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EPT12 Malta: Alexander Ivarsson seals end of Day 2 lead

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Alexander Ivarsson leads the way

Sometimes the best things come in small packages. Take Day 2 of an EPT Main Event for example. It may only be 75 percent of the length of its Day 1 brethren (six levels rather than eight) but it sure does pack a punch.

After six last-minute entrants joined the party before play started, 393 remaining players took their seats at midday for Day 2 of the EPT Malta Main Event.

At the end of the six 75-minute levels (levels go to 90 minutes apiece from tomorrow onwards) that number had been whittled all the way down to around 135 (tbc). That's short of the 95 that get paid, a milestone that will be reached before the third level of Day 3.

Alexander Ivarsson, a 27-year old professional from Sundsvall, Sweden, had a dream-like day at the tables and ended it with 529,200 chips. At the end of play he spoke to the Blog:

"Well, I got it in with aces a couple of times and that obviously helps and I've been drawing really good as well," Ivarsson said. "First I got in aces to ace-ten on a ten-eight-deuce flop and that was for a 180k pot. I've got to be honest, I didn't lose too many pots - I kept winning pots and had a solid cruise through the day."

He added: "I obviously got myself in some really good spots and got aces against two people again. One of the guys was already all in for 40,000 so I was getting some easy chips and had to win some as well."

He leads a big stack/notable list heading to Day 3 that looks like:

Alexander IvarssonSwedenPokerStars player529,200
Samuli SipilaFinland 466,500
Erik ScheidtGermanyPokerStars player447,700
Giulio SpampinatoItaly 406,500
Faraz JakaUSAPokerStars qualifier375,200
Pawel BrzeskiPolandPokerStars qualifier372,100
Andreas ChalkiadakisGreece 358,600
Farid JattinUSA 334,700
Daniel DvoressCanadaPokerStars qualifier321,100
Mike McDonaldCanadaPokerStars qualifier314,200
Enrico CamosciItalyPokerStars player314,000
Alfie AdamUK 283,700
Niall FarrellUKPokerStars player280,000
Kitty KuoChinaPokerStars qualifier264,900
Chistoph VogelsangGermany 240,300
Ivan LucaArgentinaPokerStars qualifier214,800
Dan SmithUSAPokerStars qualifier214,200
Thomas MuehloeckerAustriaPokerStars qualifier209,200
Govert MetaalNetherlandsPokerStars player207,100
Dominik NitscheGermany 167,700
Sam GreenwoodCanadaPokerStars player163,400
Antoine SaoutFrance 149,600
Shannon ShorrUSAPokerStars player149,000
Brian RobertsUSAPokerStars player146,000
Ludovic GeilichUK 143,300
Jeffrey RossiterAustraliaPokerStars qualifier116,900
Chris HunichenUSA 113,900
Marcin WydrowskiPolandPokerStars qualifier113,400
Isaac HaxtonUSATeam PokerStars Pro Online106,500
Johnny LoddenNorwayTeam PokerStars Pro102,400
Mohsin CharaniaUSAPokerStars qualifier98,400
Steve O'DwyerIrelandPokerStars player98,100
Bryn KenneyUSAPokerStars qualifier95,000
Max SilverUK 85,300
Joni JouhkimainenFinlandPokerStars qualifier76,800
Davidi KitaiBelgium 70,700
Paul BerendeNetherlandsPokerStars qualifier53,000
Matthias De MeulderBelgiumTeam PokerStars Pro45,600
Adrian MateosSpainPokerStars qualifier45,000

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Mike McDonald starred on the live stream today

As stated, registration closed at the beginning of play today and €3,157,350 was collected from the 651 players. A min cash will get you €9,320 but, if all the players are honest, it doesn't take long for their eyes to pan upwards to see what they can get from making the final and maybe, just maybe, following in Jean Montury's footsteps. A cool €602,400 awaits the winner and the final table payouts are as follows:

1    € 602,400
2    € 371,930
3    € 265,840
4    € 203,640
5    € 161,340
6    € 125,660
7    € 91,550
8    € 62,570

Five 90-minute levels are scheduled for tomorrow with a 20-minute break after every level. The rest of the evening will be dominated by the media tournament, where we'll be trialling the four-colour deck (pictured below). The prize pool for it may be small, but the bragging rights are priceless. PokerStars Blog hopes to return tomorrow with news of a victory.

Everything about EPT Malta is on the main EPT Malta page. More specifically, all the side event coverage can be found here.

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