Davidi Kitai limped the button and Ivan Luca completed from the small blind. Big blind Sylvain Loosli raised it up to 100,000 and Kitai folded after some tanking. Luca took just as long to made his decision: call.
Luca check called a bet of 90,000 on , only to lead out 176,000 on the turn. Loosli thought for some time before folding.
With so much action going on, sometimes you miss some details. We have some specifics about a hand between Mike McDonald and Viacheslav Goryachev, but not all. We are sure the board was and Mike McDonald bet 200,000 on the river. Goryachev made the call and beat McDonald's with his .
Not much later, Goryachev lost a pot to Nick Petrangelo so the Russian player has about 1.2 million now.
Play has just begun, and on one of the first hands it was Charles Carrel who shook things up with a cold four-bet. Ivan Luca raised to 44,000, Sylvain Loosli three-bet to 125,000 and Carrel four-bet from the big blind to 305,000 chips.
Luca folded quite quickly and Loosli pondered for a while before also letting go of his hand.
On the first hand of play Steve O'Dwyer raised to 48,000 and Artem Metalidi called from he button, and the flop brought out .
O'Dwyer checked on the flop and Metalidi bet 64,000, which was called by his opponent.
The turn was the and O'Dwyer checked again, after which Metalidi bet 130,000. O'Dwyer went into the tank for a little while before making the call again.
The board was completed on the river when the hit, and O'Dwyer quickly checked again.
Metalidi went into the tank for about a minute, before he put O'Dwyer all in for 385,000 chips.
Six minutes went by, and the pained look on O'Dwyer's face grew exponentially. In the end the former EPT Grand Final champion folded and Metalidi took down the first hand of the after about 10 minutes of play.
It's the last day of the 2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Malta festival, and it's the day the big bucks are getting handed out. The Main Event is down to its final six players with €810,400 awaiting the winner. The €10,000 High Roller is down to 18 players with €597,000 set aside for the champion.
Leading the charge is Nick Petrangelo who already made the final table of the €25,000 High Roller (4th, €205,900) at the start of the Malta poker festival. Nivember Niner Sylvain Loosli sits in second. Sam Greenwood is the shortest stack starting today.
Play starts at 12 p.m. local time the remaining three tables will starts with blind level 10,000/20,000 with 3,000 ante. They will play on till a winner is crowned here in the Portomaso Casino. PokerNews.com will be on sight the entire day to bring you all the updates you can ask for. So check back right here in half an hour!