$1,100 NLH MPP Open
$1,100 NLH MPP Open
Day 1a Completed

Day 1a of Event #1: $1,100 MPP Open Is Booked; Just Nine Make Day 2

Toogood32 • Level 20: Blinds 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
Salvino Salvatore
Salvino Salvatore

After 20 levels of play that took players until 03:27 a.m. local time to sort through, Event #1: $1,100 MPP Open at Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party from the beautiful Merit Royal Diamond Hotel and Casino has concluded, with Day 1a finally a wrap.

Just 9 players remain from a starting field of 61, which includes 11 re-entries that took to the tables in North Cyprus for their chance at a massive first place prize. The current players will take their stacks to Day 2 which continues from Monday, before three more Day 1 flights are to be played. All players remaining have made the money, but those who did not can enter each of the next flights twice each, giving plenty of opportunity for players to pounce on a chance at the $1,000,000 guarantee.

There were many other notable players and stacks busts happening through out the day, with identical twins Ziad Gharios and Jad Gharios both going deep in the event. Unfortunately Jad busted a few places before the money, but Ziad will come back with 331,000 going into Day 2.

Turkish player Tulga Bahadir (503,000) boasts the biggest stack in the room, but most players in the field came through to Day 2 with similar sized stacks.

Previous winner Damir Zhugralin did have the chip lead early on in Day 1a but lost a few big pots to other players, including a notable one against Dmitry Levin, who picked off a big bluff jam from Zhugralin mid way through the day's play.

British player Gursel Gulfer had an up and down day, getting involved in many big pots, but his day was ultimately done after his flopped flush draw didn't improve versus the nut straight of one of the chip leaders, Salvino Salvatore.

A scheduled 18 levels were booked if needed but it took a little less time to get down to the required remaining players left to call the day's play. The unfortunate bubble boy for Day 1a was Plamen Pashov who got his short stack all in with queen-ten against the jack-eight of Yuriy Zakharov. The river gave Zakharov a pair to bust Pashov in 10th place.

All the action from the remaining Day 1 flights as well as upcoming events like The One Drop, The PokerNews Cup as well as the coveted $5,000 MPP Main Event can be found here at PokerNews as all the action continues from the Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party at Merit Royal Diamond Hotel and Casino, North Cyprus.

Tags: Damir ZhugralinDmitry LevinJad GhariosSalvino SalvatoreZiad Gharios

Pashov Bubbles Day 1a

ChrisBean • Level 20: Blinds 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Plamen Pashov moved all in from the small blind for 39,000 and was called by Yuriy Zakharov in the big blind.

Plamen Pashov: {q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Yuriy Zakharov: {j-Clubs}{8-Hearts}

The flop and turn of {a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{4-Spades}{5-Clubs} gave Zakharov a gutshot, but the {8-Diamonds} on the river gave the Russian a pair and sent the Bulgarian Pashov to the rail and bubbling the MPP Open. Everyone else have bagged and tagged and will return on Monday August 22nd and secured a min-cash.

Yuriy Zakharov ru
Yuriy Zakharov
ru 335,000 -43,000
Plamen Pashov BG
Plamen Pashov
BG Busted

Tags: Yuriy Zakharov

Hand-for-Hand Continues Through Level 20

Toogood32 • Level 20: Blinds 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

With blinds at 8,000 / 16,000 with a 16,000 big blind ante, players have been enduring a gruelling hand-for-hand. With 11 players left, play was at level 15. Since, there have many short stack double-ups to keep play going past 3:00 a.m local time.

Updated counts will be available as soon as play concludes for the day.


Zakharov Doubles Through Bahadir

ChrisBean • Level 19: Blinds 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante
Yuriy Zakharov
Yuriy Zakharov

Yuriy Zakharov limped from under the gun and was met with a bet of 60,000 from Tulga Bahadir on the button. Zakhravov moved all in for 174,000 and was called by Bahadir.

Yuriy Zakharov: {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Tulga Bahadir: {a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

Zakharov's trap worked, but the other nine players were praying for an ace to conclude proceedings for the night.

The flop of {j-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{5-Spades} was no help for Bahadir, but the {10-Spades} on the turn gave the Turk an additional two outs. However, the {4-Diamonds} was tabled on the river and Zakharov doubles up much to the dismay of his rivals.

Yuriy Zakharov ru
Yuriy Zakharov
ru 378,000 207,000
Tulga Bahadir tr
Tulga Bahadir
tr 322,000 -168,000

Tags: Yuriy Zakharov


Players on Short Break

Toogood32 • Level 18: Blinds 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante

Players have been sent on a 10-minute break before they go into level 19, past the expected 18 levels that were to be played. No players have busted in the last two levels of play.

An updated full chip count will follow.