105 remain entering Day 2 of WPT Malta

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Sep 17, 2012 Posted in Tournament News, WPT News | No Comments »

After just 64 players turned out for Day 1a of the World Poker Tour stop on the Island of Malta, Day 1b saw a much larger field take to the poker tables, including some reentries from Day 1a players who were eliminated. In all 105 players registered on Day 1b, bringing the total number of entrants up to 169, and creating a top-prize of €120,000.

Last year’s WPT Malta tournament (which was the first tournament in WPT history to feature a reentry format) attracted a field of 240 players and was won by November Niner Matt Gianetti, who made the trip in between making the November Nine and playing the final table of the 2011 WSOP Main Event. While attendance has been down virtually across the board at tournaments in 2012, the drop-off also likely has something to do with the numerous tournaments taking place around the globe right now, including the Borgata Poker Open and the WSOPC stop in Bossier City.

The field may have been on the small side, but there were plenty of big names in Malta to play the event, which you’ll see when you take a look at the chip-leaders from Day 1a and Day 1b below.

Here is a look at the Top 10 chip-counts from Day 1a of the tournament, where 34 of the 64 players moved on to Day 2:

1. Casper Toft — 123,600

2. Andrea Dato — 106,300

3. Alfonso Amendola — 106,000

4. Kiryl Radzivonau — 94,800

5. Jonathan Roy — 94,100

6. Dominik Nitsche — 91,400

7. Jeffrey Rossiter — 82,400

8. Phil Hellmuth — 48,600

9. Casey Kastle — 43,900

10. Jonathan Duhamel — 40,900

Here is a look at the chip-counts from Day 1b of the tournament, where 71 of the 105 entrants survived to reach Day 2:

1. Jackson Genovesi — 124,000

2. Giovanni Rizzo — 86,000

3. Vincent Douchain — 82,000

4. Johan Guilbert — 71,000

5. Jason Mercier — 64,000

6. Alessio Isaia — 57,000

7. Vanessa Selbst — 56,600

8. Erik Cajelais — 46,000

9. Fabrice Soulier — 37,000

10. Steven van Zadelhoff — 35,200

There is also a side story at the WPT Malta event: Tony G and Phil Hellmuth are competing in a modified Triathlon, where they are pitted against each other in basketball, swimming, and bicycle riding! On Monday the two competed in the swimming (a 100m race) and basketball (the first to hit 10 3-pointers) legs of the Triathlon, and on Tuesday the bicycle race will take place.

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