€550 Grand Event
€550 Grand Event
Day 1c Completed

Women Shine on the Poker Felt on Day 1c of €550 Grand Event at Malta Poker Festival

ChrisBean • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Tanja Vujanic
Tanja Vujanic

Day 1c has concluded at the 2022 Malta Poker Festival Spring €550 Grand Event at Portomaso Casino, Malta with a strong showing from female players.

Australia's Tanja Vujanic had a solid day by bagging 417,000. Vujanic was consistently a big stack throughout today steadily increasing her chips and will be one to watch on Day 2.

The chip leader however is Georgios Ninis who stealthy built a stack of 429,000. PokerNews will be keeping close tabs on the Greek player when the players reconvene on Sunday.

PokerStars Hippodrome Pro Chris Da Silva comfortably advanced to day 2 with a stack of 202,000, however British compatriots Keith Boniface, Gary Whitehead, and Bradley Joyce were eliminated

It was deja vu for Eden Azulay as he was the first casualty of the day on consecutive days.

One of the biggest hands of the day was Noah Gorosh tripling up with pocket aces, which busted Giovanni Palma and left Nico Jarnstrom with fumes

Currently ongoing is the €220 Bounty Hunter Days side event where the players are playing for the first-place prize of €6,500 as well as any €100 bounty prizes they pick up along the way.

53 players out of 191 entries have made it to Day 2. So far, 119 players will be coming back on Sunday, May 1, out of the 445 entries.

MPF Day 1c Top Ten Chip Counts

PlaceNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Georgios NinisGreece429,00086
2Tanja VujanicAustralia417,00083
3Mario MusacchiaItaly345,00069
4Nicolay LangfeldtNorway342,00068
5Mikael HernstromSweden319,00064
6Salvatore IncardonaItaly307,00061
7Mickael ThomasFrance305,00061
8Andreas ErotokritouUnited Kingdom303,00061
9Antonio GuerreroPortugal303,00061
10Leendart NederlofNetherlands278,00056

Malta Poker Festival Spring Grand Event Schedule

Tue, 26 Apr2 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1A11831
Wed, 27 Apr2 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1B13635
Thurs, 28 Apr2 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1C19153
Fri, 29 Apr2 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1D  
Sat, 30 Apr2 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1E  
Sat, 30 Apr9 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1F  
Sun, 1 May2 p.m.-MPF Grand Event Day 2  
Mon, 2 May2 p.m.-MPF Grand Event Day 3  

PokerNews will be back at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 29 to bring you all the action from Day 1d of the MPF Grand Event.

End of Day 1c Chip Counts (full)

Calum_Grant • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Georgios Ninis GR
Georgios Ninis
GR 429,000 429,000
Tanja Vujanic au
Tanja Vujanic
au 417,000 47,000
Mario Musacchia IT
Mario Musacchia
IT 345,000 25,000
Nicolay Langfeldt no
Nicolay Langfeldt
no 342,000 177,000
Mikael Hernstrom se
Mikael Hernstrom
se 319,000 319,000
Salvatore Incardona it
Salvatore Incardona
it 307,000 37,000
Mickael Thomas fr
Mickael Thomas
fr 305,000 65,000
Andreas Erotokritou gb
Andreas Erotokritou
gb 303,000 303,000
Antonio Guerrero us
Antonio Guerrero
us 303,000 43,000
Leendart Nederlof NL
Leendart Nederlof
NL 278,000 8,000
Noah Gorosh SE
Noah Gorosh
SE 269,000 43,000
Erik Szobonya HU
Erik Szobonya
HU 260,000 5,000
Jacek Pustula pl
Jacek Pustula
pl 244,000 -34,000
Domenico Gala it
Domenico Gala
it 231,000 -79,000
Richard Sambron FR
Richard Sambron
FR 231,000 231,000
David Hu nl
David Hu
nl 230,000 35,000
Jan Hoogendijk NL
Jan Hoogendijk
NL 211,000 159,000
Zoltan Heygi HU
Zoltan Heygi
HU 206,000 206,000
Chris Da Silva gb
Chris Da Silva
gb 202,000 -48,000
Adriano Torregrossa FR
Adriano Torregrossa
FR 195,000 60,000
Nicolas Giannotti fr
Nicolas Giannotti
fr 194,000 -6,000
Ott Toome EE
Ott Toome
EE 185,000 185,000
Stephen Kane GB
Stephen Kane
GB 184,000 184,000
Andres Allsalu ee
Andres Allsalu
ee 171,000 171,000
Daniele Grasso it
Daniele Grasso
it 171,000 171,000

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Day 1c Closes

Calum_Grant • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

53 of the 191 initial entries are now bagging and tagging their chip stacks, indicating that Day 1c has come to a close.

Full chip counts and recap will follow soon.

Double-up on Last Hand for Decesare

ChrisBean • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

On the final hand of the day, Endrit Geci bet 8,000 and was shoved on by Shaun Decesare for 47,500. Action folded to Geci who called.

Endrit Geci: {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}
Shaun Decesare: {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}

There was no help for Geci as the board ran out {q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Clubs} to double-up Decesare and leaves plenty of work to do for Geci on Sunday.

Shaun Decesare MT
Shaun Decesare
MT 103,000 33,000
Endrit Geci gb
Endrit Geci
gb 23,000 -54,000

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Pavel Heger Bubbles €220 Bounty Hunter Malta; Remaining Players Lock Up €220 + Bounties

Calum_Grant • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
€220 Bounty Hunter Malta
€220 Bounty Hunter Malta

The 39 remaining players in the €220 Bounty Hunter Malta have now all locked up a min-cash of €220 as well as their claimed bounties.

The unfortunate player to miss out on the money was Pavel Heger, and everybody who is still in the event will be battling it out for the €6,500 first place prize.

Final Three Hands of Day 1c Called

Calum_Grant • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The tournament clock has paused and the tournament director has instructed to deal out the last three hands of the day.

Guerrero Hero Calls With Eight High

Calum_Grant • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Antonio Guerrero
Antonio Guerrero

Alexis Lucarini opened to 8,000 from middle position and was called by Antonio Guerrero and Nicolas Giannotti from the button and big blind respectively.

Action checked to Guerrero on the {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{7-Hearts} flop, he bet 13,000 and only Giannotti called.

The {a-Clubs} turn checked through to the {q-Spades} river and Giannotti bet 22,000. Guerrero paused for a moment and then called.

Giannotti turned over the {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts} while Guerrero held the {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}. The entire table gasped as Giannotti won the hand with ten-high.

One player exclaimed "sick value bet!"

Guerrero explained to the table he put his opponent on a seven or worse pocket pair and that his eight-high would be the best play.

Antonio Guerrero us
Antonio Guerrero
us 260,000 152,500
Nicolas Giannotti fr
Nicolas Giannotti
fr 200,000 200,000