The Battle of Malta 2018 tournament has been won by a French player who lives in Malta.
Julien Stropoli scooped an amazing €141,500 in the final at Intercontinental Malta in St JUlian’s.
He let out a scream when he realised he had won the poker tournament and couldn’t wait to get his hands on the trophy.
The last nine players kicked off the action at 2pm and it didn’t take long until the first players had to say good-bye.
Jerome Steven Mangum and Mateusz Moolhuizen busted before the first break, and Gustav Vandenbring and Andy Hills followed before the second.
After that, the five remaining players agreed on a deal which secured everyone more than €100,000.
Shortly after, Abdallah Fakhreddine bowed out, being the one who probably profited the most of the deal. Down to four players, Stropoli and Urbonas clashed in a huge pot that left the Lithuanian with virtually no chips.
Urbonas doubled up twice against Erik Ostergaard but eventually lost all his chips to the Dane, who was suddenly for the first time the chipleader.
Ostergaard later took down another, even bigger pot against former chipleader Canevet, and it now looked as if the Danish player had a real shot at the title.
Instead, Canevet battled his way back up from 8 big blinds left and pushed Ostergaard into third place again. Then Ostergaard doubled against Stropoli, and we were all even again.
Eventually, Ostergaard looked tired and lost all his chips to Stropoli.
The two French players – who both live in Malta – started heads-up play with 75 million for Stropoli and 20 for Canevet.
Canevet managed to hold his own for a while but eventually fell in a hand he had no chance to get out of.