Pole Leads EPT Malta

Pole Leads EPT Malta

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The business end of the main event at the Malta stop of the European Poker Tour (EPT) from PokerStars is fast approaching and Jaroslaw Sikorska is the man currently out in front.

The Polish competitor has been near the top since the start of the tournament and had accumulated an impressive stack of 1.65 million chips by the close of play on Wednesday.

There's plenty of class on show among the final 40 players with long-time chip leader Alexander Ivarsson (1.3 million), top American professional Faraz Jaka (1.2 million), Niall Farrell (1.1 million) from Scotland and Canada's Sam Greenwood (1.1 million) rounding out the top five.

Other notables still very much in the hunt for a deep run in Malta include Mike McDonald, Shannon Shorr, Johnny Lodden, Bryn Kenney and Paul Berende.

Perhaps the happiest man on Wednesday was Andrew Atkinson after he made it into the money despite holding the princely sum of less than a single small blind in chips when the bubble burst. That stroke of luck saw the British competitor turn his qualification buy in of €32.40 ($35.52) into an minimum cash of €9,320 ($10,221).

However, the event has not been as successful for some with the likes of Dan Smith, Steve O'Dwyer, Ike Haxton and Jeff Rossiter already busting out.

Play resumes at noon today with the final 40 competitors set to be whittled down to just 16.

Tags: European Poker Tour, EPT, PokerStars, Malta, Jaroslaw Sikorska, Alexander Ivarsson, Faraz Jaka, Niall Farrell, Sam Greenwood, Mike McDonald, Shannon Shorr, Johnny Lodden, Bryn Kenney, Paul Berende, Andrew Atkinson, Dan Smith, Steve O'Dwyer, Ike Haxton, Jeff Rossiter