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€550 Grand Event
Day 1b completed

French Players Dominate Day 1b of the €550 Grand Event

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

Day 1b of the 2022 Malta Poker Festival Spring €550 Grand Event has finished, with 35 players bagging and tagging after the dust settled.

The event saw 136 entries, which was 18 more than the previous starting flight. A further €68,000 has entered the prize pool as the tournament edges closer to hitting its €300,000 guarantee.

Nemo Israel ended today’s flight with the chip lead, amassing a tournament best stack of 667,000. Alexis Bouvier's late surge allowed him to finish with a stack of 397,000 while also knocking out Florian Guertler. Antoine Stackowiak is hot on his heels, ending the day with 391,000 in chips. Overall, the top five chip stacks all belong to players who hail from France.

Notable names who also made it over the first hurdle include Unibet Poker ambassador David Lappin, Dominick French and Daniel Stancer. However, players such as Steven Smith, Marek Ohnisko and Germany's Michael Strauch will have to try their luck in one of the four upcoming Day 1’s.

David Ash, who ran Kings into Aces in Day 1a, suffered another cruel exit after being on the wrong end of a set over set scenario. Cyprien Chassagne made one of the hero calls of the day against Corel Theuma but was also a late Day 1b casualty.

Ann-Roos Callens was another player to fall in the tail end of Day 1b after her ace-jack was unable to leapfrog her opponent’s pocket queens.

Day 1b Top Ten Chip Stacks

PlaceNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Nemo IsraelFrance667,000133
2Alexis BouvierFrance397,00079
3Antoine StackowiakFrance391,00078
4Tanguy PellerinFrance389,00078
5Olivier AcquartFrance315,00063
6Pavel HegerCzech Republic315,00063
7Clement KerrienMalta306,00061
8Christian WestermarkSweden278,00056
9Dov FriedlandEstonia276,00055
10Marko CosicSerbia260,00052

Malta Poker Festival Spring Grand Event Schedule

DATETIME (CET)BUY-INEVENTEntriesAdvanced
Tue, 26 Apr2 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1A11831
Wed, 27 Apr2 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1B13635
Thurs, 28 Apr2 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1C  
Fri, 29 Apr2 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1D  
Sat, 30 Apr2 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1E  
Sat, 30 Apr9 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1F  
Sun, 1 May2 p.m.-MPF Grand Event Day 2  
Mon, 2 May2 p.m.-MPF Grand Event Day 3  

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back to cover Day 1c on Thursday, April 28 at 2 p.m. local time.

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

ChrisBean • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Nemo Israel fr
Nemo Israel
fr 667,000 367,000
Alexis Bouvier fr
Alexis Bouvier
fr 397,000 46,000
Antoine Stackowiak fr
Antoine Stackowiak
fr 391,000 191,000
Tanguy Pellerin FR
Tanguy Pellerin
FR 389,000 101,500
Olivier Acquart FR
Olivier Acquart
FR 315,000 79,000
Pavel Heger cz
Pavel Heger
cz 315,000 55,000
Clement Kerrien mt
Clement Kerrien
mt 306,000 -34,000
Christian Westermark SE
Christian Westermark
SE 278,000
Dov Friedland ee
Dov Friedland
ee 276,000 -91,000
Marko Cosic rs
Marko Cosic
rs 260,000 -40,000
Chen Keren il
Chen Keren
il 252,000 252,000
Jason Shellum gb
Jason Shellum
gb 242,000 42,000
Giovanni Nava it
Giovanni Nava
it 185,000 -55,000
Ian Morris GB
Ian Morris
GB 184,000 -31,000
Jon Persent no
Jon Persent
no 180,000 180,000
Florian Bock BE
Florian Bock
BE 175,000 -51,000
Yohann Girondin FR
Yohann Girondin
FR 172,000 -13,500
Wouter Schuurbiers BE
Wouter Schuurbiers
BE 171,000 6,000
Victor Allain FR
Victor Allain
FR 170,000 77,000
Tommy Lievens BE
Tommy Lievens
BE 168,000 115,000
Dominick French ca
Dominick French
ca 165,000 35,000
Sylvere Paillot FR
Sylvere Paillot
FR 158,000 -2,000
Thomas Schaeven DE
Thomas Schaeven
DE 158,000 70,000
Henriques Pereira PT
Henriques Pereira
PT 126,000 -20,000
Daniel Stancer gb
Daniel Stancer
gb 122,000 -64,500

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Day 1b Closes

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

Day 1b has closed with 35/136 players making it through to Day 2. Full chip counts and a recap of today's action will follow shortly.

Lubczynski Doubles Through Whitehead

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

Piotr Lubczynski moved all-in from middle position for 17,000 and was called by Jordan Whitehead in the big blind.

Piotr Lubczynski: {a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}
Jordan Whitehead: {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

The {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{7-Hearts} flop was exactly what the at risk player needed, however the {6-Diamonds} gave Whitehead four outs to the straight. The {9-Hearts} river gave Lubczynski a full house and he raked in the much needed double.

Jordan Whitehead GB
Jordan Whitehead
GB 120,000 -27,000
Piotr Lubczynski PL
Piotr Lubczynski
PL 44,000 -60,000

Broadway for Bouvier

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

Florian Guertler was all-in again but this time he was the player at risk. He moved in from the hijack for around 50,000 before Alexis Bouvier re-jammed as the table big stack.

Florian Guertler: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Alexis Bouvier: {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

Guertler made two pair on the {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{q-Spades} flop but Bouvier made Broadway on the {j-Spades} turn. The {7-Hearts} river completed the board and Guertler exited the Grand Event.

Alexis Bouvier fr
Alexis Bouvier
fr 351,000 124,000
Florian Guertler de
Florian Guertler
de Busted

Schaeven Rises and Falls

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

On a flop of {j-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}, Thomas Schaeven bet 11,000 and was called by Florian Bock. The {10-Clubs} on the turn gave impetuous to Schaeven to move all in. Bock stared down Schaeven and said "I'm sure you have Ace-King." and eventually folded. Schaeven rolled over {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} and raked in the pot.

A couple of hands later Schaeven was in action again. With 50,000 in the pot on a [10c7h5d4d2nh] board. Schaeven bet 11,000. This time he faced resistance from Sylvere Paillot who moved all-in for 90,000 chips. Schaeven folded without hesitation.

Florian Bock BE
Florian Bock
BE 226,000 -24,000
Sylvere Paillot FR
Sylvere Paillot
FR 160,000 160,000
Thomas Schaeven DE
Thomas Schaeven
DE 88,000 88,000

Tags: Florian BockThomas Schaeven

Final Level of Day 1b Begins

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

The last level of Day 1b has just begun, 41 players remain and all survivors will bag and tag ahead of Sunday's Day 2.