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

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.

Some of the players who made it through today.

Carmelo CrucittiItalyPokerStars qualifier163,000
Mikko TurtiainenFinlandPokerStars qualifier136,400
Noah VaillancourtCanadaPokerStars qualifier125,800
Ferdinand Le PichonFrance 117,500
Patrick JannSwitzerland 102,200
Tsugunari TomaJapanPokerStars qualifier102,000
David YanNew ZealandPokerStars qualifier97,875
Thomas MuehloeckerAustriaPokerStars qualifier93,200
Niall FarrellUKPokerStars player92,300
Bernhard HaiderAustriaPokerStars player90,900
Steve O'DwyerIrelandPokerStars player90,600
Rainer KempeGermanyPokerStars qualifier87,100
Elliot SmithCanadaPokerStars player85,500
Jeffrey RossiterAustraliaPokerStars qualifier83,900
Mukul PahujaUSAPokerStars player82,300
Dominik PankaPolandPokerStars qualifier81,400
Anthony ZinnoUSA 76,500
Jose Carlos GarciaPoland 73,700
Adrian MateosSpainPokerStars qualifier72,200
Felix BleikerSwitzerlandPokerStars qualifier70,400
Rodger ReynoldsUK 69,800
Lauri VaronenFinlandPokerStars player64,900
Daniel DvoressCanadaPokerStars qualifier60,600
Giuseppe ZarboItaly 60,300
Dylan LindeUSAPokerStrars player57,700
Brian RobertsUSAPokerStars player56,600
Jennifer ShahadeUSAPokeStars Mind Sports Ambassador51,300
JC AlvaradoMexico 51,000
Ivan LucaArgentinaPokerStars qualifier49,000
Andrea DatoItaly 48,000
Juha HelppiFinland 46,600
Fabrice SoulierFrance 45,300
Vicente DelgadoSpainPokerStars qualifier44,900
Charlie CarrelUK 43,600
Jorryt van HoofNetherlands 41,500
Justin BonomoUSAPokerStars qualifier40,700
Andrew BlackUK 39,700
Ben HeathUKPokerStars qualifier39,700
Robert SchiffbauerUSA 38,300
Claudio DaffinaItaly 36,600
Antonio BuonannoItaly 34,200
Roberto RomanelloUK 31,900
Maria HoUSAPokerStars qualifier29,800
Joni JouhkimainenFinlandPokerStars qualifier29,200
Senh UngUK 24,000
Isaac HaxtonUSATeam PokerStars Pro Online23,500
Chistoph VogelsangGermany 22,000
Jason MercierUSATeam PokerStars Pro14,700
Jake CodyUKTeam PokerStars Pro8,600
Keven StammenUSA 7,600
Ihar SoikaBelarusPokerStars qualifier7,200
Byron KavermanUSAPokerStars player5,800
Andrew ChenCanadaPokerStars qualifier4,900

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 XXX 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.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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