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€550 Grand Event
Day 1c completed

Laurens Van De Sype Secures the Day 1C Chip Lead in the MPF Grand Event

poolshir • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 400 ante
Laurens Van De Sype
Laurens Van De Sype

The final starting day of the €550 Grand Event of the Malta Poker Festival was the busiest flight of all with 613 entries collected during the first eight levels of the day. After a bit more than 13 hours, 118 players have made it through to Day 2, Sunday, November 4 which starts at 1 PM local time at the Portomaso casino.

Claiming the Day 1C chip lead is Belgium’s Laurens Van De Sype with 334,500 in chips. Van De Sype is trailed by Vytenis Salickas (289,000), Timothy O’Keefe (255,500), Nicolas Proust (255,000), and Andy Hills with 254,000.

Other notable players overcoming the Day 1C hurdles include Jona Wilmsmann (226,000), Murat Tulek (216,000), Mark Vella (114,500), Katharine Arnsby (114,000), and many others.

In total, 1,366 entries were attracted to the Grand Event which had a guaranteed prize pool of €500,000 and that number was easily surpassed before the day had even started. Day 2 will see the surviving players of Day 1A, Day 1B, and Day 1C come together at 1 PM local time to battle it out to make it into the money stages. The full prize pool details should be announced when Day 2 starts.

Grand Event Schedule

DayDateStarting TimeLate RegEntriesSurvivorsFurther Information
1AThursday, November 114:00~21:303026475 minute-dinner break after Level 6
1BFriday, November 214:00~21:304517875 minute-dinner break after Level 6
1CSaturday, November 314:00~21:3061311875 minute-dinner break after Level 6
2Sunday, November 413:00N/A1,36626220-minute breaks and 75-minute dinner break after Level 23
3Monday, November 514:00N/A--20-minute breaks and 75-minute dinner break after Level 35
4Tuesday, November 614:00N/Atba-Play down to a champion

The full chip counts and seat draw for Day 2 will be posted once PokerNews receives them from the organization.

Make sure to come back at 1 PM local time to see who will make the money as the PokerNews live reporting team will be there, as usual, to bring you all the updates!

Tags: Andy HillsJona WilmsmannKatharine ArnsbyMark VellaMurat TulekNicolas Proust

Selection of End-of-Day Chip Counts

poolshir • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 400 ante
Laurens Van De Sype BE
Laurens Van De Sype
BE 334,500 59,500
Vytenis Salickas
Vytenis Salickas
289,000 289,000
Tim O'Keefe US
Tim O'Keefe
US 255,500 75,500
Nicolas Proust fr
Nicolas Proust
fr 255,000 86,000
Andy Hills gb
Andy Hills
gb 254,000
Tobby Drimmer
Tobby Drimmer
251,500 251,500
Maurizio Fisicaro it
Maurizio Fisicaro
it 229,500 -10,500
Jona Wilmsmann de
Jona Wilmsmann
de 226,000 9,400
Emanuele Onnis it
Emanuele Onnis
it 222,500 122,500
Murat Tulek de
Murat Tulek
de 216,000 46,000
Lior Afllalo il
Lior Afllalo
il 202,500 202,500
Kashi Kambiz SE
Kashi Kambiz
SE 200,500 64,500
Gary Banks gb
Gary Banks
gb 199,500 22,500
Mark Vella mt
Mark Vella
mt 114,500 4,500
Katharine Arnsby gb
Katharine Arnsby
gb 114,000 14,000
Luca Moschitta it
Luca Moschitta
it 53,500 -15,500

Play Ended

poolshir • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 400 ante

The full chip counts, the Day 2 seat draw, and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Three More Hands

poolshir • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 400 ante

The tournament clock has been paused and three more hands need to be played before the remaining players can bag and tag their chips for Day 2 tomorrow.

Underdal Downs Andren

poolshir • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 400 ante

Fredrik Andren shoved for 20,000 from under the gun and was only called by Simon Underdal in the cutoff.

Fredrik Andren: {a-Spades}{3-Clubs}
Simon Underdal: {A-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

The flop came {3-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} for them both to flop two pair. Andren needed a trey to stay alive but the {9-Spades} on the turn meant that he was drawing dead as he {6-Diamonds} came on the river to complete the board and finalize his elimination.

Simon Underdal
Simon Underdal
Fredrik Andren
Fredrik Andren

Tags: Simon UnderdalFredrik Andren

Wilsmann Gets the Fold

poolshir • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 400 ante

The board read {4-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{k-Spades}{6-Diamonds} with around 71,000 in the pot already.

[Removed:257] contemplated for quite a while and then decided to check from the hijack. Jona Wilmsmann pushed a stack of his yellow 5,000-value chips in for the bet which would put Tahirovic all-in and at risk for the 45,000 he had behind. Tahirovic didn't look pleased and folded after considering it for a bit.

Jona Wilmsmann de
Jona Wilmsmann
de 216,600 26,500
[Removed:257] RS
RS 45,000

Tags: Jona Wilmsmann


Vella Finally Over One Hundred

poolshir • Level 13: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

Omri Zaidman raised to 5,200 from the hijack and Mark Vella called in the cutoff. Marino Ferrara also called on the button and Guy Ara shoved for 28,800 in the small blind. Zaidman folded and Vella tank-shoved too. Ferrara folded quickly.

Guy Ara: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}
Mark Vella: {Q-Spades}{J-Spades}

The flop came {2-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{7-Spades} for Vella to hit a flush draw but keep Ara ahead.

The turn was the {10-Spades} to give Vella the flush indeed and have Ara drawing dead.

The {q-Hearts} on the river completed the board as a formality and Ara was eliminated.

Mark Vella mt
Mark Vella
mt 110,000 35,000
Omri Zaidman IL
Omri Zaidman
IL 95,000 5,000
Ara Guy IL
Ara Guy
IL Busted

Tags: Guy AraMarino FerraraMark VellaOmri Zaidman