Live Events 2
€550 Grand Event



€550 Grand Event
Day 2 Completed

Dan Goes into Day 3 with the Chip Lead in the MPF Grand Event with 21 Left

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Dmitri Dan
Dmitri Dan

Twelve levels of 50 minutes were played on Day 2 of the €550 Grand Event at The Malta Poker Festival. In what proved to be a hectic day from the start, the 274 survivors out of 1,324 entries were reduced to a mere 21 hopefuls left to battle it out for the lion share of the amazing €642,140 prize pool. The winner will eventually walk away with the first-place prize of €150,000 and the pretty MPF trophy.

The eliminations were coming in hot and heavy from the start as the announcement came in that 143 players would be in the money for at least €1,000. By the time the first break came around, more than 120 players had already busted from the tournament.

Shortly after the break, the tournament clock had been paused for what proved to be a long bubble with two players left to bust. During several rounds of hand-for-hand, nine times the all-in player doubled up. Valter Affatato finished in 145th place when he had flopped top pair and the chips went in on the turn. Unfortunately for him, Barny Boatman was ahead from the start as he had flopped the nut flush.

One more player doubled up before Stuart Bell, Frederick Field, and Marcus Larsson were all eliminated. As the bubble boy would get a special prize, a package to the Golden Series Cyprus, they had to play an all-in flip for it. In the end, it would be Bell who would walk away with a trip to another sunny island while both Field and Larsson pocketed a €1,000 min-cash.

The bubble lasted almost 90 minutes and when it had burst, the eliminations came in at a rapid pace. Almost 50 players were knocked out during one level and when it was time for the second break, only 75 players were left. And another three levels further, the field was reduced to almost half of that again. At the end of the day, Dmitri Dan managed to collect the most chips as he put 6,410,000 into a bag for Day 3.

Dan had a late surge and eliminated Shawn Morales and Simone Lombardo in the last two levels of the day. With more than 100 big blinds, Dan is going into Day 3 with a very comfortable chip lead. Dan is followed by Leendert Marcus also known as Paul by his friends. Marcus bagged 3,500,000 and was steadily building up his stack all day long. Third in the chip counts is Oskar Wedde who was doing the same and will take 3,195,000 with him on Day 3.

Tomas Sujeta, Michel Vat, Dario Marinelli, and Teijo Sinervo have all bagged an above-average stack. Linda Nguyen couldn’t participate in the Ladies Event as she is running deep in the Grand Event and was near the top of the chip counts for quite a large part of the day but lost a few pots at the end to bag 1,510,000 for Day 3.

Mark Vella scored a big double up but lost a big pot against Mario Manara just before the final three tables redraw. Nicolaj D’Antoni finished in third place last year and will be trying to better that result but he’s got some stiff competition with the remaining players left in the field.

Day 3 will start at 2 p.m. local time here in the Portomaso Casino with Level 27 which features a small blind of 30,000, big blind of 60,000, and a button ante of 60,000. Play will continue until there are nine or eight players left and level duration will increase to 60 minutes. The PokerNews live reporting team will be around as the players play down to the final table so make sure to return when it gets down to the nitty-gritty.

Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerChip CountBig Blinds
11Martyn Frey1,100,00018
12Peter de Bruin785,00013
13Dario Marinelli2,315,00039
14Salvatore Cultraro590,00010
15Giovanni Piccione1,450,00024
16Quentin Lecomte1,255,00021
18Mario Manara1,825,00030
21Samuel Quesada1,050,00018
22Domenico Tortomasi1,365,00023
23Craig Smith1,125,00019
25Leendert Marcus3,500,00058
26Nicolaj D'Antoni1,000,00017
27Teijo Sinervo2,185,00036
28Oskar Wedde3,195,00053
32Tomas Sujeta2,855,00048
33Dmitri Dan6,410,000107
34Mark Vella1,465,00024
35Michel Vat2,500,00042
36Pasquale Gregorio1,510,00025
37Jacopo Achille870,00015
38Linda Nguyen1,510,00025

Tags: Barny BoatmanDario MarinelliDmitri DanFrederick FieldLeendert MarcusLinda NguyenMarcus LarssonMario ManaraMark VellaMichel VatOskar WeddeShawn MoralesStuart BellTeijo SinervoTomas Sujeta

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Dmitri Dan IL
Dmitri Dan
IL 6,410,000 235,000
Leendert Marcus NL
Leendert Marcus
NL 3,500,000 390,000
Oskar Wedde no
Oskar Wedde
no 3,195,000 695,000
Tomas Sujeta lt
Tomas Sujeta
lt 2,855,000 555,000
Michel Vat mt
Michel Vat
mt 2,500,000 -500,000
Dario Marinelli it
Dario Marinelli
it 2,315,000 755,000
Teijo Sinervo FI
Teijo Sinervo
FI 2,185,000 -315,000
Mario Manara IT
Mario Manara
IT 1,825,000 645,000
Linda Nguyen no
Linda Nguyen
no 1,510,000 -215,000
Pasquale Gregorio it
Pasquale Gregorio
it 1,510,000 600,000
Mark Vella mt
Mark Vella
mt 1,465,000 -1,355,000
Giovanni Piccione it
Giovanni Piccione
it 1,450,000 -350,000
Domenico Tortomasi it
Domenico Tortomasi
it 1,365,000 -135,000
Quentin Lecomte fr
Quentin Lecomte
fr 1,255,000 365,000
Craig Smith us
Craig Smith
us 1,125,000 325,000
Martyn Frey gb
Martyn Frey
gb 1,100,000 480,000
Samuel Quesada es
Samuel Quesada
es 1,050,000 -450,000
Nicolaj D'Antoni it
Nicolaj D'Antoni
it 1,000,000 18,000
Jacopo Achille it
Jacopo Achille
it 870,000 -185,000
Peter de Bruin NL
Peter de Bruin
NL 785,000 55,000
Salvatore Cultraro IT
Salvatore Cultraro
IT 590,000 -110,000

Play Ended

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

The 21 remaining players have bagged and will return at 2 p.m. local time on Sunday, November 3 for Day 3.

The full chips, Day 3 seat draw, and a recap are to follow.

Three More Hands

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

The tournament clock has been paused and the players need to play three more hands before they can bag and tag their chips for Day 3,

Lombardo Busts to Dan Too

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Michel Vat raised to 110,000 from the button and Dmitri Dan three-bet to 340,000 in the small blind. Simone Lombardo shoved in the big blind for 1,530,000 and Vat quickly folded while Dan made the call.

Simone Lombardo: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Dmitri Dan: {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}

The board ran out {7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{7-Spades}{10-Clubs} for Dan to hold with the jacks and send Lombardo to the rail in 22nd place for €2,900.

Dmitri Dan IL
Dmitri Dan
IL 6,175,000 1,835,000
Simone Lombardo it
Simone Lombardo
it Busted

Tags: Dmitri DanMichel VatSimone Lombardo

Barone Busts First

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

in the first hand after the redraw, Teijo Sinervo raised to 100,000 and Dario Barone shoved his last 300,000 or so in which Sinervo called.

Dario Barone: {a-}{k-}
Teijo Sinervo: {a-}{7-}

The board ran out {8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{6-Clubs} for Sinervo to hit the straight on the river to eliminate Barone.

Teijo Sinervo FI
Teijo Sinervo
FI 2,500,000 500,000
Dario Barone it
Dario Barone
it Busted

Tags: Dario BaroneTeijo Sinervo

Final Three Tables

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
SeatTable #1Table #2Table #3
1Samuel QuesadaLeendert MarcusDario Barone
2Salvatore CultraroJacopo AchilleMichel Vat
3Peter de BruinOskar WeddeDmitri Dan
4Martyn FreyDomenico TortomasiSimone Lombardo
5Tomas SujetaQuentin LecomteTeijo Sinervo
6Giovanni PiccioneNicolaj D'Antoni 
7Craig SmithLinda NguyenMario Manara
8Pasquale GregorioDario MarinelliMark Vella