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Leading online poker brand 888poker teamed up with the World Poker Tour (WPT) DeepStacks for the first time this week for the 888poker WPT DeepStacks Malta that was held at Casino Malta at the Intercontinental Hotel in Malta. With a €1,000 buy-in, the event played out from April 11-14.
The tournament created quite a buzz, and when registration stopped, 275 players had entered the field! A champion was crowned after a full, four-day run and it was Sandro Pitzanti (cover image) holding the trophy and posing for the winner pictures at the end. Pitzanti pocketed €52,000 for his efforts.
Pitzanti, who is a regular at live tournaments across Europe, defeated Italy’s Stefano Schiano heads-up. This is for the Dutchman, his second live title – he had won his first in the €1,000 NLHE Main Event at the 2015 Rotterdam Series of Poker (€49,151). His best live career score remains his runner-up finish in the 2017 partypoker MILLION Germany €1,100 NLHE that he won for €120,000.
Making the victory sweeter for Pitzanti was the €2,000 package that he has won to the WPTDS European Championship Deauville Main Event!
Day 3 of the event began with 13 survivors resuming play. Within 40 minutes, the nine-handed final table was set in motion.
Dutch pro Bas de Laat (13th for €3,405) was the first play to hit the rail, followed by Fabio Assennato (12th for €4,180).
888poker ambassador Sofia Lovgren (11th for €4,180) crashed agonizingly short of the final table. Lovgren lost a crucial flip with ace-queen against pocket nines and hit the rail two hands later.
John Scanlon (10th for €5,205) bubbled the final table after running his queen-jack into Daragh Davey’s pocket aces.
Final Table Recap
Local players Clint Sammut and Daragh Davey were the first eliminations on the final table and left in ninth and eighth place respectively.
Ka Li was out next, in seventh place after his shove from the small blind with eight-seven saw big blind Stefano Schiano wake up with king-eight, and the board favored Schiano.
Although Belgium’s Soner Vanelderen had entered the final table as the chip leader, his run was cut short in sixth place.
Cyprien Chassagne was relegated to the rail next when he moved all in with , and Pitzanti called it off holding . The board gave Pitzanti a full house, sending Chassagne packing in fifth place.
Gabriele Re who had kept a low profile so far then moved all in from the small blind with pocket treys and found a caller in Schiano who held ace-king. The board favored Schiano sending Re out in fourth place.
The play slowed down here, and the chips exchanged hands before Demetrio Caminita was left short-stacked. Caminita’s had vainly attempted to bluff by moving all-in with against Pitzanti’s . The saw Pitzanti hit two-pair and Caminita lost the pot. Two hands later, he was eliminated in third place.
Pitzanti came into the heads-up finale with a strong lead against his Italian opponent, Stefano Schiano but the latter proved difficult to overcome. Eventually, Schiano moved all in on the flop holding . Pitzanti tabled for an open-ended straight draw and got there on the turn making the on the river a mere formality.
Final Table Results (EURO)
Watch the 888poker WPTDS Malta Main Event final table action here:
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