Day 1b of the World Poker Tour Malta Main Event has been completed after eight 60-minute levels were played out in the Casino at Portomaso. The player who ended the day as an overwhelming chip leader and leads everyone going into Tuesday's Day 2 is Jackson Genovesi.
Genovesi ended the day with a massive stack of 147,500 chips, over 50,000 more than his nearest rival Johan Guilbert on 96,100. Genovesi was propelled to the top of the counts midway through proceedings when he flopped the nuts in a massive pot that resulted in the PartyPoker Pro Kara Scott being eliminated. From that moment on Genovesi had to stack to make a real nuisance of himself and he certainly deserves the glory of being the overnight chip leader.
As expected a whole host of big names and familiar faces were among the 105 entries for today. Some of those who made it through with chip stacks intact include Giovanni Rizzo (95,800), Alessio Isaia (77,500), Erik Cajelais (74,800), Ilan Boujenah (62,100), Jason Mericer (56,600) and Fabrice Soulier (49,500) whilst the likes of Vanessa Selbst (29,500), Tony G (17,600), Andrew Badecker (15,700), Marvin Rettenmaier (13,375) and Anton Wigg (12,700) all made it through but will have a little more work to do when play restarts.
Play resumes at 13:00 CET and we are told the plan is to play between five and six 90-minute levels depending on how quickly the field thins. As soon as we know anything solid we will let you know.
Until play restarts, why not check out the sneak preview of the Tony G / Phil Hellmuth triathlon over on the PartyPoker Blog?