Shortly after play resumed, Lebanon’s Abdallah Fakhreddine was ousted in fifth place for €108,500. Not a bad return for anyone but even more so for him as he shared this was his first-ever live poker tournament.

Maxime Canevet, who has been in the chip lead all day long, opened from under the gun to 1 million with [TsTc]. Fakhreddine three-bet jammed from the cut-off with [AcQs] and the duo was off to the races.

Canevet stayed ahead the entire time as the board ran out [3d5h8d][8h][5c] and increased his chip count to 44 million. Meanwhile, Fakhreddine was visibly pleased with his run in the Battle of Malta, one he is likely to remember for the rest of his life.

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