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€550 Grand Event



€550 Grand Event
Day 1a completed

Victor Fryda Leads Pack of 31 Survivors from Day 1a of 2022 Malta Poker Festival Spring Grand Event (full)

Calum_Grant • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Bora Uludag's Royal Flush
Bora Uludag's Royal Flush

At the wonderful Portomaso Casino the first of six starting flights of the Malta Poker Festival Spring €550 Grand Event has come to close with just 31 players remaining out of a total of 118 entries.

Victor Fryda finished Day 1a with the chip lead, with Bart Kuiper and Jordan Dumas rounding out the top three chip stacks.

Other notable players who made it through to Day 2, which kicks off on Sunday, May 1, include Tomasz Brzezinski, Philip Huxley and Fabio Berti.

However, players such as Ahamed Mohamed, Maureen Bloechlinger and Jacqueline Cachia all fell at the first hurdle.

Germany's Bora Uludag was another player who advanced and was fortunate to turn a Royal Flush

Day 1a Top Ten Chip Stacks

PlaceNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Victor FrydaFrance522,000104
2Bart KuiperNetherlands512,000102
3Jordan DumasFrance386,00077
4Fabio BertiItaly366,00073
5Bartosz MielczarekPoland366,00073
6Joseph GrechUnited Kingdom353,00071
7Terje BremsethNorway303,00061
8Mikael BrattSweden293,00059
9Raymond GaleaMalta200,00040
10Clement PabionFrance164,00033

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back to cover Day 1b on Wednesday, April 27 at 2 p.m. local time.

Victor Fryda fr
Victor Fryda
fr 522,000 137,000
Bart Kuiper nl
Bart Kuiper
nl 512,000 -8,000
Jordan Dumas FR
Jordan Dumas
FR 386,000 151,000
Fabio Berti it
Fabio Berti
it 366,000 56,000
Bartosz Mielczarek PL
Bartosz Mielczarek
PL 366,000 366,000
Joseph Grech gb
Joseph Grech
gb 353,000 -27,000
Terje Bremseth no
Terje Bremseth
no 303,000 303,000
Mikael Bratt SE
Mikael Bratt
SE 293,000 83,000
Bora Uludag DE
Bora Uludag
DE 222,000 -3,000
Raymond Galea MT
Raymond Galea
MT 200,000 110,000
Clement Pabion FR
Clement Pabion
FR 164,000 164,000
Tomasz Brzezinski pl
Tomasz Brzezinski
pl 160,000 -45,000
Jordan Whitehead GB
Jordan Whitehead
GB 147,000 17,000
Giuseppe Grupposo IT
Giuseppe Grupposo
IT 134,000 -46,000
Romain Nardin fr
Romain Nardin
fr 132,000 132,000
Cory Desmond IE
Cory Desmond
IE 124,000 77,000
Erik Lindqwist SE
Erik Lindqwist
SE 124,000 15,000
Ruben Rahumagi EE
Ruben Rahumagi
EE 120,000 120,000
Philip Huxley gb
Philip Huxley
gb 116,000 -84,000
Arthur Emig FR
Arthur Emig
FR 108,000 108,000
Stefano Spinelli IT
Stefano Spinelli
IT 108,000 108,000
Antonio Licata IT
Antonio Licata
IT 106,000 106,000
Piotr Lubczynski PL
Piotr Lubczynski
PL 104,000 -8,000
Salvatore Ritrovato it
Salvatore Ritrovato
it 100,000 100,000
Craig Rose GB
Craig Rose
GB 93,000 -14,000

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Day 1a Closes

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

The 31 surviving players have bagged and tagged their chip stacks, bringing Day 1a to a close. Full chip counts and recap of today's action will follow shortly.

Final Three Hands Called

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

The dealers have been instructed to deal the final three hands of the day.

Fryda Takes Out Two; Kuiper Over 500K

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

Andrea Masendore opened to 9,000 from under the gun and was called by Giuseppe Grupposo from the cutoff.

Corel Theuma moved all-in for 49,000 from the small blind and then Victor Fryda jammed as the covering stack from the big blind. Masendore called off his remaining chips before Grupposo mucked.

Corel Theuma: {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
Andrea Masendore: {q-Hearts}{9-Spades}
Victor Fryda: {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}

Fryda hit his ace on the {a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop and secured the checkmark on the {7-Spades} turn. The {5-Hearts} river completed the board.

Elsewhere, Bart Kuiper has taken ,the chip lead once again and has a very healthy stack of 520,000.

Bart Kuiper nl
Bart Kuiper
nl 520,000 270,000
Victor Fryda fr
Victor Fryda
fr 385,000 250,000
Corel Theuma us
Corel Theuma
us Busted
Andrea Masendore IT
Andrea Masendore
IT Busted

Whitehead Decides to Gamble

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

Erik Lindqwist jammed for 52,500 from under the gun and action folded to Jordan Whitehead in the big blind.

"Do I gamble?" he said out loud. After a moment, he put in his chips.

Erik Lindqwist: {a-Spades}{10-Spades}
Jordan Whitehead: {q-Hearts}{j-Spades}

Lindqwist remained in front and scooped a needed double after the {10-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades}{7-Hearts} runout.

Jordan Whitehead GB
Jordan Whitehead
GB 130,000 45,000
Erik Lindqwist SE
Erik Lindqwist
SE 109,000

Players Enter Last Level of Play

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

Just 42/118 entries remain in Day 1a of the €550 Grand Event. The tournament has now reached its final level of the day and the surviving players will advance to Sunday's Day 2.