Day 1B of MPNPT Tallinn proved to be a fascinating day – a giant horde of poker hopefuls swarming into the Hilton Park Tallinn Hotel to take their shot at the title. The poker room was thick with talent and bubbling with enthusiasm – evidenced by the huge number of entries – 416, trimmed efficiently to 131 by the close of play. There were so many re-entries, even the Hilton’s ATM machines struggled to keep – running dry of notes before the close of play!
The fulsome attendance meant the pre-tournament prizepool guarantee of €150,000 was handily eclipsed. When the final numbers are tallied following the close of registration tomorrow – there will be in excess of €250,000 to play for. How exciting!
At the close, it was Maxsims Aleksandrovs who had surfed the waves of variance with the accomplished skill of a veteran – reaching 249,800 to head the field once the chips were bagged and tagged. Snapping at his heels were Thanh Doan (212,700) and Sami Turpeenoja (199,900) in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Despite their creditable efforts, they will all lag behind the gargantuan stack established by Day 1A chip leader, NordicBet qualifier Terje Torstensen, whose 357,200 will see him return on Day 2 as the man they are all looking to chase down.
With such a sizeable field, the stories were naturally plentiful. Estonian Ranno Sootla, last year’s winner, looked unlikely to emulate that feat this year as rebuy after rebuy fell on stony ground. Finally though, his class shone through as his rebuy number five gained traction – Sootla finishing the day with a very respectable double-average stack of 153,000. “Never give up,” he advised with a knowing wink. Take note, this man knows his stuff.
Tour regular Julie Whitworth had a wonderful day – good fortune and canny play combining to leave her perched in the upper echelons of the counts with 137,300. “I’m enjoying this so much!” she gushed effusively at the close. That’s the kind of enthusiasm we love to see.
Twitch streamer and fan favourite Monika Zukowicz had a difficult day, but her patient approach was rewarded as she chipped up to an above average 76,000 by the close of play. Her end of day smile told its own story.
The 131 survivors from Day 1B will return tomorrow to coalesce with the survivors of Day 1A and battle it out for the right to play out the final table and be crowned champion.
The combined chip counts from Days 1A and 1B can be viewed below.
Day 2 will begin at the later time of 13:00 and we feel confident another epic day of poker beckons. Prizepool and seat draw information will be released as we receive it tomorrow.
For now though, that is all she wrote. Thanks for following and we hope you join us as we continue the journey toward crowning the latest MPNPT Champ. See you then. Sleep well poker fans!
|Igor Pihela Sr||155,800|
|Igor Pihela Jr||135,000|
|Rami Aleksi Himanen||90,400|
|Toni Samuli Vuolle||82,800|
|Henri P. T. Keskinen||56,500|
|Ernst Peter Solem||47,300|
|Johannes de Hond||42,800|
|Quoc Dinh Nguyen||25,000|
|Kristian Fredrik Hjerkinn||17,000|
|Mika Tapani Lähteenmäki||15,200|