A fast and frantic Day 2 has come to an end in Event #1: $1,100 MPP Open at the Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party held at the glamorous Merit Royal Diamond Hotel and Casino in North Cyprus.
It only took three 40-minute levels to whittle the 134 starting field in half and the frenetic pace did not stop there with play concluding at 9 p.m. local time when the field was cut down to nine players, who will compete for the $920,000 prize pool.
The high roller crusher Selahaddin Bedir of Turkey takes a comfortable chip lead into the final table with a stack of 10,500,000.
Bedir who won the 2021 Super High Roller Bowl at this venue increased their stack early in the day when they hit a set of kings on the river against Itai Levy who hit a set of nines on the flop. From then on Bedir was in the upper echelons for the majority of the day.
Cypriot Frederick Anastasiades is second in chips and has secured their highest payday as their previous highest result was for $1,400. Eleftherios Sinnos is third with 5,554,000 chips and will need to finish at least sixth to record their biggest cash.
Also making it to the final table is two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Timur Margolin. The Israeli who has career earnings of over $2,000,000 will be looking to add another trophy to their bustling cabinet.
MPP Open Day 2 Final Chip Counts
Day 2 Action
One of the first casualties of the day was British player Ragip Doghan whose pocket tens were beaten by the nut flush of Giovanni Giudice.
Alain Hajj claimed the biggest scalp of the day by eliminating poker legend Chino Rheem early on Day 2. The Lebanese player who finished in 18th place hit quad jacks on the river to knock out Rheem who has already earned more than $1,000,000 in tournament winnings this year.
It only took five hours of play to reach the final three-table redraw, but the action did not slow down as 24 player field was cut to nine in the space of three hours. Vadzim Godzdanker made a double knockout when they eliminated Iurii Brechalov and Andrea Radicchi with pocket aces. The Belorussian returns to the final table in sixth place in chips.
Snappy dresser Spyrou Spyros had their pocket queens cracked by chip leader Bedir as the Turk hit an ace on the turn and the river for good measure.
Nissim Sonsino of Israel bubbled the final table after shoving with the deadman's hand ace-eight and running into pocket jacks. Sonsino could not improve and cashed for $11,000.
Action will resume on Tuesday, August 23rd at noon local time. As always PokerNews will provide all of the latest developments as it happens.