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Przemyslaw Zielinski Bags the Top Stack After Day 1a of Unibet Open Malta €1,100 Main Event

ajlamers • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Przemyslaw Zielinski
Przemyslaw Zielinski

The opening flight of the Unibet Open Malta €1,100 Main Event has drawn to a close after an exciting 10 levels of poker. There were 113 players that gathered in the conference rooms of the InterContinental Hotel in conjunction with Casino Malta but only 44 will be moving on to Day 2.

Leading the way after a resurgence in the last couple of levels is Przemyslaw Zielinski who bagged up a whopping 216,500 chips from a starting stack of 30,000. Zielinski earned the majority of his chips in a massive pot with Kristian Aksnes when the Czech player rivered the best possible full house against a flopped full house from Aksnes.

Zielinski closed out strong by putting his big stack to work in the last few hands of the night and finishing as the chipleader. He will be looking to add to his short-listed poker resume when the action resumes on Day 2. Zielinski has just two recorded tournament cashes, both coming in the last couple of years in the Czech Republic.

Meanwhile, despite finding himself on the wrong end of two huge coolers in the last couple of levels, Aksnes still put 45,000 chips in his bag to return on Day 2. Some of the other big stacks include Alan Carr (201,500), Mikkel Stenkjaer (174,500), and Renato Messina (145,500). Messina was the other fortunate player to take a large chunk of chips off Aksnes before the night ended.

Alan Carr also bagged over 200,000 chips after Day 1a
Alan Carr also bagged over 200,000 chips after Day 1a

The action kicked off at noon local time with around 40 players in their seats from the onset. That number quickly grew through the opening couple of levels until late registration finally closed after the dinner break. This first flight was played as a freezeout since players will only be allowed to re-enter into flight 1c tomorrow night.

A few familiar names were spotted throughout the day including Barny Boatman, Mateusz Moolhuizen, Martin Soukup, and Unibet Ambassadors Ian Simpson and Dan Murariu. Unfortunately for them, they will have to try their luck tomorrow evening as none of them were able to bag chips by the day's end.

The action will resume tomorrow at 12 pm for Day 1b which is expected to attract an even larger field. A few other Unibet Ambassadors will be present along with many of the popular streamers. Tomorrow will also mark the debut of the Main Event on the live stream which can be viewed by clicking on the 'Live Stream' tab.

Day 1c will also take place tomorrow night starting at 9 pm. That flight will contain most of the players in need of a re-entry but it will be a turbo flight with just 20-minute levels. Continue to follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team for full coverage of both flight tomorrow and throughout the rest of the tournament.

Tags: Alan CarrBarny BoatmanDan MurariuIan SimpsonKristian AksnesMartin SoukupMateusz MoolhuizenPrzemyslaw ZielinskiRenato MessinaUnibet Open

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

ajlamers • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Przemyslaw Zielinski CZ
Przemyslaw Zielinski
CZ 216,500 55,500
Alan Carr gb
Alan Carr
gb 201,500 23,500
Mikkel Stenkjær DK
Mikkel Stenkjær
DK 174,500 174,500
Renato Messina it
Renato Messina
it 145,500 1,500
Tonio Roeder DE
Tonio Roeder
DE 143,000 6,000
Anders Ostrowski se
Anders Ostrowski
se 133,500 28,500
Serdar Demircan se
Serdar Demircan
se 130,000 47,500
Bart Vanpee BE
Bart Vanpee
BE 113,000 13,000
Popa Catalin RO
Popa Catalin
RO 106,000 62,000
Zoltan Barabas hu
Zoltan Barabas
hu 104,000 25,000
Steinar Knutsen NO
Steinar Knutsen
NO 103,500 500
Alexander Lebedev RU
Alexander Lebedev
RU 95,500 19,000
Mate Mecs hu
Mate Mecs
hu 87,000 -15,000
Jacques Demajo MT
Jacques Demajo
MT 86,000 86,000
Dejan Vogrin si
Dejan Vogrin
si 85,500 85,500
Michal Zielinski pl
Michal Zielinski
pl 84,000 63,000
Andreas Leledakis GR
Andreas Leledakis
GR 80,500 25,500
Randy Marschall NL
Randy Marschall
NL 77,000 -27,000
Tapio Jarvinen fi
Tapio Jarvinen
fi 74,000 74,000
Julien Rouquet FR
Julien Rouquet
FR 74,000 -31,000
Daragh Davey ie
Daragh Davey
ie 70,500 70,500
Sean Osullivan IE
Sean Osullivan
IE 69,000 69,000
Tomas Sujeta lt
Tomas Sujeta
lt 67,000 -80,000
Simon Hemsworth GB
Simon Hemsworth
GB 65,000 65,000
Nikica Tomasic HR
Nikica Tomasic
HR 62,500 32,500

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Play Concludes for the Night

ajlamers • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

The action has finished at all of the tables with 44 players still remaining. A color-up of the 100 denomination chips is being done before the players bag and tag for the night. A full list of chip counts along with a recap of the day's action will be posted shortly.

Last 6 Hands

ajlamers • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

The tournament clock has been paused with 15:00 remaining in the last level of the night. There will be six more hands dealt at each table before the players start the bagging process.

Roeder Makes the Right Call

ajlamers • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Tonio Roeder raised it up to 2,600 in middle position and was called by Steinar Knutsen in the cutoff and Anders Ostrowski in the big blind. The flop came {k-Spades}{9-Clubs}{3-Spades} and the action checked to Knutsen who bet 7,000. Ostrowski folded and Roeder called.

The turn was the {10-Clubs} and both players checked to the {j-Spades} on the river. Roeder checked once more and Knutsen flicked in a bet of 10,000. It wasn't enough to scare away Roeder as he made the call. Knutsen reluctantly showed {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts} while Roeder held {k-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for top pair.

Tonio Roeder DE
Tonio Roeder
DE 137,000 71,000
Steinar Knutsen NO
Steinar Knutsen
NO 103,000 -4,000

Tags: Anders OstrowskiTonio RoederSteinar Knutsen

Carr Starts and Finishes Abrahamsen

ajlamers • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Erlend Abrahamsen bumped it up to 2,700 from the hijack and Alan Carr who had a healthy stack in front of him called from the small blind. The flop came {j-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and both players checked to the {5-Hearts} on the turn and the {a-Spades} on the river.

Carr checked for the third time and Abrahamsen tossed in a small bet of 2,000. Carr check-raised to 11,000 which put Abrahamsen into the tank before he finally folded.

Abrahamsen was left with around 45,000 chips and just moments later was seen standing up from his seat with his chips being pushed to Carr who has now moved into the chip lead.

Alan Carr gb
Alan Carr
gb 178,000 113,000
Erlend Abrahamsen NO
Erlend Abrahamsen
NO Busted

Tags: Alan CarrErlend Abrahamsen

Hofman Runs Into a Monster

ajlamers • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Siovahn Hofman
Siovahn Hofman

Sean O'Sullivan raised it up from middle position and Siovahn Hofman shipped all in for 17,500 in the small blind. O'Sullivan wasted little time before making the call and the cards were tabled.

Sean O'Sullivan: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Siovahn Hofman: {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

The flop fell {j-Spades}{10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and despite flopping an open-ended straight draw, Hofman was already drawing nearly dead to O'Sullivan's quad tens. The {3-Spades} on the turn sealed the deal and the {6-Diamonds} was just a formality.

Sean O'Sullivan
Sean O'Sullivan
Siovahn Hofman NL
Siovahn Hofman
NL Busted

Tags: Siovahn HofmanSean O'Sullivan


Another Cooler for Aksnes

ajlamers • Level 9: 500-1,000, 1,000 ante
Kristian Aksnes
Kristian Aksnes

A completed board of {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{4-Clubs}{a-Spades} was spread across the felt and Przemyslaw Zielinski checked to Kristian Aksnes. Aksnes threw in a bet of 12,400 into a pot that already had around 40,000 in the middle. Zielinski check-raised all in for 60,500 which got a reaction from Aksnes.

"Wow!" he exclaimed as he bounced up from his seat. "Am I supposed to fold this? I flopped a full house!" Aksnes couldn't make the laydown and Zielinski turned over {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds} for the best full house. Aksnes showed his {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs} for a smaller full house and within two hands, the majority of his stack disappeared.

"I hate poker sometimes," Aksnes continued. He still has a stack in front of him and there is still a full level before the night concludes.

Przemyslaw Zielinski CZ
Przemyslaw Zielinski
CZ 161,000 105,000
Kristian Aksnes no
Kristian Aksnes
no 37,000 -54,500

Tags: Kristian AksnesPrzemyslaw Zielinski