2018 Malta Poker Festival

€550 Grand Event
Days: 1b
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 1b Completed

Domenico Gala Claims the Day 1B Chip Lead in the MPF Grand Event

Level 14 : 1,500-3,000, 4,000 ante
Domenico Gala in another event
Domenico Gala in another event

The second day of the newly minted Malta Poker Festival was busier than the first starting day of the €550 Grand Event with 451 entries coming in over the first eight levels of the day. After 14 45-minute levels, 78 of those managed to overcome the many hurdles their competitors threw their way and bagged their chips for Day 2, Sunday, November 4. The Portomaso Casino was once again the stage of a day filled with action.

The Day 1B chip lead honors go to Domenico Gala with 329,000 in chips. The Italian player will probably be looking forward to running deep again here in Malta and hoping to claim his first ever live tournament win after having come close several times.

The whole top Day 1B top three players are Italian as the players trailing Gala are Emanuele Napolitano with 320,000 and Claudio Pagano with 317,000. The Swede Serdar Dermican with 300,000 and Israel’s Yotam Bar-Yosef with 293,000 round out the top five for the day.

Other notable players making it through to Day 2 include Monika Zukowicz, Traian Bostan, [Removed:155], Gabriele Re, Paul Romain, Espen Uhlen Jorstad, Daiva Byrne, and Daniel Stacey.

Some of the players expected to try again tomorrow on Day 1C as they failed to make the end of the day include David Lappin, Andy Hills, Ronni Borg, Andrew Hedley, Niko Koop, Fabrice Soulier, Jon Kyte, and a planeload of players from Israel as they have arrived to not only play the IPC but also the Grand Event.

Grand Event Schedule

DayDateStarting TimeLate RegEntriesSurvivorsFurther Information
1AThursday, November 114:00~21:303026475 minute-dinner break after Level 6
1BFriday, November 214:00~21:304517875 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

Make sure to come back tomorrow at 2 PM local time to read all the Day 1C updates as this will be the last chance for players to earn their seat for Day 2and the PokerNews live reporting team will be here to bring you all the action!

Tags: Andrew HedleyAndy HillsClaudio PaganoDaiva ByrneDaniel StaceyDavid LappinDomenico GalaEspen Uhlen JorstadFabrice SoulierGabriele ReJon KyteMonika ZukowiczNiko KoopOndrej JakubcikPaul RomainRonni BorgTraian Bostan

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 14 : 1,500-3,000, 4,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Domenico Gala it
Domenico Gala
329,000 79,000
Day 1B Chip Leader
Emanuele Napolitano it
Emanuele Napolitano
320,500 27,500
Claudio Pagano it
Claudio Pagano
317,000 175,000
Serdar Demircan se
Serdar Demircan
300,000 190,000
Yotam Bar-Yosef il
Yotam Bar-Yosef
293,000 91,000
Michael Ibba
Michael Ibba
292,000 292,000
Israel Avraham il
Israel Avraham
286,000 286,000
Nicolaj D'Antoni it
Nicolaj D'Antoni
272,000 13,000
Monika Zukowicz pl
Monika Zukowicz
268,500 221,500
Phil Pearson
Phil Pearson
264,500 264,500
Zion Shamay il
Zion Shamay
260,000 260,000
Giovanni Piccione it
Giovanni Piccione
259,000 259,000
Ivan Kirilov
Ivan Kirilov
249,500 249,500
Luigi D'Alterio it
Luigi D'Alterio
226,500 177,500
Jostein Grodum no
Jostein Grodum
216,500 216,500
William Fogarty
William Fogarty
211,000 211,000
Fares Shehadeh it
Fares Shehadeh
208,500 109,900
Alessandro Siena it
Alessandro Siena
203,000 -16,000
Traian Bostan ro
Traian Bostan
191,500 36,500
Espen Saltnes
Espen Saltnes
187,500 187,500
Rafal Lubczynski
Rafal Lubczynski
184,000 22,000
Lukas Bittner
Lukas Bittner
181,500 181,500
Pedro Monteiro pt
Pedro Monteiro
175,000 -45,000
173,500 3,500
Giuseppe Ruocco it
Giuseppe Ruocco
171,000 171,000

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Play Ended

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

Play has ended with the tournament clock showing 80 remaining players out of 451 entries in total today. The full chip counts and recap of today's action is to follow.

Three More Hands

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

The tournament clock hasn't been stopped but the floor has announced that the players need to play three more hands before they can bag their chips for Day 2, Sunday, November 4, at 1 PM local time.

Navani Doubles Banks Up and Then Gets Eliminated

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

The board read {j-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{6-Spades} with around 60,000 in the middle already.

Nicholas Banks shoved from the hijack for 58,100 and Manoj Navani tanked and then made the call.

Nicholas Banks: {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}
Manoj Navani: {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}

Banks had flopped a pair of jacks and Navani had a pair of sevens and the open-ended straight draw.

The river completed the board with the {5-Clubs} which didn't help Navani as he had to pay Banks the double up and he was left with 500.

The hand right after, Banks raised to 6,000 from the lojack, Gil Zemer three-bet to 16,000 from the hijack and Navani was all-in for his last 100 after paying the ante. Action folded back to Banks who folded.

Manoj Navani: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}
Gil Zemer: {Q-Spades}{J-Spades}

The board ran out {k-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{2-Spades}{a-Clubs}, Navani turned a flush draw but bricked the river to get eliminated in the last level of the night.

Player Chips Progress
Nicholas Banks
Nicholas Banks
Gil Zemer
Gil Zemer
Manoj Navani
Manoj Navani

Tags: Nicholas BanksManoj NavaniGil Zemer

Grella Doubles Through Stefanovic

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

Giovanni Grella raised from the button, Alessandro Siena shoved from the small blind, and action folded back to Grella who snap-called for the 77,900 he had behind.

Giovanni Grella: {A-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Alessandro Siena: {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

The flop came {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} to give Grella the pair of aces to jump ahead of Siena's pocket pair of jacks.

The turn was the {2-Diamonds} which didn't change the situation and the river completed the board with the {7-Hearts} on the river and Grella doubled up.

Player Chips Progress
Alessandro Siena it
Alessandro Siena
219,000 219,000
170,000 94,000
Giovanni Grella it
Giovanni Grella
Espen Uhlen Jorstad no
Espen Uhlen Jorstad
105,000 14,000

Tags: Alessandro SienaGiovanni Grella

Level: 14

Blinds: 1,500/3,000

Ante: 4,000

Byrne Flops the Set

Level 13 : 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Daiva Byrne
Daiva Byrne

Daiva Byrne has just been moved to her fifth table of the day and was off to a good start immediately.

Byrne raised to 5,000 from the hijack and was called by Oscar Petterson in the big blind.

The flop came {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, Petterson check-called the 4,000 continuation-bet of Byrne.

The turn brought them the {7-Diamonds}, Petterson checked again and now fired a bet of 10,000 over the line. Petterson took a few seconds before he called.

The river completed the board with the {10-Clubs} and they both checked. Petterson showed {a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} for the flopped top pair but that couldn't the {j-Spades}{j-Hearts} of Byrne as she was awarded the pot.

"Welcome to the table," someone at the table said.

Player Chips Progress
Emanuele Napolitano it
Emanuele Napolitano
293,000 293,000
Traian Bostan ro
Traian Bostan
155,000 155,000
Oscar Petterson
Oscar Petterson
130,000 130,000
Daiva Byrne lt
Daiva Byrne
72,000 32,000

Tags: Daiva ByrneOscar Petterson