Beautiful, sunny Malta proved an exciting backdrop for the latest leg of the MPN Poker Tour. Malta has become a virtual Mecca of the gaming industry in recent years and there was a buzz surrounding the latest event to be staged here at the Casino Malta.
The €500+50 €150k guaranteed tournament was a re-entry event and a number of the initial entrants took advantage of that fact to have a second bite at the cherry if their first fell on stony ground. It was a real tear-up at the felt, and by the time the last player registered or re-entered, there were 99 entrants in total.
Amongst those who took to the felt were the highly experienced David Lappin, whose $400k+ of live tournament winnings include cashing the last event on the MPN tour in Vienna and the infamous Roy “The Boy” Brindley, who also has a storied poker CV replete with big performances and over $800,000 in tournament winnings.
It turned our neither Lappin’s nor Brindley’s illustrious reputations could insulate them against the waves of variance today though, both plunging overboard during proceedings, though they will have a chance to redeem themselves with another shot at building a stack during day 1B tomorrow.
Once the day had played through, Alan Carr was the man who had snatched the hotly-contested chip lead, right at the death – his 185,600 putting him in pole position at the close. This was narrowly ahead of previous chip-leader Deividas Kvaselis, whose 183,200 saw him pipped into second place whilst Oleg Egorov was the last man on the podium – his impressive 175,900 seeing him finish the day in third place.
In total, just 28 players made it through the day to return for Day 2. It was a day of blood, sweat, tears, laughter and high spirits. We will be back tomorrow at 12:00 once more as a new slew of faces (and perhaps the odd familiar one) arrive at Casino Malta to slug it out on Day 1B.
We look forward to seeing how the day pans out and we hope you join us as we bring you all the highs and lows.
See you then, enjoy the rest of your evening!