The £150,000 guaranteed MPNPT Manchester kicked off today in style – 74 poker players from all over Europe arriving at the Grosvenor Casino to contend the first of two starting days. The players had 25,000 chips and 45 minute levels (as well as potentially unlimited rebuys) to showcase their poker skills and after twelve keenly-contested levels and 14 rebuys, just 17 remained at the close – Finnish player Jari Hurri heading the field with 190,600 chips. Hot on his heels were Miguel Mora with 180,900 and Andrew Lewis with 172,300.
All three will return Saturday for Day 2 where they will meet up with the survivors of Day 1B, which will play out tomorrow starting at 12:00.
Here’s how the full chip counts looked at the close of play:
With the deep structure available, players had ample leeway to sit back and wait like a cobra for the right spot to strike or, alternatively, to ratchet up the action and start forcing the pace if they so desired. Pick your poison!
With rebuys available for anyone busting out (as will be the case right up to the start of Day 2), it was to prove a rip-roaring start to the tournament, with more action than you’d find in your average Hong Kong Martial Arts flick, though marginally fewer spinning roundhouse kicks(thankfully.) 14 players took advantage of the rebuy option, combining to create a total of 88 entries for Day 1A.
There were a host of familiar faces in the field, some of whom prospered, some of whom faltered. Falterers included serial crusher and casher Alli Mallu and well-supported Twitch streamer Monika Zukowicz, who both carried themselves confidently through the day, before unfortunately crashing out in the latter levels.
The going was competitive but good-spirited and after we’d played through twelve keenly-contested levels, just 17 players remained. Finnish regular, representing PAF poker, Jari Hurri has a series of deep runs in European events on his C.V. and he both rode his luck and showcased his skill to finish with his final handsome stack of 190,600.
We’ll be back tomorrow to do it all again for Day 1B. Typically this proves the more popular day, so we expect a bigger field and even more drama to play out. Join us for the 12:00pm start and we’ll bring you all the thrills and spills from the day.
See you then, but for now, good night, sleep tight, poker fans.