Massimo Rossi Leads PPC Malta Main Event Final 15

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The inaugural partypoker Players Championship (PPC) Malta Main Event has reached its final day and only 15 of the 848 starters have made it this deep. Those final 15 players return to the Portomaso casino on April 4 and battle it out for the right to call themselves a poker champion, an accolade that comes with an €81,000 payday.

PPC Malta Main Event Day 2 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Massimo Rossi Italy 3,570,000 60
2 Federico Petruzzelli Italy 2,390,000 40
3 Jingchun Yu China 2,380,000 40
4 Oliver Hutchins United Kingdom 2,165,000 36
5 Mariusz Lewoniewski Poland 2,005,000 33
6 Damir Savio Croatia 1,900,000 32
7 Simone Lombardo Italy 1,885,000 31
8 Federico Cirillo Italy 1,715,000 29
9 Nicolas Plantin France 1,500,000 25
10 Wouter Schuubiers Belgium 1,430,000 24
11 Andrea Bettini Italy 1,165,000 19
12 Bradley Gudgeon United Kingdom 1,090,000 18
13 Lukasz Fraczek Poland 1,070,000 18
14 Giuseppe DiBella Italy 710,000 12
15 Victor Allain France 495,000 8

Massimo Rossi finds himself in the envious position of chip leader going into Day 3 courtesy of bagging up 3,570,000 chips at the close of play on Day 2. Rossi, of Italy, has a career-largest score of €26,800, his reward for a third-place finish in a €550 buy-in tournament in December 2016. Should Rossi finish third or higher in this €550 buy-in event, he will have a new largest cash.

Although Rossi leads going into Day 3, everyone in the chasing pack has reached this stage on merit, meaning the Italian will not have matters his own way when play resumes. Fellow countryman Federico Petruzzelli is hot on Rossi’s heels with 2,390,000 chips, while China’s Jingchun Yu is a mere 10,000 chips behind Pertuzzelli.

British poker fans have two players in the final 15 that they can attempt to rail to victory. Oliver Hutchins is the best placed of this duo; he has 2,165,000 chips or 36 big blinds. Hutchins cashed in the £150 partypoker Grand Prix at Dusk Till Dawn in January 2022.

Bradley Gudgeon is the other Union Jack-sporting grinder still in the hunt for the title. Gudgeon does not have any cashes on his Hendon Mob page but is guaranteed to see a Maltese flag displayed next to his name after this event. He returns with a 1,090,000 (18 big blinds) stack, which is enough for 12th place when play resumes.

PPC Malta Main Event Remaining Payout

Each of the returning 15 players has locked up €4,500 for their €550 investment. Reaching the nine-handed final table increases that payout to €6,400, with the top seven finishers walking away with a five-figure haul. Winning the PPC Malta Main Event comes with the winner’s trophy, bags of kudos, a place in partypoker LIVE’s history books, and a cool €81,000.

Place Prize
1 €81,000
2 €51,000
3 €31,000
4 €21,000
5 €16,000
6 €13,000
7 €10,000
8 €8,000
9 €6,400
10-12 €5,000
13-15 €4,500

What The Final Day’s Action With partypokerTB

James Dempsey and Henry Kilbane are in Malta and ready to bring you all the final day’s action on our Twitch channel. Cards are in the air from 13:00 CET on April 4 and our Twitch team will be with you every step of the way.

Rossi leads now but can he hold onto his lead and become a PPC Malta Main Event champion. Tune into our Twitch channel to find out.

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