€5,300 Main Event
€5,300 Main Event
Dia 4 Concluído

Duda Leads Final 23; Fedor Holz & Dominik Panka Still in Contention

• Nível 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Antonin Duda
Antonin Duda

At the start of Day 4, just 56 players remained in the European Poker Tour Malta Main Event, but after five 90-minute levels of play, the field was culled down to the final 23. The man best positioned to make a run at the €810,400 first-place prize is Antonin Duda, who bagged up the chip leader with 3,476,000.

The 28-year-old poker pro hails from the Czech town Jablonec nad Nisou. To date, his biggest cash was €125,950 for a seventh-place finish in the EPT9 Barcelona. Duda, who qualified for the EPT Malta on PokerStars, has a decent March so far having won two major tournaments on Full Tilt Poker for over a combined $62,000.

Others who've navigated the 895-player field to make it through to the penultimate day are 2014 WCOOP Main Event champ Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz (3,146,000), EPT10 London champ Robin Ylitalo (972,000), and 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure winner and PokerStars-Sponsored Player Dominik Panka (391,000).

The plan for the day was to play down to the final 16 players, but action didn't allow for it. Still, plenty of players saw their hopes of becoming the first-ever EPT Malta champion come to an end including Steven Watts (€14,750), Mortiz Dietrich (46th - €14,750), Yann Dion (43rd - €14,750), JC Alvarado (38th - €17,100), and Liviu "0Human0" Ignat, who was the center of a great name debate at the beginning of the day.

Another player to fall was Sam Chartier, who fell in the last level of the night when Mateusz Moolhuizen, who qualified via the very last EPT Malta Main Event satellite, opened for 55,000 under the gun and was met by a three-bet to 120,000 from Valentin Messina, who was to his direct left. Chartier then four-bet jammed for 358,000 from the hijack. Moolhuizen looked him up and Messina got out of the way.

Moolhuizen: {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}
Chartier: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}

It was a cooler of a hand, but Chartier was on the good end. The tables were turned when the {8-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} flop delivered Moolhuizen a set, though Chartier at least picked up a flush draw. The {2-Hearts} turn was no help to Chartier, and neither was the {Q-Clubs} river. With that, Chartier bowed out in 26th place while Moolhuizen chipped up to 1.2 million.

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Others joining Moolhuizen on Day 5 are Hossein Ensan (2,639,000), Sergio Aido (1,187,000), and Jorma Nuutinen (870,000), just to name a few. Here's a look at the remaining players:

Feature1Carlo Citrone525,000
Feature2Glib Kovtunov372,000
Feature3Bjorn Lundgren237,000
Feature4Hossein Ensan2,639,000
Feature5Bart Kuiper361,000
Feature6Remigiusz Wyrzykiewicz2,104,000
Feature7Dominik Panka391,000
Feature8Robin Ylitalo972,000
11Antonin Duda3,476,000
12Valentin Messina909,000
13Javier Gomez Zapatero1,877,000
15Jacek Ladny445,000
16Sergio Aido1,187,000
17Jorma Nuutinen817,000
18Julien Duveau737,000
21Mateusz Moolhuizen1,249,000
22Rudolf Wilhelm Zintel780,000
23Koray Aldemir1,667,000
24Bruno Volkmann248,000
25Stefan Schillhabel900,000
26Jean Montury1,363,000
27Fedor Holz3,146,000
28Dennis Kaj Smit342,000

Action will recommence at Noon local time on Friday, and the plan is to play down to the final six players. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there every step of the way. While you wait, check out this comprehensive video of the 14th Annual European Poker Awards:

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End-of-Day Chip Counts (Completo)

• Nível 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Antonin Duda cz
Antonin Duda
cz 3,476,000 16,000
Fedor Holz de
Fedor Holz
de 3,146,000 -99,000
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
de 2,639,000 196,000
Remi Wyrzykiewicz pl
Remi Wyrzykiewicz
pl 2,104,000 584,000
Javier Gomez Zapatero es
Javier Gomez Zapatero
es 1,877,000 77,000
Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
de 1,667,000 -113,000
Jean Montury fr
Jean Montury
fr 1,363,000 163,000
Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
nl 1,249,000 49,000
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
es 1,187,000 -313,000
Robin Ylitalo se
Robin Ylitalo
se 972,000 314,000
Valentin Messina fr
Valentin Messina
fr 909,000 109,000
Stefan Schillhabel de
Stefan Schillhabel
de 900,000 -50,000
Jorma Nuutinen fi
Jorma Nuutinen
fi 870,000 265,000
Rudolf Wilhelm Zintel DE
Rudolf Wilhelm Zintel
DE 780,000 140,000
Julien Duveau fr
Julien Duveau
fr 737,000 -163,000
Carlo Citrone gb
Carlo Citrone
gb 525,000 -100,000
Jacek Ladny pl
Jacek Ladny
pl 445,000 -105,000
Dennis Kaj Smit NL
Dennis Kaj Smit
NL 432,000 82,000
Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
pl 391,000 -164,000
Glib Kovtunov UA
Glib Kovtunov
UA 372,000 -538,000
Bart Kuiper nl
Bart Kuiper
nl 361,000 -224,000
Bruno Volkmann br
Bruno Volkmann
br 248,000 -172,000
Bjorn Lundgren SE
Bjorn Lundgren
SE 237,000 -93,000

Bagging and Tagging

• Nível 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante

The final 23 players are now bagging and tagging for the night. We're heading down to grab official chip counts, so stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 4 action.

Ivarsson Bluffs Off Stack on Last Hand of the Night

• Nível 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante

Alexander Ivarsson will probably not sleep well tonight after a miss-timed bluff cost him his tournament on the last hand of the night.

Antonin Duda raised to 52,000 from the second seat and was called by Ivarsson (cutoff) and Sergio Aido (Small blind). The flop came {9-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and Duda continued for 105,000 and was only called by Ivarsson. Duda slowed to a check on the {a-Diamonds} and called after Ivarsson bet 130,000.

The board completed with the {9-Hearts} and Ivarsson quickly went all in for his last 500,000 or so after he was checked to once more. Duda flicked in one chip to call and Ivarsson opened {k-Spades}{q-Hearts} for king high and was quickly out of his seat with a look of despair on his face. Duda opened {a-Spades}{8-Spades} and raked in the pot that confirmed his status of overnight chip leader.

Antonin Duda cz
Antonin Duda
cz 3,460,000 860,000
Alexander Ivarsson se
Alexander Ivarsson
se Eliminado

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Gomez Zapatero Gets Value from Duda

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A bigger pot emerged between Antonin Duda and start-of-the-day chip leader Javier Gomez Zapatero. It all started rather innocent with a raise from the button by the Czech and Gomez Zapatero was sitting in the big blind. It culminated in a check-raise by the Spaniard after the river of a {9-Spades} {3-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {A-Clubs} {J-Diamonds} board.

Duda had bet 104,000 and Gomez Zapatero check-raised to 269,000, revealing the {K-Diamonds} {9-Diamonds} for trips nines once he got called.

Antonin Duda cz
Antonin Duda
cz 2,600,000 -660,000
Javier Gomez Zapatero es
Javier Gomez Zapatero
es 1,800,000 820,000

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More for Holz

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A lot of raises, squeezes and bets later, Fedor Holz has added another another 300,000 chips to his stack and is making a run for the over-night chip lead.

Fedor Holz de
Fedor Holz
de 3,245,000 295,000

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Ladny Shoves Twice

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With two all ins in a row, Jacek Ladny increased his stack slightly The first hand was an open shove and the second one came after a raise of Antonin Duda to 53,000.

Jacek Ladny pl
Jacek Ladny
pl 550,000 125,000

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Aldemir Takes From Zintel

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Koray Aldemir opened to 53,000 from under the gun and Rudolf Wilhelm Zintel defended his big blind to see a flop of {10-Hearts} {3-Spades} {J-Hearts}. Zintel check-called a bet of 74,000 and the {8-Spades} turn was checked through. Zintel also checked the {6-Clubs} river and reluctantly paid off the 150,000 bet of Aldemir to muck when shown {A-Clubs} {J-Diamonds} for top pair.

Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
de 1,780,000 220,000
Rudolf Wilhelm Zintel DE
Rudolf Wilhelm Zintel
DE 640,000 -340,000

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Battle of Spain

zedmaster84 • Nível 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante

In a battle of Spain, Javier Gomez Zapatero fired a continuation bet of 58,000 on the {K-Diamonds} {4-Hearts} {5-Spades} flop and Sergio Aido called on the button. The action on the {4-Diamonds} turn is unknown, but Gomez Zapatero took down the pot without showdown by betting the {6-Spades} river for 180,000.

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