David Yan Leads Final 6 Players in PokerStars EPT Malta €25,750 High Roller


After two grueling days of play, the 65-player field of the PokerStars EPT Malta €25,750 High Roller has been cut down to six. All of them are guaranteed at least a payday of €98,740, but all eyes are on the massive first price of €465,800.

The chipleader is none other than David Yan, who finished second in the same event in EPT Barcelona last August, banking €704,755. Yan finished the day with 887,000 in chips, leading a stacked field. These six players will return tomorrow as follows:

Seat Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Ramin Hajiyev Azerbaijan 388,000 39
2 David Yan New Zealand 887,000 89
3 Max Silver United Kingdom 412,000 41
4 Mikita Badziakouski Belarus 438,000 44
5 Oleksii Khoroshenin Ukraine 858,000 86
6 Ole Schemion Germany 267,000 27

The day started off with 27 survivors of Day 1, who were joined by five new entrants on Day 2.Paul Newey‘s reentry lasted just one hand, as he found himself on the wrong side of ace-king versus pocket queens. Vladimir Troyanovskiy was also among the early casualties. He found himself in good company, as Dan Shak, EPT 8 Prague champion Martin Finger, EPT 9 Grand Final winner Steve O’Dwyer and four-time EPT side event winner Charlie Carrel were all forced to the rail as well.

Scott Seiver was topping the leaderboard for most of the day, but suddenly found himself eliminated after a huge clash with Patrick Leonard. Seiver had flopped the nut flush draw against Leonard’s set and the two of them had gotten it all in. Seiver completed his flush on the turn but, unfortunately for him, the board paired on the river, shipping the huge pot to his opponent.

With money awaiting for just nine players, the action slowed down with just two tables remaining. Andras Nemeth fell by shoving pocket deuces in Schemion’s aces, Nick Petrangelo lost a coinflip versus Philipp Gruissem and Dario Sammartino ran into Adrian Mateos’ top pair top kicker.

With 11 players left, it took a long while before the last two players made their exit empty-handed. It was German juggernaut Gruissem who eventually succumbed in 11th place. He got it in good with pocket jacks versus Allan Sannier‘s king-ten, but the latter spiked a king on the turn to send Gruissem packing.

After a bubble phase of over an hour, it was Sannier who was the last person to go home empty-handed. Sannier had flopped two pair, but was outflopped by Khoroshenin’s bigger two pair. With Sannier’s elimination, all players were guaranteed at least €46,180.

With the bubble burst, it didn’t take long to reach the final six. Adrian Mateos shoved pocket tens into Ramin Hajiyev‘s pocket kings and finished 9th (€46,180). Patrick Leonard couldn’t improve with ace-ten versus Oleksii Khoroshenin‘s ace-jack (8th – €60,500) and Davidi Kitairan ace-queen into Yan’s pocket aces to finish 7th (€78,050).

The EPT 13 Malta Super High Roller final table is set and will commence at 12:30 local time in Casino Portomaso, Malta. The live stream will commence half an hour later with hole card information shown on screen. Follow the PokerStars European Poker Tour Malta 2017 live reporting on PokerNews.com as the tournament plays down to a winner who’ll walk away with €465,800. Here’s what they’re playing for:

Position Player Country Prize
1 €465,800
2 €334,400
3 €217,400
4 €164,030
5 €127,400
6 €98,740
7 Davidi Kitai Belgium €78,050
8 Patrick Leonard United Kingdom €60,500