EPT12 Malta: Newcomer Carmelo Crucitti takes early lead in Main Event

October 25, 2015

Day 1As often just tick along. This felt like a text book version of it. The eight levels of the Main Event’s opening day passed while surrounded by other events today, the preamble to a story that will get interesting later this week, but which today was all about bedding in.

Some 184 players took a seat today. They were the early-arrivers, those wishing to avoid the larger field of Day 1B, and those with plans to play the single day high roller event tomorrow. By the close tonight 114 remained, led at the bell by the little known Carmleo Crucitti.

carmelo_crucitti_ept12malta_25oct15.jpgCarmelo Crucitti
Others were within reach of him, with Mikko Turtiainen, Noah Villancourt and Ferdinand Le Pichon the closest, each ending the day with good stacks for their return on Tuesday for Day 2. Nothing is won today but it was job done as far as their working day was concerned.


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Some of the players who made it through today.

Name Country Status Chips
Carmelo Crucitti Italy PokerStars qualifier 163,000
Mikko Turtiainen Finland PokerStars qualifier 136,400
Noah Vaillancourt Canada PokerStars qualifier 125,800
Ferdinand Le Pichon France 117,500
Patrick Jann Switzerland 102,200
Tsugunari Toma Japan PokerStars qualifier 102,000
David Yan New Zealand PokerStars qualifier 97,875
Thomas Muehloecker Austria PokerStars qualifier 93,200
Niall Farrell UK PokerStars player 92,300
Bernhard Haider Austria PokerStars player 90,900
Steve O’Dwyer Ireland PokerStars player 90,600
Rainer Kempe Germany PokerStars qualifier 87,100
Elliot Smith Canada PokerStars player 85,500
Jeffrey Rossiter Australia PokerStars qualifier 83,900
Mukul Pahuja USA PokerStars player 82,300
Dominik Panka Poland PokerStars qualifier 81,400
Anthony Zinno USA 76,500
Jose Carlos Garcia Poland 73,700
Adrian Mateos Spain PokerStars qualifier 72,200
Felix Bleiker Switzerland PokerStars qualifier 70,400
Rodger Reynolds UK 69,800
Lauri Varonen Finland PokerStars player 64,900
Daniel Dvoress Canada PokerStars qualifier 60,600
Giuseppe Zarbo Italy 60,300
Dylan Linde USA PokerStrars player 57,700
Brian Roberts USA PokerStars player 56,600
Jennifer Shahade USA PokeStars Mind Sports Ambassador 51,300
JC Alvarado Mexico 51,000
Ivan Luca Argentina PokerStars qualifier 49,000
Andrea Dato Italy 48,000
Juha Helppi Finland 46,600
Fabrice Soulier France 45,300
Vicente Delgado Spain PokerStars qualifier 44,900
Charlie Carrel UK 43,600
Jorryt van Hoof Netherlands 41,500
Justin Bonomo USA PokerStars qualifier 40,700
Andrew Black UK 39,700
Ben Heath UK PokerStars qualifier 39,700
Robert Schiffbauer USA 38,300
Claudio Daffina Italy 36,600
Antonio Buonanno Italy 34,200
Roberto Romanello UK 31,900
Maria Ho USA PokerStars qualifier 29,800
Joni Jouhkimainen Finland PokerStars qualifier 29,200
Senh Ung UK 24,000
Isaac Haxton USA Team PokerStars Pro Online 23,500
Chistoph Vogelsang Germany 22,000
Jason Mercier USA Team PokerStars Pro 14,700
Jake Cody UK Team PokerStars Pro 8,600
Keven Stammen USA 7,600
Ihar Soika Belarus PokerStars qualifier 7,200
Byron Kaverman USA PokerStars player 5,800
Andrew Chen Canada PokerStars qualifier 4,900

Meanwhile the list of eliminations grew by the hour, some big hitters among them. Benjamin Pollak, Martin Finger, and Ben Willonofsky made their way to the rail, as did Connor Drinan, John Juanda, Marvin Rettenmeier (who we featured earlier today), Paul Newey, Stephen Chidwick, Ole Schemion, Shaun Deeb and Vladimir Troyanovskiy.

Christopher Frank was unable to build on his High Roller cash from yesterday, while countryman Fedor Holz is out. One suspects an appointment with the single day high roller, starting tomorrow, awaits many of not all of them.

It was not all about the Main Event today, which took place surrounded by multiple tournaments each coming to a close.

Mike McDonald won the High Roller event, picking up his first High Roller title and a winner’s check of more than €498,000. You can read the full story here.

There was also a win for Natan Chauskin in the IPT Main Event, one worth €149,560 to the Belarussian who was understandably delighted with the result, as he explained to the blog. Read that story in full here.

You’ll find all the festival results from Malta on our side events page, while hand for hand coverage from the Main Event can be found here.
Play from the EPT Malta festival continues tomorrow with Day 1B of the Main Event, as well as the single day high roller. Join us then.

Apologies for the technical problems on the Blog today. Normal service should resume shortly.

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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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