PPC Malta 2022 Day 2 Live Blog

PPC Malta 2022 Day 2 Live Blog

Massimo Rossi Leads Final 15 of the €500K GTD PPC Malta Main Event 04.04.2022 03:11
Massimo Rossi

It has been an amazing week at the Portomaso Casino with the partypoker Championship (PPC) Malta coming to the island. The €500,000 guaranteed PPC Malta €550 Main Event is down to its final day on Monday with Italy’s Massimo Rossi leading the final 15 players after bagging 3,570,000 in chips.

Rossi is one of the more successful players remaining with more than $200,000 in live tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob. He is now in line for his biggest live poker tournament cash to date as long as he finishes in fourth place or better.

Even more successful than Rossi is his fellow countrymate Federico Petruzzelli, who ended the day in second place with a stack of 2,390,000. Petruzzelli boasts nearly $600,000 in live tournament earnings and has three six-figure scores to his name.

China’s Jingchun Yu (2,380,000), United Kingdom’s Oliver Hutchins (2,165,000), and Poland’s Mariusz Lewoniewski (2,005,000) round out the top five heading into Day 3.

The tournament itself boasted tons of value for those that cashed with 848 entries coming 152 short of meeting the lofty €500,000 guarantee. This correlates to a €76,000 overlay with those advancing to Day 3 taking the lion’s share of that.

Sunday night also featured an amazing party for the players at the Portomaso Level 22 Club with drinks flowing all night to go along with amazing views. PokerListings will share photos from the event in Monday’s live reporting coverage.

End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts

PlayerCountry Chips Big Blinds
Massimo RossiItaly    3,570,000 60
Federico PetruzzelliItaly    2,390,000 40
Jingchun YuChina    2,380,000 40
Oliver HutchinsUnited Kingdom    2,165,000 36
Mariusz LewoniewskiPoland    2,005,000 33
Damir SavioCroatia    1,900,000 32
Simone LombardoItaly    1,885,000 31
Federico CirilloItaly    1,715,000 29
Nicolas PlantinFrance    1,500,000 25
Wouter SchuurbiersBelgium    1,430,000 24
Andrea BettiniItaly    1,165,000 19
Bradley GudgeonUnited Kingdom    1,090,000 18
Lukasz FraczekPoland    1,070,000 18
Giuseppe DiBellaItaly       710,000 12
Victor AllainFrance       495,000 8
Total  25,470,000 425
Average    1,698,000 28

2022 PPC Malta Main Event Remaining Payouts

Each of the 128 players that advanced to Day 2 was already guaranteed at least a €1,000 min-cash with much more to come for many of the group.

The top 15 players each guaranteed at least €4,500 whether they return to their seats or not for Day 3 with tomorrow’s winner slated to take home a whopping €81,000 and the coveted PPC Malta Main Event trophy.


The action will resume tomorrow at 1 p.m. CEST with the final 12 minutes of Level 31 with blinds at 30,000/60,000 along with a big blind ante of 60,000. After this level, blinds will increase every hour as opposed to the 40-minute levels featured on Day 2 and the 30-minute levels during most of the live opening flights.

Stay tuned at PokerListings to follow along on the final day of the PPC Malta Main Event. Although Rossi holds the overnight chip lead, it is anyone’s game.

Day 3 Seat Draw 04.04.2022 02:35
TableSeatPlayerCountry Chips Big Blinds
71Massimo RossiItaly       3,570,000 60
72Federico CirilloItaly       1,715,000 29
73Giuseppe DiBellaItaly          710,000 12
74Andrea BettiniItaly       1,165,000 19
75Federico PetruzzelliItaly       2,390,000 40
76Bradley GudgeonUnited Kingdom       1,090,000 18
77Simone LombardoItaly       1,885,000 31
78Oliver HutchinsUnited Kingdom       2,165,000 36
101Nicolas PlantinFrance       1,500,000 25
102Victor AllainFrance          495,000 8
104Jingchun YuChina       2,380,000 40
105Damir SavioCroatia       1,900,000 32
106Lukasz FraczekPoland       1,070,000 18
107Wouter SchuurbiersBelgium       1,430,000 24
108Mariusz LewoniewskiPoland       2,005,000 33
End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts 04.04.2022 02:32
PlayerCountry Chips Big Blinds
Massimo RossiItaly    3,570,000 60
Federico PetruzzelliItaly    2,390,000 40
Jingchun YuChina    2,380,000 40
Oliver HutchinsUnited Kingdom    2,165,000 36
Mariusz LewoniewskiPoland    2,005,000 33
Damir SavioCroatia    1,900,000 32
Simone LombardoItaly    1,885,000 31
Federico CirilloItaly    1,715,000 29
Nicolas PlantinFrance    1,500,000 25
Wouter SchuurbiersBelgium    1,430,000 24
Andrea BettiniItaly    1,165,000 19
Bradley GudgeonUnited Kingdom    1,090,000 18
Lukasz FraczekPoland    1,070,000 18
Giuseppe DiBellaItaly       710,000 12
Victor AllainFrance       495,000 8
Total  25,470,000 425
Average    1,698,000 28
Players Bagging Chips After Desmond and Incatasciato Hit the Rail Simultaneously to End Day 2 04.04.2022 02:00

Level 31: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)


Players are bagging chips as two more players hit the rail in a quick fashion in Giorgio Incatasciato and Cory Desmond. PokerListings caught how Desmond went down as follows.

Desmond jammed for a little more than 10 big blinds with A 2 and was up against the K 9 held by Oliver Hutchins.

Hutchins’ king paired on the 3 K J 4 6 board to end Desmond’s great run. The final 15 players will return to action on Monday at 1 p.m. CEST.

Stay tuned at PokerListings for the final chip counts of Day 2 and a recap of the day.

Lindqwist Heads to the Rail After Losing a Flip 04.04.2022 01:54

Level 31: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)

Players are dropping like flies left and right during Level 31. Erik Lindqwist was the latest to hit the rail.

Lindqwist jammed for less than 10 big blinds and was called by Federico Petruzzelli.

Erik Lindqwist: 3 3

Federico Petruzzelli: K Q

The K 9 2 J 9

Field: 17/848

Snowmen for Yu to Oust Maghakian 04.04.2022 01:47

Vicken Maghakian jammed for 550,000 from early position and was called by Jingchun Yu from the button.

Vicken Maghakian: A 3

Jingchun Yu: 8 8

Yu’s snowmen held to felt Maghakian with the 4 7 10 3 K running out on the board to bring the field down to 18 players.

Jingchun Yu – 2,400,000

Vicken Maghakian – 0

Field: 18/848

Lombardo Ousts Asaro 04.04.2022 01:43

Level 31: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)

The action has picked up since the break with two quick eliminations. Next to go was Nicolo Asaro as follows. Simone Lombardo opened for 120,000 from early position. Asaro three-bet jammed for 455,000 from the small blind. Lombardo asked for a count before he made the call.

Nicolo Asaro: Q J

Simone Lombardo: A 8

Asaro pulled ahead in the hand after his jack connected on the 3 10 J flop. But the A turn gave Lombardo a better pair. The 4 river blanked Asaro and he was eliminated in 20th place.

Simone Lombardo – 1,700,000

Nicolo Asaro – 0

Lewoniewski Ousts De Michele 04.04.2022 01:32

Level 31: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)

Alessandro De Michele jammed for 580,000 from the small blind and was called by Mariusz Lewoniewski from the big blind.

Alessandro De Michele: Q 8

Mariusz Lewoniewski: A 10

De Michele didn’t grab a piece of the 7 K 10 2 J board and was eliminated by Lewoniewski’s pair of tens in 21st place.

Mariusz Lewoniewski – 2,600,000

Alessandro De Michele – 0

Field: 20/848

Break Time 04.04.2022 01:13

The final 21 players are on a 15-minute break. Blinds will increase to 30,000/60,000 with a big blind ante of 60,000 when the action resumes.

Big Rail Near the End of Day 2 04.04.2022 00:57

Level 30: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)

A big and lively rail is about 5 meters away from the tables rooting on their friends. Not much action has happened at the outer tables during Level 30 with 15 minutes left until the level is completed. Players will go on a 15-minute break if the action isn’t down to 16 players before them, which at this point seems unlikely.

Field: 21/848

Voulevi Eliminated at the Feature Table 04.04.2022 00:38

Level 30: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)

There are 21 players remaining after Joel Vuolevi was announced out of the Main Event at the feature table.

End of the Line for Vella 04.04.2022 00:16

Level 29: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)

The action is down to three tables of eight players each after Mark Vella hit the rail.

PokerListings was watching a potential pot develop on the other side of the room but Vella was kind enough to share the basics.

Vella jammed for 500,000 from late position with king-queen suited and was called by ace-ten. Vella couldn’t get ahead and his impressive run was over in 25th place for €3,600.

Meanwhile, Bas de Laat and Giovanna DiMartino both hit the rail at the feature table around the same time.

Field: 22/848

Online Day 1 Qualifier Christoph Erbler Lasts to 26th Place 03.04.2022 23:56

Level 29: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)

Christoph Erbler, waving an Argentian flag at partypoker, wasn’t able to make it to Malta despite bagging a stack of 700,000 during an online Day 1. This meant he was the chip leader entering Day 2.

Despite that he wasn’t here, it took a while for his stack to blind off and he was able to ride his way all the way to 26th place for €3,600.

Field: 25/848

Maggio Runs Nines Into Savio’s Tens 03.04.2022 23:44

Level 28: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)

Marco Maggio jammed for 195,000 from early position and got action from Damir Savio from one seat over.

Marco Maggio: 9 9

Damir Savio: 10 10

Maggio couldn’t get his nines ahead of tens with the 5 4 3 8 Q ran out on the board to exit the tournament.

Damir Savio – 1,700,000

Marco Maggio – 0

Field: 27/848

“How Much is the Meatball?” 03.04.2022 23:34

Level 28: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)

Nicolas Maillaud jammed for 195,000 from early position.

The action folded around to Alessandro De Michele who made the table laugh.

“How much is the meatball?” asked De Michele.

Shortly after he was told the amount, De Michele folded. Damir Savio had other ideas and called from late position and the rest of the table folded.

Nicolas Maillaud: K 8

Damir Savio: A Q

Maillaud improved to the better pair than Savio on the K 4 Q flop and was still ahead after the 9 turn. However, the A spiked the river to give Savio two pair and Maillaud’s Main Event run was in the books.

Damir Savio – 1,400,000

Nicolas Maillaud – 0

Giuseppe DiBella – 0

Field: 28/848

Floor Called After Yu Didn’t See Schuurbiers Jam 03.04.2022 23:26

Level 28: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)

Wolter Schuurbiers

Wouter Schuurbiers jammed for 420,000 from middle position. Jingchun Yu didn’t see the jam and put in 60,000 as if to raise. The floor was called for clarification.

The floor decided that Yu could either forfeit the 60,000 or call Schuurbier. He decided to fold his hand as did the rest of the table. Schuubiers said he was thrilled about the free chips as he flashed the A K he had in his hand.

Wouter Schuurbiers – 570,000

Field: 29/848

Natasi Dusted His Crumbs 03.04.2022 23:18

Level 27: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)

Eros Natasi jammed for a handful of big blinds from the small blind and was called by Giorgio Incatasciato from the big blind.

Eros Natasi: 8 5

Giorgio Incatasciato: Q 10

The 5 9 9 A Q ran out on the board to give both players two-pair. Incatasciato’s two pair was better to send Natasi to the rail.

Giorgio Incatasciato – 700,000

Eros Natasi – 0

Field: 29/848

Ottaviano Loses His Short Stack 03.04.2022 22:53

Capellini Ottaviano had just a couple of big blinds and he got them in with 10 5 against the 7 7 held by Nicolas Plantin.

Ottavanio bricked the 8 3 J 9 A board and he headed to the rail alongside Ulysse Harry who did the same at the feature table to leave 30 players remaining.

Shortly after, players went on a 15-minute break.

DiBella Celebrates After Eliminating Siena 03.04.2022 22:48

Alessandro Siena checked the flop with the 9 4 8 on the flop before Giuseppe DiBella bet 75,000 into a pot of about double this amount.

Siena jammed for about 370,000 and DiBella with a little more in his stack called.

Alessandro Siena: J 10

Giuseppe DiBella: 7 6

Siena’s jack-high was ahead with both players on draws. Siena remained ahead after the 9 turn paired the board. However, the 5 river gave DiBella a flush to win the hand. DiBella was celebrating at the table while Siena was packing up his things.

Meanwhile, Koen Meutstege was ousted at the feature table to leave just four tables remaining.

Giuseppe DiBella – 850,000

Alessandro Siena – 0

Field: 32/848

Roboschi on Fumes 03.04.2022 22:27

Level 26: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)

Just before the blinds increased Romica-Daniel Roboschi and Giuseppe DiBella had all their chips in the middle for a 470,000 pot with DiBella at risk.

Giuseppe DiBella: K 10

Romica-Daniel Roboschi: K J

It was a back and forth hand with Roboschi initially ahead. DiBella was ahead after he paired up his ten on the 10 5 Q flop. Robochi was back on top with a better pair after the J turn but the 7 river gave DiBella a flush to win the hand and leave Robochi with just two big blinds.

Robochi was out soon after as was Mauro Alessi and Josef Snejberg to leave just 34 players remaining.

37 Players Remain 03.04.2022 22:10

Level 26: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)

The field is down to 37 players after Luigi D’Alterio, Alexander Shchepetkin, Lawrence Bonnici, Fabio Assennato, Giuseppe Spitale, and Konstantino Tsikopoylos were eliminated during Level 26.

Asaro Doubles Up Set-Over-Set Against Siena 03.04.2022 21:48

Level 26: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)

Alessandro Siena opened for 40,000 from under the gun. Nicolo Asaro three-bet shoved for 214,000 from the hijack. Siena asked for a count and he found a call once that was confirmed.

Alessandro Siena: 10 10

Nicolo Asaro: 9 9

Asaro improved to a set on the 5 9 10 flop but unfortunately for him, Siena hit a better set. Asaro was unable to get his one-out miracle with the Q turn and 2 river completing the board.

Meanwhile, Fabio Assennato was eliminated at the feature table to leave just 41 players remaining in the field.

Nicolo Assaro – 650,000

Alessandro Siena – 500,000

Playing Down to Final Two Tables 03.04.2022 21:28

The tournament director just informed PokerListings that instead of playing down to a final table, today’s Day 2 will play down to 16 players.

Meanwhile, Charlo Azopardi and Giuseppe Spitale both hit the rail in the last few minutes to leave just 42 players remaining.

Straight No Good for Abdelghafor 03.04.2022 21:26

Level 25: 8,000/16,000 (16,000)

Mansouri Abdelghafor bet 67,000 into a pot around double that size. Bas de Laat effectively jammed and Abdelghafor called off for about 130,000 more.

De Laat was the first to show his hand and turned over 10 10 for a full house. Abdelghafor shook his head in frustration. Moments later he turned over 8 6 for a straight, which wasn’t good enough to avoid hitting the rail.

Lars Fuss also hit the rail recently at another table.

Field: 44/848

Vella Doubles Through Rossi 03.04.2022 21:10

Level 25: 8,000/16,000 (16,000)

Mark Vella opened for 35,000 from under the gun. Massimo Rossi three-bet the button to 75,000. Vella four-bet shoved for about 370,000 and Rossi called.

Mark Vella: Q Q

Massimo Rossi: J J

Rossi cursed under his breath when he saw he was one pair too low. Vella’s ladies held as the 10 9 6 K A ran out on the board.

Meanwhile, Claudio Gangemi and Gennaro Nevano were quickly out after the dinner break.

Massimo Rossi – 1,600,000

Mark Vella – 750,000

Field: 46/848

And We Are Back! 03.04.2022 20:57

Cards are back in the air for Day 2 with blinds at 8,000/16,000 and a big blind ante of 16,000.

Plantin Leads the Final 48 at Dinner Break 03.04.2022 20:48

The tournament is down to 48 players at the dinner break. Nicolas Plantin and Victor Allain are inches away from each other at the top of the pack.

Here is a look at the full chip counts at the dinner break.

Player Chips Big Blinds
Nicolas Plantin   1,903,000 119
Victor Allain   1,900,000 119
Massimo Rossi   1,670,000 104
Cory Desmond   1,628,000 102
Bradley Gudgeon      910,000 57
Lars Fuss      900,000 56
Andrea Bettini      900,000 56
Simone Lombard      889,000 56
Vicken Maghakian      855,000 53
Wouter Schuurbiers      778,000 49
Oliver Hutchins      740,000 46
Mariusz Lewoniewski      700,000 44
Alessandro Siena      680,000 43
Federico Petruzzelli      520,000 33
Mauro Alessi      500,000 31
Joel Vuolevi      500,000 31
Alessandro De Michele      500,000 31
Federico Cirillo      490,000 31
Christoph Ebler      460,000 29
Bas de Laat      445,000 28
Claudio Gangemi      440,000 28
Ottaviano Capellini      406,000 25
Damir Savio      375,000 23
Romica-Daniel Roboschi      370,000 23
Nicolo Asaro      360,000 23
Luigi D’Alterio      360,000 23
Eros Nastasi      355,000 22
Giovanna DiMartino      350,000 22
Abdelghafor Mansouri      350,000 22
Nicolas Maillaud      332,000 21
Koen Muetstege      329,000 21
Charlo Azzopardi      325,000 20
Lukasz Fraczek      310,000 19
Mark Vella      275,000 17
Jingchun Yu      275,000 17
Ulysse Harry      270,000 17
Konstantinos Tsikopoylos      265,000 17
Giorgio Incatasciato      264,000 17
Giuseppe Di Bella      260,000 16
Fabio Assennato      234,000 15
Giuseppe Spitale      219,000 14
Lawrence Bonnici      215,000 13
Alexander Shchepetkin      215,000 13
Erik Lindqwist      200,000 13
Josef Snjberg      200,000 13
Gennaro Nevano      153,000 10
Marco Maggio      150,000 9
Andre Winkler      138,000 9
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner 03.04.2022 19:56

Day 2 just went on its hour-long dinner break with 49 players remaining. Blinds will increase to 8,000/16,000 with a big blind ante of 16,000.

Some players won’t need to come back as they hit the rail near the end of Level 24 including Daniel Nielsen, Brain Calleja, Hans Bjermqvist, and Ruggiero Valente.

PokerListings will update the biggest stacks around the room near the end of the dinner break.

Field: 49/848

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Short Stacks Collide 03.04.2022 19:45

Guido Presti jammed the small blind for about 50,000. Fabio Assennato jammed over the top for about 130,000 from the small blind and it was a heads-up showdown between two short stacks after Damir Savio folded from the big blind.

Guido Presti: A 3

Fabio Assennato: 9 8

Presti showed his frustration when he saw the 9 out of the window to pair-up Assennato’s nine as part of the 9 10 5 flop. Neither the 6 turn nor the 5 river helped Presti survive. Also recently eliminated were Hans Bjermqvist and Ruggiero Valente.

Fabio Assennato – 200,000

Guido Presti – 0

Field: 51/848

“Nothing to Be Proud of” 03.04.2022 19:31

Level 24: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)

Rikard Andersson three-bet jammed for about six big blinds and was called by Andre Winkler.

Rikard Andersson: Q 2

Andre Winkler: 7 7

Andersson was out of the tournament after failing to improve on the 5 J 6 9 4 board. After the hand, Winkler was a little busy with his phone.

“That’s nothing to be proud of,” Andersson said with a smile about the hand.

Joining Andersson on the rail were Giovanni Salvatore, Martorelli Garofali, Leandro Sigiloro, Andrew Cutajar, and Ashely Delaney.

Andre Winkler – 500,000

Rikard Andersson – 0

Field 54/848

Dinner Break After Level 24 03.04.2022 19:20

The blinds have just progressed to Level 24 with 6,000/12,000 and a big blind ante of 12,000. These are the highest blind levels the tournament has witnessed thus far, just one level ahead of what Day 1d ended last night at.

Surviving players will have an hour-long dinner break after the conclusion of Level 24.

Desmond Ends Cucaj’s Run 03.04.2022 19:18

Level 23: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)

Cory Desmond

Robert Cucaj open-jammed for 101,000 from the hijack. Cory Desmond called from the button and the players in the blinds folded.

Robert Cucaj: K Q

Cory Desmond: A Q

Both players paired up their queen with the 8 4 10 Q 3 running out on the board. Desmond’s kicker was in play to win the hand and eliminate Cucaj.

Meanwhile, on other tables, Raoul Van Wersch, Jacob Bronoe, Ottaviano Capellini, Shanmugasundaram, and Giovanni Palma all hit the rail.

Cory Desmond – 1,100,000

Robert Cucaj – 0

Field: 60/848

Check Out the partypokerTV Feature Table Stream 03.04.2022 19:03

Level 23: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)

Table 11 was selected for the feature table. PokerListings will not be covering the action at that table but you can watch along to see the action.

The line-up on that table includes Hans Bjermqvist, Nicolo Asaro, Ulysse Harry, Eros Nastasi, Giovanni Salvatore, Alexander Shchpetkin, Alessandro Siena, and Marco Maggio.


Field: 63/848

Nevano Lays Down Ace-Queen Suited in a Five-Bet Pot 03.04.2022 18:56

Level 23: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)

The action started simply enough with Nicolas Plantin limping from the small blind. Gennaro Nevano raised to 22,000 from the big blind.

Plantin three-bet to 65,000 and Plantin responded with a four-bet to 127,000. The action paused on Plantin for a minute before he five-bet jammed for about 600,000. Nevano had about 200,000 still left in his stack and went into the tank for more than a minute before he folded and showed A Q .

Meanwhile, Jackie Cachia, also known as “Poker Mama” around the island of Malta, was nursing a short stack all day and was seen leaving the tournament arena. Joining her on the rail were Mathias Karlberg, Jose Gaino, Christopher Keifert, and Mikael Viggander.

Nicolas Plantin – 760,000

Gennaro Nevano – 200,000

Field: 65/848

Allain Wins Massive Pot Against de Laat with Rockets 03.04.2022 18:30

Level 22: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)

Victor Allain

PokerListings caught up with a hand that already had a massive pot built up of around 500,000 with the 7 7 9 8 on the board after the turn when Bas de Laat jammed for about 400,000. Victor Allain called off for nearly 200,000 and the cards were turned over.

Victor Allain: A A

Bas de Laat: J J

Allain was in good shape but still had to fade six outs. De Laat was unable to get what he needed for a straight or full house with the Q completing the board on the river and the dealer awarded Allain a massive pot of nearly 1 million. There are a ton of chips at that table with Brian Calleja also holding a huge stack.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ruiu, Jordi Ruiz, and Cristiano Blanco, and Athanasios Theodoropoulos were all eliminated at other tables to leave 72 players remaining in the field.

Victor Allain – 950,000

Brian Calleja – 860,000

Bas de Laat – 200,000

Bettini Busts Sanchez 03.04.2022 18:19

Level 22: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)

Andrea Bettini opened for 25,000 from early position. Hugo Sanchez jammed for 75,000 from the cutoff and Bettini snap-called after the action folded around to him.

Hugo Sanchez: A 10

Andrea Bettini: A Q

The 3 4 9 A 3 board gave both players the same two pair. Bettini’s kicker came into play to eliminate Sanchez. Sebastian Rebhan and Soren Wagner also lost their stacks around the same time.

Andrea Bettini – 700,000

Hugo Sanchez – 0

Field: 76/848

Gangemi Picks Off Ouahsna’s Bluff 03.04.2022 18:09

Level 22: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)

Adnane Ouahsna jammed for 131,000 into a splashed pot of nearly 200,000 with the K A 2 J 5 on the board. Claudio Gangemi went into the tank for a couple of minutes before he found a call.

The call was a good one as Ouahsna was bluffing on the river with 7 6 . Ouahsna headed out of the tournament area after his bluff was picked off with Gangemi holding two pair with K J . Gangemi had about 700,000 in his stack after the hand.

Meanwhile, Sokol Mollaj, Nicolo Asaro, Arthus Emig, Lukasz Winski, Stefano Mazzaferro, Floridan Ribouchon, Fabio Salvador, and Martyn Frey have also exited the event to leave just 79 players remaining.

First Day 2 Break 03.04.2022 17:38

Day 2 is on its first break. Blinds will increase to 4,000/8,000 with a big blind ante of 8,000 when the action resumes.

Ladies for De Michele to Eliminate Morolleau 03.04.2022 17:30

Level 21: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)

Alban Morolleau three-bet jammed for about a dozen big blinds from middle position over the early position open by Alessandro De Michele. De Michele called and players showed their cards.

Alban Morolleau: A 9

Alessandro De Michele: Q Q

Morelleau’s Main Event run was over after he failed to connect with the 10 10 7 3 5 board, while Morolleau’s stack soared to around 700,000.

Also recently hitting the rail were Adam Hari, Fabio Peluso, Luigi Soldati, and Athanasios Tavlas.

Field: 87/848

Manfredini Loses a Flip and Loses His Stack 03.04.2022 17:12

Level 21: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)

Nicolas Plantin jammed from the small blind and Alessandro Manfredini called off for about 12-15 big blinds from the big blind.

Alessandro Manfredini: K Q

Nicolas Plantin: 3 3

Manfredini bricked the 2 10 5 3 J board to hit the rail while Plantin watched his stack grow to around 620,000. Also recently on the rail were Michael Allmrodt, Modestas Gailius, Dean perry, Francesco Grande, Hesham Mansour, Roberto Ferroni, Alexis Pacheco, Federico Caielli, and Bruno Basile.

Field: 92/848

Calleja Soars to 800K with Big Slick 03.04.2022 16:50

Level 20: 2,500/5,000 (5,000)


Brian Calleja is now sitting on a massive stack of 800,000 in chips. While we weren’t there when it happened, Calleja was kind enough to share with PokerListings the details.

Calleja opened to 21,000 with ace-king and his opponent called. Calleja c-bet for 26,000 on the ace-queen-eight flop and again for 28,500 after the three came on the turn and was called both times. Another three paired the board on the river. Calleja fired out for 50,000. His opponent raised to 150,000 and Calleja went into the tank. Time was called on Calleja before he found the call.

His opponent had queen-jack, which wasn’t nearly enough, and Calleja watched his already big stack before the hand grow in a big way.

Among the less fortunate players to recently lose their stacks included Abdelghafor Mansouri, Blazej Przygorzewski, Hemal Panchmatia, Nicola Cerini, Tom Delaine, Oliver Said, Kyle Pullicino, and Mario Basile.

Field: 102/848

Allain Gets There Against Dessena’s Rockets 03.04.2022 16:36

Level 20: 2,500/5,000 (5,000)

Victor Allain and Marco Dessena were involved in a big pot that was already at 150,000 with the J 9 10 on the flop when PokerListings was able to catch the action. Marco Dessena got his remaining 190,000 in chips in good against Allain who had a little bit more.

Marco Dessena: A A

Victor Allain: Q Q

Dessena appeared stunned after the K came on the turn to give Allain a straight. The 4 river didn’t help Dessena and he headed to the rail with Mario Basile, Loris Loffreda, Blazej Przygorzewski, Salvator Panzera, Soner Vanelderen, and Clint Sammut who also all recently lost their chip stacks.

Victor Allain – 570,000

Marco Dessena – 0

Field: 108/848

Payouts Announced – €81K for the Winner! 03.04.2022 16:29

The payouts have been announced and tomorrow’s winner will go home with a massive top prize of €81,000. All returning players are already in the money for at least a €1,000 min-cash. Here is a look at all of the payouts.

Shchepetkin Delivers Bad Beat to Gonzalez 03.04.2022 16:24

Level 19: 2,000/4,000 (4,000)

There was some raising back and forth between Perez Gonzalez and Alexander Shchepetkin preflop which led to stacks getting in the middle. Gonzalez had more or less 100,000 in chips and Shchepetkin had him covered.

Perez Gonzalez: A A

Alexander Shchpetkin: A K

Gonzalez was in amazing shape or at least so it appeared until Shchpetkin improved to trips on the K 8 K flop leaving Gonzalez down to just one out. The 3 turn and 3 river didn’t do the trick for Gonzalez and he was on the rail after suffering a horrific bad beat.

Also recently on the rail were Zlatin Penev, Luigi Knoppers, Samuel Dray, Angelo Vietti, Davide Testori, Andrea Abbatiello, Ivan Furniet, Oliver Klat, Shane McElhinney, and Flaviano Cammisuli.

Alexander Shchpetkin – 260,000

Perez Gonzalez – 0

Field: 114/848

Jacks for Grech to Oust Lopes 03.04.2022 15:57

Level 19: 2,000/4,000 (4,000)

Galindo Lopes three-bet jammed over an early position opener for about 100,000. Andrew Grech came in over the top with a massive four-bet jam to about 370,000. Everyone else got out of the way and it was time for a showdown.

Galindo Lopes: A 5

Andrew Grech: J J

The 8 Q J flop put Grech ahead with a set but Lopes still had outs with a flush draw. Neither the 3 turn nor the 2 river gave Lopes what he needed and he was among the early casualties on Day 2 alongside Flaviano Cammisuli, Mikael Tibblin, and David Graves.

Andrew Grech – 530,000

Galindo Lopes – 0

Field: 124/848

Shuffle Up & Deal 03.04.2022 15:35

Day 2 is underway with 128 players remaining out of the original field of 848 entries. Blinds will begin at 2,000/4,000 with a big blind ante of 4,000 and increase every 30 minutes. The action for the day is scheduled to end when there are just nine hopefuls remaining.

Jingchun Yu Bags Big on Day 1e 03.04.2022 15:31

The turbo Day 1e flight is in the books. Jingchun Yu bagged the biggest stack of the 17 survivors with a stack of 421,000. A seat draw was quickly done and players are heading to their seats for Day 2 which will get underway momentarily.

The €500K GTD PPC Malta Day 2 Begins at 3:30 p.m. 03.04.2022 13:14

The action is heating up in the €500,000 guaranteed PPC Malta €550 Main Event at Portomaso Casino with Day 2 set to kick off today at 3:30 p.m.

The starting time was pushed back an hour to give enough time for the final turbo opening flight to complete. Speaking of which, the turbo flight has exceeded most expectations with 111 entries getting into the mix when late registration closed with 17 players eventually qualifying through this last chance affair.

This brings the total field size to 848 entries, or 152 short of the €500,000 guarantee. In other words, the generous guarantee is providing huge value for those that go deep in this event with €76,000 in added value to the prize pool.

Plan for Day 2

A total of 128 entries have bagged stacks into Day 2 already with at least a min-cash valued at €1,000 secured. This doesn’t mean there will be 128 players in their seats and we will update this at the start of Day 2 as players were allowed to play multiple opening flights even if they already bagged a stack with their biggest stack moving forward to Day 2.

Players will have more time to make their moves with blind levels increasing every 40 minutes instead of the 30-minute blind levels featured during all of the live opening flights outside of today’s turbo flight where blinds increased every 15 minutes. Blind levels should be rolled back to 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 big blind ante as this was the earliest a flight finished online but we will confirm this at the start of play.

The day will conclude when there are nine hopefuls remaining with the final table to be played out on Monday at 1 p.m. at the partypokerTV Twitch channel with long 60-minute blind levels. The stream will also be live today with a feature table from Day 2 of the Main Event.

Online qualifier Christoph Erbler kicks off the action with the chip lead unless someone manages to bag more than the 700,596 he advanced with at partypoker in March. Closest on Erbler’s tail are Day 1d chip leader Simone Lombardo (584,000), Day 1b chip leader Nicolas Maillaud (553,500), Day 1c chip leader Claudio Gangemi (479,000), and Day 1a chip leader Victor Allain (452,000).

Simone Lombardo

Also kicking off today is the PPC Malta €340 Portomaso Cup at 3 p.m. and the PPC Malta €225 Sunday Smash at 8 p.m. Sunday night will also be hopping away from the felt with partypoker hosting its Players’ Party.

In addition to reporting the biggest hands and bad beats, PokerListings will also share the cool ambiance that partypoker LIVE and the Portomaso Casino are both well-known for. In addition, we will sprinkle in news about the side events and how you can get involved in some amazing promotions at partypoker.

Follow along with the action at PokerListings when cards are in the air at 3:30 p.m. CET.

2022 PPC Malta Schedule

March 1720:05Main Event Online Day 1: €500K Gtd€ 550
March 2020:05Main Event Online Day 1: €500K Gtd€ 550
March 2420:05Main Event Online Day 1: €500K Gtd€ 550
March 2720:05Main Event Online Day 1: €500K Gtd€ 550
March 3112:00Live Main Event Satellite€ 60
March 3114:00Live High Roller Satellite€ 220
March 3116:00Main Event Live Day 1: €500K Gtd€ 550
March 3118:00Live High Roller Satellite€ 220
March 3120:00Live High Roller Day 1€ 2,200
March 3121:00Live Main Event Satellite€ 60
April 112:00Live Turbo Bounty Day 1a€ 250
April 113:00Live Main Event Satellite€ 60
April 113:00Live High Roller Day 2€ 2,200
April 115:00Live Main Event Satellite€ 60
April 116:00Main Event Live Day 1b: €500K Gtd€ 550
April 118:00Live Main Event Satellite€ 60
April 121:00Live Main Event Satellite€ 60
April 212:00Live Main Event Day 1c: €500K Gtd€ 550
April 217:00Live Main Event Day 1d: €500K Gtd€ 550
April 220:00Win the Button € 225
April 310:00Live Main Event Day 1e: €500K Gtd€ 550
April 314:30Live Main Event Day 2: €500K Gtd –
April 315:00Portomaso Cup€ 340
April 320:00Sunday Smash€ 225
April 412:00Deepstack€ 250
April 413:00Live Main Event Day 3: €500K Gtd –
April 417:00Live Turbo Finale€ 165

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