$5,300 MPP Main Event
$5,300 MPP Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Dmitry Yurasov Leads; Faraz Jaka, Phillip Nagy Bag Big on Day 1b of the MPP Main Event

dsalituro • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Faraz Jaka
Faraz Jaka

Another 232 players took their shot at the $5,300 Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event on Day 1b, and after eight hour-long levels, it was Russia’s Dmitry Yurasov who bagged the overall tournament chip lead.

Yurasov picked up aces in a three-way all in during the last level of the night and finished with 543,500, narrowly eclipsing the total of Day 1a chip leader Denis Vitchenko. He is followed on the chip leaderboard by Yulian Bogdanov (511,500) and Phillip Nagy (457,000), who finished in third place in the One Drop earlier in the MPP.

A total of 123 players survived the day. Faraz Jaka arrived at the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel and jumped into the action today, but wouldn’t last long on his first bullet. His second entry, though, would go much better. Jaka was involved in a three-way all in against Simon Trumper and Onur Ozgur, winning a coin flip with ace-queen against Ozgul’s pocket jacks to eliminate both players and climb up to around 360,000. He ended the night as one of the largest stacks with 393,500. Other big stacks include Steven Warburton (354,500), Melika Razavi (335,500), and Freddy Deeb (328,000).

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Dmitry YurasovRussia543,500272
2Yulian BogdanovBulgaria511,500256
3Phillip NagyUnited States457,000229
4Dragos TrofimovMoldova437,000219
5Irina ZheleznyakRussia412,500206
6Faraz JakaUnited States393,500197
7Antonio MarescaItaly393,500197
8Zolbayar BatboldMongolia365,500183
9Steven WarburtonUnited Kingdom354,500177
10Milen StefanovBulgaria345,500173

Among the players who failed to make it through the day are Niall Farrell, who used two bullets but will have to try again tomorrow on Day 1c, Steve O'Dwyer, Sofia Lovgren, and Timur Margolin.

A total of 364 players have entered the Main Event through the first two starting flights. Day 1c tomorrow at noon local time is expected to be the largest of the three as the field surges toward the $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. The surviving players from the three flights will return on September 1 for Day 2.

The PokerNews live reporting team will also return tomorrow for all the action from Day 1c as another crop of players attempts to catch up to Yurasov and his chip lead.

Tags: Dmitry YurasovFaraz JakaFreddy DeebMelika RazaviNiall FarrellOnur OzgulPhillip NagySimon TrumperSteven WarburtonTimur MargolinYulian Bogdanov

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

jeffmcmillan • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Dmitry Yurasov ru
Dmitry Yurasov
ru 543,500 68,500
Yulian Bogdanov bg
Yulian Bogdanov
bg 511,500 111,500
Phillip Nagy us
Phillip Nagy
us 457,000 37,000
Dragos Trofimov md
Dragos Trofimov
md 437,000 262,000
Irina Zheleznyak ru
Irina Zheleznyak
ru 412,500 412,500
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us 393,500 33,500
Antonio Maresca IT
Antonio Maresca
IT 393,500 233,500
Zolbayar Batbold mn
Zolbayar Batbold
mn 365,500 365,500
Steven Warburton gb
Steven Warburton
gb 354,500 -500
Milen Stefanov bg
Milen Stefanov
bg 345,500 345,500
Melika Razavi ir
Melika Razavi
ir 335,500 -34,500
Giuliano Boellis IT
Giuliano Boellis
IT 332,500 332,500
Freddy Deeb lb
Freddy Deeb
lb 328,000 8,000
Mehmet Samsa tr
Mehmet Samsa
tr 317,000 112,000
Vasyl Palandiuk IT
Vasyl Palandiuk
IT 313,500 313,500
Aleksandr Nemtcov ru
Aleksandr Nemtcov
ru 313,500 148,500
Yannick Schumacher de
Yannick Schumacher
de 300,000 300,000
Giia Iakobishvili
Giia Iakobishvili
299,500 299,500
Meraj Mirzaei ir
Meraj Mirzaei
ir 291,000 79,000
Uri Reichenstein il
Uri Reichenstein
il 287,000 183,000
Aleksandr Denisov ru
Aleksandr Denisov
ru 279,500 279,500
Lukasz Grossmann pl
Lukasz Grossmann
pl 278,500 278,500
Alex Peffly gb
Alex Peffly
gb 275,000 275,000
Demosthenes Kiriopoulos ca
Demosthenes Kiriopoulos
ca 274,500 171,500
Jonathan Kalmar gb
Jonathan Kalmar
gb 273,500 88,500

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Play Has Ended

dsalituro • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Day 1b has ended and players are bagging up for the night.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's action.

Alshanti Rivers Quads in Dramatic Final Hand of the Night

jeffmcmillan • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

On the announced final hand of the night, a cry of celebration was heard throughout the room as Abdullah Alshanti was up and celebrating and it was quickly apparent why.

The board read {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{9-Clubs}. Alshanti had the {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} showing for rivered quads which overcame the {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} flopped top set of Gabi Livshitz in a dramatic set over set flop that became an ultimate one-outer on the river.

Abdullah Alshanti gb
Abdullah Alshanti
gb 327,000 327,000
Gabi Livshitz il
Gabi Livshitz
il 139,000 -121,000

Tags: Abdullah AlshantiGabi Livshitz

Three More Hands

dsalituro • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Tournament officials have announced that players will play three more hands before bagging up their chips for the night.

Bogdanov Ends the Night With a Shove

dsalituro • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Blind versus blind on a board of {9-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{2-Spades}{j-Diamonds}, Gabriel Akiki bet 20,000 before Yulian Bogdanov shoved all in, putting Akiki at risk for his last 80,000.

Akiki went into the tank for nearly five minutes until the clock was called. He allowed the countdown to reach zero as his hand was declared dead, letting out a deep sigh as Bogdanov took the pot to add to his massive stack.

Yulian Bogdanov bg
Yulian Bogdanov
bg 400,000 70,000
Gabriel Akiki lb
Gabriel Akiki
lb 80,000

Tags: Gabriel AkikiYulian Bogdanov

Chouity Raises Big on the River

dsalituro • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Nicolas Chouity was facing a bet of 7,000 from an opponent in the big blind on a flop of {5-Hearts}{9-Spades}{3-Diamonds}. Chouity, in the cutoff, raised to 22,000 and the big blind called.

The turn came the {5-Clubs} and the big blind led out again, this time for 9,000. Chouity just called as the river came the {q-Hearts}. Chouity's opponent bet another 25,000.

Chouity came back with a raise to 87,000, sending his opponent into the tank for about a minute before he tossed his cards away.

Nicolas Chouity lb
Nicolas Chouity
lb 250,000 115,000

Tags: Nicolas Chouity