2018 Malta Poker Festival

€550 Grand Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2018 Malta Poker Festival

Final Results
Emanuele Onnis
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
150,000 / 300,000

€550 Grand Event

Day 1a Completed

Jakubcik Claims Chip Lead; Malta's Sammut, Davey, Bensimhon, and Gumz All Find Bags

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 4,000 ante
Clint Sammut
Clint Sammut

The first-ever day of the brand new Malta Poker Festival is in the books after 14 levels of 45 minutes each. In total, 302 players flocked to the beautiful Portomaso Casino in the Portomaso Marina area, to battle it out on the poker tables. At the end of the day, 64 players managed to find a bag to tag for Day 2 which will take place on Sunday, November 4.

Leading the pack is Ondrej Jakubcik from the Czech Republic with 462,000 in chips. Trailing behind him with quite a distance between them is Italy’s Alessandro Pichierri with 257,000. And closing the Day 1A chip lead podium is Borge Dypvik from Norway who bagged 241,500.

Jakubcik is no stranger to the Maltese poker scene as he already managed to win a tournament here a few months ago and took €100,000 home with him for his efforts. Other notable players who made it through to Day 2 include Irish player Daragh Davey who has made Malta his home base and found 180,000 chips at the end of the day. Local player Clint Sammut (139,000) needed two bullets today but survived in the long run.

Eyal Bensimhon (122,000) bagged a just above average stack but the well-liked poker player will be looking to build up that stack on Day 2. Fabian Gumz registered just after the dinner break and ran his starting stack of 25,000 up to 102,000.

Unfortunately, not everyone was that lucky. Jesper Hougaard ran his pocket eights into the ace-king of Natalia Chuprinskaia early on in the day, David Lappin couldn’t manage to hold on to his stack after having doubled before the first break of the day with ten-eight against Shayne Farquhar who held pocket jacks. Farhuqar had flopped a set but Lappin rivered a straight and then shoved and got called. Espen Uhlen Jorstad ran his ace-queen into the pocket kings of Michal Wilczynski. Steven Iglesias lost all his chips in the last hand of the night but will definitely be back tomorrow for Day 1B.

The second starting flight starts at 2 PM local time on Friday, November 2, with the exact same structure as the first flight. Another spectacular opening ceremony is planned and the PokerNews live reporting team will be there to bring you all the action from Malta!

Grand Event Schedule

DayDateStarting TimeLate RegEntriesSurvivorsFurther Information
1AThursday, November 114:00~21:303026475 minute-dinner break after Level 6
1BFriday, November 214:00~21:30--75 minute-dinner break after Level 6
1CSaturday, November 314:00~21:30--75 minute-dinner break after Level 6
2Sunday, November 413:00N/A--20-minute breaks and 75-minute dinner break after Level 23
3Monday, November 514:00N/A--20-minute breaks and 75-minute dinner break after Level 35
4Tuesday, November 614:00N/Atba-Play down to a champion

Tags: Alessandro PichierriBorge DypvikClint SammutDaragh DaveyDavid LappinEspen Uhlen JorstadEyal BensimhonFabian GumzJesper HougaardMichal WilczynskiNatalia ChuprinskaiaOndrej JakubcikShayne FarquharSteven Iglesias

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 4,000 ante

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Player Chips Progress
Ondrej Jakubcik cz
Ondrej Jakubcik
462,000 1,000
Day 1A Chip Leader
Alessandro Pichierri it
Alessandro Pichierri
257,000 211,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Borge Dypvik no
Borge Dypvik
241,500 241,500
Day 2 Chip Leader
Robert Forsman se
Robert Forsman
229,000 39,000
Giovanni Salvatore it
Giovanni Salvatore
216,000 62,000
Marko Cosic rs
Marko Cosic
209,000 89,000
Salvatore Ritrovato it
Salvatore Ritrovato
204,500 -21,500
Michal Wilczynski pl
Michal Wilczynski
200,000 1,000
Federico Petruzzelli it
Federico Petruzzelli
191,500 56,500
Maurizio Saieva it
Maurizio Saieva
190,000 20,000
Daragh Davey ie
Daragh Davey
180,000 29,000
Giovanna Dimartino it
Giovanna Dimartino
Pasquale Gregorio it
Pasquale Gregorio
Leny Baha
Leny Baha
Jonas Broden se
Jonas Broden
164,500 -27,500
Ambroise De La Gorce fr
Ambroise De La Gorce
150,000 23,000
Piero Compagnoni it
Piero Compagnoni
145,000 100,300
Adda Dor il
Adda Dor
144,500 48,400
Clint Sammut mt
Clint Sammut
139,000 -3,500
Andrea Stellato
Andrea Stellato
Martijn Kingma nl
Martijn Kingma
132,000 -19,000
Francesco Cortorillo it
Francesco Cortorillo
132,000 22,000
Craig Simpson gb
Craig Simpson
131,500 74,500
Sture Busch
Sture Busch
Eyal Bensimhon il
Eyal Bensimhon
122,000 -32,000

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Wilczynski Takes Jorstad Out

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 4,000 ante
Espen Uhlen Jorstad
Espen Uhlen Jorstad

Espen Uhlen Jorstad raised to 6,000 from under the gun and Michal Wilczynski three-bet to 16,500 from the hijack. Action folded back to Jorstad who counted out his stack and then decided to shove for 78,500 in total, Wilczynski called almost immediately.

Espen Uhlen Jorstad: {A-Hearts}{q-Hearts}
Michal Wilczynski: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}

The flop came {k-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{6-Clubs} for Wilczynski to hit a set of kings immediately. Jorstad needed to hit a runner-runner straight or flush to stay alive.

The turn was the {q-Diamonds} which meant that Jorstad was drawing dead and the {8-Diamonds} on the river was just a formality to complete the board. Jorstad might be back tomorrow for Day 1B.

Player Chips Progress
Michal Wilczynski pl
Michal Wilczynski
199,000 105,000
Shiyan Fang it
Shiyan Fang
Paul Boer nl
Paul Boer
Antoine Degiorgio mt
Antoine Degiorgio
Espen Uhlen Jorstad no
Espen Uhlen Jorstad

Tags: Espen Uhlen JorstadMichal Wilczynski

Jakubcik Ahead By Far

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 4,000 ante

Martynas Racinskas was all-in from under the gun for 34,100 and was called by Ondrej Jakubcik in the cutoff.

Martynas Racinskas: {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Ondrej Jakubcik: {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}

The board ran out {6-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{a-Spades} for Racinskas to hit a straight draw on the turn but brick the river to get eliminated in the end.

Player Chips Progress
Ondrej Jakubcik cz
Ondrej Jakubcik
461,000 331,000
Day 1A Chip Leader
Martynas Racinskas lt
Martynas Racinskas

Tags: Ondrej JakubcikMartynas Racinskas

Leinberg Doubles Through Davey

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 4,000 ante

Raigo Leinberg shoved from the cutoff for 14,300 and was called by Daragh Davey in the big blind.

Raigo Leinberg: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}
Daragh Davey: {8-Clubs}{2-Clubs}

The flop came {2-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} to give Davey a pair of deuces but Leinberg was still ahead on the way to a double-up.

The turn was the {k-Diamonds} to give them both two pair, Leinberg needed to avoid another deuce to secure the double-up and the {5-Spades} on the river didn't provide any danger for Leinberg.

Player Chips Progress
Daragh Davey ie
Daragh Davey
151,000 70,000
Raigo Leinberg ee
Raigo Leinberg
32,300 -600

Tags: Daragh DaveyRaigo Leinberg

Last Level of the Day

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 4,000 ante

With more than 75% of the field having been eliminated already, the 75 remaining players have just entered the last level of the day. At the end of the level, the remaining players will bag their chips and return on Sunday, November 4 at 1 PM local time for Day 2 of the Grand Event.