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He's had a wild ride to get here, and besting a field of 1,014 entrants Daniel Lakerveld has done it, he has gone on to take it down in first place after eliminating Simon Gyorgy heads-up and taking the win in the spring Malta Poker Festival Grand Event. The end game was surprisingly fast and brutal in this one, with players busting out almost ceaselessly late on Sunday evening as they played down to 18 . Our PokerDeals Last Longer winner was finally crowned, as Robert Lim was eliminated in 17th place when his K ♦ T ♦ couldn't hold up against James Clarke's Q♠J♠ . This made Federico Petruzzelli the winner of a free entry to the very next Malta Poker Festival Grand Event (as well as a PokerDeals hoodie of course!). Petruzzelli himself was also sadly eliminated in 13th place when his A♠6♠ could not catch up with Chris da Silva's 9♣9 ♥ . Federico Petruzzelli - PokerDeals Last Longer Winner! Final Day Action at Malta Poker Fest Across those first hours of play, o ne by one the field fell away until it teetered on the very brink of the final table - just one player left to go out for the final table of nine to be formed. It was James Clarke's fate to be the bubble man, although you might argue he made that fate himself. In a limped pot good for 480k , Clarke checked back the 5♣2 ♦ with composure but then on the T ♥ T♠5 ♦ flop the Brit opted to rip almost 4x the pot with his remaining stack, giving Silva, who held T♣7 ♦ , a very easy chip-up with his hand. The 8 ♦ , 4 ♦ runout did absolutely nothing for him, and Clarke walked out as the Final Table bubble, 10th for €5,500 . James Clarke When Polish player Piotr Tuczynski got dealt QcJc in the Big Blind early on in the final table of nine he had two options, facing a 400k min-bet from Chris da Silva . He could flat or he could jam, with his 17bbs . Both fine options. He chose the latter, and he might have regretted it shortly thereafter as he ran straight into da Silva's A ♥ Q ♥ . The Q♠8♣6 ♦ 4 ♥ 6♣ runout could not help him, and he went home in ninth with €6,500 for his troubles. Piotr Tuczynski Nicolay Langfeldt from Norway had just got short. Like really short. With no time to waste, he put his last 425k , less than 2bbs at time time, into the pot with K ♦ J ♦ , met Georgios Ninis' A♠9♠ in the middle, and could not win the standoff, losing as he did on an A ♥ 8 ♦ T ♦ T ♥ 5 ♥ board and exiting in eighth with a €7,500 payday. Nicolay Langfeldt In a similar story, UK player Stephen Kane got his last 4 bigs in facing a min-open from da Silva on the Button and sitting in the Big Blind. He was met with an ace under ace situation - his A♣6 ♦ against da Silva's much prettier A♠T♠ , and the T♣6♣7 ♦ J♠ Q♠ runout was nothing more than a tease. Kane busted in seventh with €9,000 to mop up his tears. Stephen Kane Polish Pawel Zawadowicz was powering through at the end of Day 2, as Chip Leader coming into today, but he had to put his last chips in the middle sometime, and this was the moment, as he looked down at A ♥ K ♥ . A shove, he decided, with just south of 12bbs in his 3.5 million chip stack . He was in the Cutoff , it might certainly look weaker than an open to some players. Lakerveld had too good a hand to think twice, with 8 ♥ 8♠ on the Button. The two players flipped it out, and Lakerveld landed on his feet, with a T ♦ 6♠2♠ flop making him a firm favourite. The turn and river brought nothing but a Jack and a five of ♠ s for the Pole, and the pain of elimination, and he walked out in sixth, taking home €11,000 with him. Pawel Zawadowicz Greek Georgios Ninis had been playing a solid game. He got it in on this final table in an excellent spot, A ♦ 5 ♦ on a 9 ♥ 2♣5♣ 5♠ board against a worse five, exactly what you want. Gyorgi Simon was the other involved, stuck in there with just T ♥ 5 ♥ . Then a miracle - the T♠ ! With very even stacks Ninis was struck out in fifth in a huge near 9 million chip pot. Ninis took away €14,000 in winnings from this one. Georgios Ninis Dutch player Jasper van Moorsel got it in in very fine shape with his J♣J♠ blind vs. blind against Simon Gyorgy's Q♣7 ♥ , but it was his turn to run bad as a Q ♥ in the window followed by a 5♣2 ♥ K♠ K♣ spelled the end for van Moorsel and had him out in fourth, cashing for €18,000 . Jasper van Moorsel When Simon Gyorgy put his 10 million stack in the middle from the Button and it folded to British player Chris da Silva's Big Blind , da Silva decided this was the spot to take a stand, and called it off with A ♥ 3♠ . Gyorgy showed down 4♣4♠ for the best hand preflop, and just to make the point, boated up on a Q♣8♣4 ♦ 8 ♦ 6 ♦ board runout. Da Silva, a live Pokerstars Pro, has to settle for third place this time, and €25,000 . Chris da Silva There had been some talk of a deal at three, and at two players remaining, but in the end no deal was struck, and Hungarian Simon Gyorgy would square up against Dutch player Daniel Lakerveld heads-up, playing for the trophy and a final pay-jump of €28,000 . The heads-up was, like the final table itself, to be relatively short-lived and dramatic, with the two players entering level 34 with roughly even stacks at 25-26 million apiece. With blinds at 300k/600k Lakerveld min-opened and Gyorgy called to see a T♠5 ♦ 3 ♥ flop, on which Lakerveld continuation bet 600k and Gyorgy called. The 8♣ turn was checked by both players, but on the 5♠ river something overtook both players. First of all Gyorgy checked, and Lakerveld overbet, 3.5 million. Then Gyorgy after the tiniest of hesitations jammed it in, to be immediately called. Gyorgy revealed K♠5 ♥ for trips, but Lakerveld had the best trips of all, holding A ♥ 5♣ . Simon Gyorgy - runner up Thus this incredible Grand Event was brought to its conclusion in fitting style with an epic cooler, Gyorgy departed €43,000 richer as runner up, and Daniel Lakerveld shipped the trophy, the €71,000 and the glory! Daniel Lakerveld - Malta Poker Festival Grand Event Champion 2022! Malta Poker Festival 2022 Final Table Results Place Name Country Prize 1 Daniel Lakerveld Netherlands €71,000 2 Simon Gyorgy Hungary €43,000 3 Chris da Silva United Kingdom €25,000 4 Jasper van Moorsel Netherlands €18,000 5 Georgios Ninis Greece €14,000 6 Pawel Zawadowicz Poland €11,000 7 Stephen Kane United Kingdom €9,000 8 Nicolay Langfeldt Norway €7,500 9 Piotr Tuczynski Poland €6,500 We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here in the lovely land of Malta covering this series for you, and the vibe has been excellent throughout. Good weather, good people, and oh-such-good games! We'll be back to do it all again soon, and we hope you will too. 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Simoes has done it, closing out an immense run to top a field of 1,073 runners and taking down the prestigious €5,300 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo Main Event ! In doing so he also becomes the first Brazilian to ever ship an EPT Main , winning the trophy along with a sick €939,840 in prize money. Marcelo Simoes is a big player in Brazil, where his previous best score was $109k for first in a $900 BSOP Main Event back in 2017. With this result being almost 10x bigger, he must be walking on air after his trip to Monaco. The Brazilian player was the only representative of South America featured on the final table, busting out players from across Europe and the United States to secure the win, including Spanish PokerStars Pro Ramon Colillas . How did the action go down? During six-handed play Simoes really shone, building a huge chip lead thanks to consistently aggressive play. Across a hectic half-hour's play, German Erkan Soenmez , French Hugo Pingray , US player Jaime Cervantes and Dragos Trofimov from Moldova were all eliminated, leaving just Simoes and Danish player Morten Hvam to fight it out heads-up. The heads-up itself was also a short one, lasting under an hour. In the final hand, Hvam opened to 500k at 125k/250k (250k bb ante) blinds and faced a 3bet from Simoes to 1.3 million which he called. The flop came down 9 ♦ 7 ♦ 6♠ and Simoes continuation bet a further 1 million . Hvam considered briefly before shoving all-in, a total of 3.4 million chips, with Simoes snap-calling him. Simoes tabled K ♥ K ♦ for the overpair, and all Hvam had to show was the K♣T ♦ for a gutshot with overs. When the board ran out 5♠, J ♦ the Dane was eliminated, and Simoes was crowned EPT Monte Carlo Main Event Champion for 2022. EPT Monte Carlo Main Event 2022 Winners and Payouts Place Player Earnings (USD) 1 Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu $986,832 2 Morten Hvam $592,872 3 Dragos Trofimov $417,469 4 Jaime Cervantes $313,645 5 Hugo Pingray $239,883 6 Erkan Soenmez $175,402 It was a long, hard battle for the Brazilian over five days of intense poker action, and a well-deserved win for this passionate poker player. We are sure that his family and friends back home will be celebrating his win for Brazil for a long time to come. Well played sir. Image courtesy of Pokerstars
You have to hand it to PokerGO , the big events and ultimate entertainment just keep on flowing! It was a stroke of genius to come up with the format for this latest event, offering spots to the top of the PokerGO Tour leaderboard in a $25k buy-in Heads-up event and then filling out the remaining spots with big names from the game and entertaining "poker celebs”. Players were divided into four sections of eight identified by suits of the deck, and here's a quick breakdown of who made it through. Image courtesy of PokerGo This game was played for keeps, one match only, no re-matches, and $25k on the line. Amongst the heroic contenders eliminated in this first brutal round were the legendary Shaun Deeb , Jared Bleznick , arch-wizard Phil Galfond and staunch battleaxe Scott Seiver , amongst many other worthy contenders. Hellmuth and Persson Face Off We also lost, amidst a lot of bad language, on the feature table, the entertainer himself, Phil Hellmuth . Mr Positivity did lose his cool at the very end as his stack got fully mangled by opponent Eric Persson , and it was quite the psychological battle. Persson pulled no punches in talking foul to Phil , eventually earning himself a warning, but at one point both players were warned about their behaviour and language. Not quite what you might want to see on the feature table of a headline event, but entertaining in its own way, and not entirely unexpected in a clash between these two fiery and strong-minded characters. This leaves Daniel Negreanu as clearly the most legendary player remaining in the running, although some incredibly strong opponents also progressed to the next round such as Eric Seidel, Sean Winter and Alex Foxen . Check out this and more in the coverage from the day on YouTube. The reporting does a great job of roaming across the tables, and you can see all your favourite characters sweat it out in what were truly engrossing heads-up matches. Tune in to the PokerDeals Discord to tell us about what you thought of these epic confrontations! Well done PokerGO , and do please keep serving up these huge events!
Phil Ivey has shown the world once again that he has what it takes to beat the toughest games in existence, going on a run in the High Roller events in Cyprus and shipping $50k PLO Super High Roller Tournament Event #4 for a sick $640,000 score! Not only that, but Ivey has had a strong showing in both this Super High Roller Series (SHRSE) and the Triton Poker Series which ran immediately beforehand in the Merit Crystal Cove Resort & Casino in North Cyprus, stacking up two wins and five total cashes across the several events and positioning himself at the top of the PokerGO leaderboard for the SHRSE which culminates in the wallet-mangling $250k buy-in Super High Roller Bowl . Event #4 saw 32 of the best PLO players in the world pony up the massive entry fee to play, and just five players would make the money, with Ivey eventually squaring up to crusher Ali Imsirovic heads-up for the final payjump of $224k and the trophy. The final hand saw Ivey dealt A ♥ A♣8 ♦ 4 ♥ versus Imsirovic's K ♥ Q♣6 ♦ 2 ♥ and a Q ♦ 3♠ J♠ flop coupled with a very low stack-to-pot ratio meant they were all in on the flop, with no help for Imsirovic when the board ran out 4♠ 7♣ meaning that Ivey was crowned champion of this event. Ivey was typically relaxed whilst speaking on his victory afterwards, quipping "It's always nice to win a tournament.” You would know it, champ! 2022 Super High Roller Tournament Event #4: $50,000 PLO Results PLACE PLAYER COUNTRY PRIZE 1 Phil Ivey USA $640,000 2 Ali Imsirovic Bosnia and Herzegovina $416,000 3 Joni Jouhkimainen Finland $256,000 4 Eelis Parssinen Finland $176,000 5 Dylan Weisman USA $112,000 For more of the very latest coverage of live poker, as well as the very best in online poker deals, head over to the PokerDeals Discord today! Image courtesy of PokerGO
How incredible that even as you compete to win this Grand Event , you'll be in for a chance at entering the very next Malta Poker Festival free of charge , if you can only outlast the other entrants in our exclusive PokerDeals Last Longer poker competition. At PokerDeals we are abuzz about the Spring Malta Poker Festival , and we're stoked for the next one too, with many more awesome events set to come across the year ahead! The big one this spring is the Grand Event , a €550 multiple-day 1 entry €300k Guaranteed monster of an event we'll be thrilled to be covering all week here at the Portomaso Casino! Here at PokerDeals we like to go all in for our audience, so we're adding a little guarantee on top of that €300k, just for you. Please note this promotion relates only to the Malta Poker Festival Grand Event , and that you must wear your patch/sticker for the duration of the event to qualify. 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The Pokerstars UKIPT was back in London with a bang this month, and the £1,100 Main Event saw a really healthy turnout with 645 entrants over the course of three epic day 1s, putting together a prize pool of over £690,000 . The beloved venue, the London Hippodrome played host to the stellar event, and was thronged with buzzing poker action for days in a schedule which featured a £2k High Roller , a Ladies Event and more. In the end it was British poker player James Rann who would take down the £86,568 first prize (negotiated after a three-way ICM chop left around £8k to play for), defeating Lithuanian Lukas Dimsa heads-up to secure the victory. How the Action Went Down Rann came into three-handed play with the short stack, but by name, he 'rann' good when it counted and took down the event! The conclusive hand saw a limped pot preflop, with Dimsa checking back against Rann's limp and blinds up at an eye-watering 125k / 250k with a 250k bb ante . The players looked up to see a flop of 9 ♥ 6 ♥ 3 ♥ confronting them. Both seemed to like it as Rann bet at it for 250k following Dimsa's check, only to see Dimsa check-raise to 800k . Rann called to see a 6 ♦ fall on the turn, and Dimsa continued for a valiant 1.6 million chips. Rann stuck around and the 3♣ fell on the river, at which Dimsa slowed his roll and checked it. For Rann this was the signal to go all-in with his last 3.6 million and Dimsa audibly sighed before calling off. Dimsa showed down 7 ♥ 4 ♥ for a flopped baby flush , but Rann had the A♠6♠ , meaning that he had hit runner, runner to achieve a full house , sixes backed with threes. This must have been soul-crushing for Dimsa after that flop had him at 97% to win the hand. An epic hand to conclude an epic poker tournament, and much fun was had by all (even the losers!) 2022 UKIPT Main Event Results PLACE PLAYER COUNTRY PRIZE (GBP) 1 James Rann United Kingdom £86,569 2 Lukas Dimsa Lithuania £80,282 3 Rickie Vedhara United Kingdom £80,204 4 Joshua Boulton United Kingdom £40,960 5 Alexios Zervos Greece £31,511 6 Julien Sitbon France £24,242 7 Kully Sidhu United Kingdom $18,644 8 Lorenc Boci Albania £14,341 9 Antoine Saout France £11,028 Rann, Dimsa and Vedhara agreed to an ICM deal. The winner played for the title and £8,732. We look forward to many more amazing stops on the UKIPT Regional Tour! If you'd like to read more about what Pokerstars offer in their awesome online selection of games, check out our PokerDeals review . Image thanks to Pokerstars and Danny Maxwell
PokerStars' UKIPT London Main Event kicked off in style yesterday at London's famous Hippodrome Casino , after a lengthy COVID-induced hiatus along with the rest of the poker world over the past two years. PokerStars were keen to bring this event back with a bang, fresh back to live tournament series with just EPT Prague under their belt so far in the new season. They have been especially generous this year with their added value offered to satellite qualifiers, a full 44 of whom progressed from online satties to win a seat. These qualifiers have been treated to a cinematic showing of the famous film Rounders , some free gifts offered at registration, and best of all, a freeroll event to take place on the last day of the stop, Sunday 10th, with multiple prizes including a regional UKIPT free entry ticket for a future event worth £1,100 for the winner! If you're not already on the world's favourite online poker site PokerStars , check out our review and sign up for a big bonus and more chances to sattie live events (and much more besides!). The Main Event in this regional live poker tournament series is a £1,100 buy-in event with three day 1s spread over two days, with day 1b and day 1c (a turbo leg) both running on Friday. Day 1a saw a bonanza 191 runners enter, with more expected in day 1b, and just 31 survivors emerged at the end of a long day of play covering 12 levels, to prepare to do battle on day 2. As the players registered for day 1A of the Main Event were whittled down across the intense hours of play, some famous names busted out including PokerStars Pros Benjamin Spragg and Chris Da-Silva . Both are expected to take another run at it in the latter-day 1s. Much-loved poker commentator Joe Stapleton was also amongst the casualties on day 1a. Amongst the survivors were poker notables Parker Talbot and Londoner Sam Grafton , both of whom progressed with stacks just north of 190,000 . The man to chase belies his own name with his performance, as Ben Slack was clearly no slacker on this day, bagging as he did the biggest bag of chips of all on day 1a, at a stonking 479,500 chips. With only three other players holding north of 400k chips, that is quite an achievement! Good luck to all the participants going into day 1b and day 1c today, may the poker gods smile upon you! For all the best in poker coverage, entertainment and deals, come join us at the PokerDeals Discord! Image courtesy of PokerStars
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