WPT Malta On to Day 2 with Hellmuth, Mercier Alive

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

The two starting days of this year’s re-entry WPT Malta have come to a close with Phil Hellmuth and Jason Mercier among the survivors heading into Day 2.

Over the last two days a total of 169 players bought into WPT Malta to create a prize pool of over $500k and $182k for first place.

Among the many players to buy into the contest were world-class pros Mercier, Hellmuth, Vanessa Selbst, Kara Scott, Tony G, Marvin Rettenmaier, Erik Cajelais and Dan O’Brien.

A total of 104 players survived Days 1a and 1b with Jackson Genovesi the overall chip leader with 147,500 chips.

Chip leaders and notables include:

  • Dominik Nitsche (91,400)
  • Alessio Isaia (77,400)
  • Erik Cajelais (74,800)
  • Jason Mercier (56,600)
  • Fabrice Soulier (49,500)
  • Phil Hellmuth (48,600)
  • Casey Kastle (43,900)
  • Jonathan Duhamel (40,900)
  • Dan O’Brien (36,400)
  • Vanessa Selbst (29,000)
  • Steven Van Zadelhoff (29,000)

Meanwhile Scott, Ronnie Bardah, Mustapha Kanit, Jason Wheeler and Marcelo Marigliano were among the notable players who busted.

It was clear how a big a deal the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker was to many of the players at WPT Malta today as Mercier, Selbst and Anton Wigg all had laptops at the tables so they could multi-table between live and online tournaments.

Tony G even conducted an interview with WCOOP radio while at the table.

Day 2 of WPT Malta begins tomorrow at 13:00 CET. Follow along live the WPT live updates team.

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About Arthur Crowson

Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for PokerListings.com writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and snapping photos.

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Poker Broadcast 2012-09-18 04:13:50

I'll be sure to follow this tournament from beginning to end. If it's anything like the previous WPT's then it's guaranteed to be action-packed and full of surprises!