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€550 Grand Event
Day 2 completed

Norwegians Rule the Top Five as Borge Dypvik Leads Day 2 of the Malta Poker Festival Grand Event

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Borge Dypvik
Borge Dypvik

After almost twelve full levels of play, Day 2 of the €550 Grand Event of the Malta Poker Festival is over and done with 24 survivors left out of 260 players who started the day at 1 PM. And a battlefield is was as the all-ins and calls were flying all over the place throughout the day as they were all trying to win a chunk of the €662,510 prize pool for themselves.

Topping the chip counts is Borge Dypvik from Norway who managed to find a huge double-up against Jona Wilmsmann with pocket jacks against the ace-queen of Wilmsmann. Dypvik is taking 3,120,000 with him to Day 3 while Wilmsmann has 1,425,000 for tomorrow afternoon.

Eyal Bensimhon started the day in the middle of the pack but managed to chip up early on the day but then lost a few pots to go back to the middle of the road but finished on a high on the second spot in the chip counts with 2,500,000.

Norway seems to be doing very well in this event as not only the top spot has been taken by the Norwegians! Espen Uhlen Jorstad scored a late double-up with kings against queens against Craig Simpson and closes the podium with 2,430,000 in chips.

Filling up the top 5 is Andre Henning with 2,155,000 and Steven Iglesias with 2,075,000. Iglesias is a bit of a special case, he is legally blind and has Daniel Grytten with him to tell him what his cards are, the action on the table, the chip counts, the cards on the board, and help him with the chips themselves.

Steven Iglesias & Daniel Grytten
Steven Iglesias & Daniel Grytten

Other notable players making it through to Day 3 include the Day 1B chip leader Domenico Gala (1,500,000), Federico Petruzzelli (1,695,000), Colin Lovelock (1,300,000), Gary Banks (1,205,000), Fabian Gumz (730,000), and the last woman standing Giovanna Dimartino with 665,000.

Players who made the money, as one of the top 151 players who got paid, but not the end of the day include Monika Zukowicz (€2,400), Clint Sammut (€2,100), Mark Vella (€1,350), Daiva Byrne (€1,200), Andy Hills (€1,200), Muhamet Perati (€1,150), Traian Bostan (€1,100), Murat Tulek (€1,050), and the Day 1A chip leader Ondrej Jakubcik for €1,000.

Michael Jesse was the bubble boy when he ran his ace-queen into the jack-ten of Simpson. Simpson hit a jack on the river to burst the bubble and Jesse wasn't sent to the rail empty handed as he received a buy-in for next year's MPF Grand Event, courtesy of Olybet.

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/A24-20-minute breaks and 75-minute dinner break after Level 35
4Tuesday, November 614:00N/Atba-Play down to a champion

The full seat draw for Day 3 will be posted as soon as the organization sends them through as Day 2 starts at 2 PM local time tomorrow, Monday, November 5. The plan is to play down until the final table has been reached so make sure to follow the updates as the PokerNews live reporting team will bring you all the action from the shuffle up and deal until the final eight players are determined.

Bubble during the MPF Grand Event
Bubble during the MPF Grand Event - Craig Simpson & Michael Jesse

Tags: Andre HenningAndy HillsBorge DypvikClint SammutColin LovelockCraig SimpsonDaiva ByrneDaniel GryttenDomenico GalaEspen Uhlen JorstadEyal BensimhonFabian GumzFederico PetruzzelliGary BanksJona WilmsmannMark VellaMichael JesseMonika ZukowiczMuhamet PeratiMurat TulekOndrej JakubcikSteven IglesiasTraian Bostan

Day 3 Seat Draw

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Andre HenningNorway2,155,00043
12Emanuele OnnisItaly1,560,00031
13Fabian GumzGermany730,00015
14Eyal BensimhonIsrael2,500,00050
15Elio CaferroItaly600,00012
16Steven IglesiasNorway2,075,00042
17Gary BanksUnited Kingdom1,205,00024
18Francesco CortorilloItaly1,890,00038
21Idan RazIsrael915,00018
22Borge DypvikNorway3,120,00062
23Colin LovelockUnited Kingdom1,300,00026
24Yoav ScheimanIsrael515,00010
25Espen Uhlen JorstadNorway2,430,00049
26Giovanna DimartinoItaly665,00013
27Harvey NorrisUnited Kingdom690,00014
28Fedrico PetruzzelliItaly1,695,00034
31Piero CompagnoniItaly1,380,00028
32Emanuele NapolitanoItaly1,065,00021
33Marko CosicSerbia1,800,00036
34Giovanni SalvatoreItaly1,060,00021
35Domenico GalaItaly1,500,00030
36Eivind DahleNorway1,235,00025
37Nicolaj D'AntoniItaly995,00020
38Jona WilmsmannGermany1,425,00029

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Borge Dypvik no
Borge Dypvik
no 3,120,000 475,000
Eyal Bensimhon il
Eyal Bensimhon
il 2,500,000 1,783,000
Espen Uhlen Jorstad no
Espen Uhlen Jorstad
no 2,430,000 30,000
Henning Andre se
Henning Andre
se 2,155,000 455,000
Steven Iglesias no
Steven Iglesias
no 2,075,000 310,000
Francesco Cortorillo IT
Francesco Cortorillo
IT 1,890,000 1,090,000
Marko Cosic rs
Marko Cosic
rs 1,800,000 -85,000
Federico Petruzzelli it
Federico Petruzzelli
it 1,695,000 845,000
Emanuele Onnis it
Emanuele Onnis
it 1,560,000 240,000
Domenico Gala it
Domenico Gala
it 1,500,000 -20,000
Jona Wilmsmann de
Jona Wilmsmann
de 1,425,000
Piero Compagnoni IT
Piero Compagnoni
IT 1,380,000 75,000
Colin Lovelock gb
Colin Lovelock
gb 1,300,000 -930,000
Eivind Dahle NO
Eivind Dahle
NO 1,235,000 -425,000
Gary Banks gb
Gary Banks
gb 1,205,000 138,000
Emanuele Napolitano IT
Emanuele Napolitano
IT 1,065,000 145,000
Giovanni Salvatore it
Giovanni Salvatore
it 1,060,000 165,000
Nicolaj D'Antoni it
Nicolaj D'Antoni
it 995,000 -5,000
Idan Raz IL
Idan Raz
IL 915,000 -35,000
Fabian Gumz de
Fabian Gumz
de 730,000 -100,000
Harvey Norris gb
Harvey Norris
gb 690,000 -625,000
Giovanna Dimartino it
Giovanna Dimartino
it 665,000 45,000
Elio Caferro IT
Elio Caferro
IT 600,000 -205,000
Yoav Scheiman IL
Yoav Scheiman
IL 515,000 -925,000

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Play Ended

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

The tournament clock has been stopped with 11 minutes left in the level. The 24 remaining players are now bagging and tagging their chips for Day 3 tomorrow, Monday, November 5, which will start at 2 PM local time.

The full chip counts, the seat draw for Day 3, and recap of today's action are to follow.

Gala Doubles Through Gumz

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Domenico Gala (button) just doubled up through Fabian Gumz (small blind) for 720,000.

Domenico Gala: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}
Fabian Gumz: {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}

The board ran out {4-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{q-Spades}{8-Hearts}{2-Spades} for Gala to hold with the pocket queens to double up. The dealer was then told to stop dealing as over on Table #4, Dario Amato was eliminated in 25th place for €2,400.

Domenico Gala it
Domenico Gala
it 1,520,000 958,000
Fabian Gumz de
Fabian Gumz
de 830,000 -735,000

Tags: Dario AmatoDomenico GalaFabian Gumz

Jorstad Doubles Through Simpson

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Fabian Gumz opened from mid-position and Espen Uhlen Jorstad three-bet on the button, Craig Simpson shoved in the small blind, while Gumz folded, Jorstad made the call for 1,130,000 in total.

Espen Uhlen Jorstad: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Craig Simpson: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

The board ran out {8-Spades}{a-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for Jorstad to hold with the pocket kings to double up.

Simpson was left behind with around 50,000, he managed to triple up just after but then busted.

Espen Uhlen Jorstad no
Espen Uhlen Jorstad
no 2,400,000 1,671,000
Craig Simpson gb
Craig Simpson
gb Busted

Tags: Craig SimpsonEspen Uhlen JorstadFabian Gumz

Gumz Doubles Through Onnis

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Domenico Gala raised to 100,000 from the hijack and Fabian Gumz shoved in the cutoff for 690,000. Emanuele Onnis also shoved in the big blind having both of his opponents covered. Gala folded.

Fabian Gumz: {9-Spades}{9-Clubs}
Emanuele Onnis {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}

The board ran out {7-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{6-Spades} for Gumz to make a full house to double up.

Fabian Gumz de
Fabian Gumz
de 1,565,000 190,000
Emanuele Onnis it
Emanuele Onnis
it 1,320,000 -980,000

Tags: Domenico GalaEmanuele OnnisFabian Gumz