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

Maugini Leads The Way In MPP Open

ChrisBean • Level 18: Blinds 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante
Spyrou Spyros
Spyrou Spyros

Day 1b has come to a close after 14 hours of intense poker action the $1,000 Event #1 MPP Open at the beautiful Merit Royal Diamond Hotel and Casino in North Cyprus.

A total of 256 players entered Day 1b and 38 have moved forward to Day 2 which will be played on Monday August 23rd.

Italy's Vittorio Maugini is the Day 1b chip leader and amassed a colossal 921,000 chips. Maugini also claimed the elimination of bubble-boy Damir Zhugralin after the Italian's pocket jacks held.

It was a rollercoaster of a day for Zhugralin who at one point reached 653,000, which was double the average stack at the end of play, however, the Kazakhstani was the last player to exit the field but will most certainly play Day 1c.

Russia's Voziianov Artem is in second place with 834,000 and the sharp-dressed Cypriot Spyrou Spryos is in the third place with 767,000.

$1,000 Event #1 MPP Open Top Ten

RankNameCountryChip CountBig Blind
1.Vittorio MauginiItaly921,00077
2.Voziianov ArtemRussia834,00070
3.Spyrou SpyrosCyprus767,00064
4.Georgios TsouloftasCyprus655,00055
5.Ali HassanLebanon641,00053
6.Arutiun SaakianArmenia600,00050
7.Sergei SokharevRussia532,00044
8.Fabrizio D'AgonstinoItaly519,00043
9.Ian GascoigneUnited Kingdom512,00043
10Sari HaddadLebanon469,00039

Highlights of the Day

Ian Gascoigne gained a double-up on the bubble against Arutiun Saakian. The Armenian Saakian was moving all in every hand as the bubble neared and Gascoigne prospered when their pocket Queens beat Saakian's ace-rag.

After a strong performance at the World Series of Poker, Aylar Lie showed impressive form but failed just short of the money after their pair of queens succumbed to a set of jacks.

Ali Fkih was the beneficiary of a misclick after the small blind intended to break Fkih's 5,000 chip when the action was on the small blind. The floor ruled that it would be classed as a raise. Francesco Vitali tried to take advantage of this error by making a raise to 9,000 but Fkih moved all in. Fkih won the pot with pocket aces which beat Vitali's pocket tens.

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End of Day Chip Counts (full)

ChrisBean • Level 18: Blinds 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante
Vittorio Maugini it
Vittorio Maugini
it 921,000
Voziianov Artem RU
Voziianov Artem
RU 834,000 302,000
Spyrou Spyros CY
Spyrou Spyros
CY 767,000 562,000
Georgios Tsouloftas cy
Georgios Tsouloftas
cy 655,000 115,000
Ali Hassan kn
Ali Hassan
kn 641,000 337,000
Arutiun Saakian am
Arutiun Saakian
am 600,000 250,000
Sergey Sokharev RU
Sergey Sokharev
RU 532,000 277,000
Fabrizio D'Agostino it
Fabrizio D'Agostino
it 519,000 425,500
Ian Gascoigne gb
Ian Gascoigne
gb 512,000 436,500
Sari Haddad lb
Sari Haddad
lb 469,000 419,000
Georgios Skarparis cy
Georgios Skarparis
cy 421,000 69,000
Iurii Brechalov ru
Iurii Brechalov
ru 357,000 -23,000
Dmitry Gromov ru
Dmitry Gromov
ru 355,000 145,000
Jihad Bejjani LB
Jihad Bejjani
LB 344,000 344,000
Aktag Firat TR
Aktag Firat
TR 328,000 52,000
Koray Korkmaz tr
Koray Korkmaz
tr 327,000 -43,000
Nazim Kilic tr
Nazim Kilic
tr 327,000 -59,000
Antonio Failla it
Antonio Failla
it 288,000 288,000
Mikhail Zavoloka ru
Mikhail Zavoloka
ru 280,000 280,000
Motokatsu Uhara jp
Motokatsu Uhara
jp 272,000 272,000
Edgard Raffoul lb
Edgard Raffoul
lb 265,000 -118,000
Andrea Radicchi it
Andrea Radicchi
it 262,000 234,000
Vyacheslav Pak kz
Vyacheslav Pak
kz 230,000 -85,000
Cengiz Kagan tr
Cengiz Kagan
tr 202,000 202,000
Ravil Khamatgareev ru
Ravil Khamatgareev
ru 189,000 189,000

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Zhugralin Bubbles Day 1b

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

Damir Zhugralin moved all in from the hijack for his last 142,000 and next to act Vittorio Maugini called next to act. It then folded to the big blind Denis Vitchenko who went deep into the tank for several minutes, asking the floor the if he would chop a min-cash if he called and busted in the same hand as Zhugralin, to which the answer was no. Eventually he let it go showing {q-}{q-}.

Damir Zhugralin: {10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Vittorio Maugini: {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}

The board ran out {3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{5-Spades} to send the much covered player Zhugralin to the rail in 39th, putting everyone else into the money and ending Day 1b.

A full recap of the days action including chip counts will be available shortly.

Vittorio Maugini it
Vittorio Maugini
it 921,000 636,000
Denis Vitchenko ru
Denis Vitchenko
ru 115,000 115,000
Damir Zhugralin kz
Damir Zhugralin
kz Busted

Tags: Damir ZhugralinDenis VitchenkoVittorio Maugini

Short Break

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

Players have exited the tournament floor for a short ten-minute break.

Only 40 players remain meaning only two eliminations are needed to end play for the day.

Korkmaz Sends Habib To The Rail

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

Michel Habib moved all in from the button for 80,000 and was called by Koray Korkmaz in the big blind.

Michel Habib: {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}
Koray Korkmaz: {a-Clubs}{8-Spades}

Habib was ahead but the board of {k-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{7-Spades}{q-Spades}{10-Spades} produced an eight on the flop to give Korkmaz the win and sends Habib to the exit just short of the money.

Koray Korkmaz tr
Koray Korkmaz
tr 370,000 200,000
Michel Habib lb
Michel Habib
lb Busted

Drokin Doubles Through Brechalov

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

With action folding around to the short stacked Volodymyr Drokin, he moved all in from the small blind for 62,000 and was quickly called by Iurii Brechalov in the big blind.

Volodymyr Drokin: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}
Iurii Brechalov: {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

It was a cooler and the {10-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{q-Spades}{j-Spades} run out kept Drokin ahead with a straight, giving him a much needed double.

Iurii Brechalov ru
Iurii Brechalov
ru 380,000 -270,000
Volodymyr Drokin ua
Volodymyr Drokin
ua 134,000

Barraj Triples Up

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

Three players were all in preflop with Bilal Barraj on the button at risk for 84,000 and Andrea Radicchi in the cutoff for 112,000. Dmitry Gromov in middle position covered both players.

Bilal Barraj: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Andrea Radicchi: {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}
Dmitry Gromov: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

A dream scenario for Barraj as their opponents canceled each other out. However, there was a sweat for Gromov on the {9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop giving them a flush draw.

The board ran clean however for Barraj as {j-Clubs}{7-Clubs} was put on the felt and scored a massive triple-up.

Bilal Barraj LB
Bilal Barraj
LB 272,000
Dmitry Gromov ru
Dmitry Gromov
ru 210,000 -106,000
Andrea Radicchi it
Andrea Radicchi
it 28,000 -212,800

Tags: Andrea RadicchiBilal BarrajDmitry Gromov


Players on Break

Toogood32 • Level 17: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

Players are on a 15-minute break, after which 44 players will return and play down to the final 38 before the day ends.

Blinds will be 5,000 / 10,000 with a 10,000 big blind ante when players are back to it.