Day 3 completed
|Blinds||300,000 / 600,000|
Players Info - Day 3
Day 3 completed
After seven days of scintillating action at the beautiful Portomaso Casino, the 2022 Spring Malta Poker Festival Spring Grand Event winner has been crowned. The Netherlands' professional poker player and respected poker coach Daniel Lakerveld triumphed in the crown jewel of the MPF for €71,000.
It took over ten hours for play to conclude when Lakerveld defeated Hungarian Simon György heads-up to outlast 1,014 players which generated a prize pool of €486,720. Lakerveld and György both held trip fives in the last hand of the night but the Dutchman's ace outkicked György's king.
PokerStars Live Pro Chris Da Silva dominated for the majority of the day but eventually finished third. Day 2 chip leader Pawel Zawadowicz made the final table as a short-stack eventually finishing in sixth place.
2022 Malta Poker Festival Spring Grand Event Final Table Results
|3||Chris Da Silva||United Kingdom||€25,000|
|4||Jasper van Moorsel||Netherlands||€18,000|
|7||Stephen Kane||United Kingdom||€9,000|
Day 3 Recap
Just 18 players returned to action on the final day split over three tables and there was not a long wait before the first bust-outs occurred. Veteran Italian Mario Musacchia was the first to depart when he ran into Simon György's pocket jacks.
Documentary director and poker enthusiast Dominick French finished in 11th place in cruel circumstances as his flopped two pair was beaten by Da Silva's runner-runner flush. French took the beat graciously and jumped into one of the many side events that have been held at the MPF.
James Clarke finished in 10th place and bubbled the final table. The semi-permanent resident of Nottingham's Dusk Till Dawn tried a stop and go with two pair but ran into trips of Da Silva.
Final Table Action
The final table consisted of a mixture of seasoned pros and recreational players. Da Silva was the chip leader going into the final table with a colossal 13,800,000 chips. The lowest stack was György who spun his stack-up to finish second and record the first live cash of his career.
There were massive hands and coolers throughout the final table play. Da Silva took a minor hit when he attempted to bluff György off a rivered royal flush. Lakerveld managed to crack György's pocket aces by hitting quad nines. and Georgis Ninis was eliminated when György hit a three-outer on the river to make two pair.
But it was Lakerveld who outlasted everyone and wins the Malta Poker Festival trophy, his name etched into the Unibet Deepstacks Championship Belt and €71,000. The next event to be held by MPF at Portomaso Casino will be in the fall of 2022.
Daniel Lakerveld opened to 1,200,000 from the button and Simon Gyorgy called from the big blind.
Gyorgy checked and Lakerveld bet 600,000 on the flop. The turn checked through to the river.
Gyorgy checked and Lakerveld overbet the pot to 3,500,000. Gyorgy paused for a moment before jamming for 20,700,000.
Lakerveld snap-called and Gyorgy rolled over his for trip fives. Lakerveld then exposed his for trip fives as well but he had the better kicker. Lakerveld had the chip advantage on Gyorgy and he won the 2022 Malta Poker Festival Spring €550 Grand Event.
Simon Gyorgy opened to 1,000,000 from the button and Daniel Lakerveld called.
Lakerveld check-called for 500,000 on the flop. He did the same for 2,500,000 on the [ss] turn. Lakerveld check-called for a third time for 6,000,000 on the river.
Gyorgy immediately exposed his and scooped the pot with trips.
Both Simon Gyorgy and Daniel Lakerveld have returned to their seats and heads up play has begun.
As mentioned, the players are taking a short break before playing for the MPF Grand Event title and €71,000 up top.
Simon Gyorgy moved all-in for just over 10,000,000 from the button and Chris Da Silva called off his 4,600,000 stack from the big blind.
Chris Da Silva:
For a second time today, Gyorgy flopped a set of fours after the dealer fanned the . Da Silva's exit was confirmed after the turn and river.
As Da Silva left the tournament room, Daniel Lakerveld and Gyorgy discussed a deal but could not come to an arrangement. The players have decided to have a ten minute break before playing heads-up.
Simon György and Daniel Lakerveld moved all-in preflop.
Lakerveld was dominated but the flop gave the Dutchman a set.
The on the turn did not help György and the was the icing on the cake for Lakerveld hitting quad-nines.