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€550 Grand Event
Day 1d completed

Luigi D'Alterio Leads the Pack of 65 in Day 1d of the MPF €550 Grand Event

ChrisBean • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Luigi D'Alterio
Luigi D'Alterio

Day 1d of the Malta Poker Festival Spring Grand Event at Portomaso Casino, Malta is in the books with 65 players out of 252 entries advancing to Day 2 on Sunday, May 1.

The €300,000 guarantee has been smashed with two flights still to be played. The current prize pool has swelled to €334,560.

Italy's Luigi D'Alterio leads the way on 538,000 chips, whose stack was boosted by knocking out Paul Strangeways along the way.

The two other players who breached the half-million mark are Gregory Luttke-Grech (503,000) and Robert Lim (502,000).

Serdar Demircan advanced to Day 2 with a stack of 350,000 despite doubling up Christodoulos Adamou twice in the space of two hands.

Simone Lombardo made it to the next stage with 131,000 chips despite losing a massive pot with Nica Cosmin.

The Woman's Poker Association's Christina Read made a massive turnaround after falling to 15,000 chips early on. Read managed to regroup and finished the day with 277,000 to put her in contention on Sunday,

MPF Grand Event Top Ten Stacks

PlaceNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Luigi D'AlterioItaly538,000108
2Gregory Luttke-GrechFrance503,000101
3Robert LimUnited Kingdom502,000100
4Charif AkhounFrance463,00093
5Simon Yili YeSweden459,00092
6Paul MorrisUnited Kingdom451,00090
7Herbert SeitzGermany404,00081
8Pawel ZawadowiczPoland399,00080
9Serdar DemircanSweden350,00070
10Stavros TsakasGreece340,00068

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 1C19153
Fri, 29 Apr2 p.m.€ 550MPF Grand Event Day 1D25265
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  

PokerNews will be back at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 to bring you all the action from Day 1e of the MPF Grand Event.

End of Day 1d Counts (full)

Calum_Grant • Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Luigi D'Alterio it
Luigi D'Alterio
it 538,000 538,000
Gregory Luttke-Grech fr
Gregory Luttke-Grech
fr 503,000 503,000
Robert Lim gb
Robert Lim
gb 502,000 343,000
Charif Akhoun FR
Charif Akhoun
FR 463,000 463,000
Simon Yili Ye SE
Simon Yili Ye
SE 459,000 184,000
Paul Morris GB
Paul Morris
GB 451,000 451,000
Herbert Seitz DE
Herbert Seitz
DE 404,000 404,000
Pawel Zawadowicz pl
Pawel Zawadowicz
pl 399,000 127,000
Serdar Demircan se
Serdar Demircan
se 350,000
Stavros Tsakas GR
Stavros Tsakas
GR 340,000 340,000
Federico Cirillo mx
Federico Cirillo
mx 312,000 82,000
Salvino Salvatore it
Salvino Salvatore
it 303,000 123,000
Ilana Belsky GB
Ilana Belsky
GB 295,000 235,000
Alessandro Furneri it
Alessandro Furneri
it 286,000 136,000
Sami Pullianen fi
Sami Pullianen
fi 283,000 283,000
Christina Read us
Christina Read
us 277,000 56,000
Dario Barone it
Dario Barone
it 253,000 152,000
Michel Vat mt
Michel Vat
mt 226,000 226,000
Arnaud Cressent fr
Arnaud Cressent
fr 206,000 206,000
Gabrielle Re IT
Gabrielle Re
IT 206,000 146,000
Sebastian Blomer DE
Sebastian Blomer
DE 203,000 -3,000
Mario Masson de
Mario Masson
de 194,000 194,000
Ulysse Harry fr
Ulysse Harry
fr 191,000 -129,000
Uwe Matthias de
Uwe Matthias
de 186,000 -14,000
Bruno Compagna IT
Bruno Compagna
IT 180,000 -20,000

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Day 1d Closes with 65 Players Advancing to Day 2

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

The best attended flight of the MPF Grand Event so far has come to a close with 65/252 bagging and tagging their chip stacks. Recap and chip counts to follow shortly.

Adamou Double Doubles Through Demicran

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

Christodoulos Adamou went all-in from under the gun for 21,000 and was called by the big blind Serdar Demicran.

Christodoulos Adamou: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Serdar Demicran: {j-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}

A dry board of {10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{7-Spades}{2-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} was enough for Adamou to double up.

The very next hand Demicran moved all-in on Adamou in the small blind and Adamou called

Christodoulos Adamou: {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Serdar Demicran: {a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

The board of {4-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{7-Hearts} stayed low for Adamou and completed two double-ups in a row to have a playable stack going into day 2.

Serdar Demircan se
Serdar Demircan
se 350,000 350,000
Christodoulos Adamou CY
Christodoulos Adamou
CY 96,000 96,000

Last Three Hands of Day 1d Called

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

Just 71 of the 252 entries remain in Day 1d and after the next three hands, the surviving players will bag and tag their stacks for Sunday, May 1's Day 2.

Death by Quads for Kourka

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

On a flop of {a-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts}, Salvino Salvatore bet 8,000 from the big blind. Vlantouts Kourka moved all-in for 56,000 and was snap-called by Salvatore.

Vlantouts Kourka: {a-Spades}{6-Diamonds}
Salvino Salvatore: {3-Clubs}{3-Spades}

Salvatore's set of threes was ahead of Kourka's two pair. The turn brought the {6-Clubs} to give the Romani-Greek a full house and left Salvatore with one out, the {3-Diamonds} which hit on the river to give the experienced Italian quads and sent Kourka packing.

Salvino Salvatore it
Salvino Salvatore
it 180,000 180,000
Vlantouts Kourka GR
Vlantouts Kourka
GR Busted

Harry Among Top Stacks

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

Malta's Antoine Degiorgio ripped in his 60,000 stack from middle position. Ulysse Harry moved all-in for 260,000 from the hijack and the remaining players mucked.

Antoine Degiorgio: {q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}
Ulysse Harry: {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}

Neither player connected in the {9-Spades}{6-Spades}{3-Spades}{8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop but Harry's ace-high was good to claim the pot and elimination.

Ulysse Harry fr
Ulysse Harry
fr 320,000 150,000
Antoine Degiorgio MT
Antoine Degiorgio
MT Busted
Level:
13
Blinds:
2,000/4,000
Ante:
4,000