Jackson Genovesi maintains WPT Malta lead

Jackson Genovesi maintains WPT Malta lead

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Heading into Day 3 of WPT Malta it’s Jackson Genovesi who leads the way with 760,500 chips, a lead over the rest of the field of a full 237,500. A nice place to be. 26 of the 169 starters will still be competing for the title when they return today at 13:00 CET. Four of those players will walk away empty-handed, as 22 will make the money.

One man who won’t be bagging a maiden WPT title is WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, who was on the wrong end of a huge pre-flop battle with Genovesi. The Canadian’s pocket 10s lost to the pocket Jacks of Genovsi just before the close.

As for the Phil Hellmuth versus Tony G battle on the felt, Tony wins this round as Hellmuth was eliminated earlier today and Mr G is still in with 117,000. Even though he is below the 195,000 average, he still has a lot of room to manoeuvre as the blinds are only 1200/2400. Phil exited in typical Hellmuthian fashion - he called an initial pre-flop raise from Bastien Lebel, only to see a third player move his short stack all in and then Lebel re-shove all in. Phil thought for some time before calling with A,K suited, the short stack had Q,10 and Lebel had pocket 7s. The board ran out 9,6,3,9,Q, and as the river fell Hellmuth was looking suitably upset.

Other notables names to hit the rail yesterday were Jason Mercier, Erik Cajelais and Dominik Nitsche.

Play will continue today until we reach a final table of six.
1st Jackson Genovesi 760,500
2nd Yorane Kerignard 522,000
3rd Francesco Favia 429,500
4th Ilan Boujenah 297,500
5th Eros Nastasi 297,000
6th Sampo Ryynanen 231,000
7th Maurizio Arca 225,000
8th Enver Abduraimov 206,000
9th Jonathan Roy 202,000
10th Alessio Isaia 201,000

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Tags: WPT Malta, Tony G, Phil Hellmuth