with A-T.

A ten on the turn, though, sealed Tigell's fate and he dropped out in 37th position.

All is not bad news, however, as his finish earned him €3,400

Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
5000
Players Left
34

Satoen Soars

Satoen scoops with the AA
Satoen scoops with the AA

Chips come, chips go.

 

Remember that hard-earned average stack Martin Gudvangen had recently acquired?

He just lost almost all of it to Jon Satoen with 66 < AA.

He's down to just a few big blinds (again). But as we've seen before, it's not over till it's over.

Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
5000
Players Left
36

Adda Adds On

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Dor Adda just scooped a big pot and propelled himself into the chip lead again while taking out Bo Green.

It began with Adda opening up from the button with a somewhat large raise to 160k (almost 3 big blinds).

Green, who was enjoying a pint at the time, called in the small blind. The big blind called as well.

Flop: K 8 3.

After two checks Adda bet 175k prompting Green to move all-in for 400k. The big blind got out of the way and Adda threw in one chip indicating a call.

Showdown:

Adda: K J
Green: T 8
Turn/River: 6 4

With his top pair Adda eliminated Green, who took his pint with him to the cashier. Adda is now hoarding almost 4m chips.

Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
5000
Players Left
38

Gudvangen Fights On

Not kidding around about sticking around.
Not kidding around about sticking around.

Martin Gudvangen is not ready to say goodbye to the Battle of Malta.

Slowly but surely making his way upward from a short stack, he was just all-in with J J against Jon Satoen, who was in terrible shape with T 9.

That shape didn't improve enough as the board fell K 6 5 6 9 to give Gudvangen the better two pair.

He now has a fighting chance with a stack worth 1.1m chips – slightly below average.

So far the only two players past the 3m chip mark are Yohan Goslings (3.4m) and Dor Adda (3.1m).

Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
5000
Players Left
38

Adios (and Thank You), Yoan Suarez

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Yoan Suarez is a regular at the Battle of Malta and has played the tournament since he arrived in Malta few years ago (the same time he started to play poker)! This year is his third cash after 2014 (131st) and 2016 (145th).

His secret? One small goal at a time, step by step, and having fun at the table.

Suarez (who also has Spanish origins) was among the 3 last French players in the field today but started among the short stacks. Down to 4 BB he managed to double up and get back to his starting stack.

Later he regretted not calling two all-ins with A-T, which would have won him the hands. Finally down again, he couldn't avoid his elimination with 3-3 against K-K. He still finished at a nice 44th place.

But once again Yoan enjoyed himself. He played relaxed and didn't take things too seriously.

"It maybe helps," he says. "Other players maybe don't want to bust a player bringing good atmosphere at the table (laughs)

"Every year I look forward to the Battle of Malta and hope for my one-time."

After the elimination of another short stack in Antonio Gassiraro, there's only one French player left -- Nicolas Torossian.

Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
5000
Players Left
39

Tigell Tiptoes Past Two Pair

Another unlikely double up saves Jonathan Tigell.

He was all-in preflop with J-T against Maltese local Timothy Agius with A-T.

Somehow the board fell Q-K-T-8-A to give Tigell a straight and a double up to more than 1.2m.

Former big stack Agius is now on his last lifeline with 550k in chips.

Level
26
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Players Left
39

Everybody Needs a Little Miracle Now and Then

BOM 2017 day3 2
#Blessed

Martin Gudvangen was down to a couple of big blinds again but managed to score an unlikely double up against chip leader Yohan Gosling.

Gudvangen called a pre-flop raise in the big blind with K Q and hit top pair on a K 8 3 flop.

After a T on the river all chips went in the middle.

Gudvangen was way behind against Goslings A A but a miracle K river saved Gudvangen and he is up to 750k now.

Level
26
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000

Wrath of Hähn

BOM 2017 day3 3

Jonas Hähnert finished 9th in the BoM main event last year.

He didn't have much of a chance to go further as he came into the final nine with just 1 million chips - or roughly 6 big blinds.

He started the day here again pretty short but with two double ups is now back on an above-average stack.

Just a minute ago he eliminated Vincenzo Dainotti when his JJ held over AK.

With roughly 1.2m in chips now, things have suddenly got much more comfortable.

Level
26
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Players Left
43

The Power of Bo Green

BOM 2017 day3 34

Beer-drinking Bo Green, who doubled up in a small pot earlier with QT > AJ, has doubled up again.

After winning a few more hands after his first double he just scooped a nice pot with AJ > JT.

He's now up to more than 1.1m chips - above average. And has plenty of time for more beers.

 

Level
26
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Players Left
45

Healy, Karlsson Hit the Bricks

BOM 2017 day3 15

We've lost our chip leader from Day 1A.

Anthony Healy was all-in with KQ against Fabio Assenato with AQ.

The better queen won and we're down to 50 players.

Correction: We're down to 48 as Mats Karlsson and another player have had to take the walk off the stage.

That's 15 players out already. 

On the upside, they're now collecting €2,790 for a couple of days well spent.

And the sun is shining brightly outside, giving them the perfect chance to explore some of Malta's amazing cultural history.

Level
26
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Players Left
48

Ghastly River for Jensen

Jan Jensen was all-in with queens agains Alessandro Garozzo with jacks.

Jensen looking good until the river with the board reading 8-3-7-9.

But then a ten hit on the river to give Garozzo a runner-runner straight and send the pot his way.

Jensen was visibly upset and now has to work with less than 10 big blinds.

Level
26
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Players Left
51

Double Double Up

Gudvangen again
Gudvangen again

With only 8 big blinds left Martin Gudvangen called an open-raise from Magnus Johansson in the big blind with T 9.

The flop was what dreams are made of: K Q J.

With his flopped straight Gudvangen checked to Johansson who bet half pot. Now Gudvangen shoved all-in.

Johansson eventually called the raise (which was less than a min raise) with A 2, but lost the pot after the board bricked.

Gudvangen is up to 800k plus. Jonas Hähnert has also doubled up now to 650k. 

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Players Left
55

Pace and Space

Hanging with Mr. Hähnert
Hanging with Mr. Hähnert

Things are moving quickly.

With 20 minutes to go in the first level of the day we're already down to 56 players.

We started with 8 tables; we're now down to 7. And the pace doesn't seem to be slowing as the creeping blinds try to envelop the short stacks.

Jonas Hähnert and Martin Gudvangen are still hanging in there, though, with about 300k in chips apiece (8 big blinds).

Mats Karlsson has roughly 800k. 

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Players Left
56

Potito Defeato

Our first casualty of the day is, unsurprisingly, one of the short stacks.

Poland's Dawid Paczka came into the day with 245k (6 bb) and had to make a move pretty quickly.

He found KJ but unfortunately for him it ran into AK and he was out.

We've also just seen a triple all-in on Table 2 with Potito Marire (77) against Antonio Muscolino (TT) and Avihai Benshoham (AK).

The board came KJ832 and we lost Potito while Avihai nearly doubles up.

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Players Left
61

Rubber Hits the Road on Day 3

BOM 2017  79

Important day on the way.

The final 63 players are about to enter the Grandmaster Suite for the last time this year. 54 of them will leave with a nice bit of cash for their efforts.

Nine will emerge with a seat at the 2017 Battle of Malta Main Event final table and a shot at the €200,000 first-place prize. The consolation prizes - from €132,000 for 2nd down to €12,240 for 9th - are nothing to sneeze at either.

As always at the BoM there's an eclectic mix of experience and nationalities in the final collection of players with at least 15 different nationalities represented.

Italy, Sweden, Israel and Norway are particularly well represented with multiple players but even Switzerland, Turkey and Estonia are in the house.

Israel's Dor Adda is the chip leader but he'll have some talented competition with at least two EPT final-tablists in pursuit.

One of them, Martin Gudvangen (4th-place finisher at EPT London in 2009), even told our photographer at the player party that she should "remember his face" as he was going to take this thing down.

We don't doubt him. Lots of previous BoM cashers are also in the hunt headlined by last year's 9th-place finisher Jonas Hähnert.

We're moments away from getting underway. Back shortly with some early returns. Once again, the chip counts coming in:

Player Table Seat Chips Country
Dor Adda 8 5 2,840,000 Israel
Valerio Citta 5 7 2,495,000 Italy
Yaron Borenstein 3 3 2,240,000 Israel
Dominik Martan 4 1 1,740,000 Czech Republic
Timothy Anthony Agius 8 6 1,680,000 Malta
Nadav Patrick Lipszyc 8 8 1,650,000 ?
Aykutalp Yılmaz 6 4 1,530,000 Turkey
Kjell Ingvar Johansson 7 5 1,515,000 Sweden
Johan Goslings 3 4 1,460,000 Netherlands
Antonino Muscolino 2 2 1,355,000 Italy
Jon Satoen 3 1 1,355,000 Sweden
Sharon Sade 1 2 1,270,000 Israel
Joel Nystedt 7 4 1,235,000 Sweden
Lars Olav Winjevoll 1 8 1,220,000 Norway
Fredrik Ronneberg Akerholt 4 8 1,150,000 Norway
Jan Moller Jensen 1 3 1,140,000 Denmark
Tomasz Piotr Brzezinski 2 5 1,105,000 Poland
Meir Sharavani 6 1 1,070,000 Israel
Angelo Marsella De Marco 7 7 945,000 ?
Stefano Calandra 3 7 880,000 ?
Milos Babovic 8 7 855,000 Italy
Nicolas Sevan Torossian 8 2 845,000 France
Mats Karlsson 6 2 840,000 Sweden
John Stubbs 1 5 830,000 ?
Dario Marinelli 2 8 815,000 Italy
Alex Brand 6 7 810,000 Netherlands
Vincenzo Dainotti 1 1 800,000 ?
Michal Wilczynski 5 3 795,000 Poland
John Magnusson 3 6 760,000 ?
Kevin Otto Falk 7 2 725,000 Switzerland
Enrico Perra 4 6 700,000 Italy
Asbjorn Elvevold 6 8 680,000 Norway
Luca Beretta 2 6 635,000 Italy
Salvatore Ritrovato 5 2 630,000 Italy
Alessandro Pichierri 3 5 620,000 Italy
Fabio Assennato 4 4 595,000 Italy
Alessandro Garozzo 1 6 550,000 ?
Claudio Fagone 3 8 535,000 ?
Ola Petter Bremer 7 8 525,000 ?
Jonathan Tigell 8 4 495,000 ?
Avihai Benshoham 2 7 485,000 ?
Uri Greeberger 8 1 485,000 Israel
Omer Arie Meir 4 2 455,000 Israel
Martin Gudvangen 3 2 430,000 Norway
Carl Petter Alexander Redemo 4 5 425,000 ?
Bo Green 4 7 410,000 Sweden
Lars Jonas Hahnert 1 4 405,000 Sweden
Per-Eirik Koi 7 6 405,000 Estonia
Sergei Khan 7 3 400,000 ?
Vasileios Chatzicharalampous 5 8 395,000 Greece
Joakim Mats Thomas Wickstrom 5 5 395,000 Sweden
Urban Johansson 5 6 395,000 Sweden
Daniel Andre Hoyesveen 5 4 390,000 Norway
Yoan Joseph Suarez 2 3 335,000 France
Anthony Vincent Healy Counsell 4 3 330,000 ?
Marcello Favaloro 6 6 305,000 ?
Jack Barritt 1 7 270,000 ?
Christoffer Lenny Snare 5 1 265,000 ?
Dawid Paczka 7 1 245,000 Poland
Antonio Gassiraro 8 3 235,000 France
Maurizio Fisicaro 6 3 225,000 Italy
Potito Martire 2 1 210,000 ?
Devid Berlin 6 5 185,000 Lthuania
Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Event Name Battle of Malta 2017 Main Event
Venue Portomaso Casino, Malta
Date 2 November 2017
Final Day 7 November 2017
Buy In €550
Entrants 2074
Prize Pool €1,005,890
First Prize €200,000
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 50/100
Level 2 0 75/150
Level 3 25 100/200
Level 4 25 150/300
Level 5 50 200/400
Level 6 50 250/500
Level 7 75 300/600
Level 8 75 400/800
Level 9 100 500/1000
Level 10 100 600/1200
Level 11 200 800/1600
Level 12 300 1000/2000
Level 13 300 1200/2400
Level 14 400 1500/3000
Level 15 500 2000/4000
Level 16 500 2500/5000
Level 17 500 3000/6000
Level 18 1000 4000/8000
Level 19 1000 5000/10000
Level 20 1000 6000/12000
Level 21 2000 8000/16000
Level 22 3000 10000/20000
Level 23 3000 12000/24000
Level 24 4000 15000/30000
Level 25 5000 20000/40000
Level 26 5000 25000/50000
Level 27 5000 30000/60000
Level 28 5000 40000/80000
Level 29 10000 50000/100000
Level 30 10000 60000/120000
Level 31 10000 80000/160000
Level 32 20000 100000/200000
Level 33 30000 120000/240000
Level 34 30000 150000/300000
Level 35 50000 200000/400000
Level 36 50000 250000/500000
Level 37 100000 300000/600000

LIPSZYC NADAV PATRICK
wins
€200,000

Battle of Malta 2017 Main Event

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. LIPSZYC NADAV PATRICK €200,000
2. BORENSTEIN YARON €132,000
3. ELVEVOLD ASBJORN €98,000
4. WICKSTROM JOAKIM MATS THOMAS €74,000
5. BENSHOHAM AVIHAI €52,000
6. KOI PER-EIRIK €34,000
7. ADDA DOR €24,000
8. HAHNERT LARS JONAS €16,300
9. AKERHOLT FREDRIK RONNEBERG €12,240
10. TOROSSIAN NICOLAS SEVAN €7,850
Past BoM Champions
Year Name Country Payout
2017 Nadav Lipszyc il €200,000
2016 Robert Berglund se €160,000
2015 Nicolas Proust fr €110,000*
2014 Antoan Katsarov bg €122,750
2013 Louis Cartarius de €68,000
2012 Nicodemo Piccolo it €35,000
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