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Samuel Chartier Bags Biggest Stack On a Day Filled with Eliminations

Chad_Holloway • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Samuel Chartier
Samuel Chartier

Day 2 of the European Poker Tour Malta Main Event saw six players take advantage of the late-registration period. That brought the total field to 895 players and created a prize pool of €4,340,750 that will be distributed to the top 121 finishers with a hefty €810,400 going to the eventual winner. After six 75-minute levels of play, the field was reduced from 512 down to 186 with Samuel Chartier and his stack of 465,500 leading the way.

Others who survived the day with big stacks were Germans Moritz Dietrich (460,000) and Ismail Kalkan (426,900), and Italian Filippo Lazzaretto (348,100).

Eliminations were the order of the day, and that included Marvin Rettenmaier. The two-time World Poker Tour champ fell in Level 9 (400/800/100) when Diego Zeiter opened from early position and Rettenmaier three-bet to 6,500 from the small blind. Zeiter four-bet to 14,000 and then called when Rettenmaier shoved all in.

Zeiter: {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}
Rettenmaier: {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}

The board ran out {6-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{8-Hearts}, and the German star made his exit. He'd soon have company on the rail.

Jorryt van Hoof, Martin Finger, Philipp Gruissem, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Ole Schemion, Fabian Quoss, Dominik Nitsche, Ami Barer, and Day 1b chip leader Max Silver were among those to fall on Day 2. Likewise, Team PokerStars Pro members Theo Jorgensen, Jan Heitmann, George Danzer, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Vanessa Selbst, Marcin Horecki, Leo Margets, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier all took their leave, as did Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain, who celebrated his 31st birthday yesterday.

For a thorough look at the history of poker in Malta, check out our feature post titled EPT Malta Shakes Up Portomaso Casino's All-Time Money List.

As for the chip leader, Chartier, he got some of his chips in Level 12 (800/1,600/200) by eliminating EPT Prague High Roller champ Ivan Soshnikov. It happened when the Russian raised to 3,300 and called Chartier's three-bet to 8,200. On the {4-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{9-Hearts} flop, Soshnikov check-called a bet of 8,600 and checked again on the {K-Clubs} turn. Chartier tossed in three blue T5,000 chips and announced to the dealer "14," meaning a bet of 14,000. Soshnikov took off his earphones for a second to confirm the amount and called, heading to the {8-Clubs} on the river.

Again the Russian checked and had put his earphones back in. Chartier moved all in and the red triangle flew in front of the Canadian. Soshnikov called and Chartier flipped over the {A-Clubs}{2-Clubs} for a flush. The Russian let out some curse words in his native language before flashing the {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades} and heading for the exit.

Others returning for Day 3 include online star Ignat "0Human0" Liviu (248,000); high-stakes pro Alec Torelli (216,500); reigning World Series of Poker champ Martin Jacobson (67,700); Team PokerStars Pro members Jonathan Duhamel (77,500) and Jake Cody (58,000); and PokerStars-sponsored player Dominik Panka (197,300).

"At the beginning of the day, I won three pots then I had ace-king versus tens," Panka told PokerNews about his Day 2. "The other player had 30 big blinds and I turned a king. After that, I just steadily increased my chips and all the three-bets I did — which weren’t too many — were working. So, yes, it’s been a pretty good day."

Day 3 will kick off at 12 p.m. local time on Wednesday, and the plan is to play five 90-minute levels. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be there every step of the way.

While you wait, check out this video of Sarah Herring getting her feet nibbled on by fish. Yes, you read that right.

Tags: Samuel Chartier

Remko Report Episode #10: Hermance Blum and Frank Op de Woerd

[user68268] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

The World Poker Tour is headed to Amsterdam, and this is huge news for the Netherlands.

Host Remko Rinkema talks with WPT Europe General Manager Hermance Blum and PokerNews.NL leading man Frank Op de Woerd about the exciting news and what this really means for Holland.

You can subscribe to the entire iBus Media Network on iTunes here, or you can access the RSS feed here. The PokerNews family of podcasts is now available on Stitcher.

Tags: Frank Op de WoerdHermance BlumRemko ReportRemko Rinkema

Various End-of-Day Chip Counts

Webjoker • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

Official end-of-day chip counts, as well as the Day 3 table draw, will follow later.

Sam Chartier ca
Sam Chartier
ca 465,500 75,500
Moritz Dietrich de
Moritz Dietrich
de 460,000 190,000
Ismail Kalkan de
Ismail Kalkan
de 426,900 -3,100
Filippo Lazzaretto si
Filippo Lazzaretto
si 348,100 168,100
Nandor Solyom hu
Nandor Solyom
hu 335,700 85,700
Francois Billard ca
Francois Billard
ca 320,000 210,000
Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
de 312,100 70,100
Jean Montury fr
Jean Montury
fr 300,000 231,000
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
es 272,500 47,500
Dorin Rauta ro
Dorin Rauta
ro 264,300 154,300
Valentin Messina fr
Valentin Messina
fr 253,000 229,800
Simon Higgins gb
Simon Higgins
gb 248,200 -26,800
Liviu Ignat ro
Liviu Ignat
ro 248,000 -2,000
Matthieu Rodriguez fr
Matthieu Rodriguez
fr 240,000
Ivan Gabrieli it
Ivan Gabrieli
it 238,000 -32,000
Thomas Petit FR
Thomas Petit
FR 237,700 199,800
Jannick Wrang dk
Jannick Wrang
dk 237,100 -37,900
Alec Torelli us
Alec Torelli
us 216,500
Fatih Aydin nl
Fatih Aydin
nl 212,100 130,400
Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
nl 211,400 137,400
Giuliano Bendinelli it
Giuliano Bendinelli
it 207,300 100,300
Alain Goldberg fr
Alain Goldberg
fr 201,000 158,500
Mitch Johnson gb
Mitch Johnson
gb 200,000 162,000
Fedor Holz de
Fedor Holz
GGPoker Ambassador
de 199,700 9,700
Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
pl 197,300 -7,700

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Last Three Hands of the Night

MarcC • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

Each remaining table will play three more hands before bagging up for the night. Stay tuned for a list of notable chips counts as well as a full recap of the Day 2 action.

Tsanev With Many Lifes

zedmaster84 • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

Matthieu Rodriguez opened to 4,800 and Nikolay Tsanev moved all in for 5,500 out of the small blind. David Vamplew called and so did Rodriguez, as he was not allowed to raise further. On the {5-Clubs} {Q-Clubs} {3-Diamonds} flop, Vamplew check-folded to a bet of Rodriguez and Tsanev then revealed his {10-Clubs} {10-Spades}.

The Frenchman had him crushed with {A-Spades} {A-Hearts} but the board completed with the {10-Diamonds} turn and the {2-Spades} river.

Rodriguez had also knocked out Rasmus Agerskov earlier after his pocket aces held versus {10-} {8-} on a {J-} {8-Clubs} {7-Clubs} flop.

Matthieu Rodriguez fr
Matthieu Rodriguez
fr 240,000 190,000
Nikolay Tsanev BG
Nikolay Tsanev
BG 20,000 -15,400
Rasmus Agerskov dk
Rasmus Agerskov
dk Ausgeschieden

Tags: David VamplewNikolay TsanevMatthieu RodriguezRasmus Agerskov

Smith Shoves the Turn

zedmaster84 • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

After a flop of {5-Clubs} {10-Diamonds} {9-Diamonds}, the player in the small blind check-called a bet of 16,000 by Dan Smith and then faced the shove of the American on the {4-Spades} turn. That enforced a fold and Smith is still in it to win it.

Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 90,000 90,000

Tags: Dan Smith

Jacobson Struggles

[user20283] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

Niccolo Ceccarelli raised before the flop to 5,100 from the cutoff and WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson called from the button.

The flop came down {10-Spades}{7-Clubs}{4-Spades} and Jacobson called another 6,000. The turn was the {J-Clubs} and this time both players checked. On the river the {2-Clubs} hit and Jacobson faced a bet of 18,000. The Swede folded and left himself with 53,000.

Jacobson hasn't had many chips all day and he looks to hang on as the day's about to end.

Niccolo Ceccarelli it
Niccolo Ceccarelli
it 130,000 76,500
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 53,000 -9,000

Tags: Martin Jacobson

Sport = Joy = Success for Trickett

MarcC • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Sam Trickett
Sam Trickett

A couple of days ago, Sam Trickett couldn't win a hand for love nor money. He represented Team UK in the Global Poker Masters and luck just wasn't on his side, losing every all in on his way to a team defeat.

Trickett is a big sports fan and a massive Man Utd supporter. Utd had a very important game on sunday that they managed to win and Trickett was very emotionally invested in the game. We'll let you make up your mind whether the result went the way Trickett would've hoped:

Sam TrickettWhat a day !! Absolutely spoilt ,amazing games,amazing players & amazing results !!! #LoveTheGame #football

It's amazing sometimes the way a sports result can affect one's psyche. From yesterday afternoon, through to the near-climax of today, Trickett seems like a changed man. Before, when things weren't going right at the table, the Brit was fairly quiet and fidgety, getting out of his seat a lot. The last two days though, he's carried himself well, had a smile on his face and has led the conversations at the tables he's been at.

All that seems to have had a positive impact on his game as his stack has steadily grown to the point where he'll likely enter Day 3 with a top-ten stack. Last count he had 345,000. Trickett is one of the most dangerous players in the world when he's focused and he seems right in the zone at the moment.

Sam Trickett gb
Sam Trickett
gb 345,000 -5,000

Tags: Sam Trickett