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

Litvinov Tops the Heap on Day 1c of the MPP Main Event

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

Day 1c of the $5,300 Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event has reached the end of the day after eight one-hour levels of play here at the pristine Merit Royal Diamond Hotel on the northern shores of North Cyprus.

The third and final opening flight attracted a total of 240 entries, 133 of which remained at the end of the night after the eight levels of play.

The chip leader at the end of the night appeared to be Andrey Litvinov of Russia who bagged up an impressive total of 510,000.

Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Andrey LitvinovRussia510,000255
2Shaul MeirIsrael494,000247
3Benjamin JonesUnited States472,500236
4Patrick ClarkeIreland465,500233
5Emin MugulovRussia461,000230
6Aleksandr GofmanRussia376,500188
7Dmitry MotorovRussia371,500186
8Suat EgilliFrance371,000185
9Timur KhamidullinRussia370,000185
10Vitalii PankovRussia363,500182

Behind Litvinov was Shaul Meir who finished with just a little behind that with 494,000. Patrick Clarke rode a successful last level to bolster his stack to among the top counts with 465,500.

Day 1c attracted many familiar names within poker who made their way to the shores of the Mediterranean island as many decided to give a shot at the MPP Main Event and many of them advanced to Day 2 including Paulina Loeliger who bagged a healthy stack of 238,500 as well as Sofia Lovgren who bagged 217,000.

Camille Brown (88,500), Niall Farrell (73,500) and Steve O’Dwyer (41,500) also navigated their way to Day 2, albeit on the shorter side of the chip leaderboard.

The 133 players who advanced to Day 2 will return to action Thursday, September 1 at 12 noon where they will join up with the 71 survivors of Day 1a and the 123 survivors of Day 1b to make for a total amount of 327 on Day 2 where registration will still be open for other players to join them.

PokerNews will pick up coverage for Day 2 tomorrow at 12 p.m. local time for what is sure to be a big day of action.

Tags: Andrey LitvinovCamille BrownNiall FarrellPatrick ClarkePaulina LoeligerShaul MeirSofia LovgrenSteve O’Dwyer

Assorted End of Day 1c Chip Counts (full)

dsalituro • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Andrey Litvinov ru
Andrey Litvinov
ru 510,000 150,000
Shaul Meir il
Shaul Meir
il 494,000 494,000
Benjamin Jones us
Benjamin Jones
us 472,500 472,500
Patrick Clarke ie
Patrick Clarke
ie 465,500 -4,500
Emin Mugulov ru
Emin Mugulov
ru 461,000 176,000
Aleksandr Gofman ru
Aleksandr Gofman
ru 376,500 376,500
Dmitry Motorov ru
Dmitry Motorov
ru 371,500 56,500
Suat Egilli FR
Suat Egilli
FR 371,000 371,000
Timur Khamidullin ru
Timur Khamidullin
ru 370,000 110,000
Vitalii Pankov ru
Vitalii Pankov
ru 363,500 -1,500
Tommaso Briotti it
Tommaso Briotti
it 359,500 359,500
Symeon Alexandridis gr
Symeon Alexandridis
gr 346,500 121,500
Denis Zelenkin RU
Denis Zelenkin
RU 327,500 47,500
Saar Wilf il
Saar Wilf
il 327,000 220,000
Stanislav Urodlivchenko ua
Stanislav Urodlivchenko
ua 323,500 183,500
Lavrentiy Ni kz
Lavrentiy Ni
kz 318,500 -6,500
Andrei Berinov ru
Andrei Berinov
ru 317,000 142,000
Alberto Meran do
Alberto Meran
do 314,500 104,500
Juozas Bizokas lt
Juozas Bizokas
lt 298,500 298,500
Alessio Isaia it
Alessio Isaia
it 297,500 -67,500
David Nicholson us
David Nicholson
us 296,000 81,000
Kannapong Thanarattrakul th
Kannapong Thanarattrakul
th 284,000 284,000
Aleksandr Pak uz
Aleksandr Pak
uz 279,000 279,000
Robert Cowen gb
Robert Cowen
gb 278,000 -12,000
Bruce Jones us
Bruce Jones
us 274,000 149,000

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Play Has Ended

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

Day 1c has come to an end and players are bagging up their chips for the night.

They will return tomorrow at noon local time, when the three starting flights will combine for Day 2.

Three More Hands

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

The floor has just announced that there will be three more hands until the end of play for Day 1c.

Calenda's Aces Hold Up For a Double

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

Heads-up on a flop of {9-Spades}{6-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, Salvatore Calenda got his last 120,000 in the middle against Jorge Hou.

Salvatore Calenda: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}
Jorge Hou: {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}

Calenda needed to dodge Hou's straight draw as the {a-Diamonds} on the turn improved him to a set. The {3-Diamonds} appeared on the river and Calenda slammed his fist down on the table. "Yes," he yelled as he doubled up near the end of the night.

Salvatore Calenda IT
Salvatore Calenda
IT 250,000
Jorge Hou pa
Jorge Hou
pa 95,000 -69,000

Tags: Salvatore CalendaJorge Hou

Sainjargal Three-Bets Pankov

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

The flop came {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}{k-Clubs}. From the hijack, Amarbayasgalan Sainjargal bet 8,000. Vitaliy Pankov raised to 22,000 from early position.

Sainjargal thought for a bit before tossing out a three-bet to 52,000. Pankov shook his head and folded as he was forced to surrender a few chips from his big stack.

Vitaliy Pankov ru
Vitaliy Pankov
ru 373,000 373,000
Amarbayasgalan Sainjargal mn
Amarbayasgalan Sainjargal
mn 295,000 60,000

Tags: Amarbayasgalan SainjargalVitaliy Pankov

PN Podcast: WiPHoF Nominations Open, Guest Espen Uhlen Jørstad on Life After WSOP Win

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
PokerNews Podcast
PokerNews Podcast

In the latest edition of the PokerNews Podcast, Sarah Herring, Chad Holloway, and Jesse Fullen welcome guest Espen Uhlen Jørstad. Jesse has an intimate one-on-one conversation with the reigning World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion to learn what life has been like in the past month since his big win, his upcoming plans, and more.

The crew also offers some suggestions for Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) nominations, recap the last winners from the recently-completed EPT Barcelona, preview the upcoming Peppermill Reno Poker-palooza, and recap victories by Beau "Don K. Nado" Wilshire in the MSPT Grand Falls and Yi Li in the bestbet's Summer Heater Poker Series Main Event.

Finally, listen to the brand new PokerNews Bad Beat Hotline segment where listeners can call in (+1 702-625-0166) and share their bad beats, which may be featured on a future episode of the show.

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Dashti Wades Way Through Controversial Hand

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

The flop read {7-Clubs}{k-Spades}{j-Spades} with three players in a hand. There was debate ongoing as the dealer had exposed the {8-Spades} as the turn prematurely and therefore it had to be taken away. One of the three players folded to make the pot heads-up.

Ghanim Dashti argued this ruling and called the floor as he made it clear that it was a dealer error through several explanations to the floor.

But regardless the rule was to take away the {8-Spades} and bring the new turn which was the {k-Clubs}. Both players checked. The {8-Spades} was shuffled back into the remaining cards, and the river came the {q-Hearts}.

Dashti called a 17,000 bet from his opponent and tabled the {q-Spades}{3-Spades} for the winner as his opponent said he only had ace high and Dashti won the hand despite all the protestations.

Ghanim Dashti kw
Ghanim Dashti
kw 218,000 78,000

Tags: Ghanim Dashti