Our new sponsorship of WPTDeepStacks™ Malta has been a roaring success. The most prestigious event on the schedule, the €200K GTD Main Event out-performed all the rest with 275 runners creating a massive €240,075 prize pool.

Yes, we smashed it!

Our partnership with WPTDeepStacks™ allowed players to qualify online for the €1,000 buy-in Main Event tickets.

Many players took advantage of the opportunity to satellite their way to a seat for as little as one cent.

If you missed out on all the action – not to worry.

Our quick recap will get you up to speed.

The Three Starting Flights

The WPTDS Malta Main Event consisted of 3 starting flights, and 3 of our 888poker ambassadors decided to try their hand in this exceptional tournament.

Team888’s Martin Jacobson and Ana Marquez played several Day 1’s to get a coveted seat to Day 2.

Team888’s Sofia Lovgren, Martin Jacobson and Ana Marquez

Flight 1A

Flight 1A kicked off on 11th May. This first sitting of the €1,000 buy-in Main Event attracted 85. Twelve levels later, 31 players bagged and tagged, hoping that Day 2 would be just as profitable.

888poker ambassadors and Dominik Nitsche both managed to bag and tag 130,000 and 118,500 for Day 2, respectively.

Nitsche, who is also a WPT Champions Club member, and has over $18m in live earnings joined the action at the last opportunity at the end of level 9 but managed to turn his 30,000-starting stack into a bag worth 118,500.

Flight 1B

The second flight of the Main Event saw a whopping 160 runners take their shot at making Day 2.

After twelve levels of poker, only 59 made it to Day 2 – including the third 888poker ambassador in the field, Ana Marquez. She joins Sofia and Dominik – bagging a respectable 55,000 in chips.

Flight 1C

The final starting flight in the 888poker WPTDeepStacks Malta €1,000 Main Event brought in 29 entrants.

In this Day 1C Fast Chance flight, it took twelve short 20-minute levels to whittle that number down to 19 who progressed to Day 2.

Of the total 275 runners who created a prize pool of €240,075, 109 made it to Day 2.

WPTDeepStacks Malta Main Event Payouts

Once Day 1 was done, the payouts we as follow, with the top 35 cashing and the number one spot taking home €52,000.

Pos.

Payout

Pos.

Payout

Pos.

Payout

1

€ 52,000

13

€ 3,405

25

€ 1,720

2

€ 34,700

14

€ 3,405

26

€ 1,720

3

€ 25,460

15

€ 2,810

27

€ 1,720

4

€ 18,950

16

€ 2,810

28

€ 1,720

5

€ 14,250

17

€ 2,355

29

€ 1,720

6

€ 10,865

18

€ 2,355

30

€ 1,720

7

€ 8,390

19

€ 2,355

31

€ 1,720

8

€ 6,565

20

€ 2,355

32

€ 1,720

9

€ 5,205

21

€ 2,000

33

€ 1,506

10

€ 5,205

22

€ 2,000

34

€ 1,506

11

€ 4,180

23

€ 2,000

35

€ 1,506

12

€ 4,180

24

€ 2,000

WPTDS Malta Opening Event Action

Ivan Stefchev battled through a 76-player field

Ivan Stefchev battled through a 76-player field in the 888poker WPTDS Malta €400 Opening Event to bag the €8,000 top prize.

Opening Event Final Table Result:

Finish

Name

Payout

1

Ivan Stefchev

 € 8,000.00

2

Markos Hatzedemetriou

 € 5,300.00

3

Daragh Davey

 € 3,500.00

4

Marcus Hennemann

 € 2,450.00

5

Clemens Blanckenburk

 € 1,770.00

6

Messina Renato

 € 1,350.00

7

Manuel Machado

 € 1,080.00

8

David Lappin

 € 900.00

9

Maurice Harry

 € 792.40

WPTDS Malta Main Event Day 2 Action

35 players were destined to make the money in this event. However, Team888’s Dominik Nitsche wasn’t among them.

Joining him were WPTDS Champions Simon Brandstrom, Felix Schulze, and Francois Tosques, as well as Philipp Gruissem, Andreas Klatt, Joep Raemaekers and ex-tennis pro, Andy Ram.

Team888’s Dominik Nitsche

That said, although Ana Marquez didn’t make the final Day 3, she did cash in 17th place for a very respectable €2,355.

She had spent most of Day 2 struggling to keep her head above water. But, ultimately, she departed from the event leaving her teammate Sofia to carry the mantle and represent 888poker.

Ana Marquez WPTDS Malta

It would take ten hours of gruelling poker action before just 13 players remained in contention to take down the title, the money and the trophy.

As we headed to Day 3, a Belgian, Soner Vanelderen, led the way. 888poker ambassador finished Day 2 short-stacked and hoping to run it up with 235,000 chips in the bag.

888poker ambassador Sofia Lovgren WPTDS Malta

Chip Counts End of Day 2

  1. Soner Vanelderen - 1,200,000
  2. Gabriele Re - 1,140,000
  3. Cyprien Chassagne - 885,000
  4. Clint Sammut - 850,000
  5. Sandro Pitzanti - 835,000
  6. Stefano Schiano - 825,000
  7. Demetrio Caminita - 780,000
  8. Daragh Davey - 475,000
  9. John Scanlon - 400,000
  10. Ka Li - 250,000
  11. Fabio Assennato - 240,000
  12. Bas de Laat - 155,000

WPTDS Malta Main Event Final Day 3 Action

When the players returned on the final day of action in the 888poker-sponsored WPTDeepStacks Malta Main Event, they all had their sights set on the €52,000+ €2,000 EC Deauville package first-place prize.

Bas de Laat entered Day 3 in 13th place and finished in 13th place. He moved all-in with deuces and was called by Clint Sammut, holding pocket Eights. There was no joy for De Laat, and he bagged €3,405 for his efforts.

Next to feel the disappointment of coming so close was Fabio Assennato. His acey-deucy was no match for Schiano’s Q-10 suited. He consoled himself with the 12th-place payout of €4,180.

888poker ambassador, hung in there as long as she could but fell short in 11th place – taking home €4,180 for her respectable finish in a tough field of players.

Sofia Lovgren WPTDS Malta

In 10th place, John Scanlon showed that he can roll with the big dogs, but his Q-J unsuited ran into Davey’s pocket Aces, and that was all she wrote.

Clint Sammut looked down and smiled when he saw a pocket pair - Jacks… Unfortunately, Vanelderen’s smile was bigger as he looked down and saw a slightly better pair – pocket Aces. Sammut was eliminated in 9th place for €5,205.

After clinging to life through several levels, Daragh Davey took his exit in 8th place – and walks away with a nice payday - €6,565.

As the blinds ramped up, it was time for Kai Li to take his leave. Short-stacked he moved all-in on the SB with 8-7 off-suit but ran into the brick wall of Schiano’s K-8 suited. He departed in 7th place with a decent ROI on his buy-in - €8.390.

The 6th place spot went to Soner Vanelderen. He bagged €10,865 for his efforts. And, as we entered Level 29, Cyprien Chassagne could hold on no longer. He decided to try his luck with J-10, but Pitzanti had pocket Nines which held up. Chassagne collected €14,250 for his 5th place finish.

Gabriele Re looked down, saw pocket Threes and knew this was his make-or-break hand. He was up against Schiano’s A-Q, who spiked and Q on the turn – ending Re’s dreams. He took home €18,950 for his 4th place finish.

It was a tough 3rd-place finish for Demetrio Caminita. His A-9 unsuited was up against Schiano’s A-8 suited. The runner-runner clubs put an end to his deep run. Still, he walked away with €25,460.

We were now heads-up!

Stefana Schiano - 1,400,000

Sandro Pitzanti - 6,800,000

WPTDS Malta Main Event Heads-Up Action

After 12 ½ hours of play on Day 3, we were finally heads-up.

However, it would take just 45 minutes to declare a winner!

Stefano Schiano decided to raise to 275,000 from the button with Kh-Jc and Sandro Pitzanti called in the big blind with 8c-7c.

The flop was: 9s-Kc-6d, and Pitzanti shoved for 5,000,000, and Schiano insta-called with top pair.

The Th on the turn flips the script, and Pitzanti takes the lead with just one card to come… The 7h on the river seals the deal and Sandro Pitzanti is crowned Champion.

And, Schiano's fantastic effort doesn’t go unrewarded. As runner-up, he collects €34,700.

Sandro Pitzanti is crowned Champion

Final 13 Finishes and Payouts

Name

Finish

Payout

Sandro Pitzanti

1

$58,760

Stefano Schiano

2

$39,211

Demetrio Caminita

3

$28,769

Gabriele Re

4

$21,413

Cyprien Chassagne

5

$16,102

Soner Vanelderen

6

$12,277

Ka Li

7

$9,480

Daragh Davey

8

$7,418

Clint Sammut

9

$5,881

John Scanlon

10

$5,882

 

 

 

Fabio Assennato

11

$4,723

Bas de Laat

12

$3,848

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