€1,100 Main Event
Dia 4 Concluído
€1,100 Main Event
Dia 4 Concluído
The PokerStars Summer Festival Malta Main Event, running at the InterContinental Hotel, has now wrapped up and a champion has been crowned.
The Main Event attracted 916 entries for a total prize pool of €879,000. Only 11 players returned to the felt for the Final Day.
Simone Andrian of Italy started out as chip leader and emerged as the outright winner. He won the top prize of €153,610.
Andrian recently won the WPT Sanremo title for €147,020. The victory in Malta is his second six figure payday within a month.
Tommy Nguyen of Norway finished the event in second place for €95,850, and Marcin Lesniewski of Poland came third for €68,470.
MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS
|2nd||Tommy Nguyen (Norway)||Norway||€95,850|
FINAL DAY ACTION
Despite his early lead, it didn't always look like the Main Event was Andrian's for the taking. Here's how it happened on the day...
Within just 10 minutes of sitting down at the table, Emmanouil Asgoudakis, who started the day with a short stack, busted in 11th place. Next to go was Grzegorz Skawinski, his exit triggering the redraw for the final table.
Marco Regonaschiwas first to bust from the final table when ran into David Docherty's pocket kings.
Then, in a pivotal moment, Marcin Lesniewski hit a set of jacks in a three way all in to bust both Eros Nastasi and Antoine Talvard. Minutes later, he turned an ace to eliminate Biger Larsen and take a dominant chip lead.
It was a lead that he couldn't hold on to for long. David Docherty doubled up through him and then Andrian called down Lesniewski's triple barrel bluff to slip in front.
Tommy Nguyen had also been chipping up and by this point he was jostling for the chip lead.
Docherty had been gaining momentum too, only to be knocked out by Andrian in fourth place. The following hand, Nguyen made two pair against Lesniewski's pair of aces to bust his opponent and take the game to heads-up.
Andrian chipped away at Nguyen over the course of the match before pairing his hand in an all-in confrontation on the flop to win the event.
SIMONE ANDRIAN CROWNED CHAMPION
It's official then. Simone Andrian is the 2023 PokerStars Summer Festival Malta champion. He will take home €153,610 and the stunning festival trophy.
Andrian mentioned that he studied a lot in the last few months, which gave him confidence at the tables. "I still make a lot of mistakes, of course, but I think my game has improved," he said.
He's also happy not only with the prize money, but also the trophy.
"This is the most beautiful trophy," said Andrian. "When I saw it for the first time, I thought, 'I want it!'"
That's a wrap from the Main Event and from the coverage here at PokerNews.
Simone Andrian raised from the button and Tommy Nguyen called in the big blind.
The flop came 6♠J♥8♥. The pot was raised and reraised until all the chips were in the middle, with Nguyen at risk. Players flipped over their cards.
Tommy Nguyen: Q♣10♥
Simone Andrian: K♦J♠
Nguyen had a backdoor straight and overcard to the board. Andrian had a pair of jacks.
The tournament director announced the hand over the microphone. The turn came the 8♠ and the river was the A♥. Andrian held up to win the event.
Nguyen came in second place for €95,850.
|Tommy Nguyen (Norway)||Eliminado|
Heads-up action has largely consisted of raised pots that have been taken down on the flop or turn. Overall, Simone Andrian has been getting the better of Tommy Nguyen, winning more pots and chipping away at his opponent. Nguyen is currently down to around 7,700,000 chips.
|Tommy Nguyen (Norway)||7,700,000||-4,375,000|
Tommy Nguyen limped the button and Simone Andrian raised from the big blind to 1,000,000. Nguyen reraised to 4,000,000 and Andrian went all in. Nguyen quickly called and players flipped their cards, with Nguyen at risk.
Tommy Nguyen: A♠Q♠
Simone Andrian: A♥K♣
It looked like it was all over for Nguyen. The board ran out 3♠Q♦2♠4♣5♦. The flop gave Nguyen a pair of queens, but the river brought both players a straight. It was a close call. In the end though, it was a chopped pot.
|Tommy Nguyen (Norway)||12,075,000||-1,000,000|
|Tommy Nguyen (Norway)||13,075,000||11,775,000|
The very next hand following Docherty's bustout, Tommy Nguyen raised preflop and was called by Marcin Lesniewski. The flop came 10♦4♦K♥ and Nguyen continued for 1,000,000 chips. Lesniewski made the call.
The turn came the A♥ and Nguyen moved all in for the rest of Lesniewski's stack. Lesniewski made the call for 3,200,000.
Lesniewski flipped A♠J♥ for a pair of aces. Nguyen turned over K♦10♠ for two pair, kings and tens. He won the pot and Lesniewski was eliminated from the tournament in 3rd place for €68,470.
With that, the tournament went to heads-up.
|Tommy Nguyen (Norway)||13,000,000||5,800,000|
Marcin Lesniewski open raised to 400,000 from the button and David Docherty reraised to 3,000,000 from the small blind. Simone Andrian moved all in from the big blind and Docherty called. The two players flipped their cards, with docherty at risk.
David Docherty: 3♥3♠
Simone Andrian: A♥K♦
The board ran out J♠K♥8♥A♠4♣. The flop brought Adrian a pair of kings and he further improved to two pair on the turn.
Docherty was eliminated from the tournament in 4th place for €52,660. He wished the other players "Good luck", fist pumped them, and left to collect his prize.