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€550 Grand Event



€550 Grand Event
Day 1b Completed

Day 1b Chip Lead for Ongorur With Ovre and Grech Trailing in the Malta Poker Festival €550 Grand Event

poolshir • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Tournament Room at the Portomaso Casino
Tournament Room at the Portomaso Casino

Day 1b concluded with 58 players bagging up after fourteen levels of play in the €550 Grand Event here at the Portomaso Casino during The Malta Poker Festival. The first eight levels of the day attracted 329 entries and together with the Day 1a players, this means that 534 entries have been collected already towards the whopping €500,000 guaranteed prize pool. Together with the 38 Day 1a survivors, 96 players have made it through to Day 2 already.

Taking the Day 1b chip lead is Mehmet Ongorur with 474,000 in chips. Ongorur has collected five cashes in his live tournament career and three of them were earned right here in Malta according to The Hendon Mob. Ongorur climbed up the chip counts with a late surge while seated on the same table as Lasse Ovre who finished second in the chip counts. Ovre eliminated Steven Watts just before the tournament clock was paused and bagged 397,500 in the end. Closing the podium is a local player, Andre Grech with 357,000 in chips.

Also making it through to Day 2 are Brian Calleja, Quentin Lecomte, Erwann Pecheux, Massimiliano Rosi, Bas de Laat, Jonathan Therme, Paul Romain, Erwann Pecheux, and Mark Vella. Players like Fabrice Soulier, Jon Kyte, Corel Theuma, Barny Boatman, David Lappin, Daragh Davey, Byuongwook Anh, Andreas Klatt, Luca Beretta failed to survive Day 1b.

But Day 1c is set to start at 2 p.m. local time on Friday, November 1 with the same structure as the previous Day 1s and everyone who hasn’t tried or made it through yet can try and battle their way into Day 2. Registration will remain open for the first eight 45-minute levels and one reentry is permitted per flight.

There’s also day 1d at 8 p.m. local time which will be the turbo version with 20-minute levels instead of 45 minutes. Another eight levels of late registration or a single reentry is possible for the first eight levels of Day 1d.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the floor to bring you all the updates as they happen with the main focus on Day 1c. Keep reading all the updates to see who else will be bagging some chips at the end of the day.

Tags: Andreas KlattBarny BoatmanBas De LaatBrian CallejaCorel TheumaDaragh DaveyDavidErwann PecheuxFabrice SoulierJon KyteJonathan ThermeLasse OvreLuca BerettaMark VellaMassimiliano RosiMehmet OngorurPaul RomainQuentin LecomteSteven Watts

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Mehmet Ongorur se
Mehmet Ongorur
se 474,000 32,000
Lasse Ovre NO
Lasse Ovre
NO 397,500 -5,000
Andre Grech MT
Andre Grech
MT 357,000 12,000
Peter de Bruin NL
Peter de Bruin
NL 354,000 67,000
Darren Harbinson IE
Darren Harbinson
IE 305,500 22,500
Hans Homner DE
Hans Homner
DE 304,000 42,000
Richard Rich GB
Richard Rich
GB 298,500 115,500
Maurice Meijer NL
Maurice Meijer
NL 295,000 295,000
Pasquale Gregorio it
Pasquale Gregorio
it 294,000
Cosmin Balan RO
Cosmin Balan
RO 261,500 140,500
Brian Calleja MT
Brian Calleja
MT 246,000 113,000
Ion Stanica ro
Ion Stanica
ro 242,500 42,500
Lars Viggander se
Lars Viggander
se 240,500 70,500
Nicolas Courbin FR
Nicolas Courbin
FR 234,000 69,000
Marcus Larsson SE
Marcus Larsson
SE 229,000 9,000
Mari Nitteberg NO
Mari Nitteberg
NO 208,500 63,500
Quentin Lecomte fr
Quentin Lecomte
fr 196,000 63,200
Rein Isane no
Rein Isane
no 196,000 76,000
Mario Manara IT
Mario Manara
IT 182,500 34,500
Tomasz Brzezinski pl
Tomasz Brzezinski
pl 180,000 180,000
Kevin Price (UK) GB
Kevin Price (UK)
GB 168,500 114,500
Gary Armstrong GB
Gary Armstrong
GB 165,500 123,500
Jens Hauschke DE
Jens Hauschke
DE 163,500 67,500
Jostein Grodum no
Jostein Grodum
no 161,000 8,600
Matteo Parlato IT
Matteo Parlato
IT 160,000 82,000

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Play Ended

poolshir • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

The full chip counts and a recap of today are to follow.

Three More Hands

poolshir • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

The tournament clock has been paused and the remaining players need to play three more hands before they can bag and tag their chips for Day 2.

Watts Busts in Last Level of the Night

poolshir • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

The flop read {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{j-Spades} with around 40,000 in the pot.

Steven Watts checked in the big blind and Lasse Ovre bet 25,000. Watts contemplated for a bit and made the call.

The turn was the {7-Spades}, Watts shoved and Ovre asked for a count. The dealer confirmed Watts had 73,500 behind. Ovre considered what to do and then flicked in a chip for the call.

Watts tabled {10-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for the flush draw and the gutshot to a straight, Ovre held {a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for two pair.

The river completed the board with the {j-Diamonds} for Watts to be eliminated just before the end of the day.

Mehmet Ongorur se
Mehmet Ongorur
se 442,000 212,000
Lasse Ovre NO
Lasse Ovre
NO 402,500 122,500
Steven Watts gb
Steven Watts
gb Busted

Tags: Lasse OvreSteven Watts

Dan Triples Up

poolshir • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Dmitri Dan shoved from the hijack and was called by Andre Scerri in the cutoff. Ina Pavlova was sitting on the button and shoved too but for a bit more, 46,000. Action folded back to Scerri who made the call again.

Dmitri Dan: {j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Ina Pavlova: {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}
Andre Scerri: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {6-Spades}{9-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{j-Spades} for Dan to hit the river for two pair to triple up while the remainder of Pavlova's stack was awarded to Scerri.

Andre Grech MT
Andre Grech
MT 345,000 158,000
Andre Scerri MT
Andre Scerri
MT 290,000 3,000
Lasse Ovre NO
Lasse Ovre
NO 280,000 139,000
Turgay Akin se
Turgay Akin
se 160,000 -100,000
Dmitri Dan IL
Dmitri Dan
IL 118,500 7,500
Ina Pavlova BG
Ina Pavlova
BG Busted
Asa Holmberg SE
Asa Holmberg
SE Busted

Tags: Andre ScerriIna PavlovaDmitri Dan


Fundingsrud Falls to Calleja

poolshir • Level 13: 1,500-2,500, 2,500 ante

Inge Fundingsrud shoved for 19,000 from under the gun and action folded to Brian Calleja in the small blind who made the call. Mark Vella looked at Calleja and contemplated for a bit but opted to fold his big blind.

Inge Fundingsrud: {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
Brain Calleja: {j-Spades}{2-Spades}

The flop came {4-Spades}{2-Clubs}{6-Hearts} which gave Calleja a pair of deuces but it also gave Fundingsrud a gutshot to a straight.

The turn was the {9-Clubs} which didn't change things and neither did the {6-Spades} on the river as Fundingsrud was eliminated in the penultimate level of the night.

Brian Calleja MT
Brian Calleja
MT 133,000 55,200
Inge Fundingsrud NO
Inge Fundingsrud
NO Busted

Tags: Brian CallejaMark VellaInge Fundingsrud