Day 1B of MPNPT @ the Battle of Malta will be remembered as a historic day. It was clear following Day 1A that a special tournament beckoned as 50% more players bolstered the already handsome Battle of Malta figures established in previous years. Day 1B though was a hurricane – 1,404 entries crushed into the Intercontinental hotel and the atmosphere was palpable from the off. The registration desk was permanently crowded, the tournament arena was packed to the brim and excited poker chatter echoed all day long.
With the numbers on the board blurring upwards, the monster field went to war – battles, feuds, bluffs and victories scattering the tournament as the huge roster was gradually whittled down. Once the gargantuan field had been reduced to the 211 players representing 15% of the 1,404 entries, it was Jalulins Nikolajs who had soared into ascendency with a delicious 683,000 chips – a tasty stack which at least temporarily will see him leading the counts into Day 2.
In the midst of this attrition, there were a number of sideshows providing entertainment besides the Main event. The armoured defenders were back assisting Laura Cornelius as she enthusiastically announced the start of play, and there was a further star-studded feature yet to come. Mid-way through the day Boris Becker and Patrik Antonius played out a sit and go with a number of lucky €10 draw winners. Paul Dux Holderness was the lucky man who took down the winner’s package – a seat for next year’s Battle of Malta – as well as enjoying a memorable opportunity to test his mettle against a tennis legend and a poker luminary.
Day 1B has set the Battle of Malta up to obliterate all previous records. Tomorrow will see the last two qualifying day 1’s play out – a 1:00pm start for Day 1C followed by a 9:00pm start for the later Turbo version – Day 1D promising a turbocharged finale to Saturday.
We expect more fireworks, more drama, excitement and a concrete confirmation that this is the largest Battle of Malta ever played out. Well played everyone who has contributed to this massive field and for those who haven’t – there is still time to be a part of history!
We’ll be posting up end of day chip counts in due course but for now thanks for following – we’ll see you tomorrow, don’t miss out!