Day 1e Completed
Day 1e Completed
The penultimate starting flight of the 2022 Malta Poker Festival Spring €550 Grand Event has wrapped up at the fantastic Portomaso Casino. Day 1e saw 248 entries with 71 more players booking their place into Day 2, which kicks off at 2 p.m. CEST on Sunday, May 1.
Ridvan Kilincaslan bagged best, ending the day with a stack of 423,000. Norbert Bundik and Jasper van Moorsel rounded out the top three chip counts and will be looking to put in a deep run in the MPF's crown jewel event.
Ho Tien Cheung, Paul Monaghan and reigning and defending champion Tomas Sujeta also bagged and tagged their stacks for Day 2.
There were some impressive hands throughout the flight, but none better than Sebastian Larsen's flopped quads against a later eliminated Koppany Balogh. Tempers began to get heated at one stage on table 10 with Soner Vanelderen and Marco Carravieri letting each other know what they thought of each other.
Familiar faces who failed to make it through Day 1e included the likes of Alexandra O'Brien, Marek Ohnisko and Flaviano Cammisuli.
Elsewhere at the MPF, Jan Hoogendijk captured The Hendon Mob Championship, following a heads-up deal with Austrias Andreas Blaskov. Women's Poker Association advocate Christina Read took down the Ladies First! event, defeating MPF founder Ivonne Montealegre for €2,100.
MPF Day 1e Top 10 Chip Counts
|Place||Name||County||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|3||Jasper van Moorsel||Netherlands||368,000||74|
|5||Paul Monaghan||United Kingdom||345,000||69|
Malta Poker Festival Spring Grand Event Schedule
|Tue, 26 Apr||2 p.m.||€ 550||MPF Grand Event Day 1A||118||31|
|Wed, 27 Apr||2 p.m.||€ 550||MPF Grand Event Day 1B||136||35|
|Thurs, 28 Apr||2 p.m.||€ 550||MPF Grand Event Day 1C||191||53|
|Fri, 29 Apr||2 p.m.||€ 550||MPF Grand Event Day 1D||252||65|
|Sat, 30 Apr||2 p.m.||€ 550||MPF Grand Event Day 1E||248||71|
|Sat, 30 Apr||9 p.m.||€ 550||MPF Grand Event Day 1F|
|Sun, 1 May||2 p.m.||-||MPF Grand Event Day 2|
|Mon, 2 May||2 p.m.||-||MPF Grand Event Day 3|
PokerNews will be back at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 to bring you all the action from Day 2 of the MPF Grand Event.
The TD's have indicated that each table has played their alloted three hands, chip counts and recap to follow shortly.
Day 1e is now playing out its final three hands of the day.
Women's Poker Association advocate and professional poker player Christina Read has won the Ladies First! event for €1,700. She beat Malta Poker Festival founder Ivonne Montealegre in heads-up play.
Montealegre claimed €1,300 for the second-place prize and Suzanne Franklin finished in third for €1,300.
The original plan was €2,100 for first, €1,300 for second and €900 for third, but the final three players came to a deal to even out the remaining prizes.
Ladies First! Final Table Results
|1||Christina Read||United States||€1,700*|
|2||Ivonne Montealegre||Costa Rica||€1,300*|
|3||Suzanne Franklin||United Kingdom||€1,300*|
|4||Ilana Belsky||United Kingdom||€700|
|6||Carolyn Wayne||United States||€380|
|7||Tracey Dunn||United Kingdom||€250|
*Indicates three-way deal
Soner Vanelderen open-jammed for 64,500 from early position and was called by Robin Reufel in the hijack. Theo Bijaoui then shipped in his 138,000 stack from the cutoff.
Reufel agonised over the spot but decided to muck.
Vanelderen had one foot out of the door on the flop but leap-frogged into the lead on the turn and secured a triple up on the river. Tempers seem to have calmed down now on Table 10.
Day 1e has entered Level 13 and will close upon its completion. A total of 86 players have made it thus far and will all be looking to secure a bag for Sunday, May 1's Day 2.