€550 Grand Event
€550 Grand Event
Day 1e Completed

Malta Poker Festival Breaks 1,000 Entries and Generates €486,720 Prizepool

Calum_Grant • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Ridvan Kilincaslan (right)
Ridvan Kilincaslan (right)

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

PlaceNameCountyChip CountBig Blinds
1Ridvan KilincaslanSweden423,00085
2Norbert BundikHungary420,00084
3Jasper van MoorselNetherlands368,00074
4Eden AzulayIsrael362,00072
5Paul MonaghanUnited Kingdom345,00069
6Massimo ChierchiaItaly333,00067
7Fabio AprileItaly322,00064
8Sebastian LarsenDenmark308,00062
9Tsvetelina PavlovaBulgaria296,00059
10Mariano BuccaItaly294,00059

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 1D25265
Sat, 30 Apr2 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1E24871
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 Sunday, May 1 to bring you all the action from Day 2 of the MPF Grand Event.

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Calum_Grant • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Ridvan Kilincaslan se
Ridvan Kilincaslan
se 423,000
Norbert Bundik hu
Norbert Bundik
hu 420,000 50,000
Jasper van Moorsel nl
Jasper van Moorsel
nl 368,000
Eden Azulay IL
Eden Azulay
IL 362,000 52,000
Paul Monaghan gb
Paul Monaghan
gb 345,000 -5,000
Massimo Chierchia IT
Massimo Chierchia
IT 333,000 -37,000
Fabio Aprile IT
Fabio Aprile
IT 322,000
Sebastian Larsen dk
Sebastian Larsen
dk 308,000 47,000
Tsvetelina Pavlova BG
Tsvetelina Pavlova
BG 296,000
Mariano Bucca IT
Mariano Bucca
IT 294,000 294,000
Tomasz Bishara GB
Tomasz Bishara
GB 250,000 -15,000
Ori Hasson il
Ori Hasson
il 250,000 -150,000
Carl Redemo SE
Carl Redemo
SE 246,000 246,000
Nicolaj D'Antoni it
Nicolaj D'Antoni
it 242,000
Benjamin Hammann fr
Benjamin Hammann
fr 228,000 177,000
Mats Palokangas FI
Mats Palokangas
FI 227,000
Robin Reufel
Robin Reufel
226,000 -29,000
Zhivko Todorov BG
Zhivko Todorov
BG 225,000 -80,000
Daryl Benton gb
Daryl Benton
gb 210,000 45,000
Soner Vanelderen BE
Soner Vanelderen
BE 210,000 10,000
Javier Casal ES
Javier Casal
ES 209,000 109,000
Barnabas Nagy hu
Barnabas Nagy
hu 205,000 55,000
Fausto Gravagna IT
Fausto Gravagna
IT 205,000 -95,000
Karl Skolin SE
Karl Skolin
SE 190,000 190,000
William Jarman
William Jarman
187,000 187,000

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Day 1e Closes

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

The TD's have indicated that each table has played their alloted three hands, chip counts and recap to follow shortly.

Last Three Hands Called

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

Day 1e is now playing out its final three hands of the day.

Christina Read Wins Ladies First! for €1,700

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

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

1Christina ReadUnited States€1,700*
2Ivonne MontealegreCosta Rica€1,300*
3Suzanne FranklinUnited Kingdom€1,300*
4Ilana BelskyUnited Kingdom€700
5Pia PlessDenmark€510
6Carolyn WayneUnited States€380
7Tracey DunnUnited Kingdom€250
8Britanny LawIreland€190
9Julie HansenEstonia€150

*Indicates three-way deal

Vanelderen Gets a Last Level Triple

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

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.

Soner Vanelderen: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}
Theo Bijaoui: {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

Vanelderen had one foot out of the door on the {10-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop but leap-frogged into the lead on the {k-Spades} turn and secured a triple up on the {5-Spades} river. Tempers seem to have calmed down now on Table 10.

Robin Reufel
Robin Reufel
255,000 -50,000
Soner Vanelderen BE
Soner Vanelderen
BE 200,000
Theo Bijaoui gb
Theo Bijaoui
gb 70,000

Last of Level of Day 1e Begins

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

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.