Three days of hard-fought poker have culminated in the 368-strong field being carved, sliced, diced and whittled to these final 9 heroes, ready to duke it out for the title.
Alessandro Siena is the man who leads the way, the Italian having proved his poker chops in quietly ascending to the summit of the chip counts. His 2,854,000 chips give him a massive lead going into the final table, so he has to start as the big favourite for the title. Poker is a fickle game though, as we all know, and a few turns of fortune can swing the pendulum in someone else’s direction.
There’s a juicy €35,000 in place for whoever can win the title, though the unquantifiable prestige and glory at being crowned the MPNPT King of Malta is surely without price. It should prove a great battle.
Here are the full payouts and chip standings as play begins.
You can follow the action here on the blog, or via the twitch stream.
Good luck to all the competitors – this should be a lot of fun.