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Two Lithuanians Among Six Title Winners on Day 3 of The Festival Series Malta

Two Lithuanians Among Six Title Winners on Day 3 of The Festival Series Malta

The Festival Series Malta was busy yesterday at Portomaso Casino with six new winners crowned. Two Lithuanians in Jonas Jurkaitis and Mantas Petrauskas won titles as did The Festival Series Twitch streamer Joseph Jackson, Georgia's Levani Rozomashvili, Younes Jarir, and Angelo Vietti.

Read on to check out what happened and what is scheduled to take place today on Day 4 of The Festival Series Malta.

Joseph Jackson Wins the Texas Knockout (€3,500 + Bounties)

Joseph Jackson Wins the Texas Knockout

Joseph Jackson streams The Festival Series satellites weekly on TheFestivalOG Twitch channel. He was unable to win a package while streaming but, of course, he couldn't miss The Festival Series Malta. Apparently, anything can happen at The Festival Series Malta as was evidenced last night. A couple of nights ago, Jackson notoriously punted away his stack intentionally in the Sviten Special event in order to play the Cash Game Challenge. Let's just say this was a 'don't do this at home' type of move.

Last night was a different story. Apparently, Jackson can actually play poker when he sets his mind out to win as he shipped the €250 Texas Knockout for €3,500 plus bounties after agreeing to a heads-up deal with Liam Johnston, who won nearly as much.

Sascha Manns was also on the podium with a third-place performance for €2,380.

The event attracted 150 entries to create a €33,000 prize pool including bounties.

1Joseph Jackson€3,500*
2Liam Johnston€3,490*
3Sascha Manns€2,380
4Alkan Aydingoz€1,770
5Igor Panak€1,260
6Luca Delfino€990
7Fraser Mackenzie€740
8Gerianne Dijkstra€610
9Nathaniel Brown€490
10Atilla Szathmari€420
11Rami Amuri€420
12Kenneth Kull€355
13Matiss Clemins€355
14Martin Klaar€305
15Stefan Wardenier€305
16Jeroen Mulder€305
17Lars Nilsen€305

*Reflects heads-up deal.

Levani Rozomashvili Wins PLO High Roller (€15,400)

Levani Rozomashvili

The €1,100 PLO High Roller was another success story at The Festival Series Malta with 60 entries mixing it up to create a €57,600 prize pool. It was a long day for those that ran deep as it took nearly 13 hours of action before Georgia's Levani Rozomashvili shipped the event for €15,400 after agreeing to a heads-up deal with Balazs Somodi, who collected a healthy €14,700.

1Levani Rozomashvili€15,400*
2Balazs Somodi€14,700*
3Alexander Koops€8,650
4James Mercieca€6,550
5Sander van Wesemael€4,450
6Andre Grech€3,350
7Florian Ahlmer€2,500
8Samuel Stranak€2,000

Younes Jarir Wins the PokerListings Championship (€16,200)

Younes Jarir

Younes Jarir defeated Manuel Blaschke heads-up in the €250 PokerListings Championship to win the €16,200 top prize. The event attracted 354 entries for a €76,464 prize pool to establish a new prize pool record for this event.

The final table was full of stories. All eyes were initially on Colin Lovelock as he was going for back-to-back victories after shipping this event at The Festival Series Nottingham a few months ago. He eventually hit the rail in sixth place for €3,250 after his ace-king was unable to hold against ace-eight.

Meanwhile, this was the second time Jarir and Blaschke were at a final table in this event as they previously battled it out on the final table in this event at The Festival Series Bratislava in the autumn of 2022. Jarir performed much better than his ninth-place performance that time around while Blaschke finished one spot behind as he was aiming to be the first two-time champion.

Here is a look at the final table payouts of the PokerListings Championship:

1Younes Jarir€16,200
2Manuel Blaschke€9,990
3Niklas Borg€6,690
4Vahur Tima€5,250
5Karl Sundin€4,250
6Colin Lovelock€3,250
7Tanguy Pellerin€2,574
8Wooseun Kim€1,930
9Laila Hawaszadeh€1,340

Jonas Jurksaitis Brings 8-Game Trophy to Lithuania

Jonas Jurksaitis

The €125 8-Game personalized portrait trophy heads over to Lithuania after Jonas Jurksaitis defeated Damian Michalski heads-up to win the €3,350 top prize. Jurksaitis is a local poker dealer where this author lives in Lithuania and came to Malta on holiday. It seems like he made the correct decision as he has his holiday paid for and then some.

Sviten Special author Martin Smith also was on the podium with ACR Stormer Scott “Pokerbrahs” Kenyon just missing the final three. Chris Hansen, Simon Ruckert, Barrier Dear, and Fabian Jarmer also cashed in this event.

Meanwhile, two players went out during hand-for-hand on the bubble on two separate tables and split the €300 min-cash with Jakub Kanosovsky and Andreas Sanden each collecting €150 each.

The 8-Game event was another The Festival Series attendance record-breaker with 93 entries creating a €9,820 prize pool.

1Jonas Jurksaitis€3,350
2Damian Michalski€2,090
3Martin Smith€1,240
4Scott “Pokerbrahs” Kenyon€890
5Chris Hansen€660
6Simon Ruckert€520
7Barrie Dear€420
8Fabian Jarmer€350
9Jakub Kanosovsky€150
10Andreas Sanden€150

Angelo Vietti Wins the Blackjack

The €125 Blackjack event produced tons of fun with 25 entries creating a €2,640 prize pool. Angelo Vietti proved to be the best blackjack player of the day after shipping the event for €1,100. Theodoros Konstantindis, Annika Haaviste, and Orlando Genders also cashed in this event.

1Angelo Vietti€1,100
2Theodoros Konstantindis€790
3Annika Haaviste€500
4Orlando Genders€250

Heads-Up Title Also Heads to Lithuania

Mantas Petrauskas

Mantas Petrauskas defeated Raoul van Wersch heads-up in the €250 Heads-Up event for €2,380 while Peder Behr and Sven Lysebo also cashed.

The event attracted 28 players for a €6,048 prize pool.

1Mantas Petrauskas€2,380
2Raoul van Wersch€1,690
3Peder Behr€1,130
4Sven Lysebo€900

Franke Still Leads the Cash Game Challenge

The Festival Series Founder Martin "Franke" von Zweigbergk still leads the Cash Game Challenge. This might be a recurring theme as his lead is massive with him winning 3,150 big blinds (€6,300 profit) in the €2/€2 PLO Cash Game Challenge on Monday evening. Players will try to knock him off the top of the mountain as the player that wins the most big blinds during any Cash Game Challenge will win a package valued at €1,600 to The Festival Series Bratislava at Banco Casino from Nov. 27 to Dec. 3.

Martins Geiba notching the second biggest score last night of the Cash Game Challenge at The Festival Series Malta after winning €1,008 for 504 big blinds in €2/€2 pot-limit Omaha. It hasn’t been the worst week for Geiba who yesterday won the €125 Roulette Tournament for €1,000.

Martins Geiba

May 18th Schedule

There are plenty of events on tap on Day 4 of The Festival Series Malta starting off with Day 1c of the €550 Main Event. Adam Briggs bagged the overall chip lead in the Main Event during yesterday's Day 1b with 329,500 in chips.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of other events including the €250 HORSE, the €1,100 NLHE High Roller, the €250 PLO 4/5/6, and the €125 Texas Turbo Thursday Midnight Madness.

Players will also have a blast in the €125 Matching Visions Slots Tournament. This event likely has the least amount of skill out of all of our events and should be fun for poker players and casino enthusiasts alike.

The Cash Game Challenge continues with two more sessions this evening and Franke's Flip Flops will run once again from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. Of course, cash games will be running on the casino floor 24 hours a day throughout The Festival Series Malta.

Here is a full look at today's schedule:

12 p.m.Event #8: €550 Main Event Day 1c
1 p.m.Event #26: €250 HORSE
5 p.m.Event #27: €1,100 NLHE High Roller
7 p.m.Event #28: €70 Main Event Satellite
8 p.m.Event #29: €250 PLO 4/5/6
8 p.m.Event #30: €2/€2 NLHE Cash Game Challenge
9 p.m.Event #31: €125 Matching Visions Slots Tournament
9 p.m.Event #32: €125 Texas Turbo Thursday Midnight Madness
10:30 p.m.Event #33: €2/€2 PLO Cash Game Challenge